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The Environmental Protection Agency, the arm of government that makes rules governing our actions in this arena, is trying to impose new restrictions on power companies that would cut carbon dioxide emission 30 percent by 2020. The goal is worthy.
Polling presidential races more than two years before Election Day is, as I've noted several times in the past, usually not nearly as important as the media organizations that publicize the polls make them out to be. Nobody has actually entered the presidential race on either side of the ticket, many of the potential candidates are people that, notwithstanding their constant appearances on cable news networks, are largely unknown to voters on the ground, and there's been virtually no real campaigning of any kind.
Arkansas voters will apparently face five ballot issues in the Nov. 4 general election. That's apparently because a lawsuit has been filed questioning the legitimacy of one issue, and its outcome could affect another.
Arkansas today submitted proposed amendments to the private option for federal approval. In order to pursue the private option - the state's unique version of Medicaid expansion which uses Medicaid funds to purchased private health insurance for low-income Arkansans - the state first had to secure approval for what's known as an 1115 waiver, a waiver of federal Medicaid rules allowing the state to experiment with a new approach.
Arkansas is asking the federal government to allow changes to the state's compromise Medicaid expansion that would require some participants to contribute monthly to health savings accounts and would impose new limits on transportation for non-emergency services. The state Department of Human Services on Monday submitted its proposal to change the "private option" program.
In a roundtable meeting this morning with journalists in Washington, D.C., Huckabee said that he would decide next year whether or not he will run for president, but he already knows he's unlikely to support any of those freshman senators. "If not me, I would be supportive of someone who has had executive experience and who has been a governor prior to somebody having only had legislative experience, which I think is fundamentally different in the manner in which one serves," Huckabee said after describing what it takes to be a commander-in-chief.
Speaking at the far-right Christian group Focus on the Family's "Star Spangled Sunday" event this past weekend, former Arkansas governor and potential future presidential candidate Mike Huckabee tried to rally his fellow Christian conservatives to keep the faith and trust that God will ensure "the Sons of Isaac" defeat "the Sons of Ishmael" in the battle for control of the Middle East. Concluding his address before an audience that, if he were to run for president, would comprise much of his base, Huckabee compared the fate of the Middle East to that of his beloved Arkansas Razorbacks , whose rebroadcasts of men's basketball games he'd watch late at night despite already knowing the outcome.
J. French Hill , the 9th-generation Arkansan and millionaire banker, made it clear over the weekend that he does not yet have a position on the ballot initiative to raise the Arkansas minimum wage , currently paying $13,000 a year for a full-time worker who takes no vacation. That's a little bit more than a quarter of the $46,000 it takes to join the Country Club of Little Rock, where French Hill plays golf and about double yearly club dues of $6,600 Hill's record on the minimum wage continues to evolve and devolve: June 8, he told KUAR he opposed both a state and federal minimum wage increase.
Hundreds of disabled Arkansans and members of nationwide organization called ADAPT marched up Broadway to the capitol steps Sunday afternoon. Supporters argue the plan will increase federal funding that in return decreases state funding.
Two things are worth noting in the CNN/ORC survey released Friday vis-A -vis the 2016 presidential sweepstakes: Hillary Clinton, who is gearing up to head to the Hawkeye State as I write this , is leaps and bounds ahead of her fellow Democrats; and former Gov. Mike Huckabee is leading all of his presumed GOP rivals by double digits : According to a new CNN/ORC poll, 53% of all registered Democrats contacted in Iowa said they would support Hillary Clinton if the 2016 caucuses were held today. That number far outpaces the 15% that would opt for Vice President Joe Biden, 7% who would choose Sen. Elizabeth Warren and 5% who would pick Sen. Bernie Sanders.
Polling Presidential races more than two years before Election Day is, as I've noted several times in the past, usually not nearly as important as the media organizations that publicize the polls make them out to be. Nobody has actually entered the Presidential race on either side of the ticket, many of the potential candidates are people that, notwithstanding their constant appearances on cable news networks, are largely unknown to voters on the ground, and there's been virtually no real campaigning of any kind.
Doctors in Arkansas are on the look out for patients that may be presenting symptoms of the Enterovirus D 86. According to the Arkansas Department of Health, they recently sent three samples to the CDC to test for Enterovirus D86.
"You worked hard all your life. You paid into Social Security. You counted on it being there - for you.
Arkansas' soybean farmers could be on their way to breaking the statewide yield record of 46 bushels an acre, the University of Arkansas' Jeremy Ross says. That's what USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service projected in the September Crop Production Report it released Thursday , and Dr. Ross, Extension soybean agronomist for Arkansas, isn't finding much room for argument.
It's hardly a surprise that the national and Arkansas "Right to Life" groups have endorsed Asa Hutchinson . He not only opposes abortion , he supports the unconstitutional 12- and 20-week abortion bans by the Arkansas legislature.
Updated: Tue Sep 16, 2014 07:35 am
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