Arkansas Politics

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4:55 pm
Mon July 8, 2013

Hillary Clinton Attends Dedication Of Library Named In Her Honor

Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton with Marian Lacey, Vice-President of the CALS Board of Directors and library Director Bobby Roberts.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR News

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says she hopes a new children’s library in Little Rock will encourage reading among kids at an early age.

Monday she attended a dedication ceremony where the facility was formally named in her honor.

The board of the Central Arkansas Library System voted last month to name it for Clinton, in recognition of her work on issues regarding children's health and education while she was Arkansas' first lady.

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6:16 am
Mon July 8, 2013

Head Of Human Rights Campaign Plans Arkansas Stop

The president of Human Rights Campaign plans a stop in Arkansas after the U.S. Supreme Court's landmark rulings on same-sex marriage.

Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin is scheduled to speak at noon Monday at the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service.

Griffin is a native of Hope and is the first Southerner to lead Human Rights Campaign, a group that lobbies for gay rights.

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5:59 am
Fri June 28, 2013

Arkansas Senators Split On Immigration Bill

Arkansas' U.S. senators have split on legislation that offers the chance at citizenship to the 11 million immigrants now living in the country unlawfully.

Democratic Senator Mark Pryor voted for the historic immigration bill on Thursday, while Republican Senator John Boozman voted against it.

The Senate approved the measure on a 68-32 vote. Pryor called the measure the "strongest border security bill in history" and praised the bipartisan vote for it.

Local & Regional News
12:16 pm
Thu June 27, 2013

Group Calls on Pryor to Drop Opposition To Expanding Background Checks For Guns

A bus for the “No More Names: National Drive to Reduce Gun Violence” campaign arrives in Little Rock.
Malcolm Glover KUAR

Advocates encouraging state and federal officials to support what they call "sensible gun laws" held a rally in downtown Little Rock Thursday.

The attendees included area residents, faith leaders, survivors of gun violence, and the family members of victims killed during the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut.

Bill Branham is a gun owner and an avid target shooter. He’s lived in Arkansas since 1972 and decided to participate in the event.

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11:23 am
Thu June 27, 2013

Former Arkansas Treasurer Pleads Not Guilty To Charges

Former Treasurer Martha Shoffner leaves the federal courthouse in Little Rock with her attorney Chuck Banks.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner pleaded not guilty Thursday to federal charges accusing her of taking cash payments to steer state investments to a bond broker.

It was a brief hearing, with U.S. Magistrate Joe Volpe reading the 14 charges of extortion and bribery.

Her attorney Chuck Banks entered a plea of not guilty and requested a trial by jury.

Asked by the judge if that was her plea, Shoffner said “Yes, not guilty.”

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7:46 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

How Supreme Court Ruling on Gay Marriage Could Impact Arkansas

A demonstration in Little Rock for marriage equality on Wednesday.
Credit Arkansas Initiative for Marriage Equality

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Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled on two cases on gay marriage, many may be wondering how these rulings do or do not apply to Arkansas.

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3:25 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Pryor And Boozman: Gay Marriage Ruling Won’t Change Arkansas Policy

L to R: Senators John Boozman and Mark Pryor

The U.S. Supreme Court’s landmark decision Wednesday that a federal same-sex marriage ban is unconstitutional could impact public policy in Arkansas. 

U.S. Senator Mark Pryor supported the Defense of Marriage Act and says the high court’s ruling still recognizes that marriage contracts should be left up to individual states.

“Arkansas has made the determination that marriage is between a man and a woman,” Pryor said. “I support and respect the state’s decision and my personal belief that marriage is between a man and a woman has not changed.”

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10:50 am
Mon June 24, 2013

Filing: Shoffner Plans To Plead Not Guilty

Martha Shoffner
Credit Danny Johnston / AP Photo

Former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner says she plans to plead not guilty to charges she accepted cash payments from a bond broker to whom she steered state investments, but a federal judge says she can't skip a hearing to enter that plea. 

U.S. Magistrate Judge Joe Volpe denied Shoffner's request to waive her appearance at an arraignment hearing scheduled for later this week. Volpe's order was dated Friday, but wasn't entered into the court system until Monday.

Shoffner and her attorney said in a filing with the court that she planned to plead not guilty.

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Local & Regional News
6:23 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Former Lawmaker To Be Sentenced In Election Case

Hudson Hallum
Credit Danny Johnston / AP Photo

A former east Arkansas legislator convicted of conspiracy to commit election fraud is appearing in court to be sentenced. 

Former Democratic Rep. Hudson Hallum on Thursday is scheduled to appear before a federal judge for sentencing. His father, Kent Hallum, is also set to appear before the judge in a separate sentencing hearing. 

Hallum pleaded guilty in September, along with his father and two campaign workers.

Prosecutors said Hallum bribed voters and used absentee ballots to commit fraud in the 2011 election for his seat.

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2:32 pm
Wed June 19, 2013

Boozman Seeks More Transparency From NSA Spy Programs

U.S. Senator John Boozman of Arkansas

A new poll by the Washington Post and ABC News confirms findings from other media surveys that show a majority of Americans support the National Security Agency’s surveillance programs. 

After attending classified meetings and a top secret briefing through the Appropriations Committee, U.S. Senator John Boozman of Arkansas says he’s pleased with recent public relations efforts by intelligence agencies. 

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