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  • No, there is a not a "bailout" for the Arkansas private option

    Apparently if you call something a “bailout,” people won’t like it! This is the approach taken in a piece on the private option posted earlier last week at Forbes, the third article Forbes has published in the last month or so criticizing the Arkansas plan. We take a look at some of their insinuations, and where things actually stand on the policy and politics of the private option.
    • May 19, 2014
  • Does Dustin McDaniel have duty to defend ban on same-sex marriage?

    Early this week, U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder had a message for folks in Dustin McDaniel's position. Holder called on the nation's state attorneys general to consider taking up the cause of marriage equality by refusing to defend their states' laws that block same-sex couples from access to marriage.
    • Feb 27, 2014
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Re: “Work requirement bars over 4,000 from receiving Medicaid coverage

1) is the correct address. This story was produced by the Arkansas Nonprofit News Network, which distributes it (for free) to the Arkansas Times, the Baxter Bulletin and any other paper in the state that wants it.
2) Fair point, but I think that's why the governor says "taxpayers" rather than "Arkansans."
3) Thank you, that's good to know.
4) Yes, I agree with you about the importance of drawing that distinction, and I wish I'd done so. It's true that far more than 1/6 of that initial 27,000 didn't report anything due to exemptions, many of which were automatic. I've pointed that out in the past, and I'll be more careful about that phrasing in the future.

Posted by Benji Hardy on 09/20/2018 at 2:10 PM

Re: “A glimmer of hope for return of local control of Little Rock School District

@Going for the record (or anyone): How will local control be able to stop the increase in charters? Charter approval is a state decision.

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Posted by Benji Hardy on 09/14/2018 at 9:01 AM

Re: “Burt Reynolds dies at 82

Actually, Vanessa, I don't think you could possibly have explained yourself any better. I just love this story.

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Posted by Benji Hardy on 09/06/2018 at 9:33 PM

Re: “Starting tomorrow, some Arkansans will lose Medicaid due to work requirement

@imjustsaying -- No one should get kicked off *due to the work requirement* until September, but lots of people (thousands) have lost Medicaid coverage in the past 18 months, often due to noncompliance with some minor policy or another.

This is because DHS seems to have grown more stringent about certain things, like reporting an address change. Which creates problems exactly because of what you said in your first comment: Navigating bureaucracy is time-consuming and requires some persistence and savvy and technical literacy. And working with DHS can be a pain.

I wrote about this recently:…

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Posted by Benji Hardy on 08/31/2018 at 9:59 AM

Re: “Lake View mandate on school funding 'probably' still stands despite sovereign immunity ruling, lawmakers told

The constitutional language is "The State of Arkansas shall never be made defendant in any of her courts." So, it says nothing about plaintiffs.

Posted by Benji Hardy on 04/27/2018 at 10:38 AM

Re: “If DACA ends, this 2016 Parkview graduate will lose her dream job in May

@bigdambridge --
If the Dreamers you know (who have become citizens) have had experiences to the contrary, I'd like to know about it.

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Posted by Benji Hardy on 09/14/2017 at 5:40 PM

Re: “If DACA ends, this 2016 Parkview graduate will lose her dream job in May

@bigdambridge: Thank you for the question.

There is literally no way for most Dreamers to become citizens or legal permanent residents unless they marry someone who is a citizen or an LPR, or unless they happen to fall into one of a few esoteric categories (such as being a victim of domestic violence).

Some Dreamers may be lucky enough to have an immediate family member who is here legally. That can open a doorway to legal residency and eventual citizenship, because law allows for certain family members of citizens/LPRs to apply for green card status.

So, there are paths to citizenship for some undocumented people -- but for someone in Ms. Delgado's position, none of them are open. To get legal residency in the U.S., the law says she must return to Guatemala and file an application. The wait time would be years, if not a decade or more.

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Posted by Benji Hardy on 09/14/2017 at 5:39 PM

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