Government & Politics Archive

Debate Shows New Fault Lines in Race (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/21/2014 05:38 pm

Usually overshadowed by a nationally watched Senate race that could decide which party controls that chamber, Arkansas' gubernatorial hopefuls showed they have just as many jabs to throw at each other as they met for their first televised debate last week.

Groundbreakings Planned on Major Arkansas Projects

by Jill Bleed, The Associated Press 9/21/2014 05:33 pm

Construction work is set to begin this week on two highly anticipated projects in Arkansas: a $1.3 billion steel mill in Osceola and the new $50 million museum in Fort Smith honoring the U.S. Marshals Service.

Mike Ross, Asa Hutchinson Spar over Tax Cuts, Ads in Debate

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/19/2014 11:36 pm

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson and Democratic rival Mike Ross sparred over their competing tax cut plans and negative ads blanketing Arkansas' airwaves as they squared off in an occasionally testy debate Friday night.

Highway Commission Chooses Massman Construction for Broadway Bridge Project

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/19/2014 03:54 pm

Arkansas Highway Commission accepts the $98.4 million bid from Massman Construction Co. of Kansas City, Missouri, to replace the Broadway Bridge over the Arkansas River between Little Rock and North Little Rock.

Arkansas' Unemployment Rate Up to 6.3 Percent in August

by Lee Hogan 9/19/2014 10:09 am

For the first time in 10 months, and the first time this year, Arkansas' unemployment rate increased from the previous month.

Mike Ross, Asa Hutchinson Square Off in Televised Debate

by Associated Press 9/19/2014 08:21 am

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson and Democratic rival Mike Ross are set to square off in their first televised debate in the race for Arkansas' top office.

Asa Hutchinson Predicts Advertising Onslaught

by Kelly P. Kissel, The Associated Press 9/18/2014 07:37 am

Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday that Arkansas residents are about to be treated to something that voters in Iowa and New Hampshire see every four years — a barrage of political advertising.

Update: AP Withdraws Story About Leslie Rutledge Letter

by Associated Press 9/17/2014 06:11 pm

The Associated Press has withdrawn its story about Leslie Rutledge's letter regarding abortion rights.

Acting Like The Majority Party (Robert Coon On Politics)

by Robert Coon 9/17/2014 04:09 pm

Now that the August recess is over and members of Congress are back at work, GOP leaders in the House of Representatives are finding themselves in a familiar situation - infighting within the caucus. As the minority party in Washington, some level of internal conflict is expected, but will the GOP be able to coalesce if they win majority of the Senate this November?

Grants Awarded for Upgrades at 8 Arkansas Airports

by Associated Press 9/17/2014 03:17 pm

U.S. Sens. Mark Pryor and John Boozman and Rep. Steve Womack have announced a total of more than $4.1 million in federal grants to eight Arkansas airports.

Fed Signals Plan to Keep Key Rate at Record Low

by Associated Press 9/17/2014 01:12 pm

The Federal Reserve is signaling that it plans to keep a key interest rate at a record low for a considerable period because a broad range of U.S. economic measures remain subpar.

Arkansas Attorney General Released From Hospital

by Associated Press 9/16/2014 01:40 pm

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has been released from a Little Rock hospital after he was admitted a day earlier for an adverse reaction to a new medication.

Mark Pryor, John Boozman Introduce Bill to Help Farmers Affected by Turner Grain

by Lee Hogan 9/16/2014 01:31 pm

U.S. Sens. Mark Pryor and John Boozman have introduced a bill aimed at providing relief for farmers affected by the collapse of grain dealers.

US CEOs Less Optimistic About Hiring, Spending

by Associated Press 9/16/2014 11:26 am

Optimism among chief executives at the largest U.S. companies fell in the July-September quarter after reaching a two-year high in the previous quarter.

Governor's Quality Awards Go to 28 Arkansas Organizations

by Arkansas Business Staff 9/16/2014 08:28 am

The 20th annual event was held at the Marriott Hotel in downtown Little Rock before an audience of more than 400 business and civic leaders. In addition to recognizing the winers, 16 past awards recipients were recognized.

Arkansas Insurance Commission Announces Licensing Delays

by Associated Press 9/16/2014 07:55 am

Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford says the commission's conversion to a new system will mean a delay in issuing appointments, license renewals and the issuing of new licenses.

Asa Hutchinson Raised More Than $420K in August; Mike Ross Took In $370K

by Associated Press 9/16/2014 07:20 am

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson's campaign says he raised more than $420,000 in his bid for Arkansas' top office last month.

Arkansas Asks Court to Uphold Gay Marriage Ban

by Andrew DeMillo 9/15/2014 03:07 pm

A county judge was wrong to find that Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriage violated the state and federal constitutions, the attorney general's office argued Monday as it asked the state's highest court to uphold the prohibition.

Arkansas Requests Changes to 'Private Option'

by Andrew DeMillo 9/15/2014 03:05 pm

Arkansas is asking the federal government to allow changes to the state's compromise Medicaid expansion that would require some participants to contribute monthly to health savings accounts and would impose new limits on transportation for non-emergency services.

Dustin McDaniel Hospitalized

by Associated Press 9/15/2014 03:01 pm

Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has been hospitalized after a reaction to a new blood-pressure medication he is taking.