I’m not sure if hypersonic missiles or Iran’s drones have a chance of first strike capability. If so, or if some countries will think so, and/or don’t fear a second strike, then we need to take preventative steps. The same applies to nuclear weapons —with or without these — and perhaps likew…
Let’s start this week’s read off with maybe a new concept to mull over: transactional relationships. How many of the relationships sewn into the patchwork quilt of people your life is are based on the give and take of something?
Many athletes who are competing in the Olympics in Tokyo this year have a connection to Arkansas, but today I’d like to talk about Kayle Browning, the only home-grown Arkansan representing the United States. This year, Kayle won a silver medal on Thursday in the International Trap Shooting c…
This year computer and electronic equipment will be included in the Arkansas sales tax holiday.
This week, a subcommittee of Arkansas Legislative Council that provides oversight for Arkansas Game and Fish and Arkansas State Police heard from Arkansas State Police Director Col. Bill Bryant regarding recent successes and challenges facing state troopers.
When I graduated from CHS in 1993 I had big plans for big cities. I was leaving Crossett not because I disliked it in the least...but because I felt like my dreams of becoming a doctor (I said what I said) were too big for a town this small. And so I packed up maroon and white Eagle memorabi…
The Senate recently observed a two-week In-State Work Period which I used as an opportunity to meet with Arkansans across the state and discuss issues important to the communities I was visiting.
We recently delved into the idea that Crossett creates some pretty fantastic people. That’s still true. But what it also creates is some pretty far out characters, and those characters have left us with some legendary Crossett stories. I was reminded of this recently at a gathering of good o…
If you ever doubt that members of Congress can work together across the political aisle for the betterment of their communities, look no further than an announcement last week from the Biden Administration’s Office of Management and Budget (OMB). A few months ago, our neighbors in the Hot Sp…
There is some risk to all of life.
Last Thursday was the first of my Community COVID Conversations in Cabot, and I am so grateful for the crowd who attended and filled every seat with the overflow left standing along the walls. The time was well spent with citizens asking questions and providing ideas as to how to overcome th…
This Fourth of July, I find myself recalling the story of Nathan Hale, an American patriot during the American Revolution who, at the young age of 21-years-old, served his nation by spying on the British. Hale posed as a Dutch schoolmaster while gathering information, but was later captured …
Last Congress we made significant progress to expand Department of Veterans (VA) care and services for women with the passage of the landmark Deborah Sampson Act. This was a critical first step that we must continue to build on in order to uphold the promise we made to women who served in ou…
There are currently 58,000 Arkansans who have been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s. It is estimated that 67,000 will be diagnosed by 2025.
First, the Arkansas General Assembly had the tough task of choosing the two people who would represent Arkansas in Statuary Hall in our nation’s capital, and then we had a nationwide search for the artists who would sculpt the statues. Today I’m happy to report we now have selected the artis…
This week, the Arkansas Legislative Council Highway Commission Review and Advisory Subcommittee reviewed a presentation regarding Arkansas’ inland waterways.
State Medicaid officials are asking the federal government for approval of ARHOME, the newest version of Medicaid expansion.
Those with a life-threatening illness or condition know that time is of the essence. This week, I reintroduced a bipartisan bill to cut red tape so patients with terminal conditions may quickly access lifesaving treatments with positive clinical data.
This week, we would like to remind families of an upcoming scholarship deadline.
We don’t often think that how the US conducts itself at home has much impact on how we face the world, but it does. You’d be amazed at how closely people in countries all over the globe follow events here and count on the United States to lead the way. When it’s messy at home, it’s hard to s…
Tourism in Arkansas is making a big comeback. While the pandemic severely impacted the industry in 2020, there are signs that tourism is rebounding and doing better than before the health emergency began.
State and local governments are preparing to receive a large infusion of federal aid, under the American Rescue Plan of 2021. Schools and universities in Arkansas also are receiving federal funds.
The state’s emergency health declaration ends this Sunday, and today I’d like to encourage Arkansans to remember that although the emergency has passed, we are still in a pandemic.
