Breaking: Beebe Admin ‘Increasingly Concerned’ That Obamacare Critics Don’t Like Obamacare Expansion

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A new report at Forbes this morning reveals some troubling facts about how Arkansas Governor Mike Beebe’s staff is spending its time. In late May, Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample sent an email to Forbes editor Coates Bateman. DeCample was none-too-pleased with Forbes’s detailed coverage of the failures of Beebe’s Obamacare Medicaid expansion program. You remember: the program that’s been over budget every single month since its inception. According to DeCample, the Beebe administration is … [Read more...]

New Poll: It’s Over for Arkansas Obamacare

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Yesterday, Impact Management released a new poll showing Congressman Tom Cotton leading Senator Mark Pryor 47-43% in the race for U.S. Senate. More impressively, Cotton is also winning independents 56-28%. But there’s another data set in the Impact poll that will be of great interest to Arkansas taxpayers. Pollsters asked respondents if they opposed or supported the legislature’s plan to expand Medicaid through Obamacare by using “private insurance.” 44% of respondents said they oppose the … [Read more...]

The Greatest Political Contest in 2014: Who Can Be Most Offended?

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In 2014, the most powerful thing you can do in politics is be “offended” or “outraged.” It’s a tool that campaigns and politicians -- on both sides of the aisle -- often use to generate press coverage, volunteers, and even fundraising. It’s a fun game: if someone attacks you, respond that you’re outraged. If a new poll shows you down by 10 points, get offended and change the conversation. If your opponent says they like kittens, release a statement declaring outrage at such anti-dog values. But … [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...]

Flippo Victory: A Political Earthquake For Obamacare’s Medicaid Expansion

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Scott Flippo’s victory over State Rep. John Burris last night has sent political waves throughout the political establishment in Arkansas, and may even make ripples across the country. Flippo, a first-time political candidate, defeated Burris, a sitting legislator, by 201 votes. The candidates were vying for a seat vacated by outgoing Senator Johnny Key. With no Democratic candidate on the ballot, Flippo will be unopposed in the November election and will be the next senator from District … [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...]

Primary Takeaways (Podcast)

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This week on the show: Breaking down this week's primary results Flashback: Sen. Holland made PO central component of his campaign What's ahead for the PO in 2015? Pro-PO legislators say they oppose the PO … [Read more...]

Election Coverage, Tonight On Twitter

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The big day is finally here: it’s primary day in Arkansas. If you haven’t voted yet, you definitely should. All the cool kids are doing it. And besides, there are an unprecedented number of Republican primaries happening around the state: there are four state Senate primaries and multiple House primaries. Statewide, primaries are underway for governor, lieutenant governor, attorney general, auditor, and treasurer. There’s also a Republican primary in the Second and Fourth Congressional … [Read more...]