Government & Politics Archive

Farewell to Democratic Tradition (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Blake Rutherford 11/5/2014 04:38 pm

Dale Bumpers, David Pryor, Bill Clinton, Barack Obama, Blanche Lincoln and Mark Pryor. Arkansas Business political columnist Blake Rutherford confronts the Republican wave of 2014.

Arkansas to Drop Lawsuit Against Former Director of Fire Protection Licensing Board

by Associated Press 11/5/2014 03:40 pm

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel says the former executive director of the Arkansas Fire Protection Licensing Board has repaid the state more than $15,000 for unauthorized purchases made on a state charge card.

Asa Hutchinson Hires Michael Lamoureux as Chief of Staff

by Associated Press 11/5/2014 02:42 pm

Arkansas Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson is hiring the outgoing state Senate president as his new chief of staff.

Mike Beebe: GOP Capitalized on Obama in Midterm

by Associated Press 11/5/2014 02:32 pm

Gov. Mike Beebe says Republicans in Arkansas and nationally successfully capitalized on the president's unpopularity in the midterm election, and says whether fellow Democrats can rebound depends on how the GOP will govern.

Republicans Lock Up Control of Arkansas Legislature

by Associated Press 11/5/2014 11:28 am

After Tuesday's voting, Republicans hold a 63-34 edge over Democrats. Three races remained too close to call Wednesday. If current tallies in those races hold, the GOP would have a 64-36 lead in the lower chamber next year.

AP Correction: All 75 Counties Approve Minimum Wage Hike

by Associated Press 11/5/2014 10:47 am

Every county in Arkansas supported a ballot measure to gradually increase the state's minimum wage to $8.50 by 2017.

The Future of the Private Option in Wake of GOP Wins

by Lee Hogan 11/5/2014 10:29 am

There are still a few races yet to be called, but what we know already about the results from Tuesday's election in the state legislature sets up what is sure to be an interesting battle over the state's private option.

Bulk of Arkansas Counties Opposed Alcohol Measure

by Associated Press 11/5/2014 09:34 am

According to incomplete and unofficial election results, just seven counties voted in favor of the proposed constitutional amendment. The measure received the most support in White County, which is dry, and in Columbia County, where voters decided Tuesday to allow alcohol sales in a separate local option election.

Tom Cotton Unseats Mark Pryor in Senate, Part of GOP Wave

by Associated Press 11/5/2014 07:02 am

Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton defeated two-term Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor on Tuesday in Arkansas, in an expensive and heated race that the GOP viewed as crucial to its efforts to win the Senate and highlighted a GOP wave in Arkansas. Republicans made gains in the U.S. Senate, and Cotton, 37, was projected the winner early Tuesday night.

AP Analysis: Anti-Obama Mood Sinks Pryor, Other Arkansas Democrats

by Associated Press 11/5/2014 06:36 am

As the last Democrat standing in Arkansas' congressional delegation, U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor seemed determined not to repeat the mistakes that others in his party had made. He ran his first campaign ad months before he had an announced opponent and tried to talk about the health overhaul in personal terms rather than run away from his vote for it.

Arkansas Legislature to Remain under GOP Control

by Associated Press 11/4/2014 11:41 pm

Republicans have locked up control of the Arkansas Legislature for 2015.

Republicans Surge to Control of U.S. Senate

by David Espo and Robert Furlow, The Associated Press 11/4/2014 11:01 pm

Riding a powerful wave of voter discontent, resurgent Republicans captured control of the Senate and tightened their grip on the House Tuesday night in elections certain to complicate President Barack Obama's final two years in office.

Hill, Westerman Prevail in 2nd, 4th Congressional Districts

by Associated Press 11/4/2014 10:19 pm

Republican businessman French Hill has been elected to a U.S. House seat representing the Little Rock area and other parts of central Arkansas, and Republican state Rep. Bruce Westerman has won a U.S. House seat representing south Arkansas.

Arkansas Voters Approve Minimum Wage Hike, Say No to Statewide Alcohol Sales

by Associated Press 11/4/2014 09:43 pm

Arkansas voters have approved a ballot measure that will gradually increase the state's minimum wage to $8.50 by 2017 and defeated a measure that would have legalized the sale of alcohol in every county.

GOP Sweeps State Constitutional Offices

by Associated Press 11/4/2014 09:28 pm

Republican U.S. Rep. Tim Griffin has been elected Arkansas' new lieutenant governor as the GOP sweeps other state constitutional offices including Mark Martin winning re-election for Secretary of State. Griffin defeated Democrat John Burkhalter and Libertarian Chris Olson in Tuesday's contest. The two-term congressman succeeds former Lt. Gov. Mark Darr, who resigned earlier this year amid an ethics investigation.

GOP's Rick Crawford, Steve Womack Re-elected in US House Races

by Associated Press 11/4/2014 08:21 pm

Republican congressman Rick Crawford has been elected to his third term representing eastern Arkansas in the U.S. House, and Republican congressman Steve Womack re-elected to 3rd term representing northwest Arkansas.

Republican Asa Hutchinson Elected Arkansas Governor

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 11/4/2014 07:39 pm

Republican Asa Hutchinson has been elected Arkansas governor, defeating Democrat and fellow ex-congressman Mike Ross. The 63-year-old Hutchinson was elected to a four-year term Tuesday in a race national Republicans had identified as their best opportunity to flip a governor's office.

Arkansas' October Revenue Above Last Year, Forecast

by Lance Turner 11/4/2014 11:36 am

Arkansas gross general revenue in October was $478.6 million, up 4.5 percent from last year and 2.2 percent above forecast, according to a report Tuesday by the state Department of Finance & Administration.

Your #ARPX Election Day Podcast With Robert Coon, Blake Rutherford & Lance Turner

by Lance Turner 11/4/2014 08:39 am

The day is finally here. On this (rainy) Election Day, Arkansas Business political columnists Robert Coon and Blake Rutherford join me for a special podcast wrapping up the 2014 midterm elections.

Arkansas House, Senate Races to Watch in the Midterms

by Lee Hogan 11/4/2014 08:30 am

For Arkansas' midterm elections, most of the attention has focused on races for U.S. Senate, governor and a few statewide offices. But control of the Arkansas House is another key element to watch.