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A long time ago in a toy box far, far away… As a young urchin in the 1970’s, when I wasn’t risking radiation poisoning and a diabetic coma from sitting too close to the TV with an enormous … more
America’s healthcare system is still a mess. The Affordable Care Act, Barack Obama’s signature legislative achievement, has sparked continued increases in premiums and deductibles while failing … more
At some point, the national Democratic Party’s leadership will discover a backbone and summon up the courage to sever its connection to Hillary Clinton. Continued eye-rolling and hand-wringing … more
Back in December of 2015, on the cusp of the 2016 presidential primaries, when candidate Trump was previewing his Putinesque behavior, I warned in a column that “we’re in danger of embracing a … more
LITTLE ROCK — In April the United States Supreme Court will hear arguments on an Arkansas law that has potentially far-reaching implications for the health care, pharmaceutical and insurance … more
Today, I’d like to honor an exceptional Arkansan, Forrest Wood, one of our preeminent outdoorsmen and entrepreneurs, who passed away last week. Forrest embodied the best of Arkansas. As word of … more
I was back in D.C. this week, but it almost didn't feel like I left home. I was pleased to meet with so many Arkansans who were in town over the past few days. My staff and I met with constituents … more
The tragic news that two Arkansas Army National Guard members took their own lives in the same January week shows the gravity of the mental distress some members of the military live with. Just as … more
When my childhood home got a phone call, it was an event. That was partly because my father, a longtime phone-company employee, installed four brass-belled phones throughout our home. The phones … more
Three years into the Trump administration seemed like a good time to evaluate progress on the number one issue for Trump voters: Illegal immigration. Unfortunately, progress is nil. There is no … more
The New York Times provided lessons in both journalism and television Sunday night, by way of bad examples. First: If a newspaper believes in making political endorsements it shouldn’t balk when … more
You’re excused if you didn’t hear about the latest impeachment “bombshell” that exploded in the media on Wednesday. Wednesday, after all, was a really crowded big-news day. It was the … more
When one of the Pennsylvania Legislature’s most conservative members announced her desire to pass “Second Amendment Sanctuary” ordinances that defy state and federal gun laws, the temptation at … more
When Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced that they were “stepping back” from their duties as senior royals, it triggered a number of interesting reactions on this side of the pond. Some … more
I was hoping we weren’t going to make the list but, deep down, I knew better. The votes have been counted and yes, my adopted home of Kentucky is one of the laziest states in America. (It also … more
LITTLE ROCK — The Arkansas Levee Task Force has completed its final report, with recommendations on how to pay for maintenance and repairs, and how to best gauge the current condition of … more
A lot can change in ten years. In 2010, Apple introduced the iPad, I didn’t have grandkids and the population of Arkansas was less than three million. Now, tablets are as important as pencils and I … more
I am encouraged by the thousands of Americans who traveled to Washington, D.C. today to stand up for life, and by those who attended events across the country earlier this week. President Trump was … more
Today I’d like to talk about the ways the state Revenue Office has made life easier for its customers – who are the taxpayers of Arkansas. When I took office in January 2015, I asked agency … more
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