Former Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter disagrees with the House and Rules Committee’s bill to decrease the amount of lottery funded scholarships awarded to college students across Arkansas.
He says over 100,000 students have already benefited from the $4,500 awarded to them each year, with freshman enrollment of Arkansas students increasing significantly since instating the scholarship program.
Governor Mike Beebe says he will sign the bill allowing concealed weapons in Arkansas's churches if it reaches his desk. Both the Senate and the House have passed the legislation, with the latter approving it Monday.
The bill, proposed by Republican Senator Bryan King of Green Forest, lifts the previously established ban on guns in places of worship.Arkansas, along with nine other states, does not allow them. KUAR News called more than 30 churches with many pastors not wanting to comment on the potentially divisive issue.
Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, a Democrat, officially ended his bid to become the state's next Governor on Friday. In a message to supporters, McDaniel said he is proud of his record in the legislature and as AG, but now believes he would have a tough time winning the 2014 gubernatorial race.
"I am now convinced that if I run for Governor, this campaign would be about me personally, rather than Arkansas's future,” said McDaniel.
Results from a nonpartisan academic poll, conducted by the Diane Blair Center at the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville and the Clinton School of Public Service in Little Rock, provide new details on the changing social and political views of many Americans.
Over 3,600 people participated in the national survey that was conducted over 10 days right after the 2012 election.
Governor Mike Beebe hopes Arkansas will not have to carry a disproportionate amount of the burden as President Obama and Congress work on a compromise for avoiding the fiscal cliff, should negotiations fail.
Beebe was back in Little Rock Wednesday after a meeting with President Obama, alongside other governors Tuesday at the White House.
The 90 minute meeting with the president also included five other governors, representing both parties and offering the states’ perspectives on negotiations.