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Blake Rutherford

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Blake Rutherford is vice president of The McLarty Companies. Previously, he served as chief of staff to the Arkansas attorney general. Before joining the AG's office in 2010, Rutherford served as the director of public communications for Stone Ward of Little Rock, an advertising, marketing and public relations firm. From 2003 to 2006, he was an attorney with Wright Lindsey and Jennings LLP of Little Rock. He has served as general counsel to the Democratic Party of Arkansas and was part of the legal team that advised General Wesley K. Clark’s 2004 presidential bid. He has also served as an adjunct professor at the UALR William H. Bowen School of Law.

Blake was recognized as one of “Eight Young Arkansans to Watch” by Arkansas Times, “25 Arkansans for the Future” by Arkansas Business, and was selected to the 2007 “Forty Under Forty” class by Arkansas Business, at the age of 28. Blake is a graduate of Little Rock Central High School, Middlebury College, and the University of Arkansas School of Law.


Last 10 Articles & Blog Posts

Farewell to Democratic Tradition (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

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. read more >

Mike & Asa, Reloaded (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

Mike Ross and Asa Hutchinson have been locked in a competitive battle for governor. Personality, particularly the reinvention of Hutchinson, has been an influential factor in the race and may, more than any issue, affect its outcome. read more >

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

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." read more >

Now It Really Begins (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

The dismal summer of 2014 doesn't bode well for Democrats. But whether it's enough to push Republicans and others over the line in November is yet to be seen. read more >

Armed and Dangerous in Ferguson (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

The tragic events in Ferguson, Missouri have raised important questions about the role of a militarized local police in our communities. The resources on display in that small Missouri town exist in many communities across the country, and shedding light on them is both necessary and justified. read more >

Summer of Genocide (Blake Rutherford on Politics)

As conflict escalates in Iraq, President Obama is faced with the difficult and unpopular decision to intervene. What does it mean for the future of Iraq and the fate of the Middle East? read more >

Two Races and Our Political Future (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

Political races for Senate and Governor in Arkansas have the potential to redefine the political landscape in Arkansas for many years to come, and the outcomes will have far-reaching implications for the state's economic, social and political future. read more >

About That Gubernatorial Race (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

Mike Ross has staked his gubernatorial hopes on playbook Gov. Mike Beebe devised eight years ago. Will it be enough to lead the Democratic hopeful to victory in November? read more >

'I'm Warm, Dammit' (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

Forced to confront the issue of likability in recent weeks, Republican senatorial candidate Tom Cotton has gone on a "charm offensive," according to one news outlet. But likability isn't as important as we tend to believe, and Cotton's political troubles have roots in more serious matters related to his performance. read more >

What To Do About Jobs? (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

With the economy as an important consideration for voters this November, plans by Mike Ross and Asa Hutchinson to create jobs in Arkansas will be key at the ballot box. read more >