How to buy an amendment

The Arkansas Legislature has the opportunity each session to refer proposed constitutional amendments to the voters in the following year. One of this year’s front runners is Senate Joint Resolution 8, and the Arkansas Senate gave it their approval last week.

Everybody talks about it

I came in from a beautiful day in the 70s (F.) on Monday, and sat down at my computer. It didn’t take me long to be reminded that this time last year, it wasn’t much different, maybe a little cooler. However, on that particular day a year earlier than that, I was bewailing the loss of my ice scraper.

Legislator knows best

The Arkansas Legislature consists of 35 senators and 100 representatives, each chosen by a plurality of the voters in his or her district. People elect certain legislators based on their perceived ability to steer government in a certain direction and because they subscribe to the same ideas. Those legislators are paid the tax dollars of their constituents, and are therefore beholden to them. Lawmakers are expected to represent their constituents’ interests.

No growth and not proficient

On Tuesday, for the first time in American history, the Vice President was called on to break a tie in the Senate during a cabinet confirmation vote. It wasn’t the confirmation of the Secretary of State or the Secretary of the Treasury. It wasn’t the Secretary of Defense or even the Attorney General. Each of those, so far, has been far less controversial.

Ah, Valentine’s!

This should cause no surprise to anyone except a few brain-dead boyfriends and husbands, but Valentine’s Day is less than a week in the future. Get crackin,’ guys.

Alternative what?

We’ve all heard a lot lately about “alternative facts.” The first time I heard it was when Kellyanne Conway, a White House senior adviser, used the term.

Don’t get lost in the sauce

I believe we’re seeing a significant paradigm shift in American political culture. Having studied political science for years, I’ve witnessed once high-minded disagreements over governing practices descend into something downright primitive.