Category Archives: Politics

Treasurer: “That is a matter between the judge and Shannon and I won’t get involved.”

The ongoing battle at the Union County Courthouse between Judge Mike Loftin and Clerk Shannon Phillips over a payroll issue has other elected officials on edge. While not nearly as juicy as the continuing story of Ouachita County Judge Mike … Continue reading

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Obama sworn in for second term

In timing with Martin Luther King Day, President Obama was sworn in during a private ceremony on Sunday preceding nationwide hoopla today. Watch below, from ABC, as the president is sworn in for another four years.

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Legislature convenes

State Reps. John Baine (D-El Dorado) and Matthew Shepherd (R-El Dorado) took their respective posts when the 89th General Assembly convened today with the first Republican majority since Reconstruction. Baine, a freshman, was one of the 43 first-time representatives sworn … Continue reading

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County officials pass blame for notice failure

Former Justice of the Peace Steve Ward created something of a quagmire on Monday when he accused the Union County Quorum Court of meeting illegally on Jan. 1 to set the 2013 monthly meeting time and date. Ward, who lost … Continue reading

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McDaniel admits to “inappropriate” relationship with Hot Springs attorney

Representatives for Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel said today despite affirmation that he was involved in an “inappropriate” relationship with a Hot Springs lawyer last year, he will still seek the Democratic gubernatorial nomination for 2014. According to Arkansas Online, … Continue reading

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“Heal the broken hearted, bind up their wounds.”

There just aren’t words. Nearly 30 people, including 20 children, have been confirmed dead following this morning’s attack at a Connecticut elementary school in which a masked shooter invaded the campus and released more than 100 rounds into neighboring classrooms. … Continue reading

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Senator-elect calls for “voter integrity unit”

Alongside a state law proposal and constitutional amendment requiring a photo ID be shown at the ballots, an Arkansas representative turned senator announced today his intention to write a bill that would create a voter fraud investigative unit. Rep. Bryan … Continue reading

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Huttig ethics violation wraps with probable cause but no sanction

A three-month Arkansas Ethics Commission investigation into possible violations of state law by Huttig Mayor Tony Cole reached a conclusion late last month with probable cause found to substantiate the allegations but no sanction imposed for good cause. According to … Continue reading

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Romney sweeps all but four Union County boxes

Voter turnout for the Nov. 6 general election was at 86.3 percent, or 17,336 out of 20,086 active registered voters, according to certified results from the Union County Election Commission. Documents reveal an overwhelming majority in Union County voted for … Continue reading

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Republican Carter wins House Speaker slot

It’s a first since Reconstruction. Along with a new Republican majority in the Arkansas House of Representatives, the membership elected Davy Carter (R-Cabot) as its next speaker, according to Arkansas News. Democrat Darrin Williams lost out early on his bid … Continue reading

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Huttig alderman-elect hit with $2,000-plus civil suit

A Huttig alderman-elect was recently hit with a $2,000-plus lawsuit alleging he owes St. Vincent Health Systems for medical bills left unpaid over the last year. According to a complaint for collection of debt, John Osgood, who beat out Marcus … Continue reading

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2012 turnout compares evenly with 2008

Presidential election excitement and a push for pre-registration prior to the 2012 general election led to a burst in voter turnout unseen for the past four years, according to Union County Clerk Shannon Phillips. Of the 20,086 registered active voters … Continue reading

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District 27 elects Pierce, Arkansas rejects medical marijuana

It was close but in the end Rep. Bobby Pierce prevailed in the Senate District 27 race and Arkansans rejected a proposal for the use of medical marijuana, according to unofficial results by the Arkansas Secretary of State’s Office. Both … Continue reading

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Rice ousts incumbent Thompson

With 78 percent reporting in Union County, it appears Mike Rice may have ousted incumbent John Thompson for the El Dorado Ward 1, Position 1 race. According to unofficial results, Rice took 59.3 percent to Thompson’s 40.6 percent. Tom Cotton … Continue reading

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Early voting results announced

Early voting has resulted in several close races here in Union County, according to unofficial election results. For Justice of the Peace District 1, Steve Ward and Mike Dumas are neck and neck at 506 to 510, respectively. In District … Continue reading

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