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Cecile Bledsoe

Arkansas Gov. Winthrop Rockefeller signs the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act into law on February 14, 1967.
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Freedom of Information (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

If the cost of performing FOIA requests is burdensome, the answer is to come up with the money, not to keep chipping away at the public’s right to know. read more >
Rep. Marcus Richmond, R-Harvey
Health Care

10th Arkansas Lawmaker Tests Positive for COVID-19

A tenth Arkansas lawmaker tested positive for the coronavirus on Wednesday in what has become the second largest outbreak of the virus in a state legislature. read more >
Cecile Bledsoe

7th Arkansas Legislator Tests Positive for COVID-19

An Arkansas state senator has tested positive for the coronavirus, a legislative leader said Monday, the 7th virus case among lawmakers in the past week. read more >
Melissa Fults, executive director of the Drug Policy Education Group, says regulation of recreational marijuana is essential.
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Prospect of Full Marijuana Legalization Stirs PassionsLock Icon

Both the supporters and the opponents of legalizing recreational marijuana in Arkansas say they’re thinking of the children. read more >

Campaign Begins Against Recreational Marijuana in Arkansas

Arkansas' surgeon general and church groups launched a campaign Thursday against recreational marijuana proposals that advocates hope to get on the ballot four years after voters approved medical marijuana. read more >
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Pot Edibles Seen Claiming Market Share

Medical marijuana isn’t even for sale yet in Arkansas, but some people in the industry are already considering the potential market for medical cannabis edibles. read more >
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Scott Durham New Board Chairman for St. Bernards Foundation (Movers & Shakers)

Scott Durham, senior vice president and branch manager for Wells Fargo Advisors in Jonesboro, is the new chairman of the board of directors of the St. Bernards Foundation read more >
Cecile Bledsoe
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

Praise for Senator’s Unselfish Principles (Feedback)

Cecile Bledsoe is to be congratulated for voting for principles instead of selfishly caving in because not voting for Arkansas Works might make the state look harder on budget items. read more >
Cecile Bledsoe
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A Lesson in Logic (Editorial)

State Sen. Cecile Bledsoe needs to consider the consequences of her actions from several angles: practical, political and personal. read more >
Charlie Collins
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Arkansas Panel Moves Closer to Medicaid Proposals (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

A report to lawmakers on Arkansas' hybrid Medicaid expansion won't resolve the muddied future of the program, but it could at least provide clarity on the options the Legislature faces, and how difficult finding consensus will be. read more >
Asa Hutchinson announces support for reauthorizing the "private option," which uses federal funds to purchase private insurance for the poor.
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Asa Hutchinson Shrinks the ‘No’ Caucus on Medicaid (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

The "heck no" caucus on Arkansas' Medicaid expansion is turning into a very lonely place. Winning over a coalition of supporters of Arkansas' private option and lawmakers who were ushered into office on vows to kill it, Gov. Asa Hutchinson cleared a major hurdle in his plan to continue the program while looking at longer term changes. read more >
Government & Politics

Arkansas Opens Filing Period for 2014 Election

Vowing to complete a takeover of the state's top offices after recent GOP gains, Republicans running for Arkansas governor and a U.S. Senate seat were among the dozens of candidates who made their bids official as the filing period opened Monday. read more >
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Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

Arkansas Legislators Seek Details on Medicaid Deal

Republican legislators who had resisted expanding Medicaid in Arkansas say they're encouraged by a new plan that would allow funds from the federal-state program to purchase private insurance for the newly eligible, but say they need more details on how such a system would work. read more >
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After Election, Abortion Opponents See New Opportunity in Arkansas

Abortion opponents in Arkansas see an opportunity to enact new restrictions, including a ban on the use of telemedicine to make the abortion pill available, with Republicans controlling both sides of the Legislature in next year's session. read more >