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Huckabee to announce 2016 plans on May 5

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee announced when he will announce whether he plans to launch a 2016 presidential campaign or not on May 5 in Hope, his spokesman confirmed via social media. Continue reading...

1-candidate election nets 110 ballots

Subscriber onlyTaxpayers spent more than $130 per vote in a special election this week in which only one candidate was on the ballot; lawmakers hope a proposed constitutional amendment will allow Arkansas to avert similar uncontested elections in future years. Continue reading...

Governor likes March presidential primary

Subscriber onlyGov. Asa Hutchinson supports legislation that would shift Arkansas' presidential primary election from May to March, and he would support such a bill in a future special session, a spokesman for Hutchinson said Tuesday. Continue reading...

Boozman, Cotton cheer Iran bill

Subscriber onlyArkansas' U.S. senators Tuesday said they support legislation ensuring Congress gets a say on negotiations over Iran's nuclear program. Continue reading...

Bill on Medicare money to doctors clears Senate

Subscriber onlyThe Senate on Tuesday evening passed and sent to President Barack Obama legislation to avert a pay cut for doctors who treat Medicare patients, just hours before reductions would start affecting physicians. Continue reading...

House speaker sets eye on back-to-back tenures

Consecutive stints rare in state, but term-limit shift makes it feasible for Gillam

Subscriber onlyThe speaker of the Arkansas House is seeking a second-consecutive term in the post and, if successful, would be only the fourth person in state history to pull off such a feat. Continue reading...

Jokes in files given to UA by Bumpers

Subscriber onlyTiny towns and talking dogs were topics of jokes for former U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers. Continue reading...

No urgent need for anti-discrimination order, Hutchinson says

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson says he doesn't see an urgent need for an executive order extending anti-discrimination workplace protections to gay state employees after lawmakers approved a reworked religious objections bill. Continue reading...

Hutchinson: Special session likely on Medicaid plan

LITTLE ROCK — A special session will likely be needed to take up the future of Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion, Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday, warning that he doesn't want the new program to mimic what's already in place. Continue reading...

Law allows disabled to accumulate savings

Subscriber onlyGov. Asa Hutchinson signed legislation into law that would allow disabled Arkansans reliant on government assistance to start and run their own savings accounts. Continue reading...

Senator: New law's path messy

Religious Freedom Restoration Act good law, he says

Subscriber onlyArkansas Senate President Pro Tempore Jonathan Dismang said Tuesday that the Religious Freedom Restoration Act is a good law enacted by the Arkansas Legislature and Gov. Asa Hutchinson last week, but the process wasn't "pretty." Continue reading...

Texarkana lets city manager go

Four push for Boldt to leave now, not June 30, get wish

Subscriber onlyFour people, including an Arkansas state representative, asked Monday night for the immediate resignation of City Manager Harold Boldt. And they got it. Continue reading...

Dismang: Process surrounding religion law not 'pretty'

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas' Senate president said Tuesday that he didn't like the process that surrounded the last-minute revamping of a religious objections measure that initially was criticized as anti-gay, but said he was happy with the compromise version that was enacted. Continue reading...

Governor signs workforce initiative bills into law

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Monday signed into law three state Senate bills that establish his workforce training initiative. Continue reading...

Hutchinson to sign workforce legislation

Gov. Asa Hutchinson is scheduled to sign legislation today at 12:30 p.m. overhauling the state’s workforce education programs. Continue reading...

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