Jacob Kauffman

Reporter / Anchor

Jacob Kauffman is a reporter and anchor for KUAR. He primarily covers the state legislature and politics beat while juggling anchoring All Things Considered Monday through Friday afternoons. 

Jacob is a long-time Little Rock resident who started out working with Hendrix College's KHDX and the Arkansas Legislative Digest. His work (or portions of it) has appeared on NPR, our other wonderful public radio stations across Arkansas, TalkBusiness.net, Arkansas Money & Politics Magazine, and ArkansasBlog.com.

He regularly appears on Arkansas Educational Television Network's (AETN) weekly roundtable politics program Arkansas Week. Jacob also serves on the board of the MacArthur Military History Museum. If you see him you should ask him about the experience of German-Arkansans during World War I.

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Local & Regional News
2:19 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Activists Want To Make Abortion A Major Issue In Pryor/Cotton Senate Race

Josh Duggar, executive director of Family Research Council Action, speaks at Friday's rally in the Arkansas state Capitol rotunda.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

A coalition of abortion opponents gathered at the Capitol Friday to call on Democratic Senator Mark Pryor to support a congressional effort to ban the procedure at 20 weeks. Local organizers and campaign workers with Pryor’s senate opponent, Republican Tom Cotton, were joined by a national organization in Arkansas to influence the upcoming election.

Mallory Quigley, a spokeswoman with Women Speak Out PAC, said abortion is an issue that needs to be at the forefront.

“We have a really important opportunity to replace Mark Pryor with a pro-life Senator,” said Quigley.

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Local & Regional News
3:19 pm
Wed August 27, 2014

Senator Pryor Defends Campaign Ad Invoking Ebola And Criticizes Cotton

Senator Mark Pryor during a press conference Wednesday in Little Rock.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

Incumbent Senator Mark Pryor continued to attack Republican challenger Tom Cotton Wednesday over votes on emergency and disaster relief. This week Pryor’s campaign launched a television advertisement criticizing a vote Cotton made against pandemic preparedness and how it relates to Ebola.

At his campaign headquarters in Little Rock Pryor said that while Cotton’s campaign has been making light of the ad, votes on pandemics such as Ebola, are important.

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Local & Regional News
8:45 am
Wed August 27, 2014

Attorney General Looking At Next Steps In Latino Housing Discrimination Case

The Waterford apartment complex in Little Rock.
Credit pinterest.com

The Arkansas Attorney General’s office said Tuesday they are evaluating whether to proceed after the Arkansas Fair Housing Commission recently determined there is reasonable cause to believe Latinos are being discriminated against at a west Little Rock apartment complex.

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Teacher Insurance
4:12 pm
Tue August 26, 2014

Legislators Continue To Look For Longterm Solution For Teacher Insurance Problems

Senator Jim Hendren of Gravette
Credit arkleg.state.ar.us

State legislators continue to look for a solution to the long beleaguered retirement program for public school employees.

A task force led by Republican Senate Majority Leader Jim Hendren heard remarks Tuesday from an array of education and benefits officials in a preliminary discussion about merging the school employee plan with a state employee plan. Hendren says after the meeting, he doesn’t expect the legislature to pursue merging the two.

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Local & Regional News
8:41 am
Tue August 26, 2014

State House Race Heats Up Over Records Search Regarding Four-Year-Old

Clarke and Toni Tucker
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

A four-year-old’s enrollment in pre-K is at the forefront of the race for a closely contested state House seat in Little Rock. Democratic state House hopeful Clarke Tucker is questioning the character of his opponent’s campaign for looking into publically available education records regarding his child.

Tucker sent out a mailer on August 20th advocating for expanded pre-K, stating the Little Rock School District couldn’t place his child Ellis in its pre-K program because of limited space.

That’s a claim his opponent Stacy Hurst contests.

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Local & Regional News
9:01 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Little Rock Apartment Complex Found To Discriminate Against Latinos

National Fair Housing Alliance
Credit nationalfairhousing.org

The Arkansas Fair Housing Commission (AFHC) has determined there is reasonable cause to believe Latino applicants are being discriminated against at a Little Rock apartment complex in violation of the Fair Housing Act.

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Local & Regional News
2:44 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

AG Candidate Steel Gives Legislative Agenda, Rutledge Criticizes Sex Offender Vote

Nate Steel (D-Nashville) in 2013 Regular Session
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

The Democratic nominee for attorney general Nate Steel unveiled Thursday what will be his legislative agenda if elected to the office. Steel’s package would eliminate parole for sex offenders, increase child-support collections through prison earnings and tax refunds, and expand drug courts and alternative sentencing for juveniles among other proposals.

The state representative from southwest Arkansas said it’s critical for the attorney general to present a plan to the part-time legislature.

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Local & Regional News
3:16 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

U.S. House Majority Leader Lends Voice In Arkansas Congressional Races

Pipe Intended For Keystone XL In Little Rock
Jacob Kauffman KUAR

A slate of national Republican figures continues to campaign this week on behalf of Arkansas GOP candidates. Speaking in Little Rock Wednesday recently promoted House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) lent support to 2nd Congressional nominee French Hill amid a field of pipe sitting idle, awaiting a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline.  

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Local & Regional News
1:43 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

AARP Survey Shows Long-Term Care Key Issue in Arkansas Gubernatorial Race

90 Percent Want Care Other Than At A Nursing Home
Credit AARP / AARP

A survey released Tuesday from AARP finds 91 percent of Arkansans age 50 and older have a desire for services to shift to at-home care rather than at institutions like nursing homes.

Herb Sanderson with AARP Arkansas said state and federal spending on long-term care is an issue the organization for seniors would like to see addressed by electoral candidates.

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Local & Regional News
7:00 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Sec. of State Mark Martin's Property Tax Exemptions Questioned

Sec. of State Mark Martin (R)
Credit sos.arkansas.gov/ / Sec. of State's Office

A second Republican candidate in as many months is coming under scrutiny for allegations of illegally claiming too many homestead property tax exemptions.

Late last week the liberal, investigative blog Blue Hog Report looked into the records of Secretary of State Mark Martin, finding he claimed the tax credit for both of his homes since at least 2008. The law only allows the credit for one residence.

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