Obamacare Exchange Leaks Personal Information Of 2,400 Minnesotans

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Remember when I warned you about the Obamacare navigators? The ones who are only required to have 20-30 hours of training before gaining access to unprecedented amounts of personal information? I know it is hard to imagine how this could go wrong, but somehow, the folks working in the Minnesota exchange found a way to screw it up. From The Daily Caller: An employee of Minnesota’s Obamacare exchange, MNsure, sent an unencrypted file to the wrong person and left 2,400 people’s private … [Read more...]

Hot Air: Beebe and Nordex Fail to Keep Lofty Promises, Taxpayers Left Holding the Bag

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Less than five years ago, the possibilities seemed endless. Nordex USA had just announced its intention to move to Arkansas and create hundreds of new jobs. The age of renewable energy was finally here -- and it was going to lift Arkansans out of poverty and into prosperity. Arkansas would finally be the “land of opportunity.” Heck, we might even change the state motto back! You see, Nordex wasn’t just promising jobs -- they (and Governor Beebe) were promising careers. In fact, that’s what their … [Read more...]

Congressman Cotton: Cut From A Different Cloth

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Yesterday, Arkansas Congressman Tom Cotton penned an op-ed in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette that outlined his opposition to the recent ‘farm bill’ that was voted on in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the piece, Cotton says: Like so many other Arkansans, farming for us isn’t a job; it’s a way of life. I took the lessons learned on our farm into the Army and now to Congress. That’s why I was disappointed with the Farm Bill considered by the House recently, which was a bad deal for … [Read more...]

Senator Rapert Calls Again for “Private Option” Delay

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Yesterday I reported that state Senator Jason Rapert announced (while attending AAI’s Monday town hall meeting in Conway) that he wanted the legislature to delay passage of the “private option” Medicaid expansion. Now the AP has picked up on the story. According to a new report, Rapert reiterated his calls for delay this morning at the Capitol, saying lawmakers should take three weeks off to go talk to their constituents and then reconvene. Talk to your constituents? What a great … [Read more...]

$400,000 For Sweet Potato Research? Yam Right!

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There are several remarkable aspects of Governor Mike Beebe’s veto of SB2, the voter ID bill, yesterday. It looks like Beebe threw a bone to the gubernatorial base -- which suggests that the base is in need of stimulation. It is also intriguing to see a governor veto a bill that passed with bipartisan support in both chambers and is supported by large majorities of Democrats, women, African-Americans, and even crusty old white guys. But most importantly: how odd it is to see a governor use the … [Read more...]

VIDEO: King, Greenberg Testify in Favor of Voter ID Bill

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It took a little longer than expected, but as promised, here is some video from Thursday's Senate State Agencies Committee meeting at which Senator Bryan King's voter ID bill was discussed. The first clip below is testimony in favor of the bill by Senator King and AAI President Dan Greenberg. The second video is testimony against the bill by Holly Dickson of the ACLU.  The committee meeting was approximately 2 hours long and we do have more video. If you're interested in seeing it, leave … [Read more...]

Let’s Talk About Election Integrity!

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Today, Advance Arkansas Institute President Dan Greenberg joined freedom fighter and all-around good guy Senator Bryan King to discuss the idea of requiring voters to show identification at the ballot box with the Arkansas Legislative Black Caucus. I was there to catch the entire event on video. You're welcome. There are several interesting exchanges in the first video below. A few of them deserve further analysis which will come at a later time. But for now, enjoy the videos and read this … [Read more...]

Arkansans, What is Corporate Welfare Costing You?

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$148 per person -- that’s the amount of money, on average, that the state of Arkansas spends per year on corporate welfare, according to a new report from The New York Times. That’s more than Mississippi, Alabama, Georgia, and Missouri. In fact, The Show Me State just to our north spends just $16 per capita on subsidies -- nearly 90% less than Arkansas. I tend to think this debunks the Arkansas Economic Development Commission’s Grant Tennille who thinks we must continue this large-scale … [Read more...]