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Attorney General

1. Abortion: The 1973 Roe v. Wade U.S. Supreme Court abortion decision.
Mike Lee (Democrat)
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Kerry Hicks (Libertarian)
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Leslie Rutledge (Republican)
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I am proud of my pro-life record as Attorney General, which includes defending in court the Arkansas Heartbeat Protection Act and Arkansas’s right to cut off taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood.
2. Marriage: The 2015 Obergefell v. Hodges U.S. Supreme Court same-sex marriage decision.
Mike Lee (Democrat)
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Kerry Hicks (Libertarian)
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Leslie Rutledge (Republican)
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While we must continue following the law of the land, I remain committed to defending the First Amendment rights of free speech and religious liberty in Arkansas and nationwide.
3. Marijuana: Prohibiting the smoking of medical marijuana.
Mike Lee (Democrat)
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Kerry Hicks (Libertarian)
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Leslie Rutledge (Republican)
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However, as the Chief Legal Officer of Arkansas, it is my role to ensure that state law is faithfully and consistently executed.
4. Conscience: Allowing healthcare professionals to opt out of non-emergency treatments that violate their deeply-held religious, moral, or ethical convictions.
Mike Lee (Democrat)
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Kerry Hicks (Libertarian)
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Leslie Rutledge (Republican)
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5. Assisted Suicide: Allowing doctors to prescribe lethal drugs to terminally-ill patients who wish to end their lives.
Mike Lee (Democrat)
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Kerry Hicks (Libertarian)
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Leslie Rutledge (Republican)
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6. Privacy: Requiring individuals who choose to use changing facilities, locker rooms, restrooms, and showers in public schools, colleges, and government buildings to use the facility designated for their biological sex.
Mike Lee (Democrat)
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Kerry Hicks (Libertarian)
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Leslie Rutledge (Republican)
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In 2016, I fought back against the Obama Administration trying to force their liberal agenda on Arkansas schools.
7. Education: Allowing parents to enroll their child in the public school of their choice anywhere in Arkansas.
Mike Lee (Democrat)
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Kerry Hicks (Libertarian)
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Leslie Rutledge (Republican)
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I have long been a supporter of giving school choice to parents because we cannot be in the business of limiting educational choices for families. More choices will not only help our students, but it will also improve our teachers. We must work to break down the barriers of education in Arkansas because a child’s dreams should not be limited by their ZIP code or their parents’ income.
8. Tort Lawsuits: Limiting noneconomic damages awarded in lawsuits to $500,000 or less in cases of severe injury or death caused by negligence or misconduct.
Mike Lee (Democrat)
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Kerry Hicks (Libertarian)
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Leslie Rutledge (Republican)
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9. Civil Liberties: Amending the Arkansas Civil Rights Act of 1993 to add sexual orientation to the list of protected classes.
Mike Lee (Democrat)
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Kerry Hicks (Libertarian)
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Leslie Rutledge (Republican)
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10. Lottery: Requiring the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery to increase the percentage of proceeds allocated for scholarships to a minimum of 25%.
Mike Lee (Democrat)
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Kerry Hicks (Libertarian)
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Leslie Rutledge (Republican)
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11. How should Arkansas address our illegal immigrant population?
Mike Lee (Democrat)
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Kerry Hicks (Libertarian)
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Leslie Rutledge (Republican)
America is the freest, most prosperous nation in human history. People come here from all over the world to take part in the American Dream, many of them fleeing war and oppression. We must continue to be that shining city on a hill, and as we embrace immigrants they must also embrace our rule of law. While immigration is ultimately the constitutional purview of the federal government, states do have a role to play on this issue. That’s why I have joined legal efforts to halt sanctuary cities, which do nothing more than create safe havens for criminal activity and put all Americans at risk.
12. How can Arkansas prevent mass shootings?
Mike Lee (Democrat)
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Kerry Hicks (Libertarian)
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Leslie Rutledge (Republican)
Our nation has watched in horror and heartbreak as innocent lives have been violently taken from us. Not even Arkansas has been immune, as we tragically experienced in 1998 in Jonesboro. Those directly affected by these shootings will never be the same, and it’s imperative that we do everything we can to bring justice for the victims and make our communities safer. I am proud to be working closely with Gov. Hutchinson’s Arkansas School Safety Commission to find ways to prevent mass shootings in our schools; keeping our students and teachers safe is a top priority. I will continue to utilize the full resources of my office to promote public safety.
13. What specific legislation will you work to enact?
Mike Lee (Democrat)
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Kerry Hicks (Libertarian)
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Leslie Rutledge (Republican)
As Arkansas Attorney General, it is my duty to continue to enforce and defend the laws of our state and protect consumers from fraud and overreaching federal government.