Arkansas Senatorial Candidates 2014 Democrat and Republican
State Primary: May 20, 2014
Arkansas Senator Candidates 2014:
Mark Pryor (D)
Tom Cotton (R)
Mark Swaney (Green)
Nathan LaFrance (Libertarian)
A list of Arkansas Candidates for Congress are listed below by congressional district.
Arkansas Candidates for Congress
Arkansas Congressional Candidates
Rick Crawford (R)
Jackie McPherson (D)
Brian Willhite (Libertarian)
Ann Clemmer (R)
French Hill (R)
Conrad Reynolds (R)
Patrick Henry Hays (D)
Debbie Standiford (Libertarian)
Steve Womack (R)
Grant Brand (Libertarian)
Tommy Moll (R)
Bruce Westerman (R)
James Lee Witt (D)
Ken Hamilton (Libertarian)
United States Senate election in Alaska 2014
One-term incumbent Democrat Mark Begich was elected with 48% of the vote in 2008, defeating six-term Senator Ted Stevens by 3,953 votes. Begich will be 52 years old in 2014 and intends to seek re-election to a second term.
Stevens, who would have been almost 91 years old at the time of the election, had already filed for a rematch back in 2009, but was killed in a plane crash the following year. On December 1, 2012 Republican Lieutenant Governor Mead Treadwell announced that he was exploring a candidacy in 2014.
History of Arkansas. Information that every Arkansas Election Candidate for Senator Should Know.
Arkansas admission to Statehood is June 15, 1836. The Arkansas Territory was a historic, organized Territory of the United States from July 4, 1819 to June 15, 1836, when it was admitted as Arkansas, the 25th U.S. state. Arkansas Post was the first territorial capital (1819-1821). Little Rock was the second (1821-1836) and has continued to be Arkansas' State Capital. There were 5 Governors of the Arkansas Territory from 1819 to 1836.
Arkansas was the first permanent French settlement in the lower Mississippi River valley and was the first territorial capital of the State of Arkansas. It was also the site of the only Revolutionary War combat in Arkansas as well as the site of an American Civil War Battle.
Arkansas Post was founded in 1686 by Henri de Tonti at the site of a Quapaw Indian village name Osotouy near where the Arkansas River enters the Mississippi River. The site was a strategic point for France, Spain, the United States, and the Confederate States at different times in history.
In 1803 Arkansas Post became a part of the United States as part of the Louisiana Purchase. The post was selected as the first capital of the Arkansas Territory and became the center of commercial and political life in Arkansas. Prior to statehood the territorial capital was moved to Little Roc, Arkansas and Arkansas Post lost much of its importance.
During the American Civil War the Post became an important strategic site as it was the confluence of two major rivers. In 1862 the Confederate Army constructed a massive earthwork known as Fort Hindman named after Confederate General Thomas C. Hindman. In January of 1863 Union forces conducted an amphibious assault on the fortress backed by ironclad gunboats and destroyed both the fort and the civilian areas of Arkansas Post.
The former site of Arkansas Post was made into a state park in 1929. In 1960 the site was designated as a National Memorial and a National Historic Landmark. In 1966 Arkansas Post was added to the National Register of Historic Places.
Pro 2nd Amendment groups focus on Senator Pryor of Arkansas with Ads
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — As one of five Democrats who opposed expanding background checks for firearm sales, U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor of Arkansas is facing pressure from gun control groups who are urging him to rethink a position they suggest could haunt him during his re-election bid next year.
Mayors Against Illegal Guns on Thursday brought the father of a student killed in the Newtown, Conn. school shooting last year to Arkansas in the hopes of arranging a meeting with the two-term senator. The director of the group also said it plans to soon air radio ads and send out direct mail pieces focused on Pryor.
Pryor is among several lawmakers the group, co-founded by New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is focusing on for opposing the background checks measure that failed in the Senate last month. Pryor and Sen. Mark Begich of Alaska are the only Democrats who opposed the measure who are seeking re-election next year.
"This can easily become a dry policy issue where senators get their facts from the same place they get their campaign money. The way you change that is you sit them down with people who lost their children and didn't have to," Mark Glaze, executive director of the group, said. "It is the only thing that works in the end, in our experience."
Neil Heslin, whose 6-year-old son, Jesse Lewis, was among the 20 students and six educators killed at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December, was in Little Rock Thursday but decided against going to a private Pryor event as originally planned to ask the lawmaker about his vote. Heslin said he hoped to later meet with Pryor.
"I'd like to hear from him why he didn't support the background check bill," Heslin said.
Glaze said the group also planned to soon launch radio ads and a direct mail effort in
Arkansas, with a focus on African-American voters - who tend to favor stronger background check measures - but said the group's immediate focus as on getting Pryor to reconsider his position on background checks.
"It is hard for me to imagine a combination of constituencies that would get Mark Pryor over the finish line if he doesn't perform exceptionally well in the African American community," Glaze said.
In an interview, Pryor told The Associated Press he didn't vote for the background check
measure because he believed a separate gun control measure he supported by
Republican Sen. Charles Grassley of Iowa was stronger.
"With all due respect, I understand it's very emotional for families. It was a terrible
tragedy what happened in Newtown, but if you look at the Manchin-Toomey bill, there's not one thing in there that would have prevented Jonesboro or Tucson or Aurora or Newtown," Pryor said.
The other Democrats who voted against the expanded background checks measure included
North Dakota's freshman Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and Sen. Max Baucus of Montana.
Baucus has announced he's not seeking re-election next year and Heitkamp isn't up until 2018. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a supporter of the plan, switched his vote to the prevailing "no" side to permit him to call for a revote in the future.
Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia, one of the sponsors of the bill, said he plans to
bring it back for another vote. Pryor said he's willing to take another look at the measure if Manchin is willing to make changes.
"If Sen Manchin and Sen (Pat) Toomey want to change it and try to work with senators to
try and make this a more passable bill, I'd certainly look at any changes," Pryor said.
Other groups hoping to change Pryor's mind include the Progressive Change Campaign
Committee, which ran a full-page newspaper ad last week criticizing his vote against the measure. The group backed former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter's unsuccessful bid in 2010 to unseat Democratic Sen. Blanche Lincoln in the primary.
Spokesman Matt Wall said the committee is not actively seeking a primary challenger for
Pryor but said the incumbent lawmaker should be aware he "leaves himself open to that sort of thing happening" by opposing a measure that Bloomberg's group has said polling shows Arkansans overwhelmingly support.
The effort, however, could backfire as Pryor seeks re-election in a state that's turned
increasingly Republican. When Bloomberg's group launched an ad urging passage of
background checks, Pryor issued a two-sentence retort: "I don't take gun advice from the
Mayor of New York City. I listen to Arkansans."
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