Arkansas Politics

Local & Regional News
10:53 am
Wed September 18, 2013

Report Details Spending By Former Arkansas Senator

Documents released by the Arkansas Ethics Commission show that a former state lawmaker who resigned over violations could only identify less than a quarter of the $63,000 his campaign spent as legitimately related to his re-election bid.

The Ethics Commission on Wednesday released the file related to the investigation into former Democratic Sen. Paul Bookout, who stepped down last month after the panel ruled he spent thousands from his campaign on clothing, stereo equipment and other personal items.

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Ethics Investigation
11:49 am
Mon September 9, 2013

Letter: Arkansas Ethics Panel Investigating Darr

The Arkansas Ethics Commission says it's looking into a complaint that Lt. Gov. Mark Darr spent hundreds of dollars from his campaign at restaurants, gas stations and retail stores and illegally classified them as fundraising expenses.

The commission said in a letter to lawyer and blogger Matt Campbell that an investigation had begun into his complaint against the Republican lieutenant governor over his campaign finance reports.

The letter, dated Friday, says the panel is looking into whether Darr violated several ethics laws.

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Local & Regional News
6:38 am
Thu September 5, 2013

3 GOP Candidates File For Arkansas State Senate Race

Three Republicans have filed to run for their party's nomination for a northeast Arkansas Senate seat vacated by a Democratic lawmaker who resigned over ethics violations.

John Cooper, Chad Niell and Dan Sullivan filed paperwork Wednesday to run for the state Senate seat that had been held by Democratic Sen. Paul Bookout. Bookout resigned last month after the state Ethics Commission said he spent thousands from his campaign on clothing, home theater equipment and other personal items.

August Recess Activities
9:46 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Arkansas Senator Boozman Wrapping Up Rural Tour

U.S. Sen. John Boozman plans to bring his weeklong agriculture tour of Arkansas to a close on Friday with stops in three towns.

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4th District Congressional Race
7:59 am
Thu August 29, 2013

UPDATE: Darr Bows Out Of Congressional Bid Amid Ethical Questions

Mark Darr

Lt. Governor Mark Darr says he will drop out of the race for the 4th district congressional seat, now occupied by Republican Tom Cotton.

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Arkansas & The Affordable Care Act
7:46 am
Thu August 29, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers To Discuss 'Private Option' Waiver

Arkansas lawmakers are set to discuss the state's request to use federal Medicaid funds to provide private health insurance to thousands of low-income residents.

The House and Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor committees on Thursday were scheduled to meet jointly and discuss the state's "private option" plan to expand insurance coverage in the state.

The Legislature earlier this year approved the plan as an alternative to expanding Medicaid's enrollment under the federal health care law.

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Ethics And Campaign Finance Rules
6:34 pm
Tue August 27, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers Plan Refresher Course On Ethics

Arkansas House and Senate leaders say lawmakers will meet for a refresher course on the state's ethics laws after a state senator resigned over his campaign spending money on clothes, home theater equipment and other personal items.

Senate and House leaders said Tuesday they're planning to hold a seminar on ethics and campaign finance laws on Sept. 26. The meeting is aimed at answering lawmaker's questions about state ethics rules and other issues.

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Local & Regional News
7:40 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr Says He Made Mistakes On Campaign Finance Reports

File photo of Lt. Gov. Mark Darr in June.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr says he made errors on campaign finance reports that are now being questioned by a political website.

In a series of reports this week, the Democrat-leaning Blue Hog Report says Darr's campaign reports listed expenses like four season tickets to Arkansas Razorback games, expensive dinners and charges at convenience stores as fundraisers.

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Arkansas Corrections
12:48 pm
Thu August 22, 2013

Parole Administrator In Dennis Case Fired

State officials have fired a top parole and probation administrator after a state investigation showed he violated key policies at the Department of Community Corrections.

The Arkansas-Democrat Gazette reports that Damian McNeal was fired Monday, according to an internal investigation account which says he “changed an incident report at least twice to reflect false information and submitted it as a complete and accurate report”. 

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Local & Regional News
6:08 am
Wed August 21, 2013

Arkansas Panel To Take Up Rules For Voter ID Law

A state board is taking up the rules for enforcing a new Arkansas law that will require voters to show photo identification before they can cast a ballot.

The state Board of Election Commissioners on Wednesday is scheduled to consider the rules for the voter ID law that legislators approved earlier this year.

The law requires voters to show a photo ID at the polls. The rules closely mirror the law the Republican-controlled Legislature approved in April when it overrode Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe's veto of the voter ID legislation.