Arkansas Elections

Election vote
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Early voting is beginning for Arkansas' general election, though the fate of a medical marijuana proposal being challenged before the state's highest court still remains unclear.

Voters can cast ballots early starting Monday for the Nov. 8 election, which includes the presidential election and U.S. Senate race between Republican Sen. John Boozman and Democratic challenger Conner Eldridge. The secretary of state's office is estimating potentially 70 percent of Arkansas' 1.7 million voters will cast a ballot in the election.

Republican U.S. Sen. John Boozman launched his first negative television ad on Friday against Democratic challenger Conner Eldridge in his Arkansas re-election bid, portraying the former federal prosecutor as a gift from President Barack Obama to a predominantly conservative state.

The 30-second spot shows a box delivered to a home in Arkansas with the White House logo and the words "Contents: Conner Eldridge" emblazoned on the side. It features a narrator mimicking the president's voice as he reads a letter attached to the box.

 

The Arkansas Supreme Court says it won't reconsider its decision that votes on a casino-gambling issue not be counted this year.

The state's highest court Friday denied a request to take another look at its ruling disqualifying a Nov. 8 ballot measure that could have allowed casinos in Boone, Miller and Washington counties.

On the podcast this week:

-Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off in the final presidential debate this year. Trump says he won’t commit to accepting election results if he loses. What’s the Arkansas response?

-The state unemployment rate ticks up in September. Meanwhile Gov. Hutchinson tours China to talk trade and bring home some jobs.

-Arguments for and against Medical Marijuana ratchet up. We’ll talk TV ads, law enforcement and tax revenue ahead of the November 8th election.

Early voting begins Monday, October 24th. 

cherokee.org

Campaign finance reports show the Cherokee Nation gave $6 million to the group behind a casino legalization proposal that was disqualified from the November ballot, while a dog track and horse track gave more than $1.4 million to the campaign opposing it.

The group behind a proposal disqualified from the November ballot that would have legalized casinos in three Arkansas counties is asking the state Supreme Court to reconsider its ruling against the measure.

Arkansas Wins in 2016 on Tuesday filed a petition for rehearing over the court's decision to disqualify the proposed constitutional amendment, which would have allowed casinos in Boone, Miller and Washington counties. The high court ruled that the ballot title did not inform Arkansas voters that the measure would violate a federal law prohibiting sports gambling in the state.

An excerpt from Attorney General Leslie Rutledge's October 2016 3rd Quarter report for the 2018 election cycle.
Arkansas Secretary of State's Office

How American democracy is faring this presidential election is the subject of many perplexed and disillusioned observers but a few Arkansas candidates already have their eyes on whatever comes next, with campaign contributions trickling in for the 2018 cycle. High dollar contributions from Political Action Committees and individual business owners dominate the filings. A number of lower level contributions from persons employed in governmental affairs also line some reports. As could be expected virtually nothing was allocated to 2018 campaign expenditures.

File photo. Attorney General Leslie Rutledge (R).
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is launching her re-election bid, joining a growing list of Arkansas statewide elected officials preparing for the 2018 campaign.

Rutledge told The Associated Press last week that she has already begun raising money for her bid and will file her first fundraising report with state election officials on Monday. A spokesman says Rutledge plans to report she's already raised nearly $72,000 for her re-election bid.

Senate John Boozman, Conner Eldridge, Frank Gilbert
AETN

The three candidates for U.S. Senate defended their parties’ presidential candidates and attacked the others in their first and only debate this election season.

At a debate at AETN, incumbent Republican Sen. John Boozman said the two candidates are “very flawed” but the “total package” was the reason he is supporting his party’s nominee, Donald Trump. He said Trump had put forth a list of acceptable Supreme Court nominees while Hillary Clinton in the debate listed personal qualifications but didn’t mention the Constitution.

The Arkansas Supreme Court issued decisions Thursday impacting three items that voters were to consider in next month's general election. Justices disqualified proposals to legalize three casinos and place limits on medical liability cases, while saying a medical marijuana proposal can be considered.

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