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FILE - In this Nov. 12, 2020 file photo, outgoing Minnesota State Senate President Senate President Jeremy Miller, R-Winona gave Sen. David Tomassoni, DFL-Chisholm a congratulatory elbow bump before Tomassoni addressed the Senate Chamber in St. Paul, Minn.   At least 187 state legislators nationwide have tested positive for the virus and four have died since the pandemic began, according to figures compiled by The Associated Press. Twelve Arkansas lawmakers have tested positive for the virus over the past month, the second largest known outbreak in a state legislature. (Glen Stubbe/Star Tribune via AP)

Many GOP lawmakers shrug off Statehouse mask-wearing rules

Nov. 21, 2020 5:39 PM EST

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Many Republican lawmakers in states where coronavirus cases and hospitalizations have surged are not only rejecting statewide mask mandates. They're also resisting rules requiring them in their own capitols. Efforts to require lawmakers and staff to wear masks have received a cool...

GOP Arkansas candidate faces criticism over Klan costume

Oct. 30, 2020 4:30 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Republican candidate for the Arkansas Senate who dressed up like a member of the Ku Klux Klan for a Halloween event when he was in high school is facing criticism from former classmates and advocacy groups. Charles Beckham III is challenging state Sen. Bruce Maloch, D-Magnolia,...

GOP Arkansas state senate candidate wore KKK costume as teen

Oct. 23, 2020 10:12 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A Republican candidate running for Arkansas State Senate said he made “mistakes" as a teenager after repeatedly denying his dismissal from a Mississippi high school for wearing a racist Ku Klux Klan costume for Halloween. Charles Edward Beckham III initially denied reports...

Joyce Elliott, a Democratic state senator running for Congress, talks at her campaign headquarters in Little Rock, Ark., on Aug.,18, 2020. Elliott is challenging Republican U.S. Rep. French Hill in central Arkansas' 2nd Congressional District. (AP Photo/Andrew Demillo)

Arkansas race tests Democrats' reach in solidly red state

Oct. 5, 2020 3:59 PM EDT

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — When she ran for an Arkansas congressional seat a decade ago, Joyce Elliott lost by 20 points as Republicans took over nearly every major office. So it would have been easy to write her off as she ran again in a state that's only grown redder. But the state senator has turned what...