5:43 PM, Mar 11, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Arkansas's Democratic senator Mark Pryor won't say why he believes Tom Cotton, the Republican congressman who is challenging him this year, "gives off" a "sense of entitlement" to the Senate seat because of Cotton's military service. In a recent interview with NBC News, Pryor said, "I think that's part of this sense of entitlement, that he gives off, that almost is like, 'I served my country, therefore let me into the Senate.' That's not the way it works in Arkansas."
Cotton, a first-term congressman, is a veteran of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars, serving as an Army captain.
THE WEEKLY STANDARD asked Tuesday if Pryor could explain what he meant by "entitlement."
"We've already done a statement on that," Pryor said. He walked away without further comment.
Here's Pryor's official statement:
Of course I’m grateful for Congressman Cotton's service, but this campaign is about two very different records in Congress and it’s Cotton’s irresponsible votes against Medicare, Social Security and affordable student loans that matter most to Arkansas voters. He can play misleading political gotcha games all he wants; I’ll keep working hard for veterans.
A new poll shows Cotton leading Pryor in the race by nine points.
12:27 PM, Feb 28, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
The political action committee associated with Arkansas Democratic senator Mark Pryor received a maximum donation from Koch Industries, despite the fact that Pryor, as well as many other Democrats, has frequently criticized the influence of the Koch brothers in an attempt to raise funds.
According to the most recent FEC filing for Pryor's Priority PAC, Koch Industries Inc. PAC gave $5,000 in September 2013. View the entire filing here, and a screenshot of the donation below:
2:22 PM, Feb 19, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican Senate candidate Tom Cotton has a four-point lead over incumbent Democrat Mark Pryor in a new poll of the Arkansas race. According to the new Impact Management Group poll, 46 percent of likely Arkansas voters said they would support Cotton, the first-term congressman from Dardanelle, and 42 percent said they'd vote for Pryor.
10:43 AM, Jan 23, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican congressman Tom Cotton, a candidate for U.S. Senate, raised more money in the last quarter of 2013 than his Democratic opponent, incumbent Mark Pryor. The Hill reports that Cotton, a first-term House member, raised $1.2 million dollars at the end of last year, compared to Pryor's $1.1 million.
Thanks to Obamacare, Arkansas may get another Republican senator. Jan 27, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 19 • By JAY COST
To appreciate the Senate race shaping up in Arkansas between two-term incumbent Democrat Mark Pryor and freshman Republican House member Tom Cotton, it’s useful to review the state’s particular variant of Southern politics.
8:01 AM, Dec 4, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Mark Pryor, the incumbent Democratic senator from Arkansas up for reelection next year, is releasing a new TV ad Wednesday in which he invokes his belief in God. The ad first aired on the news broadcast on ABC affiliate KATV in Little Rock Tuesday evening.
2:33 PM, Oct 24, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Senator Kay Hagan, a Democrat from North Carolina who is up for reelection in 2014, says she supports delaying the deadline for signing up for health insurance under Obamacare's individual mandate. Hagan, who voted for Obamacare back in 2010, also says the fine for not signing up for health insurance should be waived.
Plus, more Arkansans blame Democrats, not Republicans, for the shutdown.10:16 AM, Oct 23, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Just 33 percent of Arkansas voters approve of the job of Democratic senator Mark Pryor, according to a new poll of likely voters from the University of Arkansas. That's Pryor's lowest rating in the annual poll since entering the Senate in 2003, while an all-time high of 41 percent disapprove of his job in the Senate. When whittled down to "very likely voters," Pryor's position worsens; while 34 percent of very likely voters approve, 44 percent of them disapprove.
9:37 AM, Oct 15, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
New polls of likely voters in three key states in next year's U.S. Senate election show Republicans running just behind incumbent Democrats. Harper Polling, a firm associated with Republicans and working on behalf of conservative super PAC American Crossroads, conducted surveys of likely voters in Alaska, Arkansas, and Louisiana, where those state's Democratic senators face reelection in 2014 (via Politico). In each of those races, most of the potential Republican challengers poll within single digits of the Democrat.
2:22 PM, Oct 14, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
With just a little more than a year before the 2014 general election, Democratic senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas has a slim lead over his likely Republican opponent, first-term congressman Tom Cotton. According to a new poll from Talk Business and Hendrix College, the incumbent Pryor has 42 percent support while Cotton has 41 percent. Seventeen percent of likely Arkansas voters remain undecided.
Jay Barth, a political scientist at Hendrix College, offered this analysis of the Senate race:
9:19 AM, Oct 7, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
As Mike Allen reported this morning, Rep. Tom Cotton, a Republican, is going on the offensive against Sen. Mark Pryor, a Democrat, who recently voted to protect the special subsidy for Congress in Obamacare. Here's video of that ad:
So says a supporter of Obamacare.8:36 AM, Aug 19, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Despite voting for Obamacare and the immigration bill, Democratic senator Mark Pryor is trying to move away from President Barack Obama. In an interview with Virginia-based trade publication Politico, Pryor slams Obama, saying, “I think that President Obama has in some ways what you would think of as a hard-left agenda in various ways, and that agenda is not popular in our state. ... And a lot of that agenda I don’t support.”
10:16 AM, Aug 13, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Video of Arkansas Democrat Mark Pryor praising Barack Obama:
"Barack Obama has the leadership. He has the vision. He has the hope this country needs right now. Amen," said Pryor.
Pryor is up for reelection this cycle, and will face Republican challenger Tom Cotton in 2014.
2:57 PM, Aug 8, 2013 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Mark Pryor, the Arkansas Democrat running for reelection to the Senate next year, said job losses as a result of the downturn in the economy are "just part of being in a capitalist economy." Watch the video of Pryor's recent remarks to the Arkansas state chamber of commerce and the Associated Industries of Arkansas: