Cotton responded, "I'm confident that with a Republican president and a Republican Congress, America will be safer and more prosperous." He reiterated his endorsement of Trump: "I still believe that Donald Trump with a Republican Congress would be best for America."
Cotton did say that Trump "would be well-advised to get back to the issues Americans actually care about, not going off on tangents and offending some of the people who have sacrificed the most for this country," adding, "Donald's an unconventional candidate in an unconventional year."
Brock asked Cotton whether he was proud that Trump was his party's nominee. Cotton laughed. Then he repeated his previous talking points ("of the candidates that we have, Donald Trump is the best choice...to keep this country safe and to make us prosperous").
Finally Cotton was asked a question we've suggested: is there anything that Trump could do that would cause Cotton to rescind his endorsement. Cotton replied that he had a lot of disagreements with Trump, but in the end, he was going to back the Republican nominee.
Donald Trump is expected to sign an executive order reversing the federal government's course on attempting to reduce pollution from power plants. Jobs will be more important than cleaner air, in short. /more/
The Sunday open line includes a mention of mass protests against corruption in Russia and mass arrests in response. Donald Trump administration on goings-on in pal Putin's territory? None so far. /more/
House Republicans pulled down the Trumpcare legislation this afternoon and walked out, depriving Democrats of some fun in pointing out all the anti-woman, anti-poor, pro-rich aspects of a bill too generous for hardcare Republicans and too mean for the few remaining moderates. /more/
Vice President Mike Pence will visit Little Rock tomorrow afternoon (Friday, March 24) the Republican Party of Arkansas announced today. He'll speak about health care. The visit will happen the day after the U.S. House of Representatives votes on the Trump Administration's preferred vehicle for Obamcare repeal. /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.
Arkansas Business reports here on a federal court filing Wednesday that shows a second person has pleaded guilty to a bribery scheme to help a major contractor of the state Department of Human Services.
An urban planner in Dallas says freeways are not always the answer. Incorporating some creativity already being used in Dallas and looking at the Interstate 30 project from a broader perspective, here are ideas that Arkansas highway planners have not considered. But should.
Circuit Judge Wendell Griffen ruled today that he had no choice based on a past Arkansas Supreme Court decision but to dismiss a lawsuit by Death Row inmates seeking to challenge the constitutionality of the state's lethal injection process.But the judge did so unhappily with sharp criticism of the Arkansas Supreme Court for failing to address critical points raised in the lawsuit.