Democrats’ Minimum Wage Credibility Problem

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We’ve written recently about the rising teenage unemployment rate in Arkansas and how a proposed ballot initiative would exacerbate this problem. As previously reported here, a group called Give Arkansas A Raise Now is currently attempting to get an eventual minimum wage increase up to $8.50 an hour. A plan to raise the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour is also under discussion. In recent months, Mark Pryor and various other Democratic politicians have signed onto the Arkansas plan — … [Read more...]

New DPA Motto: “Equal Pay For Thee, But Not For Me”?

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Taking a page from President Obama’s playbook, the Democratic Party of Arkansas has made it clear that they’re interested in causing a stink about “equal pay” this election cycle. In January, DPA executive director Candace Martin wrote a letter blasting Congressman Tom Cotton and Senator Rand Paul just before Paul visited Arkansas. According to Martin, “Arkansans are fair minded people. When a woman is paid less than a man for doing the exact same job, it’s just not right.” An authorless post … [Read more...]

Ethics Commission Releases Book On Bookout

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The Arkansas Ethics Commission has released a 127-page document that outlines the investigation into the campaign spending of former state Senator Paul Bookout (D). According to the report, Senator Bookout “believed in his heart” that all of his spending was campaign related. Apparently, the hearts of the ethics commissioners were not so certain. From the report: While Mr. Bookout believed in his heart that all of the expenditures he made during his campaign were related to his campaign, he … [Read more...]

Arkansas Dems on Income: Intentionally Misleading or Just Ignorant of the Facts? (PART 1)

Harmful Truths vs. Useful Lies

Why are Arkansas Democrats exaggerating the Natural State's progress on income growth? Or more to the point, just how damn stupid do they think we are? I was thumbing through the Wall Street Journal this morning, in the manner of all good plutocrats everywhere, when I came across this story about declines in household income over the last few years. Citing a study by a Maryland-based consultancy group, the WSJ reports that 38 states saw a decline in median household income from … [Read more...]