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...]

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...]

Senator Rapert’s Christmas Message

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Well, I suppose it’s an exaggeration to call it a Christmas message – but I wanted to make a few points in response to the tart series of tweets that Senator Jason Rapert directed at me on Christmas Day: First, when Rapert suggests that my Tuesday post will “need corrections,” it seems only fair for him to explain what the needed corrections are. But that explanation is absent – and it isn’t clear to me that his suggestion that “corrections” are needed is anything more than bluster. In … [Read more...]

The ‘Private Option’ Debate Gets Weirder

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George Orwell once said that, in a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. At a Legislative Council hearing last week, Senator Jason Rapert said something revolutionary: he noted that the premises under which the state legislature approved the Arkansas version of Medicaid expansion – the “private option” – have completely changed. Rapert said: We had a whole different set of rules and expectations as it related to the rollout [of Obamacare and the private … [Read more...]

LIVE Jonesboro Special Senate Election Coverage

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Greetings Arkansas Project readers! I'm in Jonesboro following the special Senate election results that will be trickling in this evening. For live updates, you can follow along on my Twitter feed (@nhhorton) and on our Facebook Page. Also, if you're free from 4:00-6:00 p.m., I'll be co-hosting The Paul Harrell Program. You can listen in live via Ustream: Live streaming video by Ustream … [Read more...]

Bookout’s Out, Cooper’s In, & ‘Private Option’ Paranoia (Podcast)

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Introducing, a special static-filled edition of The Arkansas Project Podcast! This week we discuss: who will replace Senator Paul Bookout? How will that election impact the future of the 'private option?' And what does Senator Jim Demint think about Arkansas's Medicaid plan? All this and more in this week's edition of The Arkansas Project Podcast. Here are some of the stories we discuss this week: Bookout is out The race to replace Bookout Butch WilKKKins CFC honors conservative … [Read more...]

Ethics Commission to Get the Book Out on State Senator

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Despite the fact that state Senator Paul Bookout didn’t face an opponent in either the primary or general election in 2012, Bookout managed to raise more than $80,000.00 for last year’s campaign. According to his own campaign expense reports, he spent $63,000 of those funds. His campaign reports also show that Bookout choose not to itemize how upwards of $50,000.00 of his expenses were spent. As a result, Bookout will appear before the Arkansas Ethics Commission tomorrow morning, according to … [Read more...]

Voter ID Bill Clears Senate Committee

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Today, the Senate State Agencies Committee passed a voter ID bill for the first time in Arkansas history. The bill will now head to the floor of the Senate for a vote. We believe the vote was 5-3, but it's hard to know for sure since the committees do not record their votes. AAI's Dan Greenberg and Senator Bryan King (sponsor of the bill) spoke in favor of the bill's passage before the committee today. We'll have some video from the hearing either tonight or tomorrow. I encourage you to … [Read more...]