Early voting numbers are high in the state, as over 24k voted on the first day. This is partially due to heightened media attention of the senate race, but Republicans and Democrats alike have launched get-out-the-vote campaigns. So, who will get the advantage from higher voter turnout?
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette/RICK MCFARLAND –10/20/14– Barbara L’Eplattenier cq, high fives with her daughter Calliope, 3, of North Little Rock, after participating Monday on the first day of early voting in Little Rock for the Nov. 4, general election.
The candidates for Senate shake hands on the campaign trail.
The Senate race in Arkansas has been hotly debated and is considered crucial to the balance of power in Congress. These two men disagree on almost every issue and both campaigns are funded heavily.
The U.S. government is shut down as of Oct. 1 and Congress still shows no signs of coming to an agreement on a bill to fund the budget that would get things back on track. The whole debacle has led to some confusion for Americans as far as which government services are operating as usual, and which we’ll just have to do without until … well, we don’t know when.
Former U.S. Representative Jesse Jackson Jr. and his wife, Sandi, were sentenced yesterday for spending $750,000 in campaign money on luxury personal items. Jackson ended up with 30 months in federal prison and his wife will see a year, with their terms served back to back.
If you asked the Jacksons today, I’m sure they would say, “No, it wasn’t worth it.” But then again, if you’re going to use close to $1 million in campaign funds illegally, you might as well do it right.
Yesterday marked a significant day for LGBT rights: The Supreme Court declared the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional and also declined to rule on California’s Proposition 8, allowing same-sex marriage in Cali to resume. There were tears of joy and tears of sadness.