Israel has endured increased terrorism and aggression from Hamas militants in recent days, including rockets fired at Israeli cities that have killed and wounded innocent civilians. This outbreak of violence began in early May and has quickly escalated into a conflict that has captured the a…
We opened Arkansas’s rental-assistance program this week, and today I’d like to talk about how we will help renters and landlords who are struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic.
The Arkansas legislature enacted several new pro-life laws during the 2021 regular session.
Last week was National Nurses Week in Arkansas, and today I’d like to talk about how the pandemic has highlighted the value of our nurses and about the laws the General Assembly passed this year that allow nurses to offer more services.
One of my all time favorite songs is “Will It Go Round in Circles” by Billy Preston. Haven’t heard it? Pause here to search the Internet for it. This week’s words will be here when you get back.
The House is now in an extended recess for the 2021 Regular Session.
I am grateful that I had the opportunity to attend President Biden’s Joint Address to Congress this week, not only because I have a deep respect for the institutions of Congress and the Presidency, but also because every President deserves to make his case to Congress and the nation.
Even though the talk around town has changed multiple times since the snow we got in February, the life lessons attached to that winter weather just keep coming.
This week, the Joint Budget Committee advanced two bills outlining the proposed budget for the next fiscal year.
Fiscal issues took center stage during the final week of the legislative session.
I noticed something last week, that maybe you have already noticed in your own life. But in case you haven’t, I want to put a spotlight on it.
This week, the House passed several bills which will increase various tax credits and exemptions.
The legislature has enacted numerous reforms to Arkansas election laws.
April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. We all understand that the best way to prevent the abuse of children is to strengthen families. Today I’d like to share the story of state employees whose intervention stabilized a family and allowed a mother to keep her children.
By the end of the 13th week of the 2021 Regular Session, more than 600 bills were signed into law.
Close to 500 bills have been signed into law so far during the 2021 Regular Session.
The legislature has approved a broad reform of the laws governing water providers, a measure that sponsors have been working on for the past four years.
Around the Stagg household, we can’t close doors. Bedroom doors. Bathroom doors. Even some closet doors. They have to stay open.
The legislature voted to extend the 2021 session until April 30, and then to recess for an extended period rather than to adjourn.
The 11th week of the session was an abbreviated one as the General Assembly took a recess for Spring Break.
The Senate has approved legislation to grant to certified nurse practitioners full and independent practice authority.
In the 10th week of the 2021 Regular Session, the House passed several bills focusing on improved education.
The Senate passed a new version of the Medicaid expansion program, which is one of the most important bills of this year’s session because of the number of people it benefits and the amount of money that it generates in Arkansas.
I grew up in the subdivision south of Waterwell where Pecan turns onto Ash Street. When we moved in, I believe there were only three streets, Pecan, Ash and Plum.
More than 320 bills have been signed into law during the 2021 Regular Session. There are several hundred bills still making their way through the legislative process.
The average college debt among student loan borrowers in America is $32,731, according to the Federal Reserve. The majority of borrowers have between $25,000 and $50,000 outstanding in student loan debt. There is an increasing number of student loan borrowers who owe in excess of $100,000. S…
As the events of the past few months have unfolded, I have often found myself wondering what our Founders would have made of it all. Impossible to know, of course, but they had plenty of insight to offer.
Something unusual happened on the front porch of the Crossett Public Library a few Saturdays ago. That’s what seven year old Carter Thornton called it, anyway — “unusual.” That is where fellow proud Crossett native Rosie Adcock Henry and I met up with Carter to thank him for taking the time…
February is Black History Month—a time to reflect on the influence of African Americans in our history and celebrate their achievements and contributions to the fabric of our nation. We honor the sacrifices of such brave men and women who persevered through countless challenges and we celebr…
The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new guidance for how schools can reopen safely, making President Biden’s stated goal of reopening all K-12 schools to five days a week by the end of April a reality. The science has been clear that schools are of low risk to …