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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

'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 >

Burn, Baby, Burn (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

On Tuesday President Obama unveiled new carbon emission standards for power plants, giving Arkansas the unprecedented ability to determine its own plan for meeting those standards. The political and economic challenges in Arkansas are significant, and the outcomes will greatly influence our collective future. read more >

On Marriage (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

Two weeks ago Pulaski County Circuit Judge Chris Piazza declared Arkansas' ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional, sparking a statewide debate about the future of marriage and its legal, political, religious and social implications. read more >

Influence and Income Inequality (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

Income equality is rising in the United States, and a new study from Princeton and Northwestern shows power more concentrated in elites than ever before. The ramifications on Arkansas's economy are significant, and the response will shape our financial landscape for decades to come. read more >

It's About the Money (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

The U.S. Supreme Court changed the nature of political finance in Citizens United v. FEC. Four years later, the finance system is less regulated and awash in money. It stands to have a tremendous impact in the 2014 election and beyond. read more >

Health Care and the GOP Dilemma (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

It has been an important week for proponents of the Affordable Care Act. Positive developments in enrollment and favorable economic conditions present a dilemma for Republicans, particularly those who pursue a singular strategy in November. read more >

Putin and the Americans (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

Russian President Vladimir Putin sent troops into Crimea, an act that brought widespread international attention. What it means for the future of American-Russian relations merits the consider of the past work of Sen. J. William Fulbright and the current efforts of Rep. Tom Cotton. read more >

The Fiscal Session, and Everything After (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

With the 2014 fiscal session of the Arkansas General Assembly in rear view, I examine four lessons we gleaned from it, and what that means in the year ahead. read more >

The Bearable Likeness of Bush and Obama (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

The U.S. faces a large federal budget deficit and a sizable public debt. With Republicans quick to lay blame on President Obama, the real history of our circumstance involves two presidencies operating in extraordinary times. read more >