July 22, 2014 - Arkansas Land Commissioner and Republican John Thurston joined the Natural State of Politics today to discuss his re-election campaign and what his job entails.
June 13, 2014 - Former Congressman and Democratic Gubernatorial Mike Ross joined the Natural State of Politics today to discuss his newly announced Jobs First Economic plan, the campaign, prison problems, the private option heading into 2015 and recent polling.
June 10, 2014 - Today, Arkansas voters will head to the polls to decide the GOP nominee for attorney general between central Arkansas attorneys Leslie Rutledge and David Sterling. Not only is it the only statewide runoff on the ballot, but it's also the first ever statewide runoff between Republicans in the Natural State.
Both candidates joined the Natural State of Politics podcast this morning to talk about the race, each other and whether or not they would be willing support the other in November after an extremely heated primary.
May 29, 2014 - David Sterling is currently facing Leslie Rutledge in the June 10th Republican runoff for Attorney General, and he joins 'The Natural State of Politics' today as we head into early voting next week. He sets the record straight on the electric chair, discusses his qualifications and whether or not he thinks the office of attorney general should be a nonpartisan position, considering the responsibility of the state's attorney is to defend Arkansas law despite personal belief.
Sterling is an attorney from North Little Rock.
May 28, 2014 - Leslie Rutledge is currently facing David Sterling in the June 10th Republican runoff for Attorney General, and she joins 'The Natural State of Politics' today to discuss her campaign, her opponent, what makes her qualified for the office and whether her values will get in the way of the job.
Rutledge is the former attorney for ex-Gov. Mike Huckabee and the Republican National Committee. She won Tuesday's primary but fell short of the needed 50 percent needed to win the nomination outright. She and Sterling were running against Jacksonville attorney Patricia Nation, who recently endorsed Rutledge.
Look for my interview with Sterling tomorrow.
May 1, 2014 - State Senator Bryan King (R-Green Forest), the lead sponsor of the the state's Voter ID law (now Act 595), joins 'The Natural State of Politics' today to discuss the controversial law.
A recent decision by an Arkansas judge ruled the law unconstitutional under Article 3, Sections 1 and 2 of the Arkansas Constitution. King very much disagrees with the judge's take on the constitution. Hear why by clicking the link.
MOST RECENTLY: Earlier this week, the Arkansas Supreme Court granted a stay on the judge's ruling, meaning Act 595 will remain in place until the court rules on the issue. King believes that could come after primary elections.
April 24, 2014 - Dr. Jay Barth, Political Science Professor at Hendrix College, joins 'The Natural State of Politics' today to discuss the recent NYT/Kaiser poll which has Senator Mark Pryor (D) up 10 points over Congressman Tom Cotton (R) in Arkansas's U.S. Senate race.
Barth talks about the similarities to the recent Talk Business/Hendrix College poll that had Pryor up 3, and weighs in on what he thinks both candidates need to do to win in November.