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Beebe appoints 17 to boards, commissions

Beebe appoints 17 to boards, commissions

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Mike Beebe today announced the following judicial appointment:

LeAnne Daniel, Glenwood, as Pike County District Judge. Appointment expires December 31, 2012. Replaces the Honorable Dana Stone.

Beebe also announced the following appointments to boards and commissions:

Mary Jane "Mitzi" Ballman, Horseshoe Bend, as Izard County Justice of the Peace for District Four. Appointment expires December 31, 2012. Replaces Kenneth Ballman.

Sam Elardo, Helena-West Helena, to the Delta Cultural Center Policy Advisory Board. Appointment expires October 1, 2012. Replaces April Peer.

Vivian Flowers, Pine Bluff, to the Arkansas Service Commission. Appointment expires January 14, 2015. Replaces Toni Shockey.

Dr. Buckley Foster, Clarksville, reappointed to the Prairie Grove Battlefield State Park Advisory Commission.

Election results for Jefferson judge, sheriff

Election results for Jefferson judge, sheriff

Today's THV will be giving you complete coverage of the election on THV2 and THV2.com. For more news on politics, including the latest in the presidential race, visit our Campaign 2012 section on todaysthv.com.


  • Alfred Carroll (D) -- 23%
  • Dutch King (D) -- 25%
  • Ivan Whitfield (D) -- 52%
  • Ted Harden (R) --


  • Gerald Robinson (D-incumbent) runs unopposed in the primary.
  • Roger McLemore (R) will challenge Robinson in the general election.

John McCain backs Cotton bid for south Ark. seat

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - U.S. Sen. John McCain is backing Tom Cotton's bid for the Republican nomination for a south Arkansas congressional seat.

Cotton's campaign announced Thursday that McCain had endorsed the Army veteran and management consultant. Cotton is running in the GOP primary for the 4th district seat being vacated by Democratic Rep. Mike Ross.

He's running against former Miss Arkansas Beth Anne Rankin and Marine veteran John Cowart.

In a statement released by the campaign, the Arizona senator praised Cotton for serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.

McCain is the second former presidential hopeful to get involved in the race. Former Gov. Mike Huckabee has endorsed Rankin, who worked for him as governor, and has campaigned for her. Three Democrats are running for the nomination for the seat.

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

2 properties of candidate Hurst under foreclosure

HOT SPRINGS, Ark. (AP) - Court records show that two Hot Springs properties owned by 4th District congressional candidate Q. Byrum Hurst Jr. are in foreclosure.

The Sentinel-Record reported (http://is.gd/GuevPP ) Friday that Charters Bank filed papers in Garland County Circuit Court last month claiming Hurst defaulted on a $100,000 mortgage on the property in Hot Springs.

Hurst told the newspaper that he has not been served the lawsuit but says he has discussed the debt with the bank. Hurst says he's not behind on his payments and that will come out once he is served with the foreclosure papers.

Hurst is running as a Democrat for the seat that is coming open with incumbent Rep. Mike Ross not seeking re-election.

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

Dinwidddie runs for state senate on Libertarian ticket

Dinwidddie runs for state senate on Libertarian ticket

From the Arkansas Libertarian Party:

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- On Saturday, the Libertarian Party of Arkansas (LPAR) nominated candidates for the 2012 election during their state convention.  The LPAR nominated candidates to run in all four Congressional districts as well as candidates in several state-wide and local races.

This is the first time in history that the LPAR has met the ballot access requirements to run candidates for any office other than President. The LPAR was certified as a new political party by the Secretary of State in 2011 after submitting more than 16,000 signatures of registered voters. In Arkansas, new political parties choose their candidates at a nominating convention rather than in a primary.

“We are thrilled that every Arkansan will have at least two Libertarians on their ballot this year,” said Chairman Rodger Paxton of Marion.

Governor appoints 26 to boards, commissions

Governor appoints 26 to boards, commissions




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.