Tagged: paul bookout

Attracting the ‘Right People’ (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 2/10/2014 12:00 am

It’s time to reconsider legislative compensation in Arkansas. We don’t know the perfect formula, but it needs to reward part-time work well enough that the right people can afford to do it.

The End of the Private Option (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Blake Rutherford 1/29/2014 2:31 pm

The private option is the major issue facing the General Assembly in the upcoming fiscal session. The impact on the state economy and business climate will be significant, but the outlook for reauthorization is grim.

Special Election Bodes Ill for Arkansas' 'Private Option'

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/15/2014 2:27 pm

A Republican takeover of a northeast Arkansas state Senate seat dims the prospects for continuing the state's compromise Medicaid expansion plan and could be a troubling early sign for Democrats who had hoped to rebound from recent losses at the polls.

Republican John Cooper Wins Special Election for State Senate Seat

by Associated Press 1/15/2014 8:15 am

Republican John Cooper won a northeast Arkansas state Senate seat in a special election Tuesday, giving Republicans an extra seat in the Legislature. The race was widely viewed as a bellwether for this fall's political contests.

Attorney: Contributors to Paul Bookout Are Getting Money Back

by Associated Press 1/8/2014 10:21 am

An attorney for former state Sen. Paul Bookout says the former lawmaker has begun refunding campaign contributions made by individuals to his 2012 re-election bid.

Early Voting Starts Tuesday in Election for Paul Bookout Senate Seat

by Associated Press 1/6/2014 5:01 pm

Early voting is set to begin to fill a vacant state Senate seat from northeast Arkansas.

Weighed And Found Wanting (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 1/6/2014 12:00 am

I first introduced the Moritz Scale of Political Bad Behavior in 2009 as a handy way to bring some kind of context to political faux pas, which all start to assume cataclysmic proportions — especially on cable TV news and most especially in the news slump that surrounds the holidays. The color-coded scale was modeled after the Homeland Security Advisory System, which was subsequently discontinued, but I still like it.

Arkansas Democrats Seek Lt. Gov. Mark Darr's Resignation

by Associated Press 12/31/2013 9:28 am

The Democratic Party of Arkansas is calling on Republican Lt. Gov. Mark Darr to resign after the Ethics Commission said he agreed to pay $11,000 in fines to settle claims that he misspent campaign funds and failed to keep complete records.

Update: Mark Darr Appears Before Ethics Commission

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press 12/18/2013 3:53 pm

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr went before the Arkansas Ethics Commission on Wednesday to face allegations from the group that he improperly spent about $44,000 from his campaign and office accounts.

Attorney: Paul Bookout to Return Campaign Contributions

by Associated Press 11/18/2013 8:36 am

The attorney for former state Sen. Paul Bookout says the former lawmaker is set to return thousands of dollars in campaign contributions, while a criminal investigation continues into his personal use of campaign cash.

Voters to Choose Nominees for Northeast Arkansas Senate Seat

by Associated Press 11/12/2013 7:24 am

Voters in northeast Arkansas are choosing the Democratic and Republican nominees for a special election to replace a state senator who resigned amid an ethics investigation.Paul Bookout

Update: Report Details Spending by Paul Bookout

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/18/2013 3:02 pm

Documents released by the Arkansas Ethics Commission show that a former state lawmaker who resigned over violations could only identify less than a quarter of the $63,000 his campaign spent as legitimately related to his re-election bid.

Legislative Audit of Mark Darr's Office Underway

by Associated Press 9/13/2013 12:15 pm

State auditors have begun work on their annual review of Lt. Gov. Mark Darr's office, days after the Arkansas Ethics Commission said it was investigating his campaign spending.

John Cooper, Chad Niell, Dan Sullivan File for Paul Bookout Senate Seat

by Associated Press 9/4/2013 4:58 pm

Three Republicans have filed to run for their party's nomination for a northeast Arkansas Senate seat vacated by a Democratic lawmaker who resigned over ethics violations.

Steve Rockwell, Gene Roebuck File to Run for Paul Bookout Senate Seat

by Associated Press 9/3/2013 4:36 pm

A Jonesboro businessman and a former state legislator have filed to run for the Democratic nomination for a northeast Arkansas state Senate seat vacated by a lawmaker who resigned over ethics violations.

Democrats Set Filing Fee for Vacant State Senate Seat

by Associated Press 8/30/2013 12:48 pm

The Democratic Party of Arkansas has set $3,150 as the filing fee to seek the party's nomination for a state Senate seat vacated by a lawmaker who resigned over improper campaign spending.

Parties Choose Primaries to Fill Paul Bookout's Arkansas Senate Seat

by Associated Press 8/28/2013 9:40 am

The state Democratic and Republican parties say they'll use primary elections, rather than conventions, to choose candidates for a state Senate seat vacated after the resignation of Sen. Paul Bookout.

Arkansas Lawmakers Plan Refresher Course on Ethics

by Associated Press 8/27/2013 4:00 pm

Arkansas House and Senate leaders say lawmakers will meet for a refresher course on the state's ethics laws after a state senator resigned over his campaign spending money on clothes, home theater equipment and other personal items.

Book On Out of There (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 8/26/2013 12:00 am

Campaign finance laws can seem arcane and unnecessarily complex, but the concept is not unique to politicians. Fiduciaries, brokers, agents, trustees, attorneys — even borrowers — are also entrusted with other people’s money for limited and specific purposes. Campaign contributions do not, and should not, become personal income to provide public servants with more comfortable standards of living than they have otherwise earned.

Mark Darr Reports Campaign Errors to Ethics Panel

by Associated Press 8/24/2013 11:51 am

Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr filed an ethics complaint against himself on Friday over hundreds of dollars his campaign spent at gas stations and restaurants shortly after he took office that were classified as fundraising expenses. Meanwhile, the lawyer who first questioned the spending said he's also filed a complaint with the panel over the reports.