Mark Pryor
Raising minimum wage may be more popular than its proponents

When an initiative to raise the minimum wage qualified for the Arkansas ballot, it was widely expected to be just the kind of bump Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor needed to win reelection. Arkansas is a Southern red state, and tough terrain for Democrats these days. But boosting the hourly rate, from $6.25 to $8.50 over the next couple of years, could turn out voters who might favor Pryor, a high-profile proponent. The proposed wage hike proved so popular that Pryor was no longer alone in supporting it. Even the conservative Republican challenger, Tom Cotton, said he would be voting for the initiative "as a citizen," though in the Senate he would prefer measures to grow the...