There’s a lot going on in the world; here’s what you might have missed in Arkansas politics, as well as the news on political figures from our state.
Little Rock Reviews Rule
Little Rock officials believe the Arkansas Ethics Commission should rethink investigating how a city election regulation fits within state campaign law, according to Arkansas Online. The inquiry appeared with a citizen complaint. The complaint claimed that state Rep. Warwick Sabin is defying a city law that prevents any candidate running for municipal office in the 2018 election to accept any donations before June 1. Tom Carpenter, Little Rock city attorney, says any candidate running to be a city board member or mayor must follow the city’s laws, according to the article.
Doctor Enters Republican Primary
Arkansas Online reports Dr. Cole Peck recently joined the legislative race. In a news release, Peck says he will focus on taxes, deregulation and “state-led reforms to Obamacare.” Peck will run against Rep. Dan Sullivan in House District 53, the article says. No Democrats have declared to run in the race.
Abortion Pill Decision Opposed by 8th Circuit
The 8th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals rejected a request made by Planned Parenthood, according to the Arkansas Times. Planned Parenthood’s request was “to have the entire court review a decision by a three-judge panel ordering further hearings by a district court judge on a new state law that could put Planned Parenthood out of the abortion business in Arkansas,” according to the article. A new Arkansas law orders abortion providers to appoint a doctor with hospital admitting benefits. U.S. District Court Judge Kristine Baker has been heavily involved with anti-abortion laws. “The three-judge panel reversed Baker and ordered her to hold hearings on how many women would be unduly burdened by the law’s new restriction,” according to the article.
Arkansas Film Commissioner Intends to Run for Pulaski Circuit and County Clerk
Christopher Crane, the Arkansas Film Commissioner, announced recently that he will seek election for Pulaski Circuit and County Clerk, according to Arkansas Money & Politics. “I believe my professional experience combined with my government management service has uniquely qualified me for the position of Pulaski Circuit and County Clerk,” Crane said in a news release.