CPSIA in 2008: Senator Pryor Capitalizes on a Media Frenzy

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“Won't somebody please think of the children?!” This line from The Simpsons could have been the catchphrase of Senator Mark Pryor’s 2008 Senate career. That was the year of a media frenzy over unsafe children’s products, something that resulted in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). The American people are now saddled with a law that has caused significant hardship for business owners around the nation. As Chairman of the Consumer Protection Subcommittee, Senator Pryor … [Read more...]

Does Senator Pryor Care More About My Children Than I Do?

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Senator Mark Pryor probably thinks I’m a bad parent. I just spent ten days exposing my children to products that he considers unsafe. In fact, he championed a law making it virtually illegal to sell the very things I let my kids play with. How could I be so irresponsible? Don’t I care about my children’s safety? Of course I want to protect my kids from harm. I would never intentionally expose them to a dangerous product. But it appears that Senator Pryor and I have quite different views on … [Read more...]

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...]

Bowen Law School’s Response to Law Student Debt: Look, We Have A Wonderful Gym!

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Attorney General Dustin McDaniel isn’t the first name that comes to mind when one thinks of physical fitness, but maybe that will change soon for Bowen Law School students -- especially when they enter Bowen’s new gym: it’s partially paid for with a $100,000 “donation” of state funds which had previously been entrusted to the attorney general’s office. The new gym, which is scheduled to open soon, will be paid for from state settlement funds from a Lender Processing and National Credit … [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...]

‘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...]

Report: Undercover Agents Fraudulently Enroll In Obamacare

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A new report from the Government Accountability Office reveals that Obamacare (*gasp*) is highly susceptible to fraud. According to the Associated Press: Congressional investigators using fake identities were able to obtain taxpayer-subsidized health insurance under President Barack Obama's law... The nonpartisan Government Accountability Office says its undercover investigators were able to get subsidized health care under fake names in 11 out of 18 attempts. The GAO is still paying … [Read more...]