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Common Ground Arkansas supports leaders who put good ideas and the good of Arkansans ahead of partisanship.


A Message from Jim Hendren

Founder of Common Ground Arkansas

A divisive two-party system is holding Arkansas back.
Here’s how Common Ground Arkansas can help.

Create electoral pathways for Independent candidates

Support leaders who work across the aisle for Arkansans

Work toward legislation that helps Arkansans here at home

The Latest

Media: Joe Scarborough, Morning Joe

Sen. Jim Hendren spoke with Joe Scarborough on MSNBC's Morning Joe about his decision in mid-February to serve Arkansas as an Independent rather than a Republican. The discussion centered on his two decades of military service and the duty his feels to our country and...

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Media: Brenda Blagg, Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette

An opinion piece written by Brenda Blagg in the Northwest Arkansas Democrat Gazette (Feb. 24, 2021) speaks to the heart of the Common Ground Arkansas effort. Mrs. Blagg: "Any independent candidate needs some kind of an organization behind him or her, one that offers...

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Harder to vote, easier to kill

The state legislature's dual passage of two bills - one restricting access at the polls and another that removes a duty to retreat from Arkansas' stand your ground bill - prompted Sen. Jim Hendren to note the extremism evident in today's politics. Dozens of Arkansans...

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Media: Sen. Keith Ingram, Arkansas Democrat Gazette

Sen. Keith Ingram wrote an inspiring opinion piece for the Feb. 26 issue of the Arkansas Democrat Gazette that called our leaders to "abandon partisan warfare." Sen. Ingram and Sen. Jim Hendren have worked across the aisle to get the Arkansas people's work done for...

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Media: Steve Barnes, Arkansas Week

Sen. Jim Hendren spoke with Steve Barnes from Arkansas Week about the vision for Common Ground Arkansas and the need for an organization that gives a voice and political power to those in the political center. Mr. Barnes aptly described Common Ground Arkansas as...

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Media: Roby Brock, Talk Business & Politics

Sen. Jim Hendren spoke with Roby Brock from Talk Business & Politics about his early vision for Common Ground Arkansas and the changes he's seen in the Arkansas legislature in the last several decades. "The purpose of Common Ground Arkansas is to try to provide...

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Media: Hallie Jackson, MSNBC

Sen. Jim Hendren spoke with Hallie Jackson from MSNBC about his decision to leave the Republican Party and noted his confidence that Common Ground Arkansas will provide a home to the "politically homeless" who don't currently feel they're represented by a political...

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Media: Poppy Harlow, CNN’s OutFront

Sen. Jim Hendren spoke with Poppy Harlow on CNN's OutFront about the state of today's politics and how Common Ground Arkansas will work to offer solutions here at home. He previously announced his decision to serve Arkansas as an Independent, along with the formation...

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Media: Andrew Epperson, KNWA

Sen. Jim Hendren spoke with Andrew Epperson from KNWA about how Common Ground Arkansas will work toward good governance and a return to decency in our political discourse. He announced his decision to serve Arkansas as an Independent, along with the formation of...

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How You Can Help

Arkansas is one of the most beautiful states in the land, and it's filled with hardworking and generous people. But let's face it. What's happening in our Capitol doesn't reflect the values of most Arkansans. It will take work, but we can change that. Will you help...

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