Government & Politics Archive

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.

Reactions to Tom Cotton, Mark Pryor Debate

by Lee Hogan 10/15/2014 09:33 am

For the second night in a row, the two leading candidates vying for a seat in the U.S. Senate battled it out in a statewide televised debate. Here's an offering of the reactions on social media during Tuesday night's debate in Fayetteville.

GOP Claims Nate Steel Improperly Holds 2 Offices

by Associated Press 10/15/2014 08:18 am

The Arkansas Republican Party said in a lawsuit Tuesday that the Democratic candidate for attorney general is improperly holding two government offices.

Tom Cotton, Mark Pryor Tangle over Health Law's Impact

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/15/2014 08:11 am

Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor accused Republican Rep. Tom Cotton of having "no answer" for Arkansans receiving coverage under the federal health overhaul, a law that Cotton called a disaster that must be repealed as the two squared off in their second televised debate Tuesday.

Voters OK Tax to Fund Mississippi County Hospitals

by Associated Press 10/15/2014 08:06 am

Voters in Mississippi County have approved a sales tax increase that will fund the county's hospital system. More than 60 percent of voters supported the measure in a special election Tuesday.

Arkansas Democrats Calling, Again, on Bill Clinton

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/14/2014 02:01 pm

Arkansas Democrats are again enlisting their favorite political son to fend off a Republican drive to claim a U.S. Senate seat and other top offices, announcing Tuesday that former President Bill Clinton will return to the state to campaign for the second time this month.

Mike Beebe Announces 26 Appointments to Boards, Commissions

by Arkansas Business Staff 10/14/2014 01:42 pm

Gov. Mike Beebe on Tuesday announced 26 appointments to state boards and commissions.

What to Watch for in Second Arkansas Senate Debate

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/14/2014 10:18 am

A day after their first televised debate, the candidates in Arkansas' heated U.S. Senate race are gearing up for round two. Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican rival Rep. Tom Cotton are set to square off for their second and final debate at the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville campus on Tuesday night.