Arkansas Politics

2016 GOP presidential primary candidate Mike Huckabee.

Presidential candidate and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will join protesters at a Tuesday rally outside the jail where a Kentucky clerk is locked in a cell over her refusal to issue marriage licenses to gay couples.

The rally is scheduled to begin in the afternoon after Huckabee's planned private visit with Rowan County Clerk Kim Davis.

Davis was jailed by a federal judge last week after defying several court orders.

Her lawyers spent Labor Day weekend filing appeals in an effort to force her release, but she remains there on a contempt charge.

U.S. Rep. French Hill after giving remarks at the Governor's Mansion to the Political Animals Club in 2014, prior to his election.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Arkansas’s congressional delegation is returning to Washington D.C. this week after a late-summer recess and halting federal funds to Planned Parenthood is a priority. Central Arkansas’s U.S. Representative French Hill wants a moratorium on funding while an investigation is launched. But the freshman Republican isn’t yet drawing a hard line in the sand over the looming funding battle.

In a new round of polling, Gov. Asa Hutchinson retains his popularity, Sen. Tom Cotton remains controversial, and a potential high-profile Senate match-up appears under the radar.

The newest Talk Business & Politics/Hendrix College/Impact Management Group survey of 400 Arkansas voters was conducted among live callers on Aug. 20-23, 2015. The poll, which has a margin of error of +/-4.99%, captured attitudes of respondents by cell phone (33%) and landlines (67%).

Dennis Milligan treasurer
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The Arkansas Ethics Commission has told Little Rock attorney and blogger Matt Campbell it will investigate portions of an ethics complaint he filed against Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan last month.

Fayetteville's City Council in an August meeting on an anti-discrimination ordinance.
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A state judge has ruled a northwest Arkansas city can vote next week on a proposal to ban discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Washington County Circuit Judge Doug Martin on Thursday denied a motion to block next week's special election on the Fayetteville anti-discrimination ordinance.

Opponents of the ordinance had sought a temporary restraining order and had argued, among other things, that the ordinance violated a state law aimed at preventing local anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Jacksonville resident Randy Dollar found out his Medicaid was cancelled in a hospital preparing for open-heart surgery.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

A rally at the state Capitol on Wednesday tried to drive home the message that Arkansas’s beleaguered Medicaid verification process is resulting in some very real physical pain for low-income Arkansans.

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson will be joining a group of Arkansas agricultural business interests on a trade trip to Cuba later this month.

The delegation is being led by the Rogers-based World Trade Center Arkansas and is expected to include representatives from Tyson Foods, Riceland Foods and other in-state agri-related businesses. The dates of the trip are Sept. 28-30.

“Governor Hutchinson is set to visit Cuba at the end of the month to promote Arkansas agriculture. We will have more details in the coming weeks,” governor’s spokesman J.R. Davis tells Talk Business & Politics.

U.S. Rep. French Hill (R-2nd Dist.)
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Arkansas Congressman French Hill panned the President’s foreign policy decisions in a speech Tuesday but departed - to a degree - from some of his Republican colleagues on the Iran nuclear deal.

KUAR Takes To California Airwaves To Talk Huckabee

Sep 1, 2015

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is in his second run for the GOP nomination for president but he's not shining through in early primary contests like he did the first go around.

KUAR's Jacob Kauffman joined Southern California Public Radio's Air Talk on Tuesday to talk Huckabee with Washington Post reporter Steve Hendrix and POLITICO's Steve Shepard.

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Gov. Asa Hutchinson today called on the state’s higher education leaders to help create a new funding formula for colleges and universities and said a portion of the state’s lottery scholarship should be targeted to adults, to minorities, and to those seeking a technical certificate.