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Pritt to challenge Griffin for Congress

Pritt to challenge Griffin for Congress

Drew Pritt, an openly gay Democratic activist who ran for Lt. Governor in 2006 as the first openly gay candidate for statewide office in Arkansas, has announced he will challenge Tim Griffin for U.S. Congress in Arkansas' 2nd Congressional District.
 
"I believe this is going to be an unorthodox year in American politics," said Pritt. "I believe Americans need someone in U.S. Congress who understands the struggles of being unemployed, owning a small business or who understand what it means to be denied basic civil rights because of who you love or choose to share your life with. I believe most of all its time to stop being politically safe and lets truly be a democracy where we stand by our pledge when it says liberty and justice for all. All means all, not just some. That means civil liberties and economic liberty for ALL Americans, not just some. I am running for U.S.

Pryor seeks to boost tourism in Arkansas

Pryor seeks to boost tourism in Arkansas

From the office of Senator Mark Pryor:

To create jobs in Arkansas and across the country and strengthen the American tourism industry, U.S. Senator Mark Pryor this week joined with Senator Mark Begich (D-AL), Chuck Shumer (D-NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) to introduce the Travel Regional Investment Partnership (TRIP) Act.  The TRIP Act will promote domestic tourism by partnering public and private dollars through a competitive matching grant program within the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Tourism supports over seven million domestic jobs and accounts for 2.8% of the United States’ gross domestic product.

Governor appoints 43 to state commissions

Governor appoints 43 to state commissions

GOVERNOR BEEBE ANNOUNCES 43 APPOINTMENTS TO BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS

 

 

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced the following appointments to boards and commissions:

Kenneth Baim, Pine Bluff, reappointed to the Southeast Arkansas College Board of Trustees. Appointment expires July 1, 2018.

Mary Bassett, Fayetteville, reappointed to the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission. Appointment expires June 30, 2017.

Roger Carter, Hot Springs, reappointed to the Arkansas Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission. Appointment expires June 30, 2017.

Rick Collins, Little Rock, reappointed to the Arkansas HIV/AIDS Minority Taskforce.

Gay military ban ends

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- More than 17 years after a ban on openly gay U.S. service members was implemented, "don't ask, don't tell" has been lifted.

The policy that allowed gays to serve only so long as they kept their sexual orientation private was first implemented by President Bill Clinton in 1993. Since then it's been the source of a cultural battle between conservatives and liberals. 

Catherine Crisp with the Center for Artistic Revolution (CAR) says this is an historic moment for the entire nation.

"This is a policy that never should have happened," says Crisp.

Crisp's partner of 17 years served in the Army and they both experienced first-hand the effects of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy.

Polling locations for Pulaski Co. school election

Polling locations for Pulaski Co. school election

Election Day for the annual school election is Tuesday. Listed here are the ten polling locations with the school zone race the voters will vote on. The following temporary polling locations have been consolidated and will be in effect for the school election only:

 

Precinct 13E voters will vote at Indian Hills Church, 6801 John F. Kennedy Blvd, North Little Rock (Sylvan Hills United Methodist Church is the normal voting place for precinct 13E voters)

Precinct 40 voters will vote at Indian Hills Church, 6801 John F.

'Sound Off' Episode 4: Stonewall Democrats

'Sound Off' Episode 4: Stonewall Democrats

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (RSM) -- Our third interview is with Eric McDaniel of the Stonewall Democrats, a gay activist political organization that made headlines recently when addressed by Gov. Beebe earlier this year. CLICK HERE to listen.

Stonewall was caught up in controversy when leaders in the organization refused to publicly criticize the governor for making what some viewed as unfavorable remarks regarding gay rights in Arkansas. McDaniel has taken heat for this decision, and addresses that here in this interview. What do you think? Should the Stonewall Democrats have rebuked Gov. Beebe's comments, or did they do the right thing?

Visit our Facebook page and let us know what you think.

Congressman Tim Griffin talks about reducing nation's debt

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- Pretty soon, members of a so-called "Super-Committee" will start meeting to figure out how to reduce our nation's debt.

No Arkansas congressional members are on that committee, but they're still offering their thoughts on what should be done. Congressman Tim Griffin is one of them.

He joined Craig O'Neill Thursday to talk briefly about a letter he sent to the committee -- and to answer some of Arkansans questions they have submitted on our THV Facebook page.