Politics

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This week, voters in Sebastian County voted to end a tax that created about $6 million annually for the University of Arkansas Fort Smith. Michael Tilley, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, talks about that and about two elements of the economy doing better than expected during the pandemic.

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Kevin Flores made history this week in Springdale as the first person of color to get elected to the City Council. After immigrating from El Salvador in the mid-1990s as a child, Flores grew up in Springdale, went on to serve in the Marine Corps, and is now an attorney. He beat incumbent Rick Evans with 57 percent of the vote.

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Several diverse candidates ran for office across the state. Some have won elections and will now serve on city councils, quorum courts or in the Arkansas Legislature. Leading up to the election, Arkansas United also made numerous efforts to encourage minority communities to turn out to at the polls.

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Roby Brock, with our partner Talk Business and Politics, says Arkansas was deeply Republican when 2020 began. He says it is even more Republican after yesterday's elections. We discuss last night's results in Arkansas.

As voters heard to the polls for the final day of voting around the country, we hear one more set of predictions from John Brummett and Roby Brock, with our partner Talk Business and Politics. Brummett, a political writer for the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, considers different possible outcomes in the Sun Belt, Pennsylvania and Arkansas's Second Congressional District.

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The 22nd annual Arkansas Poll reports voters are most concerned about healthcare and the economy amid the pandemic. Politics was a top issue for more than 20 percent of respondents for the first time in the history of the poll.

New Voter Spotlight: Vanessa Davis

Oct 29, 2020

For some Arkansans, one reason the 2020 General Election is significant is because it will be the first time they’re casting a ballot in a presidential election. This week, we’ll hear from members of the University of Arkansas campus telling us in their own words how they’re casting their ballot and why voting is important to them. Today we hear from U of A junior Vanessa Davis.

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The University of Arkansas is reviewing all departmental diversity trainings, workshops and materials in order to comply with the Trump administration's "Executive Order on Race and Sex Stereotyping." The order, which goes into effect Nov. 21, prohibits discussion of "divisive concepts" including systemic racism, white privilege and unconscious bias during workplace trainings.

New Voter Spotlight: Tyler Fowler

Oct 28, 2020

For some Arkansans, one reason the 2020 General Election is significant is because it will be the first time they’re casting a ballot in a presidential election. This week, we’ll hear from members of the University of Arkansas campus telling us in their own words how they’re casting their ballot and why voting is important to them. Today we hear from U of A junior Tyler Fowler.

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Over the weekend, Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson appeared on Face the Nation on CBS where he was asked about the rising number of coronavirus cases in Arkansas and certain remarks made by President Donald Trump, who he has endorsed for reelection. Hutchinson told Margaret Brennan that hospital space is tight, as is the competition for medical staff.

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