New Poll: It’s Over for Arkansas Obamacare

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Yesterday, Impact Management released a new poll showing Congressman Tom Cotton leading Senator Mark Pryor 47-43% in the race for U.S. Senate. More impressively, Cotton is also winning independents 56-28%. But there’s another data set in the Impact poll that will be of great interest to Arkansas taxpayers. Pollsters asked respondents if they opposed or supported the legislature’s plan to expand Medicaid through Obamacare by using “private insurance.” 44% of respondents said they oppose the … [Read more...]

The Greatest Political Contest in 2014: Who Can Be Most Offended?

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In 2014, the most powerful thing you can do in politics is be “offended” or “outraged.” It’s a tool that campaigns and politicians -- on both sides of the aisle -- often use to generate press coverage, volunteers, and even fundraising. It’s a fun game: if someone attacks you, respond that you’re outraged. If a new poll shows you down by 10 points, get offended and change the conversation. If your opponent says they like kittens, release a statement declaring outrage at such anti-dog values. But … [Read more...]

Regulatory Rhetoric: Ross, Hutchinson Outline Plans for Reigning in Bureaucracy

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Late last week, gubernatorial candidate and former Congressman Mike Ross released his 46-page -- yes, I said 46-page -- “jobs plan.” The first half of the plan focuses on desperate pandering to teacher’s unions education, with Ross making the (unconvincing) case for more government spending in the form of expanded Pre-K. We'll take a look at his education and tax reform proposals later, but today I'm looking at his proposals in the area he calls “Government Efficiency.” Ross actually has one … [Read more...]

Top Arkansas Cronies Say They Shouldn’t Have To Defend Cronyism

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Last month, some of the state’s top cronies penned a letter to Arkansas gubernatorial candidates, asking them to pledge their support for continued taxpayer funding of their favorite pet projects. According to the authors of the letter, including State Chamber of Commerce CEO Randy Zook, they “shouldn’t have to explain” the benefits of the governor’s Quick Action Closing (Slush) Fund. They should just get the money because, well, they want it. And they want an unqualified promise from each … [Read more...]

What The Arkansas Project Was (Podcast)

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This week on The Arkansas Project Podcast: The AG race is heating up! Sunscreen is a toxic substance, according to this school district What the Arkansas Project was and is (We apologize for the intermittent sound problems in this week's show that resulted from the storm.) … [Read more...]

Tuesday Night’s Best Performances

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Last night was a big night for a lot of Republican candidates across the state. There were plenty of surprises and even some upsets. No doubt there are lots of implications for the Obamacare “private” option moving forward, which we will be analyzing in the days and weeks ahead. But for now, here’s a look at some of the biggest winners around the state. First, a look at some big legislative wins and impressive performances: Rep. Terry Rice soundly defeated incumbent Senator Bruce Holland … [Read more...]

New Report Highlights Candidates’ Positions On Policy

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I know many of you have been relying on The Arkansas Project for news and analysis of the ongoing GOP legislative primaries around the state. While I’ve been conducting interviews with candidates, my colleague Dan Greenberg over at AAI has been helping to compile a comprehensive report that highlights where candidates stand on many more policy issues. (Well, at least it highlights where candidates are willing to say they stand.) This survey was conducted by Commerce In Action. They sent a … [Read more...]

The Great Debates (Podcast)

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This week on The Arkansas Project Podcast: Join us Wednesday night to meet all three GOP candidates for Attorney General Rice vs. Holland -- who has it right on the PO? Damon Wallace owes $30,000 to IRS And here's some debt Damon Wallace failed to disclose … [Read more...]