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In or out of context

Subscriber onlyTiming and context are everything, and they place Arkansas in a most unfavorable, vulnerable and all-too-familiar light. Continue reading...

A question of priorities

Subscriber onlyThe Arkansas General Assembly advanced a bill last week to reinstate a law removing taxation altogether from an individual capital gain exceeding $10 million. Continue reading...

The un-slippery slope

Subscriber onlyBecause Arkansas is a farming state that relies on commercial livestock for broad livelihood, the state cannot possibly issue licenses and make inspections at dog-breeding operations, sometimes called "puppy mills." Continue reading...

Glorious minimalism

Subscriber onlyAs an advocate of less-intrusive government—yes, you heard me—I am heartened by one piece of news from the Arkansas General Assembly. Continue reading...

In cynical finesse

Subscriber onlyIn the insular state legislative culture, especially in the term-limits era, members come to rely heavily on their leadership. Continue reading...

The subject of character

Subscriber onlyLooking for scoops or new angles on Hillary Clinton, who has been pretty well-scooped and angled already, Mother Jones magazine sent a reporter to the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville to scour potentially relevant archived documents. Continue reading...

An education turf war

Subscriber onlyA new education battleground has been opened. Whatever will the state do now that it has taken over the Little Rock public schools? Continue reading...

Man behaving badly

Subscriber onlyThe specific legislative problem—which is not to imply even remotely that it rivals in significance the general tragedy of sexual abuse of a young girl—is that state Rep. Justin Harris of West Fork “went rogue,” as one of his colleagues put it. Continue reading...

To be more like Utah

Subscriber onlyFor decades Utah has provided the gold standard in American political, cultural and religious conservatism. There is the dominance of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. There is the nearly all-white population. There is the rugged cowboy independence. Continue reading...

A new agenda

Subscriber onlyAsa Hutchinson so wanted to be governor. He had a plan. Continue reading...

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