Arkansas Politics

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8:22 am
Wed October 1, 2014

AG Candidate Rutledge Says Cancelling Her Voter Registration Is "Desperate"

Leslie Rutledge
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Pulaski County Clerk Larry Crane has canceled the voter registration of Leslie Rutledge, Republican candidate for Attorney General.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports the clerk determined Tuesday that Rutledge is not a registered voter in the state. Rutledge, a one-time aide to the former Governor Mike Huckabee, is a voter in Washington, D.C., and possibly in Virginia. 

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1:08 pm
Tue September 30, 2014

2nd Debate Set Up In Heated Arkansas Senate race

Sen. Mark Pryor and Congressman Tom Cotton

Republican Senate hopeful and U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton has agreed to an Oct. 13 public television debate with Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor and two other candidates, setting up the second televised face-off in the heated Arkansas race.

Cotton's campaign on Tuesday said he agreed to the Arkansas Educational Television Network's proposed debate featuring Pryor, Libertarian nominee Nathan LaFrance and Green Party nominee Mark Swaney.

The debate will be recorded in Conway and air that night on AETN and KUAR-FM 89.1.

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11:21 am
Tue September 30, 2014

Jeb Bush Campaigns For Arkansas GOP Hopeful Asa Hutchinson

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is praising fellow Republican Asa Hutchinson's proposal to expand computer science classes in Arkansas schools as the potential 2016 White House hopeful campaigned for Hutchinson's gubernatorial bid.

Hutchinson and Bush toured a Sherwood charter school Tuesday and saw demonstrations of students' science projects. Bush also planned to headline a fundraiser for Hutchinson, who's running against Democratic nominee and fellow ex-congressman Mike Ross.

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7:18 am
Mon September 29, 2014

Former President Clinton To Headline Rallies For Arkansas Democrats

File photo of former President BIll Clinton speaking in Little Rock in May 2013.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Former President Bill Clinton is returning to Arkansas next week to help Democrats in his home state as they try to fend off a Republican takeover of the state's top offices in the November election.

State Democrats on Monday announced that Clinton would headline four rallies around the state next week. The 42nd president and former Arkansas governor planned headline rallies in Conway and Jonesboro on Oct. 6 and in Fayetteville and Rogers on Oct. 7.

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5:09 pm
Thu September 25, 2014

Cotton Advocates For Coal, Natural Gas, Nuclear Energy

During a forum on energy policy hosted by RealClearPolitcs at the Clinton Presidential Center Thursday, U.S. Senate candidate Tom Cotton addressed a recent Environmental Protection Agency rule that calls for the nation to reduce its power plant carbon emissions 30 percent by 2030. 

Cotton said the rule would severely limit the production of coal power plants in Arkansas, which gets about half of its energy from coal.

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Local & Regional News
9:08 am
Thu September 25, 2014

Election Commission: Maggio Wants Filing Fee Back, Push For Accountability

State Board of Elections Commissioner Stu Soffer
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

The State Board of Election Commissioners Wednesday followed up on lingering election complaints and whether or not to reimburse former Circuit Judge Mike Maggio for his campaign filing.

Earlier this month the Judicial Discipline and Disability Committee gave Maggio a lifetime ban from serving on the bench. Maggio admitted to posting inappropriate comments online, removing evidence, and leaking confidential adoption information among other violations. Election Commissioner Stu Soffer said Maggio didn’t provide an explanation for why he feels he should be reimbursed.

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4:48 pm
Wed September 24, 2014

Former Romney VP Pick Paul Ryan In Arkansas for Hutchinson

Gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson (R)
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

Former vice presidential contender Paul Ryan was in Arkansas Wednesday fundraising for GOP gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson. Congressman Ryan chairs the House Budget Committee and is a possible Presidential contender in 2016.

University of Arkansas political scientist Janine Parry said visits from national figures lend some legitimacy to campaigns but it’s mostly about bringing in money.

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11:40 am
Wed September 24, 2014

Teacher Pay And Insurance Key Issues At Forum For Governor Candidates

Credit Talk Business & Politics

Arkansas' leading candidates for governor say high standards in education are necessary, whether they're known by the name "Common Core" or something else.

Democratic candidate Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson told members of the Arkansas Public School Resource Center on Tuesday that many people mistakenly believe Common Core requires a given curriculum while it is only a set of standards for students to achieve.

Both candidates said they wouldn't lower standards intended to prepare students for college or a career, but would allow tweaks.

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9:00 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Pryor Implies Cotton Wants Minimum Wage Off The Ballot

U.S. Senator Mark Pryor on state Capitol grounds.
Credit Jacob Kauffman / KUAR

U.S. Senator Mark Pryor is launching what he brands as a state tour focusing on Republican rival Tom Cotton’s congressional record and relationship with his wealthy donors. Speaking outside the state Capitol Tuesday, Pryor linked Cotton with a lawsuit to take a state minimum wage hike off the November ballot.

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12:11 pm
Tue September 23, 2014

Arkansas Cowers Under Advertising Barrage In U.S. Senate Race

As political ads fill the airwaves in Arkansas for the state's closely contested U.S. Senate race, many voters say the mute button has become their best friend.

More than 38,000 ads have been broadcast by Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor, GOP challenger Tom Cotton, and the political parties and independent groups involved in the campaign. That amounts to $7 per voter, about double the per-voter spending in Senate races in larger states like Georgia and North Carolina, according to an Associated Press analysis.

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