Government & Politics

U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer with Sen. Gary Peters of Michigan, the chair of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee, at the U.S. Capitol for a press conference Dec. 7, 2022, on Democrats' victory in the Georgia U.S. Senate runoff race. (Photo by Ariana Figueroa/States Newsroom).

‘Worth the wait’: U.S. Senate Democrats celebrate a 51-seat majority with Georgia win

BY: - December 7, 2022

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer jubilantly announced Wednesday that the Georgia runoff election victory will next year end an evenly divided U.S. Senate, giving Democrats more subpoena power in committees and a quicker turnaround in approving federal and judicial appointments. Schumer, a New York Democrat, congratulated Democratic U.S. Sen. Raphael Warnock for […]

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18-year-old mayor, new school boards and alderman among those elected in Arkansas runoffs

BY: - December 7, 2022

In Tuesday’s runoff elections, Benton County residents elected two Bentonville School Board members in an election that garnered interest from a national conservative group, while east Arkansas voters elected an 18-year-old mayor. Jeremy Farmer defeated Blanca Maldonado in the Zone 3 election while Tatum Aicklen beat Letisha Hinds to become Zone 5’s representative, according to […]

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Arkansas wildlife will benefit from legislation pending in lame-duck Congress

BY: and - December 7, 2022

From the Ozarks to the Delta, Arkansas is home to some of our nation’s most cherished wildlife. But right now, more than 375 species across the state are facing significant challenges, due to increasing habitat loss, new invasive species, and extreme flooding. It’s part of a larger national trend where more than one-third of America’s wildlife are at […]

People gather for a June 2022 rally to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) in New York City. U.S. senators said this week that they are trying to push through a bill to create a pathway to citizenship for so-called Dreamers as well as tackle other immigration issues. (Michael M. Santiago/Getty Images)

Talks over protecting Dreamers pick up in Congress, but agreement still elusive

BY: - December 6, 2022

WASHINGTON — In a last-minute push, U.S. senators are working on a bipartisan agreement to create a pathway to citizenship for undocumented people who were brought to the United States as children. But the success of any major immigration deal appears unlikely, as a lame-duck session of Congress dwindles into its last days. Democrats are […]

Sarah Huckabee Sanders appoints Buffalo resort founder and owner as Arkansas Parks secretary

BY: - December 6, 2022

Arkansas Gov.-elect Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced Tuesday that she will nominate Mike Mills, the founder and owner of the state’s first log cabin resort, to run the Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism. Mills is Sanders’ second cabinet appointee after Capt. Mike Hagar, the State Police’s Troop A commander, whom Sanders announced Monday as her […]

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Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson speaks Nov. 30, 2022, at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library in Simi Valley, California. (Screen grab from YouTube video)

Will Hutchinson’s Reagan-like stance persuade GOP voters?

BY: - December 6, 2022

As Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s term nears its end, he’s taking nearly every advantage to polish his presidential bona fides. Just last week, former President Donald Trump gave Hutchinson an excellent opportunity to remind his party, and the nation, that true leaders don’t take meetings with public racists or antisemites. In an appearance on CNN’s […]

Reliability watchdog warns of potential electric shortfalls this winter

BY: - December 6, 2022

The nonprofit regulator charged with helping ensure the reliability of the North American electric grid is warning of potential electric supply shortfalls during severe weather this winter in several regions of the country. Earlier this month, the North American Electric Reliability Corporation, which sets and enforces reliability standards for the bulk power system in the […]

Governor-elect Sarah Huckabee Sanders (at podium) said Monday Dec. 5, 2022, that she plans to nominate Mike Hagar (center) to serve as secretary of public safety and director of state police; Hagar is currently commander of the state police’s Troop A, which includes Pulaski, Faulkner, Lonoke and Saline counties. Current Public Safety Director A.J. Gary (right) will remain as the director of the Arkansas Department of Emergency Management. The announcements were made at the Arkansas State University System Offices in Little Rock, across the street from the state Capitol. (John Sykes/Arkansas Advocate)

Sarah Huckabee Sanders announces appointment for Arkansas Public Safety secretary

BY: - December 5, 2022

This story was updated at 4:40 p.m. on Dec. 5, 2022, with additional details about Capt. Mike Hagar’s U.S. Marshal nomination. Arkansas Gov.-elect Sarah Huckabee Sanders on Monday announced her first cabinet appointment, tapping a current Arkansas State Police troop commander to be her public safety chief. Sanders said she would nominate Capt. Mike Hagar, […]

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Here’s when drug prices will start to decrease for Medicare recipients

BY: - December 5, 2022

This story was updated at 4:55 p.m., Dec. 5, 2022, to reflect a correction.* Starting next month, a $35 cap on insulin prices will go into effect for millions of Medicare recipients. The lower pricing is one of the first of several policy measures Americans will see in the coming months and years under the […]

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Big oil supports bills to make sales of 15% ethanol blends year-round

BY: - December 5, 2022

LINCOLN — The U.S. Senate, with volatile gasoline prices top of mind, is inching toward a bipartisan solution to a years-long push for year-round sales of ethanol blends of 15% or more. Bills to codify the change have shared support from agricultural organizations and biofuels boosters, including the congressional delegations from ag states like Nebraska, […]

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Dozens of mayoral seats up for grabs in Tuesday’s runoff elections

BY: - December 5, 2022

Thirty-four mayoral races will be decided in Tuesday’s runoff election. Seventeen include incumbents like Linda Newbury in Union County. The Felsenthal mayor is facing Theresa Howard after both candidates received 24 votes in the general election. More than 70 elections for mayoral, city council and school board positions are occurring in thirty-nine counties statewide.  There […]

Calls made to prosecute Arizona officials who refused to certify election

BY: - December 5, 2022

The Republican Cochise County supervisors who refused to certify the election results should be investigated and criminally prosecuted, Secretary of State Katie Hobbs said in a letter to state and county attorneys. Without repercussions, Hobbs wrote to Attorney General Mark Brnovich and Cochise County Attorney Brian McIntyre, the decision of supervisors Tom Crosby and Peggy […]