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ISSUE 1 Sales Tax in Constitution – Awful Idea

ISSUE 1 will be on your ballot in the General Election. If passed, it will put a one-half percent (0.50%) sales tax for highways and roads in the Arkansas Constitution. Putting a sales tax in the Arkansas Constitution is always a bad idea. The problem with putting a sales tax in the Arkansas Constitution is the lack of flexibility to address future needs. Two illustrations come to mind. Tax reformers were prevented from completely removing all state-imposed sales taxes on gro…

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When Democrats Told Me I Couldn’t Vote

By David Ferguson Twice I was told by Democrat officeholders, “You can’t vote in this election.” That was many decades ago. The first time this happened, some Republicans helped me secure my right to vote. Two years later I was again denied the right to vote but that time I immediately appealed to the county election commission and won my right to vote. I was born on an election day and every so many years my birthday falls on an election day. From a young age I watched the Democrat an…

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The Big Tent Party LIE

Democrats across the country have been claiming the Democrat Party is the Big Tent Party. This is supposed to mean the Democrats are inclusive enough to include moderate Democrats and even disaffected Republican voters. Here in Arkansas we know that is NOT how it works. While the Democrats want people across the spectrum to vote the Democrat ticket, Democrat leaders have embraced the radical left agenda. Democrat leaders like Chuck, Nancy, Bernie, and AOC and the squad wil…

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Lawsuit Against Hutchinson Administration’s Covid-19 Edicts

On September 3rd, a lawsuit will be filed against Governor Asa Hutchinson’s administration over Covid-19 directives which have been imposed without procedural safeguards or review by the Arkansas General Assembly. The plaintiffs are state legislators and citizens. The plaintiffs are led by state Representative Dan Sullivan (R-Jonesboro).  Earlier this year Sullivan won nomination for state Senate and is unopposed in the general election. The lawsuit will be filed…

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Fayetteville: A Portland Wannabe

With social media restricting the reach of conservative groups like CONDUIT please consider clicking “like” or “share.” Thank you. The Fayetteville City Council met Aug. 18 and continued into the early morning hours of Aug. 19 on city business. What was it that kept them busy into the night? Much of the meeting was spent on the question of whether to accept a federal grant which would pay for two police resource officers in middle school. Eventuall…

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An Arkansas Dictatorship? Legislature Responds

By David Ferguson Senator Kim Hammer and Representative Jimmy Gazaway are working on legislation to give the legislature some control over the exercise of emergency powers by Governor Asa Hutchinson. When the governor declared an emergency due to Covid-19 his proclamation triggered emergency powers under the Emergency Services Act of 1973[i]. During the emergency, he has suspended laws and made up new ones to suit himself without the legislature. Some have compared th…

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Most Important Election of Our Lives – 2020

The Democratic Party has dramatically changed in a very short period of time. It is no longer the party that elected Barack Obama as President or even the party that nominated Hillary Clinton four years ago. Do Democrat voters even recognize the party now guided by the radical left? If the Democrat Party is successful in 2020, traditional Democrats will never get their party back and America may change forever, not for better. Democrat-Socialist Bernie Sanders became a rock…

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What Does the Legislation Do? – The Problem of Bill Titles

By David Ferguson The titles of some bills filed in the Arkansas legislature are so short and vague they will leave you scratching your head wondering “what does it do?” Sometimes a bill only addresses one specific change and in those instances a short title gives you all the information you need but often having a short title means very important details go unnoticed until it is too late. Sometimes the sponsor of a bill intentionally leaves the title vague to keep you from notic…

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Sales Tax On Ballot Despite Economy Wrecked by COVID-19 Shutdowns

While you have been worried about COVID-19 and about whether you will be able to make a living in its wake, the tax-and-spend crowd have been busy promoting Ballot Issue #1 to impose a permanent sales tax that will go into the Arkansas Constitution where it will be nearly impossible to remove. They hope you will forget all about your family’s economic woes and vote for the tax (or at least that you will stay home and not vote against it). Your November ballot will include Issue #1 to…

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Legislator To Government Lobbyist

It is no longer an occasional occurrence. It is now a biennial event. For the third time since 2016 a state Representative has resigned from office to take a government lobbyist job. Every two years in June or July during an election year a member of the Arkansas House of Representatives has resigned to take a government lobbyist job The whole idea of state agencies and institutions using taxpayer money to hire a lobbyist to lobby other agencies and officials is offensive to fis…

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