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Hot Springs lawyer to enter 4th district race

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - A longtime Hot Springs attorney says he'll run as a Democrat for an open seat in Congress representing Arkansas' 4th district.

Q. Byrum Hurst announced his plans Monday to seek the seat being vacated by Democratic Congressman Mike Ross, who is not seeking re-election.

Hurst says he will bring economic-development issues to the forefront of the race. He says the 4th district needs a congressman who can build on Ross' achievements.

Hurst is a graduate of the University of Arkansas School of Law and has spent more than 35 years as an attorney. He plans to file paperwork Tuesday to officially enter the race.

Other hopefuls in the Democratic primary include D.C. Morrison and state Sen. Gene Jeffress. Republicans who've announced include Tom Cotton, John Cowart and Beth Anne Rankin.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Rankin officially running to represent District 4

Rankin officially running to represent District 4

LITTLE ROCK, AR- Congressional candidate Beth Anne Rankin of Magnolia officially filed to run for Congress from the Fourth Congressional district Friday.

"As an entrepreneur and daughter of a free-market economist, I recognize that our country faces the choice of two futures.  The federal government is in a fiscal death-spiral because we have for too long sent leaders to Washington who drink the Potomac Punch and become intoxicated on spending.  We will either continue on the current path of unsustainable debt and a European-style, cradle-to-grave government, or we will reclaim the entrepreneurial spirit and re-focus our dedication to the free market system, liberty, freedom and citizen-centered solutions," Rankin said.

Rankin, a seventh-generation Arkansan who has lived in Arkansas for over forty years, is seeking the Republican nomination for the 33 county district.

Ross makes statement on State of the Union

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Jan. 24) - U.S. Congressman Mike Ross of Prescott issued the following statement in response to President Obama's State of the Union address on Tuesday night.

Statement from U.S. Congressman Mike Ross:

"I appreciate the President presenting a detailed plan on how we strengthen the middle class and get this economy back on track - two important priorities for this Congress. I strongly urge the President and Congress to come to the table, actually listen to one another and work in a bipartisan way. The November elections are ten months away, so there's still plenty of time to govern and get the job done. We simply cannot afford to wait any longer to address our national debt or our jobs crisis. It's time for Republicans and Democrats to stop putting party over country and get to work on behalf of the American people.







Ross gives opinion on pipeline decision

Ross gives opinion on pipeline decision

This statement was taken from Congressman Mike Ross' Facebook page:

Ross Disappointed by President’s Rejection of Keystone XL Pipeline

Says Pipeline Would Create Jobs, Lower Fuel Prices

JANUARY 18, 2012 


WASHINGTON – U.S. Congressman Mike Ross of Prescott on Wednesday criticized President Obama’s decision to reject the permits to construct the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would carry crude oil from Canada to refineries along the Gulf of Mexico and create thousands of jobs in America, while reducing our dependence on oil from places like the Middle East and Venezuela.  Ross, who is a member of the House Energy & Commerce Committee, is an ardent supporter of the pipeline and helped pass a bill last year in the House of Representatives to expedite its approval process.


Cotton, Hall release campaign fundraising figures

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - A Republican running for a south Arkansas congressional seat says he's raised more than $197,000 in the last three months of 2011, while a Democrat running for an east Arkansas district says he raised more than $131,000.

Republican Tom Cotton announced Tuesday he has raised more than $500,000 total in his bid for the seat being vacated by Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Ross. Cotton is one of four Republicans running for Ross' seat.

Cotton said he has $479,000 on hand for his campaign. Two Democrats have said they're running for Ross' seat.

State Rep. Clark Hall announced he raised $131,714 for his campaign to unseat Republican U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford in east Arkansas. Hall, one of two Democrats running for the seat, says he has $107,044 on hand.

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Ross disappointed in lack of potential successors

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - U.S. Rep. Mike Ross says he's disappointed more Democrats haven't announced they're running for his south Arkansas seat, but says he doesn't think the field is settled yet.

Ross told The Associated Press on Friday that one of the reasons he announced in July that he wouldn't seek re-election was to give Democrats a chance to consider running for his seat. Ross is a Democrat who represents the 4th district.

So far, only two Democrats have announced they're seeking the party's nomination for Ross' seat. Four Republicans have said they're running.

Ross said he expects to see more candidates to join the Democratic race in the coming weeks. Ross said he hasn't backed any of the Democratic candidates and is waiting for the field to settle.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

Beebe to address viewer questions on AETN’s ‘Arkansans Ask’

Beebe to address viewer questions on AETN’s ‘Arkansans Ask’


Gov. Mike Beebe will discuss state issues and answer viewer questions in the next episode of “Arkansans Ask,” airing on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) tonight at 7 p.m.

Viewers may submit questions by: phone, 800-662-2386; fax, (501) 852-2280; e-mail, paffairs@aetn.org; or via on-air phone, (501) 852-8426.

Steve Barnes moderates. The program is underwritten by the Arkansas State Employees Association.

The Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) is Arkansas’s statewide public television network that enhances lives by providing lifelong learning opportunities for people from all walks of life. AETN delivers local, award-winning productions and classic, trusted PBS programs aimed at sharing Arkansas and the world with viewers. AETN depends on the generosity of Arkansans and the State of Arkansas to continue offering quality programming.