Holland And Rice Spar Over Legislative Records


I wrote a few weeks ago about the Republican state Senate primary in District 9. Unlike other primaries this year, it’s the only race that features two incumbent legislators facing off against each other. Therefore, both candidates have voting records for voters -- and their opponent -- to examine and scrutinize. Personally, I think this is awesome: it gives us all a chance to measure the candidates not only by what they say they will do, but by what they have actually done. This dynamic lends … [Read more...]

From Each According To His Ability & Top Ten Of 2013 (Podcast)

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For this week's show, I discuss: Steve Rockwell says 'Let's raise taxes!' "From each according to his ability" Tax increases that are hitting taxpayers Top ten stories of 2013 … [Read more...]

Our Year In Review

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2013 was a colossal year for TheArkansasProject.com: not only did we double our web traffic from 2012, we also saw our highest traffic year on record since we began our affiliation with the Advance Arkansas Institute. We broke several high-profile news stories, including the arrest of (now former) State Treasurer Martha Shoffner. Here’s a look at our top ten stories for 2013: The Greatest Untold Story of the 89th General Assembly Have Yourself A Conway Crony … [Read more...]

The Scorecard. It’s Coming.


Tomorrow is the big day you’ve all been waiting for -- the unveiling of the Advance Arkansas Institute’s latest Freedom Scorecard! AAI will hold a ceremony at the Capitol to unveil the new report and recognize our top-scoring legislators for their work for freedom. If you’d like to join us, swing by the Old Supreme Court room at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow. This report will be the most thorough of its kind ever produced in Arkansas, scoring over 100 bills from this year’s legislative session on the … [Read more...]

ACU Honors Arkansas Legislators For Defending Liberty


Last week, the American Conservative Union unveiled its “2013 State Legislative Rankings Guide” for Arkansas. In their report, ACU recognized several Arkansas lawmakers for defending liberty in the legislature. As part of their calculations, ACU scored Rep. Bruce Westerman’s government spending cap bill, the bill to fund Big River Steel through bonds, the “church carry” bill, the “private option,” the voter ID bill, and a few others. Based on those votes, these legislators were named … [Read more...]

Arkansas Carry PAC Endorses John Cooper for Senate District 21

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Arkansas Carry PAC, the political wing of Arkansas’s largest gun rights advocacy group (Arkansas Carry), has endorsed John Cooper for Senate District 21. A special election is being held in the district to fill the seat of former Democrat Senator Paul Bookout who resigned amid ethics violations. In a press release, ACPAC Chairman Nicholas Stehle said: Arkansas Carry PAC is pleased to announce its endorsement of John Cooper for State Senate, District 21. Mr. Cooper's responses to our survey … [Read more...]

MLK Anniversary, Sanctuary Security, & Conway Code Kerfuffle (Podcast)

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This week on the podcast: Dan talks about his participation on a March on Washington 50th Anniversary panel. Also, hear from Bryant Pastor Perry Black who is taking extra -- and constitutional -- precautions to keep his flock safe. And finally, an official with the city of Conway has responded to my story about how their excessive regulations are hindering charity work. We hope you enjoy the show this week! Here are some news stories we reference, for your viewing pleasure: Bryant pastor … [Read more...]

Hold Your Fire: No Shots At ‘Open Carry’ March

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A collection of patriotic Arkansans reclaimed their God-given constitutional rights this past weekend in Fort Smith. About 35 people showed up to an “open carry” march on Saturday, many of them openly displaying firearms to show support for Act 746, the state’s new constitutional carry law. The march went off without a hitch; local law enforcement were present and cooperative. State troopers also appeared, but left without disturbing the demonstrators. I talked with Chris Matthews, Executive … [Read more...]