Local Election News

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...

Senate would let Cotton seek 2 jobs in 2020

LITTLE ROCK — Lawmakers in U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton's home state of Arkansas have given initial approval to a bill that would let the freshman Republican run simultaneously for re-election and for president in 2020. Continue reading...

Benton County officials report income

Subscriber onlyBenton County's elected officials and justices of the peace receive income from a variety of outside sources in addition to pay associated with their offices, according to annual financial reports. Continue reading...

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State Election News

Hutchinson vetoes publicity-rights bill

Gov. Asa Hutchinson vetoed Tuesday a publicity rights bill aimed at preventing unauthorized use of a person's likeness for commercial purposes that was backed by the family of Arkansas football legend Frank Broyles. Continue reading...

Fight over religious-objection proposals shifts to Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK — The fight over religious objection proposals facing increasing criticism from businesses and advocates who call them a license to discriminate against gays has shifted toward Arkansas, which was poised to become the second state this year to enact such a measure. Continue reading...

Senate panel rejects kindergarten enrollment bill

LITTLE ROCK — A bill to force school districts to allow some Arkansas children who narrowly miss the age requirement for starting kindergarten to enroll anyway is effectively dead. Continue reading...

Arkansas joint panel approves $5.2 billion spending plan

LITTLE ROCK — Legislation outlining Arkansas' annual $5.2 billion budget for the coming fiscal year is heading to the House and Senate for votes. Continue reading...

National Election News

Iran letter stirs debate on meaning of 'sent'

Fans say Cotton didn’t mail it, broke no law; critics say it went out, see breach

Subscriber only A letter to Iranian leaders by Arkansas' U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton earlier this month has unleashed a debate on the meaning of "correspondence" in the digital age and whether the letter violated a 216-year-old federal law banning citizens from communicating with foreign officials. Continue reading...

Immigration a slippery subject for GOP

Subscriber onlyThanks to Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, it's becoming even clearer that immigration is the banana peel of 2016 Republican presidential politics. Continue reading...

Clinton advisers grapple with best role for Bill

Subscriber onlyBill Clinton is hungering once again to play a central role in his wife's presidential campaign. And Hillary Rodham Clinton's advisers are once again grappling with how to deploy Bill Clinton, a strategic imperative executed so poorly in 2008 that it resulted in some of the worst moments of her campaign. Continue reading...

After 5 terms, Reid sets retirement

Subscriber onlySenate Democratic leader Harry Reid, the Nevadan who dominated the Senate for a decade from the minority to the majority and back again, announced Friday that he will retire after five terms. 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...