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Podcast: A very special primary

  Misty [00:00:06] Hey, everybody. Welcome to our Common Ground podcast. It's been a while since we've done one of these, but we're glad to be back. I'm Misty Orpin, our executive director.    Jim [00:00:14] And I'm Jim Hendren, the chairman of the board of...

The Alaskan Solution

It may not seem like it on a 95-degree day in Arkansas, but we've got a lot in common with Alaska. Our people are resilient, gritty, independent-minded. That's why the new laws brought and passed by the people of Alaska on how they'll elect their leaders is so...

The Who’s Running for What Podcast Episode

Full Transcript Misty: Hey, everybody. Welcome to Common Ground Arkansas’ podcast. I am Misty Orpin, executive director of Common Ground Arkansas. Jim: And I’m Jim Hendren. It’s good to be back and do another podcast. Misty: And so today we thought we’d talk about...

Dissecting the 2021 Legislative Session

Sen. Jim Hendren and Misty Orpin from Common Ground Arkansas recap the 2021 Arkansas Legislative Session with a focus on some of the overarching themes. Sen. Hendren gives a behind the scenes look at why the session unfolded the way it did, while Misty talks about how...

Launching the Common Ground Podcast

We're excited to launch our first episode of the Common Ground Arkansas podcast! This episode looks at partisanship and impact it has on voter choice (or lack thereof). 

Americans on partisanship: Stay away from the edge

The Problem The proliferation of partisanship is leaving Americans dissatisfied with the current state of our politics. Partisan politics and our primary system drives our elected politicians further and further to the edges to appease the party hard-liners and fill...

Partisanship: A False Binary Choice

The Problem Over the next couple of weeks, we’ll be talking about partisanship. We want to start by stating clearly that Common Ground Arkansas isn’t anti-party. We recognize that political parties play an important role and work in many ways to strengthen our...

Who Represents You? (And do they?)

Your state legislators make decisions that impact your life every single day - from your taxes to your health to your local school. Do you know who your legislators are? The first step in accountability is knowing who to hold accountable. You can quickly find your...

First bills pass with Independent sponsor

Something pretty momentous may have flown under the radar today. Sen. Jim Hendren is the first Independent to successfully pass legislation in the Arkansas General Assembly in its recent (and perhaps not so recent) history.  The two bills he co-sponsored with Rep....