Arkansas Politics

Sarah Whites-Koditschek

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross said today he wants to empower the state's veterans commission, push for tax exemptions for retired military members and increase funding for treatment courts for veterans.

Ross announced his plan for serving Arkansas veterans today. He said with a national average of 22 veteran suicides a day, the state's next governor can't be complacent in his attention to the needs of the nearly 260,000 veterans living in Arkansas.

Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is accusing Senate Democratic leaders of obstruction and not allowing House bills to move forward as he campaigns in his home state on behalf of Republican Tom Cotton's bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor.

Huckabee endorsed Cotton during a news conference in Little Rock Monday, praising him as a chance for Republicans to win a majority in the U.S. Senate. Cotton is a freshman congressman challenging Pryor's bid for a third term.

As Republican 2nd District Congressman Tim Griffin prepares to conclude his time in the U.S. House of Representatives, he says he will continue to advocate for the state to join a lawsuit with other states challenging the Environmental Protection Agency’s draft of new carbon emission standards. The proposed standards would require Arkansas to reduce its carbon emissions by 44 percent by the year 2030.

Amid a Republican push for its candidates as the 2014 election cycle enters its home stretch, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee is returning to the state.

Huckabee is scheduled for appearances late Monday afternoon in Rogers and North Little Rock. His visit comes after the GOP brought national leaders last week and ahead of campaign stops by New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie this week.

Democrats say the use of national GOP figures indicate that Republicans are more interested in Washington politics than Arkansas politics.

Asa Hutchinson Mike Ross
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Arkansas gubernatorial candidates Asa Hutchinson and Mike Ross each say Governor Mike Beebe approves of their tax plans, though it was Ross who drew the endorsement from the fellow Democrat.

Hutchinson, the Republican nominee, said in a Friday forum that he stands by his plan for a $100 million cut in the state income tax for the middle class. Ross says that would result in a $60 million deficit, based on an estimated $40 million in 2016 revenue growth.

Tom Cotton Mitt Romney
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Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney says unseating incumbent U.S. Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas is critical to the future of the nation.

Speaking to reporters in North Little Rock after headlining two fundraisers for Republican candidate Tom Cotton, he didn’t talk much about the candidates, but said it’s about the balance of power.

"This will make a difference. This could well be the race that determines who will have the majority in the Senate," Romney said.

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is reaching into his own medical history to explain his vote on the nation's new health care law, telling Arkansans that his battle with a rare cancer 18 years ago influenced his vote.

The Democrat, who is in a tough re-election battle, fought a clear-cell sarcoma discovered after an ankle injury. He had five weeks of chemotherapy and a 13-hour surgery.

Arkansas Republicans are enlisting the help of former presidential nominee Mitt Romney and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy as a string of national GOP figures visit the state ahead of the November election.

Romney on Wednesday was scheduled to headline a fundraiser for Republican gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson in Jonesboro. McCarthy planned to campaign with 2nd Congressional District candidate French Hill in Little Rock on Wednesday morning, and later with 4th Congressional District candidate Bruce Westerman.

Tom Cotton Reince Priebus
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The Chairman of the Republican National Committee is in Arkansas, promising the state will be ground zero in the battle to seize control of the U.S. Senate this fall.

Speaking to volunteers at Tom Cotton’s campaign office Tuesday, Reince Priebus said incumbent Senator Mark Pryor lied when he said people would benefit from the president’s healthcare plan.

Sec. of State Mark Martin (R)
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A second Republican candidate in as many months is coming under scrutiny for allegations of illegally claiming too many homestead property tax exemptions.

Late last week the liberal, investigative blog Blue Hog Report looked into the records of Secretary of State Mark Martin, finding he claimed the tax credit for both of his homes since at least 2008. The law only allows the credit for one residence.

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