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Agency: 4 candidates have back-taxes liens

State files reviewed on 400 hopefuls

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration had active liens last week for unpaid income taxes against at least four judicial candidates and one state representative who is running for re-election. Continue reading...

81 judges since ’06 on suspension list

Action taken 157 times, files show

Subscriber onlyNearly one-third of the state’s sitting judges since 2006 have been suspended from practicing law a combined 157 times for nonpayment of annual law-license dues, according to a review of information provided by the clerk of the courts. Continue reading...

Interim judge also ruled ballot-eligible

Subscriber onlyInterim Judge H.G. Foster of Conway is a bona fide judicial candidate, Pulaski County Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen ruled Tuesday in a decision that repeated his earlier finding that an Arkansas court rule that suspends lawyers for paying dues late is unconstitutional and cannot be enforced. Continue reading...

Cotton, Pryor campaigns file finance data

Total of $2.5 million raised by two in year’s 1st quarter

Subscriber onlyU.S. Rep. Tom Cotton edged out U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor in campaign donations in the first three months of the year, according to federal campaign-finance reports released Tuesday. Continue reading...

Private-option law focus in GOP race

Irvin’s 2013 support propels Grace

Subscriber onlyState Sen. Missy Irvin, R-Mountain View, who voted for Medicaid expansion in 2013 and then voted against it this year, will have to defeat a foe of the expansion in the May 20 primary to return to the Legislature in 2015. Continue reading...

Outside cash tilts Senate contests

Some Democrats see edge narrow

Subscriber onlyDemocrats in races that will help determine control of the U.S. Senate are rapidly burning through their campaign cash, whittling away their financial advantage over Republican opponents as they fend off attacks from conservative groups, according to figures released through Friday. Continue reading...

Arkansas to appeal decision striking 12-week abortion ban

The state of Arkansas will appeal a federal judge's decision to strike down part of a law that banned most abortions after 12 weeks, one of the law's primary sponsors said Friday. Continue reading...

Panel dismisses ethics complaint against Cotton

An ethics panel has dismissed a complaint that accused Republican Senate hopeful Tom Cotton of soliciting contributions illegally during a radio interview at his congressional office in the U.S. Capitol. Continue reading...