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.
Donald Trump Supports Arkansas Senator’s Immigration Bill
President Donald Trump announced earlier this month that he supported a bill introduced by Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and Sen. David Perdue of Georgia, according to TIME magazine. The bill aims to lower the amount of legal immigrants and reorganize the immigration system so that it favors skilled workers instead of families.
Federal Judge Blocks Arkansas Anti-Abortion Laws
U.S. District Court Judge Kristine Baker stopped several Arkansas anti-abortion laws from going into effect in August, according to PopSugar. On July 28, Baker “filed an emergency injunction, successfully barring the state from moving ahead with implementation,” PopSugar says.
Little Rock Teacher Seeks Congressional District Seat
Arkansas Online reports that Little Rock School District teacher Gwendolynn Combs announced her intent to win the Democratic nomination in central Arkansas’ 2nd Congressional District. That district, which includes Little Rock, is currently represented by Republican French Hill. Talk Business and Politics reports that Combs was one of the organizers of the Women’s March for Arkansas in January.
Susan Inman Announces Secretary of State Bid
Susan Inman announced her Democratic candidacy for secretary of state earlier this month, the Arkansas Times reported. State Rep. Trevor Drown and Land Commissioner John Thurston, both Republicans, have announced their participation in the race. One other Democrat, Anthony Bland, has announced his plan to run as well.
Women Lead Arkansas Hosts Campaign Training
Women Lead Arkansas is hosting its 5th annual Ready to Run event, a weekend-long training session “designed for women who are thinking about or are planning to run for office, and those who want to volunteer on or work on campaigns,” according to the organization’s website. The nonpartisan training will take place Sept. 8 through Sept. 10 at the Winthrop Rockefeller Institute.