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Sarah Huckabee Sanders

Nationalizing Her Governor Run? ‘You Bet I Am,’ Sanders Says

Sarah Sanders' celebrity as former President Donald Trump's spokesperson granted her immediate front-runner status and transformed politics in a place where voters are used to hearing about Arkansas taxes, Arkansas roads and Arkansas schools. read more >
Michael John Gray

Arkansas Democrats’ Chairman Steps Down to Lead Super PAC

The Arkansas Democratic Party chairman says that he'll resign to head a super PAC targeting former White House press secretary Sarah Sanders' bid for governor. read more >
Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., joins President Donald Trump in the Oval Office Aug. 2 to announce a plan to cut the number of visas given to foreign professionals.

Lauding ‘Force’ Against Protests, Tom Cotton Raises Profile

Freshman Sen. Tom Cotton has risen to the ranks of potential 2024 Republican presidential contenders by making all the right enemies. By lining up behind President Donald Trump’s law-and-order recipe for controlling civic unrest, he’s making even more. read more >
Gov. Asa Hutchinson gives his 2020 State of the State address in the Arkansas Senate.
Legal

Hutchinson Decries ‘Partisan Attack’ Over Website, Says FBI Investigating

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says the FBI is investigating the data security issue that caused officials to take down the state’s pandemic unemployment website over the weekend. read more >
Josh Mahony 

Arkansas Democrats: No Path to Replace Cotton Challenger

Democrats won’t be able to field a new challenger to Arkansas Republican Sen. Tom Cotton after the previous candidate abruptly dropped out following the filing deadline, the state Democratic party’s chairman says. read more >
Josh Mahony 
Government & Politics

Josh Mahony Drops Bid to Challenge Tom Cotton

The Democratic candidate hoping to unseat Republican U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton in Arkansas abruptly dropped out of the race Tuesday, citing a family health concern, leaving Democrats with no one to contest the seat. read more >
Mickey Gates
Legal

State Rep. Mickey Gates Pleads No Contest to Not Filing Taxes

State Rep. Mickey Gates of Hot Springs pleaded no contest to not paying state income taxes and agreed to pay thousands of dollars back to the state, but his lawyer said the legislator had no plans to step down from his statehouse seat. read more >
Charles Blake

Charles Blake to Resign From State House Seat

The top Democrat in Arkansas' House and the lawmaker who's pushed for removing the Confederate designation from the state's flag is stepping down from the Legislature. read more >

Midterm Elections Reveal Shifting Patterns in Arkansas (Heather Yates On Politics)

After Election Day, Arkansas' congressional delegation secured re-election and the state government trifecta remained intact. But Democrats also made gains, suggesting shifting voting patterns that could make the party competitive in suburban areas of the state. read more >
Jon Woods
Legal

Bribery Claims Overshadow Arkansas Government (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

A corruption probe that's already ensnared a prolific lobbyist and two ex-lawmakers implicated a state senator who also happens to be a nephew of the governor. A member of the panel licensing medical marijuana facilities says an unsuccessful applicant offered him a bribe that he didn't accept but also didn't immediately report. read more >
The Arkansas Capitol building in Little Rock.
Education / Government & Politics

Arkansas GOP Talks School Safety, But Not Guns (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

Arkansas' Republican governor and lawmakers have made it clear they want school security on the agenda when they return to the Capitol for next year's session. But, unlike Republican counterparts in other states and even the president, they're declaring the issue of gun control off-limits. read more >
Asa Hutchinson
Government & Politics

Hutchinson’s Tax Cut Pitch A Campaign Preview (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

It was billed as a State of the State address, but Gov. Asa Hutchinson's speech to lawmakers last week felt more like a kick-off for his re-election bid and a preview of the Republican's legislative agenda for a hoped-for second term. read more >
Michael John Gray
Agriculture & Poultry / Government & Politics

Dicamba Debate Lingers in Arkansas Courts, Capitol (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

The fight over Arkansas' effort to ban an herbicide is far from over, with attention now shifting to a manufacturer's lawsuit. The dicamba debate could also linger among lawmakers. read more >
The Arkansas Capitol building in Little Rock.
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

Governor: Rate Hikes Don’t Threaten Arkansas Medicaid Plan

Arkansas' governor says the insurance rate increases approved by state regulators after the Trump administration ended a key subsidy won't threaten the future of Arkansas Works. read more >
James Comey in New York in 2015.
Government & Politics

Comey Questions an Opening for Arkansas Democrats (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

Arkansas Democrats may have an opening to put Republicans in an uncomfortable spot defending the president and the investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia. read more >
Government & Politics / Health Care / Insurance

Lawmakers Give First OK to Removing 60K from Arkansas Works

Arkansas lawmakers have given initial approval to moving 60,000 people off the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion program and to impose a work requirement on its participants. read more >
Government & Politics / Retail

Online Tax Effort Revived at Last Minute in Arkansas

A House committee endorsed a proposal forcing online retailers to collect Arkansas sales taxes, reviving the effort days after a lawmaker behind the bill declared it dead for this year's session. read more >
Government & Politics

Arkansas House Approves Cuts to Unemployment Benefits

A bill that would decrease the number of weeks laid-off employees could receive unemployment benefits passed in the House 62-26 on Wednesday. read more >
Jake Files
Government & Politics / Retail / Small Business

House Panel Rejects Effort to Collect Online Taxes

An effort to collect sales taxes in Arkansas from online retailers has failed before a House committee, days after Amazon announced it would begin collecting taxes on purchases in the state. read more >
Warwick Sabin
Government & Politics

Arkansas House Rejects Democrats’ Low-Income Tax Credit Plan

The Arkansas House handily rejected a low-income tax credit proposal backed by Democrats, who said they hope to revive the idea when lawmakers look at deeper tax cuts in two years. read more >