Arkansas Politics

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8:57 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Arkansas GOP House Delegation Splits On Budget

3rd District Rep. Steve Womack (R) voted for the federal budget bill.

Arkansas' all-Republican House delegation split over a budget bill that eases across-the-board federal spending cuts and prevents future government shutdowns.

U.S. Reps. Tim Griffin and Steve Womack voted in favor of the bill, while U.S. Reps. Rick Crawford and Tom Cotton opposed the measure. The bill passed with bipartisan support Thursday on a 332-94 vote and heads to the Senate.

The agreement would set overall spending levels for the current budget year and the one that begins on Oct. 1, 2014.

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Local & Regional News
11:12 am
Thu December 12, 2013

Boozman Will Not Support Bipartisan Budget Deal In Congress

U.S. Senator John Boozman of Arkansas

Some conservative advocacy groups and Tea Party supporters in Arkansas and elsewhere are not pleased with measures outlined in a new bipartisan budget agreement.

They are concerned that the measure does not balance the budget, nor does it include major reforms to Medicare and Social Security. 

U.S. Senator John Boozman of Arkansas says he understands the criticisms and will not be supporting the deal.  

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Local & Regional News
5:57 am
Wed December 11, 2013

Arkansas Labor Unions Urge Policy Changes

Labor unions and their supporters are encouraging Arkansas legislators and federal lawmakers to close policy loopholes they say favor corporate interests over small businesses and workers’ rights.

A report released by the Economic Policy Institute and the American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees, or AFSCME, shows changes in the tax code could result in a fairer system that strengthens economic growth.

Jim Nickels represents an AFSCME Council in Arkansas.

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Local & Regional News
5:33 am
Mon December 2, 2013

Petition To Recall Texarkana Director Is Dropped

An effort to recall one of four Texarkana city directors has been dropped while petitions to recall the other three directors remain.

The Texarkana Gazette reported Sunday that a petition to recall Director Sue Johnson filed by Miller County Emergency Management Director Larry Pritchett was dropped by Pritchett.

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Race for Governor
1:57 pm
Wed November 20, 2013

Hutchinson Talks About School Safety At Arkansas Event

File photo of Asa Hutchinson, speaking in Little Rock in May.
Credit Michael Hibblen/ KUAR News

Arkansas Republican gubernatorial hopeful and former U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson says school safety should be a fundamental part of an adequate education for students.

Hutchinson made the comments Wednesday when he spoke to members of the National Lieutenant Governors Association during a gathering in Little Rock.

Hutchinson was named the head of a National Rifle Association committee studying ways to improve classroom safety after 20 children and six educators were fatally shot at a Connecticut school.

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Local & Regional News
9:06 am
Thu November 14, 2013

Cooper Awaits Opponent In Special Arkansas Senate Race

A Republican candidate for a state Senate seat says he cannot overcome the 67-margin that separated him from the leader in a primary runoff, but a Democratic candidate wants to see if he picks up any votes in a canvass.

Ascent Children Services CEO Dan Sullivan says he will not contest balloting that made former AT&T manager John Cooper the GOP nominee for a Senate post from Jonesboro.

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Local & Regional News
8:24 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Arkansas Board Of Corrections To Meet In Little Rock

Members of the Arkansas Board of Corrections are scheduled to discuss the board's policy on parolees following the release of a report that outlines problems within the state's parole system.

The board will meet Wednesday in Little Rock.

The meeting comes after Gov. Mike Beebe this month released the findings of an investigation about the Department of Community Correction. The Arkansas State Police report found systemic problems with the parole system but no evidence of criminal wrongdoing by officials after a man who was on parole was charged with murder.

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Local & Regional News
8:18 am
Wed November 13, 2013

Voters Choose Nominees For Northeast Arkansas Senate Seat

Fewer than 100 votes separated the top candidates from the also-rans after ballots were counted in the party primary runoffs for a state senate seat in northeastern Arkansas.

Jonesboro businessman Steve Rockwell led Valley View Schools Superintendent Radius Baker by 24 votes in the Democratic primary, while former AT&T manager John Cooper led Ascent Children's Services CEO Dan Sullivan by 67 votes among Republicans.

If the results stand, Rockwell and Cooper would face off Jan. 14 in a special election to replace former Sen. Paul Bookout, who resigned in August.

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Local & Regional News
3:58 pm
Tue November 12, 2013

New Ad Targets Sen. Pryor For Supporting Judicial Nominees

A new ad began airing Tuesday in several Arkansas television markets, targeting Senator Mark Pryor for his support of President Obama’s judicial nominees.

In particular, the ad by the conservative Judicial Crisis Network is tying the Democrat, who is up for reelection next year, to the President’s picks to fill out the District of Columbia's Circuit Court of Appeals.

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Local & Regional News
11:38 am
Tue November 12, 2013

Gubernatorial Candidate Asa Hutchinson Says He Would Cut Arkansas Income Tax

Asa Hutchinson speaking to reporters Tuesday in Little Rock.
Credit Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson unveiled details of his plan to reduce Arkansas’ individual income tax rates, a cornerstone of his tax cut platform for Governor.

“Arkansas is not competitive in its income tax structure,” said Hutchinson. He cited surrounding states with lower or no individual income tax rates.

“Why is this important? It impacts the recruitment of industry,” he said.

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