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Steve Brawner: Could Democrats become states' rights party?

People tend to think about how things work in relation to how well they're working for them. That's why some Democrats, who've won the popular vote but lost the electoral vote in two of the last five elections, want to get rid of. . .

Reason to cry over raw milk

"An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge." -- Proverbs 18:15 The merits, or lack thereof, of raw milk are something we have to each decide for...

Jeremy Gillam: Ensuring our workforce is ready

This session, the House has passed a number of bills aimed at not only creating jobs, but sustaining them and ensuring our workforce is ready. Act 166 creates a state matching grant for small businesses that have received a. . .

Steve Brawner: Cotton the populist

Sen. Tom Cotton made a name for himself because of his combat service, support for the military, opposition to the Iran deal and fierce criticism of President Barack Obama. These days, he's talking a lot about a top issue in the. . .

Legislators visit to hear from you

Last week, the Searcy Leadership Institute toured the state Capitol. I have never been to the Arkansas Capitol before, so I was very intrigued to discover how the government was working at the state level. Throughout the day, we...

Steve Brawner: Tort reform: shades of gray

Arkansas legislators sometimes cast difficult votes on shades-of-gray issues where values conflict and where it comes down to which side they think is more right or less wrong. In November 2018, so will voters. That's because the. . .

Asa Hutchinson: The story of Scipio Jones

When I think about black history in Arkansas, I am always reminded of the pivotal role black Americans have played in the development of our state. From trailblazers like Daisy Bates, to poets like Maya Angelou, many exceptional...

From the Publisher: Board members wanted

It always amazes me when people are surprised by the impact of a story that appears in The Daily Citizen. People are stunned that something that is read by 10,000 of their friends and neighbors in White County can. . .

From the Editor: One life worth changing addresses

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." -- Joshua 1:9 Making changes, whether great or small, can be difficult, even if they are for the best. When we...

Steve Brawner: All politics is now national

"All politics is local," the late U.S. Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill used to say, but that's no longer the case. Now, all politics is national. That's according to Dr. Alan Abramowitz, an Emory University political science. . .

John Boozman: A voice for Arkansas agriculture  

For many Arkansans, agriculture isn't just a rich part of our state's heritage, it's their livelihood. Our state is home to more than 45,000 farms with an annual economic impact of $20 billion, and one out of every six Arkansans. . .

Steve Brawner: Follow the money

There's a scene in "All the President's Men," the movie about The Washington Post reporters who dogged the Richard Nixon White House until the president resigned over Watergate. Reporter Bob Woodward, played by Robert. . .

Harry Porter: Exploring sleep technology

When did sleeping become such a chore? Recently my wife decided she wanted to buy a new mattress. Simple enough, I thought until we actually went to the stores and began to be told about all the options. I never knew there were so many options when it came to. . .

Steve Brawner: Campus guns: Whose choice matters?

Should college and university employees with concealed carry permits be allowed to bring their weapons on campus, and, just as importantly, who should make that decision? That's what's being debated in the Legislature. House. . .

Steve Brawner: Where the Arkansas GOP might divide

To sum up the first few weeks of the state legislative session: Republicans mostly agree on most of the big things and the few remaining Democrats might as well have stayed home. But that could change -- particularly the first. . .

From the Publisher: Traveling has changed

I recently took a short vacation with my family. We drove to eastern Tennessee and it took us about seven hours by car. Traveling that far in a car with a 7-year-old is an interesting experience to say the least.My wife, Vicky, and I planned out the trip as. . .

Steve Brawner: Using the Constitution to fix itself

Sometimes, Americans these days can be so distrustful that systemic change can occur -- even if they would like that change -- that they won't take advantage of a mechanism that would make it possible to at least try. I'm. . .

Steve Brawner: The wrong wall

After signing executive orders regarding trade, abortion and Obamacare, President Donald Trump has begun addressing the issue that propelled him to the presidency: illegal immigration. Specifically, he wants that wall on the. . .

