Category Archives: Politics

Keeping up with the election

After what has seemed like an eternity of bickering between the two dominant sides, Election Night is finally upon us and we at the News-Times will be doing our best to bring up to date results to our Facebook account, … Continue reading

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Union County poised to beat out 2008 early vote total

Four of the original five early voting machines have filled up since the Union County Election Commission programmed the two demonstration machines on Wednesday, according to Union County Clerk Shannon Phillips. The decision to utilize both demo machines for early … Continue reading

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Voting machines begin to fill

Just in time, the Union County Election Commission has arrived at the Union County Courthouse to begin testing and programming the two demonstration machines set to bridge the gap for the rest of the early voting period. Union County Clerk … Continue reading

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Voting machines likely to fill

Based on current trends, the Union County Election Commission is heeding warnings issued by Union County Clerk Shannon Phillips that the five voting machines used for early voting are likely to fill sometime Thursday. Each machine holds a cartridge capable … Continue reading

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SouthArk students give Obama a second term in mock election

By a slight fraction, South Arkansas Community College students preferred Barack Obama to other presidential candidates in a mock election hosted by the college on Thursday, according to an email from Heath Waldrop, marketing and communications coordinator. Overall, of the … Continue reading

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Huttig candidate forum scheduled

In the midst of an Arkansas Ethics Commission investigation into Huttig Mayor Tony Cole, politics continue in the small town with a Concerned Citizens of Huttig candidate forum scheduled for Thursday night. A letter from the CCH inviting the public … Continue reading

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Grants in aid proves sticking point at UCQC

The grants in aid budget was a topic of contention at the Union County Quorum Court this morning where several justices of the peace were split on the matter of charitable contributions made out of county funds. Historically, the issue … Continue reading

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City clerk resigns amid backlogged minutes controversy

Nearly a year’s worth of struggles between El Dorado City Clerk Tony McKinnon and city officials came to a head today when McKinnon fulfilled a promise to resign if he couldn’t get a backlog of minutes completed before a November … Continue reading

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Chamber gears up for second political forum

Another packed night could be in store for the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce as it prepares to launch the second and final political forum of the local election season. The first featured a variety of El Dorado city council … Continue reading

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Four votes in three days for Strong election

Four Strong residents have voted thus far into the early voting period for a special election concerning a 1 percent sales tax within the city limits, according to Union County Clerk Shannon Phillips. No absentee ballots have been requested, she … Continue reading

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Chamber plans series of political forums

The wheels of election season keep on rolling with a series of political forums by the El Dorado Chamber of Commerce at the Chamber to encompass local and state candidates, according to a release from the Chamber. Political action starts … Continue reading

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Twitter bomb attempts to push Johnson into debates

A new trend is splashed across millions of Twitter feeds today in an effort to push the powers that be to allow Gov. Gary Johnson, who is running under the Libertarian flag, to be allowed to debate alongside Barack Obama … Continue reading

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Romney trounces Obama in Talk Business-Hendrix College poll

Though not a battleground state, Arkansas’ loyalties were made clear today with the release of a Talk Business-Hendrix College poll in which more than half of all participants named Gov. Mitt Romney as the presidential candidate they’d elect. According to … Continue reading

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Arkansas Ethics Commission investigates Huttig mayor

An Arkansas Ethics Commission investigation has been opened against Huttig Mayor Tony Cole in connection with allegations that he directed a city employee to perform landscaping duties at his personal residence on the city dime. According to a letter addressed … Continue reading

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School board elections today

Between Smackover and Strong in the week leading up to today’s school board elections, 37 people cast ballots in an attempt to secure four seats up for grabs among eight people. According to the Union County Clerk’s Office, where early … Continue reading

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