Tag Archives: Asa Hutchinson

GOP Arkansas Governor: Trump Is “Dividing Our Party”

“Whenever we do not have the president in power from our party, you have divided leadership — you have many different voices. And former President Trump is dividing our party, and so it’s important that we not unite with someone who is dividing our party. “I believe that we need to concentrate on more things that bring us together than …

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Arkansas Gov Defends Veto Of Anti-Trans Youth Bill

The Hill reports: Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) said on Sunday that his decision to veto the transgender youth healthcare ban was a “message of compassion and conservatism,” saying it aligned with his conservative belief in limited government. Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” Hutchinson acknowledged the blowback he has received from his party for his veto of the …

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Arkansas Gov “Sorry” For Anti-Transgender Youth Bill

NPR reports: ARI SHAPIRO: And so if you were to hear today from one of those transgender minors and their parents who had been getting hormone treatment and will have to stop under this law, like, what would you say to them? ASA HUTCHINSON: Well, I’m sorry, and that’s exactly the reason I vetoed the bill is because we wanted …

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AR Lawmakers Override Gov’s Veto Of Anti-Trans Bill

Little Rock’s CBS News affiliate reports: The Arkansas House and Senate both voted to override Governor Asa Hutchinson’s veto of HB1570, making the bill law. Gov. Hutchinson vetoed HB1570 on Monday. The Arkansas House voted 71-24 to override Hutchinson’s veto, and the Arkansas Senate voted 25-8 to override the veto. Arkansas becomes the first state to ban gender confirming treatments …

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Perkins: Arkansas Gov Has Sided With Radical Ideology

Via email from hate group leader Tony Perkins: “Image is always important for a governor,” Asa Hutchinson (R-Ark.) admitted at the end of his Monday press conference on the SAFE Act. And unfortunately I think it was ultimately image — not protecting children. “I looked at this bill,” he explained, and thought, “‘Where do I want my voice to be?'” …

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GOP Arkansas Governor Vetoes Anti-Trans Youth Bill

Little Rock’s ABC News affiliate reports: Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Monday that he vetoed a bill that would ban gender confirming hormone treatment for trans youths. Hutchinson called the bill “well-intended but off course” and said it was “overbroad.” “We are creating new standards of legislating interference for physicians and parents as they deal with some of the most …

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Arkansas Gov Signs “Religious Freedom” Bill Allowing Doctors To Refuse To Treat LGBT Patients Because Jesus

Little Rock’s NBC News affiliate reports: Gov. Asa Hutchinson has signed new legislation that would allow doctors and other health care workers in Arkansas to refuse to perform certain services if they have “conscience-based objections.” Senate Bill 289, also known as The Medical Ethics and Diversity Act, is a new version of a measure that was first presented in the …

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Arkansas Gov: Vaccine Refusal By Trump Supporters Is Just A “Natural Resistance To Government” [VIDEO]

The Hill reports: Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) on Sunday said that the vaccine hesitancy reported among supporters of former President Trump is due to “a natural resistance to government,” calling it “worrisome.” Appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” host Dana Bash asked Hutchinson what he made of the hesitancy, noting that voters in his state of Arkansas are …

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Arkansas Gov Signs Near-Total Abortion Ban Into Law

The Associated Press reports: Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Tuesday signed into law legislation banning nearly all abortions in the state, a sweeping measure that supporters hope will force the U.S. Supreme Court to revisit its landmark Roe v. Wade decision but opponents vow to block before it takes effect later this year. The Republican governor had expressed reservations about …

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GOP Arkansas Gov Wouldn’t Support Trump 2024 Run

Politico reports: Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Sunday that he would not support a run by former President Donald Trump for reelection in 2024. “He’s got a good family … and they love America,” the Republican told host Dana Bash on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “But I would not support him for reelection in 2024.” “He’s going to have …

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GOP Arkansas Gov: Biden Will Be Our Next President

The Hill reports: Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) said on Sunday he “expect[s] Joe Biden to be the next president of the United States,” adding that it was “good” that President Trump seemingly acknowledged Biden’s win in a tweet that the president later walked back. “I expect Joe Biden to be the next president of the United States,” Hutchinson said …

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GOP Arkansas Gov Finally Issues Statewide Mask Rule

ABC News reports: Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson issued an order Thursday requiring people to wear face masks in public throughout the state, which has had a surge in coronavirus cases over the past several weeks. The Republican governor had resisted a statewide mask mandate and opposed issuing a stay-at-home order earlier in the pandemic, but he signed the order requiring …

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ARKANSAS: Gov Appoints Gay Adoption Opponent To Hear Marriage Case

Via the Arkansas Times: Gov. Asa Hutchinson has appointed three special justices to fill openings on the Arkansas Supreme Court in a case to decide which justices should rule on the lawsuit challenging the ban on same-sex marriage. They are former Republican senator Shawn Womack, now a circuit judge in Mountain Home; former Republican attorney general candidate and former appointed …

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ARKANSAS: Governor Vows To Replace Supreme Court Justices Who Recused Themselves From Same-Sex Marriage Case

Via the Arkansas News: Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday he plans to move quickly to appoint special justices to replace members of the state Supreme Court who recused themselves from a new case spun off from a challenge to Arkansas’ ban on gay marriage. On Wednesday, Chief Justice Jim Hannah and Justice Paul Danielson recused themselves from a new case …

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ARKANSAS: Gov. Asa Hutchinson Signs Amended Version Of RFRA Bill

CNN reports: Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson signed a religious freedom measure into law on Thursday after state lawmakers overhauled their proposal so that it mirrors the federal law. In the wake of intense backlash against a similar law in Indiana, first-term Republican governor had rejected the first version Arkansas lawmakers had sent to his desk, instead asking for two tweaks …

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ARKANSAS: Activists Rally For Changes To License To Discriminate Bill

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Quote Of The Day – Seth Hutchinson

“I am happy that my Dad is now calling on legislators to rework HB 1228. I had communicated with him my opposition to the bill, along with thousands of other Arkansans and concerned citizens around the country. I’m proud to have made a small contribution to the overall effort to stop discrimination against the LGBT community in Arkansas, the state …

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ARKANSAS: Gov. Asa Hutchinson Won’t Sign RFRA Bill Unless There Are Changes

Hutchinson opened his press conference by noting that his own son had signed the petition asking him to issue a veto. The influence of Walmart in today’s decision cannot be underestimated.

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LIVE VIDEO: Arkansas Governor Holds Press Conference On Anti-Gay RFRA Bill

At 10:30AM local time Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson will hold a press conference on his state’s license to discriminate bill, which was sent to his desk yesterday by the Arkansas House. Hutchinson has vowed to sign the bill, but that was before Walmart stomped into the issue yesterday wearing their trillion-dollar boots. Watch live here. UPDATE: Here’s the full video.

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ARKANSAS: Walmart Tells Governor To Veto License To Discriminate Bill

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