Arkansas Politics

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12:52 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Mitt Romney Casts Arkansas Senate Race As Way To Fight Obama

Republican senate candidate Tom Cotton and former presidential candidate Mitt Romney speak to reporters Thursday in North Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

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.

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4:43 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Pryor Highlights His Cancer Fight To Explain Support For 'Obamacare'

An image from Sen. Mark Pryor's new campaign ad, explaining his support for the national healthcare law.

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.

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8:45 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Romney, McCarthy Campaigning In Arkansas

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.

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Local & Regional News
5:58 pm
Tue August 19, 2014

RNC Chairman Touts The Role Of Arkansas In The Fight For The Senate

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus (at the podium) acknowledges Republican Senate candidate Tom Cotton during a press conference at Cotton's campaign headquarters.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

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.

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7:00 am
Tue August 19, 2014

Sec. of State Mark Martin's Property Tax Exemptions Questioned

Sec. of State Mark Martin (R)
Credit sos.arkansas.gov/ / Sec. of State's Office

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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Local & Regional News
6:25 pm
Fri August 15, 2014

Clinton Speaks at Southern Governors' Association Gathering

Former President Bill Clinton at the Southern Governors' Association's annual meeting in Little Rock.
Credit Sarah Whites-Koditschek

Former President Bill Clinton addressed the Southern Governors’ Association’s annual meeting afternoon in downtown Little Rock Friday.

He spoke on the importance of internet access and educational technology in rural and underserved urban areas to achieve a more egalitarian south.

“Nobody in this room who has been alive at a time of fuller possibility than the the present moment,” he said to the group of lawmakers and industry representatives.

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5:55 am
Fri August 15, 2014

Ross Criticizes Hutchinson's Social Security Record on 79th Anniversary

Mike Ross
Credit Nathan Vandiver / KUAR

Thursday marked the 79th anniversary of the signing of Social Security and Democratic gubernatorial nominee Mike Ross used the occasion to assail Republican Asa Hutchinson’s congressional record.

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2:10 pm
Wed August 13, 2014

Arkansas Candidates For Governor Talk Jobs At Pine Bluff Event

Credit Talk Business & Politics

Candidates for Arkansas governor shared ideas Wednesday for how to prepare the state to meet employment needs.

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4:05 pm
Tue August 12, 2014

Former President Clinton To Headline Event For Arkansas Democrats

Former President Bill Clinton, speaking at the Clinton Presidential Center in Little Rock in June.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Former President Bill Clinton is headed back to Arkansas to raise money for the state Democratic Party.

A fundraiser is planned for Friday at the Capital Hotel in downtown Little Rock. Clinton will headline the $250-per-person event and will be joined by Gov. Mike Beebe and Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman Vince Insalaco.

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Local & Regional News
2:25 pm
Fri August 8, 2014

Boozman Touts VA Reforms And Points Toward Privatization

U.S. Sen. John Boozman (R) at Little Rock's VA Hospital
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Senator John Boozman is touting a $16.3 billion Veterans Affairs package signed into law this week as an important move toward resolving systemic problems uncovered in April. 

Boozman met with medical center officials at Little Rock’s John L. McLellan Memorial Veterans Hospital Friday. The Republican from Rogers says he’s confident the state’s VA hospitals in Little Rock and Fayetteville are performing well and that reforms will prove beneficial.

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