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Audit report finds several potential breaches of Arkansas law in governor’s $19K lectern purchase

Arkansas Legislative Audit’s report on the $19,000 purchase of a lectern for Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ office found several instances of “potential noncompliance” with state law and has been sent to the state attorney general and Pulaski County’s prosecuting attorney. Members of Sanders’ staff used a state-issued credit card to buy the lectern and a…

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Governor Sanders announces additional families eligible for Education Freedom Account Program

Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders today joined Arkansas Secretary of Education Jacob Oliva at Harvest Time Academy in Fort Smith to announce that children of veterans, military reserve members, first responders, and law enforcement officers, as well as students who previously attended D-rated schools, are now eligible to apply for the Education Freedom Account program. …

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Governor Sanders wraps up productive Japan tour

Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders spent the final days of her Asia trade trip meeting with companies and speaking with government officials. She delivered remarks to Keidanren, the Japanese Business Federation and met with Rahm Emanuel, the U.S. Ambassador to Japan, Hosaka Shin, Vice-Minister for International Affairs of the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry, and Fumiaki Sasaki President of Hanamaki’s International Trade Exchange Association. …

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Governor Sanders announces $4.34 million to support local recreation facilities

Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders announced that the Arkansas Department of Parks, Heritage and Tourism is awarding $4.34 million in Outdoor Recreation Grants to projects within 29 counties across the state.  The grants fall into two categories: Facilities for Underdeveloped Neighborhoods (FUN) Park grants and matching grants. “My administration is looking for any opportunity to get…

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Sanders joins 25 Republican governors supporting Texas border efforts

Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders is among 25 GOP governors behind a letter supporting Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and his state’s “constitutional right to self-defense” at the nation’s southern border. In their letter, the members of the Republican Governors Association blame President Joe Biden’s administration for refusing to take action addressing the border crisis, instead…

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Panel approves $104K for former Arkansas corrections chief’s partial salary as Sanders aide

Arkansas lawmakers on Friday directed $104,000 to Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ office to cover the salary of her new adviser, former Corrections Secretary Joe Profiri, for the remaining six months of the fiscal year. The Arkansas Legislative Council’s Performance Evaluation and Expenditure Review (PEER) subcommittee approved the appropriation Tuesday with some audible dissent, and the…

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Governor Sanders announces Summer EBT Program to fight food insecurity

Governor Sanders today announced that Arkansas has joined Summer Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT), a new program that will provide assistance to families to purchase food during the summer months for children who qualify for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP). Summer EBT is launching this year and will provide $120 in food benefits for each eligible child over…

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Governor Sanders announces personnel changes to administration

Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders today announced changes to the Governor’s Office personnel. Kelly Eichler, the Governor’s Deputy Chief of Staff, will depart the Governor’s Office for new opportunities. Jamie Barker, the Governor’s current Director of Legislative Affairs, will become Deputy Chief of Staff. Judd Deere will stay on as Deputy Chief of Staff. “Kelly…

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Emails support whistleblower’s claim that Arkansas governor altered public records, attorney says

Newly revealed documents indicate that Arkansas Gov. Sarah Huckabee Sanders’ office violated state law by altering public records, which aligns with accusations an anonymous whistleblower made last month, according to the person’s lawyer. Sanders’ office has been under scrutiny for several weeks for its spending decisions, particularly for purchasing a $19,000 lectern in June from…

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