Arkansas Politics

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6:18 am
Fri June 14, 2013

Gun Control Group To Hold Rally In Little Rock

A gun control group is holding a rally in Little Rock to urge U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor to take another look at a measure expanding background checks for firearm sales.

Mayors Against Illegal Guns, a group co-founded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is holding the rally Friday at Allsopp Park.

The event comes as the group is airing ads in Arkansas criticizing Pryor for voting against the background checks measure.

Immigration
5:36 pm
Thu June 13, 2013

Local Non-Profit Opens Office, Helps Immigrants

As an immigration reform bill is expected to be debated and amended in the U.S. Senate this week, a local immigrant advocacy group is settling into its own office for the summer.

El Zócalo Immigrant Resource Center assists families who need to navigate processes like getting proper medical care or other services.  

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Arkansas Politics
5:45 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

NRA Answers Bloomberg With Pryor Radio Ad

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The National Rifle Association is buying airtime on Arkansas radio stations to defend Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor's vote against gun purchase background checks proposed by President Barack Obama.

The NRA said the ad will run Wednesday through June 25 in a number of state media markets.

The 60-second spot mentions the 2008 murder of Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman Bill Gwatney and says nothing in the legislation Pryor voted against would have prevented the killing.

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Local & Regional News
2:38 pm
Wed June 12, 2013

Pryor And Boozman Outline Immigration Priorities

People hold up signs at a pro-immigration reform rally in Washington, D.C.

With an immigration reform bill moving forward in the U.S. Senate, Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas says procedural votes Tuesday were just the first step in what will be a closely watched process. 

“If you look at the immigrant population in Arkansas, it’s about five percent and about 13 percent nationwide,” said Pryor. “However, we are one of the fastest growing states in terms of immigrant population. I think we’re fourth overall in the amount of growth we’re seeing in our immigrant population so this is an issue that’s becoming increasingly important to our state.”

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Politics
5:58 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Highway Commissioner Enters Arkansas Lt. Governor Race

John Burkhalter
Credit Arkansas Highway & Transportation Dept.

Arkansas Highway Commissioner John Burkhalter says he's running for lieutenant governor next year, opting out of a race for the state's top office.

Burkhalter on Tuesday announced he's running for the Democratic nomination for the state's No. 2 constitutional office.

Little Rock School Board President Dianne Curry also announced Tuesday that she's running.

Burkhalter, 56, had been considering a run for governor.

Burkhalter is the president of Burkhalter Technologies, a North Little Rock construction company.

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Politics
4:05 pm
Tue June 11, 2013

Little Rock School Board President Enters Arkansas Lt. Governor Race

Dianne Curry

A second Democrat also entered the race for Arkansas Lieutenant Governor today: Little Rock School Board President Dianne Curry.

If elected, the 59-year-old would be the first woman to serve in that post and the first African-American elected to statewide office. Curry says it’s time for more women, minorities, and working class people to be in state government.

She says she will focus on education, the workforce, the economy, and issues surrounding the health of Arkansans.  

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Local & Regional News
5:56 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Highway Commissioner Burkhalter To Announce Campaign

Credit Arkansas Highway & Transportation Dept.

Arkansas Highway Commissioner John Burkhalter says he will make an announcement Tuesday that will run for a statewide office, but isn't saying which one.

There has been a lot of speculation in recent months that Burkhalter is considering a run for the Democratic nomination for Governor.  Sitting Governor Mike Beebe is term-limited and can not run for re-election.

Burkhalter, who is also a small business owner and entrepreneur, has close ties to Beebe, as well as former President Bill Clinton.

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Local & Regional News
3:27 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

Lincoln Says Effective Communication Key To Pryor Victory

Blanche Lincoln

Former Democratic U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln of Arkansas is now a lobbyist working on issues that impact small businesses and independent contractors. Lincoln lost her Senate seat to Republican John Boozman in the 2010 election. 

In an interview with Talk Business Arkansas, Lincoln says Senator Mark Pryor will face many challenges for reelection, especially when it comes to getting his message out to voters.

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Arkansas Politics
5:56 pm
Fri June 7, 2013

Michigan Governor To Speak At Arkansas Dems Dinner

Former Michigan Governor Jennifer Granholm
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Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm will be the guest speaker for the Arkansas Democratic Party's annual Jefferson-Jackson Dinner this month.

The state Democratic Party announced Friday that Granholm will speak at the June 15 event.

The dinner will be at the Statehouse Convention Center in downtown Little Rock.

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Local & Regional News
4:36 pm
Wed June 5, 2013

Former Arkansas Treasurer Indicted On Extortion Charge

Martha Shoffner's mug shot after being arrested May 18 at her home in Newport.
Credit Pulaski County Sheriff's Office

A federal grand jury has indicted former Arkansas Treasurer Martha Shoffner on charges that she accepted more than $36,000 cash from a bond broker to whom she steered a large portion of the state's investment business.

The indictment filed on Wednesday charged Shoffner with extortion and other charges.

Shoffner was arrested at her Newport home May 18 after the FBI said it caught her on tape accepting a $6,000 payment from the broker, who hasn't been identified.

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