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...]

Regulatory Rhetoric: Ross, Hutchinson Outline Plans for Reigning in Bureaucracy

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Late last week, gubernatorial candidate and former Congressman Mike Ross released his 46-page -- yes, I said 46-page -- “jobs plan.” The first half of the plan focuses on desperate pandering to teacher’s unions education, with Ross making the (unconvincing) case for more government spending in the form of expanded Pre-K. We'll take a look at his education and tax reform proposals later, but today I'm looking at his proposals in the area he calls “Government Efficiency.” Ross actually has one … [Read more...]

Top Arkansas Cronies Say They Shouldn’t Have To Defend Cronyism

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Last month, some of the state’s top cronies penned a letter to Arkansas gubernatorial candidates, asking them to pledge their support for continued taxpayer funding of their favorite pet projects. According to the authors of the letter, including State Chamber of Commerce CEO Randy Zook, they “shouldn’t have to explain” the benefits of the governor’s Quick Action Closing (Slush) Fund. They should just get the money because, well, they want it. And they want an unqualified promise from each … [Read more...]

Arkansas Governor’s Race: Who Loves Teachers The Most?

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You were probably too busy enjoying Arkansas’s one day of spring over the weekend to notice, but former Congressman Mike Ross “won” the endorsement of the Arkansas Education Association in his bid for governor. This endorsement led to a kerfuffle between Ross and Republican candidate Asa Hutchinson. Let me bring you up to speed. As news leaked of Ross’s AEA endorsement, the Hutchinson camp issued a statement saying Ross is “out of touch with Arkansas,” drawing a connection between the AEA and … [Read more...]

Mike Ross Voted To Not Let You Keep Your Insurance Plan (If You Liked It)

Mike Ross celebrating with former Congressman Anthony Weiner after Obamacare cleared House committee.

Millions of Americans are losing their health insurance because their existing plans do not meet Obamacare's minimum standard requirements. The Heritage Foundation estimates that 1.5 million Americans have already lost their plans; but the American Enterprise Institute is now estimating that as many as 100 million Americans could lose their insurance when a second wave of cancellations hits next fall. The real tragedy is all of this could have been avoided. Sure, Congress could've declined to … [Read more...]

Memo To GOP Legislators: We Tried To Warn You

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Back during the debate over Medicaid expansion (which lawmakers attempted to rebrand as "the private option"), this blog, in conjunction with the Advance Arkansas Institute, cautioned conservative lawmakers. We told them that if they collaborated with liberals by implementing Obamacare, that would take the issue off the table in the 2014 election. That's not to say that policy decisions should be purely political. They should ideally be based on the merits: what's in the best interest of the … [Read more...]

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

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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...]

Special Session Switch & Health Care Chaos (Podcast)

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This week on the show: Governor Beebe is against wasting tax dollars on special sessions -- except when he isn't. Also, what's next for Obamacare? Can it get any worse? Here are some of the news stories we discuss: Governor Beebe's new fiscal conservatism Mike Ross gives a speech in 2010 and a guy is mad we linked to his video (see the comments) The WSJ reports on some of Obamacare's many failures Enjoy the show! … [Read more...]