Blogger and columnist Jason Tolbert uses his Sunday column for Stephens Media to discuss the challenges that lay before newly elected legislators in this session.
Tolbert contends that many state lawmakers who were vaulted into office by angry voters advocating for a smaller federal government want the same in Arkansas.
As they settle in and begin to learn the process, these conservatives now find themselves at a crossroads. They can begin to make painful cuts as they promised on the campaign trail. Of course, this will rock the apple cart and most certainly brand them as partisan; the ever popular governor will accuse them of acting like they do in Washington.
Or they can choose to just play nice and go along to get along. Perhaps they might think that if they can just lay low and not rock the boat, then they might be rewarded in the next election with Republican majorities that can really make a difference.
So far the opening days of the session have shown signs that could point either way.
You can read more of Tolbert’s take at this link.