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Tax-cut friction heats governor debate

posted: 09/20/2014 3:31 a.m. Comments 8

Gubernatorial candidates Mike Ross and Asa Hutchinson jousted Friday night about their tax-cut plans, their records in Congress and negative campaign ads during a debate that Hutchinson called "a little heated."

$993,780 approved for school Net study

posted: 09/20/2014 3:30 a.m. Discuss

Several state senators questioned the cost and the need for a study capped at $993,780 to assess broadband access, equipment and connectivity at every school in Arkansas, but the Arkansas Legislative Council approved the contract to perform the study by voice vote Friday.

Consultant fired over plagiarism

posted: 09/20/2014 3:24 a.m. Discuss

Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke said Friday that she cut ties with a consultant she blames for copying several sections of her jobs plan from platforms of other Democrats.

Lawmakers given time to vet $600,000 outlay

posted: 09/20/2014 3:17 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Legislative Council voted Friday to allow legislators more time to review a request to add $600,000 to a contract with a company that works with doctors to improve coordination of patient care.

The nation in brief

posted: 09/20/2014 3:02 a.m. Discuss

Kansas to mail ballots without Democrat TOPEKA, Kan. -- Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach on Friday reversed course and directed county election officials to start mailing ballots to voters overseas today without having a Democratic nominee listed for the U.S. Senate race.

Judge reprimanded for campaign gift

posted: 09/20/2014 2:44 a.m. Discuss

The Judicial Discipline and Disability Commission cautioned a Pope County district judge Friday for giving a campaign contribution to a Republican candidate for the Arkansas House.

State's delegation in D.C. backs plan

posted: 09/18/2014 4:15 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas' U.S. House delegation supported the vote to train and arm Syrian rebels against Islamic State fighters who control parts of Syria and Iraq.

Pryor files safe-room proposal

posted: 09/18/2014 4:03 a.m. Comments 38

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., filed legislation Wednesday to create a tax credit of up to $1,000 each for people who install storm shelters or safe rooms in their homes.

PB mayor didn't travel to Maryland memorial

posted: 09/18/2014 3:57 a.m. Discuss

A Pine Bluff official said Wednesday that Mayor Debe Hollingsworth did not attend an event at the Fallen Firefighters Memorial in Maryland last year as a recent Legislative Audit Division report indicated.

Benghazi select committee starts in bipartisan way

posted: 09/17/2014 11 a.m. Comments 5

WASHINGTON — A special House panel on Benghazi made its public debut in a surprisingly subdued and bipartisan atmosphere Wednesday after two years of pitched political battles between Republicans and Democrats over the Sept. 11, 2012, attack on a U.S. diplomatic post in eastern Libya.

NRA launches $1.3 million ad buy for Cotton

posted: 09/17/2014 7:16 a.m. Comments 70

LITTLE ROCK — The National Rifle Association on Tuesday said it's launching a $1.3 million television ad campaign to promote Republican U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton's bid to unseat Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor, a little over a year after the group ran radio ads defending Pryor's record on guns.

Hutchinson predicts oncoming advertising onslaught

updated: 09/18/2014 7:19 a.m. Discuss

Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson said Wednesday that Arkansas residents are about to be treated to something that voters in Iowa and New Hampshire see every four years: a barrage of political advertising.

Email: Pryor folks vetoed debate topic

posted: 09/17/2014 4:43 a.m. Comments 11

The campaign for Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor said last week that it had not rejected any topics from being included in the only debate agreed to so far by the senator and his Republican challenger, U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton. But an email obtained by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on Tuesday showed that Pryor's campaign had rejected the inclusion of foreign policy in the debate sponsored by the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce.

Kansas justices review ballot-exit request

posted: 09/17/2014 4:42 a.m. Discuss

Several Kansas Supreme Court justices expressed skepticism Tuesday about a Republican official's decision to keep the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate on the ballot against his wishes as they reviewed a legal dispute that could affect the national fight for control of the Senate.

Pryor slams missed votes; Cotton side cites scheduling

posted: 09/17/2014 4:24 a.m. Comment 1

U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton should not have missed votes to attend a fundraiser in Houston, U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor said Tuesday.

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