Local Election News

Skinner announces race for Senate seat

She’ll face Rapert, newcomer says

Subscriber onlyA political newcomer, Democrat Maureen Skinner of Conway, said she is challenging Sen. Jason Rapert, R-Bigelow, in the 2018 election. Continue reading...

Guns one of few fights, Northwest Arkansas lawmakers say

Few other disputes break out in session, local lawmakers say

Subscriber onlyA months-long debate over guns on college campuses posed a glaring exception to a legislative session with few fights, Northwest Arkansas lawmakers and leaders said. Continue reading...

Effort to raise more money for state highways to come, lawmaker says

Subscriber onlyBENTONVILLE -- A last-resort effort to raise more money for state highways will come Monday, Rep. Dan Douglas, R-Bentonville, said at a forum Saturday morning. Continue reading...

Northwest Arkansas legislators warn constituents to keep 'watch' as bill filing deadline looms

Subscriber onlyNorthwest Arkansas voters must watch out for a flurry of surprise legislation, said state Rep. David Whitaker, D-Fayetteville. The deadline to file a bill is 5 p.m. Monday. Continue reading...

State Election News

Governor let clock run on 13 now-laws

He didn’t veto them, didn’t sign them

Subscriber onlyGov. Asa Hutchinson let 13 bills become law without his signature during this year’s regular legislative session. The bills range from one authorizing the creation of an industrial hemp research program to another barring cities from naming airports after living elected government officials if those airports receive public funds. Continue reading...

After execution, governor weighs a clemency bid

Past shows power of reprieve used rarely since Rockefeller

Subscriber onlyGov. Asa Hutchinson joined a long list of predecessors as he oversaw Arkansas' first execution in more than 11 years. Continue reading...

Washington news in brief

Subscriber onlyDisaster planning subject of seminar Continue reading...

Arkansas House leader not expecting online tax bill

Medicaid-focused special session likely, Gillam says

Subscriber onlyHouse Speaker Jeremy Gillam said Thursday he doesn't expect Gov. Asa Hutchinson to include in his agenda for next month's special legislative session a proposal to persuade out-of-state retailers to collect taxes on their sales to Arkansans. Continue reading...

National Election News

Pence mends fences during Australia visit

Leaders urge China to step up on N. Korea

Subscriber only U.S. Vice President Mike Pence and Australia's prime minister Saturday swept aside any lingering tensions between the two nations and joined forces in urging China to take a bigger role in pressuring North Korea to scuttle its nuclear weapons and missile program. Continue reading...

U.S. soldier is honored by Trump

Medal ceremony at medical center

Subscriber onlyPresident Donald Trump on Saturday awarded a Purple Heart to an Army sergeant recently wounded in Afghanistan, the first he has awarded during his service as commander in chief of the U.S. military. Continue reading...

3 Obama officials invited to testify

Open House panel hearing on Russia meddling back in plans

Subscriber only A previously canceled House Intelligence Committee hearing to receive testimony from three top officials in former President Barack Obama's administration about Russia's attempts to influence the 2016 election is back on for next month. Continue reading...

House puts priority on keeping government open

Subscriber onlyLawmakers returning to Washington this week will find a familiar quagmire on health care legislation and a budget deadline dramatized by the prospect of a protracted battle between President Donald Trump and Democrats over his border wall. Continue reading...

Endorsements

NWA editorial: Decision time

Campaign 2016 comes down to … your vote

Subscriber onlyWhen Gerald Ford took on the presidency, having received not a single vote from the Electoral College that technically elects our nation's chief executive, he told the nation "our long national nightmare is over." Continue reading...

NWA editorial: On the City Council

Voters in Bentonville, Rogers have decisions to make

Subscriber onlyOn this, our final day of Northwest Arkansas endorsements for the 2016 General Election, we offer our thoughts on the contested city council races in Bentonville and Rogers. Continue reading...

NWA editorial: On the City Council

Voters in Fayetteville, Springdale have choices to make

Subscriber onlyOn this, our final day of Northwest Arkansas endorsements for the 2016 General Election, we offer our thoughts on the contested city council races in Fayetteville and Springdale. Continue reading...

NWA editorial: Taking the helm

Kinion, Moehring recommended for county judge

Subscriber onlyFor today's political endorsements, we turn our attention to the top administrative post in Benton and Washington counties, the county judge. The post still retains a small measure of adjudicative authority, but the county judge is largely the chief administrator of key parts of county government, perhaps none more critical than oversight of the Road Department and the county's properties. The person presides over meetings of the Quorum Court, each county's legislative and budget-setting body, and can be in a position to provide leadership on a wide variety of local issues, although some officeholders are stronger in that area than others are. Continue reading...