Hidden Costs: Drought Crushing Crop Insurance Industry

By: Monday August 27, 2012 11:38 am

Here’s another opportunity to lay out the real economic costs of climate change. Farmers had already prepared for extreme weather events by purchasing more and more crop insurance in recent years. So when a historic drought hit this summer, many crop producers had the ability to handle it, although livestock producers seeing a spike in [...]

Governors Ask EPA to Suspend Corn-Based Ethanol Mandate

By: Thursday August 16, 2012 12:54 pm

Four states have asked the EPA to waive the renewable fuels standard that forces the nation to generate more corn-based ethanol at a time of significant drought and a corn shortage. The states all have Democratic Governors, though two of them come from the South. The worst drought in 50 years has sent corn prices [...]

Arkansas Releases Numbers on Medicaid Expansion; Conservatives Will Distort Them

By: Wednesday July 18, 2012 12:34 pm

Arkansas, led by popular Democratic Governor Mike Beebe, has done a cost analysis of the Medicaid expansion, finding that it would save the state $372 million. The analysis is weighted toward the fact that the federal government picks up 100% of the costs of the expansion in the first three years, while in later years, [...]

ALEC Wasn’t First Industry Trojan Horse Behind Sham Fracking Disclosure Bill – Enter CSG

By: Wednesday May 2, 2012 1:51 pm

Cross-Posted from DeSmogBlog 19th Century German statesman Otto von Bismarck once said, “If you like laws and sausages, you should never watch either one being made.” The American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), put on the map by the Center for Media and Democracy in its “ALEC Exposed” project, is the archetype of von Bismarck’s truism. So too are the fracking [...]

Republican Freshman Calls for Millionaire’s Surtax

By: Thursday March 15, 2012 6:13 am

Breaking a united front in the Republican Party that goes back a number of years, freshman GOP Congressman Rick Crawford (R-AR) will unveil a millionaire’s surtax proposal today. The Arkansas Republican will unveil the plan during a local television interview Thursday morning, and plans to introduce legislation when the House returns next week, according to [...]

Film Shows Epidemic of Cancer Downstream from Koch Industries Plant in Arkansas

By: Tuesday October 11, 2011 8:51 am

A provocative new video from Brave New Films exposes what appear to be serious environmental crimes in Crossett, Arkansas, caused by waste product at a Georgia-Pacific plant. Georgia-Pacific is owned by Koch Industries. In the video, the citizens of Penn Road, a residential neighborhood behind a channel into which the Georgia-Pacific plywood, paper mill, and [...]

Camo-Washing: To the Banks, What’s Good for Military Families Isn’t Good for Everyone Else

By: Thursday April 28, 2011 7:25 am

I have a piece in The American Prospect on “camo-washing”, the practice of the banks to boost their public image by taking care of wrongful military foreclosures and violations of the Servicemembers Civil Relief Act, while ignoring the much larger foreclosure crisis with their civilian borrowers. This is something I’ve been writing about here for [...]

Fierce Banking Reform Advocate Blanche Lincoln Seeks Exemption for Walton Family-Owned Bank

By: Wednesday June 23, 2010 8:40 am

You of course remember that Blanche Lincoln sailed to victory in a tough Democratic primary in Arkansas by telling the state that she produced the toughest reforms on the banks imaginable. She took credit for creating the entire reform bill, and said that she fought for Arkansans over Wall Street. I guess that’s sort of [...]

AR-Sen: Strains Between Lincoln and the African-American Community

By: Wednesday March 24, 2010 10:40 am

A big issue in the Arkansas Senate primary is Blanche Lincoln’s relationship to the African-American community. She has been going around the state touting her “A” rating from the NAACP. But someone has a problem with that – the President of the Arkansas NAACP. “If I had to grade her even on health care reform [...]

Ground Zero For Republican Comeback Is Arkansas

By: Monday January 25, 2010 6:38 am

It may surprise people to know that Arkansas has a predominantly Democratic Congressional delegation, but 5 of the 6 seats are currently held by Democrats. Barack Obama did poorly in Arkansas, losing by 20 points, but that couldn’t have affected anyone in the Congressional delegation because not one of them faced a major-party opponent. You [...]

President Clinton to Skip Arkansas Free Clinic, Blames Olbermann for Politicizing Event

By: Friday November 20, 2009 1:45 pm

Bill Clinton told FDL’s Eve Gittelson that it would be problematic for him to attend a free medical clinic being held in Little Rock, Arkansas tomorrow because MSNBC’s Keith Olbermann had “politicized” the event.” He indicated that some were turning the event into a primary kickoff against Arkansas Sen. Blanche Lincoln.

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