Pryor Ebola Ad: “Mostly False”

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You’ve probably seen Mark Pryor’s new ad accusing Tom Cotton of being pro-ebola. However, the response to this ad has been about as favorable as the response to this ALS Ice Bucket challenge. Even MSNBC called the ad “terrible,” saying that it looked like something from “Saturday Night Live.” Now, Politifact has weighed in, calling the ad “mostly false.” From Politifact: Did Cotton try to stop this legislation? At first, it seems that way. The House passed the legislation Jan. 22, … [Read more...]

Guess Who’s the Big Spender?

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When it comes to supporting reductions in federal spending, Arkansas’s congressional delegation looks pretty good. Almost every member of Congress from the state backs bills that, when lumped together, would reduce taxpayers’ burden. In fact, just about every member of Congress from Arkansas supports legislation that would cut federal spending. All except one, that is. Any guesses who? If you said Senator Mark Pryor, you’re on the money. So to speak. According to data compiled by the … [Read more...]

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...]

Senator Pryor Ignores Me

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As a father, I’m used to being ignored when I ask a question. My children seem to have selective hearing loss (the doctor assures me this is a common malady). It seems that Senator Mark Pryor may be suffering from the same thing. He ignores me, too. I used to work for a U.S. senator, so I have a pretty good handle on how to read legislation. I did a lot of research on the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA). The previous seven blog posts on CPSIA I put up over the last two weeks … [Read more...]

Senator Pryor Jumps the Gun on Phthalates

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Senators aren’t rocket scientists. In fact, most of them aren’t scientists at all. There are a few doctors in the Senate. The House of Representatives has a microbiologist, but most of the members of Congress are about as educated on science as you or I. That, however, doesn’t stop them from pretending to be scientists. Take the ban on certain phthalates in the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), the federal legislation I’ve written about in previous posts. What’s a phthalate? … [Read more...]

Sen. Pryor Stops Kids from Eating All-Terrain Vehicles

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Can all-terrain vehicles (ATVs) be dangerous to children? Of course. When I was 12, my cousin and I were riding on my grandfather’s 4-wheel ATV. Our behavior was about as mature as that of a typical 12-year-old, which is to say that we were driving the ATV backwards at a high rate of speed. My cousin turned the ATV sharply, causing it to flip over and roll on top of us. Let’s just say that I have some idea of how unsafe an ATV can be. Our foolish actions on the ATV that day (and many other … [Read more...]

Mark Pryor: Saving Kids from Old Books

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When you think of unsafe children’s products, you probably don’t think of books. Outside of our one-year-old smacking me in the head with one of his board books, I have a difficult time imagining a less threatening product than a children’s book. Why, then, did Senator Mark Pryor’s child safety legislation label children’s books as such a threat? To be fair to Senator Pryor, I don’t think that children’s books were the target when he shepherded the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act … [Read more...]

Senator Pryor Helps Out Big Toy

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Big businesses – or at least big toy makers – don’t have a better friend in the Senate than Mark Pryor. That may seem strange. After all, didn’t the federal law he sponsored, the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act (CPSIA), place strict new regulations on toy makers? Indeed it did. But big toymakers had no problem complying with the Byzantine rules spawned by CPSIA. It’s the small toy companies, especially makers of handmade toys, who were and are hurt by this legislation. At his … [Read more...]