Ideas
over
Ideology

People
over
Politics

Arkansas
over
Ambition

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

 

Welcome to the Movement

We’re glad you’re here.

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

Support problem solving candidates loyal to Arkansans

Work toward Arkansas-first legislation that addresses the problems we face

Protect Arkansas voter power and increase voter choice at the ballot box

The Latest

Welcome to the Movement

Since we launched Common Ground Arkansas a few months ago, we’ve been listening to Arkansans. We’ve sought out conversations with people from around the state to help us identify challenges to good governance in Arkansas and come up with ways to fix them.  Over the...

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A message from Jim: Common Ground from the ground up

Hello friends, I first want to thank you for your interest in and support of Common Ground Arkansas. I launched Common Ground Arkansas when I looked around and didn’t recognize our state. Our two-party system is broken. The discourse and division have grown to be too...

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Media: American Resolution, David Jolly

Sen. Jim Hendren spoke with David Jolly on the American Resolution podcast on March 3. Jolly is a former U.S. Congressman from Florida who left the Republican Party in 2018 and is now executive chairman of the Serve America Movement.   Sen. Hendren on Common Ground...

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The middle is bigger than you think

We talk a lot about finding common ground or building common ground, but the truth is, most of us are already treading on common ground. There are whole industries built around spinning up narratives to keep Americans on one side or the other, because nothing makes...

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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....

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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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