Local Election News

Runoff election today

Subscriber onlyArkansas voters may cast ballots today in runoff elections, including in Benton and Washington counties. Continue reading...

Benton County, Washington County officials see low turnout in early voting

Subscriber onlyEarly voting turnout is slow for Tuesday's runoff election in Benton and Washington counties, but election officials said Wednesday they're not surprised. Continue reading...

Commission certifies Nov. 8 election results, prepares for run-offs

Subscriber onlyFAYETTEVILLE -- The Washington County Election Commission on Monday certified the results from the Nov. 8 general election. No outcomes changed from the preliminary, unofficial results. Continue reading...

Benton County voters have runoff choices

Subscriber onlyBENTONVILLE -- Election officials say they are ready for the Nov. 29 runoffs in Benton County, but they don't expect a large turnout. Continue reading...

State Election News

Governor announces new grant for students in 'high demand' fields of study

Gov. Asa Hutchinson at a news conference Thursday announced the creation of an education grant that will provide funding for students who enroll in “high demand” fields of study. Continue reading...

In Capitol Hill showdown, Arkansas cheese dip bests Texas' queso

Subscriber onlyLawmakers from across the country agree: Arkansas cheese dip is superior to Texas queso. Continue reading...

Arkansas governor says U.S. OKs modified Medicaid expansion

LITTLE ROCK — Gov. Asa Hutchinson says federal officials have approved a number of changes Arkansas wishes to make in a Medicaid expansion program known as "Arkansas Works." Continue reading...

5 named to committee to oversee medical marijuana in Arkansas

Gov. Asa Hutchinson and state lawmakers announced five people who will sit on a committee to oversee medical marijuana regulation after Arkansans voted to legalize it in November. Continue reading...

National Election News

Congress scrambles to finish defense, stopgap spending bills

WASHINGTON — Congress scrambled Thursday to wrap-up unfinished business that includes a vote in the Senate on a sweeping defense policy bill and final action on a must-do spending measure to keep the government from shutting down at midnight Friday. Continue reading...

In Capitol Hill showdown, Arkansas cheese dip bests Texas' queso

Subscriber onlyLawmakers from across the country agree: Arkansas cheese dip is superior to Texas queso. Continue reading...

Trump adds to Cabinet, softens immigrants tone

Subscriber onlyDonald Trump moved Wednesday toward expanding his Cabinet, choosing retired Gen. John Kelly to head his Homeland Security Department, according to people close to the transition. Continue reading...

Senate passes biomedical bill, sends it to Obama

Subscriber only The Senate shipped legislation to President Barack Obama on Wednesday lowering hurdles for government drug approvals as the 114th Congress bumped toward the end of a two-year run highlighted by upheaval and stalemate. 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...