Repeal The Death Tax

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Dying is inconvenient enough, but -- even worse -- you can get heavily taxed for it. That’s why I was glad to see the House delegation from Arkansas help pass a bill on the floor that would repeal the death tax -- a tax that falls hardest on small business owners and families that own farmland. The tax can amount to as much as 40 percent of the estate. One of the most persuasive arguments in favor of repeal of the death tax was made in a recent article by the American Enterprise … [Read more...]

The End of Ethanol?

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  Does anyone (besides corn farmers) like ethanol in our fuel? I’m sure I’m not the only one who has had to visit a lawnmower repair shop after prolonged use of gasoline with ethanol in it. Plenty of other people, from boaters to classic car enthusiasts, also detest ethanol in our fuel. So why is it there? You can thank a government mandate, of course. The Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) requires that a set amount of biofuel be blended into gasoline. Since ethanol is the only … [Read more...]

“Colonel Conrad Reynolds” Just Filed For Congress

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Just a few minutes ago, Conrad Reynolds filed to run for Congress. I guess it would be more precise to say: Colonel Conrad Reynolds filed to run for Congress. Apparently, he has officially changed his name to "Colonel Conrad Reynolds," and that name will appear on Republican ballots in the Second Congressional District. Why? Presumably because voters are more likely to vote for candidates with titles. I imagine that's why his opponent, Rep. Ann Clemmer, specified her legislative affiliation … [Read more...]

Mike Ross Voted To Not Let You Keep Your Insurance Plan (If You Liked It)

Mike Ross celebrating with former Congressman Anthony Weiner after Obamacare cleared House committee.

Millions of Americans are losing their health insurance because their existing plans do not meet Obamacare's minimum standard requirements. The Heritage Foundation estimates that 1.5 million Americans have already lost their plans; but the American Enterprise Institute is now estimating that as many as 100 million Americans could lose their insurance when a second wave of cancellations hits next fall. The real tragedy is all of this could have been avoided. Sure, Congress could've declined to … [Read more...]

Westerman: My Plan Was “Cover Taxpayers’ Pocketbooks”

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This morning in Hot Springs, Arkansas House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman announced he will seek the Republican nomination for the 4th Congressional District. Westerman spoke to supporters at the Garland County Republican Headquarters before addressing the press. He began his remarks by saying, “We are called to be free,” adding that “it’s our duty to use our freedom to serve others.” Westerman said that while liberals in Arkansas and Washington talk about “progress,” the only progression … [Read more...]

School Safety, Dustraction McDaniel, & Tom Cotton (Podcast)

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This week on the podcast, Dan is out of town so we have a couple all-star guests on the show. First up, Nicholas Stehle of Arkansas Carry joins us to talk about the Clarksville school district arming teachers and the attorney general's efforts to stop it. Paul Harrell of The Paul Harrell Program joins us in the second segment to talk about his blockbuster-interview with Rep. Tom Cotton who announced his Senate candidacy this week. Here's some articles we reference in this week's show: Dustin … [Read more...]

Congressman Crawford’s Catfish Quandary

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Happy National Catfish Day! In 1987, President Ronald Reagan designated today (June 25th) as a day to “celebrate the value of farm-raised catfish.” Here’s part of Reagan’s proclamation that he issued some years ago: More and more Americans are discovering a uniquely American food delicacy — farm-raised catfish. In 1986, catfish comprised the third highest volume of finned fish consumed in the United States. Ninety-nine percent of all these catfish were farm-raised. Between 1975 and 1985, … [Read more...]

Kathleen Sebelius Hasn’t Read the “Private Option” Bill. Senator Rapert, I Demand A Denunciation!

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius Campaigns For Obama In Michigan

You may have heard about the kerfuffle earlier this week at our legislative luncheon on the “private option.” One state senator was apparently aghast to learn that one of our experts from the Heritage Foundation hadn’t read the most recent version of the legislature's Medicaid expansion bill, arguing that he obviously therefore couldn’t have any informed comments on the matter. In fact, this revelation prompted him to storm out of the room in protest. It also resulted in a Twitter war between … [Read more...]