Dirty Cops, Wrongful Imprisonment, and Blessings from Government: A Conversation with Senator Hutchinson

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Earlier this week, I interviewed state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson about the Gyronne Buckley case. It was one of the most astonishing conversations I have ever had. As I wrote on Tuesday, Buckley was incarcerated for over eleven years; the state Claims Commission determined that he hadn’t received a fair trial. In particular, the Commission found that Buckley was the victim of a corrupt cop, Keith Ray, who failed to disclose documents at Buckley’s trial that would have helped Buckley; according to … [Read more...]

Gyronne Buckley, Who Was Wrongfully Imprisoned, Is Now Wrongfully Denied Compensation

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Imagine if you were the victim of a crooked cop who withheld evidence in your criminal trial, and imagine that -- because of this -- you were put in prison for more than a decade. And imagine if the Supreme Court ordered your sentence overturned -- more than a decade too late -- because it found you never received a fair trial. Imagine if your own state's top law enforcement officer, in the face of police corruption, pretended that the police corruption never happened; imagine that your own … [Read more...]

‘Uncompensated Care Scam’: The Story of the $100 Aspirin

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Dr. Keith Smith is a co-founder and owner of the Surgery Center of Oklahoma. His clinic is revolutionizing medicine by using free-market principles to provide quality, affordable surgical care. One consumer-friendly principle that Smith’s group uses is price transparency: when you show up to their clinic, you know exactly what you’re going to pay when you walk out the door. The group’s website says, “The pricing outlined on this website is not a teaser, nor is it a bait-and-switch ploy. It is … [Read more...]

Which Candidate For U.S. Senate Wants To Kill The Death Tax The Most?

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Of all the taxes that government imposes, perhaps none is more offensive than the federal Estate Tax, commonly referred to as the “Death Tax.” This tax targets the money or property that the federal government thinks it is entitled to, despite the fact that the accumulated capital has already been taxed multiple times by multiple levels of government. Because grieving over lost loved ones is apparently not quite enough pain, the government comes in and seizes another chunk of your property. And, … [Read more...]

What Is School Choice?

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The following is a guest article from Stefani Buhajla: What is school choice? I thought I knew the answer to that question until recently when I had the privilege of attending a two-day conference on this topic, hosted by The Franklin Center in Milwaukee. My only previous experience with school choice was when my daughter was in 3rd grade. She was attending our local public elementary school which happened to be on the “at risk of failing” list. (If by “at risk” you mean teaching kids you can … [Read more...]

Do We Need Obamacare To Cover “Pre-Existing Conditions?”

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Contrary to what some folks in Washington would have you believe, there is a way to help people with pre-existing conditions obtain health insurance without using Obamacare to do it. Our friends over at The Heritage Foundation, for example, suggest one approach that I found particularly interesting: establishing high-risk insurance pools in the states. Interestingly, as Heritage points out, 35 states already have these high-risk pools. They are specifically designed to cover folks with … [Read more...]

Voter ID Machines Installed In All 75 Arkansas Counties

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Secretary of State Mark Martin recently announced that the implementation of the state’s photo-ID system  is complete. The Secretary of State’s office provided Voter ID systems to each of Arkansas’s 75 counties, allowing each county clerk’s office to produce photo identification cards at no charge for voters who don't have them. “This project has put counties in compliance with the requirements of Act 595 of 2013. It also provides additional integrity to our electoral system,” Martin said. Act … [Read more...]

Heritage Has A Plan That Could Actually Fix Healthcare

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Supporters of Obamacare love to instruct us all that we can’t repeal this disastrous law because people will be left without health insurance, people with cancer won’t be able to get treatment, etc. Unfortunately, it appears increasingly likely that Obamacare will actually exacerbate many of the problems it has sought to relieve (such as uncompensated care costs and lack of access to doctors). Supporters of the law also love to explain that those who call for Obamacare’s repeal are pursuing a … [Read more...]