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A map showing the Arkansas counties that voted in favor legalizing recreational marijuana in the 2022 midterm elections.
Agriculture & Poultry / Tourism

Snuffed Out: How The Recreational Marijuana Amendment FailedLock Icon

An “unusual alliance” across the political spectrum and doubts about business details helped doom the legalization attempt, campaign veterans and observers say. read more >
Real Estate

Rent Stabilization Measures Win in US Midterm Election

There were also dozens of proposals on the Nov. 8 ballot raising money for and authorizing construction of affordable housing. read more >
Government & Politics

Arkansas’ Historic Election (Lance Turner Editor’s Note)

Arkansas should benefit from having its senior U.S. senator in charge of a key committee. read more >
People with protest signs gather during a "Bans Off Our Bodies Rally" in Reno, Nevada in May 2022
Government & Politics / Health Care

Election Day Brings Abortion Rights Victories in Conservative and Liberal States

Voters enshrined it into the state constitution in battleground Michigan as well as blue California and Vermont and dealt a defeat to an anti-abortion measure in deep-red Kentucky. read more >
French Hill
Government & Politics

Incumbent Republicans Keep Arkansas Congressional Seats

The state's GOP-dominated Legislature made keeping the congressional delegation totally Republican easier as it redrew district maps following the 2020 census. read more >
Frank Scott Jr., mayor of Little Rock
Government & Politics

Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. Wins Reelection

Scott's reelection bid was one of the few competitive races on the ballot in Arkansas. read more >
Frank Scott Jr., mayor of Little Rock
Government & Politics

Frank Scott Jr., Little Rock’s First Black Mayor, Faces Reelection Fight

Scott's reelection bid is one of the few competitive races on the ballot in Arkansas, where Republicans are heavily favored in the governor's race and other top matchups. It could also offer Republicans a rare win in the predominantly Democratic city of Little Rock. read more >
From left: Arkansas governor candidates Sarah Sanders, Chris Jones and Ricky Dale Harrington participate in a debate hosted by Arkansas PBS on Oct. 21, 2022.
Government & Politics / Media & Marketing

At Debate, Sarah Sanders Defends Avoiding Arkansas Press

Sanders' comments come a day after outgoing Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson, who held more than 200 news briefings during the COVID-19 pandemic, praised the role of the press. read more >
Pro-choice protesters outside the U.S. Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C., in October
Government & Politics / Health Care / Media & Marketing

Ad Spending Shows Dems Hinging Midterm Hopes on Abortion

The unprecedented investment in abortion messaging on TV this year through Sept. 18 is larger than the Republican Party's combined national investment in ads relating to the economy, crime and immigration. read more >
A truck emerges from the Bobby Hopper Tunnel, heading south on Interstate 49 near Fayetteville.
Business Services / Construction / Government & Politics / Transportation

One Man’s Influence (Editorial)

Public service can be the noblest of endeavors, as the life of Bobby Hopper attested. read more >
Government & Politics

Update: Senate Hopeful Jake Bequette Sues Over Misspelled Name on Ballots

The lawsuit says the Craighead County Election Commission knew about the error for more than a week before early voting began. read more >
Government & Politics

Recounts Confirm Vote; GOP Controls Arkansas House

Recounts in four counties have verified a Republican victory in a legislative race in northeastern Arkansas, confirming the GOP's control of the state legislature for the first time since Reconstruction. read more >
Republican John Hutchison (left) and Democrat L.J. Bryant finished their race for Arkansas House District 52 by the thinnest of any margins in Tuesday's election. Hutchison came out in the first count ahead by 44 votes.
Government & Politics

After 3 Recounts, GOP Has Edge for Arkansas House Seat

The battle for control of the Arkansas House has come down to a recount in Independence County. read more >
Government & Politics

Arkansas House Flip: GOP Holds for 1st Time Since 1874

Republicans will control the Arkansas House next year after taking a majority of seats for the first time since Reconstruction. read more >
Democrat L.J. Bryant of Newport has formally asked for a recount in his close race with Republican John Hutchison of Harrisburg for the District 52 seat in northeast Arkansas.
Government & Politics

L.J. Bryant Seeks Recount in Pivotal Arkansas House Race

Republican control of the Arkansas House was still in the balance with one race still undecided Thursday, but another race is headed for a recount. read more >
Government & Politics

Technical Problem Snags Vote Count in Benton County

Technical problems are delaying the vote count in Benton County from Tuesday's general election — including results of a race that could determine whether Republicans gain a majority in the state House of Representatives. read more >
Government & Politics

Arkansas Senate Flips to GOP; First Time Since Reconstruction

Arkansas Republicans seized control of the state Senate for the first time since Reconstruction in Tuesday's election, while also preventing Democrats from taking a majority of seats in the state House. read more >
President Barack Obama
Government & Politics

Obama Dislike Fuels GOP Takeover in Arkansas

President Barack Obama's unpopularity and the involvement of outside conservative groups helped Republicans in Arkansas achieve a prize that had eluded them for 138 years when they swept the state's U.S. House seats and wrested control of the state Senate in Tuesday's election. read more >
Government & Politics

Arkansas Democrats Lose Majority in State House

Arkansas Democrats will not have a majority of seats in the state House next January, for the first time since Reconstruction. Republicans hold a 50-48-1 edge over Democrats and the Green Party in the state House. read more >
Government & Politics

Video: John Boozman, Mark Pryor Share Election Day Memories

Arkansas Business sits down with the state's two U.S. Senators, Republican John Boozman and Democrat Mark Pryor, to hear about their election day memories. read more >