Why Arkansas Voters Don’t Like Higher Internet Sales Taxes

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The following is a guest editorial from Andrew Moylan (executive director, R Street Institute) and Doug Kellogg (communications manager, National Taxpayers Union) about the Marketplace Fairness Act, which is proposed federal legislation that would allow state governments to tax out-of-state businesses. It sounds counter-intuitive, but the Internet sales tax enforcement scheme outlined in the Marketplace Fairness Act (MFA) is not actually a new tax; in fact, both opposing sides of the debate … [Read more...]

Last Week’s Desperate Political Attacks: A Brief Review

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Now that election season has arrived, the scent of desperation in the latest attacks on Republican candidates is becoming increasingly apparent. If you want to see this desperation catalogued, you can take a look at Max Brantley’s regular contributions to the Arkansas Times’ blog, which have recently functioned as a kind of flea market for bottom-tier campaign attacks. In the past few days, I knew that Brantley’s peculiar aggregation of attacks reminded me of something, but I couldn’t figure out … [Read more...]

Media swings and misses on Rutledge e-mail non-story

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Some eager journalists thought they’d gotten a major scoop yesterday after the state Department of Human Services (DHS) released the emails of attorney general candidate Leslie Rutledge that she wrote during her 14 months as a DHS lawyer. One of the e-mails released contained this bombshell: A pregnant woman, no matter what age, should have the right to an abortion without parental notification anyway — we shouldn't allow wacko religious parents to force a young woman to carry to term a … [Read more...]

House Speaker More Loyal to Obamacare than Political Party

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In the course of tweeting the finer points of the Miss America pageant Sunday night, Speaker of the House (and alleged Republican) Davy Carter apparently thought it would be a good time to endorse James McLean, a Democrat, in his race against Republican candidate, Linda Collins-Smith. I e-mailed Carter to see if this was an official endorsement, but I never heard back from him. Carter’s statement is one of many examples that show how private option architects are becoming increasingly … [Read more...]

Arkansas’ Republican Future

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Fred Barnes just published a fascinating article in the Weekly Standard about the collapse of the Democratic Party in Arkansas. He visited Arkansas last week and interviewed (and quoted) a lot of smart, perceptive people. He also talked to me. One interesting thing about Barnes’s piece is that it lets the facts speak for themselves. He draws attention to the timeline of the erosion and disappearance of our state legislature’s Democratic majority, which began two years after President Obama … [Read more...]

Blue Bell Not Sweet on Pat Hays Ad

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In recent months, The Arkansas Project has become widely known for dispensing free campaign advice to those in need. For instance, in early July we made a brilliant, if unheeded, suggestion to Mark Pryor’s campaign: namely, maybe you shouldn’t be duping victims of natural disasters into appearing in a campaign ad. Unfortunately, it looks like Democratic congressional candidate Pat Hays didn’t learn the right lesson from that episode. Hays’s newest ad, out this week, features him … [Read more...]

The Minimum Wage Hike: Hurting Those Who Need Help

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We’ve written here recently about the bad effects a minimum wage hike would have for Arkansas. Given the news today that the minimum-wage increase ballot initiative will be on the ballot in November, we thought it would be a good idea to revisit some of our previous arguments against raising the minimum wage. Perhaps the most detrimental effect of an increased minimum wage is that it excludes low-skilled workers, especially minority workers, from the workplace. Economist Thomas Sowell has … [Read more...]

REPORT: Arkansas A ‘Sinkhole’ State

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If your wallet feels a little lighter lately, that’s because the state of Arkansas has you on the hook for approximately $2,200. According to the 2013 Financial State of the States Report released recently by Truth In Accounting, Arkansas state government owes approximately $9.2 billion, which is more than its $7.5 billion in assets. Arkansas is one of many “sinkhole states” which owe more money than they currently have in assets, according to the report. From the report: The state of … [Read more...]