By April 1, 2020, each of you will receive an invitation to participate in the 2020 Census. Responding to the census will be easier than ever, as this will be the first time you can respond online. The Constitution mandates that the country conduct a count of its population once every 10 years. The 2020 Census will mark the 24th time that the country has counted its population since 1790. The Governor recently announced the formation of the Arkansas Complete Count Committee. The 30 member task force includes two state senators and two state representatives who have agreed to help promote statewide participation in the 2020 Census. When you respond to the census, you help your community gets its fair share of the more than $675 billion per year in federal funds spent on schools, hospitals, roads, public works and other vital programs.
The census tells us much more than just the population of our state and our communities. Continue Reading →
TYLER — Lt. Governor Dan Patrick has appointed Senator Bryan Hughes as Chair of the Senate State Affairs Committee, effective October 1. “I am honored to serve as Chair of the Senate State Affairs Committee and am grateful to Lt. Governor Patrick for the confidence he has placed in me,” Hughes said. “The State Affairs Committee deals with some of the most important and most difficult questions facing the people of Texas. I look forward to working with committee members to find creative and durable solutions to these public policy challenges.” Lt. Governor Patrick stated, “Since his election in 2016, Senator Hughes has quickly become another one of our leading conservatives in the Texas Senate. Continue Reading →
Arkansas recently set a new record low for unemployment. The unemployment rate for July was 3.4 %, breaking the previous record of 3.5% last month. There are 19,200 more jobs in our state than this time last year. But the story of our work force does not end there. As we approach Labor Day, it’s worth taking a look at our state’s largest occupations, what occupations are in demand, and what occupations are paying the most. This information is released annually in the Department of Workforce Services Arkansas Labor Market and Economic Report. Continue Reading →
Priorities will be economic development and job growth; will fight to defend Arkansas values
CROSSETT – Ben Gilmore today announced his candidacy as a Republican for State Senate District 26. The district includes Ashley, Bradley, Chicot, Drew, and portions of Cleveland, Desha, and Lincoln Counties. Ben said:
“Southeast Arkansas deserves a State Senator that will boldly advocate for its people, for conservative values, and for policies that will grow jobs and the economy. My priority in the State Senate will be centered around policies that further economic development and job growth in southeast Arkansas. I will continue to fight for common-sense fiscal responsibility in state government, and I will work to lessen the regulatory burden on businesses and hardworking Arkansans. Continue Reading →
WASHINGTON – Rep. John Ratcliffe (R-Texas) released the following statement on his decision to withdraw from consideration for DNI:
“While I am and will remain very grateful to the President for his intention to nominate me as Director of National Intelligence, I am withdrawing from consideration. I was humbled and honored that the President put his trust in me to lead our nation’s intelligence operations and remain convinced that when confirmed, I would have done so with the objectivity, fairness and integrity that our intelligence agencies need and deserve. However, I do not wish for a national security and intelligence debate surrounding my confirmation, however untrue, to become a purely political and partisan issue. The country we all love deserves that it be treated as an American issue. Accordingly, I have asked the President to nominate someone other than me for this position.”
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A little over twenty minutes ago President Trump took to Twitter to announce his plans to nominate Congressman John Ratcliffe as Director of National Intelligence. According to the President, Ratcliffe will replace Dan Coats on August 15th. The President plans to nominate an interim director during the interim before Ratcliffe takes over. The President’s Twitter account may be followed at realDonaldTrump. Ratcliffe’s office has not released an offical press release as of this time. Continue Reading →
The Miller County Republican Committee (MCRC) will hold their monthly meeting Tuesday July 9, at Big Jakes on Arkansas Blvd in Texarkana, Arkansas. The meeting will start at 6:30 p.m. and open with guest speaker Rob Sitterley, the President and CEO of AR-TX Redi. Sitterley’s presentation and the meeting are open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend. Sitterley will speak first and a short recess will be held before the business meeting portion. Those wishing to attend Sitterley’s appearance and not attend the business meeting, may leave during the recess. Continue Reading →
Arkansas had one of the most productive, if not most productive, legislative sessions in the country with regard to addressing occupational regulations. Occupational regulations are licensures, certifications, or registrations required for workers in certain occupations. A few examples of licensed occupations include real estate agents, cosmetologists, and veterinarians. The success during the legislative session is partly due to Arkansas participating in the 15-state learning consortium through the U.S. Department of Labor (supported by the National Conference of State Legislators (NCSL), National Governors Association for Best Practices (NGA), and The Council of State Governments (CSG)) and further addressing occupational licensure through the Governor’s Red Tape Reduction Working Group. For the 2019 legislative session, 41 bills were passed into law that were related to occupational licensing, certification, and registration. One of the new laws (Act 250) ensures that an individual does not lose a license due to a defaulted or delinquent student loan. Another law (Act 820) provides automatic licensure for active duty members, veterans and spouses of military members if they were practicing in another state. Continue Reading →
Arkansas is home to more than 600,000 acres of lakes and more than 90,000 miles of rivers, streams, and creeks. As this is a popular time of the year for Arkansans to enjoy the waterways, we wanted to highlight boating safety in the state. Last year, Arkansas saw a 9% decrease in boating accidents and a 36% decrease in the number of boaters who died from boating accidents. However, there were 60 reported boating accidents in 2018 which resulted in 29 injuries that required medical attention and seven fatalities. Of those seven fatalities, six drowned. According to the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, three of those six were not wearing a life vest and the other three were either improperly wearing their life vest or their vest was in poor condition and not functioning properly. In order to ensure your safety, we wanted to remind you of some of the laws passed over the years regarding boating safety so that we can continue to reduce the amount of property damage and to reduce the number of injuries and fatalities associated with boating. Continue Reading →
Senator Tom Cotton will be in Texarkana Saturday morning
from 9:30 to 11:30 signing copies of his new book. Cotton will be at Books-a-Million near
Central Mall with his book “Sacred Duty”.
The book is described by Robert M. Gates as “An ode to excellence. An inspiring read for every American.” The description of the book states:
extraordinary journey behind the scenes of Arlington National Cemetery, Senator
Tom Cotton’s Sacred Duty offers an intimate and inspiring
portrait of “The Old Guard,” the revered U.S. Army unit whose mission is to
honor our country’s fallen heroes on the most hallowed ground in America. Cotton first won a seat to the House of Representatives in 2012. He would later run for the U.S. Senate in 2014. He has served as Senator for Arkansas since 2015. Cotton is also a veteran of the United States Army and obtained the rank of Captain. During Operation Iraqi Freedom, tom was awarded the Bronze Star and numerous other awards.
Senator Cotton has been involved with the Texarkana area since 2012. He has hosted events, attended school functions, and promoted the area for both Texas and Arkansas across the nation. The public is encouraged to take this opportunity to obtain a signed copy of Tom’s new book. Continue Reading →