It’s the question dominating coverage of the 89th Arkansas General Assembly, and with good reason. The decision, thrown to the states by the Supreme Court, is one of the biggest the legislature has faced in recent memory.
At the core of the debate is whether more than 200,000 of the state’s neediest citizens will gain access to health insurance. But it’s also a question that will have a dramatic impact on the state’s fiscal future. Gov. Mike Beebe is for expansion, but needs support from three quarters of the legislature to accept it. He and other proponents say that it will create jobs and end up saving the state money; opponents believe that it will eventually cost the state more than we can afford.
The Expand-O-Meter is our our guesstimate of the state of the debate, which we’ll update frequently as new developments come along.
We're definitely closer to passing expansion than we've ever been, with legislation moving through the General Assembly and a significant group of Republicans actively pushing for the "private option."
Today’s chances of passing expansion: 37%Last week’s chances: 35%See here for previous entries on the Expand-o-Meter
Despite some giving up all hope that Republicans will ever really consider Medicaid expansion, the Expand-o-meter soldiers on!
Will the legislature approve Medicaid expansion? Introducing the Expand-o-meter, our guesstimate of the state of the debate, which we’ll update frequently as new developments come along. Today’s chances of passing expansion: 51%
Now that the chorus of politicians invoking religious liberty against the president and local governments includes nearly every Republican presidential candidate, it is time to ask whether those who espouse religious liberty the most loudly believe in it least.
Contrary to what Jeb Bush said, it wasn't actually too hard to see through the propaganda barrage that led the United States to invade Iraq in 2003. Key aspects of the Bush administration's case for war were transparently false, and would have been comically so if the consequences hadn't been so terrible.
Brooke Arnold, writing in Salon, provides a personal look at life according to the teachings of a religious organization that has been influential with the Duggar family. She argues it cultivates a culture where women are more vulnerable to rape and sexual abuse.
The Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported over the weekend, though the Little Rock edition did not, that it had interviewed an unnamed church elder about Jim Bob and Josh Duggar's meeting with then-State Trooper Joseph Hutchens to report Josh Duggar's improper contact with girls in the Duggar household.
Pulaski Circuit Judge Mackie Pierce has refused requests by the cities of Little Rock and North Little Rock that he reconsider his ruling that annual payments to chambers of commerce were unconstitutional.