Tagged: 2014 elections

Asa Hutchinson Hires Michael Lamoureux as Chief of Staff

by Associated Press 11/5/2014 2:42 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 2:32 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 9:34 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 7:02 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 6:36 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 9:43 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 9:28 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 8:21 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 7:39 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.

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

by Lance Turner 11/4/2014 8:39 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.

Tom Cotton and Me (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 10/20/2014 12:00 am

If you care about these things, you know that last week I interrupted Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., during his so-called “debate” against three opponents in the race for U.S. Senate in order to ask him to actually address my question.

No on Issue No. 3 (Editorial)

by Arkansas Business Editors 9/22/2014 12:00 am

We’d like to support the amendment to the Arkansas Constitution mandating ethics reforms; we really would. In 2012, this publication editorialized in favor of a proposed initiated act seeking to reform campaign financing and limit lobbyists’ influence on Arkansas legislators. We’d back a similar proposal again. But ballot Issue No. 3 isn’t just about ethics reforms.

The Debate Over 'Partisan Polling' (Robert Coon On Politics)

by Robert Coon 8/20/2014 3:51 pm

As the number of polls being released continues to rise, so have the number of critics crying foul over the assumed biases of so-called “partisan polling." Can partisan polls be trusted, or are they just tools used to push an agenda?

Susan Inman Announces Bid for Arkansas Secretary of State

by Associated Press 5/9/2013 1:47 pm

Susan Inman on Thursday said she's running for the party's nomination to challenge Republican Secretary of State Mark Martin. Martin was elected in 2010 and has said he's running for a second term.