Our Voices Arkansas

The Voices of Grassroots Conservatives Across Arkansas

Recent Articles

  • 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

  • Apr 8

    ARLeg Passes Arkansas Works;
    Faulkner County Splits Vote

    Faulkner County lawmakers split their votes on Thursday at the Legislature’s special session on Governor Hutchinson’s “Arkansas Works” Medicaid expansion plan. As expected, the Governor’s plan, which required a 51% approval, passed the Legislature. On Thursday the Arkansas House approved its measure 70-30 and the Arkansas Senate vote was 25-10. Voting against HB1001 were Faulkner... by OurVoicesAR

  • Dec 29

    “Are We Free?” (Something to Think About)

    As the March 1 primary election gets closer every day, we turn our thoughts to how we will vote, who deserves our support, and the reasons we feel the way we do about those values and candidates. On the Arkansas House floor last spring — almost a full year to the date of the upcoming... by OurVoicesAR

  • Dec 8

    Issue 3: #ARLeg Gift that Keeps on Giving

    We all know how the Arkansas Legislature “gifted” Arkansans with Issue #3 — the so-called “ethics amendment” that slipped in an extension of term limits. We find it’s a gift that keeps on giving, even more than the Arkansas Legislature had probably planned. When Joe Maynard and Brenda Vassaur-Taylor from Conduit in Action spoke to... by OurVoicesAR

  • Nov 2

    Arkansas Legislature: Fiscal Session 101

    Q:  What is the Arkansas Legislature’s fiscal session? A:  What most folks call the fiscal session is actually the final step of the legislative process of appropriating money and funding state agencies for the upcoming fiscal year that begins each July and runs through the following June. The Arkansas Legislature’s fiscal session convenes in even-numbered... by OurVoicesAR

  • Oct 22

    Candidates 2016: Who’s Running?

    Who’s on the ballot in Faulkner County for the November 8, 2016 General Election? Candidates for President Candidates for U.S. House and U.S. Senate Candidates for state offices Candidates for State Supreme Court and Court of Appeals Candidates for District Court Candidates for Arkansas Legislature Candidates for Faulkner County Offices Candidates for Faulkner County Cities... by OurVoicesAR

  • Oct 11

    Are We Surprised at Asa?

    Apparently our Republican Governor is frustrated with certain conservative GOP state lawmakers because they won’t support a gas tax hike or the party’s continuing unholy alliance with the Democrats on Obamacare in Arkansas (the Private Option). We hear that Asa asked his staff why he wasn’t getting the same cooperation from the General Assembly that... by OurVoicesAR

  • Jul 6

    Senator Rapert Backs Religious Freedom

    Religious freedom is under attack in Arkansas; closely held beliefs of devout Christians are getting nailed by LGBT activists while our GOP Governor Asa Hutchinson has seemingly backed away from the job of defending religious conservative voters. When you’re getting nailed you need a hammer.  Everyone knows you use a hammer on nails, you’ve got... by OurVoicesAR

  • Jul 6

    Arkansas’ RFRA Tennis Match

    You’ve probably heard about Governor Asa Hutchinson’s rebuttal to the Arkansas House & Senate GOP caucuses, who vowed last week, after the Supreme Court made gay marriage legal, to pursue legislation to protect individuals’ and churches’ First Amendment religious freedoms: In response to the statements issued today by the House and Senate Republican Caucuses, I... by OurVoicesAR

  • May 22

    Can We Agree? No March Primary!

    It’s not often (at alL!) that we can say we are in complete agreement with Progressive Democrats on just about any issue.  That’s why we should show you this. Michael Cook (former head of Arkansas Democrat party and pundit for Talk Business Arkansas), says this about why the Legislature should not move our May primary... by OurVoicesAR

  • May 21

    Presidential Primary Trade-Off: Worth It?

    While we all know political moves always involve trade-offs of some kind, it’s not always easy to figure out just what all those trade-offs are — and what they really mean. Gov. Hutchinson’s special session call now includes a move to change Arkansas’ presidential primary, and all other state/local primaries, from late May to March.... by OurVoicesAR

  • May 15

    Task Forces

    by Jack Sotallaro They sound like such a good idea. We have a problem and cannot find a reasonable answer, so let’s form a task force that will study the problem, bring knowledge and expertise to the table, and make a recommendation that will be the best solution.  Sounds reasonable. But not on this planet.... by OurVoicesAR