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Brenda Blagg: Prognosis? Unknown

Direction of health care uncertain in U.S., state

Subscriber onlyAnyone who thinks they know where health care coverage is headed in this country or this state needs to think again. Continue reading...

Brenda Blagg: Back in session

Lawmakers making changes to Medicaid expansion plan

Subscriber onlyArkansas lawmakers returned to Little Rock this week to end one session and begin another. Continue reading...

Brenda Blagg: "Closure" still elusive

Many questions linger after state’s four executions

Subscriber onlyThe state-sanctioned killing is done for now, although many condemned inmates remain on Arkansas' death row wondering when, or if, they'll be executed. Continue reading...

Brenda Blagg: The execution state

Arkansas again follows through in administering death

Subscriber onlyAgain, we the people of Arkansas have exercised our collective power to kill prison inmates. Continue reading...

BLAGG: There should be no rush to final judgment in death penalty cases

Subscriber onlyWe, the people of the state of Arkansas, collectively killed a man on Thursday. Continue reading...

Brenda Blagg: Hanging on, for life

Battle over state’s death penalty in high gear

Subscriber onlyWe, the people of the state of Arkansas, did not collectively kill anyone Monday night. Continue reading...

Brenda Blagg: One more time

Community college extends concealed handgun ban

Subscriber onlyWay to go, Northwest Arkansas Community College. Continue reading...

Brenda Blagg: Pot's future still hazy

Lawmakers wrestle with people’s will, accessibility concerns

Subscriber onlyA question hung over the Arkansas Legislature this year as its members assembled: How much would lawmakers meddle with the will of the people when it came to this state's newly passed medical marijuana amendment? Continue reading...

Brenda Blagg: Protecting free speech

Hutchinson’s veto stops measure that goes too far

Subscriber onlyGov. Asa Hutchinson put his veto pen to good use last week against a bill that could deny free speech in Arkansas. Continue reading...

Brenda Blagg: Money on the table

Lawmakers forego sales tax collection online

Subscriber onlyAmong unfinished business in the Arkansas Legislature this week was its failure to pass a bill on the collection of online sales taxes. Continue reading...

Brenda Blagg: A bang-up bill

Concealed carry law bad, already needing amendment

Subscriber onlyThe question at week's end was whether Arkansas lawmakers had taken total leave of their senses. Continue reading...

Brenda Blagg: Highway funding run over

Bond issue, sales tax on fuel goes down in Ledge

Subscriber onlyA proposed highway package, including a 20-year bond issue to fund a major maintenance program, is apparently dead for this session of the Legislature. Continue reading...

One albatross is gone

Dual holiday needed to go

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Legislature successfully tossed one albatross this session. Continue reading...

Brenda Blagg: More guns frightening

Collins’ gun bill will have unintended impact

Subscriber onlyArkansas will allow more guns on the state's college campuses and in a lot of other places where they had been prohibited. Continue reading...

Brenda Blagg: On the roads again

Lawmakers eye bond issue, tax increase of highways

Subscriber onlyArkansas voters may get the chance to fund a serious highway maintenance program. Or not. Continue reading...