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Former U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln On The Rise Of Women

Blanche Lincoln holds the distinction of becoming the youngest woman ever elected to the U.S. Senate. She entered the upper chamber after two terms in the U.S. House. Lincoln rose to be chair of the powerful Senate Agriculture committee. Take a listen to our conversation with Sen. Lincoln, who was the keynote speaker at the annual Jimmie Lou Fisher – …

Chairman Michael John Gray’s Address: The Arkansas Flag & The Confederate Star

“I grew up in east Arkansas, out in the Delta. And for me, just like just about anybody whose family goes back any amount of time in Arkansas, we are descendants of people who fought in the Confederacy. Our state flag has a special commemoration, designating the blue star at the top of the white diamond for the state’s time …

Chairman Gray’s Address: Valuing Work & The Minimum Wage

“Arkansans work hard, and we don’t ask for much. It’s just not in our nature to be asking for handouts, or to take them. But we do believe in giving someone a hand up. We expect for each one of us to earn his or her keep. That’s a good thing. It’s good we know the value of hard work. …

Arkansas Has A Historic Chance To Ratify the Equal Rights Amendment

Arkansas can make history for Womens’ Rights Women are not officially recognized in the U.S. Constitution, but Arkansas has a chance to make that change. State Senator Joyce Elliott (D-Little Rock) is introducing a resolution for Arkansas to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment. The Equal Rights Amendment says, “Equality of rights under the law shall not be denied or abridged …

Making Pre-K A Priority

When it comes to my life, I try to have priorities. It isn’t always easy to get it all right all the time, but there are some basic things that I have to get right. I have to work, and, I have to take care of my son, John Major. Those are both responsibilities that I am glad I have. …

The New Republican Plan To Hinder Medical Marijuana In Arkansas

It’s been more than two years since Arkansas voters overwhelmingly approved medical marijuana for patients with certain chronic conditions and diseases. The state has more than dragged its heels on carrying out the will of the people. And now, before the program is even off the ground there is a new effort in the Arkansas Legislature to radically limit medical marijuana, …