Congressman Crawford’s Catfish Quandary

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Happy National Catfish Day! In 1987, President Ronald Reagan designated today (June 25th) as a day to “celebrate the value of farm-raised catfish.” Here’s part of Reagan’s proclamation that he issued some years ago: More and more Americans are discovering a uniquely American food delicacy — farm-raised catfish. In 1986, catfish comprised the third highest volume of finned fish consumed in the United States. Ninety-nine percent of all these catfish were farm-raised. Between 1975 and 1985, … [Read more...]

Speaker Carter: ‘We Have Always Been at War with Eastasia’

Private option is Obamacare

Yesterday afternoon, in an act of courage, Congressman Rick Crawford released a stellar press release condemning the “private option” or the “Arkansas Medicaid plan.” Crawford -- who I have sometimes disagreed with in the past -- could not be more right on this issue. In his release, he said: In my view, the current un-winnable situation in which state legislators find themselves will become significantly worse if they set up a government-funded private insurance program and are forced to pull … [Read more...]

Congress, Your Grades Are Posted

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Yesterday, Americans For Prosperity released their "Economic Freedom Scorecard." Quite simply, the group ranks all 535 members of Congress based on their votes regarding economic freedom: The 112th Congress Scorecard includes critical votes on such issues as the repeal of President Obama’s new health care law, preempting EPA’s purported authority to regulate greenhouse gases, supporting Chairman Paul Ryan’s budget, ending ethanol subsidies, several Congressional Review Act resolutions to … [Read more...]

Well, I Guess It’s Better Than Naming A Nuclear Waste Dump After Him

No, not that Arnold.

I know the legislature is in session so everyone is down in the dumps, nervously hanging on to your guns and pocketbooks. Plus it’s like 85 degrees outside and that’s just weird. But, have no fear, I bring good tidings! Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) has proposed a new bill that would rename the bankruptcy courthouse in Little Rock after a conservative hero! H.R. 388 would rename the building the “Morris Sheppard Arnold United States Courthouse” in honor of, you guessed it, Morris Sheppard … [Read more...]

Let’s Raise A Glass To Our Free Trading Congressmen!

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Hey, look at Congress! While you weren't paying attention they took a break from being more or less absurd in order to do something worthwhile, passing three new free trade agreements (FTAs). All six of our Arkansas Congresspeople cast votes in favor of the FTAs, which open up trade relations with Colombia, Panama and South Korea. This is a good thing, yes? We like free trade and see it as a generally positive deal, right? Sure, yes, hooray. This one's all yours, Cato Institute: Judging … [Read more...]

Crawford Makes It Official

In case you missed it, Jonesboro radio man Rick Crawford, a Republican, announced last evening his official entry into the 2010 race to challenge Democratic Rep. Marion Berry. (The Arkansas Project, in one of our rare fits of usefulness, broke the news that Crawford was forming an exploratory committee in April.) Crawford's full announcement is at the jump. More on the state's four congressional races for 2010 is over here. … [Read more...]

Meeks Says He’ll Challenge Snyder

Conway Republican David Meeks, who just a few weeks ago announced he was exploring a run against Rep. Vic Snyder for the Arkansas Second Congressional District seat, says he's had enough of this exploratory business and is getting in for good. Here, go spend some time poking around on his website. … [Read more...]

Five Questions for Rick Crawford

Rick Crawford

Rick Crawford, a Jonesboro businessman and radio broadcaster, announced in April that he was considering a 2010 challenge to Democratic Rep. Marion Berry in Arkansas' First District. Crawford, a Republican, has been making the rounds speaking at events and talking to potential supporters, and while his campaign is formally in the "exploratory" phase, he looks like a lock to jump in to the race. So hey, why not get to know Crawford better with a friendly Arkansas Project Q&A? Let us … [Read more...]