Arkansas Politics

The Secretary of State’s office has validated two additional candidates to run for president in Arkansas, while a political group has enough signatures but must find a candidate.

Sec. of State Mark Martin (R)
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The Democratic Party of Arkansas has retained the Rose Law Firm for a potential Freedom of Information Act lawsuit against Secretary of State Mark Martin’s office.

Talk Business & Politics reports party officials also plan to make other FOIA requests, and with allied groups, are considering hiring an Atlanta-based voting rights litigation specialist and suing the office in federal court.

Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan.
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Attorneys for a former employee of Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan want a federal judge to recuse from a lawsuit against Milligan.

The motion asking Judge Brian Miller to step aside was filed Friday morning for David Singer, who is suing Milligan and Milligan's chief of staff, Jim Harris. Singer alleges an email by Harris and released after Singer's firing was defamatory because it described him as mentally unstable.

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee at the state Capitol in November 2015.
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee reassured evangelicals Thursday that Donald Trump shares their beliefs.

Huckabee spoke before Trump at the American Renewal Project's Pastors and Pews event. It's a gathering of evangelical pastors and church leaders in Orlando, Fla.

Arkansans are healthier than they would have been without the Affordable Care Act, researchers say.  

A new study comparing health outcomes for low income residents of Arkansas, Kentucky, and Texas following the federal rollout of the Affordable Care Act has found states that expanded Medicaid saw the health benefits.

File photo: Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaking to reporters at the Capitol about his budget proposal.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday said he was not going to try to “get into Donald Trump’s mind” to try and figure out recent comments the Republican candidate made that some critics say advocated violence to stop Hillary Clinton’s appointment of Supreme Court justices if she is elected president.

In response to a questions from reporters asking him to interpret Trump’s comment at a rally in Wilmington, N.C., that “Second Amendment could” thwart Mrs. Clinton’s selection of high court judges, Hutchinson carefully answered the question with a smile and measured tone.

Early voters
Sarah-Koditschek / KUAR

The Democratic Party of Arkansas says the Secretary of State’s office has promised to turn over documents related to 7,730 voters it recommended county clerks remove from voting rolls.

Party legal counsel Chris Burks says Mark Martin’s office did not respond within the required three days to a Freedom of Information Act Request for information.

He says the documents could show why Martin's office requested outdated voter rolls from the state's Crime Information center and distributed them to county clerks.  

10 commandments
Wikipedia

A group planning to place a Ten Commandments display near the Arkansas state Capitol says the granite monument will weigh 6,000 pounds and stand more than 6 feet tall.

Those details were included in the formal application that the American History and Heritage Foundation filed Monday in its effort to build the privately funded monument near the Capitol. The majority-Republican Legislature and GOP Gov. Asa Hutchinson approved a law last year requires the state to allow the monument to be built on Capitol grounds.

Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan.
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Attorneys for a former Arkansas treasurer's office employee suing the treasurer's chief of staff on allegations of defamation will be limited on what they can introduce at trial.

A federal judge has ranted motions by the attorney representing chief of staff Jim Harris barring comparisons of Treasurer Dennis Milligan's integrity to that of former treasurer Martha Shoffner, who is in prison after being convicted of bribery and extortion.

Attorneys are also banned from describing the incident that led to the defamation claims as "disgusting."

Senator Tom Cotton
Talk Business & Politics

Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Arkansas, says he’s unsure if Iran is owed more money from the U.S. government and the first-term GOP senator defended Donald Trump as a better potential President than Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Appearing on this week’s TV edition of Talk Business & Politics, Cotton reiterated his January 2016 message that a $400 million payment to Iran was a “ransom payment” to the rogue nation.

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