Arkansas Politics

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.

Local & Regional News
6:12 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Faulkner Sheriff 'Disappointed' In Sentence For Ex-opponent

Faulkner County Sheriff Andy Shock says he wanted his former election opponent to get a stiffer sentence for creating a false birth certificate.

On Friday, 47-year-old Harold Allen Smith of Greenbrier was sentenced to a month in federal prison followed by a year of supervised release.

The Log Cabin Democrat reports that Shock says he's content to accept the judge's decision but says he's "disappointed" in the sentence.

Smith was accused of faking a birth certificate to make it appear that Shock had fathered a child in Texas.

Local & Regional News
5:56 am
Mon August 19, 2013

Federal Committee Hearing On Rural, Urban Communications To Meet In Cabot

A member of the Federal Communications Commission is to discuss school Internet connectivity in a central Arkansas talk.

Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel of the FCC is to speak at the Cabot Public Schools administration building on Monday.

Rosenworcel is to highlight the need for affordable Internet access in classrooms. She is to appear with Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, who is being challenged in a re-election bid by Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton. 

Arkansas Gubernatorial Race 2014
5:31 pm
Sun August 18, 2013

Beebe Endorses Ross For Governor

Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe has endorsed fellow Democrat Mike Ross in the race to succeed Beebe as governor.

Beebe on Saturday endorsed Ross' 2014 gubernatorial bid.

Ross became the only announced Democratic candidate for governor last month after former Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter dropped out of the race for the party's nomination. Ross represented Arkansas' 4th Congressional District for 12 years and announced he was running for governor in April.

Beebe is barred by term limits from seeking re-election.

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Local & Regional News
5:39 am
Fri August 16, 2013

Ross To Speak To Political Animals Club

Former U.S. Rep. Mike Ross is speaking to the Political Animals Club about his bid for Arkansas governor.

Ross on Friday was scheduled to speak to the group at a breakfast meeting at the Little Rock Club.

The speech is the third in a series of breakfasts the group is having with gubernatorial candidates.

Ross became the sole Democratic candidate for governor last month when former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter dropped his bid for the party's nomination. Ross announced he was running for governor in April.

Gun Control
8:02 am
Thu August 15, 2013

Arkansas Pastors To Urge Expanded Background Checks

A group of Arkansas pastors is calling on U.S. Sens. John Boozman and Mark Pryor to reconsider their opposition to expanded background checks for firearms sales.

Six pastors planned to urge Boozman and Pryor at a news conference in North Little Rock to reconsider the measure they opposed in April. Boozman is a first-term Republican who was elected in 2010. Pryor is a two-term Democrat seeking re-election next year.

The pastors will speak at New Beginnings New Birth Ministry in North Little Rock.

Local & Regional News
2:34 pm
Tue August 13, 2013

Arkansas Secretary Of State Plans Appeal Of Judge's Ruling On Private Attorneys

The Arkansas Secretary of State plans to appeal a Pulaski County judge’s ruling over the office’s use of private lawyers in a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.

On Monday, Judge Tim Fox disqualified the private attorneys Secretary of State Mark Martin hired for $200 an hour to represent him in a lawsuit filed by plaintiff Matt Campbell, an attorney and political blogger who says Martin did not comply with his requests for certain records.

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Local & Regional News
5:46 am
Tue August 13, 2013

Arkansas Attorney General Rejects Gay Marriage Ballot Measure

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has again rejected the wording of a proposed ballot measure that would repeal the Arkansas constitution's ban on gay marriage.

McDaniel on Monday cited several problems with the proposed constitutional amendment submitted by Arkansans for Equality.

The proposed amendment must be approved by the AG's office before the group can begin gathering signatures to place it on the ballot next year.

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Local & Regional News
4:32 pm
Mon August 12, 2013

Memorial Service Set for Calvin Ledbetter, Arkansas Lawmaker and Educator

A young Calvin Ledbetter, Jr.

A memorial service for Calvin Ledbetter, a former Arkansas lawmaker and Professor Emeritus at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, is scheduled for Friday.

The service will be held at 2 p.m. in the Donaghey Student Center on U.A.L.R's campus.

Ledbetter died this past weekend. He was 84 years old.

In addition to being a politician and professor, Ledbetter was an author who wrote in great detail about Arkansas and its political past.

U.A.L.R Chancellor Dr. Joel Anderson calls him a low-key gentleman who was very insightful and had a great sense of humor.

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Local & Regional News
5:35 am
Mon August 12, 2013

Darr To Announce Whether He'll Seek House Seat

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr is announcing whether he'll seek the Republican nomination for a south Arkansas congressional seat.

Darr on Monday planned a campaign announcement in Huntington on Monday night.

Darr said last week he was likely to run for the 4th Congressional District now that Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton is challenging Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor.

Darr was elected to the state's No. 2 constitutional office in 2010. Earlier this year, he ruled out running for governor and Senate.