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Arkansas Works will end on December 31, and today I’d like to talk about the program that will replace it.We call the new program Arkansas Health and Opportunity for Me, also known as ARHOME. … more
I have proclaimed that June is Blackberry Month in Arkansas and today I’d like to talk about a crowning blackberry achievement at the University of Arkansas’s Fruit Research Station in … more
Texting is replacing talking as the preferred form of communication?According to a recent survey by OpenMarket, 75 percent of millennials chose texting over talking when given the choice between … more
Lost in the press of recent world events was news from Washington state about a dramatic jury trial resulting in the conviction of a 77-year-old Ilwaco woman, who now faces a maximum penalty of 90 … more
As a Democrat from a staunchly Republican state, Sen. Joe Manchin of West Virginia is a vanishing breed, not only in contemporary American politics, but in a Democratic Party that is steadily tacking … more
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ largest public works project – the 445-mile McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System (MKARNS) – was completed 50 years ago this month. … more
Transportation and Infrastructure is a historically bipartisan committee in the House of Representatives. Unfortunately, House Democrats and the Biden Administration have decided otherwise this … more
President Biden is taking his first trip overseas as President.After stopping in England he’ll summit with European leaders in Brussels and then move on to his mano-a-mano meet-up with Vladimir … more
I live in Washington County. But I am a frequent visitor to Newton County. I especially love the Buffalo River Area. Sometimes I attend church at Shiloh United Baptist Church. I also have many … more
Arkansas, like other states, is rebounding from the pandemic in a stronger position than we might have expected around this time last year.Recently, Governor Hutchinson announced the state had the … more
Congratulations to State Trooper James Ray from Franklin County for being named Trooper of the Year by the American Association of State Troopers. Trooper Ray protected lives when he prevented a … more
Sunday is D-Day plus 76 years.And on Memorial Day this week we honored and mourned all the men and women who’ve died while serving in our military.So maybe it’s a good time for … more
You may have heard the proverb, “Give a man a fish, and you’ll feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, and you’ll feed him for a lifetime of crushing debt after he buys the boat, … more
After more than a year of strict COVID mandates, my state has triumphantly reopened.But, some argue, we better think twice before we offer a celebratory handshake.On Memorial Day, Pennsylvania began … more
“I could search the whole world over/Until my life is through/But I know I’ll never find another you.” – as performed by The Seekers.Five years ago, in conjunction with my … more
Everyone’s complaining about Congress, but if you want to track the real, festering growth of Trumpism and its corrosive effect on our politics, you’re better served keeping your eye on … more
LITTLE ROCK — The state is on pace to have a record surplus of more than $1 billion, which is a strong indicator that the Arkansas economy is recovering from the negative effects of the … more
Two weeks ago, we all were alarmed to learn about a significant crack in a beam that supports the I-40 Hernando DeSoto Bridge, which connects Arkansas and Tennessee.Inspectors found no other … more
The development and distribution of COVID-19 vaccines has guided the nation back to normalcy. I have enjoyed resuming in-person meetings with Arkansans instead of conducting business over the phone … more
The state’s emergency health declaration ends this Sunday, and today I’d like to encourage Arkansans to remember that although the emergency has passed, we are still in a pandemic.We have … more
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