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Democrats in central Arkansas will choose the party's nominee for a Republican-held U.S. House seat the party believes it has a chance to reclaim this fall, while a state Supreme Court justice is seeking re-election in a campaign that's marked by an onslaught of attack ads from an out-of-state group.

As Arkansas Gov. Asa Hutchinson faces a challenge from the right in Tuesday’s Republican primary election, he now has the backing of President Trump.

The endorsement came in the form of a tweet Monday evening after Hutchinson and four other Republican governors dined with the president at the White House to discuss border security and other issues. Trump wrote on Twitter that Hutchinson had “done an incredible job with a focus on lower taxes, border security and crime prevention.”

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In the latest survey from Talk Business & Politics and Hendrix College, Second District Democrats offered empirical proof of their overwhelming support for the state’s Medicaid expansion program and additional gun regulation. The numbers stand in stark contrast to recent polling of GOP voters.

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The Arkansas primary elections are underway as residents cast their vote for candidates to run in November mid-term election.  Arkansas Republicans have a full roster of candidates competing for the GOP primary in positions for Governor and Secretary of State.  Democrats also have candidates vying for a gubernatorial position.  Also, a 3-way race is going on for a spot on the state Supreme Court.

State Rep. Dan Sullivan and Republican primary challenger Dr. Cole Peck believe the state should reconsider its telemedicine regulations, but each would have a different approach. The two men seeking the House District 53 seat debated Friday (May 4) at the Political Animals Club meeting held at the Jonesboro Regional Chamber of Commerce.

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A new survey of likely Republican party primary voters in Arkansas shows that Gov. Asa Hutchinson has a nearly two-to-one lead over challenger Jan Morgan.

The latest Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College Poll of 676 GOP voters puts Hutchinson with 57.5% support compared to Morgan’s 30.5%. Twelve percent (12%) are undecided. The poll was conducted on April 17-19 and has a margin of error of +/-3.8%.

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The two candidates for Craighead County judge debated Wednesday on several topics, such as how to address problems with the county’s budget, top priorities, and a crisis stabilization unit.  Marvin Day and Jeff Presley are both Republican candidates that will face off in the May 22nd primary.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge has again rejected a proposed state constitutional amendment that would allow four casinos in Arkansas.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A former federal consumer product regulator dropped his bid for the Arkansas Legislature Wednesday and is now trying to unseat the state's Republican attorney general.

Mike Lee filed paperwork to seek the Democratic nomination to challenge Republican Attorney General Leslie Rutledge. Lee, 70, is the first Democrat to announce a race against Rutledge, who filed last week to seek re-election.

A proposal to legalize casinos in Arkansas has been revised to allow expanded gambling at a greyhound track and horse track that already offer video poker and other electronic games.

Driving Arkansas Forward submitted its proposed constitutional amendment to the state attorney general's office, which had rejected an earlier version of the proposal. The AG must certify the measure's wording before the group can begin gathering signatures to try and place it on the November ballot.

The mid-term elections are rapidly approaching.  The filing period for candidates is underway and Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday expects 2018 to be an active election year.

“We have a gubernatorial race, as well as a gubernatorial primary, on the Republican side,” said Holliday.  “There will also be a contested race in the U.S. District 1 race, as well as several state offices that will be contested.  I think there will be a lot of engagement this year.”

Here is a list of the final candidates filing for local offices in Craighead County.  The following list was provided by the office of the Craighead County Clerk.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - This year's campaigns for state and federal offices in Arkansas is officially kicking off as hundreds of candidates will be filing paperwork to make their candidacies official during the next week.

The one-week filing period for this year's election begins Thursday at noon at the state Capitol. Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson plans to file paperwork for his re-election bid on Thursday afternoon.

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Dr. Anthony Bland, a previously announced candidate for the Democratic nomination for Arkansas Secretary of State, said he will now run for Lt. Governor.

Bland said he was encouraged by the Democratic Party of Arkansas, his family and friends to make the switch. He also indicated that the other Democrat announced for Secretary of State, Susan Inman, was a better candidate than him.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Republican primary voters were selecting nominees for two Arkansas Senate seats and a representative for a House seat in north-central Arkansas.

In balloting Tuesday, three Republicans from Russellville sought the party's nomination to replace Greg Standridge, who died in November. Bob Bailey, Breanne Davis or Luke Heffley would face Democrat Teresa Gallegos in May. If necessary, a runoff would be held March 13.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A Republican who had been running for Arkansas state land commissioner is dropping his bid for the office.

