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Heartland

Heartland Voters Are Waking Up To Trump’s Long Con

Arkansas, people just don’t talk about politics. Especially if they suspect it might cause bad feelings. Some were aware of my public identity; most were not. My wife went around with a Hillary bumper strip, but nobody said a thing about it. They already knew she’d grown up in Little Rock.

July 26, 2017
Trump voters

Dumb Bigots Vs. Typical Liberals: The High Cost Of Political Tribalism

Very broadly then, the center appears to be holding. And while I yield to no man in my visceral contempt for Donald J. Trump, I’ll be very surprised if Congress enacts his anti-community budget cuts. Trashing cartoon liberals is one thing; shutting down Meals on Wheels quite another. As for cartoon conservatives, Democrats should keep in mind that bringing back even five percent of Trump voters would constitute a revolution.

April 6, 2017
Arkansas, Abortion Law

Arkansas Governor Signs Restrictive Abortion Law Banning Common Procedure

The law, which takes effect later this year, prohibits dilation and evacuation, a practice that pro-choice advocates say is the safest method of ending a pregnancy. Opponents of the Arkansas law vowed to fight it in the courts and predicted it would fail.

January 27, 2017
Former U.S. President Bill Clinton (C) greets customers and employees while campaigning for his wife, Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, at the NewBo Market in Cedar Rapids, Iowa in this January 7, 2016 file photo. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein/Files

Let’s Look At The Crime Bill

People holding up signs saying “Hillary is a Murderer” aren’t there for dialogue. The charge is so absurd it’s self-refuting.

April 13, 2016
Steve Sands takes pictures of the rising waters in the Mississippi River as flood waters approach their crest in Greenbelt Park in Memphis, Tennessee January 4, 2016. REUTERS/Karen Pulfer Focht

Doesn’t Mississippi Have More Pressing Concerns?

After all, Mississippi just passed a law that 80 percent of its eighth-graders would struggle to read.

April 10, 2016

Arkansas Governor Wants Civil War Icon Separated From MLK Holiday

Gov. Asa Hutchison (R) says of state’s Martin Luther King, Robert E. Lee joint holiday: “They need to be distinguished and separate.”

January 17, 2016

Late Night Roundup: Jon Stewart’s ‘Secret’ Meetings

Jon Stewart had some fun mocking the news coverage of his “secret” meetings with President Obama — though in fact, the two meetings were both on the White House visitor logs.

July 30, 2015

As Rain Stops In Oklahoma And Texas, Downriver States Brace For Flooding

The waters are inundating rivers across four states, bringing new flood worries for weeks ahead as the torrents barrel toward the Gulf of Mexico.

June 3, 2015
Maine has had less than 3 percent growth since 2010. LL Bean is the flagship retailer of the state. Photo: StormFall via Flickr https://flic.kr/p/vjDLK

Which States Have The Most Job Growth Since The Recession?

Although the nation’s unemployment rate has been around a seven-year low of about 5.4 percent, job growth among the states has been uneven, with several showing only meager gains more than five years removed from the depths of the Great Recession.

May 27, 2015

Don’t Be Blinded By The Hillary Clinton Hologram

Voters must try to pierce through the “hologram” of American politics. So I’m getting in line behind the Democratic frontrunner even though I personally believe that ideological duels among like-minded partisans is healthy and good; and even though I personally dislike Hillary Clinton.

April 29, 2015
Photo: Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton at the 2014 Harkin Steak Fry in Indianola, IA. (Gregory Hauenstein/Flickr)

Hillary Clinton And The Burden Of Authenticity

Is there an element of calculation in Hillary Clinton’s latest listening tour? Sure. But if she truly listens, does that make her more or less “authentic” ?

April 22, 2015

‘The Culture War’ — A Battle The GOP Can’t Win

The argument is over and conservatives have lost. Some of them just don’t know it yet.

April 8, 2015

Good People Sometimes Back Bad Laws

Religious freedom legislation is widening the rift between liberals and social conservatives. Is it possible to reach out to the other side, and move forward?

April 7, 2015

Toxic Law: How Corporate Power And ‘Religious Freedom’ Threaten Democracy

Corporations are valuable and useful vehicles for creating wealth. But they are not and never should be political and religious actors.

April 4, 2015

Endorse This: No Straight Answers On Anti-Gay Bills

With the latest controversy over a “Religious Freedom” bill being proposed in Arkansas, the lead sponsor still seems to have trouble with the basic question here.

April 2, 2015

The Anarchy Of ‘Religious Liberty’

What’s so insidious about “religious liberty” statutes as written, and why they cannot be permitted to stand, is that they would give zealous individuals and private businesses near-dictatorial powers with no legal recourse.

April 1, 2015
Photo: British actor Jamie Dornan (R) and US actress Dakota Johnson pose for photographers ahead of the UK Premiere of 'Fifty Shades of Grey' in central London on February 12, 2015 (AFP/Leon Neal)

On Arkansas’ Anti-Gay Law, And Other Ridiculous Headlines

Gene Lyons takes on ‘Fifty Shades of Gray,’ the Brian Williams mess, and more.

February 18, 2015

Democrats Are All But Extinct In The South

It looks like the GOP will control the South for a long, long time.

December 5, 2014

Arkansas Gov. Beebe To Pardon Son But Rethinks Pardoning Family Friend

Learn more about Beebe’s eleventh hour pardons.

November 14, 2014

Beneath The Republican Wave, Voters Still Reject Right-Wing Ideology

Republicans won big with Ebola, ISIS, and Obama fatigue. But Americans still don’t accept GOP extremism.

November 5, 2014
Tom Cotton

Arkansas: Tom Cotton Defeats Incumbent Mark Pryor

Tom Cotton is headed to the U.S. Senate.

November 4, 2014

What To Expect In The Senate Battleground On Election Day

Here’s where the key Senate races stand as voters head to the polls.

November 3, 2014

Midterm Roundup: Things Are Getting Weird In New Hampshire

Get all of the latest news from the campaign trail.

October 30, 2014

Midterm Roundup: Coakley Collapsing Again?

Get all of the latest news from the campaign trail.

October 28, 2014

Midterm Roundup: Down To The Wire In New Hampshire

Get the latest headlines from the campaign trail.

October 23, 2014