Arkansas Politics

2014 Attorney General Race
5:20 pm
Wed May 15, 2013

Sterling Says AG’s Office Needs Conservative Leadership

David Sterling says his conservative leanings and the absence of other candidates led to his decision to enter the 2014 Attorney General’s race.

Appearing on the latest Talk Business Arkansas webcast/podcast, Sterling said he will seek the GOP nomination for Attorney General next year in an effort to offer voters a conservative choice in the race.

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Arkansas 2014 Election
6:14 pm
Fri May 3, 2013

Arkansas Dems Vying For Governor Both Tout Education

Former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter told reporters Friday that his opponent for the Democratic nomination for Governor, former Fourth District Congressman Mike Ross is switching his position on federal health care overhaul after Ross praised the private option of Medicaid expansion approved by the Arkansas legislature.
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Both Democratic Candidates for Governor in Arkansas say the private option of Medicaid expansion was the best deal available to the state but disagree on the bulk of the federal health care overhaul.

Former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter and former Fourth District Congressman Mike Ross spoke to members of the Delta Grass Roots Caucus Friday at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock.

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Local & Regional News
11:53 pm
Thu May 2, 2013

Top Political Leaders Debate Best Ways To Help The Delta

Former President Bill Clinton speaking to the Delta Grassroots Caucus Thursday night in Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Many of the state’s top political leaders – and those aspiring for office – are taking part in a conference considering the best ways to revive the poverty-stricken Delta region.

The two-day Delta Grassroots Caucus started Thursday night with participants hearing from the Republican candidates for Arkansas governor, a freshman congressman and former President Bill Clinton.

“For the first time, literally in a generation, the larger demographic and other forces that are working on the world will help the Delta region,” Clinton said.

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Local & Regional News
3:43 pm
Wed May 1, 2013

Arkansas Gubernatorial Hopefuls To Address Delta Caucus

Clinton Presidential Center

The four announced candidates for next year's governor's race are scheduled to participate in events this week at the Delta Caucus Conference in Little Rock. The conference begins Thursday at the Clinton Presidential Center.

Republican gubernatorial candidates Asa Hutchinson and Curtis Coleman are scheduled to speak at a forum at 5 p.m. Thursday. The discussion will be followed by a speech from U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton. On Friday, Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Bill Halter is scheduled to speak at 11:30 a.m., while rival Mike Ross is set to address the conference afterward.

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2014 Election
5:43 pm
Tue April 30, 2013

Arkansas Congressman Tom Cotton Playing To National Audience

Arkansas Congressman Tom Cotton has been in Washington representing the Fourth District for four months now, but he's already getting national press on his stance on the country's foreign policy.

A report out Tuesday from Politico says Cotton's stance is reminiscent of the post 9/11 foreign policy of former President George Bush and could win him points with the Washington Republican political elite.

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Local & Regional News
6:12 am
Mon April 29, 2013

Arkansas Tax Cut Package Includes Special Breaks For Some

Gov. Mike Beebe
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

All taxpayers in Arkansas will see their rates reduced through a $140 million package adopted during this year's session, but the new laws also include special breaks for varied interests.

Volunteer firefighters, manufacturers, farmers and armed service members are among the groups to see additional breaks through the dozen tax cut bills that legislators approved and Gov. Mike Beebe signed into law before wrapping up the session last week. 

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Arkansas Abortion Lawsuit
7:12 am
Fri April 26, 2013

Hearing Set In Suit Over Arkansas 12-week Abortion Ban

A hearing is scheduled next month in a federal lawsuit challenging Arkansas' ban on most abortions after 12 weeks of pregnancy. 

A court document filed Thursday shows that a hearing is set for May 17 in a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union and the Reproductive Rights Center on behalf of two Arkansas doctors who perform abortions.

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Senators Seek Security, Economic Reforms
5:15 pm
Wed April 24, 2013

Boozman And Pryor Discuss Boston Bombings, Sales Tax On Internet Purchases

left to right: Mark Pryor and John Boozman

In the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, U.S. Senator John Boozman of Arkansas says lawmakers must take a closer look at the nation’s visa system. He says his colleagues also have to make sure intelligence and security agencies are sharing important information that could stop future attacks.

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Election 2014
5:43 am
Wed April 24, 2013

Arkansas House Speaker Eyeing 2014 Governor's Race

Davy Carter
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

House Speaker Davy Carter says he's considering running for governor next year, but wants some time after the session to decide whether to join the race. 

The Republican from Cabot told reporters Tuesday he's thought about and discussed a run for governor, but said he wanted to spend time at home to think about the race.

Carter later said he didn't have a timeline for making a decision and declined to say with whom he's been discussing a run. Lawmakers on Tuesday wrapped up this year's legislative session. 

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Local & Regional News
5:34 pm
Tue April 23, 2013

Little Rock Board Must Decide Whether To Overturn Mayor's Zoning Veto

The Little Rock Board of Directors is deciding whether or not to challenge Mayor Mark Stodola’s veto of its approval for the recent zoning proposal.

The zoning request would allow an RV and boat storage facility on residential property near Pinnacle Mountain. At-Large Director Joan Adcock, says the development would have benefited park visitors, by providing storage for their boats and RVs. 

Mayor Stodola felt overriding the decision was necessary to protect the natural beauty of the area. "Highway 300 out by Pinnacle Mountain is a very scenic area" said Stodola. 

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