Arkansas Articles

Arkansas Governor: Syrian Refugees Can't Come Here

11:18 AM, Nov 16, 2015

The governor of Arkansas joined the governor of Alabama and others in saying that Syrian refugees can't come to his state. Governor Asa Hutchinson made the announcement this morning on Twitter.

"As Governor I will oppose Syrian refugees being relocated to Arkansas," said Hutchinson.


As Governor I will oppose Syrian refugees being relocated to Arkansas.

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A Failing Grade

Hillary Clinton’s Arkansas education record
Oct 19, 2015

For Republican presidential candidates planning to run against Hillary Clinton, the critique of her record these days often begins and ends with Benghazi and her email server. This is partly because these are so damning but partly because there’s a near-universal assumption that Clinton has no domestic record to run against. After all, her health care initiative famously failed.

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Begala: Hillary 'Absolutely' Has to Answer for Confederate Flag in Arkansas

8:39 AM, Jun 23, 2015

Former Clinton advisor Paul Begala told CNN's Chris Cuomo Tuesday morning that Hillary Clinton "absolutely" has to answer for standing by her husband when he served as governor of Arkansas and defended that state's flag's relationship to the Confederate battle flag.

"Does she have to answer for her time as first lady in Arkansas with Bill standing by the Arkansas flag proudly when it, too, is said to borrow from the Confederate symbology?" Cuomo said.

"Well, sure, absolutely," said Begala. "Times change. Circumstances change." Watch the video below:

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Huckabee: 'I Am a Candidate for President of the United States of America'

11:05 AM, May 05, 2015

Mike Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas and a 2008 Republican candidate for president, announced Tuesday he is running for the GOP nomination again in 2016. At an event in his hometown of Hope, Arkansas, Huckabee hit on populist and social conservative themes, repeatedly entreating voters to join him on a "journey from hope to higher ground."

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Podcast: Indiana Republicans Bow to Big Business in RFRA Fight

Hosted by Michael Graham.
3:55 PM, Apr 02, 2015

THE WEEKLY STANDARD podcast with senior writer John McCormack and the amendment to the Indiana Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

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Huckabee Courts GOP Wonks Ahead of White House Bid

7:26 PM, Mar 26, 2015

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. 

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Cotton on Meet the Press

5:38 PM, Nov 30, 2014

Senator-elect Tom Cotton of Arkansas appeared this morning on NBC's Meet the Press:

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Cotton Defeats Pryor

8:34 PM, Nov 04, 2014

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.

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Memo to Chuck Todd: The Farm Bill Hurts Rural America

4:53 PM, Oct 30, 2014

Chuck Todd of NBC News is traveling the country, talking to voters, and generally filing interesting reports.

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Cotton Calls on Obama to Renounce 'Vulgar' Bibi Attack

12:15 PM, Oct 29, 2014

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.

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'A Profile in Courage'

1:19 PM, Oct 27, 2014

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette endorses Tom Cotton for U.S. Senate:

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A GOP Opportunity in Virginia?

8:01 AM, Oct 22, 2014

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.

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Dem Senator in Tough Race Can't Give Straight Answer About Obama's Response to Ebola

7:14 AM, Oct 07, 2014

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.

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House Members Urge Obama to Restrict Travel From Ebola-Ravaged Nations

2:33 PM, Oct 03, 2014

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."

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The 'Gang of Five' Returns

9:40 AM, Oct 03, 2014

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

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Cats Bark in Arkansas

12:14 PM, Oct 01, 2014

The headline on a Cameron Joseph piece in The Hill reads

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Pryor Lives With Microsoft Lobbyist Brother in D.C.

11:41 AM, Sep 22, 2014

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.

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From Blue to Red Overnight

The fall of the Arkansas Democrats.
Sep 22, 2014

Little Rock
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.

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Cotton: 'Pryor Refuses to Debate' Foreign Policy

2:41 PM, Sep 16, 2014

Congressman Tom Cotton, the Republican running for Senate in Arkansas, blasts his Democratic opponent, Mark Pryor, for refusing to debate foreign policy issue.

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Democrats Take the Low Road

Going all-negative, all the time against Tom Cotton.
Sep 08, 2014

Conway, Ark.
"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.

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CNN Poll: Cotton 49, Pryor 47

7:16 AM, Sep 05, 2014

Republican congressman Tom Cotton holds a small, two-point lead in a new CNN poll of his race against sitting Democratic senator Mark Pryor of Arkansas. The poll of likely voters found 49 percent support Cotton and 47 percent support Pryor. Here's more from CNN:

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Paper on Pryor: 'Go-Along-To-Get-Along Politician'

11:52 AM, Sep 04, 2014

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:

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Cotton Ad Hits Pryor Hard Over Immigration

Pryor: "We have a much more secure border today than we did ten years ago."
12:56 PM, Aug 04, 2014

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.

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For GOP, a Good Crop of Senate Candidates

11:00 PM, Jul 23, 2014

Republicans have distinct advantages in Senate races this year, including President Obama’s low job ratings, the number of vulnerable Democrats, and an unhappy national mood. But there’s another advantage: the generally high quality of their candidates. This wasn’t the case in 2010 and 2012, when Republicans blew chances to capture the Senate.

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Ad: Mark Pryor is Obama's 'Rubber Stamp'

6:48 AM, Jun 24, 2014

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:

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Tom Cotton and the Farm Bill

11:00 PM, Jun 18, 2014

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.

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Cotton on Bergdahl Exchange: Troops Now Face Greater Danger in Afghanistan

4:46 PM, Jun 04, 2014

Congressman Tom Cotton, a Republican from Arkansas and U.S. Senate candidate, told Neil Cavuto of Fox News Wednesday afternoon that the decision to exchange five Taliban operatives from Guantanamo Bay for the release of Sergeant Bowe Bergdahl has put the remaining American troops in Afghanistan in "greater danger."

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Pryor in 2011: Raise the Retirement Age

3:03 PM, Jun 04, 2014

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.

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Pryor Quiet on VA Scandal

12:46 PM, May 23, 2014

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.

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AR Senate Internal Poll: Cotton 42, Pryor 40

4:01 PM, May 13, 2014

Republican Senate candidate Tom Cotton holds a small lead over Democratic senator Mark Pryor in an internal poll released today by the Cotton campaign. The poll of 600 likely voters in Arkansas found 42 percent support Cotton and 40 percent support Pryor. See the full release here.

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