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[3 Mar 2011 | 2 Comments | 5,471 views]
Arkansas Legislature considering real estate regulation, illegal immigration

As any Arkansan who has been paying attention knows, the state Legislature is in session and considering a slew of new laws.
While we at First Arkansas News would love to keep our readers well informed about what the Legislature is considering, the fact is we only have the time and resources to write about a couple of bills that grab our attention. If you’re a political junkie, head on over to TalkBusiness.net or TolbertReport.com for all the political wonkery you can handle.
That said, here are a few bills that have …

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[27 Nov 2010 | One Comment | 3,882 views]
Rednecks for Obama? What the hell?

Some of us at First Arkansas News have heard that we really need more original photos.
Can’t argue there. However, we’re a bit limited in what we can do. The reporters who donate their time are writers — not photographers. Also, there’s the matter of the budget — good photographers generally cost money and we don’t really have any of that lying around (we do hope that changes in the near future).
Still, there are some things we can do to get some more original photos. For one thing, a very skilled …

Commentary, Politics, The Winner's Circle »

[10 Nov 2010 | One Comment | 3,090 views]
The Winner’s Circle — Joy Ballard, Saline County Collector

The Green Party of Arkansas fielded 13 candidates across the state in the Nov. 2 election, but only one of them won an office — incoming Saline County Collector Joy Ballard.
Ballard said she chose the Green Party as part of a strategy that left her as the only candidate printed on the ballot in a race full of write-in hopefuls. That has to do with the timing of Chris Villines, who announced in April he was leaving the County Collector’s office to take a new job as executive director of …

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[9 Nov 2010 | 2 Comments | 1,478 views]
Welcome to the Winner’s Circle

Because we know that our readers just can’t get enough politics, First Arkansas News is rolling out a series of posts that we like to call The Winner’s Circle posts here.
Here’s the deal — after months of watching politicians fling mud at each other, wouldn’t it be nice to see what they plan to do after winning their elections and getting ready to take office (or, in some cases, serve another term)? It seems there’s some value in visiting with those officials now that they are out of campaign mode, …

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[8 Nov 2010 | 2 Comments | 6,784 views]
The Winner’s Circle — Dennis Milligan, Saline County Circuit Clerk

“Officially, my name is ‘Mr. Clerk,’” said Dennis Milligan after the Tuesday elections. “But my friends can just call me ‘Circuit.’”
Milligan is in a jovial mood these days, and why not? He defeated incumbent circuit clerk Doug Kidd, making him one of the Republican candidates swept into office in Arkansas during last week’s historic elections.
Historic? Yep. Arkansas was represented in Congress by five Democrats and one Republican prior to Tuesday and is now has four Republicans and two Democrats in the U.S. House and Senate. Republicans won three of the …

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[3 Nov 2010 | One Comment | 2,648 views]
Arkansas Republicans extend lead in state constitutional offices

While most of the Arkansas elections were decided last night, there were still a few offices where more returns were needed to figure out which way they’d go.
The lieutenant governor, secretary of state and land commissioners were deemed too close to call late last night, but it appears some winners have emerged today.
In the secretary of state’s race, Republican Mark Martin has defeated Democrat Pat O’Brien. Martin rolled here in Saline County with 19,619 votes to O’Brien’s 14,634.
In the land commissioner’s race, Republican John Thurston has beaten Democrat L.J. Bryant. …

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[23 Jun 2010 | No Comment | 1,418 views]
Keet says he’s in to win

Gov. Mike Beebe, a Democrat, is supposed to be a shoe-in for governor according to what some political pundits here in Arkansas say.
Arkansas  News‘ John Brummet, in a June 19 column, described Keet as “the former state legislator and reasonably successful businessman who answered the Republicans’ kamikaze call to wage the noble battle against the uncommonly popular Beebe.”
In other words, Keet hasn’t much of a chance in the upcoming election. Keet said he’s seen that notion raised a time or two in the press and he doesn’t agree with it …

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[7 Jun 2010 | No Comment | 1,323 views]
Interview with Monty Davenport, Democrat running for Arkansas Commissioner of State Lands

We’ve already made a fuss over L.J. Bryant and now it’s time to hear from Monty Davenport.
Davenport, a state representative from Yellville, can’t run again for his current office due to term limits. So he’s running for land commissioner. Davenport faces a June 8 run-off election against L.J. Bryant and the winner of that race will go on to face Republican John Thurston in the November general election.
Bryant and Davenport both escaped the May 18 primary, leaving Democrat Mike Berg as the odd man out in that race.
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[4 May 2010 | 6 Comments | 5,270 views]
Commotion in the 3rd District?

Reports of campaign signs vanishing in the Third Congressional District have caused a stir among the many candidates gearing up for the Republican primary on May 18.
According to a “concerned citizen” who’s name won’t be revealed here as he doesn’t want to get tangled up in this story, an individual was spotted setting up “Womack for Congress” campaign signs on Monday in various vacant lots on U.S. 71-Business between Springdale and Bentonville. The aforementioned citizen got interested in what took place as the individual was reportedly removing signs belonging to …

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[3 May 2010 | No Comment | 1,761 views]
Who’s running this year for the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office?

Due to term limits, Arkansas Secretary of State Charlie Daniels – a Democrat – can’t run for another term in office.
Daniels, who was the commissioner of state lands prior to being elected secretary of state in 2002, is running for auditor of state. There are four candidates — three Democrats and a Republican — who hope to fill in in for Daniels. The Democrats will face each other in the May 18 primary and the winner of that race will face Republican Mark Martin in the November general election.
We’ve …