Local Election News

Bella Vista council discusses filling vacant seat

Subscriber onlyThe City Council discussed appointing an alderman to fill the vacancy in Ward 3, Position 2. Continue reading...

Washington County candidates report final spending, fundraising for political races

Subscriber onlyWashington County candidates spent more than $192,000 in 2016 -- almost double the amount spent in 2014. Continue reading...

Bill seeks to designate official Arkansas dinosaur

Some Arkansas lawmakers want a different sort of animal to join the ranks of the mockingbird and the white-tailed deer in officially representing the state: a dinosaur. Continue reading...

New Washington County judge takes office, longtime employee leaves

Subscriber onlyCounty Judge Joseph Wood was sworn into the county's top executive seat Tuesday morning. Continue reading...

State Election News

Trump names Sarah Huckabee Sanders, daughter of ex-governor, to White House staff

Arkansan Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who served as a senior adviser to Donald Trump, has been named the president-elect’s deputy White House press secretary. Continue reading...

Legislators slam brakes on lottery's $34.5M ad contract

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas Scholarship Lottery's proposed five-year, $34.5 million advertising, marketing and public relations contract with CJRW is in limbo. Continue reading...

Tax-cut plan clears Arkansas Senate panel

Low-income break pushed by Hutchinson goes to full body

Subscriber onlyGov. Asa Hutchinson's legislation to cut individual income-tax rates for Arkansans with taxable incomes below $21,000 sailed through the Senate Revenue and Taxation Committee on Wednesday. Continue reading...

Senate panel backs 2 medical-marijuana bills

Subscriber onlyThe Senate Public Health, Welfare and Labor Committee on Wednesday endorsed two medical-marijuana bills approved Tuesday by the House of Representatives. Continue reading...

National Election News

Trump names Sarah Huckabee Sanders, daughter of ex-governor, to White House staff

Arkansan Sarah Huckabee Sanders, who served as a senior adviser to Donald Trump, has been named the president-elect’s deputy White House press secretary. Continue reading...

Obama commutes 330 drug sentences on last day as president

WASHINGTON — In a last major act as president, Barack Obama cut short the sentences of 330 federal inmates convicted of drug crimes Thursday, bringing his bid to correct what he's called a systematic injustice to a close. Continue reading...

VIDEO: Trump sweeps into Washington with a wave and a salute

WASHINGTON — Donald Trump swept into Washington on a military jet Thursday and quickly set to building better ties to the Republican Congress as he kicked off three days of inaugural festivities. Continue reading...

LATEST UPDATES: Confirmation hearings for Trump's picks to lead Energy, Treasury departments

Donald Trump's choice to run the Treasury Department is promising that the United States won't default on its debt, and he wants to raise the country's borrowing limit "sooner rather than later." 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...