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  • Mar 29

    Our Governor, Guns & the Legislature

    "Look, sir, if you're anti-gun, if you are anti-Second Amendment, then why don't you just face up to the people and admit it, instead of asking your legislators to do your dirty work for you?" by OurVoicesAR

  • Dec 4

    You’re Entitled

    submitted by an anonymous reader “You are entitled to an opinion, as long as it’s mine.” That’s the mindset of liberal and others of that type who talk about diversity, talk about your rights, talk about all the things that you are entitled to. In fact, what they’re really talking about is all the things... 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 22

    Taxpayers, Money for Schools, & Issue 3: Who Knows?

    If your neighbor could take out an unlimited loan in your name, would you want to know what they plan to do with all that money? Isn’t Issue 3 the same thing? If passed, Issue 3 authorizes city/county governments and schools to borrow unlimited sums of money for “economic development” and we taxpayers will be... 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