Tagged: bruce westerman

French Hill Criticized in GOP Debate Over Donation

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/20/2014 04:44 pm

Republican congressional hopeful French Hill fended off criticism during a debate Saturday as his two rivals highlighted the Little Rock banking executive's donation to a former Democratic state treasurer's campaign and his support of a local sales tax measure.

Bill Clinton: James Lee Witt Would Bring Clout to Washington

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/6/2014 04:26 pm

Bill Clinton returned to Arkanas Saturday to stump for his former FEMA head's congressional bid, praising James Lee Witt as someone who could go to Washington with bipartisan respect.

Mike Beebe Vetoes Tax Exemption for Drilling Sand

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 3/17/2014 09:45 am

Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe vetoed a $5 million tax exemption for the sand used in natural gas drilling on Monday, saying it was unconstitutional for the Legislature to include the tax break in a state agency's budget bill.

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.

'Private Option' Bill Fails in Arkansas House, 70-27

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/18/2014 04:00 pm

The Arkansas House failed Tuesday to renew the state's compromise Medicaid expansion plan, leaving in limbo the future of a program heralded as a model for Republican-leaning states to implement the federal health overhaul.

Lawmakers to Hear More in Abshure, Stephens Conflict

by Gwen Moritz 1/13/2014 12:00 am

Arkansas Securities Commissioner Heath Abshure took heat from legislators for more than an hour last week, but threatening weather forced the Joint Performance Review Committee to recess before any other witnesses could be heard.

Mark Darr's Stance Invited Ouster Effort (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/12/2014 07:35 am

Mark Darr's stake in the ground turned out to be the nail in his political coffin. Darr's decision to step down as lieutenant governor came three days after the Republican official vowed he wasn't going anywhere. Rather than rallying support, Darr's bold stand only seemed to invite an ouster attempt.

Mark Darr to Resign; Says He'll Leave Office Feb. 1

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/10/2014 10:40 pm

Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr says he will leave office Feb. 1, giving in to pressure from Democrats and fellow Republicans who said his impeachment was inevitable over ethics violations tied to his campaign and office spending.

Unknowns Abound in How to Impeach Mark Darr

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/9/2014 09:20 am

Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr's impeachment over an ethics scandal may be "inevitable" unless he resigns, in the words of a fellow Republican. But before legislators could impeach Darr, they'd have to write the rules for the process, which Arkansas hasn't used in more than 140 years.

Westerman Says Impeachment 'Inevitable,' Darr Sees Political Motives

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 1/8/2014 09:19 am

Arkansas Lt. Gov. Mark Darr shows no signs of relenting in his fight to stay in office, a day after a key member of his party said the Republican's impeachment was "inevitable" over ethics violations tied to his office and campaign spending.

Quick Legislative Session Sets Stage for Future Fights (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/20/2013 09:24 am

It took a little more than 33 hours for Arkansas lawmakers to breeze through a marathon special session called to address rising teacher health insurance rates. But the ongoing fights from the session may linger for years.

Arkansas Panel Backs Retaining Property Tax Money

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/18/2013 08:29 am

A proposal to allow Arkansas to retain excess property tax revenue from a handful of school districts won the backing of a Senate committee Thursday, but faced opposition from the top Republican in the House and superintendents from the districts.

Arkansas GOP Grapples with Health Law Fight (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/18/2013 03:04 pm

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr and state House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman won office both vowing to kill the president's signature health care law. Now the two rivals are clashing over who hates the health overhaul more.

Bruce Westerman Announces Run for Arkansas' 4th District Seat

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/13/2013 09:05 am

House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman says he's seeking the Republican nomination for a south Arkansas congressional seat.

Mark Darr Announces Run for Arkansas' 4th District Seat

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/13/2013 07:15 am

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr says he'll run for a south Arkansas congressional seat and takes a swipe at his likely rival for the Republican nomination.

In Dardanelle, Tom Cotton Announces Run for US Senate Seat in Arkansas

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/7/2013 07:32 am

First-term Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton announced Tuesday he's challenging Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor, accusing the incumbent of representing President Barack Obama more than Arkansas as they geared up for a costly and heated election fight.

AP Source: Tom Cotton Will Run for Mark Pryor's U.S. Senate Seat

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 7/31/2013 10:15 am

A person who has spoken with Arkansas Rep. Tom Cotton says the freshman Republican congressman will announce next week that he's challenging Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor.

House GOP Leader Bruce Westerman Calls for Martha Shoffner's Removal

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/21/2013 10:06 am

The top Republican in the Arkansas House is calling on the governor to begin the process to remove state Treasurer Martha Shoffner over federal charges she accepted cash from an investment broker. Bruce Westerman asked Gov. Mike Beebe to convene lawmakers to remove Shoffner.

The Serenity of Acceptance (Gwen Moritz Editor's Note)

by Gwen Moritz 4/22/2013 12:00 am

I always thought it sheer madness for any Arkansas legislator to even entertain the thought of turning down hundreds of millions of federal dollars and refuse to expand Medicaid to 138 percent of the poverty level. And yes, I'm saying that it is sheer madness for other states to do just that.

Arkansas Private Option Lingers As Issue (AP Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/21/2013 05:19 pm

The approval of the "private option" that Arkansas is pursuing to expand health insurance in the state doesn't end the debate over an idea that supporters have touted as an innovative way to reform Medicaid and opponents have blasted as no different from "Obamacare." It's merely a preview of the fights yet to come.