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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The former head of an education nonprofit says he's running against Republican Gov. Asa Hutchinson in Arkansas next year, marking the first Democrat to announce a bid for the solidly red state's top office.

Jared Henderson is the former executive director of the Arkansas branch of Teach for America. He said Tuesday that he'll seek the party's nomination to challenge the first-term governor.

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In this interview, KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves speaks with Chintan Desai.  He is a Democratic challenger to U.S. Representative Republican Rick Crawford in the 2018 mid-term election.  Listen to the entire interview by clicking on the Listen button.  

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Rappelling into a bull-riding rodeo event, crawling through dirt in a SWAT obstacle course and entering a burning building with firefighters.

These could be action movie stunts by Arnold Schwarzenegger, the Hollywood star turned California governor.

But they were all done by another governor earning a reputation for public displays of physical prowess — Eric Greitens of Missouri.

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Could we see a special election to replace Sen. Tom Cotton should he jump to a rumored CIA post?  Plus, tax cuts passed the Senate, but are they a political winner or loser?  Roby Brock with Talk Business and Politics discusses those topics and more with John Brummett, a columnist with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.


JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens and his senior staff are using a secretive app that erases messages after they're read.

The Kansas City Star reports that use of the Confide app by the governor and some of his top advisers is raising concerns that it could be used to undermine open records laws. But it's unclear whether the governor and his staff are using the app for state business, personal use or campaign work.

BENTON, Ark. (AP) - A former Saline County prosecuting attorney will become a Saline County Circuit Court judge.

The Saline Courier reports that Gov. Asa Hutchinson has chosen Barbara Womack Webb to succeed current Judge Bobby McCallister.

McCallister has been suspended and announced he will resign Dec. 15 as he faces charges of failing to pay or file taxes.

Talk Business and Politics

There was rampant speculation late last week that Senator Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) may be tabbed to join the Trump Administration as the new director of the CIA.  The news follows speculation that President Trump would be removing Rex Tillerson from the Secretary of State position—news that has been denied by the White House.  Roby Brock with Talk Business and Politics sits down with Republican John Burris and Democrat Jessica DeLoach Sabin and discusses how Cotton's new job could impact Arkansas' political landscape if he takes the job.


The New York Times reports today on a White House plan to replace U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo. It's reported that President Trump wants Arkansas U.S. Senator Tom Cotton to replace Pompeo as head of the Central Intelligence Agency.

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Latest on President Donald Trump's national security team (all times local):

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The White House says Rex Tillerson continues to lead the State Department.

That's after reports that White House officials are discussing a plan to replace Tillerson with CIA Director Mike Pompeo in what would be a major shake-up of the president's national security team.

White House spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders says there are "no personnel announcements at this time."

Talk Business and Politics

Roby Brock with Talk Business and Politics has the details on a potential Democratic challenger for Arkansas governor in 2018.  Plus, a speaker at the University Of Arkansas Clinton School Of Public Service discusses how America has been preparing for a nuclear disaster.  


Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson on Wednesday appointed two Paragould residents to the Greene County Quorum Court as Justices of the Peace.

Aaron Camp will replace Barry Bateman as the representative for District 2.  Shawntae Thompson will be replaced by Russell “Rusty” McAllister as the District 7 representative.

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Former State Rep. Jay Martin is considering a run for Arkansas governor on the Democratic ticket.

Martin confirmed to Talk Business & Politics that he is “certainly headed in that direction.”

“I feel a sense of calling and duty,” Martin said in a phone interview on Tuesday, Nov. 28. He said he is working with a team to make an announcement, but no timeline has been set.

ST. CHARLES, Mo. (AP) - President Donald Trump is returning to Missouri for the second time in three months.

The White House says Trump will speak Wednesday in St. Charles.

The speech comes as Trump and other Republican leaders seek to pass tax overhaul legislation by the end of the year. The House recently passed a $1.5 trillion bill and Senate GOP leaders hope to push their bill through this week. The package blends a sharp reduction in top corporate and business tax rates with more modest relief for individuals.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - Arkansas Secretary of State Mark Martin has formed a nonprofit he says will strive to educate people about foreign affairs.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that Martin filed incorporation paperwork this month to create the Arkansas Foreign Affairs Roundtable.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Four of the seven major candidates for Tennessee governor are declining to release details of their federal income tax returns.

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