Local Election News

Repeal fiscal sessions, Northwest Arkansas lawmakers say

Subscriber onlySILOAM SPRINGS -- Voters should repeal the bi-annual fiscal sessions of the state Legislature and he'll propose a constitutional amendment to do that, the state Senate majority leader said Monday. Continue reading...

Special session agenda too long, Northwest Arkansas Dems say

Subscriber onlyPassing 14 major pieces of legislation in three days would be a rushed mistake even if it's possible, three Democratic lawmakers from Washington County said Tuesday of the upcoming special legislative session. Continue reading...

Cash flows in Benton County races

GOP nominees for county judge, sheriff are top fundraisers

Subscriber onlyBENTONVILLE -- Donors, including members of the Walton family, contributed nearly $82,000 to the Republican nominee for county judge, according to documents filed with Benton County. Continue reading...

Benton County candidates report spending, contributions

Subscriber onlyDonors, including members of the Walton family, contributed nearly $82,000 to the winning Republican county judge candidate, according to documents filed with the county. Continue reading...

State Election News

Democrats' dinner to shed Jefferson, Jackson

Subscriber onlyThe state Democratic Party announced Thursday that it will change the name of its annual Jefferson Jackson Dinner, saying it wants a title that is more reflective of today's statewide political body. Continue reading...

Arkansas Democrats dropping Jefferson, Jackson names from dinner

LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Democratic Party is joining a list of states dropping Thomas Jefferson and Andrew Jackson's names from their biggest annual fundraiser and has formed a committee to come up with a new name. Continue reading...

Defense-bill stall riles Cotton

Need time to read 1,600-page measure, Nevada’s Reid says

Subscriber onlyWASHINGTON -- U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton denounced the Senate's top Democrat on Wednesday for delaying debate on defense-policy legislation, calling Harry Reid's leadership "cancerous" and accusing him of holding up the $602 billion bill to preserve his "sad, sorry legacy." Continue reading...

In 5 counties, ballot systems set for update

State to spend $2.1 million on new machines, software

Subscriber onlySecretary of State Mark Martin will provide an estimated $2.1 million worth of new voting equipment to five counties, his office announced Tuesday. Continue reading...

National Election News

Trump says no to Sanders debate

Democratic candidate responds: ‘What are you afraid of?’

Subscriber only Donald Trump put an end to proposals for a debate between him and Democratic candidate Bernie Sanders, calling it "inappropriate" to spar with a second-place candidate. Continue reading...

Delegate count puts Trump over the top

Clinton: Email report changes nothing

Subscriber onlyDonald Trump reached the number of delegates needed to clinch the Republican nomination for president Thursday. Continue reading...

Energy bill dies over LGBT item

House speaker calls amendment ‘sabotage’ by Democrats

Subscriber only Conservatives angered by the inclusion of protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in an otherwise routine spending bill scuttled the measure Thursday. Continue reading...

Emails report faults Clinton

It also cites ‘systemic weaknesses’ that preceded her

Subscriber only The State Department's inspector general criticized Hillary Clinton's exclusive use of a private email server while she was secretary of state, saying she had not sought permission to use it and would not have received it if she had. Continue reading...

Endorsements

NWA editorial: Nations, Griffin for judge

Voters countywide will make district court decision

Subscriber onlyVoters in Benton and Washington counties each have a choice to make in the March 1 election, but it's a little different than any of the other races on the ballot. Continue reading...

NWA editorial: For Bob Clinard

Stay course with current Benton County judge

Subscriber onlyBarry Moehring, the 49-year-old District 15 justice of the peace on the Benton County Quorum Court, has campaigned for county judge vigorously on the proposition that county government needs a plan. Continue reading...

NWA editorial: For Shawn Holloway

Major at sheriff’s office should be given a chance

Subscriber onlyHaving explored our rationale behind not endorsing the incumbent Benton County sheriff in Saturday's edition, the time comes now for offering our 2 cents' worth on the remaining candidates in the GOP primary race. Continue reading...

NWA editorial: For Mark Kinion

Subscriber onlyWhichever Democrat wins his party’s nomination for Washington County judge faces a tough battle in November against the unchallenged GOP nominee, state Rep. Micah Neal. Two men want a chance to take up that challenge: Mark Kinion, 58, a mortgage banker and a two-term Fayetteville alderman, and Joshua Mahony, 35, a Fayetteville resident and partner in an El Dorado-based natural resources management company dealing with oil, timber and natural gas. Continue reading...