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Both sides now for lobbyist Jon Gilmore, Asa's strategist, when it comes to marijuana

Governor's strategist working the other side of Asa's fence on legal marijuana,
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J.R. Davis, Hutchinson spokesman, heading to consultant ranks

J.R. Davis, Gov. Asa Hutchinson's director of communications, is heading to the private sector.

Census Bureau puts Arkansas population over 3 million. How good is that? Depends.

The Census Bureau has issued new population data for the year ending July 1 and they show Arkansas population has topped 3 million. That's nice if perhaps not so nice as a spokesman for the governor tried to make it.

Legislation needed: Accountability in protective services for children

The awful death of Isaiah Torres, 6, was a reminder again of a gaping hole in the law pertaining to child protective services.

Hutchinson prepared to challenge feds, says he is "standing up for Arkansas values"

The governor's office on Gov. Asa Hutchinson's termination of Planned Parenthood's Medicaid contract "Even though we anticipate a federal review, standing up for Arkansas values is most important to the Governor."

Legislature proceeds with meaningless grandstanding gesture likely to confuse private option beneficiaries

The Senate yesterday passed Rep. Donnie Copeland's bill to send a letter to everyone enrolled in the private option telling them that "the program will end on December 31, 2016" and "the coverage provided by the program expires on December 31, 2016." In fact, the governor's task force is expressly charged with continuing coverage, so the letter is a meaningless gesture from grandstanding Republicans. It is likely to scare and confuse poor people in Arkansas, but that's just collateral damage.

The GOP in charge in Arkansas

What will it mean?

The New York open line: Plus a return from journalism to political flackery and a knock on Sen. Boozman

Tonight's open line includes notes on my visit to Cooperstown, N.Y., and a new hand from the TV world joins Asa Hutchinson's campaign.