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

 

More than three dozen organizations have accepted invitations to take part in the inaugural parade after President-elect Donald Trump is sworn in Jan. 20, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced. More than 8,000 participants will represent the various groups. A list of the organizations:

— 1st Cavalry Division Horse Cavalry Detachment, Fort Hood, Texas

— 1st Infantry Division Commanding General's Mounted Color Guard, Fort Riley, Kansas

— Boone County Elite 4-H Equestrian Drill Team, Burlington, Kentucky

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UPDATE 1/6/17:  Due to Inclement Weather, the Political Animals Meeting has been canceled today. 

DELLWOOD, Mo. (AP) - Missouri Gov.-elect Eric Greitens has named leaders for his public safety team.

Greitens announced Monday that Drew Juden, director of public safety in Sikeston, will be his director of public safety. Greg Favre, command staff officer for the St. Louis Fire Department, will be deputy director.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) - Ethics and right-to-work bills are among the top priorities for Missouri Republican legislative leaders and GOP Gov.-elect Eric Greitens.   Lawmakers return Wednesday to the Capitol for the roughly five-month 2017 session.   Republicans hold supermajorities in both chambers but have been checked by outgoing Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. He was barred by term limits from seeking re-election.   Greitens might be a closer ally to GOP lawmakers.

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — What a difference one election can make.

The approval of a constitutional amendment legalizing medical marijuana and Donald Trump's surprise White House win weren't just two of the biggest political stories in Arkansas. They also upended the agenda for the upcoming legislative session and are likely to dominate Arkansas' politics in 2017.

From establishing the first medical pot program in the Bible Belt to the future of a hybrid Medicaid expansion program covering thousands, the state faces plenty of questions in the new year.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The chairman of the Arkansas Democratic Party said Thursday he won't seek another term, announcing his departure after three years that have been marked by Republicans making widespread gains in what had once been a Democratic holdout in the South.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — The chief of staff to Arkansas Treasurer Dennis Milligan is retiring.

Milligan said in a statement Monday that Jim Harris is retiring after serving as chief of staff since Milligan took office in 2015.

Harris said in the statement that he needs to focus on his health.

A retirement date was not announced. Harris has previously worked in both the governor's office and for the state Department of Emergency Management.

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In this interview with KASU's News Director Johnathan Reaves, US Congressman Rick Crawford talks about whether he has been considered to be Ag Secretary in the Trump administration, his thoughts on Trump's picks, Cuba trade and what Crawford wants to do in the new year.  Click on "Listen" to hear the entire interview.  

Gov. Asa Hutchinson took part in meetings Monday in Washington, DC that could be key for the future of his Arkansas Works Medicaid expansion plan.

First he met with U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Burwell as he seeks a needed waiver for the program, which is a successor to the state's Private Option. He then met with members of President-elect Donald Trump's transition team.

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KASU News Director Johnathan Reaves talks with Senator John Boozman about a listener's concerns over the Affordable Care Act's repeal, the future of Social Security, and Citizens United.  He also talks about President-Elect Donald Trump's picks for cabinet positions.  Click on the Listen button.  

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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.  

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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. 

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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.

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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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