5 hrs ago
Mobilizing the Religious Right vote
Republican Sen. Jason Rapert has been busily promoting this event in Arkansas this week - several days of meetings around the state by conservative Christian preachers to organize their flocks to vote and vote right . The top names tell it all.
9 hrs ago
Disability rights advocates protesting at gubernatorial candidates' offices
Activists from ADAPT , a national disability rights organization, are attempting to occupy the Little Rock headquarters of the Asa Hutchinson and Mike Ross campaigns today. The action is about the Community First Choice Option , a policy change that would allow some 2800 disabled people in Arkansas to access community-based or home care in lieu of institutionalization in a nursing home, human development center or similar facility.
Mon Sep 15, 2014
Polling: You pays your money and you takes your choice
A couple of polls out today. Make of them what you will. * YAY DEMOCRATS: Nate Steel, the Democratic candidate for attorney general, touts a poll commissioned by the Southern Progress Fund, a pro-Democrat group, which purportedly shows him with a 37-33 lead over Republican Leslie Rutledge .
Sun Sep 14, 2014
The City Wire
Pryor, Ross bring their election pitch to Fort Smith barbecue dinner
Shirley Mason meets Mike Ross at a campaign event Saturday in Fort Smith. Ross, a Democrat and former Arkansas Congressman, faces Republican Asa Hutchinson, also a former Arkansas Congressman, in the gubernatorial election.
Fri Sep 12, 2014
Justice Cliff Hoofman recuses from same-sex marriage appeal
Supreme Court Justice Cliff Hoofman has recused from considering the appeal of Judge Chris Piazza's decision striking down the state's constitutional and statutory ban on same-sex marriage. The recusal was filed Wednesday afternoon.
Democrats holding their own in TV spending in Arkansas
INUNDATED: You think the repetition of U.S. Senate TV ads is bad? The chart shows it's worse in other states. The Center for Public Integrity reports on TV ad spending in the critical U.S. Senate battleground states - a report that shows Democratic money matching Republican money in the battle by U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor to hold his seat against Tom Cotton.
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Thu Sep 11, 2014
Legislature in contempt, gets reprieve to try again on school aid
For the first time in history, the Washington Supreme Court has held the Legislature in contempt for failing to obey a court order. The action comes as the court struggles to enforce its 2012 McCleary decision, in which the justices ruled that lawmakers were underfunding the state's public schools.
The City Wire
Methodologies, demographics key factors in confidence with poll results
Polls taken within days of each other place the Arkansas governor's race as either a competitive race between Democrat Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson or a far lead for Hutchinson with the race in its final two months. But with two national polling firms having such different results in the race, which one should observers of politics and polling trust? Dr. Jay Barth, a politics professor at Hendrix College in Conway and a pollster for The City Wire content partner Talk Business & Politics, said it is important to look at a collection of polls to get a sense of where an election stands versus looking at a single poll.
Pryor and Cotton to debate on Oct. 14
Rep. Tom Cotton has finally gotten on board a televised debate with Sen. Mark Pryor sponsored by the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce. It will be broadcast from 7 to 8 p.m. Oct. 14 by KATV, KAIT and KHBS/KHOG.
Wed Sep 10, 2014
Between the Lines: Minimum Wage, Maximum Impact?
Secretary of State Mark Martin's office certified the issue last week, after finding at least 70,074 of the signatures submitted for the measure were valid. That's good news for minimum-wage workers, who could see their hourly pay gradually increase to $8.50 by 2017.
Tue Sep 09, 2014
Elections ad roundup: Democrats hope ice cream mogul Doug Ducey faces a rocky road
During the primary, eventually winner Doug Ducey's opponents attacked his business career at Cold Stone Creamery: While that wasn't enough to stop Ducey in August, national Democrats are picking up this line of attack and running with it. Restore Arizona's Future , a DGA-aligned group, accuses Ducey of using dishonest business practices to lure potential Cold Stone franchise owners.
Another Arkansas benefit Tom Cotton would chop
BENEFICIARY: Improving Hot Springs is the target of a federal grant announced today from an agency U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton wanted to abolish. The Democratic Party offers today yet another stark example of how Rep. Tom Cotton's hard-line Club for Growth voting record - cut government spending, lower taxes on the wealthy - has consequences for Arkansas.
Profile: John Adams, a Democratic candidate for House in WLR
The Southern Progress Fund continues its profiles of promising Democratic candidates for legislature today with a report on a friend of mine, John Adams , the lawyer who made a run for Congress four years ago. Adams is seeking the western Little Rock House seat held by term-limited Republican Allen Kerr.
Mon Sep 08, 2014
Republican Hutchinson: Democrat Ross wants to cut taxes too much
Again with the old vehicles. Now Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson is boasting that both he and his wife have old vehicles, despite all the wealth he piled up as lobbyist and insider on penny stock deals when he traded on his Bush administration ties.
The Fresno Bee
Clinton juggernaut hits 2014 campaign trail
For Hillary Rodham Clinton, the events with Democratic donors and activists are keeping her profile high as she weighs a second bid for the presidency. The Clintons are working to help female candidates and boost turnout in conservative-leaning states like Arkansas, where Bill Clinton was governor before becoming president, and Kentucky, where Democrat Alison Lundergan Grimes talks up her alliance with the Clintons, not Obama.
Sun Sep 07, 2014
The City Wire
Governor's race options features candidate who would sell Governor's Mansion
In the Governor's race, the focus has been on major party candidates Democrat Mike Ross and Republican Asa Hutchinson. Two other candidates who have qualified for the ballot are Libertarian candidate Frank Gilbert and Green Party nominee Josh Drake.
Polls: Cotton, McConnell, Udall lead
Republicans now lead key Senate races in Arkansas and Kentucky, while Democratic Sen. Mark Udall has a six-point advantage over his GOP opponent in Colorado, according to three new NBC News/Marist polls of likely voters released Sunday morning on Chuck Todd's inaugural episode of "Meet the Press." In Arkansas , the poll shows GOP Rep. Tom Cotton leading Sen. Mark Pryor, 45 percent to 40 percent.
Fri Sep 05, 2014
Asa Hutchinson, Tom Cotton Support Minimum Wage Increase
Two Republicans in races at the top of this fall's Arkansas ballot said Friday they would support an initiative to raise the state's minimum wage, throwing support behind a proposal that Democrats see as a way to attract their backers to the polls.
Reform Update: How Medicaid expansion could play out for governor candidates in red states
Mike Ross is an unlikely champion of Obamacare. The former Democratic congressman from Arkansas voted against the law and was one of just three Democrats who voted to repeal it after Republicans took control of the House in 2010.