Arkansas Politics

Gov. Asa Hutchinson (R) speaking to reporters at the Capitol about his budget proposal.
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Arkansas' attorney general has asked Gov. Asa Hutchinson to set execution dates for eight death row inmates in what would be the state's first executions in a decade.

THEIR HONORS: Karen Baker (center) takes oath with Courtney Goodson (left) and Jo Hart.
Brian Chilson / Arkansas Times

Invitations are in the mail.

Talk Business & Politics has learned that Arkansas Supreme Court Justice Courtney Goodson will have a reception to kick off her campaign for Chief Justice of the state’s high court next week.

On Tuesday, Sept. 8th Lisa and James Miller of Bryant will host a reception for Goodson from 5:30-7:30 p.m., according to an invitation to the reception. The event is not touted as a fundraiser.

Goodson has been rumored to be eyeing the chief justice position. She was first elected to the Arkansas Supreme Court in 2010.

The Democratic Party of Arkansas's new executive director Ted Dick.
Arkansas Democrats

The Democratic Party of Arkansas is getting a new executive director, hailing from another rural state offering a tough electoral landscape. 

Logo of the Democratic Party of Arkansas

The Arkansas Democratic Party has hired a former official with the party in Montana to be its new executive director. The party announced Monday it had hired Ted Dick as executive director, replacing Candace Martin in the post. Dick will begin working for the party on Sept. 8.

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A fourth Republican presidential candidate made his way through Arkansas on Thursday. Listen below to a report on the visit of Dr. Ben Carson.

Ben Carson

Presidential candidate Dr. Ben Carson touted his biography and called for a more self-sufficient, less dependent America, which he said is an “exceptional country” that, 200 years after its founding, put men on the moon.

“There’s a whole lot of people trying to get in here, and nobody trying to escape,” he said in a speech on the steps of the Arkansas State Capitol on Thursday.

On Wednesday, Democrat Dianne Curry announced she will run for the U.S. Congress in District 2, the seat currently held by first-term Cong. French Hill, R-Little Rock.

No other Democrats have announced for the seat.

Curry was elected to the Little Rock School Board in 2006 where she served three terms. She retired from state government after 27 years of service in education and the public audit of banks.

Dennis Milligan treasurer
Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

A lawyer representing Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan in a potential ethics complaint investigation has recused himself, citing a conflict of interest.

Benton attorney Jonathan Camp confirmed in an email that he is no longer representing Milligan. Attorney and blogger Matt Campbell filed a 113-page complaint against Milligan last week, citing 14 separate allegations of campaign finance and misuse of public resources.

The Arkansas Ethics Commission does not comment on whether complaints have been received or are being investigated.

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

Republican U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton says an agreement with Iran aimed at dismantling its nuclear program is instead putting the world on the path to a "second nuclear age."

The freshman senator from Arkansas on Tuesday criticized the agreement struck by the U.S., Iran, and five world powers to dismantle most of Iran's nuclear program in exchange for billions in sanctions relief. Cotton said he believes there's still a chance for Congress to block the deal scheduled for a vote next month, even though supporters see momentum growing on their side in the Senate.

Former U.S. Attorney Conner Eldridge, who resigned from his post on Friday, issued a statement today to address speculation on his potential political future.

Eldridge, a Democrat, has been rumored to be considering a challenge to U.S. Senator John Boozman, R-Arkansas, who is up for re-election in 2016.

Conner’s statement, issued Monday afternoon reads: