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The Worst Threat Yet To the Buffalo National River: Arkansas’s Republican Legislature

Arkansas’s Buffalo National River is facing a dire threat because of a new bill in the Arkansas Legislature. Republican state Senator Gary Stubblefield (Branch) is running a bill (SB550) that strip away protections that have made the Buffalo River one of the most wild and pristine waterways in the world. Instead, Stubblefield would turn it into a dumping ground for …

Former U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln On The Rise Of Women

Blanche Lincoln holds the distinction of becoming the youngest woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate. She entered the upper chamber after two terms in the U.S. House. Lincoln rose to be chair of the powerful Senate Agriculture committee. Take a listen to our conversation with Sen. Lincoln, who was the keynote speaker at the annual Jimmie Lou Fisher – …

Taking Back The LRSD: A Path Emerges In The Legislature

Parents should never lose their voice in their children’s schools, but four years ago the State Board of Education took away the say of parents in the Little Rock School District, dissolved the democratically elected school board, and began closing down public schools while expanding private charter schools. But that could change, Democratic lawmakers have filed a bill in the …

VOTE TODAY: Will Arkansas Families Get Minimum Housing Standards?

Arkansas is the only state in the nation that fails to require even a minimum habitability standard for landlords to rent housing. That means open sewage, toxic mold, faulty wiring, broken heat and air systems, and just about any health and safety issue doesn’t have to be addressed be a landlord – and tenants still have to pay their rent. …

WARNING: Minimum Wage Elimination Advances In Arkansas House

The plot to eliminate the state’s minimum wage is advancing quickly in the Arkansas Legislature. Your action is needed immediately or the will of voters – and the new minimum wage – will be overturned by the Arkansas Legislature. Late Tuesday afternoon, the House Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee passed two bills that virtually wipe out the state’s minimum wage …

Rep. Collins Takes On Arkansas’s Punishing Cash Bail System

No one in Arkansas should go to jail simply because they are too poor to afford their freedom. But as it stands right now, the state’s cash bail system is leading to unfair, expensive, and dangerous outcomes. That’s why Democratic state Representative Andrew Collins of Little Rock is tackling the issue head on, by filing the Bail Data and Transparency …