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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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Senate same-sex marriage vote still a step on long road toward full justice | John L. Micek

BY: - December 1, 2022

It’s difficult to overstate the importance of this week’s U.S. Senate vote codifying protections for same-sex and interracial marriage as both a triumph of bipartisanship and fundamental decency. It’s also difficult to overstate, sadly, how much further we have to go to ensure full equality for LGBTQ Americans. First, the good news. On Tuesday, 61 […]

The U.S. Senate passed a bill Tuesday, Nov. 29, 2022, that codifies court-ordered protections for same-sex and interracial marriages. Here Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D-WI) is seen left the Senate floor after a procedural vote the legislation Nov. 16. Baldwin, the first openly gay woman to be elected to the House and the Senate, has led Senate negotiations on the bill. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Same-sex marriage protected under bill passed by U.S. Senate with GOP support

BY: - November 29, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Senate approved legislation Tuesday that would enshrine protections for same-sex and interracial marriages, codifying many of the rights that would disappear if the U.S. Supreme Court were to overturn those landmark decisions the way it overturned the nationwide right to an abortion this summer.  The 61-36 bipartisan vote sends the bill […]

U.S. Supreme Court wrestles over Biden’s immigration enforcement policy

BY: - November 29, 2022

“U.S. Supreme Court wrestles over Biden’s immigration enforcement policy” was first published by The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan media organization that informs Texans — and engages with them — about public policy, politics, government and statewide issues.   The U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments Tuesday on whether the Biden administration has the right to […]

There will be early voting sites open in several Georgia counties on Saturday, Nov. 26, for the U.S. Senate runoff between Democratic Sen. Raphael Warnock and Republican Senate hopeful Herschel Walker. In two court rulings, the secretary of state’s office was unsuccessful in its attempt to prevent voters from voting on Saturday since it falls within a day of a state holiday. (Ross Williams/Georgia Recorder)

GOP groups seek emergency ruling from Georgia Supreme Court on Saturday voting

BY: - November 22, 2022

Several Republican organizations have asked the Georgia Supreme Court to block Georgians from early voting in the U.S. Senate runoff this Saturday after two courts rejected state attempts to do so. On Monday evening Georgia’s Court of Appeals rejected Republican Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger’s attempt to nullify a Fulton County judge’s order giving Georgia […]

The Tennessee Supreme Court Building in Nashville, Tennessee, is the historic building that houses the Tennessee Supreme Court offices and where the court meets when it is in session in Nashville. It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2014. (Getty Images)

Mandatory life sentences for juveniles unconstitutional, Tenn. high court declares

BY: - November 21, 2022

In a landmark decision, a majority panel of the Tennessee Supreme Court on Friday struck down as unconstitutional mandatory life sentences for juveniles. “In fulfilling our duty to decide constitutional issues, we hold that an automatic life sentence when imposed on a juvenile homicide offender with no consideration of the juvenile’s age or other circumstances […]

A passerby observes a memorial for the 10 shooting victims outside of Tops market on May 20, 2022, in Buffalo, New York. (Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Health effects of mass shootings ripple outward beyond immediate community

BY: - November 21, 2022

A grim and familiar pattern has followed the parade of mass shootings across America. In their aftermath, the nation’s attention focuses on the direct victims of the attacks, the dead and injured, their families and friends, and the witnesses. But a growing body of research reveals that the negative effects of mass shootings spread much […]

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317,793 arrests for marijuana possession in 2020 despite the growing legalization movement

BY: - November 21, 2022

More than 300,000 people were arrested for cannabis possession in 2020, FBI records show. Meanwhile, the drug is being legally sold for a profit in 19 states. That arrest number may sound high, but arrests have actually been going down each year since 2010 as more states legalize medical or recreational use of the drug. […]

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Arkansas’ request for rehearing on gender-law injunction denied

BY: - November 16, 2022

A temporary halt on enforcement of Arkansas’ ban on gender-affirming care for minors remains in effect after a federal appeals court on Wednesday denied the state’s request for a rehearing. In August, a three-judge panel of the 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court’s injunction that blocked implementation of Act 626 of […]

FBI confirms a single juvenile suspect behind most bomb threats to HBCUs

BY: - November 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — The FBI has officially announced that a single minor youth is the main suspect in most racially motivated bomb threats to dozens of Historically Black Colleges and Universities earlier this year that terrorized students. The FBI in a statement on Monday did not release any further details — only that the individual is […]

Arkansas Supreme Court Associate Justice Robin Wynne (left) and Faulkner County Circuit Judge Chris Carnahan face off in a nonpartisan runoff election Nov. 8. (Photos courtesdy of Arkansas Secretary of State's website)

Robin Wynne secures second term on Arkansas Supreme Court

BY: - November 9, 2022

Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Robin Wynne overcame a strong challenge from Circuit Judge Chris Carnahan to win reelection to the high court’s Position 2 in Tuesday’s election. Wynne finished with 58.4% of the vote to Carnahan’s 41.6%, according to the Secretary of State’s election results website. With 73 of 75 counties reporting as of Wednesday, […]

Arkansas medical marijuana sellers sue advising attorneys for alleged fraud

BY: - November 9, 2022

The owners of an Arkansas medical cannabis dispensary have filed a fraud lawsuit against the attorneys they claim sought them out as clients to apply for licenses to sell the drug, according to a complaint filed Nov. 4 in St. Francis County Circuit Court. Marshall Wright of St. Francis County and Josh Landers of Saline […]