Arkansas Politics

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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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3:40 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Immigration Heats Up As Issue In U.S. Senate Race

Immigration is heating up as an issue in Arkansas' closely watched Senate race, with Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican Rep. Tom Cotton targeting each other's records on border security in competing television ads.

Pryor's campaign on Thursday announced a new ad defending the two term lawmaker's record on immigration and border security. The 30-second spot pushes back against an ad Cotton began airing over the weekend that accuses the Democratic lawmaker of supporting amnesty for immigrants in the country illegally.

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Local & Regional News
1:40 pm
Thu August 7, 2014

Mike Ross Unveils 'Bill Of Rights' For Older Arkansans

In his campaign for Arkansas governor, Democrat Mike Ross Thursday unveiled what he calls his "Seniors Bill of Rights." He detailed it during a speech in Hot Springs.  In an interview afterward, Ross said the plan would protect and empower Arkansas’s aging population.   

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10:29 am
Thu August 7, 2014

In Senate Race, Pryor To Talk Jobs, Cotton Launches Bus Tour

Sen. Mark Pryor and Rep. Tom Cotton

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is traveling to a Hot Springs water company to talk about jobs legislation he's proposed and to call for the reauthorization of the Export-Import bank.

Meanwhile his Republican opponent, U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton, is launching a bus tour around Arkansas to promote his bid to unseat Pryor.

Pryor planned to talk Thursday about his "American-Made Strong" package of bills he's introduced that are aimed at boosting job growth. Pryor is visiting Mountain Valley Spring Water in Hot Springs.

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6:31 am
Thu August 7, 2014

Public Hearings On Private Option Changes

Arkansas Department of Human Services
Credit arkansas.gov

Arkansas is holding two hearings on proposals to require participants in the state's compromise Medicaid expansion to contribute to health savings accounts and face new limits on emergency transportation.

The Department of Human Services on Thursday plans to hold its first hearing on the proposed changes, which are set to be submitted to the federal government next month.

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Local & Regional News
11:50 am
Tue August 5, 2014

Democrats Hit GOP Senate Candidate Cotton On Children's Hospital Vote

Senate Democrats' campaign arm is running an ad criticizing Republican Senate hopeful Tom Cotton for voting against funding pediatric research at an Arkansas children's hospital.

The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee on Tuesday began a $3.6 million ad buy against Cotton, who is to face Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor in the fall.

In the ad, a former social worker at Arkansas Children's Hospital criticizes Cotton's vote against the National Institutes of Health establishing a National Pediatric Research Network. That research group includes the Arkansas campus.

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Local & Regional News
3:22 pm
Mon August 4, 2014

Hutchinson Vows To Fight EPA On Proposed Clean Air Rules

Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson speaking to reporters Monday in Little Rock.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson is vowing to join a lawsuit challenging the federal government's proposed rules for power plant emissions. He says the recommended changes, designed to reduce global warming by limiting carbin-dioxide emissions, would disproportionately impact Arkansas compared to other states.

At a press conference Monday at his campaign office in Little Rock, Hutchinson said electricity bills would increase 20 to 40 percent in Arkansas if the proposed standards are enacted.

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Local & Regional News
5:57 pm
Thu July 31, 2014

Poll: GOP Advantage In Three Congressional Districts, Toss-up In Another

A new flurry of polling shows Republicans with a solid victory in one Congressional District, advantages in two other districts, and a toss-up for the remaining district in Central Arkansas.

The latest round of Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College polling centered on four Congressional District level surveys that provide a first glimpse at this fall's congressional match-ups.

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5:24 pm
Wed July 30, 2014

Arkansas Governor’s Poll Shows Hutchinson Leading Ross

A new Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College survey of 1,780 likely state voters shows Republican Asa Hutchinson with a 46-41% lead over Democrat Mike Ross in the Arkansas Governor’s race.

The poll, which was conducted July 22-25 across all four Congressional districts, has a margin of error of +/-2.3%.

Q. In the race for Governor, the candidates are Democrat Mike Ross, Republican Asa Hutchinson, Libertarian Frank Gilbert, and Green Party Candidate Joshua Drake. If the election for Governor were today, which candidate would you support?

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5:30 pm
Tue July 29, 2014

New Poll Suggests U.S. Senate Race A Dead Heat Between Pryor & Cotton

A new Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College survey of 1,780 likely Arkansas voters shows Republican Congressman Tom Cotton with a 44-42% lead over two-term incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor.

The poll, which was conducted July 22-25 across all four Congressional districts, has a margin of error of +/-2.3%.

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