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2018 Election

Arkansas Secretary of State's Office

CONWAY, Ark. (AETN) — Candidates in eight races have agreed to participate in “Election 2018: AETN Debates,” which will tape and air on the Arkansas Educational Television Network Oct. 8-12.

Reports this week from Supreme Court "Special Masters" split the fortunes of two popular ballot measures set to go before voters Nov. 6. 

The two voter-initiated proposals turned in the required number of petition signatures this summer to qualify for the midterm election ballot.

Chintan Desai Campaign

This is the latest monthly interview with Chintan Desai on KASU.  KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves discussed the minimum wage ballot that will be decided in November, Medicaid work requirements, and his criticism for a recent fundraiser by Republican incumbent Rick Crawford.   This is part of the 1st Congressional District Race in Arkansas.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

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The Craighead County Quorum Court has approved an ordinance that is designed to make voting easier for residents.  

The ordinance allows for setting up voting centers across the Craighead County.  As opposed to voting in specific polling sites, the voting centers will allow voters across the county to vote at any site.  The improvements are possible with the 120 new voting machines in the county. 

Activists on both sides of tort reform say they’ll proceed with their voter education campaigns despite a judge’s ruling stated that so-called Issue One is not qualified for the November ballot in Arkansas.

At a Northeast Arkansas Political Animals forum held at the Jonesboro Chamber of Commerce on Friday, speakers debated the merits of caps limiting medical malpractice awards and said the conversation will continue, despite Pulaski County Circuit Judge Mackie Pierce’s ruling on Sept. 6 that the proposed amendment does not meet a “single-subject test.” 

That ruling is being challenged by Arkansans for Jobs and Justice.

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In this monthly Congressional interview, U.S. Representative Rick Crawford talks with KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves about an update on the Farm Bill, a ballot measure in November that would raise the Arkansas minimum wage to $11 an  hour by 2021, and how nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court Brett Kavanaugh could affect this upcoming mid-term elections.   Click on Listen for the entire interview.  

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A proposal to legalize casinos in Arkansas has been approved for the November ballot.

Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on Wednesday released her full personnel file from her time at the state Department of Human Services, two days after a judge ordered the files opened.

In a conference with reporters Wednesday, Rutledge produced the eight previously unreleased pages of her file regarding work performance and filing for unemployment benefits.

Chintan Desai Campaign

In this monthly congressional interview, Democratic challenger to US Representative Rick Crawford talks about concerns over President Trump's trade war with China, a minimum wage issue expected to be on the November ballot, and he issues a debate challenge to Congressman Crawford.  Click on the Listen button to hear more.  

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Special elections were held on Tuesday in Northeast Arkansas which resulted in a millage increase and an extension of a sales tax.

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After 2 attempts and about 78 years, Randolph County voters will get to decide in November if they want alcohol sold within their borders.

Updated at 6:10 a.m. ET

Voters in Missouri have overwhelmingly rejected a right-to-work law passed by the state's Republican-controlled Legislature that would have banned compulsory union fees — a resounding victory for organized labor that spent millions of dollars to defeat the measure.

With about 98 percent of the precincts reporting, the "no" vote on Missouri's Proposition A, which supported the law, was running about 67 percent, with nearly 33 percent voting "yes."

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Tuesday was Missouri’s primary…a day that might not have normally driven many Dunklin County residents to the polls.  This primary was the exception to the rule.  That is because two propositions were on the ballot that, if passed, would have led to the construction and maintenance of a new hospital in the county.  It would have most likely been placed in Kennett.  

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The following filings were posted by Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday on his office’s Facebook page.  These listings will be updated frequently so please check back.

New filings are in bold. At the end of the list will be a list of filings that have been received but have not yet been checked to confirm the validity of signatures gathered.   

KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with Chintan Desai about the United States' trade war with China and the meeting between U.S President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.  Desai is the Democratic challenger for the House of Representatives seat in the First Congressional District.  He is challenging current Republican Representative Rick Crawford.  

