Arkansas Politics

Organizers for the Hot Springs Documentary Film Festival, scheduled for October 9-18, announced high profile guests who will be participating.

From a festival press release:

Chelsea Clinton is speaking at a middle school and a children's library named after her mother in Arkansas as she returns to her home state for a visit.

Clinton on Friday plans to make a presentation and answer questions from students at Horace Mann Middle School in Little Rock. The former first daughter also plans to tour the Hillary Rodham Clinton Children's Library & Learning Center, named for her mother and a current Democratic presidential hopeful.

State Representative Kim Hammer (R-Benton).
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

An Arkansas legislative committee voted unanimously Wednesday to subpoena a federal Medicaid official about the state’s Medicaid enrollment and eligibility systems contracts. 

Women take part in a 1977 demonstration in New York City demanding safe and legal abortions for all women.

Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Conner Eldridge supports the right to an abortion as affirmed by the 1973 U.S. Supreme Court Decision Roe v. Wade. A statement made to KUAR comes just one day after Eldridge said he was “personally” opposed to abortion, with some exceptions.

Tom Cotton at Israeli-Gaza border
Tom Cotton Twitter page

As Congress appears unable to block the Iranian nuclear deal, one of the agreement's primary critics says U.S. lawmakers could advance measures intended to further prevent the Islamic nation from seeking a nuclear weapon.

U.S. Senate candidate Conner Eldridge with family members.
Democratic Party of Arkansas /

A Democrat is entering the 2016 race for a U.S. Senate seat in Arkansas held by Republican John Boozman. Former U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge announced his plans on Wednesday to seek his party’s nomination. In early remarks Eldridge distanced himself from the President that appointed him in 2010 to his prior position.

Former U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge, a Democrat, announced Wednesday (Sept. 9) that he will challenge incumbent U.S. Senator John Boozman, R-Arkansas, in 2016.

In a press release put out Wednesday morning, Eldridge said, “Washington is broken. I’m running for the Senate because I’m committed to doing everything I can to fix it for Arkansas and for our country.”

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge certified Tuesday (Sept. 8) the popular name and ballot title of a constitutional amendment that would reduce the number of amendments legislators can present to voters from three to one.

The popular name is “Curtail legislative amendments,” and the ballot title is “To reduce the number of constitutional amendments permitted the legislature from three to one by modifying Article 19, Section 22.”

UPDATE: The Washington County Clerk's office reports that voters approved the anti-discrimination ordinance 52.8 percent to 47.2 percent. 14,593 ballots were cast out of 49,634 registered voters. 

Arkansas State Capitol
Chris Hickey / KUAR News

A group is asking Arkansas officials to allow a Satanic statue to be constructed outside the state Capitol, where a new law allows a monument to the Ten Commandments.

The Satanic Temple on Tuesday formally submitted its request to the secretary of state and the Capitol Arts and Grounds Commission to approve its proposed monument to Baphomet, which depicts Satan as a goat-headed figure with horns, hooves, wings and a beard. The Massachusetts-based group says it will pay all costs associated with the monument's installation.