New Report Highlights Candidates’ Positions On Policy

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I know many of you have been relying on The Arkansas Project for news and analysis of the ongoing GOP legislative primaries around the state. While I’ve been conducting interviews with candidates, my colleague Dan Greenberg over at AAI has been helping to compile a comprehensive report that highlights where candidates stand on many more policy issues. (Well, at least it highlights where candidates are willing to say they stand.) This survey was conducted by Commerce In Action. They sent a … [Read more...]

Tonight: GOP Attorney General Candidates Face Off

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That moment you’ve all been waiting for is almost here: AAI’s Attorney General debate at Bowen Law School is tonight at 6:00 p.m. If you can make it, please join us a few minutes before 6:00 so you can greet the candidates and get a good seat. The event will take place in the law school’s courtroom on the first floor of the building. For directions to Bowen, click here. The debate should wrap up no later than 7:30 p.m. and will feature all three Republican candidates for AG -- Patricia … [Read more...]

The Great Debates (Podcast)

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This week on The Arkansas Project Podcast: Join us Wednesday night to meet all three GOP candidates for Attorney General Rice vs. Holland -- who has it right on the PO? Damon Wallace owes $30,000 to IRS And here's some debt Damon Wallace failed to disclose … [Read more...]

Holland And Rice Spar Over Legislative Records

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I wrote a few weeks ago about the Republican state Senate primary in District 9. Unlike other primaries this year, it’s the only race that features two incumbent legislators facing off against each other. Therefore, both candidates have voting records for voters -- and their opponent -- to examine and scrutinize. Personally, I think this is awesome: it gives us all a chance to measure the candidates not only by what they say they will do, but by what they have actually done. This dynamic lends … [Read more...]

WaPo Fact Checker: Dem Claims About Cotton Are “Phony As A Three-Dollar Bill”

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Senate Majority PAC -- a political action committee run by the former employees of  Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Al Gore, John Kerry, and the Clintons -- has released a new ad that slams Rep. Tom Cotton. However, in typical Reid-Gore-Kerry-Clinton fashion, the ad plays fast-and-loose with the facts. Actually, that’s being generous: this ad just makes stuff up. The ad begins with a falsehood about Congressman Cotton, stating that Cotton “got paid handsomely working for insurance … [Read more...]

GOP Senate Primaries, Round Two: Holland vs. Rice

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Yesterday we began our examination of legislative primaries by looking at the Senate District 18 race. Today, we turn our attention to Senate District 9, where incumbent Senator Bruce Holland faces a challenge from State Representative Terry Rice. The Holland-Rice primary is already shaping up to be one of the more dramatic Arkansas primary match-ups, perhaps because it’s the only race in the state that features two incumbent legislators. More specifically, this race features two candidates … [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...]

“Private” Option Gridlock, Common Courtesy, & Special Session?

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The Arkansas Project Podcast is back! This week on the show, Dan and I discuss: The Obamacare "private" option gridlock Will PO gridlock end life as we know it? Obamacare proponents hate Obamacare! Is vote pairing a "common courtesy?" … [Read more...]