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Carlton Saffa, chief market officer for Saracen Casino, center, is flanked by attorneys for Southland and Oaklawn casinos as he speaks to a state legislative committee reviewing rules for mobile sports betting. 
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Update: Mobile Sports Betting Advances After Profit-Sharing Rule Approved

A final vote in the full committee is expected next week. read more >
Business Services / Government & Politics / Health Care / Legal / Manufacturing / Media & Marketing

Pandemic Lobbying: Hands Off, Masks OnLock Icon

The Arkansas Legislature will return to session in January but, like nearly every other part of American life, it won’t quite be a return to normalcy. read more >
Business Services

Hutchinson Campaign Manager Starts Lobbying Firm

Robert Moery, who managed Gov. Asa Hutchinson's successful re-election campaign, has founded his own lobbying firm, Broadview Strategies of Little Rock. read more >
Government & Politics / Investments / Media & Marketing

The Trump Dilemma (Gwen Moritz Editor’s Note)

Donald Trump is the front-runner for the nation’s highest office among candidates from one of the two major parties. The media didn’t create his popularity, but neither can it be ignored. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

Mike Beebe Optimistic for ‘Private Option’ in 2015

Gov. Mike Beebe said Thursday he remains cautiously optimistic that Arkansas will keep its compromise Medicaid expansion alive next year despite the defeat of a legislator who helped design the program. read more >
John Burris, one of the key Republican leaders behind the private option, faces a runoff against Scott Flippo for a state Senate seat.
Government & Politics

Robert Coon, Blake Rutherford On Last Night’s Runoffs

Arkansas Business political columnists Robert Coon and Blake Rutherford have once again joined Online Editor Lance Turner for primary election results analysis. Today, we're digesting last night's runoffs. read more >
Scott Flippo
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

Burris Defeat, GOP Runoff Clouds Private Option Future in Arkansas

The Arkansas "private option" expansion of Medicaid again faces an uncertain future after one of its key architects was defeated Tuesday in a state Senate race cast as a referendum on the program. read more >
Little Rock lawyers Leslie Rutledge and David Sterling vie for the Republican nomination for Arkansas attorney general.
Government & Politics

Leslie Rutledge Wins GOP Runoff for Arkansas Attorney General

Former Republican National Committee lawyer Leslie Rutledge won the GOP nomination for Arkansas attorney general on Tuesday in a divisive primary runoff featuring attacks from an outside group that tried to portray her as allied with national Democratic figures. read more >
John Burris, one of the key Republican leaders behind the private option, faces a runoff against Scott Flippo for a state Senate seat.
Government & Politics

State Senate Race Focuses on Medicaid Expansion

State Rep. John Burris was among the most vocal opponents of the federal health care overhaul among the Republicans in the state House. Now running for a north Arkansas state Senate seat, however, he finds himself being portrayed as a cheerleader for the law he derides as "Obamacare." read more >
John Burris, one of the key Republican leaders behind the private option, faces a runoff against Scott Flippo for a state Senate seat.
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

Primary Voters Mixed on Arkansas Private Option

Arkansas voters gave mixed signals Tuesday about the state's compromise Medicaid expansion plan, ousting one "private option" backer from his legislative office, nominating another for re-election and sending a third to a runoff. read more >
State Rep. Nate Bell, R-Mena, posted a tweet that said: "I wonder how many Boston liberals spent the night cowering in their homes wishing they had an AR-15 with a hi-capacity magazine?"
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

‘Private Option’ Bill Fails in Arkansas House, 70-27

The Arkansas House failed Tuesday to renew the state's compromise Medicaid expansion plan, leaving in limbo the future of a program heralded as a model for Republican-leaning states to implement the federal health overhaul. read more >
Ann Clemmer
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

Arkansas’ Private Option Faces New Pressure in 2014 (AP Analysis)

The computer problems that have frustrated many Americans trying to sign up for insurance under the federal health care could threaten Arkansas' compromise plan to expand insurance coverage. read more >
Republican Sen. Bryan King of Green Forest.
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

Arkansas Tries to Find Balance on Health Law (AP Analysis)

If anyone was unsure just how difficult of a balance Arkansas faces in trying to implement the federal health care overhaul, the rollout over the past week made it clear. After two elections and two legislative sessions that have been overshadowed by the 2010 law, the state is facing an identity crisis on how to move forward with it. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

Davy Carter Names 6 to Health Exchange Panel

House Speaker Davy Carter has named three Republicans and three Democrats to a legislative panel that will oversee the insurance marketplace set up under the federal health care law. read more >
Bruce Westerman
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

Arkansas Private Option Lingers As Issue (AP Analysis)

The approval of the "private option" that Arkansas is pursuing to expand health insurance in the state doesn't end the debate over an idea that supporters have touted as an innovative way to reform Medicaid and opponents have blasted as no different from "Obamacare." It's merely a preview of the fights yet to come. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance / Legal

Lawmakers Hear Case for ‘Private Option’ Bill

The chairman of the House Public Health Committee says a proposal to use federal Medicaid money to purchase private insurance for 250,000 low income Arkansans gives Arkansas a unique opportunity to shrink its Medicaid rolls and show other states how to reform health care. read more >
The Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock.
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 >
The Arkansas State Capitol in Little Rock.
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

Medicaid Takes a Back Seat In the 89th General Assembly (AP Analysis)

What happened to the Medicaid session? Despite all the talk before lawmakers gathered at the Arkansas Capitol that Medicaid's finances and future would overshadow just about every other issue, there's been scant attention paid to the $5 billion program and efforts to expand it under the federal health care law read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care

12-Week Abortion Ban Bill Fails in State House Committee

An amended version of a bill to ban most abortions in Arkansas at 12 weeks into a pregnancy has failed to clear a House panel. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care

Arkansas House Panel Tables Jason Rapert’s Heartbeat Abortion Bill

An Arkansas House committee has delayed discussion of a bill that would ban most abortions as early as six weeks into a pregnancy. read more >