Free Campaign Advice for John Burkhalter

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Something caught my eye last week: namely, an unintentionally hilarious moral lecture from the John Burkhalter for Lieutenant Governor campaign. Burkhalter’s campaign teed off on an idiotic comment made by a GOP activist, Johnny Rhoda, claiming that Hillary Clinton would “probably get shot” if she campaigned in Arkansas. Here’s Burkhalter’s statement: John Burkhalter knows Arkansans - regardless of political party- abhor violence in our politics and our communities. Those are the Arkansas … [Read more...]

Tuesday Night’s Best Performances

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Last night was a big night for a lot of Republican candidates across the state. There were plenty of surprises and even some upsets. No doubt there are lots of implications for the Obamacare “private” option moving forward, which we will be analyzing in the days and weeks ahead. But for now, here’s a look at some of the biggest winners around the state. First, a look at some big legislative wins and impressive performances: Rep. Terry Rice soundly defeated incumbent Senator Bruce Holland … [Read more...]

Kathleen Sebelius Hasn’t Read the “Private Option” Bill. Senator Rapert, I Demand A Denunciation!

Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius Campaigns For Obama In Michigan

You may have heard about the kerfuffle earlier this week at our legislative luncheon on the “private option.” One state senator was apparently aghast to learn that one of our experts from the Heritage Foundation hadn’t read the most recent version of the legislature's Medicaid expansion bill, arguing that he obviously therefore couldn’t have any informed comments on the matter. In fact, this revelation prompted him to storm out of the room in protest. It also resulted in a Twitter war between … [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...]

Someone Drive a Stake Through Heart of the SOPA Internet Censorship Bill, Now! (Updated!)

Booooooo, SOPA!

I've written previously about my distaste for the Congressional Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Blecch, this SOPA thing—just rotten. It's a heavy-handed power grab stemming from an unholy alliance between the federal government and big media conglomerates to assert greater authority over the Internet, in the name of copyright protection. But as we've seen, it's rife with potential for abuse. This lamentable bill is co-sponsored in the House of Representatives by Rep. Tim Griffin, the … [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...]

Shocker: Vic Snyder Bows Out! (Updated)

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Here, Arkansas: Here's your political "holy shit" moment of the day—Democratic Rep. Vic Snyder of the Second Congressional District announces he'll retire. Full statement at jump. Republican Tim Griffin has been making a spirited run to challenge Snyder on the GOP side, facing Scott Wallace and David Meeks in the Republican primary. Soooo...who will jump in on the Democratic side? In true Arkansas Project fashion, let's let mindless, ill-informed speculation run rampant. Hash it out in the … [Read more...]