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Claudia Lauer

Little Rock City Hall reporter

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2 top-job hopefuls backed by NRA

posted: 04/23/2014 4:37 a.m. Discuss

The National Rifle Association has endorsed Republican gubernatorial candidate Asa Hutchinson of Rogers and Democratic candidate Mike Ross of Little Rock in their respective primaries, Hutchinson and Ross said Tuesday, and the candidates pitched their campaigns to the Arkansas Farm Bureau.

Farm bill really ‘food-stamp bill,’ Cotton contends

posted: 04/23/2014 4:31 a.m. Comments 5

Republican Senate candidate and current U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton on Tuesday defended his vote against the farm bill at a candidate forum hosted by the Arkansas Farm Bureau, the state’s largest agricultural advocacy organization.

Agency: 4 candidates have back-taxes liens

posted: 04/20/2014 4:44 a.m. Discuss

The Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration had active liens last week for unpaid income taxes against at least four judicial candidates and one state representative who is running for re-election.

County, court records on 70 reveal IRS owed thousands

posted: 04/20/2014 4:42 a.m. Discuss

Two state House of Representatives candidates running in the May 20 primary owe tens of thousands of dollars in past-due income taxes and penalties to the Internal Revenue Service, tax records show.

Rivals face off on credentials for state helm

posted: 04/20/2014 4:17 a.m. Discuss

Republican gubernatorial candidates Curtis Coleman and Asa Hutchinson clashed Saturday with Coleman calling Hutchinson a Washington, D.C., insider and Hutchinson expressing shock over Coleman’s suggestion that super projects aren’t what the state needs.

5 spar for GOP shot at Congress

posted: 04/20/2014 4:14 a.m. Discuss

The Republican candidates for Congress in the 2nd and 4th congressional districts squared off in two Saturday debates sponsored by the Arkansas Federation of Young Republicans.

Ross outraises Hutchinson in gubernatorial race

posted: 04/16/2014 4:21 a.m. Discuss

Leading Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross raised more money than his leading Republican challenger, the first month that’s happened this year, according to March campaign finance reports filed Tuesday.

Cotton requests Pryor to debate him unfiltered

posted: 04/14/2014 3:57 a.m. Discuss

Republican U.S. Senate challenger Tom Cotton on Sunday challenged incumbent Democrat Mark Pryor to five unmoderated debates to be held in different regions of Arkansas.

Cotton holds press conference to challenge Pryor to unmoderated debates

posted: 04/13/2014 2:58 p.m. Comments 9

Republican U.S. Senate hopeful Tom Cotton held a press conference Sunday to challenge incumbent Democrat Mark Pryor to a series of five unmoderated debates that would be held in different regions of Arkansas.

Agency not forthcoming, legislator says

posted: 04/11/2014 2:57 a.m. Discuss

Arkansas Sen. Bryan King said Thursday that he believes the Department of Human Services is withholding information about the state’s private-option Medicaid expansion plan, which uses federal funds to purchase private health insurance for low-income Arkansans.

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