Jacob Kauffman http://ualrpublicradio.org en ACLU of Arkansas Files Suit Against Voter ID Law http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/aclu-arkansas-files-suit-against-voter-id-law <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state’s 2013 voter ID law is being challenged by the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Arkansas Public Law Center. The lawsuit argues the act presents an unconstitutional barrier to voting. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">ACLU’s Executive Director Rita </span>Sklar<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said the law targets populations with poor access to resources. </span></p> Wed, 16 Apr 2014 21:52:16 +0000 Jacob Kauffman & Colleen Mayo 21901 at http://ualrpublicradio.org ACLU of Arkansas Files Suit Against Voter ID Law Arkansans Critical of Corporate Tax Structure Rally at Capitol http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansans-critical-corporate-tax-structure-rally-capitol <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A loose affiliation of citizens, advocacy groups, and unions gathered at the Capitol on Tuesday, the last day to file taxes, condemning what they argue is a tax system favoring large corporations. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Justin Nickels, with the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, criticized tax exemptions being granted to profitable corporations while cuts to social services are made. </span></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:35:46 +0000 Jacob Kauffman 21856 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansans Critical of Corporate Tax Structure Rally at Capitol Lottery Officials Comment on Declining Revenue, Solutions, and Scholarships http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/lottery-officials-comment-declining-revenue-solutions-and-scholarships <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State legislators heard reports from lottery officials Tuesday detailing below forecast sales, possible changes, and the effect on scholarships. Lottery Director Bishop </span>Woosley<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> said the commission is $5.8 million below forecast.</span></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 23:21:42 +0000 Jacob Kauffman 21855 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Lottery Officials Comment on Declining Revenue, Solutions, and Scholarships Arkansas GOP Granted Inclusion in Defense of Absentee-Voter ID Rule http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-gop-granted-inclusion-defense-absentee-voter-id-rule <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The state Republican Party is being allowed to intervene in a lawsuit defending ID rules for absentee voters. The decision came Monday morning after a ruling by Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox. </span></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 20:00:42 +0000 Jacob Kauffman 21790 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas GOP Granted Inclusion in Defense of Absentee-Voter ID Rule Arkansas To Appeal Ruling On 12-Week Abortion Ban http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-appeal-ruling-12-week-abortion-ban <p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Arkansas Attorney General’s office filed a notice of appeal Friday to uphold the state law passed last year restricting abortions after 12 weeks. The law had been blocked from going into effect by federal judge Susan Wright and last month she struck down most provisions of the act.&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: 1.5;">State Senator Jason </span>Rapert<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> (R-Bigelow) sponsored the legislation and spoke at the Capitol with other Republican legislators Friday applauding the decision to appeal. </span></p> Fri, 11 Apr 2014 18:08:09 +0000 Jacob Kauffman 21670 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas To Appeal Ruling On 12-Week Abortion Ban Play Ball: Arkansas Travelers Baseball Returns http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/play-ball-arkansas-travelers-baseball-returns <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">After a week on the road, the Arkansas Travelers have their </span>106th<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> season home opener Thursday, April </span>10th<span style="line-height: 1.5;">. It is the team’s eighth year at Dickey-Stephens Park in North Little Rock after leaving the now-demolished, historic Ray Winder Field where had they had played since 1932. </span></p> Thu, 10 Apr 2014 21:57:08 +0000 Jacob Kauffman 21638 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Play Ball: Arkansas Travelers Baseball Returns Action on Contested Voter ID Rules for Arkansas Absentee Voters http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/action-contested-voter-id-rules-arkansas-absentee-voters <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Temporary emergency rules regarding absentee ballots submitted without a photo ID have been made permanent provisions. A 2013 state voter ID law allowed for in-person voters without ID to cast provisional ballots and gave them a period of time to show ID. But no similar allowance was given to absentee voters.</span></p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 19:28:21 +0000 Jacob Kauffman 21557 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Action on Contested Voter ID Rules for Arkansas Absentee Voters 59 Sitting Judges May Face Challenges to Eligibility to Hold and Seek Office http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/59-sitting-judges-may-face-challenges-eligibility-hold-and-seek-office <p>KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman spoke with investigative, liberal blogger Matt Campbell who runs <a href="http://www.bluehogreport.com/">Blue Hog Report</a> to talk about his research identifying 59 sitting judges who failed to pay annual bar dues seeking election May 20th and what it means for their eligibility to hold and seek office. Scrutiny has been cast upon all 59 justices after a decision last month disqualified a candidate.</p><p></p> Tue, 08 Apr 2014 23:31:34 +0000 Jacob Kauffman 21516 at http://ualrpublicradio.org 59 Sitting Judges May Face Challenges to Eligibility to Hold and Seek Office Little Rock Leaders Promote Safety for Pedestrians http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/little-rock-leaders-promote-safety-pedestrians <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">As foot and bicycle traffic continues to increase in downtown Little Rock, officials are working to make pedestrians safer as they traverse some of the state’s busiest roadways. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Officials gathered at one of the busiest intersections in Little Rock, </span>LaHarpe<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> and President Clinton Avenue in the </span>Rivermarket<span style="line-height: 1.5;">, to promote pedestrian safety for their month-long “Heads Up Downtown!” campaign. </span></p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 23:40:58 +0000 Jacob Kauffman 21458 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Little Rock Leaders Promote Safety for Pedestrians Pulaski County School District Desegregation Efforts To Be Assessed In Court http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/pulaski-county-school-district-desegregation-efforts-be-assessed-court <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The Pulaski County Special School District will be in court Friday to argue progress has been made in resolving long-running desegregation issues. </span></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 22:01:10 +0000 Jacob Kauffman 21295 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Pulaski County School District Desegregation Efforts To Be Assessed In Court