Politics

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Last week, a high-profile state senator left the GOP citing the pro-Trump riot at the U.S. Capitol as his reason for becoming an Independent. Roby Brock, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, asks John Brummett, political columnist with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, what, if anything, this means for the Republican Party in Arkansas.

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A bill that would ban nearly all abortions in Arkansas is on its way to the House after passing the Arkansas Senate on Monday. Senate Bill 6, sponsored by Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Conway, states abortions would only be allowed to save the life of the mother and makes no exceptions for instances of rape or incest. The bill now heads to the House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee.

 

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This morning, Arkansas Sen. Jim Hendren, R-Gravette, announced he has decided to switch political parties from Republican to Independent and has formed an organization called Common Ground Arkansas aimed at working in a bipartisan fashion. In a video statement, he said his tipping point were the pro-Trump riots and insurrection attempt at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.

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On today's edition of the Northwest Arkansas Business Journal Report, Roby Brock speaks with Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin about his decision to run for Arkansas attorney general instead of the governorship. Griffin made the announcement earlier this month after Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she'd be joining the race for the GOP gubernatorial nomination, which also includes current Attorney General Leslie Rutledge.

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U.S. Congressman French Hill doesn't like the nearly two-trillion dollar relief plan supported by the Biden administration. The Republican from Arkansas's 2nd District talks with Roby Brock, from our partner Talk Business and Politics, about the plan.

John Brummett, political columnist for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, talks with Roby Brock, from Talk Business and Politics, about the latest developments in Arkansas politics. They discuss a change in the race for governor in 2022 to the influence national politics have on Arkansas right now.

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Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin is exiting the race for the 2022 GOP nomination for governor and is now seeking the party nod for attorney general. Roby Brock, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, discusses the development and the first few weeks of the Arkansas Legislature's session.

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A bill that requires the Arkansas Department of Health to set up a hotline program for women seeking an abortion by 2023 passed both the Arkansas House and Senate last week. The Every Mom Matters Act, or EMMA, will require women to call a hotline that will be staffed with care agents contracted out by ADH, who will provide information about resources, both public and private, that the bill's sponsors say may lead to fewer abortions.

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While opponents of Arkansas Senate Bill 24, also known as the Stand Your Ground Bill, took some time to celebrate Tuesday after the bill failed in committee, they quickly reminded themselves that the legislation can still be brough back for a vote.

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Rep. Megan Godfrey, D-District 89, has filed HB1342, also known as the Marshallese Law Enforcement Act. Currently, state law requires police officers to be U.S. citizens. If approved, the legislation would amend the law to include Marshallese residents who are in the country legally, but are not citizens.

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