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2 Democrats make congressional bids official

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Two Democrats have made their bids for Republican-held congressional seats official as the filing period for state and federal office continues.

Democratic congressional hopefuls Ken Aden and Clark Hall on Monday filed paperwork to run for a pair of congressional seats. Aden is seeking the 3rd congressional district seat held by U.S. Rep. Steve Womack and Hall is seeking the 1st congressional district seat held by U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford.

Hall, a state representative, is one of two Democrats who have announced a bid to challenge Crawford's re-election bid. Arkansas State University economist Gary Latanich has also said he'll seek the Democratic nomination.

Aden is the only Democrat expected to file for Womack's seat.

The one-week filing period ends Thursday.

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Hall running to represent District 1

Hall running to represent District 1

Clark Hall released the following statement today upon filing as an official candidate for Congress in Arkansas' First District.  Hall will host an online town hall with First District voters afterward at www.ustream.tv/channel/clark-hall-for-arkansas at 5:30 p.m.  He will answer questions submitted by voters during and leading up to the town hall at news@clarkhallforarkansas.com.

Statement By Hall:

“Our Congress is broken and not willing to make tough choices to move our country forward.  We all understand in Arkansas, in tough times, you need tough leaders to make tough choices.  I’m tired of the nonsense going on in Washington.  It’s time we rolled up our sleeves and fixed the problem.

Beebe says GOP plan could result in 61 Ark. layoffs

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) -- A proposal to cut three percent of the Governor's budget.

The GOP counter-budget would cut three percent, or $21 million, of the Governor Mike Beebe's $4.7 billion state budget.

The Governor reviewed the proposed cuts and asked state agencies to do the same.

Those agencies came back stating the cuts will lead to reductions in services and personnel.

But Republican lawmakers say that may not happen at all...setting the stage for a battle of the budget.








"At the end of the day, it's going to take agreement to get anything done and that is important," said Republican John Burris, the House Minority Leader.

Democratic House Majority Leader Johnnie Roebuck said the budget has already been thoroughly reviewed.

Rep. Rick Crawford responds to the State of the Union

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (Jan. 24, 2012) -- Representative Rick Crawford released the following statement in regards to the State of the Union address.
Tonight we heard President Obama lay out his vision for the country. The President talked about the need for jobs and new sources of domestic energy. I agree with the President that Americans need jobs. I also agree that new sources of energy will give certainty to our economy and ultimately make our nation more secure.
During my first year in Congress I have worked with the President and my colleagues across the aisle whenever possible. Many times our political parties have the same goal in mind, we just favor different approaches. I believe that it is possible to disagree, without being disagreeable.

Ever thought of running for public office?

Ever thought of running for public office?

Electric Cooperatives of Arkansas and Arkansas Broadcasters Association to host political candidates training seminar


Beebe to address viewer questions on AETN’s ‘Arkansans Ask’

Beebe to address viewer questions on AETN’s ‘Arkansans Ask’


Gov. Mike Beebe will discuss state issues and answer viewer questions in the next episode of “Arkansans Ask,” airing on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) tonight at 7 p.m.

Viewers may submit questions by: phone, 800-662-2386; fax, (501) 852-2280; e-mail, paffairs@aetn.org; or via on-air phone, (501) 852-8426.

Steve Barnes moderates. The program is underwritten by the Arkansas State Employees Association.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is Arkansas’s statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming.

Voters asked to renew $575M in highway bonds

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Voters are being asked to vote on a proposal to renew a $575 million bond issue to pay for interstate improvements in Arkansas.