Mica Strother, the Face of the Favor Factory

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You might remember previous news reports about one of Governor Mike Beebe’s staffers, Mica Strother. Strother has a unique business model: apparently, she’s been spending part of her day working as a fundraiser for the Mark Pryor for Senate campaign, and the rest of it helping to decide who to appoint to various state government boards and commissions. To say that such an arrangement invites conflicts of interest is an understatement. Here’s an update on the Strother situation. Appointees made … [Read more...]

VIDEO: Mark Pryor Scurries Away From Reporters When Questioned About Debates

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Senator Mark Pryor made a guest appearance in Arkansas today. KATV’s Janelle Lilley caught up with him and asked why he agreed to appear in an October 14th debate in Fayetteville, but hasn’t accepted invitations to appear in other, statewide debates. Lilley’s question was met with a swift rebuke from a Pryor aide who instructed her to direct campaign questions to Pryor campaign spokesman Erik Dorey before rushing Pryor into an elevator, thru the lobby of a gift shop, and across the street, away … [Read more...]

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...]

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

DPA Equal Pay

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...]

Pryor Dodges Taking Stance on Dems’ Hobby Lobby Bill

Hobby Lobby

The bad week for Mark Pryor continues. Senator Harry Reid and his fellow Democrats in the Senate on Wednesday introduced a bill that would essentially override the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, which protected religious liberty rights for business owners. From the Washington Post: The Hobby Lobby v. Burwell decision, a 5-4 ruling by the high court last week, said that business owners with religious objections could exercise their right to not cover some kinds of contraception in … [Read more...]

Mark Pryor’s No Good, Very Bad Day

Tornado - Pryor Camp Attack Ad

It seems like just yesterday Mark Pryor staffers and supporters were all excited about a new campaign video regarding Tom Cotton and disaster relief. To me, it seemed a tad cynical to use storm victims as props for a political ad, but I figured maybe I was just being overly sensitive. However, it never occurred to me that at least one of the owners of the damaged property featured in the video was not okay with his property being featured in the ad. But today we found out that’s exactly … [Read more...]

Faulkner Co. Sheriff to Mark Pryor: “Leave Our Community Out of Your Campaign”

Tornado - Tragedy Exploiter

In a new campaign ad released today by the Tom Cotton for Senate campaign, Faulkner County Sheriff Andy Shock delivers a strong message to Senator Mark Pryor: Despite what you've been told, Tom Cotton stood with us every step of the way. Tom voted for disaster relief and full funding of FEMA. Senator Pryor, start focusing on the real issues. Leave our community and our tragedy out of your campaign. Faulkner County contains most of the areas that were devastated by recent tornadoes. As of press … [Read more...]

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

Offensive Kitten

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...]