Arkansas Politics

The Buffalo River

A 180-day moratorium on new concentrated animal feeding operations – or CAFOs – in the Buffalo River Watershed is now in effect, for the third time.

Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman-Schultz is making a stop in Arkansas Thursday evening to headline a ticketed-event in Little Rock honoring the Pryor family. The visit comes on the heels of Hillary Clinton’s entrance into the 2016 presidential race.

Surgeon General Greg Bledsoe.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Legislators reviewing the state’s Medicaid program and healthcare system were told Monday by Arkansas health officials, researchers at the Bureau of Legislative Research, and hospital representatives that the cost to hospitals and clinics of uncompensated care is in decline thanks in-part to reforms enabled by the Affordable Care Act.

Mike Huckabee (right) talks with Arkansas's GOP Chair Doyle Webb (left).
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

Mike Huckabee teased the national media with his announcement of an announcement.

The former Arkansas Governor told Fox News Friday he would officially announce his presidential campaign plans May 5 in his — and former President Bill Clinton’s — hometown of Hope, Ark.

Speaking with reporters in Washington earlier in the day, Huckabee insisted he had not made a decision yet about running, although he said that “things are progressing along” in his preparations.

Favorability Poll: Hutchinson At 63%, Cotton 50%, Boozman 46%

Apr 15, 2015
Governor Asa Hutchinson (R)
Sarah Whites-Koditschek / KUAR News

Gov. Asa Hutchinson has a 63% favorable rating among registered voters in Arkansas, while President Barack Obama ranks much lower at 38%, according to a poll commissioned by Talk Business & Politics, Hendrix College and Impact Management Group.

Little Rock’s Board of Directors may be the next focal point of civil rights battles in Arkansas over protections for gender identity and sexual orientation. The introductory phase of an anti-discrimination ordinance is expected to be considered on Tuesday for placement on the board’s agenda.

The measure aims to provide legal protections for some of Little Rock’s LGBT population at the same time a state law is pending to ban local governments from enacting anti-discrimination protections.

U.S. Sen. John Boozman (R) at Little Rock's VA Hospital
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

KAUFFMAN: President Obama is in Panama meeting at the Summit of the Americas and it could pay big dividends for Arkansas rice growers. U.S. Senator John Boozman - a Republican from Rogers – joins me in the studio. Thanks for being here. 

BOOZMAN: Thank you so much for having me Jacob.

KAUFFMAN: The more sensational news coming out of the President’s journey to meet with leaders from South America, Central America and the Caribbean, is that for the first time Cuba will be there. Is this one more signal, in an avalanche that better economic ties are around the corner?

A group representing downtown Little Rock's businesses is calling on Arkansas' governor to issue an order extending workplace anti-discrimination protections to gay and lesbian state employees.


The Downtown Little Rock Partnership's board of directors on Friday called on Gov. Asa Hutchinson to issue an order protecting employees from discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation. Hutchinson, a Republican, had floated the idea last week as he called for changes to a religious objections measure.


Charnella King a parent of students in the to-be consolidated Hughes School District.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

The Hughes School District tried unsuccessfully on Thursday to become the first in the state to try to save itself from consolidation by utilizing a newly enacted law. After denying a waiver request the Arkansas Board of Education voted 7-1 to consolidate the schools into the West Memphis School District effective July 1st.

HRC Arkansas Director Kendra Johnson, HRC President Chad Griffin speaking at the Capitol next to an ad the organization is running.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

Arkansas’s Legislature stands in recess but not without drawing national attention over a “religious freedom” bill deemed by some to sanction discrimination against the state’s LGBT population.

KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman sat down with Kendra Johnson, the director of Human Rights Campaign Arkansas to talk about next steps for the state’s largest LGBT advocacy group.