Signing Off

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I can’t tell you the number of times that, over the last two and a half years, I’ve told someone, “I have the best job in the world.” And it’s true: since May of 2012, I’ve sat down at this computer every day in my pajamas and gotten paid (a little) to write about Arkansas policy and politics. Somewhere along the way, people started to take what I was saying seriously. I did my best to give our readers an inside view of policy differences among candidates in regular and non-regular … [Read more...]

Dirty Cops, Wrongful Imprisonment, and Blessings from Government: A Conversation with Senator Hutchinson

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Earlier this week, I interviewed state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson about the Gyronne Buckley case. It was one of the most astonishing conversations I have ever had. As I wrote on Tuesday, Buckley was incarcerated for over eleven years; the state Claims Commission determined that he hadn’t received a fair trial. In particular, the Commission found that Buckley was the victim of a corrupt cop, Keith Ray, who failed to disclose documents at Buckley’s trial that would have helped Buckley; according to … [Read more...]

Exchange Director Unsure If Arkansas Will Speed Up Implementation of State Exchange

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Last week, I began investigating whether Arkansas was moving towards a state-run Obamacare exchange. My initial interest in this story emerged after several state lawmakers told me they were hearing rumblings that the state’s Obamacare bureaucracy was looking at expediting our move to a state-based exchange. This troubled me because, as I read the existing law, I realized the exchange is not supposed to make the switch until next summer: Act 1500, the authorizing statute for the exchange, … [Read more...]

Gyronne Buckley, Who Was Wrongfully Imprisoned, Is Now Wrongfully Denied Compensation

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Imagine if you were the victim of a crooked cop who withheld evidence in your criminal trial, and imagine that -- because of this -- you were put in prison for more than a decade. And imagine if the Supreme Court ordered your sentence overturned -- more than a decade too late -- because it found you never received a fair trial. Imagine if your own state's top law enforcement officer, in the face of police corruption, pretended that the police corruption never happened; imagine that your own … [Read more...]

AEDC’s Latest Less-Than-Superior Performance

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Superior Industries is closing one of its plants in northwest Arkansas. According to news reports, this will result in the loss of 500 jobs, sucking even more air out of Governor Beebe’s “jobs record.” It’s a heartbreaking story for the community, but an even more gut-wrenching tale for taxpayers -- and it’s simply the latest in a long string of failures by the state to prop up private industry. Last week, the company announced it would shut down their Rogers plant and move production to a … [Read more...]

‘Uncompensated Care Scam’: The Story of the $100 Aspirin

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Dr. Keith Smith is a co-founder and owner of the Surgery Center of Oklahoma. His clinic is revolutionizing medicine by using free-market principles to provide quality, affordable surgical care. One consumer-friendly principle that Smith’s group uses is price transparency: when you show up to their clinic, you know exactly what you’re going to pay when you walk out the door. The group’s website says, “The pricing outlined on this website is not a teaser, nor is it a bait-and-switch ploy. It is … [Read more...]

Arkansas Has A New Chance To Fight Obamacare. Will We Take It?

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Yesterday, I wrote about the steps Arkansas is taking to set up a state-based Obamacare exchange. The Halbig decision presents a huge opportunity for states to protect their residents and employers from the devastating mandates in Obamacare. Let’s explore. Based on the logic of Halbig, any state which declines to implement a state Obamacare exchange would free its residents from the individual mandate and its employers from the employer mandate. This is because the Obamacare mandates are … [Read more...]

After Halbig, Arkansas Moving Towards A State-Based Exchange

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Last week, the D.C. circuit court ruled in Halbig v. Burwell that Obamacare subsidies cannot flow into state that are participating in the federally-run exchange. If the ruling holds (it will almost certainly be appealed), this could be a game changer for the federal health care law: currently, only 14 states have state-run exchanges and, according to the ruling, are eligible for premium subsidies. The question is, will the 36 states that are in the federal exchange now move to state exchanges … [Read more...]