Arkansas Election 2014

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2:44 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

AG Candidate Steel Gives Legislative Agenda, Rutledge Criticizes Sex Offender Vote

Nate Steel (D-Nashville) in 2013 Regular Session
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

The Democratic nominee for attorney general Nate Steel unveiled Thursday what will be his legislative agenda if elected to the office. Steel’s package would eliminate parole for sex offenders, increase child-support collections through prison earnings and tax refunds, and expand drug courts and alternative sentencing for juveniles among other proposals.

The state representative from southwest Arkansas said it’s critical for the attorney general to present a plan to the part-time legislature.

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3:16 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

U.S. House Majority Leader Lends Voice In Arkansas Congressional Races

Pipe Intended For Keystone XL In Little Rock
Jacob Kauffman KUAR

A slate of national Republican figures continues to campaign this week on behalf of Arkansas GOP candidates. Speaking in Little Rock Wednesday recently promoted House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-California) lent support to 2nd Congressional nominee French Hill amid a field of pipe sitting idle, awaiting a decision on the Keystone XL pipeline.  

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Local & Regional News
1:43 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

AARP Survey Shows Long-Term Care Key Issue in Arkansas Gubernatorial Race

90 Percent Want Care Other Than At A Nursing Home
Credit AARP / AARP

A survey released Tuesday from AARP finds 91 percent of Arkansans age 50 and older have a desire for services to shift to at-home care rather than at institutions like nursing homes.

Herb Sanderson with AARP Arkansas said state and federal spending on long-term care is an issue the organization for seniors would like to see addressed by electoral candidates.

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Local & Regional News
7:00 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Sec. of State Mark Martin's Property Tax Exemptions Questioned

Sec. of State Mark Martin (R)
Credit sos.arkansas.gov/ / Sec. of State's Office

A second Republican candidate in as many months is coming under scrutiny for allegations of illegally claiming too many homestead property tax exemptions.

Late last week the liberal, investigative blog Blue Hog Report looked into the records of Secretary of State Mark Martin, finding he claimed the tax credit for both of his homes since at least 2008. The law only allows the credit for one residence.

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Local & Regional News
3:37 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Minimum Wage Petitioners Confident In Signatures

Steve Copley of Give Arkansas a Raise Now and the Arkansas Interfaith Alliance.
Credit AETN

Signature gatherers with the non-profit coalition Give Arkansas a Raise Now say they believe they have plenty of valid signatures to get their measure on the ballot this fall. The group seeks to raise the state minimum wage from $6.25 to $8.50 an hour by 2017.

Last month, the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office gave the group 30 days to collect 15,107 additional valid signatures to reach the requisite 62,507 by next Monday, August 18th. Steve Copley, chairman of the organization, says they’ve since collected nearly 60,000 additional signatures thus far.

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Local & Regional News
5:55 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Ross Criticizes Hutchinson's Social Security Record on 79th Anniversary

Mike Ross
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Thursday marked the 79th anniversary of the signing of Social Security and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mike Ross used the occasion to assail Republican Asa Hutchinson’s congressional record.

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Local & Regional News
3:00 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Attorney General Candidate Nate Steel Distinguishes Himself From Opponents

Democratic Attorney General Nominee State Rep. Nate Steel (Nashville)
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

The Democratic nominee for Arkansas attorney general Nate Steel took steps to distinguish himself from his Republican opponent Tuesday at the Political Animals Club in Little Rock. Steel said unlike his closest competitor Leslie Rutledge he will not focus on lawsuits against the EPA and federal government but instead on issues related to crime.

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12:13 pm
Mon August 11, 2014

AARP Poll Shows Pryor With Slim Lead Over Cotton Among Seniors

AARP Poll Results In US Senate Race
Credit AARP / AARP

The AARP released poll results Monday showing Arkansans age 50 and older are experiencing a high level of anxiety about retirement issues, and in the race for the U.S. Senate, a slim margin of voters prefer Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor over Republican challenger Tom Cotton.

48 percent support Pryor while 43 percent support Cotton. The margin of error is 2.9 percent. 9 percent were undecided. The survey did not ask about Libertarian Nathan LaFrance or Green Mark Swaney.

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Local & Regional News
5:58 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Term Limits Group Claims Legislature Masking Extension With Ethics Reform

Tim Jacob, left, co-chair Arkansas Term Limits.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

A group backing current term limits for Arkansas legislators is announcing its support for a lawsuit meant to keep a measure off the November ballot that would loosen term limits.

Speaking to  about 20 supporters in front of the Old State House Museum in Little Rock the co-chair of Arkansas Term Limits, Tim Jacob, claimed some members of the legislature deliberately tried to mislead voters by not highlighting the term limit change in the title of the proposal, Issue 3.

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Local & Regional News
5:28 am
Fri August 1, 2014

Mixed Outcome For Alcohol Drive In Three Arkansas Counties

A group advocating alcohol sales in dry Arkansas counties says it hasn't gathered sufficient support in Faulkner and Craighead counties but has enough signatures in Saline County to be placed on the November ballot.

The group Our Community Our Dollars needed to collect signatures from 38 percent of voters in each county.

A separate group named Let Arkansas Decide still seeks a statewide ballot measure to allow alcohol sales in every county. Last month the group met an initial signature count and is working to collect additional signatures this month.

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