Government & Politics Archive

State Senate A Lock for GOP, but House Up in Air

by Jill Bleed, The Associated Press 10/19/2014 01:03 pm

Voters can begin casting early ballots Monday in Arkansas' midterm election and while the top-of-the-ticket U.S. Senate and governor's races have dominated the airwaves, a handful of legislative races could determine whether more than 200,000 people keep their health insurance under the state's Medicaid expansion.

Themes Same, Tone New in Arkansas Debate (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/19/2014 09:30 am

Based on their back-to-back televised debates, the hotly contested race between Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican Rep. Tom Cotton boils down to one question: Do voters hate President Barack Obama or billionaires more?

U.S. Judge Won't Delay Arkansas Marriage Lawsuit

by Associated Press 10/17/2014 05:10 pm

A federal judge has denied Arkansas' request to delay proceedings in a lawsuit challenging the state's constitutional ban on gay marriage.

Asa Hutchinson to Energy Group: I'll 'Push Back' Against EPA

by Mark Carter 10/17/2014 04:38 pm

Arkansas gubernatorial candidates Mike Ross and Asa Hutchinson addressed the annual conference of the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association Friday afternoon in downtown Little Rock, and as expected the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's proposed carbon emission regulations were addressed.

Three Candidates Debate for East Arkansas House Seat

by Associated Press 10/17/2014 03:44 pm

The Democrat challenging Republican Rep. Rick Crawford said Friday that the congressman should not have voted against a bill that would have directed billions of dollars to help improve veterans care and cut down on long wait times, saying the money addressed shortcomings at Veterans Administration hospitals.

Janet Yellen: US Experiencing Widening Inequality

by Associated Press 10/17/2014 11:55 am

Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen said Friday that the last several decades have seen the most sustained rise in income inequality in a century.

Mark Pryor Proposes National Energy Review at AAEA Conference

by Mark Carter 10/17/2014 11:31 am

Mark Pryor provided opening remarks Friday morning at the Arkansas Advanced Energy Association's annual conference, Empowering Arkansas, held at the Doubletree Hotel in downtown Little Rock.

Mike Ross, Asa Hutchinson Split on Voter ID Law at Debate

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/17/2014 09:35 am

Democrat Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson split on whether a court was right to strike down Arkansas' voter ID law and accused one another of flip-flopping on key issues as the gubernatorial rivals squared off Thursday for their third televised debate.

Arkansas Agriculture Official Announces Retirement

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/16/2014 03:18 pm

The Arkansas Agriculture Department has announced the retirement of Secretary of Agriculture Butch Calhoun. Calhoun's retirement becomes effective Dec. 31.

Supreme Court: Voters Will Consider Arkansas Liquor Issue

by Associated Press 10/16/2014 02:58 pm

Arkansas' highest court says voters will be able to consider whether alcohol sales should be legal statewide.

John Brown University Receives Federal Grant for Water Purification in Guatemala

by Associated Press 10/16/2014 11:18 am

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded a $14,520 grant to John Brown University for a drinking water disinfection project in Guatemala.

UA Extension Service Receives Federal Conservation Grant

by Associated Press 10/16/2014 10:27 am

The grant will be used to demonstrate the use of computerized poly-pipe hole selection software for furrow irrigation so water flow is equalized for each furrow. Flow meters will be used to document the water savings benefit.

Former HUD Secretary to Promote American Dream Initiative at UA

by Associated Press 10/16/2014 10:14 am

Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros is expected at the University of Arkansas to promote an initiative that promotes opportunities for immigrant families.

Tom Cotton, Mark Pryor Spar over Defining Middle Class

by Andrew DeMillo 10/16/2014 07:53 am

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican Rep. Tom Cotton sparred Wednesday over Pryor's comment that the middle class includes households making up to $200,000, as the Arkansas Senate rivals each tried to claim an edge after a pair of back-to-back debates.

Arkansas Supreme Court Strikes Down Voter ID Law

by Associated Press 10/15/2014 04:47 pm

Arkansas' highest court on Wednesday struck down a state law that requires voters to show photo identification before casting a ballot, ruling the requirement unconstitutional just days before early voting begins for the Nov. 4 election.

Mark Pryor Reports Raising $2.2M Over Past 3 Months

by Associated Press 10/15/2014 04:05 pm

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor is reporting raising more than $2.2 million over the past three months for his re-election bid, trailing the amount announced by Republican rival Rep. Tom Cotton in Arkansas' heated Senate race.

Like It Or Not, Money Talks (Robert Coon on Politics)

by Robert Coon 10/15/2014 03:40 pm

TV ad spending in the Arkansas Senate race is approaching $20 million, with the largest portion coming from outside groups on both sides. While outside spending has become a popular target for criticism, following the money can provide political observers with an inside look at where races are heading.

'Private Option' Enrollment Jumps to Nearly 205K

by Associated Press 10/15/2014 03:35 pm

The Arkansas Department of Human Service says nearly 205,000 people have enrolled in the state's Medicaid expansion program that extends health care coverage to low-income residents.

Immigration-Control Group Starts Ads in Arkansas, 9 Other States

by Associated Press 10/15/2014 03:33 pm

An immigration-control group on Wednesday began running more than $1 million in ads that blame new immigrants for the economic struggles of longtime Americans.

Ross Fundraising Outpaces Hutchinson in September

by Associated Press 10/15/2014 11:33 am

Democrat Mike Ross says he raised more than $540,000 last month in his bid for Arkansas governor, outpacing the fundraising reported by Republican rival Asa Hutchinson.

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