Arkansas Politics

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9:10 am
Mon April 21, 2014

3 Vying For Republican Nomination For House Seat

The three candidates seeking the Republican nomination for a central Arkansas congressional seat are running on vows to cut taxes and regulations in Washington, but split sharply on who would be the strongest candidate in this fall's election.

State Rep. Ann Clemmer, banking executive French Hill and retired Army Col. Conrad Reynolds are running for the GOP nomination in the May 20 primary for the 2nd Congressional District. Whoever wins the nomination will face former North Little Rock Mayor Pat Hays, the only Democrat running, and Libertarian nominee Debbie Standiford.

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Local & Regional News
9:07 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Wildlife Refuge To Be Renamed After Bumpers

A national wildlife refuge in southeastern Arkansas will be renamed after former Gov. and U.S. Sen. Dale Bumpers in a ceremony planned in St. Charles.

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service will host a renaming ceremony Friday afternoon for the White River National Wildlife Refuge after Bumpers, a Democrat who was Arkansas' governor during the early 1970s before serving four terms in the U.S. Senate.

Bumpers, his wife Betty, and other family members are expected to attend the event in addition to wildlife service director Dan Ashe.

Local & Regional News
8:27 am
Tue April 15, 2014

Cotton: $1.3M Raised In First 3 Months Of '14

Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton says he's raised more than $1.35 million in the first three months of the year in his bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor this fall.

Cotton's campaign on Monday said it'll report raising more than $4.8 million since announcing last year he would challenge Pryor. The campaign did not say how much money Cotton would report having on hand for his bid.

Local & Regional News
9:17 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Cotton Calls For Debates With Pryor In Senate Race

Tom Cotton
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR

U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton is calling for a series of five debates with Sen. Mark Pryor as Cotton challenges Pryor in the U.S. Senate race.

Cotton - a Republican - said Sunday that he wants the debates in five different regions of the state and without moderators or panelists asking questions. Cotton called for opening and closing statements with he and Pryor - a Democrat - asking each other questions and giving rebuttals.

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Local & Regional News
1:21 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Ethics Complaint Against Rep. Tom Cotton Dismissed

File photo of Rep. Tom Cotton speaking in Little Rock in May 2013.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR

An ethics panel has dismissed a complaint that accused Republican Senate hopeful Tom Cotton of soliciting contributions illegally during a radio interview at his congressional office in the U.S. Capitol.

Cotton's campaign Wednesday released a copy of a March 13 letter from the House Ethics Committee dismissing the state Democratic Party's complaint.   Democrats complained last October about an interview Cotton gave to a radio talk show host.

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Local & Regional News
6:50 pm
Mon April 7, 2014

Pryor Holds Small Lead On Cotton In High-profile U.S. Senate Race

Incumbent Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Pryor holds a three-point lead over his Republican rival, Congressman Tom Cotton, in the latest Talk Business-Hendrix College Poll.

Pryor, whose seat has been highly targeted for a Republican pick-up, leads the first-term Fourth District Congressman 45.5% to 42.5%. Only 8% are undecided.

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Local & Regional News
1:45 pm
Sun April 6, 2014

Poll: Ross, Hutchinson In Virtual Dead Heat In Governor’s Race

A new Talk Business-Hendrix College Poll shows the race between party front-runners Mike Ross (D) and Asa Hutchinson (R) to be a virtual dead heat, with the Democrat up by one point – 44-43% – over his potential GOP rival.

“This is not where this race will end up, but it is a representation of where it is today,” said Talk Business & Politics editor-in-chief Roby Brock.

“The anticipated match-up between Mike Ross and Asa Hutchinson appears to be very close. Against their underdog rivals, these two front-runners appear to be in solid shape.”

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Local & Regional News
9:29 am
Thu April 3, 2014

Ex-Senator Gilbert Baker Quits UCA Post

Former state Sen. Gilbert Baker has quit his job at the University of Central Arkansas.

The college said Wednesday that Baker had left his $132,000-job as the president's executive assistant. A reason wasn't given.

Baker's departure came the same day the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette newspaper in Little Rock reported that Baker's former political consultant, Don Thomas, had denied being involved with political action committees that donated money to a circuit judge under investigation. Two of the PACs list Thomas as an officer.

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Local & Regional News
5:45 pm
Wed March 26, 2014

In Governor's Race, Ross Criticizes Hutchinson Over Impeachment Role

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Ross is criticizing Republican rival Asa Hutchinson for his role prosecuting the impeachment case against former President Clinton, saying it showed how partisan the former congressman is.

Ross told The Associated Press it's up to voters to decide whether impeachment will be an issue in the race for Arkansas' top office this year. He cited it as the difference between his service in Washington and Hutchinson's.

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Local & Regional News
7:37 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Hot Springs Attorney Wanted On Manslaughter Charge

Credit Garland Co. Sheriff's Office

A Hot Springs attorney whose relationship with Attorney General Dustin McDaniel led to McDaniel withdrawing from the race for governor is now charged with manslaughter.

Garland County authorities have issued arrest warrants for 36-year-old Andrea Davis and her brother - Matthew Davis - in the shooting death of Maxwell Anderson outside Andrea Davis' home in February 2012.

An attorney for the Davises told the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that he's made arrangements with the special prosecutor in the case for both Andrea and Matthew Davis to surrender sometime this week.

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