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Topic - Asa Hutchinson
Monday marked the end of the one-week filing period for state and federal office in Arkansas. Here are candidates who filed for statewide and congressional office by Monday's deadline. Candidates with an (i) next to their names are incumbents.
With a tax cut plan that's long on ambition but short a specific timetable, Mike Ross is trying to follow the same script that ended with fellow Democrat Mike Beebe winning the Arkansas governor's race eight years ago. Republican rival Asa Hutchinson is just as eager to flip the script and avoid the same fate he suffered at Beebe's hands in that race.
Two of Mike Beebe's biggest selling points as Arkansas' governor over the past seven years have been his mastery of the state's complex budget system and his ability to survive the recent Republican political tide. The looming fight over the state's Medicaid expansion will test both of those.
Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe warned sheriffs from around the state Tuesday that new funding he has proposed for the prison system could be at risk if lawmakers halt the compromise Medicaid expansion approved last year.
Republican gubernatorial hopeful Asa Hutchinson is calling for expanded teaching of computer science in Arkansas' public schools.
The annual raccoon supper in Gillett, an Arkansas political tradition, attracted hundreds of voters plus lawmakers from across the state, including Democratic and Republican candidates for the U.S. Senate and for governor.
In the absence of a clear agenda from a Congress widely labeled as dysfunctional, Republican governors used their annual meeting to identify broad policies they believe the nation needs to embrace, ranging from education, public employee-pension and tax reform to regulatory relief, transportation and energy infrastructure.
The Obama administration took to the airwaves Sunday morning to call on Republicans to back the president's plan for gun control.
Four months after the Sandy Hook school shooting, a task force set up by the National Rifle Association issued a school safety report Tuesday that calls for more trained and armed personnel on school grounds, arguing the faster someone responds with a gun during an attack, the more lives can be saved.
The National Rifle Association does not plan to support any new gun control measures in the wake of the shooting rampage in Newtown, Conn., the head of the organization said Sunday, arguing that the government should vigorously enforce laws already on the books and reiterating the group's push for more armed guards in schools as part of the solution.
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The executive vice president of the National Rifle Association on Friday called for Congress to pass legislation and funding that would placed armed officers in every school in the country, indicating the group will go its own route in addressing the national furor over gun violence in schools in the wake of last week's shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school.
A former director of the Drug Enforcement Administration warned federal officials shortly after the September 11 attacks that violent drug cartels from Mexico were teaming with Muslim gangs to fund terrorist organizations overseas.
"Governor Beebe has set the mark for how you can do that without adversely impacting services and the essential responsibilities of our state toward education, prisons, and providing a safety net for our citizens," Hutchinson told reporters last summer. "The answer is you do it gradually with economic growth and you trigger it so it does not adversely affect what we need to do as a state. He did that with the sales tax on groceries. We can tackle the income tax the same way."
"I have a probing mind and I'm trying to figure out the basis of that estimate," Hutchinson said. "It's not directed at anything other than reflecting the whole fuzziness and the uncertainty of the picture right now."