Category Archives: Politics

Tax cut deal likely around the corner

State legislators are likely days away from brokering an agreement on approximately $100 million in tax cuts, according to breaking coverage from Arkansas News. Senate President Pro Tem Michael Lamoureux said today the deal is expected within “a day or … Continue reading

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Pope question still up in the air

Black smoke rising from the Sistine Chapel signaled to the world the Cardinals of the Catholic Church have yet to select a new Pope on the first day in conclave. All 115 Electors will be secluded in the Santa Marta … Continue reading

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Beebe vetoes 12-week abortion ban, Senate to attempt an override

Gov. Mike Beebe stuck to the same rationale he used to veto last week’s 20-week abortion ban — quickly overridden in the House and Senate — when he vetoed this morning a measure that would ban abortions at 12 weeks. … Continue reading

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Walmart Foundation director expected to receive executive nomination

The Obama Administration is expected to go the Walmart way when it nominates Sylvia Mathews Burwell, president of the Walmart Foundation, to head up the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. According to numerous sources, cited by Talk Business, the … Continue reading

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House overrides Beebe’s abortion ban veto

In a completely anticipated move, the Arkansas House of Representatives overrode a gubernatorial veto that would have defeated a measure to ban abortions at 20 weeks. The so-called “fetal pain” bill has received huge attention across the state as the … Continue reading

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House speaker proposals $150 million in tax cuts

Arkansans could reap the benefits of more than $150 million in tax cuts if House Speaker Davy Carter has anything to say about it. Carter (R-Cabot) asked the House Revenue and Taxation Committee today to come up with proposals for … Continue reading

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Sequestration estimated to have a $920 million economic productivity impact in Arkansas

Eleventh-hour opportunities to spare the nation the economic impact of sequestration are thinning as both chambers of Legislature work on proposals that would replace the $85 billion in federally-mandated across-the-board cuts. In Arkansas, cuts are expected to signify a $920 … Continue reading

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Abortion ban goes to governor

The Arkansas House of Representatives is forcing Gov. Mike Beebe to put his money where his mouth is when it comes to constitutional worries over a pair of bills that would ban abortions at 20 and 12 weeks, according to … Continue reading

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Shepherd files proposed constitutional amendments

Among the five proposals submitted ahead of Wednesday’s deadline, Rep. Matthew Shepherd (R-El Dorado) included one that would redefine Arkansas Supreme Court positions as appointed rather than elected seats. If passed HJR1005 would alter the Arkansas Constitution to allow the … Continue reading

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House passes bill to reward whistle blowers on fraud and waste

Augmenting ethics reform and the state’s online open checkbook — both of which became realities after the 2011 general session — the Arkansas House of Republicans passed a bill today to offer cash rewards to state government employees who blow … Continue reading

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Beebe signs guns in church, abortion insurance bills into law

Gov. Mike Beebe has signed into law today a pair of provisions to allow houses of worship to permit guns on the premises and a measure to prohibit the sale of abortion insurance coverage through Arkansas’ health insurance exchange. According … Continue reading

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Beebe: Abortion ban may be unconstitutional

Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe won’t say where he lands on the bill that would prohibit the majority of abortions in the state of Arkansas, but said today initial research by his office shows the measure could be unconstitutional. The full … Continue reading

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Abortion bill moves to full Senate

Flying in the face of the 40-year Roe v. Wade decision, an Arkansas Senate panel OK’d a bill today that would ban abortion at the state level if a fetal heartbeat can be detected. Only two of the eight-member Senate … Continue reading

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McDaniel bows out of gubernatorial race

In the wake of a personal controversy that shed light on an extramarital affair, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced today that he won’t pursue the governor’s seat when it opens in 2014. According to Arkansas Times, McDaniel eluded to the … Continue reading

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School violence bill hits Legislature

Keeping with the topical tones that have the nation as a whole debating gun rights and mental health issues, one Arkansas senator has begun the process of drafting a bill to better prepare students and educators for potential violence on … Continue reading

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