Arkansas Elections

An Arkansas judicial campaign watchdog group has issued a cease and desist letter to an out-of-state group running ads against Little Rock attorney Clark Mason in the race for an associate state Supreme Court justice spot. The group, consisting mostly of current and former Arkansas Judges and legal professionals, called the Arkansas Campaign Conduct and Education Committee, Inc.

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Governor's Office

Gov. Asa Hutchinson is calling Donald Trump’s words "frightening" and hopes his endorsement of Sen. Marco Rubio can help sway the tide in the Republican presidential primary in Arkansas. His pointed comments about the Republican front-runner came during an interview aired nationwide Wednesday during NPR’s All Things Considered.

Hutchinson agreed that Trump is doing remarkably well, "and he’s getting better in terms of being more disciplined in his approach, but I’m not sure anybody is clear where he is philosophically."

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A regional infrastructure and transportation policy panel Wednesday endorsed a quarter cent sales tax that would expand public transit services in Pulaski County. The Metroplan Board of Directors, which consists of mayors and county judges from central Arkansas, passed the resolution in a voice vote after hearing a presentation by Rock Region Metro Executive Director Jarod Varner.

Ted Cruz Donald Trump
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The Presidential campaign continues to stir activity across Arkansas with less than a week before the primary election. On the heels of Marco Rubio's visit to Little Rock Sunday, Donald Trump, who has been to the state twice for events, plans to speak at noon on Saturday at the regional airport in Bentonville. Ted Cruz, whose campaign says he has been here five times, is expected to attend church in Northwest Arkansas, then attend a rally in central Arkansas.

THE ANTI-TRUMP EFFORT

The Arkansas House of Representatives chamber.
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Democrats in Arkansas don’t hold any congressional seats or control any branch of government but there are some spots on the map, at the state legislative level, where the party hopes to make advances.

An open seat for the state House, HD38, a district that narrowly turned Republican in 2014 is giving Democrats hope to make up for a lot of ground lost since the state’s GOP shift.

But first, Democrats have to settle who their nominee will be for the district containing parts of North Little Rock and Sherwood.

Justice Courtney Goodson says she's loaned another $211,000 to her campaign to lead the Arkansas Supreme Court as she heads into the final week before the March 1 election.

Goodson reported loaning her campaign for chief justice a total of $466,000 since launching her bid last year. She's running against Circuit Judge Dan Kemp for the seat. Tuesday was the deadline to file pre-election fundraising reports.

Donald Trump speaking at Barton Coliseum in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump is headlining a rally in northwest Arkansas days before the state's primary.

Trump's campaign says the billionaire and reality television star will hold a rally Saturday in Bentonville. It's his third trip to Arkansas since launching his bid for the Republican nomination last year and comes a few days before the state's March 1 primary.

Arkansas Senate Chamber in the state Capitol building.
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The presidential primary is eating up the attention of most voters but beneath the national whirlwind is a split dividing Arkansas Republicans in races for the state legislature. The margins in the state senate are so slim that a change in just of one of the chamber’s three contested races could punch a hole in Governor Asa Hutchinson’s budget.

“In all candor, the number one objective for the senate is to stop the Obamacare Medicaid expansion,” said Copeland.

It's been widely talked about: Hillary Clinton's millennial problem. Over 80 percent of people under age 30 voted for Bernie Sanders in the first three primaries. Even in Arkansas, where Clinton was once first lady, she does not appear to have a strong lead over Sanders among young people. 

Hillary Clinton
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Three former governors, 16 lawmakers and the chairman of the Arkansas Democratic Party are helping Hillary Clinton's presidential bid in Arkansas as next week's primary approaches.

Clinton's campaign on Monday announced its state Leadership Council, a group of more than 150 elected officials and community leaders backing the former secretary of state's bid for the Democratic presidential nomination. Clinton is running against Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the March 1 Arkansas primary.

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