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Platform Change Gives Democrats Opening on Pre-K (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/14/2016 2:10 pm

The Arkansas Republican Party's decision to remove any mention of pre-kindergarten from its platform gives Democrats a new line of attack on what they view as a popular issue.

Amendments Expand Arkansas Session Beyond Budget (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/2/2016 7:12 am

When Arkansas voters mandated the Legislature meet annually, the plan was for lawmakers to take up a wide range of issues one year and focus primarily on the budget the next. The same voters can be forgiven if they see little daylight between the two types of sessions nowadays.

Attempt to Boost Arkansas Pre-Kindergarten Funding Rejected

by Associated Press 4/27/2016 12:40 pm

Arkansas lawmakers have rejected an attempt to increase funding for the state's pre-kindergarten program, one of several initiatives that Democrats are looking to boost money for as the state's budget is finalized.

Backup Medicaid Plan Requires Leap of Faith (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/18/2016 7:00 am

With a backup plan to save Arkansas' Medicaid expansion by defunding it, Gov. Asa Hutchinson will need a leap of faith from political foes on both sides of the aisle to prevent thousands of poor people losing their health coverage.

Black Caucus Tables Vote on Ending King-Lee Day in Arkansas

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/30/2016 6:50 am

Black lawmakers held off Tuesday on saying whether they'll support an effort to end Arkansas' practice of honoring civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. and Confederate Gen. Robert E. Lee on the same day, asking for more details on how such a move would be carried out.

Bill for 'SEC' Primary Fails in Senate Committee

by Claudia Lauer, The Associated Press 5/27/2015 6:50 am

Legislation to move Arkansas' primaries from May to March failed Tuesday to make it out of a Senate committee, while a House committee narrowly advanced an identical bill.

Law Would Give Arkansas One of Country's Longest Abortion Wait Times

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/31/2015 7:07 am

Arkansas would have one of the longest waiting periods in the nation before a woman could have an abortion under legislation given final approval Monday, which also changes the information a woman must be given before undergoing the procedure.

Private Option Supporters Walk Fine Line (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/26/2014 8:54 am

Supporters of Arkansas' "private option" Medicaid expansion are walking a fine line as they assess the future of the program before this year's legislative session. They don't want to understate the danger it faces of being defunded, but they don't want to declare it dead just yet.

Arkansas Chamber: Not Renewing Private Option Will Cost Businesses in Arkansas

by Lance Turner 1/22/2014 4:53 pm

The Arkansas Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas is sharing a report with members today that says businesses in Arkansas will face $27 million to $40 million in tax increases if the Legislature doesn't renew the "private option."

DHS: No Backup Plan If Legislature Defunds 'Private Option'

by Associated Press 1/21/2014 1:55 pm

The head of the Arkansas Department of Human Services says he doesn't have a backup budget plan if lawmakers block funding for the state's "private option" Medicaid expansion.

Arkansas Senate Backs Bill to Defund Planned Parenthood

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/10/2013 7:35 am

Abortion providers and entities that perform abortion referrals would be unable to receive most government grants in Arkansas under a bill approved by the state Senate on Tuesday, a move aimed at cutting off money Planned Parenthood receives for sex education.


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