Governors like Mike Beebe succeed where Washington fails | Arkansas Blog

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Governors like Mike Beebe succeed where Washington fails

Posted By on Sun, Nov 10, 2013 at 11:21 AM

click to enlarge JOINED: Mike Beebe's popularity is a key to the campaign of Mike Ross, who hopes to succeed him.
  • JOINED: Mike Beebe's popularity is a key to the campaign of Mike Ross, who hopes to succeed him.
The New York Times today writes on the success of a number of the country's governors, including Gov. Mike Beebe of Arkansas, in a time when Washington politicians have fallen into nearly universal disfavor. Capable,  popular and at times able to avoid the partisanship that dominates Washington.

Said the article on Beebe:

One striking difference between the federal and state level is how governors have dealt with the new health care law. Even as lawmakers in Washington have been embroiled in battles to repeal it, governors in Arkansas and Iowa, to name two, have successfully worked with both parties in search of a compromise to expand insurance coverage for their constituents.

Mr. Beebe overcame a Republican-controlled legislature and a constitutional requirement that he secure a three-fourths supermajority to expand Medicaid coverage. And he did so by winning the approval of Mr. Obama’s administration to use the federal money included in the law to buy private insurance for low-income residents.

This hybrid model won 77 of 100 votes in Arkansas’s House. “We did it by inclusiveness, we did it with facts, and we did it with logic over ideology,” said Mr. Beebe, noting that six Republican governors had since contacted him to ask about his approach.

Funny. I thought Republicans took credit for the "private option." Lots of them are running from it now. A special state Senate election in Jonesboro, in fact, could be critical in reauthorization, with little love for it expressed by the Republican candidates for the job.

Beebe's popularity and success are critical to Mike Ross, the Democrat who hopes to succeed him. And it explains why Republicans daily sneer at Beebe, his staff, his record and anything else handy. But, as we might have learned from "The Gamble," the book I mentioned earlier today, all that campaign messaging may not matter much. Are people going to believe Nate Bell about Mike Beebe or their own lying eyes?


Tags: , , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (12)

Showing 1-12 of 12

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-12 of 12

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Trump launches attack on 'SOBs' of the NFL

    Donald Trump led a rally for Alabama Senate candidate Luther Strange Friday night and the resulting news coverage (if not in our local newspaper) is giving great attention for his rant against the NFL, including but not limited to players who have made political statements by taking a knee during the National Anthem.
    • Sep 23, 2017
  • Driver killed in crash with Maumelle officer

    Maumelle police report the death early this morning of a motorist who crashed head-on with a Maumelle police officer. The officer and two passengers in the other vehicle were injured.
    • Sep 23, 2017
  • Walmart lawyer picked for U.S. attorney in western Arkansas

    Donald Trump has nominated Duane "Dak" Kees,  director of global ethics and compliance at Walmart Stores, to be U.S. attorney for the western district of Arkansas. It has been filled on an interim basis by a career lawyer in the office.
    • Sep 22, 2017
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Super Bowl line

    Over to you.
    • Feb 7, 2016
  • Little Rock school activists announce events for 60th anniversary of Central High crisis

    The group is not affiliated with the official "Reflections of Progress" commemoration of the 60th anniversary. However, at least two of the Little Rock Nine may be joining the group for an event at 2:30 p.m. at the state Capitol in the Old Supreme Court Chamber.
    • Sep 14, 2017
  • The long and winding road: No exception yet for 30 Crossing

    The Arkansas highway department's representative on the Metroplan board of directors told the board today that the department is requesting an exception to the planning agency's cap on six lanes for its 30 Crossing project to widen Interstate 30 from six to 10 (and more) lanes.
    • Jun 29, 2016

Most Shared

  • ASU to reap $3.69 million from estate of Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn

    Arkansas State University announced today plans for spending an expected $3.69 million gift in the final distribution of the estate of Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn, who died in 2013 and 2015 respectively.
  • Bad health care bill, again

    Wait! Postpone tax reform and everything else for a while longer because the Senate is going to try to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act one more time before September ends and while it can do it with the votes of only 50 senators.
  • Sex on campus

    Look, the Great Campus Rape Crisis was mainly hype all along. What Vice President Joe Biden described as an epidemic of sexual violence sweeping American college campuses in 2011 was vastly overstated.
  • The inadequate legacy of Brown

    LRSD continues to abdicate its responsibility to educate poor black students.

Most Viewed

  • Trump launches attack on 'SOBs' of the NFL

    Donald Trump led a rally for Alabama Senate candidate Luther Strange Friday night and the resulting news coverage (if not in our local newspaper) is giving great attention for his rant against the NFL, including but not limited to players who have made political statements by taking a knee during the National Anthem.

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation