#ARElections: It’s Over! For Now

Blanche Lincoln rebuffs a strong challenge from Bill Halter in the Democratic primary for U.S. Senate, Joyce Elliott wins big in Pulaski County to defeat Speaker of the House Robbie Wills in the primary for 2nd District Congress, Steve Womack’s votes come in from Benton County to give him a victory over Cecile Bledsoe in the lone GOP runoff for 3rd District, and voters go with Chad Causey over Tim Wooldridge in the 1st.

A round-up:

Jeff Hankins – Lincoln’s significant win, Halter’s significant failure, Wooldridge is done and unions? Good riddance.

Blanche Lincoln Beats Anger on Left, Now Must Face Right

Lincoln Won with Clinton, Anti-union Message

Womack Wins GOP Bid for 3rd District Seat

Causey Wins Democratic Nomination for East Arkansas

Elliott Tops Wills in Democratic Nod for 2nd District

UPDATE: Blanche Lincoln Wins the Democratic Nomination for U.S. Senate

Voters Sue in Garland County Over Polling Places

AP: L.J. Bryant Wins Dem Nomination for Land Commissioner

AP: O’Brien Wins Dem Nod for Secretary of State


The Morning After – Arkansas Times

Blanche Lincoln Wins – Sad trombone from Max Brantley

Behind closed doors, Republicans were worried about Halter in the general – Blake’s Think Tank

#ARElections: A Sampling of Tuesday Night’s Political Coverage in Central Arkansas

With nearly 30 candidates running for Congressional seats, millions of dollars pouring into Arkansas media and plenty of national attention focusing on That U.S. Senate Race, tonight night is an Arkansas political junkie’s dream. How does one keep up with it all?

Here’s a sampling of where you can get the latest political news coverage after the polls close tomorrow night. (Any additions or updates, please let me know.)


Jeff Hankins and I will be live all night on Today’s THV’s THV2, the CBS affiliate’s second digital channel. We’ll also be cutting into CBS programming throughout the night, with a big wrap-up at 10 p.m. Steve Ronnelle, president of the Political Animals Club of Central Arkansas, is among the guests.

KATV-TV, Channel 7 – The ABC affiliate pre-empts “V” at 9 p.m. with a 1-hour election special.

KARK-TV, Channel 4 – The NBC affiliate will have Bill Vickery and Pat Lynch as part of its coverage.

KLRT-TV, Channel 16 – The Fox affiliate will have Roby Brock as part of its regular, hour-long newscast at 9 p.m.


KARN-FM, 102.9Blake Rutherford and Jason Tolbert sit in with Dave Elswick for wall-t0-wall coverage. You can listen live online here. And check Twitter for live comments from Rutherford and Tolbert. (KARN listeners, please be nice to Blake.)

KUAR-FM, 89.1, (NPR in Little Rock) – Rex Nelson sits in, along with news coverage from Ron Breeding, Kelly MacNeil and the gang. Listen live online here.


Again, you watch Today’s THV’s THV2 election coverage streaming live online here.

ArkansasBusiness.com – We’ll have updated analysis, as well as the latest numbers and stories from the Associated Press wire. For iPhones and Blackberries, go to m.inarkansas.com/news for those latest news headlines in a mobile-friendly format.

Arkansas Times Blog – No doubt there will be analysis from Editor Max Brantley and lots of colorful comments from readers.

ARElections.org – Returns as they come in. All the numbers, right here.


On the Think Tank, Rutherford has a final pre-election media round-up of local and national coverage and commentary on today’s races.

The Latest on Lincoln v. Halter, Tonight on ‘Arkansas Week’

Arkansas' news week-in-review

We’re back at the big table this week, talking about the Week That Was in Arkansas News.

Appearing alongside host Steve Barnes on AETN‘s “Arkansas Week” at 8 p.m. tonight: myself, Max Brantley of the Arkansas Times and Kelly MacNeil of KUAR-FM, 89.1.

On the docket, the latest Blanche Lincoln vs. Bill Halter news (maybe those two latest poll numbers will come up?), a look at the Republican race for the nomination for U.S. Senate (will a certain campaign gimmick be mentioned?), Secure Arkansas’ lawsuit to stop health care reform, Wal-Mart’s big lawsuit problem and more.

Tune in to your local AETN affiliate to watch tonight. Or look for the video link right here when it becomes available.

Bill Halter on the Attack, Blanche Lincoln Holds Firm at #ARSenDebate

That (above) was the scene just before tonight’s Democratic U.S. Senate debate at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock, carried live on KATV-TV, Channel 7; C-SPAN; KUAR-FM, 89.1; and Politico.com.

Blanche Lincoln supporters rallied for the TV cameras just minutes before the incumbent took the stage to face two challengers, Lt. Gov. Bill Halter and businessman D.C. Morrison. One of them was entertaining!

The other two? Well, let’s just say there were few surprises, as Lincoln and Halter stuck mainly to their respective scripts. Lincoln: “One tough lady” who has cast the tough votes and worked hard for the working men and women of Arkansas, her allegiance to them higher than to her own party. Halter: The optimist who says Washington is broken, missing Arkansas values and besieged by special interests and politicians who are bought and paid for.

After the jump, some quick analysis and links to related coverage, including KATV video.

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Blanche Lincoln and Bill Halter: TV Spot to Head-to-Head, Round 1

U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., the embattled incumbent not only facing a line of wanna-be GOP challengers but also a primary fight with Lt. Gov. Bill Halter, has finally gotten around to releasing her first TV ad, about two days after Halter debuted his 30 sec spot.

I suppose Lincoln’s spot is no goofier than Halter’s, high school football coach in tow. Lincoln’s message — that Washington is made of up a bunch of children — might be stronger had she not spent the last decade or so, er, in Washington. But I get what she’s trying to say: she’s been the adult and voted against the crazy spending.

Here’s both of them, head to head. What do you think? Snap judgements welcome in comments.



Jason Tolbert, Max Brantley weigh in.

Scott Brown: New Massachusetts Senator is Your Wednesday Cheesecake, Ladies

Scott Brown, the gentleman from Massachusetts

What can Brown do for you?

David Kinkade is known to post a little cheesecake to drive some extra clicks on The Arkansas Project. What’s stopping us?

So here to the right is our Hottie of the Week, Scott Brown of Massachusetts. Yep, this one’s for the ladies. Although I’ll bet some Republican dudes wouldn’t be above a little canoodling with this former centerfold model after last night!


Scott Brown roars to Senate upset win [Boston Herald]

“Blanche Lincoln should look at this and realize if Democrats can’t win in Massachusetts, she can’t win in Arkansas.” [Gilbert Baker vis Jason Tolbert on Twitter]

Brown’s victory ending super majority seems “overstated” [Max Brantley, Arkansas Times]

Sen. Jim Webb: Suspend votes on health care until Brown is seated [Politico]

Rep. Barney Frank: Our approach to health care “no longer appropriate” [Huffington Post]

Brown: Democrats will pay in November if his seating is delayed [Associated Press]

Nagourney: What a difference a year makes: Brown win leaves Obama with tough choices [New York Times]

Change bites back [Politico]

One Year Later, Dems’ Dream Deferred [RealClearPolitics]

What Does Obama Do Now? [RealClearPolitics]

Voters Send Washington a Ringing Message [Boston Globe]

Massachusetts Voters Tea Off on Obama [New York Post]

Dems Should Still Pass Health Reform [Washington Post]

No Obama Obits, Please [New York Observer]

Obama Needs to Fight Back [The Guardian]

Win Sends Shock Waves Through Blue-State Races [Kyle Trygstad, RCP]

Blame the Left for Massachusetts [Wall Street Journal]

Come Out to the SPJ Blogging Academy and Learn Something, Why Don’t Ya?

The local chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists (the people who brought you this) is taking you bloggers seriously. So seriously, in fact, that they’re ready to help you learn the tricks of the trade in an earnest bid to encourage a new crop of citizen journalists to raise up, start their own WordPress blogs, hopefully do some actual reporting and lure you away from time-wasting vanity projects like these!

That’s right: This Saturday, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m., SPJ is putting on the SPJ Blogging Academy, billed on its Facebook events page as

For any current or aspiring bloggers, an intro to community journalism. We’ll tell you about how to avoid ethical and legal pitfalls, how to get better access to government entities, and how to make the best use of fresh reporting on your blog.

The event features helpful hints from uber-bloggers like Max Brantley of the Arkansas Times, Rep. Steve Harrelson of Under the Dome and — lord help us — David Kinkade of The Arkansas Project.

Check it out Saturday at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock Law School, Room 305. Get more info on the Facebook page right here.