Arkansas Politics

Local & Regional News
4:37 pm
Sun May 19, 2013

State Treasurer Martha Shoffer To Have Hearing On Extortion Charges

A mug shot of Martha Shoffner after she was arrested Saturday.
Credit Pulaski County Sheriff's Office

Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner is to go before a federal judge Monday, after being arrested over the weekend on charges of extortion.

FBI spokeswoman Kimberly Brunell says agents arrested Shoffner Saturday at her home in Newport.

The Democrat serving her second term has been under scrutiny because of how her office has handled state investments.

Legislative auditors say that in 2011, 11 bonds were sold from the state’s investment portfolio before they had matured, resulting in a net loss of more than $434,000 worth of earnings.

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Arkansas Politics
9:51 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Legislators Say So Long, Carter Says Some Other Time

Arkansas Speaker of the House Davy Carter said the state should loosen its term limit restrictions for state legislators and consider open primary elections as ways to better represent its populous.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

State lawmakers met briefly this morning to formally adjourn the legislature, making for a quiet end to an otherwise action packed legislative session.

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Local & Regional News
1:03 pm
Fri May 17, 2013

Judge Grants Injunction In Arkansas Abortion Ban Case

State Senator Jason Rapert, sponsor of the 12-week abortion ban, speaking to reporters after Friday's ruling
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A federal judge has granted a request to temporarily block enforcement of a new Arkansas law that bans most abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy.

U.S. District Judge Susan Webber Wright granted a motion Friday for a preliminary injunction against the ban, set to take effect in August.

The state's Republican-led Legislature enacted the ban in March by overriding a veto from Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe.

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Local & Regional News
9:15 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Arkansas House Speaker Won't Run For Governor

Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Arkansas House Speaker Davy Carter says he won't seek the Republican nomination for governor next year. Carter announced Friday he won't be joining the gubernatorial race. 

Carter said last month he might seek the Republican nomination. Carter was elected House speaker last year after Republicans won control of the state Legislature in the November election. The 38-year-old has served in the state Legislature since 2009.

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Local & Regional News
6:19 am
Fri May 17, 2013

Hearing To Get Underway In Arkansas Abortion Ban Case

A hearing is scheduled in a federal lawsuit challenging a new Arkansas law that bans most abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy.

Friday's hearing is expected to focus on a request to temporarily block enforcement of the ban that is set to take effect in August.

The hearing comes in a lawsuit that the American Civil Liberties Union of Arkansas and the Center for Reproductive Rights brought on behalf of two Little Rock abortion providers.

Arkansas' Republican-led Legislature enacted the 12-week ban in March when it overrode a veto from Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe.

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Local & Regional News
5:13 pm
Thu May 16, 2013

Rep. Griffin Ready To Ask Tough Questions Of IRS Official

Congressman Tim Griffin of Arkansas will be among lawmakers with key questions Friday for the top Internal Revenue Service official who resigned this week amid a scandal over heightened scrutiny of conservative groups.

Former acting Commissioner Steven Miller is to testify before the House Ways and Means Committee. Griffin, a Republican from Little Rock, is a member of the committee.

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Local & Regional News
6:53 am
Thu May 16, 2013

Boozman And Pryor Update Constituents On Farm Bill, IRS Probe

Efforts to overhaul the federal farm bill are finally gaining traction on Capitol Hill.

U.S. Senator John Boozman of Arkansas voted to help get the bill out of the Senate Agriculture Committee on Tuesday.

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Politics and Social Media
6:27 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Pryor Hosting Twitter 'Town Hall' On Agriculture

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas is hosting a Twitter town hall to answer questions about the farm bill and other agricultural issues.

Pryor's office said the Democratic lawmaker will answer questions via Twitter about the bill, agricultural research, regulations and domestic food availability. Arkansans can tweet their questions using the hashtag (hash)AskPryor starting at 8:15 a.m. Thursday.

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2014 Attorney General Race
5:20 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Sterling Says AG’s Office Needs Conservative Leadership

David Sterling says his conservative leanings and the absence of other candidates led to his decision to enter the 2014 Attorney General’s race.

Appearing on the latest Talk Business Arkansas webcast/podcast, Sterling said he will seek the GOP nomination for Attorney General next year in an effort to offer voters a conservative choice in the race.

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Arkansas 2014 Election
6:14 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Arkansas Dems Vying For Governor Both Tout Education

Former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter told reporters Friday that his opponent for the Democratic nomination for Governor, former Fourth District Congressman Mike Ross is switching his position on federal health care overhaul after Ross praised the private option of Medicaid expansion approved by the Arkansas legislature.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Both Democratic Candidates for Governor in Arkansas say the private option of Medicaid expansion was the best deal available to the state but disagree on the bulk of the federal health care overhaul.

Former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter and former Fourth District Congressman Mike Ross spoke to members of the Delta Grass Roots Caucus Friday at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock.

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