2018 Election

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Supporters cheered when the numbers came in earlier than expected at Rick Crawford’s watch party at Ridge Point Country Club on Tuesday evening.

 

Crawford finished with 69 percent of the vote from Tuesday’s midterm election, giving him an easy win over Democrat Chintan Desai and Libertarian Elvis Presley and confirming that he will head back to Washington for his fifth term as Arkansas’s First District’s Congressional representative.

 

“It’s a huge honor.  It’s very humbling,” said Crawford.

Voters in Michigan approved a ballot measure to legalize recreational use of marijuana on Tuesday, and two other states — Missouri and Utah — endorsed medical marijuana laws. Voters in North Dakota didn't partake, rejecting a measure to legalize recreational marijuana use.

Now 33 states have legalized marijuana to some degree, and recreational pot use is now legal in 10 states, along with Washington, D.C. But possessing, selling or using marijuana remains illegal under federal law.

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In Craighead County, here is where you can vote today.  This information provided by the Craighead County Clerk's office. 

CRAIGHEAD COUNTY POLL LOCATIONS/VOTING CENTERS

Allen Park Community Center 
3609 Race St
Jonesboro, AR 7240

Monette Legion Hut
209 E Drew St
1 Monette, AR 72447

ASU/1st National Bank Arena
217 Olympic Dr, Haines Room, North Entry
Jonesboro, AR 72401

Nettleton Baptist Church
7001 E Johnson
Jonesboro, AR 72401

Bay Community Center
305 Cherry St
Bay, AR 72411

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The race for the Arkansas Supreme Court looks largely undecided two weeks before Election Day. And, an amendment proposal to expand casinos in Arkansas has been improving its odds for passage.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' highest court has ordered election officials to not count votes for a proposal to limit damages awarded in civil lawsuits and rejected an effort to block an initiative to raise the state's minimum wage.

Talk Business and Politics

One of the four races on the Jonesboro City Council involves Ward 6, Position 1.  Incumbent Bobby Long faces challenger Tommy Baker.  They answer questions about bike and pedestrian paths, sidewalks, calls for an aquatic center, Jonesboro's reserves and the budget, traffic issues in Jonesboro, growth in Jonesboro, and preventative flooding measures.  Click on the Listen button for the entire story.  

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One of the four races on the Jonesboro City Council involves Ward 5, Position 1.  Incumbent L.J. Bryant faces challenger Robert Speer.  They answer questions about bike and pedestrian paths, sidewalks, calls for an aquatic center, Jonesboro's reserves and the budget, traffic issues in Jonesboro, growth in Jonesboro, and preventative flooding measures.  Click on the Listen button for the entire story.  

One of the four races on the Jonesboro City Council involves Ward 4, Position 1.  Incumbent John Street faces challenger Amanda Dunavant.  They answer questions about bike and pedestrian paths, sidewalks, calls for an aquatic center, Jonesboro's reserves and the budget, traffic issues in Jonesboro, growth in Jonesboro, and preventative flooding measures.  Click on the Listen button for the entire story.  

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One of the four races on the Jonesboro City Council involves Ward 2, Position 1.  Incumbent Dr. Charles Coleman faces challenger Tom Elwood.  They answer questions about bike and pedestrian paths, sidewalks, calls for an aquatic center, Jonesboro's reserves and the budget, traffic issues in Jonesboro, growth in Jonesboro, and preventative flooding measures.  Click on the Listen button for the entire story.  

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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.

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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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Cynthia Barnhill / KASU Photojournalim-Graphics Designer Intern

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.

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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.  

Results Official In Tennessee Primaries

Aug 3, 2018

Former Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen and Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn won their party's nominations for the U.S. Senate in Tennessee. People went to the polls on Thursday to vote in both local and statewide elections, and in the gubernatorial race former Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, a Democrat, and businessman Bill Lee, a Republican, captured their party's nominations.

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