Arkansas Election 2014

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2:02 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Sen. Mark Pryor Pitches Jobs Legislation

File photo of Senator Pryor from February 2014.
Credit David Wallace / KUAR News

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is supporting legislation to limit tax breaks for companies that move operations overseas and to require most publicly financed projects to use American-made steel and iron as he faces a tough re-election fight.

The two-term lawmaker from Arkansas on Friday unveiled a package of bills he says are aimed at creating more jobs.

Part of the package includes legislation already introduced in the Senate that would prevent companies from deducting expenses related to moving operations to a foreign country.

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Local & Regional News
12:54 pm
Mon July 21, 2014

Christie and Romney Visiting Arkansas: How Much Of It Is For Hutchinson?

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie
Credit wikipedia.org

Asa Hutchinson’s gubernatorial bid is getting the support of some national Republican figures. New Jersey Governor Chris Christie – who is the subject of speculation over a possible 2016 Presidential bid – and 2012’s GOP nominee Mitt Romney are visiting the state to host fundraisers next month.

Political scientist Hal Bass of Ouachita Baptist University says their visits might be more about helping their own political ambitions than Hutchinson’s.

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Local & Regional News
2:03 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Republicans Tout Anti-Tax Message; Romney And Christie To Visit Next Month

Arkansas Republicans are touting a tax-cutting, anti-regulation message and expressing confidence they'll complete a takeover of the state's top offices as they meet for their annual convention.

The GOP's nominees for statewide and congressional office told delegates gathered for the convention Saturday the GOP was well-positioned to continue its gains in what had once been a Democratic stronghold in the otherwise solidly Republican south.

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Local & Regional News
2:45 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

AG Candidate Rutledge Wants More Transparency For Outside Groups

File photo of Leslie Rutledge at KUAR in May.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Attorney general hopeful Leslie Rutledge says she supports requiring more transparency for organizations spending money on Arkansas races after she won the Republican nomination in a contest where she was targeted heavily by two outside groups.

Speaking at the Political Animals Club on Wednesday, Rutledge said she'd support requiring any group that spends money on ads that mention candidates by name to disclose their spending and donors to the state. Rutledge said she wasn't pushing for such a change as part of a legislative package.

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Local & Regional News
6:48 am
Wed July 16, 2014

Arkansas GOP's Attorney General Nominee Speaking At Governor's Mansion

Republican Attorney General nominee Leslie Rutledge is scheduled to talk about her candidacy to members of the Political Animals Club. Rutledge is to speak to the group Wednesday at a luncheon at the governor's mansion in Little Rock.

She's a former attorney for former Gov. Mike Huckabee and the Republican National Committee who won the GOP nomination for the post in a runoff election in June. Rutledge is running against Democratic nominee and state Rep. Nate Steel, who won his party's nomination without opposition in the May primary.

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Local & Regional News
12:26 pm
Tue July 15, 2014

David Pryor Stumping For His Son In North Little Rock

David Pryor (right) watches Patrick Hays (left) address supporters in a North Little Rock coffee shop.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

A familiar face in Arkansas politics – former Governor and Senator David Pryor – is out on the campaign trail in support of his son Senator Mark Pryor’s reelection bid against Republican Tom Cotton.

At a campaign event in a North Little Rock coffee shop Tuesday morning the elder Pryor argued the influence of special interest money is unparalleled compared to when he held office.

“We’d never heard of some of these very, very influential wealthy, wealthy interest groups that try to implant their own philosophy in legislation. They did not exist at that time,” said Pryor.

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Local & Regional News
3:51 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

All Four Gubernatorial Candidates Debate in Hot Springs

In a rare example of inclusivity all four of the candidates for governor debated together Friday. Libertarian Frank Gilbert, Green Party candidate Joshua Drake, Democrat Mike Ross, and Republican Asa Hutchinson all participated in a debate hosted by the Arkansas Press Association in Hot Springs.

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Local & Regional News
2:41 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Arkansas AG Candidates Debate Federal Overreach, Sentencing

Claims of an overreaching federal government through laws like the Affordable Care Act brought the candidates for Arkansas Attorney General to differ over what legal stances the state should adopt in response to Washington.

Republican Leslie Rutledge, Democrat Nate Steel and Libertarian candidate Aaron Cash squared off in a debate on Friday, moderated by the Arkansas Press Association.

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Local & Regional News
11:23 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Group Submits Petitions For Expanded Alcohol Sales In Arkansas

A group supporting expanded alcohol sales in Arkansas has submitted more than 84,000 signatures in an effort to get its proposal on the November ballot.

Let Arkansas Decide turned in 84,969 signatures Monday to the secretary of state's office to put its proposed constitutional amendment on the ballot. The measure needs at least 78,133 signatures from registered voters to qualify.

Monday is the deadline for backers of proposed initiated acts and amendments to turn in petitions to qualify for the ballot.

Local & Regional News
11:19 am
Mon July 7, 2014

Petitions Submitted For Arkansas Minimum Wage Hike

A group campaigning to gradually raise Arkansas' minimum wage has turned in more than 77,000 signatures to put its proposal on the November ballot.

Give Arkansas a Raise Now submitted its petitions Monday to put its proposed initiated act on the ballot. The group said it turned in 77,288 signatures for the proposal. Initiated acts need at least 62,507 signatures from registered voters.

Monday is the deadline to submit petitions for initiatives. It'll now be up to the Secretary of State's office to determine if enough of the signatures are valid.

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