Tagged: bruce westerman

Witt, Westerman Seek Southern Arkansas House Seat

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 10/22/2014 4:17 pm

The race for a southern Arkansas congressional seat is pitting a longtime Democratic figure and friend of former President Bill Clinton against a legislator who has been a key leader in Republicans' recent rise in the state.

#ARPX: It’s the Final Countdown (Robert Coon & Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Robert Coon, Blake Rutherford and Lance Turner 10/22/2014 4:06 pm

With less than two weeks to go before Election Day, Arkansas Business political columnists Robert Coon and Blake Rutherford assess the recent debates, the latest polls and what to expect in the final days. Online Editor Lance Turner moderates.

#ARPX TV Ads Reviewed, Part II (Robert Coon & Blake Rutherford On Politics)

by Robert Coon and Blake Rutherford 10/8/2014 7:50 am

Part 2 in our series looking at Arkansas political ads. Columnists Robert Coon and Blake Rutherford offer their critiques of TV spots in the races for Arkansas lieutenant governor, Arkansas attorney general, 4th District Congress and 2nd District Congress.

Peterson: Witt Assured of Agriculture Panel Spot

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 9/3/2014 8:53 am

The top Democrat on the U.S. House Agriculture Committee on Tuesday said former Federal Emergency Management Agency Director James Lee Witt is assured a spot on the panel if he wins his bid for a south Arkansas congressional seat this fall.

Arkansas Races Attract National Figures (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/24/2014 12:46 pm

The parade of national Republican Party figures through Arkansas touting the GOP's candidates underscores just how much the party is counting on a state that had once been considered a Democratic stronghold.

Mitt Romney, Kevin McCarthy Praise Arkansas GOP Candidates

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 8/21/2014 9:19 am

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy praised their party's nominees for governor and Congress in Arkansas, as the state GOP enlisted the help of national figures to boost their campaigns.

Kevin McCarthy, Mitt Romney Campaign in Arkansas

by Associated Press 8/20/2014 11:29 am

U.S. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy is calling for the Keystone XL pipeline to move forward as he kicks off a series of campaign visits for congressional hopefuls in Arkansas.

James Lee Witt: Develop More Jobs Through Public-Private Partnerships

by Mark Carter 6/12/2014 3:31 pm

James Lee Witt on Thursday released a jobs plan focused on creating public-private training partnerships.

French Hill, Bruce Westerman Win GOP Congressional Primaries

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/21/2014 7:33 am

Banking executive French Hill clinched an outright victory over two rivals Tuesday in a Republican U.S. House primary, while state Rep. Bruce Westerman claimed the GOP nomination for another Arkansas congressional seat.

Top Races Take Back Seat in Arkansas Primary

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 5/20/2014 12:02 pm

Arkansas' campaigns for governor and the U.S. Senate will take a back seat to dozens of congressional, statewide and legislative matchups Tuesday as voters decide the state's various primary races.

Parties Eye Boost From Voter ID Debate (Andrew DeMillo Analysis)

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/27/2014 11:26 am

Pulaski County Circuit Judge Tim Fox's decision to strike down Arkansas' voter ID law complicates planning for a primary that would have been the first statewide test of new voting restrictions, and reopens a debate that Democrats and Republicans both see as having an upside in this fall's election.

French Hill Criticized in GOP Debate Over Donation

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 4/20/2014 4:44 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 4:26 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 9:45 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 4:33 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.

Bruce Westerman Pans Virginia's Medicaid Expansion Plan

by Associated Press 2/18/2014 4:11 pm

The war of words between Democratic and Republican lawmakers over whether to accept federal Medicaid funds to provide health insurance to low-income residents continued at the Capitol Tuesday, with members from both parties accusing the other of being out-of-touch obstructionists.

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

by Andrew DeMillo, The Associated Press 2/18/2014 4:00 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.

Bruce Westerman Files Bill to Protect Businesses from Federal Health Care Penalties

by Associated Press 2/10/2014 12:16 pm

Two Arkansas legislators say they want to shield businesses from federal penalties if their operations don't fully comply with the nation's health care law.

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 7:35 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.