Arkansas Election 2014

Local & Regional News
6:19 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Huckabee And Religion At Work To Lift All The GOP Candidates' Boats

Mike Huckabee (right) talks with Arkansas's GOP Chair Doyle Webb (left).
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Early voting began Monday and Republicans in Arkansas are hoping this is the year they finish putting a once-dominant Democratic Party to rest. Former Governor Mike Huckabee made a stop in Little Rock to rally the base. ---

“All you Baptists move to the front row," said Doyle Webb, the chair of the state’s Republican Party.

Webb opened up the rally of party faithful with time-tested conservative imagery, preaching to the choir.

“As with any event we always first go to our God and then pledge our allegiance. It’s always appropriate,” said Webb.

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5:21 pm
Mon October 20, 2014

Early Voting Drawing Thousands For Arkansas Midterm Election

Thousands of Arkansas voters have begun casting their ballots early in a closely watched midterm election highlighted by an expensive U.S. Senate race that could determine which party controls that chamber next year.

Secretary of State Mark Martin's office said 21,094 people had cast a ballot by late afternoon Monday, the first day of early voting for the Nov. 4 election. Martin has predicted 51 percent of the state's nearly 1.7 million registered voters will vote in this year's election.

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Local & Regional News
10:03 am
Mon October 20, 2014

New Poll: Hays Has Small Lead In 2nd District, Crawford Comfortable Lead In 1st

The latest Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College Poll shows First District Republican Cong. Rick Crawford with a comfortable lead over his Democratic opponent, Jackie McPherson, while the battle for an open Second District Congressional seat has Democrat Pat Hays ahead of GOP rival French Hill.

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Local & Regional News
9:38 am
Mon October 20, 2014

Early Voting Begins For Arkansas Midterm Election

Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansans can begin early voting in this year's busy midterm election.

Voters can cast ballots from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturdays. Early voting wraps up at 5 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 3 - the day before the general election.

Arkansas election officials predict that 51 percent of the state's nearly 1.7 million registered voters will cast ballots for the general election. That's an increase from the last midterm election in 2010, when 47.6 percent of Arkansas' 1.6 million registered voters cast ballots.

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Local & Regional News
3:29 pm
Sun October 19, 2014

Poll On Arkansas Ballot Issues Shows Mixed Results

Three of the five measures that are likely to be on the November 4th ballot are polling with different degrees of voter support, according to a new battery of surveys from Talk Business & Politics and Hendrix College.

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Local & Regional News
11:44 am
Sun October 19, 2014

Balance Of Arkansas House Up In Air, State Senate A Lock For GOP

Arkansas State Capitol
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR

Voters can begin casting early ballots Monday in Arkansas' midterm election. And while the top-of-the-ticket U.S. Senate and governor's races have dominated the airwaves, a handful of legislative races could determine whether more than 200,000 people keep their health insurance under the state's Medicaid expansion.

One of the first jobs for the newly elected Legislature will be to decide whether to reauthorize the "private option" program, which uses Medicaid money to buy private health insurance for low-income residents.

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Local & Regional News
6:39 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Arkansas Governor Candidates React To Voter ID Ruling

A week of debates hosted by AETN continued Thursday with Arkansas’s gubernatorial candidates. Wednesday’s Arkansas Supreme Court decision, striking down the voter ID law, was addressed by Democrat Mike Ross, Republican Asa Hutchinson, Libertarian Frank Gilbert, and Green Joshua Drake. Ross said he thought the ID requirement was unconstitutional and invoked Governor Mike Beebe.

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5:21 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Lt. Gov. Candidates Promote Job Creating Skills, Office Efficiency In Debate

Credit The Arkansas Educational Television Network

The three candidates for Arkansas's next lieutenant Governor debated the role's influence on state economic policies Thursday, while also asserting views on how the office should be managed.

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Local & Regional News
4:33 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Arkansas Supreme Court Clears Way For Alcohol Ballot Measure

A petition to remove a measure legalizing alcohol sales in all 75 Arkansas counties from the November ballot was unanimously denied Thursday by the State Supreme Court.

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10:50 am
Thu October 16, 2014

Sec. of State Debate Focuses on Martin's Absence and Voter ID

Candidates for Secretary of State debated on AETN Wednesday just hours before the Arkansas Supreme Court announced they struck down the state’s Voter ID law. The current Secretary of State, Republican Mark Martin, did not attend but Democrat Susan Inman and Libertarian Jacob Holloway went head to head for an hour. Both candidates noted Martin’s absence.

Holloway, the Libertarian, said debating is an honor and suggested Martin didn’t want to stand up to public scrutiny.

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