Arkansas Politics en Wildlife Refuge To Be Renamed After Bumpers <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">A national wildlife refuge in southeastern Arkansas will be renamed after former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers in a ceremony planned in St. Charles.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host a renaming ceremony Friday afternoon for the White River National Wildlife Refuge after Bumpers, a Democrat who was Arkansas' governor during the early 1970s before serving four terms in the U.S. Senate.</span></p> Fri, 18 Apr 2014 14:07:32 +0000 Associated Press 21973 at Cotton: $1.3M Raised In First 3 Months Of '14 <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton says he's raised more than $1.35 million in the first three months of the year in his bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor this fall.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Cotton's campaign on Monday said it'll report raising more than $4.8 million since announcing last year he would challenge Pryor. The campaign did not say how much money Cotton would report having on hand for his bid.</span></p> Tue, 15 Apr 2014 13:27:14 +0000 Associated Press 21822 at Cotton Calls For Debates With Pryor In Senate Race <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton is calling for a series of five debates with Sen. Mark Pryor as Cotton challenges Pryor in the U.S. Senate race.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Cotton - a Republican - said Sunday that he wants the debates in five different regions of the state and without moderators or panelists asking questions. Cotton called for opening and closing statements with he and Pryor - a Democrat - asking each other questions and giving rebuttals.</span></p> Mon, 14 Apr 2014 14:17:36 +0000 Associated Press 21771 at Cotton Calls For Debates With Pryor In Senate Race Ethics Complaint Against Rep. Tom Cotton Dismissed <p></p><p>An ethics panel has dismissed a complaint that accused Republican Senate hopeful Tom Cotton of soliciting contributions illegally during a radio interview at his congressional office in the U.S. Capitol.</p><p>Cotton's campaign Wednesday released a copy of a March 13 letter from the House Ethics Committee dismissing the state Democratic Party's complaint.&nbsp;&nbsp; Democrats complained last October about an interview Cotton gave to a radio talk show host.</p> Wed, 09 Apr 2014 18:21:11 +0000 Associated Press 21544 at Ethics Complaint Against Rep. Tom Cotton Dismissed Pryor Holds Small Lead On Cotton In High-profile U.S. Senate Race <p>Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Pryor holds a three-point lead over his Republican rival, Congressman Tom Cotton, in the latest Talk Business-Hendrix College Poll.</p><p>Pryor, whose seat has been highly targeted for a Republican pick-up, leads the first-term Fourth District Congressman 45.5% to 42.5%. Only 8% are undecided.</p> Mon, 07 Apr 2014 23:50:33 +0000 Roby Brock 21460 at Poll: Ross, Hutchinson In Virtual Dead Heat In Governor’s Race <p>A new Talk Business-Hendrix College Poll shows the race between party front-runners Mike Ross (D) and Asa Hutchinson (R) to be a virtual dead heat, with the Democrat up by one point – 44-43% – over his potential GOP rival.</p><p>“This is not where this race will end up, but it is a representation of where it is today,” said Talk Business &amp; Politics editor-in-chief Roby Brock.</p><p>“The anticipated match-up between Mike Ross and Asa Hutchinson appears to be very close. Against their underdog rivals, these two front-runners appear to be in solid shape.”</p> Sun, 06 Apr 2014 18:45:30 +0000 Roby Brock 21401 at Ex-Senator Gilbert Baker Quits UCA Post <p style="margin-bottom: 0in">Former state Sen. Gilbert Baker has quit his job at the University of Central Arkansas.</p><p style="margin-bottom: 0in"><span style="line-height: 1.5;">The college said Wednesday that Baker had left his $132,000-job as the president's executive assistant. A reason wasn't given.</span></p> Thu, 03 Apr 2014 14:29:36 +0000 Associated Press 21256 at In Governor's Race, Ross Criticizes Hutchinson Over Impeachment Role <p>Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Ross is criticizing Republican rival Asa Hutchinson for his role prosecuting the impeachment case against former President Clinton, saying it showed how partisan the former congressman is.</p><p>Ross told The Associated Press it's up to voters to decide whether impeachment will be an issue in the race for Arkansas' top office this year. He cited it as the difference between his service in Washington and Hutchinson's.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 22:45:36 +0000 Associated Press 20911 at Hot Springs Attorney Wanted On Manslaughter Charge <p></p><p>A Hot Springs attorney whose relationship with Attorney General Dustin McDaniel led to McDaniel withdrawing from the race for governor is now charged with manslaughter.</p><p>Garland County authorities have issued arrest warrants for 36-year-old Andrea Davis and her brother - Matthew Davis - in the shooting death of Maxwell Anderson outside Andrea Davis' home in February 2012.</p><p>An attorney for the Davises told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that he's made arrangements with the special prosecutor in the case for both Andrea and Matthew Davis to surrender sometime this week.</p> Wed, 26 Mar 2014 12:37:47 +0000 Associated Press 20874 at Hot Springs Attorney Wanted On Manslaughter Charge "Countering The Culture Of Clinton Hating" Lecture To Be Held At Presidential Library <p></p><p></p><p>A lecture titled “Countering the Culture of Clinton Hating” will be held Tuesday at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock featuring former journalist and author David Brock. He’s founder of a non-profit group called Media Matters for America, which works to counter what he calls conservative misinformation in the media.</p> Tue, 25 Mar 2014 11:00:12 +0000 Michael Hibblen 20797 at "Countering The Culture Of Clinton Hating" Lecture To Be Held At Presidential Library