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...]

1.) Dump More People On Medicaid 2.) Brag About Cost Savings 3.) Repeat

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Governor Mike Beebe, and other private option advocates, would have you believe that everything is going swell for the program -- especially after the prices for the 2015 exchange policies showed a slight net decrease. One Republican backer of the private option recently told the Arkansas Times: This is good news. These are early indications of what our costs will be in 2015 for the private option and these are lower than what we anticipated, both in our planning and what was approved in the … [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...]

Pryor Ebola Ad: “Mostly False”

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You’ve probably seen Mark Pryor’s new ad accusing Tom Cotton of being pro-ebola. However, the response to this ad has been about as favorable as the response to this ALS Ice Bucket challenge. Even MSNBC called the ad “terrible,” saying that it looked like something from “Saturday Night Live.” Now, Politifact has weighed in, calling the ad “mostly false.” From Politifact: Did Cotton try to stop this legislation? At first, it seems that way. The House passed the legislation Jan. 22, … [Read more...]

Faux Outrage In The Heights

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Have you heard of the Southern Progress Fund? It’s a political action committee that hopes to bring the blessings of progressivism to states like Arkansas which have been turning redder than a Santa Claus outfit in recent years. Yesterday, this PAC produced an unbylined piece that provoked eyerolls throughout The Arkansas Project headquarters, given its high synthetic outrage content. The article described a squabble between two state House candidates: Republican Stacy Hurst and Democrat … [Read more...]