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DHS: Let Medicaid aid 2,800 disabled

Subscriber onlyEnhanced Medicaid funding made available under the 2010 health care overhaul law would allow Arkansas to move 2,800 people with developmental disabilities off a waiting list for home-based services, such as help with daily living tasks, the director of the Arkansas Department of Human Services told lawmakers Thursday. Continue reading...

Political fighting pulls boy into fray

Pre-K bid fodder in House contest

Subscriber onlyA candidate's 4-year-old son has taken center stage in the race for Arkansas House District 35 in Little Rock. Continue reading...

Ebola ad on Cotton accurate, Pryor says

Subscriber onlyU.S. Sen. Mark Pryor held a news conference Wednesday to defend a television advertisement released this week that accuses his Republican opponent, U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, of voting to cut funding that prepares America for an Ebola outbreak. Continue reading...

Christie in state to raise money, tout Hutchinson

Subscriber onlyNew Jersey Gov. Chris Christie raised money for Arkansas Republican gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday and warned that Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mike Ross would raise taxes and bring Washington-style politics to Arkansas if elected. Continue reading...

Complaint against Witt filed by GOP

Information said omitted from signs

Subscriber onlyThe Republican Party of Arkansas filed a complaint Tuesday with the Federal Election Commission alleging that the campaign for Democratic 4th Congressional District candidate James Lee Witt had violated two federal election rules by omitting information on campaign materials. Continue reading...

Huckabee visits Arkansas amid GOP election push

Amid a Republican push for its candidates as the 2014 election cycle enters its home stretch, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is returning to the state. Continue reading...

Ross, Hutchinson battle on budget

Will help raise jail reimbursements, both tell counties

Subscriber onlyDemocratic gubernatorial nominee Mike Ross warned county officials Friday about Republican gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson's tax-cut plan, saying Hutchinson wants to cut income taxes by $100 million in his first year and then worry about balancing the budget and funding public education, Medicaid and public safety programs. Continue reading...

Only one on ballot for Eureka Springs mayor

Subscriber onlyFor the first time in at least 30 years, a candidate is running unopposed for mayor of Eureka Springs. Continue reading...

Romney endorses Cotton in NLR appearance

Former Massachusetts Gov. and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney formally endorsed Republican U.S. Senate candidate Tom Cotton on Thursday in North Little Rock, saying the race between Cotton and Democratic incumbent U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is critical to the GOP's efforts to win control of the Senate. Continue reading...

U.S. House majority leader stumps for Hill in LR

Subscriber onlyU.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy stood in front of 350 miles of unused pipes at Welspun Tubular in Little Rock on Wednesday morning advocating for completion of the Keystone XL pipeline and promoting Arkansas Republicans. Continue reading...

Hutchinson gets Romney’s support

Subscriber onlyFormer Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, the 2012 Republican presidential nominee, endorsed Arkansas Republican gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday and then held a fundraiser for Hutchinson's campaign. Continue reading...

National chairman for GOP heads up LR rally for Cotton

Subscriber onlyRepublican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus visited the organization's Arkansas field office Tuesday to rally volunteers around the state's GOP challenger in the U.S. Senate race, calling the state ground zero for the party's takeover of the Senate. 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...

States offer options for switch from paper to online

Subscriber onlyIn 2006, Louisiana's system for disclosing candidates' campaign contributions to the public looked a lot like Arkansas'. Continue reading...

What U.S. experts, state officials say

Subscriber onlyHere's what other state officials and national experts say about Arkansas' hard-to-access campaign contribution and spending reports: "Most people involved in politics, either covering it as a journalist or working on campaigns, know that to get any information about a candidate's finance reports, you have to look at the report as it's been scanned in from the printed version. It's not searchable. It doesn't take advantage of the technology that's available." State Rep. Warwick Sabin, D-Little Rock Continue reading...

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