Arkansas Politics

U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who faced scrutiny from conservatives over policy issues, announced his resignation Friday during a Republican conference meeting.

A flurry of reports hit the newswire when Rep. Bill Huizenga, R-Michigan, tweeted: “Speaker Boehner just announced in Conference that he will resign as Speaker and from Congress at the end of October” on Friday morning.

Jefferson County Courthouse Pine Bluff
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A special prosecutor says the state may reduce or drop some criminal charges against the Jefferson County clerk. At a pre-trial hearing for Patricia Royal Johnson on Friday, Special Prosecutor Jack McQuary said it's possible that four theft of property charges could be modified or dropped.

Johnson was charged this year with 10 counts of forgery, one count of abuse of public trust and four counts of felony theft of property between $5,000 and $25,000. Legislative auditors say Johnson paid more than $60,000 in bonuses to employees without asking the Quorum Court.

U.S. Rep. French Hill after giving remarks at the Governor's Mansion to the Political Animals Club in 2014, prior to his election.
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Arkansas's Second District Congressman French Hill was among those impressed by Pope Francis's historic address to Congress Thursday morning. The Republican from Little Rock spoke to KUAR's Chris Hickey about his take on the pontiff's remarks.


Arkansas League of the South Chair R.G. Miller in Batesville (right).

National attention over Confederate imagery has subsided in recent weeks but a victory for flag advocates in Arkansas emerged this month and a battle over Little Rock's Confederate Boulevard remains.

A force behind the successful resurrection of a Confederate-era flag on the Independence Courthouse lawn in Batesville earlier this month is thanking the participation of the secessionist League of the South, which hopes to create a white, Christian nation. 

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Hillary Clinton promised a plan to cap the rising costs of prescription drugs and praised her husband’s and President Obama’s administrations in a speech before a raucous crowd at Little Rock’s Philander Smith College Monday.

Former Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney with then-U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton (R-AR) during his successful run for U.S. Senate.
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A third Arkansan, U.S. Senator Tom Cotton, is being called on to enter the 2016 race for the White House. A state legislator launched a website on Monday encouraging people to “Draft Captain Cotton.” If the senator entered the race he’d join the state’s former Governor Mike Huckabee and former First Lady Hillary Clinton in seeking the presidency.

Republican State Representative Charlie Collins of Fayetteville said Cotton knows he’s urging him to run for president but wasn’t a part of the site launch.

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A central Arkansas lawyer whose relationship with former Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel led him to withdraw from the race for governor has filed a petition to voluntarily surrender her law license.

Andrea Davis filed the petition with the Arkansas Supreme Court Monday. Davis wrote in the petition that her license has been suspended since February 2014, and she is hoping the surrender will void five pending grievances against her at the Office of Professional Conduct.

Planned Parenthood of the Heartland and supporters rallying earlier this year.
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A federal judge has ordered Arkansas to temporarily reinstate its Medicaid contract with Planned Parenthood after the state blocked funding over concerns about secretly recorded videos released by an anti-abortion group.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and Education Commissioner Johnny Key posing for picturse with 15 regional finalists.
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Four teachers were named finalists for the Arkansas Teacher of the Year Award on Thursday. The governor and education commissioner had praise for the profession, in particular teachers in STEM fields, at a ceremony at the state Capitol. Some educators expressed afterward a belief that the Republican administration’s policies are sometimes contrary to teacher expectation on decision making authority.

2016 State Finalists:

Meghan Ables: 11th Grade English/Literacy, Stuttgart School District

Planned Parenthood asked a federal judge Thursday for a temporary restraining order or injunction against the cancelation of its Medicaid contract in Arkansas.