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.
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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.