Arkansas Politics

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announcing a $1 billion investment by a Chinese company in a Clark County paper mill.
Arkansas Business

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says the Chinese company Sun Paper will build a $1 billion bio-products mill in southern Arkansas, creating 250 jobs. Hutchinson was joined by Sun Paper chairman and founder Hongxin Li in making the announcement Tuesday.

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Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has approved the wording of a proposal to legalize recreational and medical marijuana, allowing supporters to begin gathering signatures to put the measure on the November ballot.

Rutledge on Monday certified the proposed constitutional amendment by Mary Berry that would legalize the cultivation, production, distribution, sale and possession of marijuana.

Tucker Carlson
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Political writer and commentator Tucker Carlson is headlining a fundraiser for the Arkansas Republican Party next month.

The state GOP announced Monday that Carlson will be the keynote speaker at its Reagan-Rockefeller Dinner in Hot Springs May 13. Carlson is the editor-in-chief of the Daily Caller and co-hosts Fox & Friends Weekend on the Fox News Channel, and he began his career at the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

Arkansas Capitol
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With the impasse over the future of the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion resolved for now, Arkansas lawmakers this week are shifting their focus to the rest of the $5.3 billion budget for the coming year.

The House and Senate are set to reconvene Tuesday, days after Gov. Asa Hutchinson vetoed a provision of the Medicaid budget that set a Dec. 31 end date for the hybrid expansion. Supporters of the programs are expected to have more than enough votes to uphold his decision if an override is attempted, which would effectively keep the program alive for another year.

File photo: Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaking to reporters at the Capitol about his budget proposal.
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Gov. Asa Hutchinson says the 75% threshold to pass appropriations bills is too high, traditional Medicaid reform will likely wait until 2017, a highway special session could include other non-controversial topics, and the decision to replace Baker Kurrus as Little Rock School District superintendent will not be reversed.

Doyle Webb
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Every delegate matters at the Republican National Convention July 18-21 in Cleveland, and Doyle Webb, Republican Party of Arkansas chairman, will help decide which ones actually count.

Governor Beebe with Reporters
Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe has been named to the board of directors for Conway-based Home BancShares, Inc.

The company announced the appointment Thursday. Beebe is a Democrat who served two terms as Arkansas governor. Before that, he served as Arkansas' attorney general and in the state Legislature. He also serves on the board of directors for Springdale-based Tyson Foods Inc.

Beebe said in a statement that he's honored to serve on the board.

The floor of the Arkansas Senate.
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The Arkansas Senate has approved a plan to preserve the state's hybrid Medicaid expansion, backing an unusual tactic that required supporters to initially vote to end the subsidized health coverage. 

The Arkansas House has passed a bill authorizing reimbursements for court officials and members of the Legislature for their travel expenses in the next fiscal year. 

The 98-0 vote came Wednesday, after House Democrats had stalled the bill twice amid an impasse over the state's Medicaid budget. More than 20 Democrats had voted present Tuesday and last week, helping to delay an appropriation that needed 75 votes to pass. 

Johnny Key and Baker Kurrus
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The Arkansas Department of Education has picked Bentonville's superintendent to lead the state-run Little Rock School District.

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