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

Dunklin County residents are voting August seventh on two propositions that would, if passed, lead to the construction of a new hospital in Kennett.  There have been several concerns from Dunklin County citizens about the propositions, which led to the county’s three commissioners to hold public forums throughout the county to present information about the taxes that will be voted on.  The first public forum was held Thursday night in the northern Dunklin County town of Malden.  Just over 40 residents showed up at the meeting.

The 91st General Assembly of 2017, in a decision that brought Supreme Court Chief Justice Dan Kemp over to the old Supreme Court chambers in the Capitol — now the scene of Senate committee meetings — decided to put to voters this November a big cap on lawsuit awards as well as a legislative power grab.

John Brummett, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist
Talk Business and Politics

Constitutional changes, including term limits and tort reform, are likely to be on the November ballot for Arkansas voters.  Could corruption in the state legislature be a factor in either of those two issues this Fall?  Arkansas Democrat-Gazette Columnist John Brummett and Talk Business’ Roby Brock ponder that possibility.


As it approaches 100 degrees, the roofline of Stickyz Rock 'n' Roll Chicken Shack shades about 2 feet of the sidewalk along President Clinton Avenue in downtown Little Rock.

That's where canvasser Cynthia Ford sets up. She's carrying signature rolls for three ballot items.

Libertarian Party of Arkansas

In this Congressional interview, KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with Elvis Presley, Libertarian candidate in the First Congressional District race for House of Representatives.  Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.

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In this interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with U.S. Representative Rick Crawford.   Click on the Listen button for the entire interview.  

chintan@desaiforcongress.com

KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves conducts an interview with the Democratic challenger Chintan Desai in the First District race for the U.S. House of Representatives seat, currently held by Republcian Representative Rick Crawford.  Click on the Listen button to hear the entire interview.  

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Dunklin County Residents will go to the polls in August to decide on two ballot issues for the construction of a new hospital in Kennett. 

John Brummett, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist
Talk Business and Politics

The primary elections in Arkansas are over.  Now, Talk Business and Politics’ Roby Brock and Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist John Brummett break down the results.


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One of Gov. Asa Hutchinson’s most vocal critics within his own party lost her primary battle Tuesday night. State Sen. Linda Collins-Smith, R-Pocahontas, was defeated by State Rep. James Sturch, R-Batesville, in the State Senate District 19 race. With 100% of the vote in according to the Arkansas Secretary of State’s Office, Sturch tallied 52.9% (5,299) of votes cast while Collins-Smith garnered 47.1% (4,726).

Results are unofficial.

Justice Courtney Goodson and Department of Human Services Chief Counsel David Sterling are headed for a runoff in the Arkansas Supreme Court race, while Commissioner of State Lands John Thurston was leading in the secretary of state’s race.

Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson won his Republican Party primary with room to spare Tuesday, beating challenger Jan Morgan by a margin of more than two-to-one.

Likewise, roughly 200,000 Arkansans chose a GOP ballot — almost twice the number who voted in the Democratic primary.  

Hutchinson didn’t extend any appreciation to his opponent in his election night speech or so much as mention her by name. And for her part, Morgan said afterward she would maintain her campaign promise and not endorse her party's nominee in the general election.

Johnathan Reaves, KASU News

The new county judge for Craighead County will be Marvin Day. He will start his duties January first. I asked him on his reaction to winning the position.

Here are the final unofficial numbers in Craighead County from the May Primary.  Results will be certified June 1, 2018. 

Governor Democratic Primary

Jared Henderson Total votes:676 Percentage : 66%

Leticia Sanders Total votes 349 Percentage: 34%

Governor Republican Primary

Asa Hutchinson  Total votes: 4,418 Percentage: 57%

Jan Morgan  Total votes: 3,329 Percentage: 43%

Sec of State GOP Primary

Trevor Drown  Total votes: 3,438 Percentage: 50%

John Thurston Total votes:3,408 Percentage: 50%

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