Harry Porter: Safety in numbers

Part of my job is to make sure our readers get their newspapers. From time to time I find myself out and about looking for addresses so I can deliver a newspaper. Sometimes it is before daylight when I am conducting these searches. Something I have discovered is. . .

Steve Brawner: Out of the shadows

Last Saturday, Ana Aguayo stood on the steps of the state Capitol and admitted -- proclaimed, you might say -- before thousands of people including police officers that she was committing a crime. Ana, 28, is an illegal. . .

Steve Brawner: Medical marijuana survives close vote

There was a moment this past week when the Arkansas Medical Marijuana Amendment, approved by 53 percent of the voters in November, looked like it might effectively die in the Arkansas House of Representatives. On Tuesday, Rep.. . .

From the publisher: Owing the working poor

$443.26 per week is the poverty line for a family of four in The United States according to the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. The Census Bureau states that 13.8 percent of Americans live below this line. White County unfortunately exceeds the. . .

Voters: Let us choose on road taxes

This may be true -- Arkansans believe the state's highways need work, and many are willing to pay to improve them, but not at the pump. And this definitely is true: They want to make that choice, not have it made for them. That's. . .

Harry Porter: Old Man Winter strikes again

It was an eventful week to say the least. Winter weather always presents a newspaper with unique challenges but last Friday’s weather was a tough one. The timing of the snowfall and the duration made our delivery process. . .

Steve Brawner: Monday maybe the last King-Lee holiday?

On Monday, Arkansans will join Mississippians and Alabamians in honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Gen. Robert E. Lee on the same day. It might be the last time for Arkansas. The three states are the only ones that combine. . .

Steve Brawner: Ethical, irresponsible behavior

If you're one of 435 Americans who can get yourself elected to Congress, then by definition you're probably politically astute -- which makes what happened this past week all the more hard to figure. After being handed the reins. . .

Harry Porter: Judgment for judgment's sake

I found it interesting that even before Donald Trump announced the members of his cabinet people were lining up to either bash them or praise them. This is before many of them had even spoken a word about their proposed new post or what they and Mr. Trump had. . .

Steve Brawner: When lawmakers gather, expect the unexpected

The elections have mercifully ended, so now is when the actual governing begins. On Monday, 135 legislators will descend on the state Capitol and become very busy very quickly. How busy? In the space of three months in 2015,. . .

Zach Dailey: Too little, too late for Obama

After months of veiled threats and outrage, President Barack Obama finally did it. I figure he felt like he had to. After all, there had to be a scapegoat for the resounding defeat the president's party suffered in November. FBI. . .

Steve Brawner: 2016 wasn't so bad

More than a few people are expressing their hopes for a happy new year by saying good riddance to the old -- the basis being that they aren't happy with the presidential election, along with the fact that a lot of famous people. . .

Harry Porter: A stormy personality

When did it become necessary to name winter storms? From some research, I discovered The Weather Channel began this practice in 2012. The reason given at the time was "A storm with a name takes on a personality all its own, which. . .

Steve Brawner: Flushing bathroom distraction

When the Legislature meets in regular session starting in mid-January, Gov. Asa Hutchinson wants to cut taxes, increase funding for the state's foster care system, and change the way colleges and universities are funded. What he. . .

Zach Dailey: Getting it backward

It's a backward world when you call the cops to protect you and instead end up on the ground, your family in handcuffs. Yet that's exactly what happened to Jacqueline Craig of Fort Worth, Texas. Here's the situation: Craig's two. . .

Steve Brawner: The six voters who mattered

The campaign that began a year and a half ago finally, mercifully ended last Monday in the Capitol's Old Supreme Courtroom, when the only six Arkansans who ultimately mattered in this presidential election one by one said firmly. . .

