Arkansas Election 2014

Local & Regional News
5:05 pm
Wed October 29, 2014

Arkansas GOP Hopefuls Rally In Little Rock As Election Nears

Republican Tom Cotton speaking at Wednesday's rally at his campaign headquarters in Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Republicans are expressing confidence that they'll complete a takeover of Arkansas' top offices as they try to rally support in the final days leading up to next week's midterm election.

The GOP's candidates gathered Wednesday for a rally to highlight the party's top races and tout their chances in Tuesday's election.

The rally at the party's coordinated campaign offices included Republican Senate hopeful and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton and Republican gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson.

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Local & Regional News
5:25 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Arkansas Wildlife Federation Opposes Ballot Issue 1

Arkansas Wildlife Federation
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One of Arkansas’s most established conservation organizations, the Arkansas Wildlife Federation, announced Tuesday it is opposed to Ballot Initiative #1. If passed by voters the constitutional amendment would require rules and regulations issued by state agencies to be approved by the state legislature.

Ellen McNulty, the President of the Arkansas Wildlife Foundation, said politicizing state agencies is a bad idea.

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Local & Regional News
1:54 pm
Tue October 28, 2014

Senator Pryor Gets Endorsement From American Nurses Association

The American Nurses Association officially announced its support of U.S. Senator Mark Pryor Tuesday.

The group is an advocacy organization for the nation’s 3.1 million registered nurses, which includes promoting legislation in favor of federal funding of nurse education and training.

Margo Bushmiaer delivered the endorsement on behalf of the political action committee affiliated with the ANA during a Tuesday press conference.

“His authorization of Title VIII programs addressed each aspect of the nursing shortage,” Bushmiaer explained.

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Local & Regional News
5:50 am
Tue October 28, 2014

Control Of Arkansas's Legislature Is Likely To Come Down To A Handful Of Races

John Adams and Jim Sorvillo Greet Each Other At Guillermo's
Jacob Kauffman KUAR

With all the talk of the Senate and Governor’s races in Arkansas it’s easy to overlook the 38 contested races for the state House of Representatives. Republicans hold a slim majority in the Arkansas House, in fact it’s the narrowest in the nation. One race in Little Rock, like the other 37, could become the deciding vote in the state legislature.

Jim Sorvillo has been stopping for coffee at Guillermo’s Gourmet Grounds in his state House district in west Little Rock for several years now.

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Lt. Governor's Race
7:40 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

With Few Explicit Job Duties, Lt. Gov. Candidates Campaign On Job Creation

Arkansas's lieutenant governor presides over the state Senate, casts tie-breaking votes and stands ready to serve as governor should the need arise.

The future of Arkansas’s lieutenant governor’s office is unclear. After Mark Darr resigned the post amid charges of ethics violations earlier this year some called to abolish the office altogether.

Despite talk of its demise, three men are running to fill the seat. U.S. Congressman Tim Griffin, a former federal prosecutor and republican national committee staffer, is the Republican candidate. 

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Arkansas Minimum Wage
4:58 pm
Mon October 27, 2014

Minimum Wage Hike To Stay On November Ballot

Gloria Smith canvasses to get out the vote.
Credit PBS NewsHour

Arkansas' highest court says the November ballot can include a proposal to gradually increase the state's minimum wage.

The Arkansas Supreme Court's ruling on Monday rejects a challenge by a Little Rock businessman who wanted to block a ballot question that asks voters to raise the state's minimum wage from $6.25 an hour to $8.50 gradually by 2017.

Arkansas is one of the few states with a minimum wage below the federal level of $7.25 an hour.

Democrats had pushed for the issue to be on the ballot.

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Arkansas Election 2014
4:25 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

VIDEO: John Brummett Talks Race For Governor, New TB&P Role

John Brummett speaking Sunday with Roby Brock on Talk Business & Politics.
Credit Talk Business & Politics

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette political columnist John Brummett was a guest on this week’s edition of Talk Business & Politics, which aired Sunday at 9 a.m. on KATV, Channel 7 and Monday nights at 6:06 p.m. on KUAR-FM 89.1.

Brummett, who will become a regular contributor to Talk Business & Politics, said the latest poll results released by TB&P and Hendrix College, will require a near-Herculean effort by Democrats to overcome Republican advantages in the Senate and Governor’s races.

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Arkansas Election 2014
4:12 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

VIDEO: Barth, Reed: Security Moms And Cannibalizing The Election Base

Credit Talk Business & Politics

Dr. Jay Barth and Clint Reed offered their thoughts on the latest round of Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College polling that included insights on key demographics in the Arkansas electorate. The two men appeared as part of a political roundtable on this week’s edition of Talk Business & Politics, which airs on Sundays at 9 a.m. on KATV, Channel 7 and Monday nights at 6:06 p.m. on KUAR-FM 89.1.

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arkansas election 2014
3:18 pm
Sun October 26, 2014

Sen. Mark Pryor Casts Ballot In Little Rock

U.S. Senator Mark Pryor has cast his ballot in his race for re-election to a third term in office.

Pryor said before he voted Saturday in Little Rock that the voters know him, know that he listens and know that he reaches out in order to "get things done for Arkansas."

Pryor faces Republican Congressman Tom Cotton in the November 4th general election. Cotton cast his early ballot on Monday after early voting began in Arkansas.

Early voting will continue across the state Monday-Saturday through November 3rd.

Local & Regional News
4:06 pm
Fri October 24, 2014

Arkansas Senate Hopefuls Make Nice In Final Round Of Campaign Ads

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Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican Rep. Tom Cotton are trying to put a happy face on one of the most bitterly fought Senate races in the country, unveiling a new batch of positive TV ads as they head into the final days of the campaign.

Pryor's campaign on Friday announced four new television ads it would begin airing in the state, while Cotton's announced it would air a 14-minute biographical documentary about the GOP hopeful.

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