Arkansas Election 2014

Arkansas Election 2014
6:19 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Early Voters Wait In Line At Polling Site In Downtown Little Rock

Early voters waited about 30 minutes in downtown Little Rock Monday morning.
Sarah-Koditschek KUAR

On the final day of early voting, the wait was about a half-hour for those casting a ballot at the Pulaski County Regional Building in downtown Little Rock. Some said they were surprised by the wait, but that the line was moving at a moderate pace.

Several said they were ambivalent about the major races, but always vote. Others said ballot issue five, which would raise the state’s minimum wage to $8.50 an hour by 2017, spurred them to turnout.

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Arkansas Political Spending
2:22 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Political Advertising A Record High In Arkansas

This year’s election cycle has brought millions of dollars to Arkansas media in the form of political advertising. Doug Krile is the executive director of Arkansas Broadcasting Association. He says the amount of money being spent on advertising is vastly more than years prior. 

“The amount of money being spent in Arkansas is unreal. The flood gates have really opened up,” he says. "What I’m hearing from our members is that, yes, this is unique. This has never happened before.”

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Local & Regional News
12:08 pm
Mon November 3, 2014

Rainy Election Day In Forecast For Arkansas

Heavy rain is in the forecast for most of Arkansas on Election Day.

The National Weather Service says a slow-moving cold front will cross the state on Tuesday, dumping 1 to 2 inches of rain on most areas of Arkansas. Some areas could see close to 3 inches of rain locally.

Forecasters say the heavy rain shouldn't pose a major flooding risk because the ground remains dry in most areas.

The front is expected to move out of the state Wednesday night and early Thursday. Forecasters say the risk of severe storms is low.

Arkansas Election 2014
11:48 am
Mon November 3, 2014

The Arkansas 'Shoe Leather' Campaign For Senate

It’s Friday night — Halloween, approaching 10 p.m. — and young children across Arkansas have just wrapped up a night of trick-or-treating, knocking on doors asking for candy.

A different group of youth are wrapping up their day from knocking on doors asking for votes. They’ve actually been knocking on doors for months, especially these last two weeks during the early voting period, in an effort to identify and move Democratic-leaning voters to the polls.

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Arkansas Election 2014
1:10 pm
Fri October 31, 2014

Early Voting On Pace To Set A Record In Pulaski County

A sign outside the Pulaski County Regional Building in Little Rock notifies people where they can vote early.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Early voting locations across Arkansas are reported to be busy ahead of Tuesday’s election.

In Pulaski County, Circuit Clerk Larry Crane says more people than ever are opting to vote early.

"Early voting is about 40 percent higher in Pulaski County this year than it was back in 2010, which would be the same corresponding election cycle," Crane said.

"Unless something bends or breaks, we will indeed set a record on early voting and it will be a substantial increase. We are very pleased with the turnout.”

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Arkansas Election 2014
11:02 am
Fri October 31, 2014

NJ Governor Christie Visits Arkansas To Tout GOP Candidates

Republican Senate candidate Tom Cotton speaking at a rally Wednesday in Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is touting the Republican Party's nominees for governor and the U.S. Senate in Arkansas, as the GOP tries to build on its recent gains in a state that had been a Democratic holdout in the South.

The potential 2016 presidential hopeful headlined a rally Friday morning in Jonesboro with gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, who is trying to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor.

Christie downplayed Cotton's vote opposing legislation aimed at helping victims of Superstorm Sandy. 

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Arkansas Ballot Measures
5:06 am
Fri October 31, 2014

Issue 4: Promoting Economic Freedom or Restricting Local Rights?

Map showing “wet” and “dry” counties in Arkansas as of 2014.
Credit encyclopediaofarkansas.net

This election, Arkansas voters will get to decide on five ballot measures. One citizen-initiated measure would legalize the sale of alcohol in every county of the state. Timothy Dennis of Fayetteville station KUAF has a look at what the proposed amendment would mean for state alcohol regulations and why some are spending big dollars to get it defeated.

 

 

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Arkansas Election 2014
11:21 am
Thu October 30, 2014

University Of Arkansas Poll Finds GOP Leading in Races

UA Poll With Cotton and Hutchinson Leads
Credit http://plsc.uark.edu/ / University of Arkansas

UA Newsire: The 16th annual Arkansas Poll found an electorate more pessimistic about the direction of Arkansas and more optimistic about their personal future. Likely voters prefer Republican candidates, although a record significant gap divides male and female voters.

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Arkansas Ballot Measures
8:44 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Arkansas Voters To Consider Issue 3, Proposing Ethics Reforms

SLIDESHOW: Tachany Evans, Democratic candidate for house district 68 with Save Arkansas Term Limits' Trojan horse.
Sarah Whites-Koditschek KUAR News

Ballot Issue 3 would add restrictions on lobbyist spending, loosen term limits for state legislators, create a two year gap between leaving the legislature and becoming a lobbyist and form a new commission to set legislator salaries.

Despite its ethics reforms, some are calling the measure a Trojan horse, or a power grab by the legislature disguised as a gift.

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Local & Regional News
5:00 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Ross & Hutchinson Seek Support Of Arkansas African-American Communities

With less than a week before Election Day gubernatorial candidates Mike Ross (D) and Asa Hutchinson (R) both campaigned in Little Rock Wednesday and stressed the importance of Arkansas’s African-American vote.

Ross contended his support for expanded pre-K and a higher minimum wage as well as his opposition to the recently struck down Voter ID law would benefit the black community. At his campaign headquarters Ross also received the support of the entire Legislative Black Caucus.

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