Judge McGowan Benchslaps Act 1413

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One of the most offensive bills that the Arkansas General Assembly passed last session was SB 821/Act 1413. This bill, which we warned the legislature about, almost seemed designed to make it more difficult for citizens to pass laws by means of ballot initiatives. Act 1413 created a new set of regulations that controlled the registration, tracking, and training of those who gathered signatures for petitions. Earlier this week, we were very pleased to see Judge McGowan’s decision to the effect … [Read more...]

Our Year In Review

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2013 was a colossal year for TheArkansasProject.com: not only did we double our web traffic from 2012, we also saw our highest traffic year on record since we began our affiliation with the Advance Arkansas Institute. We broke several high-profile news stories, including the arrest of (now former) State Treasurer Martha Shoffner. Here’s a look at our top ten stories for 2013: The Greatest Untold Story of the 89th General Assembly Have Yourself A Conway Crony … [Read more...]

Hold Your Fire: No Shots At ‘Open Carry’ March

Arkansas Carry Chairman Steve Jones addressing demonstrators before their march.

A collection of patriotic Arkansans reclaimed their God-given constitutional rights this past weekend in Fort Smith. About 35 people showed up to an “open carry” march on Saturday, many of them openly displaying firearms to show support for Act 746, the state’s new constitutional carry law. The march went off without a hitch; local law enforcement were present and cooperative. State troopers also appeared, but left without disturbing the demonstrators. I talked with Chris Matthews, Executive … [Read more...]

McDaniel’s Anti-Safety Policies Prevail Again

Dustin McDaniel, swearing to defend the Constitution.

The Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies has moved to suspend the licenses of school districts who were using the licenses to arm teachers as security guards. The suspensions are being initially imposed for 60 days. In September, school districts will have the opportunity to appear before the board and make their case. However, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that the chairman of the board said he will push to have the licenses permanently revoked. … [Read more...]

It’s Finally Here: It’s National Employee Freedom Week!

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I know -- since we posted a teaser a few weeks ago -- you have all been anxiously awaiting this day that marks the beginning of National Employee Freedom Week! The Arkansas Project and our affiliate organization Advance Arkansas Institute are proud to be participating in this week-long effort to spread the message of employment freedom, in conjunction with the Nevada Policy Research Institute. What is employee freedom? Quite simply, it’s the freedom to work without being required to join a … [Read more...]

Safety Tips From Government: If You’re About To Get Mugged, Glance or Nod

UALR student, fending off an attacker with a charming glance.

If you’re spending a significant amount of time on the University of Arkansas-Little Rock campus, there’s a significant chance that you’re going to get mugged. (If you don’t  believe me, just turn on the news sometime.) Now, of course you can’t carry dangerous weapons like firearms on a public campus -- only criminals are allowed to do that. So how should you fend off an attacker? A recent email from the school’s Department of Public Safety provides some useful tips: 1. “Always pay attention … [Read more...]

Weekly Segment With Paul Harrell

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No doubt many of you have been following the developments surrounding Act 746 or "constitutional carry." You may have seen my interview with ASP spokesman Bill Sadler earlier this week. Yesterday I spoke with Paul Harrell on The Paul Harrell Program about my interview and where we go from here. Take a listen, if you're into that sort of thing. Segment begins around the 1:35:00 mark: Video streaming by Ustream … [Read more...]

The Greatest Untold Story of the 89th General Assembly

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You haven’t read about this story in the mainstream media. It wasn’t reported during the legislative session, and perhaps it would never have been reported if it weren’t for The Arkansas Project and the folks at Arkansas Carry. But what you are about to read is the story of what may be the most significant (pro-liberty) accomplishment of the 89th General Assembly.  In late February, the legislature considered HB1408, a bill that would have legalized carrying a firearm openly in Arkansas. The … [Read more...]