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

  • Nov 9

    Election 2016: Arkansas Backs Trump; OKs Med Marijuana

    And the joke going around is “the Democrats got the medical marijuana bill passed because they knew they’d need it if Trump got elected!” Last night, Arkansas joined the people’s movement across the country that put Donald Trump in the White House, voting 60-34 in his favor against former Arkansas First Lady and Secretary of... 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 17

    The State Supreme Court’s October Surprise

    by Arkansas Senator Bart Hester(Published here with permission of the author.) Recently the state Supreme Court issued a decision: The votes of the people for or against Issue 4 (lawsuit reform) will not be counted this November. The Court decided that the ballot title of Issue 4 didn’t give enough information to voters; according to... by OurVoicesAR

  • Oct 13

    State Supreme Court Bars 2 Issues, Leaves 1 on November Ballot

    Arkansas’ Supreme Court today invalidated two of seven issues on your November 8 ballot, and dismissed the only legal challenge to one of the medical marijuana issues. Issue 6 will now remain on the ballot while votes for Issues 4 and 5 will not be counted. UPDATE 10/31/2016: Arkansans for Compassionate Care today asked the... 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

  • Oct 3

    Vote “YES” on Medical Malpractice Tort Reform (Issue 4)

    UPDATE 10/13/16: The Arkansas Supreme Court struck this measure from the November ballot (even though it will still appear on the ballot, no votes will be counted). All the misinformation circulating around Issue 4 makes it difficult to see the underlying proposal clearly. Issue 4 is the beginning of badly needed medical tort reform in... by OurVoicesAR

  • Oct 3

    Vote “NO” on Casino Gambling (Issue 5)

    UPDATE 10/13/16: The Arkansas Supreme Court struck this measure from the November ballot (even though it will still appear on the ballot, no votes will be counted). Issue 5 — that writes 3 specific casinos into the Arkansas Constitution — is just a bad proposal all the way around. First of all, we do not... by OurVoicesAR

  • Sep 25

    Medical Marijuana in Arkansas: Differences in Issues 6 & 7

    UPDATE 11/3/2016: The Arkansas Supreme Court today declined to rehear its decision that knocked Issue 7 off the ballot, giving no further explanation for its ruling against petition signatures for the citizen-sponsored initiative. UPDATE 10/31/2016: Arkansans for Compassionate Care today asked the Arkansas Supreme Court to reverse its ruling striking Issue 7 from the November... 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 25

    Issue 4 of 2016: Attorney Contingency Fees & Medical Damage Awards

    UPDATE 10/13/16: The Arkansas Supreme Court struck this measure from the November ballot (even though it will still appear on the ballot, no votes will be counted). Issue 4, “An Amendment to Limit Attorney Contingency Fees and Non-Economic Damages in Medical Lawsuits,” is an initiated referendum that would amend the state Constitution. Specifically, the measure... by OurVoicesAR

  • Sep 25

    Issue 5 of 2016: Casino Gambling in 3 Specific Arkansas Locations

    UPDATE 10/13/16: The Arkansas Supreme Court struck this measure from the November ballot (even though it will still appear on the ballot, no votes will be counted). Issue 5 of 2016 is an initiated Constitutional amendment that, if passed by Arkansas voters, would ♦  Specify that casino gambling be allowed by law in only 3... by OurVoicesAR