Arkansas Politics

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7:41 pm
Thu June 12, 2014

Republican Senate Candidate Tom Cotton Defends Vote Against Delta Agency

Republican Senate candidate Rep. Tom Cotton speaking Thursday evening from Washington via Skype to the Delta Regional Authority conference in Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Republican Senate hopeful Tom Cotton is defending his vote to abolish a federal agency formed to assist the Mississippi River Delta, telling leaders from the region that taxpayers aren't getting a good return from its spending.

Cotton said Thursday he believes Arkansans aren't getting enough in exchange for the federal money that goes toward regional commissions like the Delta Regional Authority.

Cotton, a freshman congressman from south Arkansas, voted for a budget proposal that would have eliminated the DRA and other regional commissions.

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11:38 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Gubernatorial Candidate Ross Proposes Review Of State Regulations

Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mike Ross is proposing a review of all Arkansas rules and regulations that have been in place longer than three years as part of a jobs plan he's unveiling.

Ross on Thursday detailed a 46-page economic development plan that he says will help create more and better-paying jobs in the state. Ross is running against fellow ex-congressman Asa Hutchinson in the November election for the state's top office.

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9:11 am
Thu June 12, 2014

Gov. Beebe & Rep. Cotton To Speak At Forum On Delta Issues

Gov. Mike Beebe and Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton are addressing members of the Delta Grassroots Caucus as the group begins a two-day conference.

Beebe is scheduled to speak to the group at the Clinton presidential library on Thursday about the state's "private option" Medicaid expansion. His address comes two days after an architect of the program lost his bid for a state Senate seat. Beebe is a Democrat serving his final term.

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12:34 pm
Mon June 9, 2014

Sen. Boozman Back At Work After Surgery, Will Seek Re-Election In 2016

U.S. Sen. John Boozman of Arkansas was back at work in Washington Monday for the first time since having emergency heart surgery two months ago.  And with his return, the Republican said he will be seeking a second term in 2016.

“This is the first day back and I’ve been working hard with my rehab and all that stuff and I’m in good shape,” Boozman said in an interview with KUAR News.

Boozman said he’s feeling good and glad to be back.

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9:32 pm
Tue June 3, 2014

Bill Clinton: Presidential Libraries Help Give Context To Today's Debates

Former President Bill Clinton speaking Tuesday evening at a conference on presidential historic sites.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Former President Bill Clinton says libraries and other sites around the country honoring the nation's past commanders in chief give Americans the context to understand how past debates affect current political fights.

Speaking at a conference focusing on presidential historic sites, Clinton said Tuesday that teaching the public about the history surrounding former presidents' decisions helps guide them about issues facing the country now.

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5:00 am
Mon June 2, 2014

Video: Arkansas GOP Attorney General Candidates Debate At KUAR

GOP AG Candidates David Sterling and Leslie Rutledge
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Two candidates are vying for the Republican nomination for Arkansas Attorney General. 

Leslie Rutledge and David Sterling will be in a runoff election Tuesday, June 10th after neither got 50 percent of the vote during the May 20th election.  

KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman spoke with the two. Watch the full interview here.

The candidates sparred over the death penalty, the EPA, same-sex marriage and the sources of their campaign funds.

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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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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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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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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.

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