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Runoff election early voting: Nov. 22, 23, and 28.
Runoff election voting day: Nov. 29

Arkansas Secretary of State's Office

Here are the final results from the run off election that took place today in Craighead County.

A three-term Democratic state Representative - who was unopposed in the past two elections - is switching parties and thus giving Republicans a supermajority in the Arkansas House. State Representative David Hillman of Almyra made the announcement on Tuesday.

Kimberly O’Guinn has been appointed by the governor to one of three slots on the Arkansas Public Service Commission. The body regulates Arkansas utilities such as natural gas, electricity, water, and pipelines. Commissioners serve six-year terms.

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., gave no hints on a possible role in the upcoming Donald Trump administration in an interview that covered Trump’s potential conflicts of business interests, Iran sanctions, the lame-duck Congress, and repealing the Affordable Care Act.

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Four aldermen positions are up for grabs in runoff elections that will be held after Thanksgiving. 

In Black Oak, Daniel Carmichael faces Tim Jones for Position 1. 

In Brookland, Melinda Burcham and Martin Crain are running for Ward 3, Position 1.   

In Jonesboro, Terry Sharp faces Gene Vance in Ward 2, Position 2. 

In Monette, Tracey Yates Thompson and Kristian Nuckles are running for Ward 1, Position 2. 

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U.S. Senator John Boozman tells KASU News what he wants to see out of the Trump Administration and what he expects to take place during the current session of Congress.    

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In this interview with KASU, Senator Tom Cotton tells what he wants to see in the first 100 days of the Trump Administration.  Click on the Listen button to hear the entire interview.   

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Congressman Rick Crawford talks with KASU News about the next session of Congress, the repeal and replace of Obamacare and more in this interview. Click on the Listen button to hear the entire interview. 

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Despite a potential voter fraud investigation by the Arkansas State Police, voters in the Shady Grove township have passed a ballot measure allowing the sale of alcohol.

The Jonesboro Sun reports voters in the township in Greene County passed the measure with almost 60% of the vote Tuesday night.

According to the Associated Press, The Sun reports that a number of voters have switched their registration from Lawrence County to Greene County leading up to the election.

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Jonesboro Mayor Harold Perrin holds off his five challengers to hold on to his seat for another term.  Winning with 48% of the vote, Perrin was able to defeat Harold Copenhaver, who picked up 24% of the vote to avoid a runoff.  

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

What do California, Nevada, Arizona, Massachusetts, Maine, Florida, North Dakota, and Montana have in common with Arkansas this election season?  In those states, voters will decide on issues revolving around marijuana.  Voters in Arkansas, Florida, North Dakota, and Montana will specifically decide on the medicinal uses for the cannabis plant. 

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

This is part 2 of a series of reports entitled "What's the Issue?"  I spoke with Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday about the issues that are on the November ballot.  We are talking about what each issue on the ballot is and what a "for" or "against" vote means.  Issue number 3 is titled "An Amendment to the Arkansas Constitution Concerning Job Creation, Job Expansion, and Economic Development" and Holliday says that this issue is a little complex.

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Many would agree that this has been a very contentious election year as voters prepare to select the next leaders of our municipal, state, and national governments.  However, after voting on your preferred candidate you're then face with a list of amendments and acts on your ballot--asking if you are "for" or "against."  Do you know about the issues on the ballot and what what they mean?  

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This is a statement that Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson released as part of his weekly column:  

Imagine my surprise when I heard the news about issue seven only minutes after going to the polls myself for early voting. I just cast my vote in Rogers when I found out the Arkansas Supreme Court had disqualified one of the marijuana measures.

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

The Arkansas Supreme Court in a 5-2 opinion has disqualified the Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act – Issue 7 – from the November ballot, with the majority opinion saying the act sponsors “failed to meet the constitutional requirements” related to the signature gathering process.

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GOP Presidential nominee Donald Trump hasn’t seen his poll numbers slide any in the last month, despite controversies and lackluster debate performances. As a matter of fact, the Republican standard-bearer slightly grew his lead over Democrat Hillary Clinton in the former First Lady of Arkansas’ one-time home state.

In the U.S. Senate race, the contest has tightened between incumbent Republican Sen. John Boozman and Democratic challenger Conner Eldridge, but Boozman still maintains a comfortable 18-point lead.

A new Talk Business & Politics-Hendrix College survey shows that opposition remains stronger than support for two medical marijuana proposals that will be on the November ballot.

The poll, conducted statewide among 463 likely Arkansas voters on October 21, 2016, has a margin of error of 4.6%.

You can look at your November ballot before you go to the polls.  Craighead County Clerk Kade Holliday says the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office has established a website that allows you to view your ballot, as well as change any voter registration information.  Holliday says this site is not new to the state, but it is new to Craighead County.

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In this story, you can hear each candidate for Jonesboro Mayor talk about the property maintenance code and how they plan to deal with dilapidated buildings in the future. Click on the Listen button to hear the story.

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Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton face off in the final presidential debate Wednesday night at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas.

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In this story, you can hear each candidate for Jonesboro Mayor talk about concerns that annexations, transportation projects, and development projects are taking place without thought of future impacts. Click on the Listen button to hear the story.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network hosted a debate on Tuesday for the candidates of the 1st Congressional District for state Representative.  Incumbent Rick Crawford (R-Jonesboro) faced off against challenger Mark West (L-Sulphur Rock) in the debate.  You can watch the full debate below.  Video courtesy of AETN.  

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

The Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment survived an Arkansas Supreme Court challenge in an opinion issued Thursday, but the court pulled an amendment that would allow casino operations in three Arkansas counties.

The three candidates for U.S. Senate defended their parties’ presidential candidates and attacked the others in their first and only debate this election season.

Brandon Tabor, KASU News

In this story, you can hear each candidate for Jonesboro Mayor talk about the 2 new convention centers coming to the city and how the city should address them. Click on the Listen button to hear the story.

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