Arkansas Election 2014

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5:50 pm
Wed September 17, 2014

Hutchinson Talks About Disability Rights & Crosses On ASU Football Helmets

Gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson (R) speaks to an audience member after the Political Animals Club.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

One day after 21 disability-rights advocates were arrested outside of Asa Hutchinson’s locked Little Rock office the GOP’s gubernatorial hopeful is still uncertain on the push for more home-based disability care.

Speaking Wednesday at the Governor’s Mansion after a meeting of the Political Animals Club Hutchinson said he supports providing choices but did not say if he supports the Community First Choice Option that allows Medicaid funds to be spent on home-based care rather than institutionalized care.

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9:53 am
Wed September 17, 2014

Backers Ask Arkansas Supreme Court To Dismiss Alcohol-Sales Lawsuit

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Backers of a measure that would legalize alcohol sales in all 75 Arkansas counties are asking the state's highest court to dismiss a lawsuit seeking to remove the proposal from the November ballot.

Representatives from Let Arkansas Decide filed court papers Tuesday seeking the dismissal of the suit filed earlier this month by Citizens for Local Rights. The opponents say petitions were due on the July Fourth holiday, which fell on a Friday.

Secretary of State Mark Martin's office accepted the petitions the next business day, or Monday, July 7.

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5:55 pm
Tue September 16, 2014

Cotton and Pryor Trade Exchanges Over Wealthy Donors and Debating

Arkansas’s congressional delegation is back in Washington this month and the debate over debating foreign policy continues. Senator Mark Pryor on Tuesday also continued one of his consistent critiques of Republican challenger Tom Cotton’ for his association with wealthy politically-minded individuals who fund an important part of conservative campaigns.

Pryor criticized Cotton for a trip he took Monday away from Washington D.C. to Texas for fundraising. 

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5:14 pm
Mon September 15, 2014

Candidates For Governor Release Fundraising Reports For August

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Republican gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson's campaign says he raised more than $420,000 last month, outpacing Democratic rival Mike Ross.

Hutchinson's campaign reported Monday it ended the month with $667,000 cash on hand and has raised more than $3.4 million since launching his bid last year. Ross reported raising more than $370,000 last month and ending with $307,000 in the bank. Ross has raised more than $5.6 million total in his bid.

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2:40 pm
Thu September 11, 2014

First Debate Between Pryor and Cotton Set For October

Pryor and Cotton Arriving at Welspun Tubular in Little Rock. Summer 2014.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

After months of debating about having debates both Republican Tom Cotton and Democrat Mark Pryor have agreed to a televised, live debate in Fayetteville October 14th. The two candidates for U.S. Senate will talk about domestic issues for one-hour from the University of Arkansas campus. There will be no discussion of foreign policy. That's something the Cotton campaign has expressed dissatisfaction with.

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11:08 am
Thu September 11, 2014

Oral Arguments Set For Next Month Over Challenge To Alcohol Proposal

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The Arkansas Supreme Court has scheduled oral arguments next month in the lawsuit challenging a proposal to legalize alcohol sales in all 75 of the state's counties.

Justices on Thursday set oral arguments for Oct. 9 in the lawsuit filed by a group opposed to the proposed constitutional amendment.

Citizens for Local Rights asked the court to remove the proposal from the November ballot, arguing the state used the wrong deadline to accept petitions for the measure. It also argued that the ballot title is insufficient.

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4:47 pm
Wed September 10, 2014

Pryor Points To Equal Pay Vote As Difference With Cotton On Women

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor (D)

The U.S. Senate voted Wednesday on a procedural motion to advance the Paycheck Fairness Act. Most Democrats, including incumbent Senator Mark Pryor are highlighting the vote in advance of November elections as something that distinguishes themselves from Republicans.

Pryor argued the bill would help women receive equal pay.

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Local & Regional News
6:13 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Republicans File Ethics Complaint Over James Lee Witt Report

James Lee Witt

Democratic congressional hopeful James Lee Witt's campaign says he's amending his financial disclosure statement to include an $850,000 Little Rock house he bought after Arkansas Republicans filed an ethics complaint over the matter.

The state GOP on Tuesday filed a complaint with the Office of Congressional Ethics against Witt for not including the house in a financial disclosure statement he filed last month.

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5:54 pm
Tue September 9, 2014

Secretary Of State Asks Court To Dismiss Alcohol Sales Lawsuit

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Secretary of State Mark Martin is asking the Arkansas Supreme Court to dismiss a lawsuit trying to block from the November ballot a proposal to expand alcohol sales to all 75 of the state's counties.

Martin's office on Tuesday responded to the lawsuit filed last week by Citizens for Local Rights, which argues the state used the wrong deadline for accepting petitions to place the alcohol measure on the November ballot. The group argues that the state should have used July 4 as the deadline, rather than July 7.

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4:45 pm
Mon September 8, 2014

Group Pushing For Alcohol Sales In Saline County Files Appeals

A group backed by Walmart and Kum & Go has filed an appeal with the Arkansas Supreme Court to let Saline County residents vote on whether not to legalize alcohol in the Nov. 4 election.

Circuit Judge Grisham Phillips ruled in a lawsuit last week that a petition to place alcohol sales on the November ballot in Saline County fell short by nearly 90 signatures. Phillips had disqualified 159 signatures.

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