Arkansas Politics

Local & Regional News
7:51 am
Wed January 1, 2014

State GOP: Darr Should Quit If Charged Criminally

The chairman of the Arkansas Republican Party says Lt. Gov. Mark Darr is working to rebuild trust with the voters after admitting he was at fault in 11 campaign spending citations.

GOP Chairman Doyle Webb issued a statement Tuesday saying the party would call for Darr to leave office if he winds up facing criminal charges.

Gov. Mike Beebe, a Democrat, is calling for Darr to leave office. Darr says through a spokeswoman that he has no intention of quitting.

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Local & Regional News
11:03 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Arkansas Governor Asks Lt. Gov. Darr To Quit Over Ethics Case

Gov. Mike Beebe speaking to reporters Tuesday at the Capitol, calling for Lt. Gov. Mark Darr's resignation for ethics violations.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Gov. Mike Beebe is calling on Lt. Gov. Mark Darr to resign from office, after Darr admitted to misusing thousands of campaign and taxpayer dollars.

The state Ethics Commission found that Darr likely violated ethics rules by using the money for personal expenditures, while also collecting campaign contributions that exceed legal limits. In all, Darr has admitted to 11 violations, though he refuses to resign.

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Local & Regional News
7:42 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Spokesman: Beebe Expected To Ask Darr To Resign

A spokesman for Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe says he expects the governor to ask Lt. Gov. Mark Darr to resign now that Darr has signed a settlement letter to pay $11,000 in fines to address complaints against him.

Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample said Monday that he expects Beebe to request that Darr step aside given that Beebe was prepared to ask a state senator to step down in a separate ethics case last spring.

Local & Regional News
7:39 am
Tue December 31, 2013

Ethics Commission Proposes Fines To Ex-Lawmaker

A former state representative who pleaded guilty in 2012 to conspiring to commit election fraud in a scheme that included destroying ballots and for exchanging money and food for votes has accepted $2,500 in fines and letters of warning and of caution from the Arkansas Ethics Commission.

The offer to former Democratic Rep. Hudson Hallum of Marion is in a letter dated Dec. 20 that was released Monday by the commission.

Phone calls to numbers listed for Hallum rang unanswered.

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Legislative Ethics
10:25 am
Wed December 18, 2013

Arkansas Lt. Gov. Darr Goes Before Ethics Commission For Spending

Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr leaving a meeting of the Arkansas Ethics Commission Wednesday, saying little to reporters.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr went before the Arkansas Ethics Commission Wednesday, as a staff report was presented saying that Darr misspent more than $44,000 of campaign and public money.

After allegations were raised earlier this year, Darr self-reported violations against himself, saying he was unaware of mistakes in how the spending was handled.

The meeting was closed to the public.  Afterward, as he left with his attorney, Darr refused to say much, telling reporters "We're going to comment later."

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Local & Regional News
8:57 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Arkansas GOP House Delegation Splits On Budget

3rd District Rep. Steve Womack (R) voted for the federal budget bill.

Arkansas' all-Republican House delegation split over a budget bill that eases across-the-board federal spending cuts and prevents future government shutdowns.

U.S. Reps. Tim Griffin and Steve Womack voted in favor of the bill, while U.S. Reps. Rick Crawford and Tom Cotton opposed the measure. The bill passed with bipartisan support Thursday on a 332-94 vote and heads to the Senate.

The agreement would set overall spending levels for the current budget year and the one that begins on Oct. 1, 2014.

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Local & Regional News
11:12 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Boozman Will Not Support Bipartisan Budget Deal In Congress

U.S. Senator John Boozman of Arkansas

Some conservative advocacy groups and Tea Party supporters in Arkansas and elsewhere are not pleased with measures outlined in a new bipartisan budget agreement.

They are concerned that the measure does not balance the budget, nor does it include major reforms to Medicare and Social Security. 

U.S. Senator John Boozman of Arkansas says he understands the criticisms and will not be supporting the deal.  

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Local & Regional News
5:57 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Arkansas Labor Unions Urge Policy Changes

Labor unions and their supporters are encouraging Arkansas legislators and federal lawmakers to close policy loopholes they say favor corporate interests over small businesses and workers’ rights.

A report released by the Economic Policy Institute and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME, shows changes in the tax code could result in a fairer system that strengthens economic growth.

Jim Nickels represents an AFSCME Council in Arkansas.

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Local & Regional News
5:33 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Petition To Recall Texarkana Director Is Dropped

An effort to recall one of four Texarkana city directors has been dropped while petitions to recall the other three directors remain.

The Texarkana Gazette reported Sunday that a petition to recall Director Sue Johnson filed by Miller County Emergency Management Director Larry Pritchett was dropped by Pritchett.

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Race for Governor
1:57 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Hutchinson Talks About School Safety At Arkansas Event

File photo of Asa Hutchinson, speaking in Little Rock in May.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR News

Arkansas Republican gubernatorial hopeful and former U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson says school safety should be a fundamental part of an adequate education for students.

Hutchinson made the comments Wednesday when he spoke to members of the National Lieutenant Governors Association during a gathering in Little Rock.

Hutchinson was named the head of a National Rifle Association committee studying ways to improve classroom safety after 20 children and six educators were fatally shot at a Connecticut school.

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