Open line: Election filings begin; Cotton scores well with Club for Growth; bank branch robbed; Arkansas in spotlight on Medicaid | Arkansas Blog

Monday, February 24, 2014

Open line: Election filings begin; Cotton scores well with Club for Growth; bank branch robbed; Arkansas in spotlight on Medicaid

Posted By on Mon, Feb 24, 2014 at 3:58 PM

A slow start to the week. Election filings began:

click to enlarge WITT FILES: At Capitol.
  • WITT FILES: At Capitol.
* NO SURPRISES ON OPENING DAY: Lots of filings at the Capitol and courthouses today, but nothing you could call a big surprise as of 4 p.m. Among the congressional candidates filing on the first day was Democrat James Lee Witt (above), the former FEMA director, who's running for Congress from the 4th District. Republican Bruce Westerman also filed today for the seat, with Tommy Moll also anticipated. You can see the list of state filings here. Republicans far outnumbered Democrats on day one. The list includes judicial candidates. No contests yet for the state's two appellate courts. Here are the day's Pulaski County filings.

* CLUB FOR GROWTH SUBSIDIARY TOM COTTON FILES: Tom Cotton, the extremist 4th District Republican, filed today for U.S. Senate against incumbent Democrat Mark Pryor. He was greeted to the race by a Democratic Party news release that noted what  rich dividend he'd paid the Club for Growth, a wealthy anti-tax lobby, which poured a critical $300,000 into his 2012 congressional race. The Democratic Party said the Club for Growth's own legislative scorecard showed Cotton voting correctly 92 percent of the time, about 30 points better than any other representative from Arkansas. It is pouring huge sums into his race already this year.

* BANK ROBBER SOUGHT: The Little Rock police department circulated this photograph of a suspect in the robbery this morning of a Bank of the Ozarks branch at 1102 North Rodney Parham Road.
click to enlarge lr-rodneyparham0224142.jpg

* ARKANSAS CONTINUES IN SPOTLIGHT ON MEDICAID EXPANSION: The Atlantic writes on the struggle to pass the private option expansion of Medicaid. It might well pass this week, the article notes, but with Rep. Nate Bell's strangling amendment aimed at holding down enrollment for a future coup de grace. The writer lets Bell get away with saying taking away coverage to those already signed up would be immoral at this point. But that is exactly the fate he and others ultimately hope for the program next year.

Tags: , , , , , ,


Sign up for the Daily Update email
Favorite

Comments (20)

Showing 1-20 of 20

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-20 of 20

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Former Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel applauds Trump's EPA choice of climate change denier Scott Pruitt

    Dustin McDaniel gives the thumbs up to a man set to dismantle EPA regulations.
    • Dec 8, 2016
  • Former Arkansas Baptist professor 'exploring' run for Little Rock Ward 7 city director

    Edmond "Ed" Davis, a former professor at Arkansas Baptist College and the executive director of a school applying for a charter in Southwest Little Rock, will announce the formation of an exploratory committee for a campaign for the Little Rock city director Ward 7 position. Brenda "B.J." Wyrick has held the position since 1994.
    • Apr 3, 2018
  • Trump immigration protest at LR: Quick and fierce

    It was not even 24 hours ago that Sophia Said, director of the Interfaith Center; City Director Kathy Webb and others decided to organize a protest today of Donald Trump's executive order that has left people from Muslim countries languishing in airports or unable to come to the US at all — people with visas, green cards,a  post-doc graduate student en route to Harvard, Google employees abroad, families. I got the message today before noon; others didn't find out until it was going on. But however folks found out, they turned out in huge numbers, more than thousand men, women and children, on the grounds of the state Capitol to listen to speakers from all faiths and many countries.
    • Jan 29, 2017

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Slideshows

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation