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Thursday, September 14, 2017

Thursday, September 14, 2017 - 13:13:00

Facebook: The Russians messed with Texas

Business Insider has a fairly shocking story out about a pro-Trump, anti-immigrant Facebook page, purportedly based in Texas, which turned out to be a front for Russian election meddling.

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Wednesday, November 2, 2016

Wednesday, November 2, 2016 - 14:46:00

Democratic Party, NAACP-Ark. discuss lawsuit, allege conflict of interest and voter intimidation at Jefferson Co. polling place

At a press conference this morning in the State Capitol rotunda, Democratic Party of Arkansas General Counsel Chris Burks, flanked by Arkansas NAACP president Dale Charles,  answered questions about a lawsuit filed in Jefferson County Circuit Court which alleges a conflict of interest and voter intimidation in the case of a Republican Jefferson County Election Commissioner who had filed to act as a poll watcher there.

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Thursday, August 11, 2016

Thursday, August 11, 2016 - 13:19:00

Secretary of state sends stronger guidance to county clerks on voter data — finally

Secretary of State Mark Martin sent a letter Tuesday to county clerks offering advice on ensuring that voters aren't improperly struck from voter rolls on basis of a list he distributed to the clerks.

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Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Wednesday, August 10, 2016 - 09:20:00

Former Arkansan has a hit with Trump or Jesus? quiz

The Washington Post reports on an Internet hit — a parody devised by an Arkansas native and his girlfriend, now screenwriters in California.

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Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 - 20:05:00

Meet two Arkansans wrongly stripped of their voter registration by the state's flawed data

Both men have since been reinstated by their respective county clerks, but only after spending much time trying to rectify the problem.

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Monday, July 25, 2016

Monday, July 25, 2016 - 10:36:00

Data mix-up from Ark. secretary of state purges unknown number of eligible voters

Those affected include some ex-felons now eligible to vote, as well as some 4,000 people who have never been convicted of a felony but were somehow mistakenly flagged as such.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Wednesday, March 9, 2016 - 07:14:00

Election notes: Failed polling, slavery and the GOP vote, lobbyists for Bernie, Marco who?

Some election night odds and ends, from the failure of opinion polling in Michigan, to race-based voting in the South to the lobby money Bernie Sanders is receiving. Also: Marco Rubio's disappearing act as an alternative to Donald Trump.

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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 12:14:00

Sick of hearing about Iowa? Texas legislator proposes states adopt rotating primary dates

Rep. Lyle Larson, a Republican from San Antonio, is tired of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina getting all the attention in every four years. He wants states to rotate the order of their primary dates in order "to ensure that no one state has undue influence on the nominating process," as he put it in an op-ed in the San Antonio Express-News.

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Friday, June 12, 2015

Friday, June 12, 2015 - 12:00:00

Rutledge approves campaign finance reform ballot measure from Regnat Populus

Yesterday, Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge certified a proposed initiated act by the good government citizens' group Regnat Populus to regulate electioneering expenses.

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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 11:26:00

Could Democrats hold or gain seats in the Senate?

Sean Trende of Real Clear Politics (an election forecaster who is sort of a right-of-center version of Nate Silver) writes today that though he believes the most likely outcome is that Republicans will retake the Senate, he believes the Democrats have a have a fighting chance to hold or even gain seats (though this would take everything going just right.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 12:54:00

Sen. Mary Landrieu's new ad distances herself from President Obama

A new ad released today from Sen. Mary Landrieu tries to put some distance between Landrieu— in a tough re-election fight in Republican-leaning, Obama-hating Lousiana — and the president. The ad focuses on Landrieu's role protecting oil and gas interests in Louisiana and hypes her Senate clout chairing the Energy committee as a means to look out for the state. It doesn't mention Obama by name, but opens with Landrieu angrily declaring, "The administration's policies are simply wrong when it comes to oil and gas production in this nation." Worth noting because when it comes to surviving red-state politics, where Landrieu goes, Sen. Mark Pryor will often follow.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014 - 07:33:00

Bizarre ad watch: Tea Party challenger to John Boehner slams Speaker for "electile dysfunction"

Y'all, did you know that House Speaker John Boehner's last name kind of looks like it would be pronounced like, um, something else? Desperate-for-attention Tea Partier J.D. Winteregg, challenging Boehner in the Republican primary knows! The spot above, spoofing a Cialis ad...well, just watch.

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Thursday, July 25, 2013

Thursday, July 25, 2013 - 16:05:00

More fallout from U.S. Supreme Court gutting of voting rights law

A challenge of a Florida voter purge has been dismissed because of the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that gutted the voting rights act.

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Friday, May 3, 2013

Friday, May 3, 2013 - 11:48:00

The rise of 'dark money' in politics

Money, like water, always finds an outlet. Rulings like Citizens United have aided the flow of unaccountable money into political races, but there are other outlets.

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Friday, April 19, 2013

Friday, April 19, 2013 - 13:38:00

Also overlooked: Partisan takeover of elections

Speaking of overlooked legislative items. Here's another topic lost day to day in the welter of stuff being generated by a new Republican majority anxious to rewrite every element of Arkansas government more in its image.

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Monday, October 22, 2012

Monday, October 22, 2012 - 09:50:40

Inspecting the architect of the Voter ID scam

Jane Mayer of The New Yorker writes about Hans von Spakovsky, the Republican architect of the Voter ID scam to suppress vote by Democratic-leaning constituencies.

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Thursday, June 14, 2012

Thursday, June 14, 2012 - 09:58:57

Voting rights group faults state on registering poor, minorities

Voting rights groups complain that state agencies and officials haven't sufficiently complied with federal law to encourage registration of low-income voters.

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Monday, May 21, 2012

Monday, May 21, 2012 - 07:06:18

Election night watch party

I'd been hearing about the $500,000 Secretary of State Mark Martin has invested over the next two years to improve on-line tabulation of Arkansas election results.

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Thursday, March 29, 2012 - 10:35:22

Walmeddling in politic$

Interesting story here (hit tip to eLwood for bringing it to our attention) about a new California-based venture by Greg Penner, son-in-law to Walmart board chairman Rob Walton, that seeks to influence elections at the state level.

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Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Tuesday, March 27, 2012 - 10:59:01

Talk Biz poll: Ark. Dems like Obama, still out with GOP and Indies

A new Talk Business/Hendrix College poll of 759 likely Arkansas voters finds that President Obama's approval ratings have mostly held steady in the state since last September, with almost three-quarters of Democrats approving of his job performance, while large majorities of Independents and Republicans disapprove of his job performance.

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