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Tom Cotton Thanks Mike Ross for His Service

Tom Cotton Thanks Mike Ross for His Service

Also Expresses Gratitude for Support during Transition

Washington, DC -- Rep.-elect Tom Cotton today made the following statement to express his gratitude for Rep. Mike Ross: "I want to thank Mike Ross for his service to Arkansas and our country, as well as his support for a smooth transition. In both the state Senate and the Congress, Mike leaves a legacy of service and civility. I am personally grateful for the advice and support Mike and his team provided over the last two months. With their help, my team is ready to serve our fellow Arkansans starting tomorrow. I encourage all Arkansans to join me in thanking Mike for his service and wishing Mike and Holly the very best as they begin a new chapter in life."

Governor Beebe discusses White House visit

Governor Beebe discusses White House visit

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Governor Beebe will be discussing his recent meeting with President Obama regarding the fiscal cliff Wednesday, December 5, at 10:30 a.m. at the Governor's Conference Room in the State Capitol. Beebe was invited to meet with the President as a member of the National Governors Association Executive Committee.

AETN to host four debates in ‘Election 2012’

AETN to host four debates in ‘Election 2012’

Democrat, Green, Independent, Republican candidates to participate in debates

CONWAY, Ark. (AETN) — Candidates in four races have agreed to participate in “Election 2012: The Debates,” which will tape and air on the Arkansas Educational Television Network (AETN) Oct. 23-25.

All debates will be held at the AETN studios, 350 South Donaghey Avenue, on the University of Central Arkansas campus in Conway. Seating is limited, and seats may be reserved by calling 800-662-2386. Doors will open one hour prior to taping times.

Debates, which will air on the same day they are taped, include:

Election results for Hot Spring Co. judge, sheriff

Election results for Hot Spring Co. 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.

HOT SPRING COUNTY JUDGE STANDINGS

  • Bill Scrimshire (D-incumbent) --
  • Vernon Harsell (D) --
  • Crystal Bond (I) --

HOT SPRING COUNTY SHERIFF STANDINGS

  • Chad Ledbetter (D-incumbent) -- 44%
  • Ed Hollingsworth (D) --56%

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.)

Pryor seeks to boost tourism in Arkansas

Pryor seeks to boost tourism in Arkansas

From the office of Senator Mark Pryor:

To create jobs in Arkansas and across the country and strengthen the American tourism industry, U.S. Senator Mark Pryor this week joined with Senator Mark Begich (D-AL), Chuck Shumer (D-NY), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Amy Klobuchar (D-MN) to introduce the Travel Regional Investment Partnership (TRIP) Act.  The TRIP Act will promote domestic tourism by partnering public and private dollars through a competitive matching grant program within the U.S. Department of Commerce.

Tourism supports over seven million domestic jobs and accounts for 2.8% of the United States’ gross domestic product.