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The Voices of Grassroots Conservatives Across Arkansas

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  • Sep 25

    Issue 6 of 2016: Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment

    Issues 6 and 7 on the November 8, 2016 ballot both deal with medical marijuana, but take different approaches. Issue 6, the initiated constitutional amendment, would alter the Arkansas Constitution to make it legal to cultivate, acquire, and distribute medical marijuana in Arkansas. Issue 6 would regulate medical marijuana in a similar way as Arkansas... by OurVoicesAR

  • Sep 25

    Issue 7 of 2016: Arkansas Medical Cannabis Act

    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 that struck Issue 7 from the... 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 8

    New Group Wants Casino Gambling Off the 2016 Ballot

    UPDATE 10/18/2016: Arkansas Wins 2016, in support of Issue 5, asked the Court to rehear its decision to strike the measure from the ballot, saying the potential conflict in the title over sports gambling was not an essential fact voters need to know, because sports gambling is not essential to the proposal. Supporters had five... by OurVoicesAR

  • Sep 8

    LR Attorney Sues to Bar Medical Marijuana from 2016 Ballot; Supreme Court Upholds

    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. Melissa Fults of sponsor organization Arkansans for Compassionate Care said they would be working on petition process reforms explaining, “They [the Court]... by OurVoicesAR

  • Sep 6

    Attorney Groups Sue to Block Proposed Limits on Medical Lawsuit Fees

    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). The Arkansas Bar Association (ABA) and another attorney-linked group have both sued to block Issue 4 that would limit attorneys’ contingency fees and set a minimum $250,000 non-economic... by OurVoicesAR

  • Sep 6

    State Group Sues to Bar Both Medical Marijuana Issues from 2016 Ballot

    Both of the medical marijuana referendum issues on the 2016 ballot were challenged in court by the same consortium of anti-marijuana lobbying and business interests in Arkansas. UPDATE 10/13/16: The Arkansas Supreme Court dismissed the group’s remaining suit against Issue 6, so Issue 6 will remain on the November 8 ballot. UPDATE 9/27/16: The group’s... 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

  • Sep 1

    Baker Video Release Serves No One’s Best Interests

    Wednesday’s release of a 1 3/4-hour video of last Friday’s DWI arrest of former Senator Gilbert Baker is disturbing on many levels. [UPDATES: 9/27/16 Baker ♦   Pleaded guilty to a negotiated plea of guilty DWI (1st offense) and refusing to submit to an alcohol test; driving left of center was dropped. ♦   Received... by OurVoicesAR

  • Jul 29

    Hillary, Democrats, and Free Speech: Arkansas Delegate Barred from DNC

    We’re watching….Democrat Progressives are more and more revealing their “my way or the highway” attitude toward anyone who doesn’t follow their socialist line of thinking for America’s future. They are not content to allow others with opposing viewpoints to even have an opinion: If you do not agree with the collective’s thinking, the Left wlil... 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

  • May 17

    Jonesboro Grassroots Activists Repeal Property Code

    The vote to repeal the Jonesboro Property Maintenance Code was truly a David and Goliath battle, but once again, the Davids won. Against all odds — and against the support of half of the city council and the mayor — the people, a true grassroots movement, showed up on May 10, 2016 and voted by... by OurVoicesAR