Arkansas Politics

File photo: Then U.S. Representative Tom Cotton (R-4th District) at the Clinton School of Public Service (2013).
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas is among 10 Republican senators pushing the U.S. State Department to suspend any security clearances held by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and several of her aides.

FBI Director James Comey earlier this week announced that although Clinton will not be charged with a crime, her use of a private email server for classified material was “extremely careless.”

Arkansas Highway & Transportation Dept.
Arkansas Highway & Transportation Dept.

Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s call for the Good Roads Foundation to devise a long-term state highway funding plan could result in a proposal by the 2017 session of the Arkansas Legislature, according to Craig Douglass, the non-profit's executive director. 

He says the advocacy group will be organizing stakeholders in the coming weeks to address funding for the state Highway and Transportation Department.

Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) discussing changes to eligibility verification for Medicaid in the Governor's Conference Room at the Capitol in early August.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Gov. Asa Hutchinson is asking the Arkansas Good Roads Foundation to drum up statewide support for long term highway funding solutions in Arkansas.

Hutchinson spoke at the foundation's annual meeting Thursday. He reiterated that he does not want to seek a tax increase through the Legislature to pay for road improvements, and he hopes any plan to seek a new tax would go before voters.

The foundation rebranded itself in 2015 to promote adequate funding and financing for the state's highway and road needs.

Outside the Arkansas House chamber in the state Capitol building.
Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

A longstanding legislative battle may be getting easier in the court of public opinion and a future legislative battle has widespread citizen support in one direction. Talk Business & Politics reports.

A new Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College Poll, conducted Tuesday, June 21, 2016, among 751 likely Arkansas voters has a margin of error of +/- 3.6%.

Survey respondents were asked:

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson (R)
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A poll released on Tuesday by Talk Business and Politics and Hendrix College looks at Governor Asa Hutchinson’s approval rating and the 2016 U.S. Senate race in Arkansas.

According to the poll, Gov. Hutchinson has maintained a strong approval rating though it has fallen slightly below numbers from when he took office. Talk Business and Politics’ Roby Brock says that the Republican governor’s approval ratings have dropped from an initial high in part because of things he has fought for in the legislature.

A new survey among frequent Arkansas general election voters finds Republican presumptive Presidential nominee Donald Trump with an 11-point lead over Democratic presumptive Presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.

Several of Arkansas’ Republican elected officials reacted favorably Thursday to a tie vote by the U.S. Supreme Court that effectively upheld a lower court ruling against President Obama’s policy of selectively enforcing immigration laws.

The Court split 4-4 in the case of United States, et al., petitioners v. Texas, et al. In a one-sentence opinion, the court ruled, “The judgment is affirmed by an equally divided Court” without explaining how the court was divided.

Democratic U.S. Senate hopeful Conner Eldridge is criticizing Republican Sen. John Boozman for opposing an effort to prevent terrorists from buying guns, saying an alternative measure backed by the Arkansas lawmaker doesn't go far enough.

Eldridge told the Political Animals Club on Wednesday that he supports a proposal by Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein that would have let the federal government block many gun sales to known or suspected terrorists.

Donald Trump speaking at Barton Coliseum in Little Rock, Arkansas.
Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

Gov. Asa Hutchinson says despite some disagreements with the presumptive Republican presidential nominee, he’ll continue supporting Donald Trump’s candidacy.

Hutchinson was among a group of Republican governors who met with Trump in New York on Tuesday. Speaking with reporters Wednesday, Hutchinson said the effectiveness of a potential Trump presidency in preventing terrorism, like the recent mass shooting in Orlando, largely depends on who the real estate investor's policy advisors are.

Asa Hutchinson
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson is among a group of Republican governors planning to meet with presumptive presidential nominee Donald Trump.

Hutchinson has been highly critical of Trump in the past, but has maintained he would support his party’s eventual nominee.

Spokesman J.R. Davis said Tuesday that Hutchinson will meet with the presumptive nominee in New York, but couldn’t say they planned to discuss.

Hutchinson had initially backed former Governor Mike Huckabee and later Florida Sen. Marco Rubio in the presidential campaign.