, William Jefferson Blythe III, in Hope, on 19 Aug 1946
Measures of Freedom
Freedom in the 50 States 2015-2016 | Arkansas | Cato Institute
2014: Overall rank: 29, fiscal policy rank: 27, regulatory policy rank: 21, personal freedom rank: 41, economic freedom rank: 25
LP State-by-State Membership Numbers
[PDF], Libertarian Party News
, Apr 2006
31 Dec 2005: Number of Members: 82
The Education Tax Racket
, by Lew Rockwell
, 24 Aug 2001
Discusses a complaint from a director of the Arkansas Department of Education about the boom in homeschooling possibly influencing property taxes used to pay for government schools
So there's this guy named Ray Simon. He's director of the Arkansas Department of Education, and he's got a complaint about the boom in home schooling. ... a number of tax-limitation measures have passed in Arkansas in recent years. Panicked legislators have been inching up the sales tax ... consider that little incident in Jonesboro, Arkansas, three years ago. Two boys tripped the fire alarm at a middle school and went on a bloody rampage. When it was over, a teacher and four girls were dead; 11 more children were wounded. Does Ray believe that homeschoolers and their anti-tax ways are responsible for that too?
Libertarians hosting more talk radio
, Libertarian Party News
, Sep 1996
In Arkansas, Robert Jones said his entree into the talk radio business was a series of phone calls to a local radio program. Jones, who has been state chair of the Arkansas LP for just over a year, said, 'I had been a caller to a show [on KFAY in Fayetteville]. I got very friendly with the host, and he asked me to fill in for him. ...'
Nothing Is More Local than the Individual
, by Sheldon Richman
, The Goal Is Freedom
, 31 Oct 2014
Commentary on the 2014 Arkansas Alcohol Beverage Amendment referendum to end county-level prohibitions on liquor sales (which was voted down)
When I first moved to this county ..., few establishments had a club license to sell alcohol by the drink. In the ensuing years more licenses were issued. When the Outback Steakhouse opened ..., patrons "joined" by paying $5 annual dues, and each person was issued a membership card and number. But the $5 was promptly refunded with a discount off the first check. Each time a "member" went to the restaurant, he was asked to sign a book and record his membership number ... Business associations and others around the state understood that prohibition discourages people and firms from relocating to Arkansas.
Stop Those Who Would Stop Uber
, by Sheldon Richman
, 11 Nov 2014
Explains how the Uber and Lyft services work and describes a typical local government reaction when Uber started offering its service in Little Rock, Arkansas
What happened in Little Rock, Arkansas, is typical. Uber came to town to recruit drivers, so the city's board of directors frantically began discussing what kind of regulations they should enact. Uber says it's not a transportation company and should not be subject to the regulations governing taxis ... But the discussion of regulations went on. Then Uber ... started doing business. A member of the board of directors quickly let it be known that he would seek an injunction. It's called "injunctive relief," but who would be relieved? I've already indicated the answer: no one who deserves to be.
We Aren't Children
, by Sheldon Richman
, Nov 2001
Discusses the implications of three recent alcohol regulations in the state of Arkansas and explains the phenomenon of Baptists and bootleggers
[Voters] of the city of Pine Bluff ... decided to continue the prohibition on restaurants' and hotels' selling alcohol on Sundays ... if people can't have a drink while eating out in Pine Bluff, they are likely to do so at a restaurant in Little Rock ... The second case is a state law permitting grocery stores and gas stations to sell wine — as long as it is made in Arkansas ... In Faulkner County, ... alcohol sales are prohibited ... one exception: special licenses for so-called private clubs are sometimes issued ... Outback Steakhouse ... wants to open an outlet in the county (city of Conway) and has applied for a club permit.