Our Voices Arkansas

The Voices of Grassroots Conservatives Across Arkansas

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  • Nov 12

    State GOP Allows Democrat Majority on Revenue/Tax Committee

    After Tuesday’s election, Republican lawmakers and voters were pleasantly surprised the GOP increased its majority positions in both the Arkansas House and Senate — Arkansas voters gave the GOP just one vote short of a super-majority in both chambers. You’d assume the GOP would use that voter-mandated power to control the Arkansas Legislature’s working committees,... by OurVoicesAR

  • Oct 31

    Infamous Crimes in Issue 1: State Constitution vs. State Law

    Voters are hearing the words “infamous crimes” thrown around a lot lately. Why should voters care? Just what are infamous crimes, anyway? Why are infamous crimes part of Issue 1 on our ballot? “Infamous crimes” can be defined many ways, but Arkansas state law and the state Constitution, of course, govern how state courts handle... by OurVoicesAR

  • Oct 26

    Issue 3 Gives Government “Bigger Stick” for Imminent Domain

    Issue 3 is complex. It’s difficult to tease out all the negatives (and there are many), but imminent domain is another compelling reason to vote “NO” on this “Job Creation, Job Expansion, and Economic Development” proposal. Do you want to give your government a bigger stick when it comes to abolishing your right to own... by OurVoicesAR

  • Oct 3

    Vote “NO” on Constitutional Amendments (Issues 1, 2, and 3)

    Looking at the 6 Constitutional amendments on the ballot, we start from a basic premise that changing the Constitution is to be avoided if at all possible. We just do not believe in mandatory amendments for that ruling document every 2 years (each election cycle) — so proponents must demonstrate compelling reasons to get a... by OurVoicesAR

  • Sep 25

    Issue 1 of 2016: Terms of Office, Elections for County Officials

    Issue 1 of 2016 is one of 3 ballot questions submitted to the voters by the Arkansas Legislature (Issue 2 and Issue 3 are the others). This measure deals with county officials’ terms of office, qualifications for election and elections, and doesn’t seem to be attracting much attention about 60 days from the November 8... by OurVoicesAR

  • Sep 25

    Issue 2 of 2016: Governor Keeps His Powers

    Of all the proposed ballot issues for 2016, Issue 2 seems the most simple, and is one of three Constitutional amendment proposals brought to the voters by the Arkansas Legislature. This measure allows the Governor to keep his (or her) authority when he (or she) travels outside state boundaries (which is currently prohibited by the... by OurVoicesAR

  • Sep 25

    Issue 3 of 2016: Job Creation, Job Expansion, and Economic Development

    Issue 3 of 2016 is the third of 3 ballot questions the Arkansas Legislature is lawfully allowed to submit to the voters each election cycle. Another constitutional amendment, this measure would allow the State of Arkansas to borrow unlimited sums of money for “industrial development purposes,” and significantly alters Amendments 62 and 82 that deal... by OurVoicesAR

  • Sep 15

    Another Promise Broken: “No State Tax Money” for Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace?

    Can the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace (AHIM) financially stand on its own without state tax dollars, as lawmakers were promised when the Legislature passed Arkansas Works? Apparently not, the Arkansas Health Insurance Marketplace Legislative Oversight Committee learned on Wednesday. The state Department of Human Services has contracted with the Marketplace to administer Medicaid subsidies for... by OurVoicesAR

  • Sep 15

    Faulkner County Lawmakers Oppose Casino Amendment

    Most Five Faulkner County lawmakers are on the list of mostly Republican Arkansas lawmakers opposing Issue 5 that would amend our state Constitution to allow casino gambling in 3 specific locations in Arkansas. A group opposing the amendment — The Committee to Protect Arkansas’ Values/Stop Casinos Now — originally published the original list of 40... by OurVoicesAR

  • Sep 5

    2016 Ballot Issues, Proposed Amendments to Arkansas Constitution

    UPDATE 11/08/2016: Arkansans passed all four Constitutional amendments on the November 8, ballot. Issue 1: 70.24% Yes 29.76% No Issue 2: 72.45% Yes 27.55% No Issue 3: 65.29% Yes 34.71% No Issue 6: 53.15% Yes 46.85% No On your November 8, 2016 ballot are six proposed Constitutional amendments and one measure that, if passed, would... by OurVoicesAR

  • Jun 6

    When a House Is Not a (Permanent) Home

    Is the Arkansas Governor’s Mansion the people’s house – or just the home of our state’s current Governor and his wife? If it is the people’s house, is it reasonable to administer routine maintenance and operation through an ongoing custodian such as the Mansion Commission, or should each Governor have sole control? Arkansas lawmakers passed... by OurVoicesAR

  • Jun 1

    Why Rep. Charlie Collins Backs Arkansas Works/AsaCare

        We certainly know by now that state Rep. Charlie Collins is a full-on supporter of Governor Asa Hutchinson’s Arkansas Works/Private Option/AsaCare Medicaid expansion plan. But did you know exactly why he is so enthusiastic? Well, let’s hear it straight from him, in his own words: by OurVoicesAR

  • May 31

    AsaWorks: Tyranny of the Minority, or ?

    During this public comment period on Governor Asa Hutchinson’s Arkansas Works/Private Option/AsaWorks Medicaid expansion plan, it is good to reflect on the bill and its passage back in April. Specifically, coming out of Garland County, participants at the Greater Hot Springs Chamber of Commerce’s “One Voice Summit” voiced these conclusions about AsaWorks — but then... by OurVoicesAR

  • Apr 22

    The Governor Has Spoken:
    “Arkansas 10” Off the Island

    How is Governor Asa Hutchinson’s Republican majority in Arkansas like a reality show? They both feature folks who’ll do anything to anybody to win. The more unethical and ugly the tactics and behaviors, the more the so-called winners are rewarded to move along to the big finale. Players take one adamant position and then another,... by OurVoicesAR

  • Apr 19

    Who Ya Gonna Trust, the Arkansas GOP?

    Shame on Arkansas’s GOP Governor and pro-Obamacare lawmakers, who are abandoning good governance, as well as the values of their own political party, when they circumvent the Arkansas Constitution to have their way on the Governor’s unethical Medicaid Expansion ploy. Good public policy first depends on trust between lawmakers and their constituents. If ever there... by OurVoicesAR