We've been noting rumors that some of the top Arkansas lawmakers who had previously endorsed former Gov. Mike Huckabee would switch their support to Marco Rubio once Huckabee dropped out.
The first wave has begun, reports the AP's Andrew Demillo. U.S. Reps. Rick Crawford and Steve Womack are endorsing Rubio, the campaign announced, as well as Lt. Gov. Tim Griffin.
What about the governor? No word from Asa Hutchinson yet but for what it's worth, two of his nephews, state senators Jeremy Hutchinson and Jim Hendren, are backing Rubio. (Here's a full list of the state of Arkansas endorsements before Huckabee dropped out.)
For his part, Huckabee himself told Fox's Megyn Kelly (see video above) that he didn't have any intention of endorsing anyone "any time soon." Kelly asked him point blank whether he would endorse Donald Trump when Trump comes to Little Rock; Huckabee brushed off those rumors and said he wasn't even going to be in Little Rock. I'd bet on the Huckster backing Rubio, who finished third in the Iowa caucuses, unless Bronze Medal Marco slips up in the states to come. Huckabee noted that his endorsement probably won't mean very much.
The Atlantic reports — and we know this in Arkansas already — that Trump resistance exists and seems to be gaining momentum in red states. It's not only those dreaded "coastal elites" with concerns about the direction of the country. /more/
The White House announced yesterday that President Donald Trump will continue to enforce his predecessor's 2014 executive order requiring all companies who contract with the federal government not to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity /more/
The House Revenue and Tax committee this morning approved a bill to create a tax exemption for veterans' retirement pay. Rep. Michael John Gray noted that the bill also included an unrelated giveaway to the soda industry, paid for with tax hikes on unemployment benefits and digital downloads. /more/
A group of citizens held a demonstration of sorts today at Sen. Tom Cotton's office in Little Rock to protest his support of Betsy DeVos, recently confirmed by the senate as the federal Secretary of Education. The group presented a check to "buy Senator Cotton's vote," a reference to the financial backing that DeVos and her family have provided to Cotton's campaigns.
Tens of thousands of Arkansans have been kicked off of Medicaid for failure to respond to an income verification letter. Many of them are eligible for the program according to the very data that triggered the letter in the first place.
The plan, formulated months ago, was this: Ellen and I were going to go to Washington for inauguration festivities, then fly out the morning after the balls for Panama City and a long planned cruise to begin with a Panama Canal passage.
Not since the John Birch Society's "Impeach Earl Warren" billboards littered Southern roadsides after the Supreme Court's school-integration decision in 1954 has the American judicial system been under such siege, but who would have thought the trifling Arkansas legislature would lead the charge?
The Senate this morning added an amendment to Rep. Charlie Collins campus carry bill that incorporates the effort denied in committee yesterday to require a 16-hour additional training period before university staff members with concealed carry permits may take the weapons on campus.
A tourism operator in the district of a senator who's sponsored a "bathroom bill" to discourage transgender use of public facilities has joined those objecting to the legislation as damaging to business.
Sen. Trent Garner, the Tom Cotton employee and clone who joined the Arkansas Senate this year, has proposed an amendment to the campus carry bill that would seem to open campuses to anyone 25 or older with a concealed carry permit if they received an additional 16 hours of training.