Arkansas Politics

Statewide Races
2:15 pm
Fri July 11, 2014

Lt. Governor Candidates Debate Policy Influence, Role's Effectiveness

The lead candidates for Arkansas Lieutenant Governor are emphasizing job creation and economic development in their hoped-for roles as policy advocates in the legislature. Their third party challenger, meanwhile, says the office grossly overestimates its own worth and use of taxpayer dollars.

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Local & Regional News
4:43 pm
Tue July 8, 2014

Pryor Campaign Edits Tornado Video After Complaint By Republican Cotton

A screen shot of the video Cotton's campaign complained about.

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor's campaign says it's removing portions of online campaign videos that were shot on property destroyed in a tornado after the property owner said he was misled about the use of the footage.

Doug Boydston complained Tuesday about the video featuring footage shot on the Mayflower RV property destroyed by a deadly tornado in April. He says he wasn't told it would be used as a political attack against Republican challenger and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton.

Cotton's campaign released a letter Boydston sent complaining about the video.

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Local & Regional News
2:57 pm
Wed July 2, 2014

Senator Pryor Accuses Republican Challenger Cotton Of Attacking His Faith

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is accusing Republican rival Tom Cotton of questioning his religious beliefs for an interview where Cotton said the Democratic lawmaker thinks that "faith is something that only happens at 11 o'clock on Sunday mornings."

In response, Cotton commended Pryor on Wednesday as a "man of faith."

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Local & Regional News
4:55 pm
Tue July 1, 2014

Tom Cotton Touts Endorsement Of National Federation Of Independent Businesses

Congressman Cotton speaking to reporters in Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Congressman Cotton, the Republican challenger to incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor, received the endorsement Tuesday of the National Federation of Independent Businesses, a small business advocacy group.

Touting Cotton’s 100% voting record with the NFIB, the group’s state director, Sylvester Smith, said it was a natural endorsement.

“Tom Cotton has consistently supported Arkansas’s small, family businesses,” said Smith. “He listens to what our members have to say, and he’s done everything he can to create an environment where they can succeed.”

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Local & Regional News
2:00 pm
Fri June 27, 2014

Large Crowd Lines Up For Hillary Clinton Book Signing In Little Rock

Hillary Clinton greets the crowd at her book signing at a Little Rock Walmart.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

Hillary Clinton is in Little Rock, signing copies of her newest book, "Hard Choices."

Fans of the former secretary of state arrived as early as 3:30 a.m. Friday to wait in line at a Little Rock Wal-Mart for a chance to meet Clinton. Hundreds of people were in line when Clinton arrived midday, about 45 minutes past the scheduled start time.

Clinton's stop in Little Rock is one of a handful she's making to promote her memoir, which is about her four years at the State Department under President Barack Obama.

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4:11 pm
Thu June 26, 2014

Hillary Clinton To Sign Copies Of Her New Book In Little Rock

Former Secretary of State and potential presidential candidate Hillary Clinton will be in Arkansas Friday to sign copies of her latest book "Hard Choices."

The event will take place beginning at 11:30 a.m. at the Walmart Supercenter at the corner of Chenal Parkway and Cantrell Road in west Little Rock.

Walmart spokeswoman Molly Blakeman says those interested will need to get there early.

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Local & Regional News
3:30 pm
Wed June 25, 2014

Arkansas GOP Leader Resigns After Hillary Clinton Comment

The Republican Party of Arkansas says a district chairman has resigned a day after he was quoted saying that Hillary Clinton "would probably get shot at the state line" if she ran for president in 2016.

GOP Chairman Doyle Webb says Johnny Rhoda resigned Wednesday as 2nd District Republican chairman.

On Tuesday, U.S. News reported that Rhoda said in an interview that he didn't believe Clinton was popular in Arkansas and that a presidential campaign wouldn't be well-received.

Local & Regional News
2:25 pm
Tue June 24, 2014

Beebe Announces Plans For Special Session Of The Legislature

Gov. Mike Beebe (D) announces his call for a special session of the legislature at the Capitol.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR News

Governor Mike Beebe announced Tuesday he has called for  a special session of the legislature to mitigate prison overcrowding and increases in public school employee health insurance premiums. Proposed changes to the health insurance plan include removing nearly 4,000 part-time workers, reducing eligibility for spouses, and re-directing over $4.5 million in insurance related tax savings from school districts discretionary funds.

Governor Beebe said what comes out of the special session still won’t resolve fundamental problems with increasing premiums.

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5:28 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Arkansas Lawmakers Told Special Session Set For Next Week

House and Senate leaders have told lawmakers they'll convene next week for a special legislative session addressing teacher insurance premiums and prison overcrowding.

Gov. Mike Beebe's office said late Monday afternoon that it didn't have any official word whether he'd call a special session, but House and Senate members say they were told it would begin June 30 and run through July 2.

Beebe told reporters earlier Monday that chances are "pretty good" he'll call a special session to address those issues.

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5:23 pm
Mon June 23, 2014

Defeated Democratic Candidate For Governor Endorses Republican Hutchinson

Democratic candidate for governor Lynette Bryant after an interview at KUAR in May.
Credit KUAR

A substitute teacher who lost to Mike Ross in last month's Democratic gubernatorial primary is backing Republican nominee Asa Hutchinson.

Hutchinson's campaign announced Monday that Lynette Bryant is endorsing the Republican in the November election.

Bryant lost the Democratic nomination to Ross in which she won about 16 percent of the vote in the May 20 primary.

Ross and Hutchinson are both former congressmen who handily dispatched lesser-known, underfunded rivals in the May 20 primary.

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