Local Election News

Washington County election officials expect ballooning costs in 2016

Subscriber onlyWashington County's slate of elections next year could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars more than the last election year, election officials said Tuesday. Continue reading...

Bitter fights go too far, Senate leader tells group in Rogers

Subscriber only"Slicing and dicing of fellow Republicans" in Arkansas has grown into a serious problem, Senate Majority Leader Jim Hendren, R-Sulphur Springs, told a Rogers-based group. Continue reading...

Briefly

Subscriber onlyInvestigation continues into Paragould shooting PARAGOULD -- The Police Department is still doing interviews in the investigation of the shooting death Thursday afternoon at 729 West Morgan St., according to the Daily Press. Continue reading...

Lloyd to run against Woods in GOP state Senate contest

Subscriber onlyWashington County Justice of the Peace Sharon Lloyd plans to challenge state Sen. Jon Woods of Springdale in the March 1 Republican primary, Lloyd confirmed Thursday afternoon. Continue reading...

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State Election News

State on sidelines in fray over fetal-tissue program

Subscriber onlyPlanned Parenthood facilities in Arkansas do not participate in the fetal-tissue program that has drawn national attention in recent weeks, a spokesman for the organization said. Continue reading...

$4M raises for 2 earn July’s Fleece

Rewarding Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac execs ‘insane,’ Hill says

Subscriber only On Thursday, U.S. Rep. French Hill gave his Golden Fleece award to the Federal Housing Finance Agency for approving approximately $4 million in raises each for the CEOs of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Continue reading...

Governor puts disability group under state rule

U.S. slashed funding, citing independent council’s woes

Subscriber onlyGov. Asa Hutchinson on Thursday ordered that a state board that has operated independently for more than 43 years be placed under state supervision. Continue reading...

2 claim hotline system unfair

False kid-abuse call-ins ‘scary’

Subscriber onlyTwo lawmakers Thursday told a legislative committee that innocent parents have been the target of child abuse investigations and that many of them lack legal counsel as they fight to clear their names. Continue reading...

National Election News

Big donations rolling in fast for 2016 race

$1M gifts fuel super PACs as campaigns take in $380M

Subscriber onlyNearly 60 donors have given at least $1 million to independent political committees supporting Democratic and Republican presidential hopefuls, accounting for about one-third of the more than $380 million brought in so far for the 2016 presidential election. Continue reading...

State on sidelines in fray over fetal-tissue program

Subscriber onlyPlanned Parenthood facilities in Arkansas do not participate in the fetal-tissue program that has drawn national attention in recent weeks, a spokesman for the organization said. Continue reading...

Many in Congress look to pump up cash flow using oil reserve

Subscriber onlyIn its quest to spend more without raising taxes, Congress has found a new piggy bank. It's buried deep underground, protected by armed guards and filled with a valuable commodity worth billions of dollars. It's not a gold vault -- it's the U.S. Strategic Petroleum Reserve, the country's emergency stockpile of crude oil. Continue reading...

Super PACs spend big on campaign perks

Subscriber onlyActing as shadow campaigns, the political committees backing the major presidential candidates supported them with tens of millions of dollars in chartered planes, luxury hotel suites, opposition research, high-priced lawyers and more, spending reports showed Friday. Continue reading...

Endorsements

Endorsements: Gray, Kinion, Honchell Get Endorsements

For some, a vote in the Fayetteville City Council elections in wards 1, 2 and 4 will seem easy to cast, thanks in large part to Matthew Petty. Continue reading...

Endorsements: Collins, Fite Earn Nods For State House In Washington County

Today, we offer our thoughts on two state House of Representative races in Washington County. Continue reading...

Endorsements: Eight Races, 19 Candidates In Bentonville

It is nothing short of amazing that 19 people are running for eight spots on the Bentonville City Council. That's testament to the exhilaration people feel about the town's future. In short, Bentonville is a happening place these days, and that's made it chic to be on the Bentonville City Council. Today, we offer our endorsements for the eight spots for aldermen. Continue reading...

Endorsements: Miller, Hulse, Harbison Earn Nods For Washington County

The voters in six Washington County justice of the peace districts will decide on Nov. 4 who will serve them on the Quorum Court for the next two years. On Friday, we recommended candidates for Districts 4, 7 and 8. Today we round out our recommendations. Continue reading...