Arkansas Elections

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.

Asa Hutchinson
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Fresh off a campaign stop in Little Rock, Marco Rubio has secured the support of Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson. The Republican governor made his endorsement on Monday with little fanfare following Rubio’s 2,000 strong rally on Sunday evening.

Marco Rubio
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With just over a week before Election Day in Arkansas, Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio campaigned in Little Rock Sunday, warning that an extended fight for the GOP nomination could cost the party the election.

Rock Region Metro transit buses CAT central arkansas transit
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Rock Region METRO, formerly known as Central Arkansas Transit, is asking voters to approve a quarter-cent sales tax increase which would generate a projected $18 million, all earmarked for public transit. According to Executive Director Jarod Varner, the additional revenue would allow the organization to be more responsive to current passenger needs and attract new riders.

“Our system is anchored in a funding structure that was developed in 1986 and so it's very difficult to make major service changes. We want to modernize what we do,” said Varner               

Bruce Westerman
Talk Business & Politics

U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman, R-Hot Springs, says the Fourth Congressional District could benefit greatly from increased trade with Taiwan. He also says he may walk into the voting booth for the primary election with his mind not made up on a Presidential pick.

Westerman, who appeared on this week’s edition of Talk Business & Politics, said Taiwan is Arkansas’ 6th largest trading partner, but agriculture and timber opportunities could boost trade.

Election early vote
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Another full week of early voting continues heading into the March 1st primary and non-partisan judicial elections.

KUAR's Chris Hickey recently spoke with Pulaski County Director of Elections Bryan Poe about some things voters should know when they head to the polls.

According to the Pulaski County Clerk's office, as of Friday Feb. 19, 6,574 Pulaski County voters cast ballots in this year's primary. Among those, 3259 were Democratic ballots, 2791 were Republican, 23 were non-partisan and 501 were absentee.

Former GOP presidential candidate Jeb Bush.
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Republican presidential candidate Marco Rubio is campaigning in Little Rock Sunday, one day after his second place finish in South Carolina's primary. Pundits predict Bush's exit from the race, following a 4th place showing, could help establishment-friendly Rubio or John Kasich. But it likely won't alter the Arkansas political dynamic heading into the March 1 primary.

Arkansas Courts

A Washington-based group has expanded its campaign against Arkansas chief justice hopeful Courtney Goodson, spending more than half a million dollars on television ads and also sending out mailers targeting the sitting justice.

Justice at Stake and the Brennan Center for Justice, which track judicial election spending, said Thursday that the Judicial Crisis Network has spent more than $532,000 on its spots criticizing Goodson over gifts and contributions she's received.

Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson and Circuit Judge Dan Kemp each report raising more than $100,000 last month in their heated race for Arkansas Supreme Court chief justice.

Kemp on Tuesday reported raising slightly more than Goodson in January, with $111,490 in contributions to Goodson's reported $107,300. Goodson also reported loaning her campaign $80,000 in January.

Goodson outspent Kemp, with $144,273 in expenditures, and ended the month with $74,121 cash on hand. Kemp spent $13,771 and has $256,956 in the bank.

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