Arkansas Politics

Local & Regional News
5:33 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

USDA Says China Stopping Imports Of Arkansas Fowl

Federal agriculture officials have told members of Arkansas' congressional delegation that China has stopped imports of the state's poultry products.

Sen. Mark Pryor decried Tuesday's decision, saying an "isolated incident" led to the ban. Pryor didn't say what the incident was, but birds on a Scott County farm tested positive for a low-pathogenic strain of avian flu in June.

Pryor said Arkansas poultry products are "safe, healthy and nutritious" and that his family would continue to eat them.

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Local & Regional News
1:49 pm
Wed July 24, 2013

Pryor: Arkansas Banks Increase Earnings As National Economy Improves

Senator Mark Pryor
Credit pryor.senate.gov

Senator Mark Pryor says he's encouraged by economic growth in the U.S. and Arkansas.

He says Arkansas’ auto registrations are up 14 percent. He says some local banks are also showing increases in earnings.

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Senate Races
6:57 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Pryor One Of A Vulnerable Few

Mark Pryor
Credit pryor.senate.gov

A recent report from Politico details how only a small number of congressional seats are considered up for grabs in the 2014 election. Among the political battlegrounds is Arkansas, home to Democratic Senator Mark Pryor. KUAR's Chris Hickey talks to Politico Reporter Alex Isenstadt about what the increased national scrutiny of Pryor's reelection bid means for Arkansas and the rest of the country.

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Local & Regional News
4:32 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Legal Maneuvering Continues Over Arkansas Abortion Ban

The Washington Post reports that Arkansas is one of 10 states where important legal fights are being waged over abortion rights. 

Last week, Attorneys for two Little Rock abortion providers asked a federal judge to strike down a new Arkansas law that bans most abortions 12 weeks into a pregnancy.

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Local & Regional News
1:08 pm
Tue July 23, 2013

Hutchinson Calls For Phased-in Cut Of Income Tax

Republican gubernatorial hopeful  Asa Hutchinson is calling for a phased-in reduction of Arkansas' income tax, embracing a tax cut approach he once criticized.

Hutchinson told members of the Political Animals Club on Tuesday that Arkansas' income tax is too high and hurts the state  from competing with its neighbors.

Hutchinson proposed phasing in  a reduction of an income tax over time, but declined to say how  much of a cut he's proposing.   

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Local & Regional News
3:23 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Arkansas Anti-Hunger Advocates Concerned By Possible Food Stamp Cuts

Officials with hunger relief organizations in Arkansas and across the country have expressed concerns about recent efforts to remove food stamp provisions from federal Farm Bill legislation.

Though the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate passed a bill that included funding for nutrition assistance, Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives narrowly passed a bill that eliminated monetary support for the food stamp program.

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Local & Regional News
3:00 pm
Mon July 22, 2013

Griffin Proposes Tax Relief After Arkansas Oil Spill

Arkansas Congressman Tim Griffin
Credit CHARLES DHARAPAK / AP

An Arkansas congressman is proposing tax relief for people affected by the oil spill in Mayflower this year.

Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin said Monday that people affected the oil spill deserve to be compensated, and he says they shouldn't have to pay more taxes because of that compensation.

ExxonMobil's Pegasus pipeline ruptured on March 29, spilling thousands of barrels of oil in Mayflower.

The spill damaged properties and led authorities to evacuate more than 20 homes.

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Local & Regional News
5:55 pm
Thu July 18, 2013

Rep. Griffin Bill On Mandate Passes House, Not Expected To Be Considered By Senate

Rep. Tim Griffin

Two bills challenging mandates that are part of President Obama's health care law now move to the Senate, after passing in the House Wednesday.

Congressman Tim Griffin authored one of the bills, which delays the requirement that businesses provide employee health insurance or be penalized.

Thursday, Griffin spoke about the bill with KUAR during All Things Considered. You can listen to the interview above.

The bills come after the Obama Administration announced a one-year delay earlier this month for the employer mandate.

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Local & Regional News
5:44 am
Thu July 18, 2013

Arkansas Congressmen Back Health Care Law Delay

Arkansas's four congressmen have voted for proposals to delay implementing two key parts of the federal health care law.

Republican Reps. Tom Cotton, Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin and Steve Womack on Wednesday voted for proposals that would delay the implementation of the employer and individual mandates of the federal health care law.

Griffin had introduced the bill on the employer mandate, which codified the Obama administration decision to delay for a year the requirement that businesses provide insurance or face a penalty.

Local & Regional News
3:49 pm
Wed July 17, 2013

Boozman Says Student Loans Need Long Term Fix

Senator John Boozman says both Democrats and Republicans are working together to resolve the Student Loan interest rate increase on federal Stafford loans. He says a bipartisan group consisting of two Democrats, an Independent, and three Republicans have come together to come to a long-term agreement.

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