Lt. Gov. Mark Darr of Arkansas, who said this week that he would settle with his state’s Ethics Commission amid findings that he repeatedly broke campaign finance laws, on Tuesday defied mounting calls for his resignation, including one from Gov. Mike Beebe, and said he intended to remain in office.
“The mistakes I made have been well documented,” Mr. Darr, a Republican who agreed on Monday to pay $11,000 in fines as part of a settlement with the ethics board, said in a statement. “My focus now is on making things right with the people of Arkansas.”
Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr says he made errors on campaign finance reports that are now being questioned by a political website.
In a series of reports this week, the Democrat-leaning Blue Hog Reportsays Darr’s campaign reports listed expenses like four season tickets to Arkansas Razorback games, expensive dinners and charges at convenience stores as fundraisers.
Matt Campbell, who’s sued Secretary of State Mark Martin for failure to produce all public documents in his possession concerning his practice of hiring outside lawyers to represent the office, reports that Judge Tim Fox today granted his motion to disqualify two private lawyers, Chad Pekron and Joseph Price of the Quattlebaum firm, from representing Martin in the FOI case.
An attorney general’s opinion released late today (Aug. 5) regarding the use of construction managers at-risk on county projects has left more questions than answers.
Sen. Jake Files, R-Fort Smith, had requested the opinion in June at the request of Sebastian County Justice of the Peace Danny Aldridge, who had questioned whether the county was legally able to use a construction manager at-risk to construct the Ben Geren Aquatics Center, which is a joint project being developed with the city of Fort Smith.
The standard practice at Sebastian County Quorum Court meetings since 1977 has been to take care of business, including votes, prior to allowing public comment at the end of the meeting. But one member of the Court is trying to change the county’s public comment policy in order to allow more involvement in the county’s legislative decisions.
Justice of the Peace Danny Aldridge requested that Prosecuting Attorney Dan Shue, who serves as the Quorum Court’s legal counsel, provide a legal interpretation of the Arkansas law that defines how public comment is to be conducted at public meetings.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) – A Little Rock attorney filed a formal complaint against the Secretary of State’s office.
Matthew Campbell claims Mark Martin’s office is not complying with the Freedom of Information Act. Campbell said while looking into money, Martin’s office reportedly spent to hire outside attorneys, and Campbell requested copies of several emails.