Arkansas Politics

Leslie Rutledge attorney general
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Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge was appointed Wednesday to serve on a national agriculture committee.

Rutledge and Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller announced that they will co-chair the newly formed National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) Agriculture Committee.

Following last week’s NAAG Summer Meeting in San Diego, newly elected NAAG President South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley named Rutledge and Miller as co-chairs of the committee.

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson is defending a star on the Arkansas Flag representing the state's role in the Confederacy during the American Civil War. Calls to remove official confederate symbolism in southern states have grown louder after a white supremacist who regularly displayed the flag killed nine members of an African American church in Charleston, South Carolina.

Arkansas Natural Resources Commission executive director Randy Young and Arkansas Department of Emergency Management director David Maxwell testify to a joint meeting of legislative committees.
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Arkansas officials do not have an accurate count of the number of levees in the state, many local levee districts are defunct, and the state and federal government often lack the authority to do anything about it. All the while, some levee fees are still being collected by boards whose members are no longer living.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) speaking to the Little Rock Rotary 99 Club.
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Gov. Asa Hutchinson says multiple proposals from standardized testing companies after he ordered education officials to drop out of an assessment linked to the Common Core standards.

Dennis Milligan treasurer
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Mediation has failed in a defamation lawsuit filed by a fired Arkansas Treasurer's office employee against Treasurer Dennis Milligan and his Chief of Staff, Jim Harris.

Libertarian Party of Arkansas Chair Michael Pakko with over 15,000 signatures to be submitted to the Secretary of State's office.
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The Arkansas Secretary of State has approved a petition by the Libertarian Party in which the party seeks official recognition.

The secretary of state's office said Tuesday that the petition submitted June 2 contains 11,918 valid signatures of registered voters with 10,000 valid voter signatures needed for approval.

Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) on the state Capitol steps.
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Governor Asa Hutchinson briefly chimed in on the subject of Confederate iconography in the hours preceding the governor of South Carolina’s call on Monday for the removal of the Confederate battle flag from its statehouse grounds.

Hutchinson said the flag does not have a place in contemporary politics but did not say it should be removed from South Carolina’s statehouse either.

donald trump
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Businessman and reality television star Donald Trump will travel to Hot Springs next month as a keynote speaker for the Republican Party of Arkansas.

The 2016 GOP hopeful will address political leaders and supporters on July 17 at the Reagan-Rockefeller Dinner, the party's biggest fundraising event of the year.

Arkansas GOP Chairman Doyle Webb says he expects Trump to help draw the largest turnout ever for the event.

Trump announced his candidacy last week in New York City. The party announced his visit on Monday.

Tom Cotton
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Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas says he is returning a contribution from the head of a white supremacist group linked to last week’s shooting at a church in South Carolina.

Cotton’s office said Monday it is initiating a refund of the $1,500 donation from Earl Holt, who The Guardian newspaper reported gave about $65,000 to several Republicans in recent years. Holt is the president of the Council of Conservative Citizens and was cited as an inspiration to Dylann Roof.

Arkansas Women's Hall of Fame Board President Nan Snow introducing the inaugural class.
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Presidential aspirant Hillary Clinton, civil rights leader Daisy Bates, and the first woman elected to the U.S. Senate, Hattie Caraway, are among 11 inductees in the first class of the Arkansas Women’s Hall of Fame. One organization, the Central High School desegregation-era Women’s Emergency Committee to Open Our Schools, also received the honor.