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Republicans Now Own the Longest Shutdown in U.S. History

Wow. What was it all for?     The House broke for the weekend Friday, all but ensuring that the partial government shutdown would become the longest in U.S. history, while President Trump continued his efforts to sway public opinion on the need for a U.S.-Mexico border wall. The Democratic-led House held its final votes of the week Friday, including …

Asa’s Tax Trick: Raise Taxes for the Poor to Give to the Rich

Just in from the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette…     In its current form, Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s proposed income tax cut plan would increase net state income taxes for roughly 200,000 taxpayers by more than $30 million a year, a state finance department official said Thursday. Read more of reporter Michael Wickline’s coverage at the Dem-Gaz website >>>   Max Brantley offers …

Eric Higgins Takes Office As First Black Sheriff of Pulaski County

Arkansas’s Largest County Welcomes New Sheriff Pulaski County Sheriff Eric Higgins has already gotten to work for Arkansas’s largest county. He comes into the office as the first African-American in the county’s history.   Higgins noted that he was taking on the role exactly 200 years after the Pulaski County sheriff’s office was formed. The longtime lawman said he planned …

Arkansas Democrats to Address the State After Governor Hutchinson

Join us as we show Arkansas that we are ready to do the work. The Democratic Party of Arkansas will hold its Democratic Address to Arkansas following Governor Asa Hutchinson’s Inaugural Address. The Democratic Address will outline the State Party’s vision and priorities heading into the upcoming legislative session. WHAT: Democratic Party of Arkansas Chairman Michael John Gray, along with …

Useless Government Shutdown Affects Pay for 13,000 Federal Workers in Arkansas

What is this shutdown supposed to accomplish… Starting Friday, the government shutdown will enter its third week (currently it’s on its 20th day). While both sides continue to stick to their guns, it remains uncertain if federal workers will be paid. This could spell problems for more than 13,000 workers that call Arkansas home. According to the Office of Personnel Management …

Terri Hollingsworth Makes History as First Black Woman Elected to County-wide Office

Arkansas’s Largest County Chooses Progress Pulaski County Circuit Clerk Terri Hollingsworth was sworn in on New Years Day. Her election as the first African-American female to be elected county-wide in Pulaski County shattered a glass ceiling. The longtime Democrat has held numerous positions across the county and state government, including director of the state Board of Election Commissioners. Hollingsworth also has been …

Chairman Gray and Van Buren County Celebrate Democratic Public Servants

Chairman Gray Van Buren County Democrats did it right Democratic Party of Arkansas Chairman Michael John Gray and the Van Buren County Democratic Party held a celebration on Tuesday night. The gathering brought together all their Democratic public officials that had served the Van Burn County community. Together all the individuals honored Tuesday had a total of 94 years of …