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.
Pryor's Republican opponent, Congressman Tom Cotton, has come under fire recently for not owning property in the state. The recently married Cotton lives in a house, owned by his family, in Dardanelle, not far from the farm where he grew up and where his parents currently live. Janine Parry, the director of the Arkansas Poll and a professor at the University of Arkansas, told McClatchy News Service that Cotton's residency was "something the Pryor people are positioned to take advantage of."
But doing so could invite scrutiny into Pryor's own residency. In 2002, shortly after his election to the Senate, Pryor and his then-wife purchased a home in the D.C. suburb of Arlington, Virginia, selling it soon after and purchasing a second home in Arlington. The Pryors sold that home in 2007 for more than $1 million, moved back to Arkansas, and purchased a house in Little Rock, just a year and a half before Pryor's first reelection campaign. The Democrat divorced his wife in 2012 and now owns a condo unit in Little Rock.
After selling his Arlington home, Pryor appears to have started living with his brother, David Pryor Jr., while in Washington. According to a 2008 profile of Pryor in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, the senator "gets to work between 6 and 7 each morning and usually leaves late, grabbing something to eat on the way to his brother’s house near the National Zoo, where he stays in an extra bedroom.” David and his wife purchased the home on Irving Street in northwest Washington in 2000 for around $570,000, and the home is now valued at over $1 million.
A call to Pryor's reelection campaign to confirm the senator's D.C. residency has not been returned.
David Pryor is the director of federal government affairs at Microsoft and a registered lobbyist for the company, where he's been since 2009. Prior to that, he worked as a lobbyist for FedEx. Since 2013, Mark Pryor has chaired the Senate Commerce subcommittee on communications, technology, and the Internet, and many of the issues David Pryor has lobbied on behalf of fall under that subcommittee's purview.
Pryor's campaign is one of the top recipients of Microsoft's political donations for the current cycle, and the Arkansas Democrat has received $15,000 from the Washington-state-based software company so far.
The Pryor brothers' father is David Pryor, the former U.S. Senator and governor of Arkansas.
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.
12:52 PM, Sep 4, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Arkansas's largest newspaper, has an editorial criticizing Democratic senator Mark Pryor and praising his Republican challenger, congressman Tom Cotton. Here's an excerpt:
Going all-negative, all the time against Tom Cotton. Sep 8, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 48 • By FRED BARNES
"Tom Cotton voted against preparing America for pandemics like Ebola,” a TV ad in Arkansas declared last week. The ad came from Democrat Mark Pryor, who is running for reelection to the Senate. Cotton, a House member, is his Republican opponent in the November 4 election. The ad failed to mention that after voting against an early version of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act, Cotton voted for the bill once a provision he objected to was removed.
2:14 PM, Aug 26, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The latest attack ad from the Mark Pryor campaign is, well, absurd. Here's Politico's description of the 30-second spot: "Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) is citing the recent scare over the Ebola virus in a new attack ad against his GOP opponent, the first mention of America’s preparedness for a possible pandemic in a 2014 political advertisement."
Pryor: "We have a much more secure border today than we did ten years ago."1:56 PM, Aug 4, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
For the most part, Republican candidates for Congress have been quiet about the immigration crisis on the border, with a few exceptions. But Rep. Tom Cotton, the GOP Senate candidate in Arkansas, has put his Democratic opponent's support for amnesty for illegal immigrants at the center of his new TV ad.
7:48 AM, Jun 24, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Conservative super PAC American Crossroads has a new ad running in Arkansas calling Democratic senator Mark Pryor a "rubber stamp" for Barack Obama.
"Mark Pryor has voted with Barack Obama at least 90 percent of the time," says the voiceover in the 30-second spot. "For the failed stimulus, for higher taxes, more spending, trillions more in debt, and more job-killing regulations. And Pryor cast the deciding vote for Obamacare."
Watch the full ad below:
12:00 AM, Jun 19, 2014 • By JAY COST
Earlier this year, Arkansas Republican Tom Cotton—now locked in a toss-up Senate race with Democrat Mark Pryor—voted against the farm bill. According to politicos and pundits in Washington, D.C., this is a politically dangerous vote to have cast.
4:03 PM, Jun 4, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Senator Mark Pryor is making entitlements an issue in the Arkansas Senate race. Both Pryor and his Democratic allies are hitting Republican nominee and House member Tom Cotton over his support for a budget proposal that would have, starting in 2022, gradually raised the retirement age for receiving Social Security and Medicare benefits.
2:23 PM, May 29, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Seven Democratic senators up for reelection in November have said they believe Veterans Affairs secretary Eric Shinseki should resign over revelations that his department severely mismanaged treatment of veterans at VA hospitals that may have resulted in the deaths of scores of veterans across the country.
3:48 PM, May 28, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas is now the second Democratic senator to co-sponsor the VA Management Accountability Act. The legislation, authored by Florida Republican Marco Rubio, would allow the secretary of Veterans Affairs to fire senior staff members based on performance. The bill had the support of more than 20 Republicans as well as one Democrat, Bill Nelson of Florida.
10:08 AM, May 28, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
A new ad campaign from Concerned Veterans for America asks Democratic senators to hold the Department of Veterans Affairs accountable. "President Obama won't hold the VA accountable," says the voiceover in one version of the ad, focusing on Arkansas's Mark Pryor. "Senator Mark Pryor can, but he's done nothing, putting his loyalty to his party and the president ahead of America's veterans."
1:46 PM, May 23, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Mark Pryor, the Democratic senator from Arkansas facing reelection this year, hasn't answered questions about whether he thinks Veterans Affairs secretary Eric Shinseki should resign amid stories of malfeasance at VA hospitals.