Local Election News

Prosecutors ask pay panel to increase salaries

Arkansas' prosecuting attorneys asked the state's Independent Citizens Commission to raise their pay by more than 23 percent, a bump that would make their annual salaries the equivalent of 95 percent of what circuit judges are paid. Continue reading...

Hutchinson calls for changes to HB1228

Gov. Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday asked that legislators amend House Bill 1228 to reflect terms of the federal Religious Freedom Restoration Act. Continue reading...

Panel leaves open possibility of veteran tax break

LITTLE ROCK — An Arkansas Senate leader is leaving open the possibility of considering a tax break for military veterans, despite concerns that there's no money in the state's budget for any more tax cuts in the coming fiscal year. Continue reading...

Temporary pay OK'd for state finance leader

Subscriber onlyA legislative panel Thursday signed off on paying Gov. Asa Hutchinson's nominee to be president of the Arkansas Development Finance Authority $106,919 a year through the end of April when the current president, Gene Eagle, retires. Continue reading...

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State Election News

Lockheed aid will pay off, study predicts

$16.3M profit in 25 years, says report for lawmakers

Subscriber onlyIf the Arkansas Legislature approves an $87.1 million aid package for a defense contractor with a facility in Camden, the state will recoup the money -- plus an additional $16.3 million in revenue over the next 25 years, according to a cost-benefit analysis released late Friday afternoon. Continue reading...

Treasurer settles for $30,000 in ex-worker's civil-rights suit

Subscriber onlyThe state's treasurer has opted to settle a federal lawsuit filed against him by a former employee from his time as the Saline County clerk. Continue reading...

For project, governor seeking $87.1M bond

Subscriber onlyArkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday that he is seeking the Arkansas Legislature's approval next week for an $87.1 million bond issue to help Lockheed Martin compete for a federal defense contract in Camden. Continue reading...

Agency mergers aim for $10M in savings

Subscriber onlyGov. Asa Hutchinson said Thursday that his proposal to merge four small state agencies into three other larger agencies could save taxpayers about $10 million over five years. Continue reading...

National Election News

Call-data collecting by NSA begins ebb

Senate to return early, try again

Subscriber onlyThe National Security Agency has begun winding down its collection and storage of American phone records after the Senate failed to agree on a path forward to change or extend the once-secret program ahead of its expiration at the end of the month. Continue reading...

Iraq War debate vexes vets

Feelings mixed about GOP presidential hopefuls’ stances

Subscriber onlyVeterans of the Iraq War have been watching in frustration as Republican presidential contenders distance themselves from the decision their party enthusiastically supported to invade that country. Continue reading...

Congress' short-term fixes a habit

Subscriber onlyThe list of problems that Congress has addressed with short-term fixes is a long one. Continue reading...

Senate passes fast-track bill on Asia trade

NSA-spying block defeated

Subscriber onlyPresident Barack Obama won a victory for his trade agenda Friday with the Senate's approval of fast-track legislation that likely will make it easier for him to complete a wide-ranging trade deal that would include 11 Pacific Rim nations. 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...