8:26 PM, Mar 26, 2015 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Former Arkansas governor Mike Huckabee met with about 40 conservative scholars in California Thursday in preparation for a potential presidential run in 2016. The discussion and Q&A session occurred at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution, and included in attendance George Shultz, Ronald Reagan’s secretary of state. Huckabee later joined Lanhee Chen, a Hoover research fellow and the top policy adviser to Mitt Romney during the 2012 election, in a private, hour-long conversation.
Bob Wickers, the veteran Republican pollster and media consultant who advised Huckabee in his 2008 White House campaign, was also at the meeting.
Hogan Gidley, a spokesman for Huckabee, characterized the Hoover confab as a “long, very constructive, and very productive meeting.”
Huckabee "had a frank and in-depth discussion on domestic and foreign policy" with the many policy experts, says Gidley.
Huckabee spoke a great deal his economic record as governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007, including his tax cuts that he often touts as the “first broad-based tax cut” in state history. He also discussed his push to establish a maximum wage, a policy proposal Huckabee has spoken about during his recent trips to Iowa.
The visit to Hoover suggests the former Arkansas governor is moving closer to running for president next year. Huckabee, a source says, will make a decision about his presidential plans this spring.
Huckabee ran for the GOP nomination in 2008 and won the Iowa caucuses, though he failed to capture enough delegates to contend against eventual nominee John McCain.
5:38 PM, Nov 30, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Senator-elect Tom Cotton of Arkansas appeared this morning on NBC's Meet the Press:
8:34 PM, Nov 4, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican Tom Cotton has beaten incumbent Democrat Mark Pryor in Arkansas's U.S. Senate race, Fox News projects.
Cotton, a first-term member of the House of Representatives, is also an Army veteran of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is the first veteran of those wars to be elected to the U.S. Senate.
5:53 PM, Oct 30, 2014 • By JAY COST
Chuck Todd of NBC News is traveling the country, talking to voters, and generally filing interesting reports.
1:15 PM, Oct 29, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Tom Cotton, the Republican candidate for Senate from Arkansas, is calling on President Obama to renounce the "vulgar" attack on Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu which was expressed by an anonymous administration official in a recent Atlantic article.
9:01 AM, Oct 22, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
Entering the final fortnight of the Senate races, something of a pattern has started to develop. Republicans are leading in the Real Clear Politics average of recent polling in all states that were to the right of the national average in the 2012 election (which President Obama won by 4 points), with two exceptions: Kansas, which is tied; and North Carolina, where Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan is clinging to a 2-point lead but has less than 46 percent support. These right-of-center states in which the GOP is leading include six where seats are currently held by Democrats: Arkansas, Alaska, Louisiana, South Dakota, Montana, and West Virginia.
8:14 AM, Oct 7, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Senator Mark Pryor, a Democrat from Arkansas facing a tough reelection, can't give a straight answer when asked about President Obama's response to Ebola:
"Do you think that the Obama administration has done an appropriate job handling the Ebola crisis?" an MSNBC reporter asked.
3:33 PM, Oct 3, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
All four members of Arkansas's delegation to the U.S. House of Representatives have signed a letter to President Obama urging the federal government to restrict travel into the country from African nations affected by the Ebola virus outbreak.
"We urge you to consider and implement travel restrictions, up to and including a ban on flights from the affected countries," reads the letter. "Further, we urge you to enforce immigration policies under current law to protect our borders and the American people from the threat posed by this virulent disease."
10:40 AM, Oct 3, 2014 • By JAY COST
One of the most interesting aspects of the 2013 Virginia gubernatorial race between Democrat Terry McAuliffe and Republican Ken Cuccinelli was an ad sponsored by the Conservative War Chest tagging McAuliffe as part of the “Gang of Five.” According to the ad, this group -- De
12:41 PM, Sep 22, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Democratic senator Mark Pryor did not own a home in Arkansas, the state he represents in Washington, during his first four years in the U.S. Senate. And now it appears he lives part-time at the Washington, D.C. home of his brother, a top lobbyist for Microsoft.
3:41 PM, Sep 16, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Congressman Tom Cotton, the Republican running for Senate in Arkansas, blasts his Democratic opponent, Mark Pryor, for refusing to debate foreign policy issue.
The fall of the Arkansas Democrats.Sep 22, 2014, Vol. 20, No. 02 • By FRED BARNES
In 1949, Harvard political scientist V. O. Key Jr. declared in his book Southern Politics in State and Nation that in Arkansas “we have the one-party system in its most undefiled and undiluted form.” Other Southern states, nearly as Democratic in those days as Arkansas, gradually became Republican. Arkansas didn’t. One-party Democratic rule in the state lasted another 60 years.