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...]

Mike Ross Admits He Was An Architect Of Obamacare

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This morning, I posted a six-second clip of former Congressman Mike Ross saying if he had not voted for Obamacare in committee, it wouldn’t have become law. I emphasized in my initial post that the six-second clip provided no context for the remarks -- and added that if someone could supply a longer video, I would be happy to post it. Shortly thereafter, it was given to me, and I was happy to post it. While the new video doesn’t provide complete context (we don’t hear the question Ross is … [Read more...]

VIDEO: Mike Ross Says Obamacare Would Not Be Law Without Him (Updated)

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

The Arkansas Project has obtained a short six-second video of former Congressman Mike Ross speaking to a group of Arkansans in El Dorado in 2010. According to my source -- who wishes to remain anonymous -- Ross was asked at the town meeting how he could claim to be a supporter of Obamacare when he voted against it later (on the House floor). Here’s Ross, in his own words: Obviously these remarks are significant: since Ross has re-inserted himself into the political scene and launched a … [Read more...]

Obamacare Exchanges, Day 1: Add Arkansas To The List Of States Without Access

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Much to the surprise of, well, no one, the Obamacare exchanges that were set to go live today are failing miserably all over the country. States with state-based exchanges like Oregon and California have been experiencing serious glitches, but the federal exchange is also experiencing outages, leaving virtually everyone without access. In Arkansas, we have a “state exchange” -- which we’ve been told was going to create all of this “competition and efficiency” and a “better consumer … [Read more...]