A generation ago, after several lawmakers were caught up in scandals, Arkansas was among a wave of states that imposed term limits to prevent politicians from clinging to positions for life. On Tuesday, those provisions were relaxed and state legislators were given more power at the expense of the governor and the public.
AP reported yesterday that state finance officials had decided revenue was sufficient to give 28,000 Arkansas state employees a 1 percent pay raise on checks at the end of November. The raise had been delayed.
It's Election Day in Arkansas, and with polls showing a clear advantage for Republicans in the contests for U.S. Senate and the governorship, attention is being shifted down-ballot to state legislative races. One of the most hotly contested is in House District 18 , a rural sprawl of southwest Arkansas centered on Arkadelphia, where incumbent Republican Richard Womack is trying to fend off Democratic challenger Damon Daniels .
The multimillion-dollar and nationally watched race between Democratic U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican challenger U.S. Rep. Tom Cotton has turned into a test of which candidate can paint the other as out of touch with Arkansas. Cotton, a 37-year-old freshman representing south Arkansas' 4th Congressional District, repeatedly lobs that claim against Pryor as he tries to link the incumbent to a president who remains deeply unpopular.
Arkansas State Police say the crash happened Wednesday night on Arkansas 7 near Bismarck. A preliminary report says a vehicle driven by 59-year-old Deborah Adams of Bismarck crossed the center line and crashed into a vehicle driven by 36-year-old Richard McKittrick of Arkadelphia.
As countless election recaps recounted in 2012, Republicans took control of the Arkansas General Assembly for the first time since Reconstruction. But before we count the Natural State dead red, keep in mind that in the state House of Representatives, Republicans have the narrowest of majorities , and they only got there by winning District 52 in Northeast Arkansas in 2012 by 45 votes.
The Rapers were Shelter Insurance agents in Arkadelphia, Ark., in the late 1980s when they decided to explore restaurant franchises. He said it's a clean look with digital menu boards, three drive-through windows and a split front counter.
Democrat governor candidate Mike Ross says early voting totals encourage him in his race against Republican Asa Hutchinson. "We're seeing early vote totals about 30,000 ahead of this same time four years ago," Ross says.