Arkansas Elections

Thursday, June 2, 2016

Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 07:11:00

Bryant gets the media spin on tax vote

The city of Bryant plans a special election in August to finance municipal improvements. Just don't let anyone tell you it's a "tax-free" deal.

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Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Wednesday, April 6, 2016 - 08:49:00

Jefferson County election squabble enters new arena

A lawsuit has been filed against Stu Soffer, a member of the Jefferson County Election Commission, for his failure to turn over e-mails in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

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Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Wednesday, March 30, 2016 - 19:43:00

Committee debates election reforms, shows little appetite for judicial appointments

A month after the conclusion of a vitriolic state Supreme Court election season that saw unprecedented levels of spending by out-of-state "dark money" groups, the Senate Judiciary committee this afternoon discussed two potential reforms to how Arkansas selects its judges.

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Monday, March 28, 2016

Monday, March 28, 2016 - 11:33:00

Financial report: Courtney Goodson loaned $641,000 to her race for chief justice

An updated campaign finance report for failed chief justice candidate Courtney Goodson shows she loaned her campaign $641,000 and received $35,000 in contributions the last few days of the campaign from Pennsylvania lawyers who have become high-profile because of Arkansas political activities.

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Thursday, March 3, 2016 - 07:14:00

TV spending topped $1.6 million in Supreme Court races

Another in a series of reports from a good-government says TV spending in the races for Supreme Court in Arkansas topped $1.6 million, not a record by the figuring of Justice at Stake but also not a complete tally of spending because it leaves out huge expenditures on direct mail and other costs.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Wednesday, March 2, 2016 - 09:53:00

Last night, the private option won: Five out of six pro-PO Republican incumbents defeated anti-PO challengers

It was a big night for Gov. Asa Hutchinson and backers of the private option.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 22:00:00

Dan Kemp and Shawn Womack elected to Arkansas Supreme Court

After millions of dollars poured in, the results are in: Shawn Womack and Dan Kemp will be new members of the Arkansas Supreme Court.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 14:15:00

The private option and the GOP primaries: races to watch

Three Senate races and five House races could determine the future of the private option.

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Tuesday, March 1, 2016 - 13:22:00

Washington County website falsely says that voters must have ID

Hat tip to Rep. Greg Leding, who points out that the Washington County website inaccurately states that voters must have a valid ID.

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Monday, February 29, 2016

Monday, February 29, 2016 - 12:09:00

Court of Appeals campaign violated rules on partisanship and endorsements, Blue Hog says

Cody Hiland has evidently sent out campaign mailers encouraging voters to support him "in the Republican Primary" ... or, for other voters, "in the Democratic Primary."

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Monday, February 29, 2016 - 07:27:00

Point, shoot, vote: guns at the ballot box in northwest Arkansas

The D-G reports this morning from Benton and Washington counties, where twenty polling places have either said they'll allow concealed weapons or won't have signs disallowing the practice.

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Saturday, February 27, 2016

Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 14:15:00

Another NRA endorsement for Arkansas Supreme Court: Shawn Womack

If you were worried the NRA wouldn't provide us guidance about how to vote in the other Supreme Court race, worry no more.

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Friday, February 26, 2016

Friday, February 26, 2016 - 14:05:00

Blue Hog Report: Kemp asked Hinkle for campaign cash

The latest from the Blue Hog Report on Circuit Judge Dan Kemp.

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Friday, February 26, 2016 - 07:04:00

Kemp campaign responds to Blue Hog Report's judicial discipline complaint

Here's the response from the Dan Kemp campaign to BHR's complaint regarding the Lee Ann Finn case.

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Friday, February 26, 2016 - 06:26:00

Shawn Womack missing campaign donor list from first judicial election

Circuit Judge Shawn Womack, the candidate for associate justice of the state Supreme Court, does not have records on file with the Arkansas Secretary of State's office itemizing some 45 percent of his total campaign contributions for a previous judicial race.

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Thursday, February 25, 2016

Thursday, February 25, 2016 - 09:49:00

Election officials apologize for voter ID sign at White County polling site

KATV reports that election officials have apologized for a sign at a White County polling location that falsely indicated that voters had to have an ID in order to vote.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2016

Wednesday, February 24, 2016 - 16:50:00

Governor concerned over outside spending in judicial races, stops short of condemning partisan flavor of ads

Do ads sponsored by the "Republican State Leadership Committee" give voters the impression the Republican Party of Arkansas is sanctioning the ads in a supposedly nonpartisan race?

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Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Tuesday, February 23, 2016 - 20:10:00

Mason responds to attacks from Republican State Leadership Committee

Mason doesn't mention his opponent by name, but he does go on the offensive.

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Monday, February 22, 2016

Monday, February 22, 2016 - 16:09:00

Blue Hog Report smells shenanigans in plea agreement, political contribution to Kemp

Citizen journalist Matt Campbell's Blue Hog Report has a new post out about Judge Dan Kemp of Stone County, who is currently running for Chief Justice of the Arkansas Supreme Court against Justice Courtney Goodson. Specifically, Campbell is on the trail of a 2014 case in which a Stone County woman reached a plea agreement before Kemp on two drug-related felonies just before her influential parents made a contribution to Kemp's campaign and, later, a public endorsement.

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Friday, February 19, 2016

Friday, February 19, 2016 - 10:32:00

Cumulative spending in chief justice race exceeds $1 million

Justice at Stake, a national organization that monitors judicial election expenditures, yesterday announced that its analysis of Federal Communication Commission filings showed a conservative "dark money" group called the Judicial Crisis Network has bought at least $532,030 in television ad contracts attacking Associate Justice Courtney Goodson.

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