Arkansas Politics

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12:52 pm
Fri May 30, 2014

Charles Robinson Praised As Fills Out Term Of Arkansas Treasurer

Gov. Mike Beebe and Charles Robinson at a news conference May 29, 2013 when Beebe announced Robinson would fill out the term of Martha Shoffner.
Credit Maureen Kennedy / Arkansas Business

A year after he was appointed to take over Arkansas' scandal-plagued state treasurer's office, Charles Robinson has fulfilled the goal laid out for him by the governor and lawmakers: Keep the low-profile office out of the news.

Beebe and lawmakers are praising Robinson, who was appointed to the post a year ago this week.

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Local & Regional News
1:35 pm
Tue May 27, 2014

Gubernatorial Hopeful Asa Hutchinson Rolls Out Public Safety Plan

Asa Hutchinson in February when he filed paperwork to run for Governor.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson rolled out a plan he says is aimed at reforming public safety and reducing drug abuse in Arkansas.

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Local & Regional News
10:43 am
Tue May 27, 2014

Ross, Hutchinson Agree To Televised Debate In Race For Governor

Arkansas gubernatorial candidates Asa Hutchinson and Mike Ross.
Credit Talk Business & Politics

A week after securing their parties' nominations for Arkansas' top office, Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson have agreed to a statewide televised debate.

Little Rock television station KATV announced Tuesday that Ross and Hutchinson agreed to participate in an hour-long debate on Oct. 7. The debate will be held at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock and will air live statewide on KATV, in conjunction with KHBS/KHOG and KAIT.  It will also be live-streamed on station websites.

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Local & Regional News
8:58 am
Thu May 22, 2014

Grant Given To Preserve Former Governor's Papers

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock's Center for Arkansas History and Culture has been awarded a grant of nearly $140,000 to curate the papers of former Gov. Jim Guy Tucker.

The funding represents the largest National Historical Publications and Records Commission award in the state. The commission is part of the National Archives and Records Administration.

Local & Regional News
8:40 am
Mon May 19, 2014

Lea, Yang Vying For GOP Nod For Auditor

The two candidates seeking the Republican nomination for state auditor are touting their background and experience as they run for an office responsible for writing the state's checks and best known for helping Arkansans reunite with unclaimed property.

Local & Regional News
5:47 pm
Tue May 13, 2014

Democrat Mike Ross Outraises Republican Asa Hutchinson For Governor

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Ross has raised nearly half a million dollars in his bid for Arkansas governor, surpassing his chief Republican rival as the two prepare for their respective primaries next week.

Ross reported Tuesday raising $491,153 since April 1 in his bid for the state's top office. Republican candidate Asa Hutchinson reported raising $240,375 during the past month.

Tuesday is the deadline to file fundraising reports ahead of the May 20 primary.

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Local & Regional News
11:21 am
Sun May 4, 2014

French Hill, Bruce Westerman Hold Big Leads In Congressional Races

French Hill and Rep. Bruce Westerman hold sizable leads in their Republican primary races for U.S. Congress, according to a new round of Talk Business-Hendrix College polling.

The latest survey, which polled likely GOP voters in the Second and Fourth Congressional Districts, shows Hill with more than 50% support against two rivals and Westerman near 50% against his primary opponent.

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Local & Regional News
4:18 pm
Fri April 25, 2014

Doctor Says Sen. Boozman On Track For Full Recovery After Surgery

U.S. Sen. John Boozman's office says the Republican from Arkansas is continuing in his recovery from heart surgery.

Boozman's surgeon, Dr. E.J. Chauvin, said Friday that Boozman will be able to fully return to his duties without any restrictions.

Boozman went to a hospital Tuesday when he suffered chest and shoulder pains. Doctors found Boozman had experienced an acute aortic dissection - a tear in his aorta - and had to operate to replace his ascending aorta.

Chauvin says Boozman is in excellent physical condition and that is helping his recovery.

Local & Regional News
2:05 pm
Wed April 23, 2014

Sen. John Boozman Remains Hospitalized, Recovering From Heart Surgery

File photo of Sen. John Boozman

U.S. Sen. John Boozman remains hospitalized in northwest Arkansas after having emergency heart surgery Tuesday.  Additional details about his treatment were released Wednesday.

A spokesman says Boozman, 63, was taken to Mercy Hospital in Rogers by his wife Cathy after experiencing pain in his chest and shoulders. After several tests, Boozman was diagnosed with an acute aortic dissection, which involves a tear in the inner layer of a blood vessel branching off the heart, and was admitted for immediate surgery, which lasted several hours.

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Local & Regional News
3:51 pm
Tue April 22, 2014

Senate Hopeful Cotton Defends Vote Against Farm Bill

Republican Senate hopeful and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton on Tuesday defended his vote against the farm bill, saying the measure didn't do enough to cut food stamps. U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor says his GOP rival ignored Arkansas' farmers with his vote.

Speaking at a daylong candidate forum held by the Arkansas Farm Bureau, Cotton said the nearly $100 billion-a-year legislation didn't do enough for the state's farmers and should have included more reforms to cut food stamps' costs.