The Obama campaign has responded by saying that the President is a strong supporter of ethanol as a driver of the economy. The President was speaking in Iowa at the time. But even if you support ethanol – and studies show the corn-based version costs us more in energy to harvest than it’s worth – you cannot deny the economic harm created by the mandate at this time, given the drought conditions. The price spikes have caused a severe hardship for livestock producers in particular who use corn to feed their animals. The head of the UN’s food program, Jose Graziano da Silva, also called for a suspension of the ethanol mandate.
|By: David Dayen Thursday August 16, 2012 3:37 pm|
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday August 14, 2012 7:40 am|
There is a good chance that voters of Arkansas will have the opportunity to legalize medical marijuana this November. The campaign Arkansans for Compassionate Care has recently turned into the Secretary of State’s office an additional 74,000 signatures, which the campaign believes is more than enough to get their initiative to qualify.
|By: Jon Walker Tuesday July 24, 2012 8:45 am|
Since the Supreme Court ruled that the Medicaid expansion in the Affordable Care Act is voluntary for states, several Republican state governors have made it clear they will not take part. Many liberals claim that popular support and lobbying pressure will eventually force these governors to relent, but that may not be the case, according to a poll in Arkansas.
|By: David Dayen Wednesday July 18, 2012 1:45 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 state could face slightly higher costs in the out years. But will conservative governors be swayed by this type of analysis?
|By: David Dayen Thursday March 15, 2012 7:45 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 Grover Norquist excommunication ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday October 11, 2011 12:15 pm|
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.
|By: Jon Walker Saturday May 14, 2011 7:00 pm|
Delaware Governor Jack Markell signed a law approving the use of medical marijuana. His signature makes Delaware the 16th state (plus Washington, DC) to approve the medical use of marijuana.
|By: David Dayen Tuesday November 2, 2010 5:51 pm|
Blanche Lincoln’s loss was immediately called in Arkansas. John Boozman gave the second pickup for Republicans of the night, though two others were held off. John Raese has lost to Joe Manchin in West Virginia, and Linda McMahon lost to Richard Blumenthal in Connecticut. Republicans held Georgia, New Hampshire and North Carolina Senate seats, the [...]
|By: David Dayen Wednesday June 23, 2010 2:45 pm|
In a statement, Lincoln’s spokeswoman said she wanted to make sure “no Arkansas bank—no matter its owner—is punished”. Why does raising capital requirements constitute punishment? Aren’t Arkansas families punished when leverage goes up and risk enters the system and banks fail, rippling through the economy and causing the kind of deep recession we saw in the 2008 period? Lincoln’s claim that she just wants to protect local banks that didn’t destroy the economy – ridiculous on its face, because the market for riskier securities could easily flow down to banks with looser regulatory requirements – doesn’t match her actions.
|By: Jason Rosenbaum Monday June 21, 2010 1:40 pm|
A lot has been said and I’m sure a lot more will be said on the primary challenge Bill Halter mounted against Blanche Lincoln in Arkansas, a primary challenge I was glad to help work on. In the lessons learned category, I recommend Jane’s post, which goes through a history of intentional primary challenges we often forget and gives an overview of what outside groups can learn when engaging in these tactics.
In trying to identify exactly what went on in Arkansas I’ve been taking a close look at the numbers and I’ve come to a few conclusions. I’ll lay out the full set of numbers here as well so folks can draw their own.