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As COVID Breaks Records in Arkansas, Its GOP Governor Regrets Ban on Mask Mandates

Asa Hutchinson is calling a special legislative session to roll it back. As the spread of the highly contagious Delta variant shatters coronavirus case records in Arkansas, its Republican governor is scrambling to reverse a ban on local mask mandates he signed into law just months ago. But as Gov. Asa Hutchinson admitted in a press conferenceContinue reading “As COVID Breaks Records in Arkansas, Its GOP Governor Regrets Ban on Mask Mandates”

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Arkansas GOP governor drowned in boos for saying the COVID vaccine doesn’t make women infertile

Republican Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson received a hostile reception this week when he tried to correct misinformation being spread about the vaccines against the novel coronavirus. During an event intended to promote the vaccine, Hutchinson flatly declared that the vaccines do not make women infertile, which led to instant boos from angry audience members. HeContinue reading “Arkansas GOP governor drowned in boos for saying the COVID vaccine doesn’t make women infertile”

Federal judge blocks Arkansas law banning most abortions

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked an Arkansas law banning nearly all abortions in the state while she hears a challenge to its constitutionality. U.S. District Judge Kristine Baker issued a preliminary injunction preventing enforcement of the law, which was set to take effect on July 28. The measure passed by the majority-Republican Legislature andContinue reading “Federal judge blocks Arkansas law banning most abortions”

Arkansas governor: ‘Bad precedent’ to send privately funded guardsmen to border

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) said Sunday that sending a state’s National Guard to the U.S-Mexico border using money from a private donor sets a “bad precedent.”  In an interview on CNN’s “State of the Union,” anchor Dana Bash cited South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem’s (R) use of funding from Tennessee billionaire Willis Johnson to send an initial deployment of as many asContinue reading “Arkansas governor: ‘Bad precedent’ to send privately funded guardsmen to border”

Arkansas to require victims to report cases of rape, incest before getting an abortion

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) signed a bill into law on Wednesday that requires victims of rape and incest to first report the crime to police before undergoing an abortion past the state’s 20-week limit. The legislation will apply to other abortion cutoffs and will require abortion providers to document that a crime has been reported to lawContinue reading “Arkansas to require victims to report cases of rape, incest before getting an abortion”