POLL: Majority Support For PO Exit Strategy

Private Option (Majority Exit)

After a midterm election that brought a tidal wave of conservative Republicans into the Capitol, the conversation about Arkansas’s private option has shifted in a much more conservative direction. The conversation used to be about whether there would be changes  to Arkansas’s Medicaid expansion; now it’s about what changes will be made. A new poll out from the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) yesterday gives us a good idea on what changes voters would like made to the … [Read more...]

Farm Bill Pays Arkansas Farm to Market Tomatoes

Farm Bill Latest

It seems like it was just yesterday we were constantly told (by the now-defunct Pryor campaign) about how dangerous and subversive Tom Cotton was for voting against the farm bill. Crops will start to rot! You’ll be paying $8 a gallon for milk! At least that’s what the farm bill advocates said. With the farm bill’s passage earlier this year, many observers are taking a closer look at the program’s extraordinary wastefulness. Indeed, as Dustin Hurst at IdahoReporter mentioned in a post … [Read more...]

Liberals Freak Out Over GOP Victories In 2014

Private Option (Morpheus)

What was the most overwrought liberal reaction to the 2014 Republican midterm victories in Arkansas? An article yesterday by Monica Potts in The Daily Beast probably wins first prize. Her analysis goes something like this: Republicans won a lot of elections in Arkansas last week. Therefore, the “private option” might be in trouble. Therefore, Arkansas no longer believes in compassion. From The Daily Beast: What does it mean for the people of the state? Arkansas has continually ranked as … [Read more...]

O’Care Architect: “Lack Of Transparency” Reason Law Passed

Obamacare (Lack of Transparency)

A new video of Jonathan Gruber, one of Obamacare’s architects, surfaced Sunday in which he said a “lack of transparency” and the “stupidity of the American voter” were big assets in getting Obamacare passed into law. Bad laws passing due to a “lack of transparency” is one big reason why we’re big proponents of the Freedom of Information Act and open government. Unfortunately, for an example of bad laws passing due to a “lack of transparency,” Arkansans only have to go back to last … [Read more...]

Arkansas 39th in Business Tax Climate

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A central issue facing the legislature and Gov.-elect Asa Hutchinson in 2015: will they be able to lower the tax burden on Arkansans? According to a recent study by the Tax Foundation, Arkansas ranks 39th in business tax climate: The absence of a major tax is a common factor among many of the top ten states. Property taxes and unemployment insurance taxes are levied in every state, but there are several states that do without one or more of the major taxes: the corporate tax, the individual … [Read more...]

Republican Victories Put Damper On PO’s Future


Now that the rubble has stopped bouncing, much of the Arkansas media has been reacting to last night’s big story: unprecedented Republican wins in the U.S. Senate race, the state’s seven constitutional offices, and both houses of the state legislature. Arkansas hasn’t seen anything like this for more than a century: last night was a historic landslide for the Republican Party in this state. Certain liberal newspaper columnists this morning seemed apoplectic over the results: One of … [Read more...]

Election Day Is Here!

Election Day

Election day 2014 is finally here. If you haven’t voted yet, you should probably go ahead and do that. I’ll be on Twitter late into the night following the election results: join me!. These are a few things I’ll be watching for tonight: Is the Obamacare Medicaid Expansion dead on arrival as is in the state Senate after tonight? A DOA diagnosis starts looking a lot more likely if both (or just one) conservative Republicans, Linda Collins-Smith and Blake Johnson, defeat pro-Medicaid … [Read more...]

Silly Season Round-Up

Silly Season Round-up

We wrote last week about a misleading ad from Pat Hays regarding his newfound love for the National Rifle Association and gun rights. It looks as though the ad has backfired on the Hays campaign: late last week, the NRA announced that it would be airing a new radio spot throughout election day that will make voters more aware of Hays’s abysmal record on guns. From PoliticoPro: The National Rifle Association is responding to misleading Democratic mailers that suggest the group backs … [Read more...]