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Cracking The Complex Code of Arkansas Politics (Robert Coon On Politics)

by Robert Coon 4/16/2014 08:56 am

Arkansans are known for being predictably unpredictable at the ballot box. For candidates running for office in 2014, it makes things more complicated. As a result, cracking the code of our complex electorate becomes an important priority - one that perhaps holds the key to victory.

Mike Ross Bests Asa Hutchinson in Governor's Race Fundraising

by Associated Press 4/15/2014 04:21 pm

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Ross is reporting he bested his two Republican rivals for Arkansas governor in fundraising last month.

Abortion Ban Appeal Puts New Focus on Social Issues (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/13/2014 07:28 am

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel's decision to appeal a ruling striking down Arkansas' 12-week abortion ban could inject a new focus on abortion and other social issues into dozens of statewide and legislative races.

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

by Blake Rutherford 4/9/2014 01:00 pm

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.

Wage Proposal Could Have Coattails (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/6/2014 04:23 pm

Supporters of a minimum wage increase in Arkansas say they're hoping to win support from politicians on both sides of the aisle. But with two of their top candidates supporting the proposal, Democrats clearly hope the issue has coattails.

Mike Ross Wants To Expand Arkansas Pre-K Program

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/2/2014 11:24 am

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Ross is proposing to expand Arkansas' prekindergarten program and make it accessible to every 4-year-old in the state, a plan he says will eventually cost an additional $37.4 million a year.

Arkansas Races Early Battle in Clinton Wars (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/30/2014 10:22 am

David Brock's nationally-watched return to Arkansas was the latest reminder of how much Arkansas will serve as ground zero for the next round of Clinton Wars if Hillary Clinton again seeks the White House. The midterm elections are already serving as an opening battle in those wars.

Curtis Coleman Proposes Income, Corporate Tax Cuts

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/26/2014 03:33 pm

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Curtis Coleman proposed massive cuts to Arkansas' corporate and individual income taxes on Wednesday, saying he viewed the reductions a higher priority than school funding.

Mike Ross Criticizes Asa Hutchinson Over Role in Bill Clinton's Impeachment

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/26/2014 03:11 pm

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Ross criticizes Republican rival Asa Hutchinson for his role in prosecuting the impeachment case against former President Bill Clinton, saying it showed how partisan the former congressman is.

Death Penalty Still Supported in Arkansas

by Mark Friedman 3/24/2014 12:00 am

Later this year New Hampshire is expected to become the seventh state in seven years to abolish capital punishment. But there's no reason to think Arkansas could join the 19 states that have no death penalty.

Asa Hutchinson Proposes Workforce Training Changes

by Associated Press 3/19/2014 01:31 pm

Republican gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson is proposing changing Arkansas' workforce training system, calling for the creation of eight councils around the state that would guide how funding for the programs are distributed.

Ross Files For Governor, Hits Hutchinson on 'Private Option'

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/26/2014 05:13 pm

Former U.S. Rep. Mike Ross on Wednesday made his bid for Arkansas governor official, criticizing his chief Republican rival over ads being aired by an outside group and for not weighing in on the debate over the state's compromise Medicaid expansion.

Arkansas Opens Filing Period for 2014 Election

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/24/2014 04:33 pm

Vowing to complete a takeover of the state's top offices after recent GOP gains, Republicans running for Arkansas governor and a U.S. Senate seat were among the dozens of candidates who made their bids official as the filing period opened Monday.

Hutchinson vs. Ross, er, Obama (Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Blake Rutherford 2/12/2014 01:55 pm

The 2014 governor's race will likely feature Republican Asa Hutchinson versus Democrat Mike Ross, and the GOP hopes low poll approval numbers for Barack Obama in Arkansas will be a factor.

Ross, Hutchinson Focus on Tax Plans (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/9/2014 09:54 am

With a tax cut plan that's long on ambition, Mike Ross is trying to follow the same script that won fellow Democrat Mike Beebe the governor's race eight years ago. Republican rival Asa Hutchinson is just as eager to flip the script.

Mike Ross Vows to Cut Income Taxes If Elected Governor

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/6/2014 06:56 am

Democratic gubernatorial hopeful Mike Ross unveiled a nearly $575 million proposal Wednesday to gradually cut Arkansas' income taxes, setting up a monthslong debate with his chief Republican rival for the state's top office over their competing tax cut plans.

Session to Test Mike Beebe's Strength as Governor (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/2/2014 10:52 am

Two of Mike Beebe's biggest selling points as Arkansas' governor over the past seven years have been his mastery of the state's complex budget system and his ability to survive the recent Republican political tide. The looming fight over the state's Medicaid expansion will test both of those.

Mike Beebe Warns Against Ending Health Care Program

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/28/2014 02:10 pm

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe warned sheriffs from around the state Tuesday that new funding he has proposed for the prison system could be at risk if lawmakers halt the compromise Medicaid expansion approved last year.

Asa Hutchinson Talks About School Safety at Meeting of Lieutenant Governors

by Jeannie Nuss, The Associated Press 11/20/2013 03:16 pm

Arkansas Republican gubernatorial hopeful and former U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson told a group of lieutenant governors on Thursday that school safety should be a fundamental part of an adequate education for students.

Candidates for Arkansas Governor Talk School Spending With Educators

by Chuck Bartels, The Associated Press 11/13/2013 07:50 am

The four announced candidates for Arkansas governor split along party lines Tuesday on whether the state Supreme Court ruled correctly when it said local school districts shouldn't have to give the state any leftover money after meeting the state's per-pupil spending targets.