Arkansas Elections

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Proponents of legalizing alcohol sales in a handful of Arkansas counties are leading petition drives to put the wet/dry question on the November's ballot. The groups are also getting some financial assistance from the world's largest retailer.


Ballot Question Committees in six Arkansas counties and one city are trying to legalize alcohol sales this election cycle. Crawford, Independence, Johnson, Little River, Yell, and Randolph counties as well as the town of Farmington in Washington County have active drives.


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The Arkansas Secretary of State’s office is expecting to have to verify tens of thousands more petition signatures for proposed constitutional amendments in the state. 

Friday is the deadline for campaigns to hand in petitions if they want their measures placed on the November ballot. Kerry Baldwin with the office says it’s sometimes a daunting task going through all the names and addresses to make sure the signers are registered voters.

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Arkansas voters will again consider a medical marijuana proposal in November. After dropping off box loads of petition signatures at the Secretary of State's office a couple of weeks ago, members of the group Arkansans for Compassionate Care say they got word Thursday that enough were valid.

"We did get official news that we are certified for the ballot with 77,516 valid signatures which is nearly 10,000 over the required number. It's absolutely fabulous," said Campaign Director Melissa Fults.

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A group petitioning to allow casinos to operate in three Arkansas counties has enough signatures to meet Friday’s deadline for proposed constitutional amendments, according to a spokesman. 

Arkansas Wins in 2016 is one of several groups hoping to place proposals on the November ballot. The group’s initiative would allow casinos to operate in Washington, Boone and Miller counties.

U.S. Representative French Hill (R-2nd District). File photo.

Central Arkansas’s Congressman French Hill talks with KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman about Brexit and Trump, a Benghazi report years in the making, yet another pass at gun control, and the Pentagon lifting a ban on transgender troops.

KAUFFMAN: The United Kingdom is preparing to chart a new course, leaving the European Union, and conventional wisdom from many economists is this could lead to some trouble – certainly a disruption of a sort. What’s your take?

File photo of Tim Jacob (left), of the group Restore Term Limits in 2014.
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Organizers of a proposal to limit the number of years Arkansas legislators can remain in office say they’ve failed to gather enough signatures to put the measure on the November general election ballot.

Tim Jacob, a spokesman for the group Restore Term Limits told KUAR on Friday, the campaign is about 20-25,000 signatures short of the 85,859 signature threshold needed to place a constitutional amendment on the ballot. The deadline to turn petitions into the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office is Friday, July 8.

Medical Marijuana
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The final results from the latest Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College Poll indicate strong support among Arkansas voters for medical marijuana. 

A new survey among frequent Arkansas general election voters finds Republican presumptive Presidential nominee Donald Trump with an 11-point lead over Democratic presumptive Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

A group hoping to put a casino legalization measure on the Arkansas ballot this fall says it has signed an agreement with Cherokee Nation Entertainment to operate one of the casinos.

Arkansas Wins in 2016 announced Thursday the agreement with the Cherokee Nation group to operate a casino proposed in Washington County in northwest Arkansas. The tribe's gaming and hospitality company owns and operates nine casino properties in Oklahoma.

Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Conner Eldridge is criticizing Republican Sen. John Boozman for opposing an effort to prevent terrorists from buying guns, saying an alternative measure backed by the Arkansas lawmaker doesn't go far enough.

Eldridge told the Political Animals Club on Wednesday that he supports a proposal by Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein that would have let the federal government block many gun sales to known or suspected terrorists.