Tuesday Night’s Best Performances

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Last night was a big night for a lot of Republican candidates across the state. There were plenty of surprises and even some upsets. No doubt there are lots of implications for the Obamacare “private” option moving forward, which we will be analyzing in the days and weeks ahead. But for now, here’s a look at some of the biggest winners around the state. First, a look at some big legislative wins and impressive performances: Rep. Terry Rice soundly defeated incumbent Senator Bruce Holland … [Read more...]

Live-Stream: GOP Attorney General Debate


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Dissecting the “Private Option” With Paul Harrell


Below you will find my interview with Paul Harrell on The Paul Harrell Program from last week. We did two segments (as opposed to our regular one segment) so we could adequately dissect the DHS numbers on the Medicaid "private option." Enjoy: And, as a special bonus, I'll be on The Dave Elswick Show tomorrow live from the capitol at 3:30 to discuss Medicaid expansion. … [Read more...]

The Beebe’s Speech: “Everything is GREAT! No More Questions!”

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Today, Governor Mike Beebe gave his final “state of the State” address to a joint session of the Arkansas legislature. The speech was full of rhetoric and short on substance -- it seems to be a pattern. Instead of taking the opportunity to propose solutions, the governor used campaign-type rhetoric to push for Medicaid expansion: “Those of you that provided leadership in the House and in the Senate together with our office are of one mind that the last thing we’ll ever do is throw folks out of … [Read more...]

Governor Beebe Calls AFP Ad “False, Misleading”

Governor Mike Beebe's assault on Americans For Prosperity - Arkansas continued this week. This time, Beebe is taking the fight to the airwaves, starring in a new television ad produced by the Democrat Party of Arkansas.  In the ad, Beebe calls AFP a "Virginia group" that is using "secret money" to "trash Arkansas" in a "false and misleading ad." Watch and take pride in your state's chief executive: AFP-Arkansas Director Teresa Oelke addressed some of the governor's comments directly with … [Read more...]

Arkansas Congressional Hopeful Tom Cotton Secures Coveted ‘Weekly Standard’ OK (Updated!)

Your recommended reading for this hazy August morning is this adoring Weekly Standard profile of Tom Cotton, a possible GOP candidate for the Arkansas Fourth District Congressional seat now that Rep. Mike Ross isn't running for reelection. A taste: The list of well-known conservatives preparing to support Cotton reads like a Who’s Who of the movement. His former professors at Claremont are as much in awe at the prospects of Cotton in Congress as his old sergeant in Iraq. “You have to remember … [Read more...]