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Sen. Jim Hendren Forgoes Attorneys’ Fees and Court Costs After Winning CaseLock Icon

Hendren said in a court filing that his company spent $380,444 defending its good name and vindicating its rights and interests. read more >
Jim Hendren
Agriculture & Poultry / Government & Politics / Legal / Manufacturing

8th Circuit Court Ruling Favors Rehab Program

The ruling overturned a $1.6 million class-action judgment in 2020 against Hendren Plastics Inc. read more >
Gov. Asa Hutchinson gives his State of the State address to the Arkansas General Assembly on Jan. 12.
Government & Politics

Asa Hutchinson Ponders Future in GOP Turned Trumpian

At a time when red state governors like Ron DeSantis in Florida and Kristi Noem of South Dakota are carrying forward Donald Trump's rhetoric and policies, Gov. Asa Hutchinson is doing the opposite. read more >
Jim Hendren
Government & Politics

Arkansas Lawmakers Advance Scaled-Back Hate Crimes Bill

An Arkansas Senate panel advanced a drastically scaled-back hate crimes bill that doesn't include specific references to race, sexual orientation or gender identity. read more >
Joyce Elliott
Government & Politics / Legal

Critics Call Scaled-Back Arkansas Hate Crimes Bill A Farce

Arkansas legislative leaders introduce a drastically scaled-back hate crimes measure that no longer explicitly refers to race, sexual orientation or gender identity, drawing the the ire of longtime proponents of such laws. read more >
Misty Orpin
Government & Politics / Nonprofits

Hendren’s Common Ground Hires Misty Orpin

State Sen. Jim Hendren’s nonprofit political organization Common Ground Arkansas named Misty Orpin as the executive director. read more >
Health Care / Legal / Small Business

Arkansas Senate Votes to Refund Virus Fines to Businesses

The Arkansas Senate votes to refund the fines the state has collected from some businesses for violating coronavirus restrictions, as Gov. Asa Hutchinson prepares to make an announcement about the emergency he declared for the pandemic. read more >
Government & Politics

Arkansas Senate Removes Affidavit Option From Voter ID Law

The Arkansas Senate approves legislation making the state’s voter ID law stricter by no longer allowing people without identification to cast a ballot if they sign a statement affirming their identity. read more >
Gov. Asa Hutchinson

Asa Hutchinson Says He Wouldn’t Back A Trump 2024 Bid

Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Sunday he will not back Donald Trump if the former president runs for the White House in 2024, saying “it’s time” to move on to different voices in the Republican Party. read more >
Jim Hendren

‘The Final Straw’: Jim Hendren Says He’s Leaving the Republican Party

State Sen. Jim Hendren, nephew of Gov. Asa Hutchinson, says he's leaving the GOP, citing Donald Trump's rhetoric and the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol by the former president's supporters. read more >
Esperanza Massana-Crane, the state’s new director of Minority and Women-Owned Business Enterprise, says a hate crimes bill is necessary for Arkansas, a stand also held by her boss, Commerce Secretary Mike Preston, and his boss, Gov. Asa Hutchinson.
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The Costs of a Hateful ImageLock Icon

Senate Bill 3, commonly known as the “hate crimes bill,” boils down to a crucial chance to burnish Arkansas’ image and remove a hurdle to recruiting companies and workers, government officials and business leaders say. read more >

Arkansas Panel Rejects Ban on ‘1619 Project’ in Schools

An Arkansas House panel rejects legislation that would have banned schools from teaching a New York Times project on slavery's legacy, one of several attempts in Republican states to limit how race is taught. read more >
Tim Griffin
Government & Politics

Tim Griffin Drops Bid for Governor, Will Run for Attorney General

Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin on Monday dropped out of the race for governor and will instead run for attorney general. read more >
Sarah Huckabee Sanders
Government & Politics

Sarah Sanders Raises $1M for Arkansas Governor Campaign

Former White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders raised more than $1 million in the first four days of her bid for Arkansas governor, her campaign said Thursday. read more >
Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Ex-Trump Spokeswoman Sanders Running for Arkansas Governor

Sarah Sanders, Donald Trump’s former chief spokeswoman and one of his closest aides, announces she’s running for Arkansas governor. read more >
Bob Ballinger
Government & Politics / Legal

Arkansas Senate OKs ‘Stand Your Ground’ Bill, Sends to House

The Arkansas Senate on Tuesday passed legislation easing restrictions on the use of deadly force in self-defense, sending the measure to the House. read more >
Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Senate President Jim Hendren.
Legal / Public Companies

Effort in Arkansas to Enact Hate Crimes Law in Jeopardy

A push to enact a hate crimes law in Arkansas, a state with a history of white supremacists, appeared to have all the elements for success. But the law's chances are in jeopardy even before lawmakers return to the Capitol. read more >
Arkansas Speaker of the House Matthew Shepherd

Arkansas Lawmakers Won’t Meet This Year on Virus Declaration

Arkansas lawmakers will not meet this month to vote on whether to support the state's coronavirus emergency declaration, House and Senate leaders said Tuesday, rejecting a request from Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson. read more >
Health Care

Coronavirus Outbreak Among Arkansas Lawmakers Grows to 9

A coronavirus outbreak in the Arkansas Legislature grew by two on Tuesday, pushing the number of lawmakers who have caught the disease in the past week and a half to nine, including a niece of Gov. Asa Hutchinson. 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 >