Arkansas Election 2014 http://ualrpublicradio.org en Christie and Romney Visiting Arkansas: How Much Of It Is For Hutchinson? http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/christie-and-romney-visiting-arkansas-how-much-it-hutchinson <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Asa Hutchinson’s gubernatorial bid is getting the support of some national Republican figures. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie – who is the subject of speculation over a possible 2016 Presidential bid – and 2012’s GOP nominee Mitt Romney are visiting the state to host fundraisers next month. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">Political scientist Hal Bass of </span>Ouachita<span style="line-height: 1.5;"> Baptist University says their visits might be more about helping their own political ambitions than Hutchinson’s. </span></p> Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:54:51 +0000 Jacob Kauffman 26866 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Christie and Romney Visiting Arkansas: How Much Of It Is For Hutchinson? Republicans Tout Anti-Tax Message; Romney And Christie To Visit Next Month http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/republicans-tout-anti-tax-message-romney-and-christie-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 http://ualrpublicradio.org AG Candidate Rutledge Wants More Transparency For Outside Groups http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/ag-candidate-rutledge-wants-more-transparency-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 http://ualrpublicradio.org AG Candidate Rutledge Wants More Transparency For Outside Groups Arkansas GOP's Attorney General Nominee Speaking At Governor's Mansion http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/arkansas-gops-attorney-general-nominee-speaking-governors-mansion <p>Republican Attorney General nominee Leslie Rutledge is scheduled to talk about her candidacy to members of the Political Animals Club. Rutledge is to speak to the group Wednesday at a luncheon at the governor's mansion in Little Rock.</p><p>She's a former attorney for former Gov. Mike Huckabee and the Republican National Committee who won the GOP nomination for the post in a runoff election in June. Rutledge is running against Democratic nominee and state Rep. Nate Steel, who won his party's nomination without opposition in the May primary.</p> Wed, 16 Jul 2014 11:48:10 +0000 Associated Press 26581 at http://ualrpublicradio.org David Pryor Stumping For His Son In North Little Rock http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/david-pryor-stumping-his-son-north-little-rock <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">A familiar face in Arkansas politics – former Governor and Senator David Pryor – is out on the campaign trail in support of his son Senator Mark Pryor’s reelection bid against Republican Tom Cotton. </span></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5;">At a campaign event in a North Little Rock coffee shop Tuesday morning the elder Pryor argued the influence of special interest money is unparalleled compared to when he held office. </span></p> Tue, 15 Jul 2014 17:26:24 +0000 Jacob Kauffman 26534 at http://ualrpublicradio.org David Pryor Stumping For His Son In North Little Rock All Four Gubernatorial Candidates Debate in Hot Springs http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/all-four-gubernatorial-candidates-debate-hot-springs <p>In a rare example of inclusivity all four of the candidates for governor debated together Friday. Libertarian Frank Gilbert, Green Party candidate Joshua Drake, Democrat Mike Ross, and Republican Asa Hutchinson all participated in a debate hosted by the Arkansas Press Association in Hot Springs.</p> Fri, 11 Jul 2014 20:51:49 +0000 Jacob Kauffman 26353 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Arkansas AG Candidates Debate Federal Overreach, Sentencing http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/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 http://ualrpublicradio.org Group Submits Petitions For Expanded Alcohol Sales In Arkansas http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/group-submits-petitions-expanded-alcohol-sales-arkansas <p>A group supporting expanded alcohol sales in Arkansas has submitted more than 84,000 signatures in an effort to get its proposal on the November ballot.</p><p>Let Arkansas Decide turned in 84,969 signatures Monday to the secretary of state's office to put its proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot. The measure needs at least 78,133 signatures from registered voters to qualify.</p><p>Monday is the deadline for backers of proposed initiated acts and amendments to turn in petitions to qualify for the ballot.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:23:07 +0000 Associated Press 26039 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Petitions Submitted For Arkansas Minimum Wage Hike http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/petitions-submitted-arkansas-minimum-wage-hike <p>A group campaigning to gradually raise Arkansas' minimum wage has turned in more than 77,000 signatures to put its proposal on the November ballot.</p><p>Give Arkansas a Raise Now submitted its petitions Monday to put its proposed initiated act on the ballot. The group said it turned in 77,288 signatures for the proposal. Initiated acts need at least 62,507 signatures from registered voters.</p><p>Monday is the deadline to submit petitions for initiatives. It'll now be up to the Secretary of State's office to determine if enough of the signatures are valid.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 16:19:54 +0000 Associated Press 26038 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Medical Marijuana Proposal Falls Short On Signatures To Get On Ballot http://ualrpublicradio.org/post/medical-marijuana-proposal-falls-short-signatures-get-ballot <p></p><p>A group pushing for legalizing medical marijuana in Arkansas says it won't have enough signatures to put its proposal before voters this fall.</p><p>Arkansans for Compassionate Care said Monday it wouldn't turn in signatures to place its proposed initiated act on the November ballot.</p><p>Monday is the deadline for ballot measure campaigns to submit petitions.</p> Mon, 07 Jul 2014 15:59:29 +0000 Associated Press 26037 at http://ualrpublicradio.org Medical Marijuana Proposal Falls Short On Signatures To Get On Ballot