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...]

The Real Beebe Jobs Record

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If you watch or read the news in Arkansas, you probably hear a lot about outgoing Gov. Mike Beebe’s record of “job creation.” One political columnist recently claimed that “economic development was a hallmark of the Beebe era.” Gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross released his first television ad earlier this year, attempting to tie himself to Beebe and claiming in an accompanying statement: Arkansas has made tremendous progress under Governor Beebe…I want to build on the foundations Governor … [Read more...]

Inequality At The DPA & DeCample’s Outburst (Podcast)

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This week on the show: Does the DPA hate women? More on "paycheck fairness" Matt DeCample is very mad that people don't like Obamacare VIDEO: Matt DeCample in court! … [Read more...]

Breaking: Beebe Admin ‘Increasingly Concerned’ That Obamacare Critics Don’t Like Obamacare Expansion

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A new report at Forbes this morning reveals some troubling facts about how Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe’s staff is spending its time. In late May, Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample sent an email to Forbes editor Coates Bateman. DeCample was none-too-pleased with Forbes’s detailed coverage of the failures of Beebe’s Obamacare Medicaid expansion program. You remember: the program that’s been over budget every single month since its inception. According to DeCample, the Beebe administration is … [Read more...]

White House: States Rejecting Obamacare Expansion Save Taxpayers $88 Billion

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A new report released by the Obama White House last week reveals the extraordinary taxpayer savings created by the states that are declining Obamacare’s Medicaid expansion -- and how much expansion states are costing taxpayers. By not expanding Medicaid, 24 states are saving taxpayers $88 billion over the next three years. That is $88 billion that will not be added to the national debt -- debt that will not be passed on to future generations of taxpayers. On the other hand, states that have … [Read more...]

“There Is A Lot Wrong” With This Forbes Article, But Legislators Are Too Busy To Explain

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Yesterday, Forbes published an insightful piece about the Arkansas Obamacare “private” option. The bottom line for Arkansas taxpayers: for the second month in a row, the “private” option costs are well above projections and above the federal cap. The Forbes article (authored by Josh Archambault and Jonathan Ingram of the Foundation for Government Accountability) outlines what could happen if “private” option costs continue to climb: ...under terms of the waiver signed by Governor Beebe and … [Read more...]

House GOP To Speaker Carter: We Need To Talk

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27 House Republican legislators have signed and delivered a letter to Speaker Davy Carter that says, quite simply: it’s time to negotiate a way forward on the Medicaid budget. Last week, the House voted four times on passage of the DHS/Medicaid budget (which includes funding for the Obamacare “private” option). The bill failed all four times. The letter was presented to Speaker Carter today. You can read it here in its entirety. Here’s an excerpt: Dear Mr. Speaker, At your direction, … [Read more...]

Carter: If You Won’t Do What I Want, “That’s Just Not Reasonable Whatsoever”

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Lots of Arkansas legislators have strong feelings about the “private” option: tempers on the House floor have been running high. Several disagreements last week were over “vote pairing” – which is an agreement two House members can reach if they disagree on a bill. Legislators agree to pair their opposite votes if (for instance) one of them can’t be in the chamber at voting time; this allows both votes to be cast and recorded, even if both legislators aren’t present. Vote pairing can work well … [Read more...]