Government & Politics Archive

It's Pryor v. Cotton v. Obama in Arkansas Race for US Senate

by Associated Press 9/26/2014 10:29 am

In a Senate race as pivotal as any in the country, Arkansas Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor is running against Republican Rep. Tom Cotton, who is running against President Barack Obama.

Groups Argue Over Alcohol Measure on Arkansas Ballot

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/26/2014 09:43 am

Opponents of a proposal to expand alcohol sales to all Arkansas counties argued Thursday it would lead to liquor stores opening near churches and schools, an accusation the group behind the measure denied as the two sides filed briefs before the state's highest court.

Wal-Mart Markets Face Opposition in Northeast Mississippi

by Associated Press 9/26/2014 09:38 am

Some Tupelo businesses and residents aren't too thrilled about the possibility of Wal-Mart Stores Inc. building three of its smaller-format Wal-Mart Neighborhood Markets in the city, but they may not be able to halt what appears to be inevitable.

State Asks Court to Dismiss Stephens' Challenge to Minimum Wage Measure

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/25/2014 11:32 am

Secretary of State Mark Martin asked the Arkansas Supreme Court on Wednesday to dismiss a lawsuit from a Little Rock businessman who is trying to keep off the November ballot a measure to raise the state's minimum wage.

Community Bankers Group Responds to Wal-Mart's GoBank Checking Accounts

by Lance Turner 9/25/2014 11:05 am

We've reported how banks have cast a wary eye at Wal-Mart's ever-expanding foray into financial services. The retailer unveiled its latest move yesterday: a mobile checking account produced in partnership with Green Dot called GoBank.

Paul Ryan Campaigns for Asa Hutchinson's Gubernatorial Bid

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/25/2014 08:20 am

Former Republican vice presidential nominee and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan called Asa Hutchinson someone he could team up with to fight poverty as he campaigned for the former congressman's gubernatorial bid in Arkansas on Wednesday.

Robert Coon, Blake Rutherford Assess USA Today's #ARPX Poll

by Robert Coon and Blake Rutherford 9/24/2014 03:41 pm

A USA Today/Suffolk University poll released Wednesday shows tight races for U.S. Senate and governor in Arkansas.

Arkansas AG: Mark Martin's Office to Defend Voter ID

by Associated Press 9/24/2014 02:32 pm

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says the secretary of state's office will argue for upholding the state's voter ID law when the case goes before the Arkansas Supreme Court.

Groundbreaking Held for $50M US Marshals Museum

by Associated Press 9/24/2014 02:29 pm

Formal groundbreaking has been held in Fort Smith for a U.S. Marshals Museum on the banks of the Arkansas River overlooking Oklahoma.

The Fantastic Politics of 'The West Wing,' 15 Years Later (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Blake Rutherford 9/24/2014 02:11 pm

Popular culture influences our understanding of politics and it shapes the way we view our present circumstances. This week, as new shows premiere on networks and cable, we also mark the 15th anniversary of the indelible political drama "The West Wing."

Mississippi County Exploring Single County Seat

by Associated Press 9/24/2014 01:58 pm

Leaders in Mississippi County have agreed to look at whether to switch to a single county seat system.

Arkansans Trim Mortgage, Credit Card Debt, Add More Auto Loans

by Lee Hogan 9/24/2014 12:47 pm

Following the national trend, Arkansans lowered their mortgage and credit card debts while auto loans continued to rise in the second quarter, according to the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis' Burgundy Book.

Southside Residents Seek Incorporation to Avoid Batesville Takeover

by Associated Press 9/24/2014 09:33 am

Residents of Southside have filed a petition to incorporate their community as a city to avoid possible annexation into Batesville.

Teacher Pay, Insurance Key Issues for Gubernatorial Candidates at Forum

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 9/24/2014 08:43 am

Arkansas' leading candidates for governor said Tuesday that high standards are necessary in the state's education system, whether they're known as Common Core or as something else.

State Races No Slouch When It Comes to TV Ad Spending

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/24/2014 07:31 am

The political blitz that's been hitting Arkansans' television sets isn't just limited to the nationally watched fight for a U.S. Senate seat, according to a study released Wednesday.

'Jobs Now' Summit Examines Growing Skills Gap

by Mark Carter 9/24/2014 07:30 am

Ways to address a growing manufacturing skills gap was the focus of Tuesday's "Jobs Now: Arkansas Works When We Do" summit hosted by the Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce.

Groundbreaking Today for $50M US Marshals Museum in Fort Smith

by Associated Press 9/24/2014 07:29 am

Federal, state, tribal and local officials are scheduled to attend the ground breaking ceremony for the U.S. Marshals Museum in Fort Smith.

Arkansas MSAs See Declines in Unemployment Rates

by Lee Hogan 9/23/2014 03:27 pm

Unemployment rates were down in all five MSAs in Arkansas in the second quarter of 2014, according to numbers from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis' latest Burgundy Book report.

Head of Arkansas Youth Services to Resign

by Associated Press 9/23/2014 01:17 pm

Former state lawmaker Tracy Steele is resigning as the director of the Arkansas Department of Human Services' Division of Youth Services.

$7.5M in Economic Grants Awarded in Arkansas

by Associated Press 9/23/2014 01:15 pm

U.S. Sens. Mark Pryor and John Boozman and Reps. Tim Griffin and Steve Womack have announced $7.5 million in economic development grants in Arkansas.


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