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


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A divisive two-party system is holding Arkansas back.
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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

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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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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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