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Arkansas Students Make the Grade

BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – A recent report by the Arkansas Higher Education Department indicates that incoming students are better prepared for college level courses than they were in the past several years. According to records compiled by the state-supported colleges and universities, 43.2 percent of students had to take remedial classes last year. That is ...

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Cotton Statement on the Farm Bill Conference Report

Washington, D.C.—Congressman Tom Cotton (R-Dardanelle) today released the following statement on the Farm Bill Conference Report: “Growing up on a farm in Yell County, I learned a simple lesson: you can’t spend more than you take in.  That’s why I’ve worked hard to protect Arkansas taxpayers and that’s why I can’t support the food-stamp bill.  This bill spends too much ...

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State’s Third Fiscal Session Set to Begin

BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – In addition to approving budgets for state government operations next year, during the fiscal session the legislature will allocate unspent surplus funds that have built up in the state treasury over the previous year. Traditionally, surplus funds are spent on “one time” projects, while recurring expenses such as salaries and maintenance ...

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Back to Normal

BY U.S. SENATOR DR. JOHN BOOZMAN – In the movie “Groundhog Day” Bill Murray’s character finds himself reliving February 2 over and over. He quickly learns that he can get away with anything and throws caution to the wind only to find himself waking up in the same bed, to the same song. It’s not until he reflects on what’s ...

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Protection, Profiling, And The New America

BY MICHAEL REISIG – Our fearless, no wait, let’s make that fretful, Attorney General, Eric Holder, has more new plans for protecting the rights of certain individuals, and as with Orwell’s Animal Farm, some animals are rapidly becoming more equal than others. The man is obsessed with making sure no one should be investigated or God forbid, arrested, if they ...

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The Knockout Game

BY MICHAEL REISIG – Our society has reached a whole new level of decadence, a brand new pinnacle of repulsiveness, and worst of all, in our fervor to promote blind political correctness we have nursed this aberration to a new, terrible level, to where it threatens the safety of people everywhere. This new threat to urban society is called “The ...

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School Districts Receive Extra Funds for Low-Income Students

BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – State education funding in Arkansas is based on enrollment, with local school districts receiving extra money for each pupil in attendance from a low-income family. The legislature established the bonus funding for poor students during the 2003-2004 special session that was devoted almost entirely to improving Arkansas public schools.  That special ...

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Righteousness

BY MICHAEL REISIG – You can’t watch the news today and not be assaulted by somebody’s righteous indignation. It’s as if our species was born with wrath and rage in its genetic code – ribbons of indignation and anger curling around and into our DNA, slowly strangling out common sense, kindness, and humility. You can’t turn on the evening news ...

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New Tax Cuts Take Effect for Arkansas

BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – A package of tax cuts took effect at the new year that over time will save Arkansas more than $161 million a year. The major tax reductions are Act 1459 to reduce state income tax rates, Act 1488 to lower state taxes on capital gains and Act 1411 to reduce the ...

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Several New Laws to Take Effect in January 2014

BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – Most of the laws passed by the 89th General Assembly took effect on August 16th, 90 days after we adjourned sine die. A few of the new laws contained emergency clauses setting effective dates as early as the date the law was signed by the Governor.  But there were several new laws that were ...

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