Arkansas Politics en Sen. Mark Pryor Pitches Jobs Legislation <p>Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is supporting legislation to limit tax breaks for companies that move operations overseas and to require most publicly financed projects to use American-made steel and iron as he faces a tough re-election fight.</p><p>The two-term lawmaker from Arkansas on Friday unveiled a package of bills he says are aimed at creating more jobs.</p><p>Part of the package includes legislation already introduced in the Senate that would prevent companies from deducting expenses related to moving operations to a foreign country.</p> Fri, 25 Jul 2014 19:02:42 +0000 Associated Press 27132 at Sen. Mark Pryor Pitches Jobs Legislation Republicans Tout Anti-Tax Message; Romney And Christie To Visit Next Month <p>Arkansas Republicans are touting a tax-cutting, anti-regulation message and expressing confidence they'll complete a takeover of the state's top offices as they meet for their annual convention.</p><p>The GOP's nominees for statewide and congressional office told delegates gathered for the convention Saturday the GOP was well-positioned to continue its gains in what had once been a Democratic stronghold in the otherwise solidly Republican south.</p> Sat, 19 Jul 2014 19:03:44 +0000 Associated Press 26804 at AG Candidate Rutledge Wants More Transparency For Outside Groups <p></p><p>Attorney general hopeful Leslie Rutledge says she supports requiring more transparency for organizations spending money on Arkansas races after she won the Republican nomination in a contest where she was targeted heavily by two outside groups.</p><p>Speaking at the Political Animals Club on Wednesday, Rutledge said she'd support requiring any group that spends money on ads that mention candidates by name to disclose their spending and donors to the state. Rutledge said she wasn't pushing for such a change as part of a legislative package.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 19:45:20 +0000 Associated Press 26615 at AG Candidate Rutledge Wants More Transparency For Outside Groups Cotton Says He's Raised $2.2 Million During Quarter, Outpacing Senator Pryor <p>Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton's campaign says he's raised $2.28 million over the last three months in his bid to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, outpacing the incumbent lawmaker in their increasingly heated and expensive Senate race.</p><p>Cotton's campaign announced Monday he raised the money during the fundraising period that ended June 30. Pryor's campaign on Friday announced he had raised $1.5 million during the same period.</p> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:45:36 +0000 Associated Press 26468 at Arkansas AG Candidates Debate Federal Overreach, Sentencing <p>Claims of an overreaching federal government through laws like the Affordable Care Act brought the candidates for Arkansas Attorney General to differ over what legal stances the state should adopt in response to Washington.</p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Republican Leslie Rutledge, Democrat Nate Steel and Libertarian candidate Aaron Cash squared off in a debate on Friday, moderated by the Arkansas Press Association.</span></p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:41:03 +0000 Chris Hickey 26341 at Lt. Governor Candidates Debate Policy Influence, Role's Effectiveness <p>The lead candidates for Arkansas Lieutenant Governor are emphasizing job creation and economic development in their hoped-for roles as policy advocates in the legislature. Their third party challenger, meanwhile, says the office grossly overestimates its own worth and use of taxpayer dollars.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 19:15:06 +0000 Chris Hickey 26340 at Pryor Campaign Edits Tornado Video After Complaint By Republican Cotton <p>Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor's campaign says it's removing portions of online campaign videos that were shot on property destroyed in a tornado after the property owner said he was misled about the use of the footage.</p><p>Doug Boydston complained Tuesday about the video featuring footage shot on the Mayflower RV property destroyed by a deadly tornado in April. He says he wasn't told it would be used as a political attack against Republican challenger and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton.</p><p>Cotton's campaign released a letter Boydston sent complaining about the video.</p> Tue, 08 Jul 2014 21:43:05 +0000 Associated Press 26146 at Pryor Campaign Edits Tornado Video After Complaint By Republican Cotton Senator Pryor Accuses Republican Challenger Cotton Of Attacking His Faith <p>U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is accusing Republican rival Tom Cotton of questioning his religious beliefs for an interview where Cotton said the Democratic lawmaker thinks that "faith is something that only happens at 11 o'clock on Sunday mornings."</p><p>In response, Cotton commended Pryor on Wednesday as a "man of faith."</p> Wed, 02 Jul 2014 19:57:55 +0000 Associated Press 25821 at Tom Cotton Touts Endorsement Of National Federation Of Independent Businesses <p></p><p>Congressman Cotton, the Republican challenger to incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor, received the endorsement Tuesday of the National Federation of Independent Businesses, a small business advocacy group.</p><p>Touting Cotton’s 100% voting record with the NFIB, the group’s state director, Sylvester Smith, said it was a natural endorsement.</p><p>“Tom Cotton has consistently supported Arkansas’s small, family businesses,” said Smith. “He listens to what our members have to say, and he’s done everything he can to create an environment where they can succeed.”</p> Tue, 01 Jul 2014 21:55:33 +0000 Roby Brock 25768 at Tom Cotton Touts Endorsement Of National Federation Of Independent Businesses Large Crowd Lines Up For Hillary Clinton Book Signing In Little Rock <p></p><p>Hillary Clinton is in Little Rock, signing copies of her newest book, "Hard Choices."</p><p>Fans of the former secretary of state arrived as early as 3:30 a.m. Friday to wait in line at a Little Rock Wal-Mart for a chance to meet Clinton. Hundreds of people were in line when Clinton arrived midday, about 45 minutes past the scheduled start time.</p><p>Clinton's stop in Little Rock is one of a handful she's making to promote her memoir, which is about her four years at the State Department under President Barack Obama.</p> Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:00:34 +0000 Associated Press 25543 at Large Crowd Lines Up For Hillary Clinton Book Signing In Little Rock