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Lisa Hammersly

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State settles high-priced drug suit

Medicaid now pays for 5 patients’ $311,000 per year cystic fibrosis treatment

Subscriber onlyState health officials have settled a federal lawsuit that demanded Arkansas' Medicaid program provide a high-priced drug to cystic fibrosis patients afflicted with a rare form of the deadly disease. Continue reading...

Bill would require filing campaign finances online in Arkansas

Subscriber onlyArkansas voters and researchers would no longer be forced to leaf through stacks of paper reports to learn who's bankrolling candidates for the state's highest-profile offices, under legislation introduced Monday. Continue reading...

State donor's cash in several war chests

Subscriber onlyIn the past 15 years, more than $1.2 million in campaign gifts to candidates for Arkansas' most powerful political offices have originated with one man: Fort Smith nursing home owner Michael Morton. Continue reading...

Electronic finance filings by candidates gain favor

Subscriber onlyGov.-elect Asa Hutchinson and two Arkansas legislators say they'll push for new state laws in January to make it easier for the public to learn who is bankrolling the state's biggest political campaigns. Continue reading...

Issue 3 already leaving a mark

Corporate-gift curbs have politicians, lobbyists wary

Subscriber onlyArkansas voters surprised almost everyone Nov. 4 when they endorsed a constitutional amendment that bars state political candidates from accepting campaign money from corporations. Continue reading...

Outsiders funding Senate contest

Most of donors live out of state

Subscriber onlyMore than $2 of every $3 donated directly to the campaigns of Arkansas' U.S. Senate candidates have come from people and interests outside the state, according to an Arkansas Democrat-Gazette review of federal campaign contribution records. Continue reading...

Political gifts filed on paper shrouded

Nondigital data laborious to sort

Subscriber onlyMore than $7 million in campaign donations flowed into Arkansas' U.S. Senate contest between incumbent Democrat Mark Pryor and Republican Tom Cotton over the past 15 weeks. Continue reading...

Governor's race sees big donors

15 companies, families pour at least $20,000 into contest

Subscriber onlyA Tennessee-based housing and resort developer -- along with his companies, executives and family -- is the largest donor so far to Arkansas' gubernatorial race between Republican Asa Hutchinson and Democrat Mike Ross. Continue reading...

2 state families at top of donors to Pryor, Cotton

Murphy, Stephens: $95,000+

Subscriber onlyMembers of two of Arkansas' wealthiest families -- Stephens in Little Rock and Murphy in El Dorado -- are among the largest contributors so far to the state's nationally important U.S. Senate contest between Democrat Mark Pryor and Republican Tom Cotton. Continue reading...

Campaign-finance files onerous

State reports on paper, not in computer-searchable format

Subscriber onlyArkansas ranks as one of the most difficult states for the public to learn who's donating campaign money to candidates for state office -- especially in the biggest, most-talked-about races. Continue reading...

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