Arkansas Politics

Lawmakers Promote Aerospace And Aviation
3:49 pm
Mon March 18, 2013

State Senator Hutchinson Promotes Aerospace Industry Which Brings About 9,000 Jobs

Credit arkleg.state.ar.us

A bi-partisan group of state lawmakers wants to do more to promote the aviation industry in Arkansas.

Republican Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson of Little Rock announced Monday the formation of the Aerospace and Aviation Caucus in Arkansas.

He notes that it’s the second largest industry in the state.

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Clinton For Pryor
8:46 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Clinton Supports Pryor Re-election Bid

Bill Clinton

Former President Bill Clinton says U.S. Senator Mark Pryor's fight for a third term is gaining national prominence because it's a test of whether lawmakers who care more about their constituents than party loyalty can win in an increasingly divided political environment.

Clinton headlined a Saturday fundraiser for Pryor, helping the Democratic senator from Arkansas raise $1 million in his bid for a third term next year. Pryor doesn't have an announced Republican opponent, but has already faced a flood of advertisements from Republican groups who believe he's vulnerable. 

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Ross Run For Governor?
8:36 am
Mon March 18, 2013

Ross Looking At Arkansas Governor's Race

Mike Ross
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

 

Former U.S. Representative Mike Ross says he's considering seeking the Democratic gubernatorial nomination in Arkansas next year.

Ross told The Associated Press on Saturday that he's taking another look at running for the state's top office after Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, a Democrat, dropped out of the race earlier this year.

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Wilbur Mills Book
11:40 am
Fri March 15, 2013

New Book Chronicles Career Of Arkansas Congressman Wilbur Mills

Wilbur Mills

Arkansas author Kay Goss has written a book about the life and legacy of former Congressman Wilbur Mills. As one of the longest serving Arkansas officials in Congress, Mills made a name for himself wielding power as chairman of the House Ways and Means Committee from 1958 to 1975. 

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Pryor And Boozman On Budget And Energy
5:16 am
Thu March 14, 2013

Pryor And Boozman Discuss National Energy Needs And Budget Matters

From left to right: Senator John Boozman and Mark Pryor.

U.S. Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas says he’s once again filing a bill that would mandate a 4-year review of all energy programs and energy needs in the country.

Pryor, a Democrat, said the measure received bipartisan support last year, but he’s still trying to gain support from Republican lawmakers this time around. Because of fracking and horizontal drilling, Pryor says there is now an abundance of natural gas in Arkansas, but…

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Campaign Ethics
1:46 pm
Tue March 12, 2013

Arkansas Panel Rejects Campaign Finance Proposals

Sen. Bruce Maloch (D-Magnolia) wanted to tighten controls on campaign contributions in the state.
Credit Arkansas State Legislature / www.arkleg.state.ar.us

A Senate panel has rejected measures that would have prohibited using campaign funds to buy tickets to another candidate's event and barred campaign contributions from businesses sharing the same majority owner.

On Tuesday, the Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee rejected by a voice vote the campaign finance measures by Democratic Sen. Bruce Maloch of Magnolia.

The first proposal was aimed at preventing campaigns from transferring funds to another candidate by purchasing tickets to fundraisers and other events.

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Local & Regional News
11:27 pm
Mon March 11, 2013

Arkansas Lawmakers Continue To Look At Something Like Medicaid Expansion

Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Arkansas lawmakers say they are continuing to look at expanding health coverage to those in Arkansas who earn up to 138 percent of the federal poverty level with federal money made available through the Affordable Care Act.

State lawmakers learned two weeks ago that they have the option of covering those who would benefit from the expansion with private insurance rather than putting them directly on Medicaid.

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Pryor-Boozman Talk Guns-Sequester
11:21 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Senators Pryor And Boozman Discuss Spending Cuts And Guns

left to right: Mark Pryor and John Boozman

As the consequences of automatic federal spending cuts begin to seep into daily life, Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas says his office is already fielding calls from concerned citizens. Pryor says the sequester will have long-term implications.

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Local & Regional News
5:29 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Boozman And Pryor Urge State Dept. To Move On Keystone Pipeline

U.S. Senators John Boozman and Mark Pryor of Arkansas have joined a bipartisan coalition of senators who want quick approval of the Keystone XL Pipeline.


The pipeline would move oil from Canada to the Gulf Coast. Boozman says the group is urging Secretary of State John Kerry to approve the project within the first quarter of this year.

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Politics
3:11 pm
Wed February 27, 2013

Dems Laud Governor's Results On New Medicaid Options

Now that lawmakers know the state can opt to insure individuals eligible for a federal Medicaid expansion on private insurance exchanges, lawmakers in both parties are indicating expansion may be more likely for Arkansas.

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