Arkansas Election 2014

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12:24 pm
Fri September 5, 2014

Republicans Cotton and Hutchinson Back Minimum Wage Ballot Item

Republican Senator hopeful Tom Cotton says he will vote for a ballot item to raise the state’s minimum wage from $6.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour by 2017. Cotton stated his position Friday morning on a conservative talk radio program.

The secretary of state’s office announced the measure would be on the ballot earlier this week. Since then Cotton and Republican gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson said they would back the measure.

University of Arkansas Journalism Professor Hoyt Purvis contends Cotton and Hutchinson may have shifted their support because of polling.

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8:00 am
Fri September 5, 2014

Arkansas Teachers' Union Supports Democratic Lt. Gov. Candidate Burkhalter

John Burkhalter (D)
Credit Arkansas Highway & Transportation Dept.

The Arkansas Education Association, a statewide union for educators, on Thursday threw its support behind John Burkhalter, the Democratic nominee for the lieutenant governor’s office. The front runner in the race, Republican Tim Griffin, suggests it's an endorsement he wouldn't have wanted.

Burkhalter, formerly the state Highway Commissioner, said expanding pre-K and vocational and technical education is what he will advocate for if elected.

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5:44 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Arkansas Minimum Wage Hike Is Placed On November Ballot

Steve Copley Minimum Wage Give Arkansas A Raise Now
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A measure to raise the state’s minimum wage will be on the November ballot, according to an announcement from the secretary of state’s office Wednesday. The measure, if passed by voters, would incrementally raise the state’s minimum wage of $6.25 an hour to $8.50 an hour by 2017.

Steve Copley chairs the group that put the issue on the ballot. He said now that the measure is on the ballot it’s time for Give Arkansas A Raise Now to regroup for the general election. 

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3:46 pm
Wed September 3, 2014

Campaign Finance Reformers Call On Pryor To Back Amendment

Senator Mark Pryor
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

A coalition of people and organizations seeking to limit the role of money and special interest spending in elections turned in over 7,000 petitions to Senator Mark Pryor’s office Wednesday. The group is calling on Pryor to support a proposed constitutional amendment reforming campaign spending.

Paul Spencer, with the Arkansas campaign and ethics reform group Regnat Populus, said he’s unsure why Pryor hasn’t joined 50 other Senators supporting the proposal by Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) to reverse much of the US Supreme Court’s controversial Citizens United decision.

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3:34 pm
Tue September 2, 2014

Committee Placements Emerges As Subject In 4th Congressional Race

The top Democrat on the U.S. House Agriculture Committee says former Federal Emergency Management Agency Director James Lee Witt is assured a spot on the panel if he's elected to a south Arkansas congressional district.

Democratic U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson of Minnesota campaigned Tuesday in Arkansas with Witt, who is running for the 4th Congressional District. Witt is running against Republican state Rep. Bruce Westerman for the seat, currently held by GOP Congressman Tom Cotton.

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5:25 pm
Fri August 29, 2014

Bid To End Dry Counties In Arkansas To Hit The November Ballot

A proposal that would end dry counties in Arkansas has been approved for inclusion on the November ballot.

The secretary of state's office said Friday that backers surpassed the 78,133 signatures needed to put the proposed constitutional amendment before voters.

The measure would legalize statewide alcohol sales. It would also make it legal across the state to manufacture and transport alcoholic beverages.

At present, 37 of Arkansas' 75 counties are dry.

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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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
6:05 pm
Mon August 25, 2014

Huckabee Accuses Democrats Of Obstruction, Backs Cotton's Senate Bid

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is accusing Senate Democratic leaders of obstruction and not allowing House bills to move forward as he campaigns in his home state on behalf of Republican Tom Cotton's bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor.

Huckabee endorsed Cotton during a news conference in Little Rock Monday, praising him as a chance for Republicans to win a majority in the U.S. Senate. Cotton is a freshman congressman challenging Pryor's bid for a third term.

Local & Regional News
9:43 am
Mon August 25, 2014

Former Governor Huckabee Visits Arkansas Amid GOP Election Push

Amid a Republican push for its candidates as the 2014 election cycle enters its home stretch, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is returning to the state.

Huckabee is scheduled for appearances late Monday afternoon in Rogers and North Little Rock. His visit comes after the GOP brought national leaders last week and ahead of campaign stops by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie this week.

Democrats say the use of national GOP figures indicate that Republicans are more interested in Washington politics than Arkansas politics.

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