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July, 2013

  • 24 July

    House of Representatives Weekly Report

    By Nate Bell   The first weekend of August is our annual Back to School sales tax holiday in Arkansas. State and local taxes are not assessed on purchases of certain items typically needed when returning to school. This year the average Arkansas parent will spend over $250 on school clothes and an additional $100 for supplies. Clothing items and shoes ...

  • 17 July

    Waves of Mercy…Waves of Grace

    By LeAnn Dilbeck For seven beautiful mornings, I was able to sit and enjoy my morning coffee while listening to the ocean waves…so incredibly relaxing. One wave after another rolling in. Never ending. I, like many other writers for hundreds of years, felt inspired by the ocean. I thought of the plethora of writings that have been inspired by the ...

  • 17 July

    Six Courageous Women

    By Michael Reisig Through a week of passionate, sometimes choleric, testimony from both sides, and brawls between attorneys, or attorneys and the judge, the six brave women of the Zimmerman trial jury stood their ground. They refused to be intimidated by the possibility of raging segments of our populace, the prejudiced testimony of friends and relatives, or the bullying by ...

  • 17 July

    State Capitol Week in Review

    By Senator Larry Teague LITTLE ROCK – The state attorney general challenged state elected officials and policy makers to overhaul Arkansas death penalty procedures. In a speech before the Arkansas Sheriffs Association, Attorney General Dustin McDaniel called the current system of capital punishment in Arkansas “completely broken.” Arkansas uses lethal injection to execute people convicted of capital crimes. However, the ...

  • 17 July

    House of Representatives Weekly Report

    By Representative Nate Bell There have been lots of questions, media reports, opinions and other discussion of Act 746 of 2013. As a sponsor of the bill, I’ve decided to share my point of view with those of you I represent. The new Act results from passage of HB1700. The bill passed the House 82-1 after passing the House Judiciary ...

  • 3 July

    WHAT WE NEED IS REVIVAL Part 4 of 4

    Revival of this Great Nation… By LeAnn Dilbeck When My people, who are called by My name, humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. – 2 Chronicles 7:14 It seems there has never been a time in American ...

June, 2013

  • 26 June

    WHAT WE NEED IS REVIVAL – Part 3 of 4

    Revival in the Church… By LeAnn Dilbeck A nation in need of a new direction seems to be at the heart of so many debates and discussions. Are the problems too big to correct/change? How did we get this far off course?  There’s a lot of finger-pointing in all directions in an attempt to lay blame but as the saying ...

  • 21 June

    Cotton Statement on the 2013 Farm Bill Vote

    Washington, D.C. – Congressman Tom Cotton (R-Dardanelle) released the following statement regarding today’s vote on the Farm Bill: “I grew up on my family’s small farm in Yell County and still work on it today. I had hoped this bill would be good for Arkansas farmers and taxpayers, but it turned out badly for both.  President Obama’s failed policies have ...

  • 21 June

    State Capitol Week in Review

    From Senator Larry Teague June 21, 2013 LITTLE ROCK – Legislators plan to review the policies and actions of the state Department of Community Correction, which has jurisdiction over paroled inmates when they are released from prison. The importance of a thorough investigation into the parole system came to light when a Little Rock man was charged with murder, which ...

  • 21 June

    Death, Friendship, and Love

    By Michael Reisig Over 150,000 people die every day on this spinning ball of dirt and water, while most of us cruise along, oblivious to this fatal lottery, as we should. We’re only reminded of this game of chance when someone close to us draws a number. Death arrived at a friend of mine’s door this week – in all ...