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Doug Thompson

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NWA Elections Aren't Simple Any More

Being Right on Babies and Guns is No Longer Enough

Subscriber onlySuddenly our politics matter. How much things here at home will change due to this new-found importance just dawned on me. Continue reading...

House Candidates Back Shifting Tax To Roads

Subscriber onlyROGERS -- Three of four Republican state House candidates supported earmarking some state sales tax growth to highways and the fourth would consider it, they said at a forum hosted by the Roger-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce. Continue reading...

Benton County Candidates: Business Incentives Needed

Subscriber onlyROGERS — A state government spending millions on incentive packages to lure in new businesses can afford to cut taxes to help all businesses instead, a candidate said at a Rogers-Lowell Area Chamber of Commerce forum Tuesday. Continue reading...

Clerk Error Leads To False Allegation

Second Judge Disputes Finding He Paid Fees Late

Subscriber onlyHer opponent falsely accused Washington County Juvenile Court Judge Stacey Zimmerman of falling behind in continuing legal education requirements, a claim based on information provided by the state Supreme Court Clerk's office. Continue reading...

A Political Storm Passes Over

Power Of Anti-Obama Sentiment Not As Strong In 2014

Subscriber onlyA very, very good thing for our state's Republicans is clearly coming to an end. Continue reading...

Candidates Discuss Principles, Costs

Subscriber onlyBENTONVILLE -- Arkansas Republicans shouldn't lecture the federal government on getting spending under control, then take billions of federal taxpayer dollars of new health spending, House candidate Grant Hodges of Rogers said at a candidate forum Thursday. Continue reading...

'Risky' Option To Foster Care Shows Promise, Watchers Say

Subscriber onlyAdvocates give a tentative thumbs up to a new program aimed at decreasing the number of children entering the foster care system. Continue reading...

Northwest Arkansas' Sudden Political Rise

State Races Show the Strength of Candidates From Here...

Subscriber onlyFour of the seven races for state constitutional offices have candidates from Benton or Washington county in them. Most of the four have a good shot at going the distance and winning the November election, too. Continue reading...

Electric Chair Option Disputed At Bentonville Debate

Subscriber onlyTwo Republican candidates for attorney general reaffirmed their support for the death penalty, but candidate Leslie Rutledge said resuming use of the electric chair, as opponent David Sterling recommended, was impractical. Continue reading...

Commentary: Tinky Winky Gets The Last Laugh

Like It or Not, Barriers Against Gay Marriage Are Crumbling...

Subscriber onlyMost Americans now accept same-sex marriage. This is a profound shift in a stunningly short time. Continue reading...

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