Pryor Attacks Religious Liberty

Hobby Lobby

Last week I wrote about Mark Pryor’s MIA stance on Senator Harry Reid's (and his fellow Senate Democrats’) bill -- the bill that would have essentially overridden the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision,which protectedreligious liberty rights for business owners. I asked his press secretary for a statement regarding his stance on the bill, but she never got back to me. To no one’s surprise, yesterday we found out that Pryor found another area of agreement with Reid on this issue. Pryor … [Read more...]

Ukrainian Protests Through An Arkansas Lens


The following is a letter from overseas written by a friend of The Arkansas Project/the Advance Arkansas Institute, Brian Mefford: Let me try to paint an image of what just happened in Ukraine.  Remember the anger when Governor Jim Guy Tucker reversed his decision to resign in 1996?  Recollect the drama of Governor Huckabee’s decision to have a triple execution in 1997? Throw in the outrage over Senator Jerry Jewell’s pardons during Clinton’s 1992 Inauguration. Now transpose those emotions and … [Read more...]

POLL: Pryor Approval At 34%, Cotton And Asa! Lead


The University of Arkansas has released their 15th annual Arkansas Poll. The results spell bad news for our friend Senator Mark Pryor. In the poll, Pryor gains the approval of only 34% of “very likely voters.” For some perspective: the year before her re-election bid, former Senator Blanche Lincoln fared nearly a full ten points better than Pryor. As you probably remember, she went on to be blown out by now-Senator John Boozman. Other interesting results from the poll: In a … [Read more...]

Congress, Your Grades Are Posted


Yesterday, Americans For Prosperity released their "Economic Freedom Scorecard." Quite simply, the group ranks all 535 members of Congress based on their votes regarding economic freedom: The 112th Congress Scorecard includes critical votes on such issues as the repeal of President Obama’s new health care law, preempting EPA’s purported authority to regulate greenhouse gases, supporting Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget, ending ethanol subsidies, several Congressional Review Act resolutions to … [Read more...]

Arkansas Roundup, September 7

What a week in Arkansas politics... Vodka for votes: State Rep. Hudson Hallum pled guilty this week to conspiracy to commit election fraud. According to the court findings, Hallum, his dad, and two other elected officials discussed using "cheap vodka" to persuade voters. What a tightwad. More on this story from us, The Arkansas Project!  Lightning strikes: In a blog post, a liberal Arkansas blogger said it was more likely for someone to get struck by lightning than for voter fraud to … [Read more...]

Boozman Withdraws PIPA Support! (UPDATED: Griffin Drops Off SOPA Bill!)

John Boozman

Kudos to U.S. Sen. John Boozman (R) of Arkansas, who announced he is withdrawing his support for the Preventing Real Online Threats to Economic Creativity and Theft of Intellectual Property Act (PIPA), in response to the "chorus of concerns" that came to a head today. Boozman posted on his Facebook page that he is having his name removed from the list of co-sponsors and would vote against the bill "in its current form." Full Boozman statement as follows: Over the past few weeks, the … [Read more...]

Someone Drive a Stake Through Heart of the SOPA Internet Censorship Bill, Now! (Updated!)

Booooooo, SOPA!

I've written previously about my distaste for the Congressional Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Blecch, this SOPA thing—just rotten. It's a heavy-handed power grab stemming from an unholy alliance between the federal government and big media conglomerates to assert greater authority over the Internet, in the name of copyright protection. But as we've seen, it's rife with potential for abuse. This lamentable bill is co-sponsored in the House of Representatives by Rep. Tim Griffin, the … [Read more...]

Let’s Raise A Glass To Our Free Trading Congressmen!


Hey, look at Congress! While you weren't paying attention they took a break from being more or less absurd in order to do something worthwhile, passing three new free trade agreements (FTAs). All six of our Arkansas Congresspeople cast votes in favor of the FTAs, which open up trade relations with Colombia, Panama and South Korea. This is a good thing, yes? We like free trade and see it as a generally positive deal, right? Sure, yes, hooray. This one's all yours, Cato Institute: Judging … [Read more...]