Last Friday my high school coach, Don Campbell, was inducted into the Arkansas Sports Hall of Fame. With 257 wins, 16 conference championships, and two state titles, his record speaks for itself. But perhaps his greatest impact was on the lives of the young men who played for Coach.
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One policy initiative President Barack Obama highlighted in his State of the Union is to increase the federal minimum wage. A fellow Democrat, our own Sen. Mark Pryor, is not echoing Obama’s proposal but rather criticizing the size of the Obama initiative while supporting a smaller state increase.
A tax cut plan by Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross would be one of the largest middle class tax cuts in Arkansas history, but the likelihood of much of it actually taking effect appears doubtful, at best.
The biggest decision facing the Arkansas Legislature in its short fiscal session that began this week is whether to continue funding Arkansas’ private option, which uses federal Medicaid funds to expand health insurance for Arkansans, but through private health insurances plans.
Change may be the key to keeping the private option insurance plan afloat in the upcoming fiscal legislative session.
The Arkansas General Assembly will kick off its third fiscal session in a little over a week and there is little doubt what will dominate the debate.
The 2014 Senate race between incumbent Sen. Mark Pryor and Republican challenger Rep. Tom Cotton will feature many contrasts between the candidates.
The fact that lobbying interests still have a strong influence on legislation passed by the Arkansas General Assembly should surprise no one. In fact, since the enactment of term limits most lobbyists find it even easier to push through legislation that they not only support but have a heavy influence in crafting.
With the Arkansas Razorbacks out of the bowl picture again, I’ve turned to the Arkansas State Red Wolves for my home state bowl fix the past two years. They did not disappoint with a thrilling win Sunday night over Ball State in the GoDaddy Bowl in Mobile, Ala.
It was an interesting 2013 in Arkansas politics; 2014 promises to be another good one for all who enjoy politics in the Natural State.
The lull in the news cycle during the Christmas holiday season often brings about some odd stories. This year it involves comments made by a reality television star in a magazine interview that stirred up some controversy. What sounds like a story on the entertainment page has caused governors and congressmen to offer their opinions.
The four Republican congressmen from Arkansas split evenly last week on a budget deal that will fund the government until 2015 and at least prevent another government shutdown.
Many pastors across the country are paying attention to a federal court case in Wisconsin that could have a big impact on their taxes.
Growing up in Arkansas, it was a given that I would be a Razorback fan. Although my parents are from Georgia, they moved to Fayetteville to work at the University of Arkansas for Campus Crusade for Christ after they graduated from college. By the time I was born they had transferred to Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, but calling the Hogs was already a family tradition.
When former lawmakers run for office, they can expect their legislative records to be examined with a fine-toothed comb. Votes they may have long since forgotten can unwittingly become the centerpiece of their campaigns. Such is the case with a couple of committee votes cast by former Congressman Mike Ross back in 2009.
The Republican Primary in Arkansas has seen quite a reversal since the last time there were statewide races for constitutional officers. In 2010, Republicans did not even field a full slate for all seven positions. Now we almost will have a Republican primary.
Republican Tim Griffin’s announcement last month that he will not seek a third term as 2nd District congressman created a bit of a scramble in Central Arkansas as both parties prepare to campaign for the soon-t0-be open seat.
We never fully understand the impact our lives can have on those around us. The life and ministry of Johnny Jackson — a Southern Baptist minister in Arkansas — was a major influence on mine.
After several years of debate, planning and tweaking of the Affordable Care Act, the main component is finally here. Enrollment into the health care exchanges has hardly been a booming success as proponents predicted. Instead, the launch has been closer to the train wreck predicted by opponents.
Arkansas politics is never boring. This week, Republican Congressman Tim Griffin of Little Rock surprised virtually everyone on Monday morning with an announcement that he will not seek a third term representing the 2nd Congressional District.
With over a year to go before the 2014 election, political ads have already hit the airwaves. So buckle up because it is going to be a bumpy ride.
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