Arkansas Election 2014

Local & Regional News
2:58 pm
Sat March 15, 2014

Private Option Overshadows GOP Primaries In Arkansas

Arkansas Capitol

The fight over Arkansas' compromise Medicaid expansion may be over in the Legislature, but it's now spilling over into a number of Republican primaries this spring.

GOP candidates who supported the "private option" plan to use federal Medicaid funds to purchase private insurance for the poor are now facing friendly fire from within the party as they near the May 20 primary. The fight is spilling over into races that have nothing to do with the "private option" or health care, including the primaries for state treasurer and auditor.

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Local & Regional News
3:38 pm
Mon January 13, 2014

Arkansas Legislative Race Could Impact Medicaid Expansion

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The outcome of a special election Tuesday for a northeast Arkansas Senate seat could be a factor in the long-term viability of the state’s Medicaid expansion.

The race will determine whether Democrat Steve Rockwell or Republican John Cooper will serve the remainder of former state Senator Paul Bookout’s term. Bookout, a Democrat, vacated the post due to ethics violations.

Political analyst Jay Barth from Hendrix College says Bookout voted for the "private option" plan to expand Medicaid, a plan that will be under review by lawmakers during next month's fiscal session.

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Arkansas Senate Race
9:54 am
Sat November 30, 2013

Arkansas Senate Race Focuses On Family Around Holiday

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican Senate hopeful and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton have traded jabs over the past few months as Arkansas' U.S. Senate race got underway.

But during Thanksgiving week, the race has been focusing on family.

Pryor's campaign posted a recipe for his mother's Scotch fudge cake online.

And Cotton's campaign says it's airing a new television ad featuring his mother starting Friday in northeast Arkansas.

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Local & Regional News
7:53 am
Fri October 18, 2013

Candidates For 2 Arkansas Races Speaking At Delta Caucus

Leading candidates for the U.S. Senate and governor's races in Arkansas are scheduled to speak at a conference in Memphis.

Two-term incumbent Sen. Mark Pryor, a Democrat, and the Republican opponent for his Senate seat, U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, will speak Friday at the Delta Grassroots Caucus at the Agricenter in east Memphis.

Also scheduled to speak are former Congressmen Mike Ross and Asa Hutchinson, who are competing to replace Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe.

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Local & Regional News
5:37 am
Wed October 9, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers To Review Voter ID Rules

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Arkansas lawmakers are reviewing the rules for enforcing a new state law that will require voters to show photo identification when they cast a ballot.

A subcommittee of the Legislative Council was scheduled Wednesday to discuss the rules that the state Board of Election Commissioner approved for enforcing the voter ID law.

The Republican-controlled Legislature enacted the law earlier this year when it overrode a veto by Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe.

The rules approved in August closely mirror those outlined in the law, which takes effect in January. 

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Local & Regional News
5:36 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Arkansas Attorney General Approves Wording Of Medical Marijuana Proposal

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Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has approved the wording of a proposal for next year's ballot legalizing medical marijuana. 

McDaniel on Thursday certified the proposal submitted by Arkansans for Compassionate Care, clearing the way for the group to begin gathering the 62,507 signatures needed to place the proposed initiated act on next year's ballot. 

The proposal would allow patients with qualifying conditions to purchase marijuana from nonprofit dispensaries or to grow their own marijuana if they don't live close to a dispensary.

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Local & Regional News
5:58 am
Fri September 27, 2013

Pryor Targets Cotton Over Syria Stance

U.S. Senator Mark Pryor

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is criticizing Republican rival Rep. Tom Cotton for supporting military action in Syria, while a conservative group backing Cotton is launching radio ads portraying the Arkansas senator as too liberal.

Pryor's campaign on Thursday targeted Cotton for being the only member of the state's congressional delegation who publicly supports giving the president authority to strike Syria over its alleged use of chemical weapons.

A website launched by the campaign cited the stance as an example of misplaced priorities by Cotton.

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Local & Regional News
5:40 pm
Sat June 15, 2013

Ross, Burkhalter Endorse Each Other, Vow Jobs Plan


Roby Brock of Talk Business covered a joint press conference with Gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross (D) and John Burkhalter (D) a candidate for Lieutenant Governor. 

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross and Lt. Governor candidate John Burkhalter mutually endorsed each other and promised to work jointly to create more jobs in Arkansas if elected.

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Local & Regional News
6:18 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Gun Control Group To Hold Rally In Little Rock

A gun control group is holding a rally in Little Rock to urge U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor to take another look at a measure expanding background checks for firearm sales.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group co-founded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is holding the rally Friday at Allsopp Park.

The event comes as the group is airing ads in Arkansas criticizing Pryor for voting against the background checks measure.

Arkansas Politics
5:45 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

NRA Answers Bloomberg With Pryor Radio Ad

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The National Rifle Association is buying airtime on Arkansas radio stations to defend Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor's vote against gun purchase background checks proposed by President Barack Obama.

The NRA said the ad will run Wednesday through June 25 in a number of state media markets.

The 60-second spot mentions the 2008 murder of Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman Bill Gwatney and says nothing in the legislation Pryor voted against would have prevented the killing.

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