Arkansas Politics

Local & Regional News
3:17 pm
Tue November 11, 2014

Enrollment Nearing For Health Insurance Exchange And Subsidies

An screenshot from healthcare.gov near its 2013 launch.
Credit healthcare.gov

Enrollment in the state’s Health Insurance Marketplace, created by the Affordable Care Act, will re-open Saturday. The Affordable Care Act established the health insurance exchange where shoppers can navigate plans and calculate subsidies for coverage based on income.

Leonard Stern works with the non-profit Future Builders to assist people enrolling in the healthcare exchange. Arkansas Advocates for Children and Families partially funds the effort. Stern said unlike last year things are expected to run smoothly online.

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11:17 am
Tue November 11, 2014

Senate President Pro Tem Submits Resignation Letter To Work For Hutchinson

Arkansas Senate President Pro Tem Michael Lamoureux has submitted a letter of resignation from the Senate after being named chief of staff and transition director for Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson.

A spokesman for Gov. Mike Beebe says Beebe's office received a copy of Lamoureux's resignation letter from the Senate on Monday and that Lamoureux also submitted to Beebe a letter of resignation from his post with the Pope County Public Defender's Office.

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Local & Regional News
10:23 pm
Mon November 10, 2014

Concerns Aired In Legislature Over $2 Billion Cross-State Transmission Line

State Rep. John Hutchison (R-Harrisburg)
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Members of the state legislature on Monday reviewed the potential impact of a proposed $2 billion, 750 mile interstate transmission line that would cross Arkansas from west to east from just north of Fort Smith to West Memphis.

Outgoing Republican State Representative John Hutchison (R-Harrisburg) has typically been against regulating the energy sector. However, Hutchison believes the Plains and Eastern Clean Line Transmission Project will bring problems to waterfowl, such as ducks, in the areas it crosses. That includes an area nearby his own property in northeast Arkansas. 

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Local & Regional News
5:18 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Consistent Message Was Key, Say Cotton Campaign Staff

The Tom Cotton campaign says a consistent message and emphasis on personal history pushed the freshman Congressman ahead with many undecided Arkansas voters. Key members of the Republican Senator-elect's campaign staff spoke with reporters Friday, after a near 17 point victory for Cotton over Democratic incumbent Mark Pryor. Brad Todd is media consultant for the Cotton Campaign. He says, from the time Cotton first announced his run, the campaign's internal polling showed numbers that never improved for Pryor.

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3:25 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

The State House-elect Maneuvers For Committee Spots, Democrats Hold Half In Two

Arkansas State Representative David Branscum
Credit PBS NewsHour

The newly elected Arkansas legislature doesn’t officially convene until January but on Friday incoming House members came to Little Rock to lay the groundwork. The re-elected and newly-elected jockeyed for committee placements with Republicans gaining control of every standing committee but two. Democrats garnered an equal amount of seats as the newly expanded Republican majority on the Education Committee and Insurance and Commerce Committee.

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Local & Regional News
5:12 am
Tue November 4, 2014

Ending On A High Note: The Political Jingle Lives In Arkansas

An image captured from President Eisenhower's 1952 jingle "I Like Ike."
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Amidst an unprecedented flurry of political ads the nearly abandoned political jingle carries on in Arkansas. KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman takes a look at some of this year’s more lyrical campaign ads.

This story is best listened to because it’s about jingles but is also available in text below.

This election season a few political ads cut through the regular onslaught of negative spots, presenting a much different tone.

[music] “Karen Sealy Garcia, thirty years keeping track of money. Karen Sealy Garcia, thirty years and nothing funny.”

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Local & Regional News
5:00 am
Thu October 30, 2014

Ross & Hutchinson Seek Support Of Arkansas African-American Communities

With less than a week before Election Day gubernatorial candidates Mike Ross (D) and Asa Hutchinson (R) both campaigned in Little Rock Wednesday and stressed the importance of Arkansas’s African-American vote.

Ross contended his support for expanded pre-K and a higher minimum wage as well as his opposition to the recently struck down Voter ID law would benefit the black community. At his campaign headquarters Ross also received the support of the entire Legislative Black Caucus.

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5:21 pm
Thu October 16, 2014

Lt. Gov. Candidates Promote Job Creating Skills, Office Efficiency In Debate

Credit The Arkansas Educational Television Network

The three candidates for Arkansas's next lieutenant Governor debated the role's influence on state economic policies Thursday, while also asserting views on how the office should be managed.

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Local & Regional News
11:09 pm
Tue October 14, 2014

4th District Congressional Candidates Differ Over Role of Government

Candidates for the U.S. House seat being vacated by Senate challenger Tom Cotton presented starkly different governing philosophies at a debate Tuesday hosted by AETN. The rural 4th district contains much of south and west Arkansas and stretches far into the northwest part of the state.

In closing remarks, Republican State Representative Bruce Westerman identified removing unwanted federal laws as a fundamental theme at the center of his beliefs.

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Local & Regional News
9:00 am
Tue October 7, 2014

Legislators Fume Over Parole Board After Recent Murder

Parole Board Commissioner Abraham Carpenter
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Intense media coverage of the murder of real estate agent Beverly Carter last week is causing a stir in the state legislature. A meeting Monday between lawmakers and parole officials turned contentious.

It didn’t take long for the tone and atmosphere in the Judiciary committee to turn hostile, as legislators let their frustrations known to Parole Board members. Representative Sue Scott of Rogers told Parole Board member Abraham Carpenter to get ready for an emotionally-tinged string of remarks.

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