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Arkansas Supreme Court yanks Issue 1, calls it overly broad

Majority says ‘tort’ measure covers 4 separate sections

Subscriber onlyFor the second time in as many election cycles, the Arkansas Supreme Court has blocked efforts to let voters cap lawsuit damages and attorneys' fees, ruling Thursday that Issue 1 on the Nov. 6 ballot falls short of constitutional muster. Continue reading...

State's high court keeps wage-raise measure on ballot

Subscriber onlyA proposed ballot measure to gradually raise the state's hourly minimum wage from $8.50 to $11 will remain on the Nov. 6 general election ballot, the Arkansas Supreme Court ruled Thursday. Continue reading...

U.S. Rep. French Hill, Clarke Tucker decry 'lynching' radio ad

Democrat win imperils blacks, it says

Subscriber onlyA Republican congressman in central Arkansas and his challenger on Thursday condemned a political action committee's radio ad that suggests white Democrats will lynch black Americans if they win the midterm election next month. Continue reading...

U.S. Sen. John Boozman seeks answers in Saudi case

Subscriber onlyU.S. Sen. John Boozman is expressing concern about the disappearance of Washington Post contributing columnist Jamal Khashoggi, saying it's a mystery that must be solved. Continue reading...

Governor names 5 special justices

Defamation case centers on campaign ads about Goodson

Subscriber onlyGov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday appointed five special justices to fill in for members of the Arkansas Supreme Court who recused from considering a broadcast company's appeal of a defamation case involving campaign ads about Justice Courtney Goodson. Continue reading...

Got lost in hometown, found path to politics

Scott acknowledges help along way

Subscriber onlyThis is the fourth in a series of profiles on Little Rock mayoral candidates. Continue reading...

Arkansas Teacher Retirement System money from lawsuits raises tension

State legislator takes issue with amount Hopkins cited

Subscriber onlyA state lawmaker Wednesday tangled again with the departing head of the Arkansas Teacher Retirement System over the latter's testimony in July regarding how much the system has recovered through class-action lawsuits. Continue reading...

CANDIDATE PROFILE: Recreational pot a top issue for Little Rock mayoral hopeful Schwarz

Subscriber onlyThis is the third in a series of profiles of Little Rock mayoral candidates. Continue reading...

Arkansas Democrats' political radio ad canceled after governor raises party ethics issue

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Democratic Party on Wednesday suspended party-financed radio advertisements that Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson said urge the election of Democratic gubernatorial nominee Jared Henderson. Continue reading...

Little Rock board hopeful said to be ineligible

Address on filing isn’t in 2nd Ward

Subscriber onlyA candidate running to represent Little Rock's 2nd Ward faces a court injunction seeking to disqualify her from the race, based on her listing a residence outside that ward when she filed. Continue reading...

Drugmaker donations latest battle line drawn in AG's race

Subscriber onlyA coalition of Republican attorneys general headed by Arkansas' top law enforcement officer, Leslie Rutledge, received more than $750,000 from the pharmaceutical industry in the past year, according to Internal Revenue Service reports. Continue reading...

Little Rock Democrat outraises congressman in quarter, but GOP incumbent still holding $1.5M

Subscriber onlyState Rep. Clarke Tucker, the Little Rock Democrat trying to unseat U.S. Rep. French Hill, raised more money than any other Arkansas congressional candidate during the third quarter, according to reports filed Monday with the Federal Election Commission. Continue reading...

CANDIDATE PROFILE: Sabin sees Little Rock mayor post as opportunity to do good

Subscriber onlyEditor's Note: This is the second in a series of profiles on Little Rock mayoral candidates. Continue reading...

Lobbyist reporting endorsed

Ethics panel calls to broaden rules

Subscriber onlyThe state Senate Ethics Committee on Tuesday recommended broadening the rules on who must report their relationships with lobbyists. Continue reading...

Tribes give over $1.8M in month to Arkansas committee behind proposed casino amendment

Tribes gave over $1.8M last month

Subscriber onlyThe Quapaw Tribe and Cherokee Nation collectively contributed more than $1.8 million in September to the ballot committee behind a proposed constitutional amendment that would clear the way for up to four full-fledged casinos in Arkansas, the committee reported Monday. Continue reading...

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