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Jeb Bush goes to bat for Hutchinson

posted: 10/01/2014 4:01 a.m. Discuss

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Tuesday touted Republican gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson's plan to offer computer science in each high school and helped Hutchinson raise money for his campaign.

Shoffner ad roils Hill, Hays race

posted: 09/30/2014 3:13 a.m. Comments 9

Congressional candidates French Hill and Patrick Henry Hays and Hays' Democratic allies stepped up their criticism of each other Monday about Hays' television ad on former state Treasurer Martha Shoffner's investments in state bonds through Hill's bank and campaign contributions made by Hill and his bank to Shoffner.

Voter ID an issue in state Senate District 20 race

posted: 09/28/2014 3 a.m. Discuss

In his rematch with state Sen. Robert Thompson, D-Paragould, Corning Republican Blake Johnson is panning Thompson for voting against voter-ID legislation and supporting Democratic Gov. Mike Beebe's vetoes of two anti-abortion measures.

2 in 2nd District race take off gloves in ads

posted: 09/27/2014 3:10 a.m. Comments 4

The amicable television ad campaigns for 2nd Congressional District candidates Patrick Hays and French Hill ended this week.

Ryan visits state to back Hutchinson

posted: 09/27/2014 2:19 a.m. Discuss

Republican gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson is “the perfect kind of partner that we need to better fight poverty,” U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the Republican vice presidential candidate in 2012, said Wednesday before speaking to about 300 people at a fundraiser for Hutchinson.

Ryan visits state to raise funding for Hutchinson

posted: 09/26/2014 3:04 a.m. Discuss

BENTON — Republican gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson is “the perfect kind of partner that we need to better fight poverty,” U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, the Republican vice presidential candidate in 2012, said Wednesday before speaking to about 300 people at a fundraiser for Hutchinson.

4 on lottery panel balk at bill for study

posted: 09/25/2014 4:46 a.m. Discuss

Four Arkansas lottery commissioners are questioning a proposal in which the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery would pay for half of the cost of a consultant hired by the Legislative Council to review the lottery and make recommendations to improve it.

In District 19, private option separates foes

posted: 09/23/2014 3:09 a.m. Comment 1

In a contentious battle in Senate District 19, state Rep. James McLean, D-Batesville, and former Rep. Linda Collins-Smith, R-Pocahontas, disagree on the state's private-option health insurance program for low-income Arkansans and on Common Core education standards in Arkansas.

Offering clear choice, 2 in Senate race say

posted: 09/21/2014 2:30 a.m. Discuss

CONWAY -- Conway Democrat Tyler Pearson says he's got a shot at ousting state Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Bigelow, in Senate District 35 because Rapert campaigned on a moderate platform two years ago and Rapert hasn't heeded it.

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."

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