“Campus Carry” Passes Committee Despite Anti-Gun Fear-Mongering

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Rep. Charlie Collins’s “Campus Carry” bill made it one step closer to becoming law today. The bill picked up enough votes to pass out of the House Education Committee after it was amended to allow universities and colleges to require active shooter training, as well as letting those institutions choose to disallow weapons in their daycare facilities, according to Arkansas Online. Rep. Collins told The Arkansas Project after the hearing: It's a good day because we're one step closer to … [Read more...]

UALR Chancellor Ignorant of UALR’s “Glance and Nod” Policies

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As you’ve probably already heard, State Rep. Charlie Collins's "Campus Carry” bill was narrowly defeated yesterday in the House Education Committee. The meeting took nearly 3 hours, much of it filled with ranting testimonies of anti-gun zealots and cautious-to-a-fault campus bureaucrats (sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between the two). One brief exchange, however, caught my attention. That exchange occurred between state Rep. Nate Bell and UALR Chancellor Joel Anderson, who … [Read more...]

Charlie Collins: Our Constitutional Rights Even Apply on Public Property

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  Those who want to protect our Second Amendment rights should take a look at state Rep. Charlie Collins’s HB 1077, which would make college campuses more Second Amendment friendly.   From 5News: House Bill 1077 by Rep. Charlie Collins, R-Fayetteville, would require public universities and colleges to let licensed faculty and staff members carry concealed handguns on campus. Collins said he wants the decision on whether to carry a handgun to be up to the professor, not the … [Read more...]

NRA “Proud Member” Pat Hays Didn’t Fill Out NRA Survey

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Pat Hays, the Democrat running against Republican French Hill for Arkansas's 2nd District congressional seat, released an ad over the weekend boasting about being a “proud member of the NRA” and that he’ll “protect our 2nd Amendment rights.” After speaking with the National Rifle Association, I’ve confirmed that he is indeed a “member-in-good-standing” with them. So, hooray for Hays, for providing one truthful nugget in this ad! Hilariously, though, this ad has put everyone’s favorite … [Read more...]

Holland And Rice Spar Over Legislative Records

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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.

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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...]