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Ducks, Dynasties, and the First Amendment

BY MICHAEL REISIG – Well Christmas is over, the new year is upon us, and Duck Dynasty items are back on the shelves everywhere. It’s hard to imagine that the hottest-selling stuff in the country and the most popular cable show, would come from a handful of bearded rednecks in Louisiana. It’s also hard to believe that in the land ...

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Islam Across The Pond

BY MICHAEL REISIG – As America struggles with it’s own internal demons, from healthcare and unemployment to illegal immigration, Islam is steadily slipping in through the cracks and securing beachheads in territories that would have been considered impregnable just 10 years ago.  If any of us were really paying attention we would be watching Britain – actually we should have ...

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Your Gift Card Rights and Responsibilities

BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – According to a recent survey over 50% of Americans would like to get a gift card as a Christmas gift.  Gift cards now exceed the popularity of clothing and electronics as gifts. If you plan to purchase a gift card for someone this year, there a few things you should know about your rights ...

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State Officials Revise Predicted Budget Forecast

BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – Budget officials revised their economic forecast for the current fiscal year, and now predict that state government will collect 1.7 percent less in tax revenue than it did last year. The state will still generate sufficient revenue so that all state agencies can meet their budgets.  It does reduce the amount ...

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Cotton Writes Secretary Kerry with Concerns About the Situation in Ukraine

Washington, D.C.—Today Congressman Tom Cotton (R-Dardanelle) along with Congressmen Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), Ron DeSantis (R-FL), Tom Marino (R-PA), George Holding (R-NC), Randy Weber (R-TX), and Scott Perry (R-PA) sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry expressing concern over the situation in Ukraine. Recently, Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovich’s halted the nation’s efforts to sign an economic accord with the ...

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The Rise of Islam In America

BY MICHAEL REISIG – I read the paper this morning — a collage of calamities around the world, the latest suicide bombing in Israel, new attacks in Indonesia, bombings in Iraq, and new information on the trials of al-Qaida members in America and abroad. As astounding as this is, the most frightening aspect of it all is the single thread ...

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State/School Desegregation Settlement Set to End in Four Years

BY STATE SENATOR LARRY TEAGUE – LITTLE ROCK – In a development that has financial implications for every school district in Arkansas, the parties in the 30-year old Pulaski County desegregation case have all agreed to end the suit. Under terms of a 1989 settlement, state government pays about $70 million a year to the three school districts in Pulaski ...

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Bell Selected to Represent Arkansas at Mount Vernon Assembly

For many years it has been my belief that the most important issue facing our nation is out of control deficit spending. Annual deficits have accumulated to the point that Americans are now more that $17 trillion in debt with trillions more in unfunded liabilities. Debt has DOUBLED in the last 5 years. If the “credit card spending spree” isn’t ...

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America’s New Military

BY MICHAEL REISIG – Aside from the constant debacles this administration has presented us with (the Obamacare disaster, Benghazi, Fast and Furious, the IRS and The Tea Party, etc.), there has been something else taking place that is equally frightening and perhaps more definitive of the direction this president is taking us. For the last several years there has been ...

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Representative Nate Bell Shares What He is Most Thankful For

BY STATE REPRESENTATIVE NATE BELL – Much of the news these days is consumed with reports of evil, mayhem and unhappiness. This week, I’d like to share ten things I’m thankful for with you. In no particular order: Salvation through the unmerited grace and mercy of God & the promise of Heaven. My amazing wife & daughters. One vote can ...

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