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Democrats' dinner to shed Jefferson, Jackson

Subscriber onlyThe state Democratic Party announced Thursday that it will change the name of its annual Jefferson Jackson Dinner, saying it wants a title that is more reflective of today's statewide political body. Continue reading...

Arkansas Democrats dropping Jefferson, Jackson names from dinner

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Democratic Party is joining a list of states dropping Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson's names from their biggest annual fundraiser and has formed a committee to come up with a new name. Continue reading...

Defense-bill stall riles Cotton

Need time to read 1,600-page measure, Nevada’s Reid says

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton denounced the Senate's top Democrat on Wednesday for delaying debate on defense-policy legislation, calling Harry Reid's leadership "cancerous" and accusing him of holding up the $602 billion bill to preserve his "sad, sorry legacy." Continue reading...

In 5 counties, ballot systems set for update

State to spend $2.1 million on new machines, software

Subscriber onlySecretary of State Mark Martin will provide an estimated $2.1 million worth of new voting equipment to five counties, his office announced Tuesday. Continue reading...

Hutchinson: Mansion shift Legislature's

Residence’s panel needed tighter rein, spokesman says

Subscriber onlyLegislation to give the governor more control over his home was driven by lawmakers, the governor's spokesman said Monday. Continue reading...

Hutchinson puts his pen to roads plan

Senate OKs it in 21-10 vote

Subscriber onlyGov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday signed into law his highway funding bill, after the Arkansas Senate advanced it to him on the final day of a brief special session. Continue reading...

Cyber unit still in plans at air base

Subscriber onlySecretary of the Air Force Deborah Lee James notified Arkansas' congressional delegation last week that the National Guard would maintain a specialized facility at Little Rock Air Force Base for possible use by one of the Guard's coveted cyber-protection teams. Continue reading...

Senate vote on highway bill

Subscriber onlyYEA (21) Cecile Bledsoe, R-Rogers Continue reading...

State legislature news in brief

Subscriber onlyEditor’s note: Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday signed all of the legislation passed in this special session, according to his staff. Continue reading...

Sebastian County seeks to raise fee

Election set on plan to cover ambulance-budget shortfall

Subscriber onlyFORT SMITH -- The Sebastian County Quorum Court is calling residents to the polls in August to vote on whether to nearly quadruple the fee they pay on personal property tax bills for emergency medical services each year. Continue reading...

Cotton doesn't rule out Trump-Cotton

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton says he won't run as a vice presidential candidate of an outsider campaign against Donald Trump if the New York billionaire wins the Republican presidential nomination. But the Dardanelle Republican is sidestepping questions about his willingness to serve as Trump's running mate. Continue reading...

Again, Cotton fastest legislator in D.C. race

Subscriber only U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton has been called a "young man in a hurry," and he lived up to the billing last week. Continue reading...

Highway bill now just shy of Senate OK

Vote Monday; rival bid fails

Subscriber onlyGov. Asa Hutchinson's highway-funding legislation won the endorsement of the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee on Friday, while a competing bill failed to clear the House Rules Committee. Continue reading...

Judge: Little Rock attorney learns, or city loses

Subscriber onlyLittle Rock is in contempt of court because of its late payment of a $10,000 sanction and faces a default judgment against the city if City Attorney Tom Carpenter doesn't go to continuing-education classes, a judge ruled Friday. Continue reading...

Both houses approve Broyles Act

It protects person’s publicity rights up to 50 years after death

Subscriber onlyPrompted by the legacy of a former Arkansas Razorback football coach, the House of Representatives on Friday pushed through a bill aimed at strengthening publicity rights and making them legally transferable even after an individual's death. Continue reading...

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