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  • 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

  • Apr 15

    Governor Hutchinson’s Clever Plan Falls

    Governor Hutchinson and pro-Obamacare Medicaid Expansion lawmakers had a clever plan to circumvent the 75% bar for appropriations to get Arkansas Works passed — but that shell game fell yesterday to a bipartisan vote driven by Democrats on the Joint Budget Committee. Conservative activists were left shaking their heads when Republican proponents of continued Medicaid... by OurVoicesAR

  • Apr 15

    Democrat Lawmakers Play Hardball in Fiscal Session

    Democrats in the Arkansas Legislature played hardball during yesterday’s first day of the fiscal session, blocking a key House vote as well as the Governor’s plan to pass his Medicaid Expansion bill in the Joint Budget Committee. The House Democrat Caucus had written Speaker Jeremy Gillam on Wednesday to request that the House not address... by OurVoicesAR

  • Apr 13

    ARGOP’s Foster Care Cuts: More Scare Tactics

    We’ve come to expect the usual draconian budget responses from politicos when they’re not getting their way about spending more money, but the GOP’s latest tactic in the state’s Medicaid expansion fight is a doozy. Yesterday, Arkansans woke up to news stories screaming “Schools, prisons, and foster care to take hit” if the Governor’s planned... by OurVoicesAR

  • Apr 12

    The Law is the Law — Unless It’s Arkansas

    Quick, how are Arkansas Republicans like Donald Trump? As the fiscal session nears, the usual political balderdash coming from Arkansas pro-Obamacare Republicans has intensified beyond reason, much like our national Republican presidential nominee fight. In their zeal to continue Obamacare to childless working adults in Arkansas, pro-Medicaid expansion legislators and Gov Hutchinson are again questioning... by OurVoicesAR