As a member of the Senate Border Security and Enforcement First Immigration Caucus I am actively fighting for funding to protect our borders.

Crossett Superintendent of Schools Gary Williams has invited several legislators to Crossett Jan. 7 to talk about upcoming school concerns for the legislative session, and I’ll be back in Crossett at 4 p.m. Jan. 8 to do a Town Hall meeting at the Economic Development building with Sen. Eddie…

In the days following George H. W. Bush’s death, it was impossible to ignore the mood that settled over much of the country: a yearning for the civility, dignity and inclusiveness that the former president represented. It was a form of bipartisan nostalgia for a time when the nation seemed to work.

This summer, I embarked on the #ARisAG tour, traveling the Natural State to highlight the importance of agriculture to Arkansas and to hear firsthand the concerns and ideas of our farmers and ranchers. During that tour, I heard one message over and over again–pass a meaningful farm bill.

Gracious! We’re ending 2018 on a bitter note, no different from the cacophony we’ve heard continually since the 2016 election. The 2018 election did nothing but heighten all the original hype and hair-on-fire allegations, and we’ve still learned relatively little since. Notwithstanding, rumo…

After nine months of interviews, statewide travel, and visits to 12 schools, the Arkansas School Safety Commission has submitted a 124-page report with recommendations to improve security for students and staff. This extraordinary report exceeded my expectations. It is comprehensive, and it …

“If you see oppression of the poor and perversion of justice and righteousness in the province, don’t be astonished at the situation, because one official protects another official, and higher officials protect them.” Ecclesiastes 5:8

The Arkansas Tax Reform and Relief Legislative Task Force is working until the proverbial last minute to finalize a package of recommendations for the regular session of the legislature, which begins Jan. 14.

Arkansas farmers are important to our state all through the year, but especially during the holidays. Did you know that every frozen Butterball turkey was produced right here in Arkansas? And that may not be the only thing on your plate this holiday season that came from the work of an Arkan…

Patriotism has been on a lot of people’s minds lately. French President Emanuel Macron recently criticized President Trump and other world leaders for their “us versus them” view of patriotism. “By putting our own interests first,” he said, “with no regard for others, we erase the very thing…

During legislative budget hearings, the governor presented his balanced budget plan for the next biennium, Fiscal Years 2020 and 2021.

Debate in Congress has always been contentious. The levels of vitriol may seem especially acute these days, but confrontation is not new. I can remember times on Capitol Hill when “debate” was actually more of a screaming match than a civil discussion.

Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse has written a book, “Them: Why We Hate Each Other – And How To Heal.” Sasse explores the many reasons we hate each other, and suggests three points we can do to heal our divisions.

The Arkansas House continued a long-standing tradition to hold a House Caucus the Friday after the election. The freshmen members drew for seniority positions and then all members chose their seat in the chamber for the duration of the next two years. This was the first opportunity many of u…

It’s Election Day! And, the fussing and fighting will continue after Election Day! Politics never unifies, but always divides us.

As you read this, you will already know the results of the mid-term elections, but as I write, we remain several hours away from Election Day. Congratulations to every candidate that made the very great effort to run for an office in order to serve others. Congratulations, also, to every vot…

Last week I wrote about George Washington’s warning that political parties would foment all kinds of problems for Americans. John Adams, second president of the United States, issued his own warning: “There is nothing which I dread so much as a division of the republic into two great parties…

Arkansas has a long and proud history of supporting our nation’s defense. Our state is home to military installations, businesses and jobs that contribute to our national security and the protection of our nation’s servicemembers. It’s also where brave men and women learn to serve a cause hi…

Tell me: What does it actually mean to be an American? In the press of day-to-day events and amid the ongoing tumult of politics, we don’t think about this much. Yet it’s a crucial question, one that each generation in this country is called upon to answer for itself.

In Arkansas, 1 in 4 women will suffer abuse in their lifetime. Domestic violence is an epidemic affecting every community regardless of age, economic status, gender, race, or religion.

The gap between the polarized political left and right in America continues to grow larger and louder. We’re three weeks away from mid-term elections when the party in the White House historically loses congressional seats to the minority party. Everyone is searching for political solutions …

This week, I unveiled my plan to cut the number of cabinet-level agencies in state government from 42 to 15, a reduction of 64 percent. This initiative to make state government more efficient is one of the most important undertakings of my administration.

Did you know that cancer is the second leading cause of death in Arkansas and in the United States? This deadly disease has impacted so many families, including my own.

We still don’t know, though some on all sides say they “know.” Democrats and the media pleaded the past two weeks for the FBI to investigate the charges. The FBI is now investigating the charges. Now, some Democrats and the media are saying the FBI investigation will not be “fair,” and canno…

Our health care system is in desperate need of some sunlight. Patients are kept in the dark about the true cost of their care, which often unnecessarily leads them to accept higher costs without question. That needs to change.

It’s so easy these days to despair about the future of our country. It feels like half the people I run into just want to pull the covers over their heads and ignore the news.

The state Department of Human Services announced that 4,353 Arkansans were no longer eligible for Medicaid benefits because over the past three months they failed to comply with work requirements.

Arkansas, with its abundant natural resources, offers plenty of opportunities for outdoor enthusiasts to enjoy nature. Hunting – a favorite tradition of Arkansans – also attracts people from around the globe to our state. Earlier this month, sportsmen and women kicked off the annual dove hun…

Legislators convened a special meeting to ask tough questions of prison officials after five inmates died of suspected drug overdoses within a few days.

I hope you and your families enjoyed the Labor Day holiday weekend. Arkansas had a great deal to celebrate this Labor Day. Our 3.7 percent unemployment level is now lower than the nation level of 3.9 percent. The state’s unemployment rate has been at or below 4 percent since March of this year.

This week and next, the legislature is meeting in committees to review hundreds and hundreds of rules from state agencies, commissions, and constitutional offices. Now is also the time when much of the preparation for the 92nd General Assembly legislation is taking place.

The political establishment in Washington is neither Republican nor Democrat, but both major parties working together. That may sound counterintuitive in light of how polarized politics has become. America’s royal class, or A-List, sets the tone and agenda for all things American. Royals inc…

There are times when I’m convinced the progress of this country can be measured through our ballot laws. Think about it. Over the course of our history, we’ve expanded the franchise from the sole preserve of white male property owners to most all citizens 18 and older — regardless of race, g…

With school starting back, many parents may wonder what goals their child should be setting for this school year. If you are a parent, should you help set those goals? And do you know whether mental health services are available at your child’s school?

As students return to school, here is some food for thought:  a recent survey conducted with 1,400 adults found that only one-third could name all three branches of government. Only 37 percent of those surveyed can name rights guaranteed under the First Amendment.

Student veterans will have new education benefits to use this school year as they pursue their career goals. This investment in our veterans provides them with more tools and resources to prepare them for civilian life.

The Arkansas Public School Academic Facilities and Transportation Commission has approved more than $42 million in state aid to local school districts for new construction and repairs to keep schools safe, warm and dry.

Some homeless veterans may have been dealing with mental health struggles before they even transitioned to post-service life. For others, it’s brought on by a struggle to return to civilian life. The mounting anxiety and stress only gets worse with an inability to provide a home for oneself.…