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UPDATE: State auditors refer lecterngate findings to prosecutor’s office

The report details multiple apparent violations of state law related to the governor's spending.
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Lecterngate audit report to be released today

The report will almost certainly be released to the public once Legislative Joint Audit has reviewed the report at tomorrow's meeting.

Sanders-backed candidate loses GOP legislative primary runoff in Hope

Republican Dolly Henley won a contentious primary runoff election for a legislative seat in southwest Arkansas on Tuesday, defeating Arnetta Bradford, the governor's preferred candidate.

Republican infighting over south Arkansas legislative runoff continues, pitting Sanders against old-guard GOP

Add Rep. DeAnn Vaught of Horatio to the list of Republican legislators crying foul over shenanigans in the GOP runoff for state representative in House District 88. Voting records reveal Sanders' preferred candidate, Arnetta Bradford, never voted until 2022.

Governor's office offered lucrative parole board seat in exchange for political favor, state senator says

State Sen. Jimmy Hickey alleged Monday that the governor’s office offered outgoing state Rep. Danny Watson a lucrative seat on the state parole board if he secured a replacement friendly to the Sanders administration.

Audit of gov's $19K lectern purchase nearing end, report due in late March

"To date, our staff has formally interviewed 20 individuals" involved in the purchase of the lectern or the reimbursement that followed, head auditor Roger Norman said.

Legislators sign off on extra money to pay fired prisons chief’s salary in new governor’s office role

Profiri's salary, which is $1 under the amount that would require legislative approval, will be $201,699 if the legislative council signs off on it.
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What are Arkansas officials mad about this week? Big Bird and the state constitution

Christmas has come early for Arkansas state government geeks who can't look away from political pageants such as these. Let's fight! 

Auditor: Investigation into Arkansas governor’s lectern purchase unlikely to end this year

Auditors likely won't be done with their investigation into podiumgate until 2024.

Republican state lawmakers greenlight podiumgate audits into governor's spending

State auditors will dive into Gov. Sarah Sanders' unorthodox purchase of a $19,029.25 lectern from a longtime political associate.

Whistleblower says governor’s office illegally altered, withheld records related to podium purchase

Attorney Tom Mars said his client can prove that someone in Sanders' office altered and withheld documents that were requested through the Arkansas FOIA.

Sen. Jimmy Hickey wants audits over governor’s podium purchase and retroactive FOIA exemption

A Republican senator is asking for audits into the governor's lectern purchase and records of expenses retroactively pulled from public view by a new FOIA exemption.