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Plan to raise wage qualifies for fall ballot

Signatures sufficient, state says; backers expect a fight

Subscriber onlyA proposed initiated act to gradually raise the state's minimum wage by $2.50 an hour by 2021 will be on the Nov. 6 general election ballot, Secretary of State Mark Martin reported Thursday. Continue reading...

Realtors quiz LR mayoral candidates

Five hopefuls pushed for views on public safety, better schools, job growth

Subscriber onlyFive men vying to be the next mayor of Little Rock shared their platforms with the city's real estate professionals on Thursday afternoon. Continue reading...

Democratic House candidate from Bethel Heights files no reports

Subscriber onlyDemocratic nominee Kati McFarland has filed none of the required monthly campaign finance reports in her bid to unseat Rep. Jana Della Rosa, R-Rogers, according to the Arkansas Secretary of State's Office. Continue reading...

Tribes send $1M more to promote state's casinos issue

Subscriber onlyThe Quapaw and Cherokee tribes last month together sent $1 million more to the Driving Arkansas Forward committee that is promoting a proposed constitutional amendment that would authorize the state to license four casinos, the committee reported Wednesday. Continue reading...

Arkansas governor 'open' to red-flag law on guns

Seizures in threatening situations would need to adhere to due process, he says

Subscriber onlyGov. Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday that he would be "open" to supporting legislation that would create judicial orders to temporarily seize firearms from people deemed a risk to themselves or others, as a way of reducing gun violence in Arkansas. Continue reading...

Tort-issue ally spent $107,930 in month

Foe of measure stockpiles $1.6M

Subscriber onlyA coalition of state industry groups established to support a ballot issue that would limit attorney fees and lawsuit damage awards spent more than $100,000 in July and raised nearly as much, according to financial reports filed with the Arkansas Ethics Commission on Wednesday. Continue reading...

Hopefuls vying for state offices report finances

Subscriber onlyRepublican Gov. Asa Hutchinson raised more than $92,000 in campaign funds in July, while Democratic challenger Jared Henderson received more than $31,000, according to campaign finance reports submitted Wednesday. Continue reading...

Glidewell wins race to serve out Files' Arkansas Senate term

Subscriber onlyFormer state Rep. Frank Glidewell was elected Tuesday to serve as state senator in District 8 for the remaining 19 weeks of the term left unserved when Jake Files pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges and resigned from office. Continue reading...

Fort Smith elects first black mayor; board race down to 2

Subscriber only District 78 state Rep. George McGill handily won election over two opponents in Tuesday's municipal primary to become the city's first black mayor. Continue reading...

Political club set to talk ballot issue

Subscriber onlyIssue 1 -- a proposed constitutional amendment on the November ballot that would limit attorney fees and damages awarded in lawsuits and would also allow legislators to determine the rules of pleading, practice and procedure in courts -- will be the subject of discussion at the next Political Animals Club of Northwest Arkansas meeting. Continue reading...

Gubernatorial hopefuls meet in North Little Rock forum

Republican, Democrat find accord on health coverage

Subscriber onlyRepublican Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jared Henderson said Monday they each want to protect the ARKids First health insurance program for children, and Arkansas' version of Medicaid expansion for low-income adults, and use state and federal funds for quality after-school and summer school programs. Continue reading...

Election to fill two positions in Fort Smith

Mayor, director on ballot; voters to pick state senator

Subscriber onlyVoters will cast ballots today for a new mayor and an at-large member of the Board of Directors as well as decide who will finish the final weeks of a former state senator's term. Continue reading...

Pre-vote pep talk in the air for Democrats in Arkansas

Subscriber only Democrats in Arkansas aren't getting large sums of money from their national party headquarters, but they hope to build a committed grassroots organization that will enable them to be competitive in November, activists said Sunday. Continue reading...

Candidates address resources, crime in Arkansas' capital city

Subscriber onlyAt a Saturday morning Coalition of Little Rock Neighborhoods meeting attended by about 20 people and one dog, Frank Scott Jr. spoke quickly, outlining his plans if he is elected mayor. Continue reading...

Little Rock mayor race draws 3 hopefuls

Days before filing deadline, 12 in running for board seats

Subscriber onlyWith the deadline to file for municipal government positions less than a week away, three candidates have formally filed to run for Little Rock mayor and 12 have filed bids for seats on the city Board of Directors. Continue reading...

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