Arkansas Politics

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11:50 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Democrats Hit GOP Senate Candidate Cotton On Children's Hospital Vote

Senate Democrats' campaign arm is running an ad criticizing Republican Senate hopeful Tom Cotton for voting against funding pediatric research at an Arkansas children's hospital.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee on Tuesday began a $3.6 million ad buy against Cotton, who is to face Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor in the fall.

In the ad, a former social worker at Arkansas Children's Hospital criticizes Cotton's vote against the National Institutes of Health establishing a National Pediatric Research Network. That research group includes the Arkansas campus.

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3:22 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Hutchinson Vows To Fight EPA On Proposed Clean Air Rules

Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson speaking to reporters Monday in Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson is vowing to join a lawsuit challenging the federal government's proposed rules for power plant emissions. He says the recommended changes, designed to reduce global warming by limiting carbin-dioxide emissions, would disproportionately impact Arkansas compared to other states.

At a press conference Monday at his campaign office in Little Rock, Hutchinson said electricity bills would increase 20 to 40 percent in Arkansas if the proposed standards are enacted.

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5:57 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Poll: GOP Advantage In Three Congressional Districts, Toss-up In Another

A new flurry of polling shows Republicans with a solid victory in one Congressional District, advantages in two other districts, and a toss-up for the remaining district in Central Arkansas.

The latest round of Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College polling centered on four Congressional District level surveys that provide a first glimpse at this fall's congressional match-ups.

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5:24 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Arkansas Governor’s Poll Shows Hutchinson Leading Ross

A new Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College survey of 1,780 likely state voters shows Republican Asa Hutchinson with a 46-41% lead over Democrat Mike Ross in the Arkansas Governor’s race.

The poll, which was conducted July 22-25 across all four Congressional districts, has a margin of error of +/-2.3%.

Q. In the race for Governor, the candidates are Democrat Mike Ross, Republican Asa Hutchinson, Libertarian Frank Gilbert, and Green Party Candidate Joshua Drake. If the election for Governor were today, which candidate would you support?

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5:30 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

New Poll Suggests U.S. Senate Race A Dead Heat Between Pryor & Cotton

A new Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College survey of 1,780 likely Arkansas voters shows Republican Congressman Tom Cotton with a 44-42% lead over two-term incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor.

The poll, which was conducted July 22-25 across all four Congressional districts, has a margin of error of +/-2.3%.

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2:02 pm
Fri July 25, 2014

Sen. Mark Pryor Pitches Jobs Legislation

File photo of Senator Pryor from February 2014.
Credit David Wallace / KUAR News

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is supporting legislation to limit tax breaks for companies that move operations overseas and to require most publicly financed projects to use American-made steel and iron as he faces a tough re-election fight.

The two-term lawmaker from Arkansas on Friday unveiled a package of bills he says are aimed at creating more jobs.

Part of the package includes legislation already introduced in the Senate that would prevent companies from deducting expenses related to moving operations to a foreign country.

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2:03 pm
Sat July 19, 2014

Republicans Tout Anti-Tax Message; Romney And Christie To Visit Next Month

Arkansas Republicans are touting a tax-cutting, anti-regulation message and expressing confidence they'll complete a takeover of the state's top offices as they meet for their annual convention.

The GOP's nominees for statewide and congressional office told delegates gathered for the convention Saturday the GOP was well-positioned to continue its gains in what had once been a Democratic stronghold in the otherwise solidly Republican south.

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2:45 pm
Wed July 16, 2014

AG Candidate Rutledge Wants More Transparency For Outside Groups

File photo of Leslie Rutledge at KUAR in May.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Attorney general hopeful Leslie Rutledge says she supports requiring more transparency for organizations spending money on Arkansas races after she won the Republican nomination in a contest where she was targeted heavily by two outside groups.

Speaking at the Political Animals Club on Wednesday, Rutledge said she'd support requiring any group that spends money on ads that mention candidates by name to disclose their spending and donors to the state. Rutledge said she wasn't pushing for such a change as part of a legislative package.

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1:45 pm
Mon July 14, 2014

Cotton Says He's Raised $2.2 Million During Quarter, Outpacing Senator Pryor

Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton's campaign says he's raised $2.28 million over the last three months in his bid to unseat Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, outpacing the incumbent lawmaker in their increasingly heated and expensive Senate race.

Cotton's campaign announced Monday he raised the money during the fundraising period that ended June 30. Pryor's campaign on Friday announced he had raised $1.5 million during the same period.

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2:41 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Arkansas AG Candidates Debate Federal Overreach, Sentencing

Claims of an overreaching federal government through laws like the Affordable Care Act brought the candidates for Arkansas Attorney General to differ over what legal stances the state should adopt in response to Washington.

Republican Leslie Rutledge, Democrat Nate Steel and Libertarian candidate Aaron Cash squared off in a debate on Friday, moderated by the Arkansas Press Association.

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