Category Archives: Politics

Union County leads southwest in lottery sales

Union County topped the southwest region of the state in lottery sales for the month of August, according to data released by the Arkansas Scholarship Lottery. Of the $688,913 in lottery ticket sales during the month, the lion’s share was … Continue reading

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School board races creep along

Slow and steady go the first two days of early voting in four contested Smackover and Strong school board races, according to a representative of the Union County Clerk’s Office, where early voting is taking place over the next week. … Continue reading

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MusicFest clash inspires racist accusations

An alleged clash between Main Street El Dorado Director Mark Givens and former MC Hammer performer Benito Glosson resulted in accusations of racism plastered across the latter man’s Facebook page. Glosson, a former El Dorado mayoral candidate who is currently … Continue reading

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Arkansas receives $7M highway spending gift

Arkansas’ highway department has been gifted with nearly $7 million in federal earmarks that it will be required to spend before the end of the year, according to Arkansas News. The “use it or lose it” program identified $473 million … Continue reading

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“Politics really isn’t for you if you don’t like the sight of your own blood”

A representative of the Arkansas Secretary of State’s Office said Friday morning that Alex Reed misspoke when he said he was misquoted in Tuesday’s edition of the News-Times and instead had his comments taken out of context. The context surrounding … Continue reading

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Secretary of State aide claims News-Times fabricated quotes

On Monday at the Union County Republican Committee meeting, Alex Reed, of the Arkansas Secretary of State’s Office, insinuated that Democratic county clerks are doing a disservice to their constituents by not thoroughly checking voter registration forms resulting in a … Continue reading

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Huckabee urges Chik-fil-A appreciation

The Jerry Sandusky/Joe Paterno scandal wrapped up this morning leaving the only order of business to the critics on either side spitting nails at the NCAA decision as another controversy continues to heat up surrounding Chik-fil-A owners’ non-support for gay … Continue reading

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House vote to repeal health care law reportedly led by Ross

Controversy surrounding Obama’s health care reform law, which many tout as the primary achievement of the current administration, continued today with an overwhelming vote in the Republican-controlled House to repeal the law in its entirety. The charge was reportedly led … Continue reading

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Casinos, medical marijuana could make it to the November ballot

A professional poker player says she has more than 80,000 of the 62,507 required signatures to get an initiative to build four casinos in Arkansas on the ballot, according to the Associated Press. Nancy Todd is proposing casinos in Crittenden, … Continue reading

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Arkansas granted NCLB waiver, plans alternate measures

Arkansas joined today 23 other states to have received waivers allowing them flexibility in meeting the requirements of President George W. Bush’s No Child Left Behind. The state was among five total to be granted a waiver today, according to … Continue reading

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Republicans receive local favor in 2012 fundraising

Overwhelmingly, Republican candidates and committees have been heftily preferred in El Dorado during the 2011-2012 election cycle, according to Federal Election Commission filings. Top contributors include big names within the oil industry who, like the citywide trend, favored efforts on … Continue reading

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Local Republicans out-give Democrats during 2012 cycle

Nearly 300 campaign contributions ranging from $15,000 to $300 were made by El Dorado individuals or companies during the 2012 cycle, according to The Center for Responsive Politics, which aggregates data compiled by the Federal Election Commission. Top contributors included … Continue reading

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Ruling makes it unclear whether state can perform executions

The Arkansas State Supreme Court left prison and state officials scratching their heads today after a decision struck down the state’s execution law, making it unclear whether Arkansas has a legal means of carrying out executions. In a 5-2 opinion, … Continue reading

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Smith endorses Jeffress for fourth congressional district

Rep. Garry Smith endorsed Sen. Gene Jeffress for the fourth congressional district seat during the Union County Quorum Court meeting on Thursday. Though he lost by 294 votes for the state senate position he bid for in the May 22 … Continue reading

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Highway commission authorizes speed limit increase on U.S. 63 and U.S. 167

The Arkansas Highway Commission decided in a meeting on Wednesday to increase speed limits on a slew of roads throughout the state including U.S. 167 and U.S. 63 near El Dorado, according to a release from the commission. Approximately 265 … Continue reading

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