Fraud-Ridden Minimum Wage Issue OK’d by Supreme Court

Minimum Wage (Supreme Court)

The Arkansas Supreme Court, in its opinion yesterday, removed the final obstacle to a statewide vote on hiking the minimum wage. One startling aspect of the Court’s decision is that it appeared to tolerate — and, thus, to encourage — a significant level of petition fraud. We wrote recently about a special master’s report filed by Special Judge John B. Robbins, which found that the Give Arkansas A Raise Now campaign submitted approximately 8,501 signatures that are invalid due to apparent … [Read more...]

McLean Desperately Attempting To Save O’Care In AR

McLean (Obamacare)

As loyal readers of this humble blog know, state Rep. James McLean, inaugural member of the Davy Carter wing of the Democratic Party, has been having more attendance troubles at the legislature in 2014 than I had with my 8 a.m. Women’s History class my senior year of college. He’s missed 14 out of 19 education committee meetings that he was supposed to chair in 2014. A .263 batting average might be acceptable in baseball, but it isn’t so great for a committee chairman. However, one issue … [Read more...]

Announcing: AAI’s New App

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The newest project from the Advance Arkansas Institute gives you extraordinary knowledge about the workings of the Arkansas General Assembly. Our new iPhone app (also usable on the iPad) gives you all kinds of data on the voting records of those currently serving in the Arkansas legislature. You can look up the voting records of any Arkansas legislator, and you'll also get 15 different, individualized ratings for each legislator. The app brings you the data from our Arkansas Freedom Scorecard – … [Read more...]

Voting Against Weakened Term Limits Doesn’t Make You a Nut

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Yesterday the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette featured an interesting quote from state Senator Jon Woods about Issue 3, a constitutional amendment that would greatly weaken term limits. Woods said in Arkansas Online: We got some individuals in the Republican Party that passed a resolution on a Saturday when everyone else was with their family, and it does not reflect the entire Republican Party. It does not reflect all Republicans. You just have a couple of nuts that got together on a Saturday … [Read more...]

The State Supreme Court’s (Literally) Peculiar Decision

Voter ID (Peculiar)

Late yesterday afternoon, our state’s Supreme Court struck down the voter ID law that the Arkansas General Assembly passed last year. It is, in many respects, a very unusual decision. In Martin v. Kohls, a majority of Justices determined that Act 595 of 2013 would add an additional (and impermissible) requirement to vote: Act 595’s added requirement of providing a proof of identity as a prerequisite to voting runs afoul of article 3, section 1, of the Arkansas Constitution. Section 1 of … [Read more...]

Texas Rethinks Crony Capitalism. Will Arkansas?

Texas Crony Capitalism

Grant Tennille, executive director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC), is probably best known on this blog for this quote in 2012 regarding crony capitalism: I say this all the time. I hate incentives. I don’t think we ever should pay a dime to anybody to do anything. But I feel about incentives the same way I feel about nuclear weapons. I will happily be the second guy to put mine down." Interestingly enough, Texas has at least begun discussing ending crony capitalism in … [Read more...]

Poll: Low Support for O’Care in Arkansas

Obamacare (Low AR Support)

A new poll out today from the Foundation for Government Accountability (FGA) shows that despite some campaigns’ and officials’ ideas to the contrary, Obamacare is still a political loser in Arkansas for 2014. From FGA: Over 60 percent of likely voters in Arkansas say they are unlikely to support a candidate who supports ObamaCare in the upcoming election, meaning candidates who support or helped pass Arkansas’ Private Option Medicaid expansion have a target on their backs this November, … [Read more...]

McLean Cuts Class

McLean Plays Hooky

Rep. James McLean, chair of the House Education Committee, has been skipping class. You’ll remember McLean from our reporting last month. He’s in a state Senate race against former House member Linda Collins-Smith, a conservative Republican. McLean is the inaugural member of the ever-growing Davy Carter wing of the Arkansas Democratic Party. In his endorsement, Carter said: At a minimum, to be a “great public servant” and someone “who works across party isles,” you have to show up … [Read more...]