Alex Ray on Monday said he was ending his bid for the Republican nomination for the post, citing the fact that he and his wife are expecting the birth of their first child later this year. John Thurston, the Republican currently holding the office, is serving his second term and is running for secretary of state this year.

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In this interview, KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with Jared Henderson.  Henderson tells about his priroties for the state and what he would do in his first 100 days in office, if he wins.   Click on the Listen button to hear the entire interview.  

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A Democratic state representative says he's running for the U.S. House seat representing the Little Rock area and central Arkansas.

State Rep. Clarke Tucker announced his bid Monday for the 2nd Congressional District, becoming the third Democrat to run in hopes of unseating Republican U.S. Rep. French Hill.

Tucker has served in the Arkansas House since 2015. He says he was motivated to run for the U.S. House seat after battling cancer last year, saying he "could no longer stand by and watch" as Congress worked to undo the Affordable Care Act.

Governor Asa Hutchinson opened his campaign headquarters this week but he'll have to defeat his Republican primary opponent in May if he wants to make it to November. Hot Springs business owner and political pundit Jan Morgan has been taking the fight to the incumbent governor, traversing the state to talk to a host of varied groups. Morgan spoke with KUAR’s Jacob Kauffman about what separates her from Hutchinson.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas' attorney general has rejected the wording of a proposed ballot measure that would allow up to three casinos in the state to raise money for highways.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge on Thursday cited ambiguities in the proposed constitutional amendment submitted earlier this month by Driving Arkansas Forward, a group formed to campaign for the measure. The proposal calls for 65 percent of casino tax revenue to go toward highway funding.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A former Tennessee judge who oversaw a controversial trial about Islam is vying to replace U.S. Rep. Diane Black.

Bob Corlew announced his bid in a YouTube video this week, saying President Trump needs folks that work with, not against, him.

As a chancery court judge, the Mt. Juliet Republican oversaw a 2010 bench trial that was supposed to be about whether county officials violated open meetings law by approving a mosque's site plan.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A group has proposed a ballot measure that would allow the Arkansas Legislature to scale back the state's immunity from lawsuits. If successful, the effort would reverse a ruling from the state's highest court that critics say gives state agencies blanket protections from any legal challenges.

This is a press release from Marvin Day:

Jonesboro – Marvin Day of Jonesboro has announced that he is running for Craighead County Judge in the upcoming May 22 Republican primary.

Day, a graduate of Jonesboro High School received a civil engineering degree from the University of Arkansas and is employed as a senior engineer at City Water and Light.  He has previously worked in the highway and heavy construction business and was a co-founder of Asphalt Producers, LLC.

Craighead County Judge Ed Hill says he will not run for reelection.  Hill made the statement on his Facebook page Thursday. 

Gov. Asa Hutchinson announced his initial campaign team structure on Monday, Jan. 1. Five positions were filled as the governor embarks on his re-election bid. The staff and consultants include:

Second District U.S. Congressional hopeful Paul Spencer is characterizing his end of the year fundraising efforts as a vindication of his principles to never take PAC or corporate money for his 2018 election effort. Spencer’s position that only individual donors should contribute to electoral campaigns is not shared by his Democratic primary opponent Gwen Combs or Republican incumbent French Hill.

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Former exploratory candidate Jan Morgan said she will challenge Gov. Asa Hutchinson in the GOP primary in May. Morgan, a gun range owner and Second Amendment advocate, said she is formally entering the race in a New Year’s Eve event in Hot Springs, according to a press release.

BRENTWOOD, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee songwriter Lee Thomas Miller is dropping out of the race for the Republican nomination to succeed Rep. Marsha Blackburn in Congress.

Miller announced Monday he was ending his 7th District campaign about a month after launching it because running for office was causing him to "compromise" himself.

Miller is a three-time Grammy nominee who has written songs for Trace Adkins, Brad Paisley, George Strait, Jamey Johnson and Chris Stapleton.

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There’s a lot of new talent running for office in Arkansas these days.  Among those is a teacher from Helena-West Helena running as a Democrat for the first U.S. Congressional District.  His name is Chintan Desai.  He wants to take on GOP incumbent Congressman Rick Crawford next November, although he may have to defeat primary challenger Richard Butler first.  Roby Brock with Talk Business and Politics sits down with Desai for a conversation.


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