It’s Time to Stop Using Taxpayer-Funded Resources to Influence Elections

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HB1187 would prohibit government entities from using taxpayer funds or taxpayer-funded resources to influence the outcome of ballot measures in Arkansas. This is a great bill, because whether you know it or not, your tax dollars have been used to influence elections -- and not just at the state level. Allow me to provide a real-life example. In 2011, the White County Quorum Court, as the behest of Judge Mike Lincoln, passed a sales tax to fund a new highway around the city of Searcy. The tax … [Read more...]

The Top 10 Stories of 2012

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Well, it’s New Year’s Eve so everyone’s doing those “year in review” type things, and we just can’t resist the urge to jump in. Furthermore, producing one of these is much easier than writing a substantive article, especially considering that the eggnog hasn’t quite worn off yet. So, here you have it: a look at the absolute, without a doubt, bar-none top stories of 2012, provided to you by The Arkansas Project (in terms of web traffic, not quality of content -- because God knows this list would … [Read more...]

Advancing Arkansas: Rep. Nate Bell Aims For Ethics, Transparency Reforms

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In 2013, Republicans will hold the top leadership position in the Arkansas House and Senate for the first time in modern history. It's likely that conservatives will determine state legislative outcomes in a way they never have before. Therefore, we have a real chance, for the first time, to institute real policy reforms in the upcoming legislative session. Programs such as Medicaid have been around for generations yet have managed to escape any real legislative scrutiny due to one-party rule. … [Read more...]

Ban Texting Bans: Obeying Government Can Kill You

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There seems to be no end to what the government will try to regulate -- what you can eat, what you can wear to school, even what cars you can drive. Our friend state Senator Jimmy Jeffress even proposed a regulations on listening to iPods while jogging! In recent years, a new trend among governments across the country has been to institute bans against texting while driving. These laws seem harmless enough: clearly we want to do everything we can do as a society to promote good driving habits … [Read more...]

The Story of ‘A Fat Little Gnome of A So-Called Person From Mena’

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By now, you are probably all-too-familiar with our good friend state Senator Gene Jeffress.  He has been recognized here repeatedly, as well as nationally, for his splendid oratories about the glories of socialized medicine.  But did you know there is another Senator Jeffress serving in our state’s highest legislative body?  His name is Jimmy Jeffress. Like Gene, Jimmy has a tendency to commit gaffes.  Unfortunately for Jimmy, he is prone to committing them on Facebook and I am prone to … [Read more...]