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Gov. Hutchinson’s Work Requirement is Arbitrary and Political

Did you see the negative headlines about Arkansas? “More than 12,000 Medicaid beneficiaries in Arkansas have lost coverage for not complying with the state’s work requirements, according to data released by the state on Thursday. In the past month alone, 3,815 beneficiaries lost coverage for failing to meet the work requirements for three straight months. Arkansas began phasing in work …

Let’s Talk About the Midterms in Arkansas, Part One

For the first time since 2012, the Democratic Party of Arkansas flipped two statehouse seats. Those successful candidates are a part of something. And their work shows how this party keeps moving forward. Our party recruited and fielded the most impressive slate of candidates that our state has seen in a generation. These candidates were not fueled by political careerism …

Republicans Call French Hill Ad Racist, But Don’t Address Their Other Dishonesty

LITTLE ROCK — Representative Michael John Gray, Democratic Party of Arkansas Chairman, released the following statement after Doyle Webb, the Republican Party of Arkansas Chairman, filed an ethics complaint against a pro-French Hill PAC.   “I want to commend Chairman Doyle Webb and the RPA for calling the radio advertisement running in support of Congressman French Hill ‘racist’ and requesting its …

DPA Chairman: Pro-French Hill Radio Ad Racist, Calls For Hill and GOP Chair to Demand Immediate Removal

LITTLE ROCK — Representative Michael John Gray, Democratic Party of Arkansas Chairman, released the following statement: “This pro-French Hill radio ad is racist. It demeans the pain and experience of African Americans and exploits for political gain centuries of segregation and racial violence, including lynching. Instead of calling the ad for what it is—overtly racist, dangerous, and immoral—Congressman French Hill …

Congressman Rick Crawford has “failed” Arkansas

HELENA, Arkansas - Chintan Desai knows that flipping Arkansas’s First Congressional District won’t be easy. Its size, covering nearly 18,000 square miles, and its long electoral trend to the GOP make the district difficult to run a strong, grassroots campaign. But that hasn’t dissuaded Desai. Or his army of volunteers. Over the summer and in the course of just 30 …

Susan Inman to Thurston: Return the $30,000 in Taxes You Spent on a Personal Bass Boat

LITTLE ROCK-Susan Inman, Democratic nominee for Secretary of State, at a press conference at the State Capitol criticized Land Commissioner John Thurston’s purchase of a nearly $30,000 bass boat with taxpayer funds. Inman said Thurston wanted a new toy and had Arkansans pay for it. Thurston is Inman Republican opponent for Secretary of State in November. “John Thurston is the …

More Bad National Attention for Arkansas’s Defective Work Requirement

LITTLE ROCK-On Monday, The New York Times took a hard look at Arkansas’s work requirement for its Medicaid Expansion program, Arkansas Works. The Trump administration has been encouraging states that expanded Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act to impose a work requirement on lower income recipients of the expanded health insurance. Arkansas, under the direction of Republican Governor Asa Hutchinson, became the …