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New group joins fight against two marijuana initiatives

State surgeon general aboard

Subscriber onlyA new group has formed to coordinate attacks on the proposed Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act and Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment. Continue reading...

Ballot-issue groups pay name-gatherer

‘Pot,’ casino backers awaiting results

Subscriber onlyA professional signature-gathering firm received money in July from two Arkansas groups vying to get their proposals on the Nov. 8 general ballot, while groups on both sides of various issues began raising funds for general election campaigns, according to documents filed this month. Continue reading...

Governor aide gets pay raise

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Legislative Council on Friday signed off on state agencies' requests for approval of proposed new jobs and pay raises for the spouses of three state lawmakers, including a $27,000-a-year pay raise for Gov. Asa Hutchinson aide Phyllis Bell -- the wife of Rep. Nate Bell, an independent from Mena. Continue reading...

3 Little Rock board positions contested; 1 seat open

Subscriber onlyThree of the four races for Little Rock Board of Directors seats up for election this November will be contested. Continue reading...

2 seek open NLR post as few face challengers

Subscriber onlyRon Harris and John Parker will compete for the open Ward 3 alderman's position in North Little Rock in the only contested municipal race in Pulaski County outside of Little Rock's city board elections. Continue reading...

Lawyer blasts voter-roll response

Democrats call secretary of state’s office data inadequate

Subscriber onlyAn attorney hired by the state Democratic Party told Secretary of State Mark Martin's office that the latter's explanations for withholding records about the statewide voter database were "farcical," "disingenuous" and ultimately "unlawful" in a letter delivered Friday. Continue reading...

Investigation urged on Monticello check

Mayor’s signature concerns group

Subscriber onlyArkansas State Police should investigate a check endorsed by Monticello Mayor Zack Tucker that coincided with an invoice that appears be falsified, Prosecuting Attorney Thomas Deen said this week. Continue reading...

Tops' secrets: Bourbon, fly fishing

Subscriber onlyPresidential historians have studied the lives of the nation's leaders, looking for keys to their longevity. Continue reading...

State elections board picks 4 finalists for director post

Subscriber onlyThe state Board of Election Commissioners on Tuesday whittled to four the candidates who applied for its open staff director position. Continue reading...

50 hear views on range of topics

Subscriber onlyGovernment officials and community activists gathered Tuesday morning at the state Capitol to discuss matters such as job creation and education in Arkansas. Continue reading...

Groups say Arkansas voter files' gaps vexing

Subscriber onlyOfficials with two organizations say they are on different tracks for potential litigation against Secretary of State Mark Martin's office for its responses to their separate requests for information on how some voters were flagged as felons in a statewide database. Continue reading...

Washington news in brief

Subscriber onlyWesterman backs House 6-point plan Continue reading...

Clinton backers open Little Rock office

Democrats hope it aids other races

Subscriber onlyWhile poor weather grounded the flight of the event's keynote speaker, Sen. Cory Booker of New Jersey, state Democratic officials turned out in the rain Saturday morning to open Hillary Clinton's Arkansas campaign headquarters at a Little Rock shopping center. Continue reading...

Democrats, ACLU get files on felon flagging

Subscriber onlySecretary of State Mark Martin's office Friday provided documents, related to how it flagged voters as felons, to the state Democratic Party and the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas, both of which sought the files under the state Freedom of Information Act. Continue reading...

Governor's budget chief to exit post

Greenberg takes position with association that represents nursing homes in state

Subscriber onlyGov. Asa Hutchinson's senior adviser, Marjorie Greenberg, will depart the governor's office to work as the Arkansas Health Care Association's director of research and policy, association Executive Director Rachel Davis said Friday. Continue reading...

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