Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says the current death penalty system is broken.
Speaking to the Arkansas Sheriffs' Association in Fort Smith on Wednesday, McDaniel pointed to legal challenges and a shortage of drugs used in executions as problems with the death penalty and said it is time to discuss the punishment's future.
The attorney general says he continues to support the death penalty but said he has no reason to believe that any of the state's condemned prisoners will be executed while he is in office.
A new ranking compiled by the nonpartisan “Center for Responsive Politics” shows that in the first quarter of 2013, Senator Mark Pryor is third in the nation for members of Congress receiving donations from lobbyists.
Arkansas’s lone congressional Democrat, who is seeking reelection, has amassed $85,100 from lobbyists so far this year, putting him behind Democrats Max Baucus of Montana and Ed Markey of Massachusetts.