Zach Dailey: Taking look at North Carolina

North Carolina is an interesting case study. It has become one of the premier swing states, and a sought-after prize in presidential elections. Barack Obama won North Carolina in 2008; Romney barely edged him out in 2012.. . .

Steve Brawner: Arkansans of the year

Last week, Time magazine announced its "Person of the Year," based on who its editors believe had the most impact, for good or bad, in 2016. It's choice was President-elect Donald Trump. Based on that criteria, who would. . .

Harry Porter: Parental gag reflex

One of my favorite Christmas memories is when my daughter Cadyn was 3 and received a new baby doll for Christmas. This doll would talk to you, take a nap, eat and even need her diaper changed. It is when the doll needed the first. . .

Steve Brawner: Drinking from a fire hose to set pot rules

When you go to school to be a doctor or a pharmacist or a lawyer, you have to learn how to drink from a fire hose -- do a lot of work and absorb a lot of information quickly while bearing important responsibilities. Good thing. . .

Zach Dailey: Oversea relations

One of the big knocks against President-elect Donald Trump was his lack of foreign policy experience. I figured things might get sticky once Trump assumed the presidency. Turns out President-elect Trump is capable of causing. . .

Steve Brawner: A simple request of Congress

Here's a simple request of our elected officials when they gather in Washington next year with Republicans in charge of everything: If you're going to cut taxes, please cut spending, too. I make that request for the future. . .

Harry Porter: Christmas panic

I guess I am in the minority. A recent survey conducted by about.com states that nearly 75 percent of Americans completed their Christmas shopping by the Saturday after Thanksgiving. I certainly have never had my Christmas. . .

Has iPod, wants family

"Oh, my word," Anthony said, his eyes lighting up as he saw that one of his gifts was an iPod Touch - one of many presents he received that day at his birthday party at a Little Rock restaurant. What he really wants is a. . .

Tweets hard to ignore

The day after Donald Trump was elected president, I followed @realDonaldTrump on Twitter. I had seen a lot of President Trump's tweets in the media during the campaign -- it was hard to ignore them. The tweets mostly seemed. . .

Steve Brawner: Arkansas should honor the most honorable

Congress a few years ago spent $600 million to build a visitors center at the Capitol, and one of the first things those visitors see is a statue honoring an Arkansan whose views on race came from his own time, and need to stay. . .

Harry Porter: Santa needs the work

Looks like Santa may have hit some hard times. He seems to have taken on several other jobs this year. I have seen him selling everything from vehicles to razors and all things in between. Looked up the other day and there was. . .

Cuba in market for rice, ideas

Fidel Castro is dead. How does that affect people in Arkansas? Maybe a lot, especially if they work in the rice industry or are elected to represent people who do. Cuba's 11 million people import 400,000 tons of rice each year,. . .

Trip puts wildfires into perspective

When my fiancee Sara and I went to visit my family in South Carolina over the Thanksgiving break, I didn't realize we'd be battling wildfires on the way home. I knew that it had been pretty dry here in Searcy, and my in-laws told. . .

Republican era dawning

They say it's always darkest before dawn. After this year's election, and the days afterward, Democrats in Arkansas have to be wondering if they've reached that point, or if it's still only about 3 a.m. Republicans, of course,. . .

From the Publisher: Time flies

Well, she made it. My oldest daughter Ally got her first grownup job. She was very proud and excited, as am I. She is a librarian at her alma mater. It seems like just yesterday she was born and now she is a 23-year-old woman. I have to admit it really made the. . .

Steve Brawner: Spending needed for caseworkers

While most of us are enjoying a Thanksgiving meal with our families, 5,200 children in Arkansas also will be fed a meal -- but not by their parents. That's the number of children who are in the state's foster care system, and it's risen by more than 1,000 since. . .

Zach Dailey: Parties all hypocrites

I never thought I would be writing an article about Hillary Clinton's supporters rioting and refusing to accept the election results. I figured I might have to address the topic if Donald Trump lost, but I never considered that Clinton's supporters would respond. . .