In the news....

As the new year begins: The 2020 election cycle is underway. From NBC News: Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren announced Monday that she is establishing an exploratory committee to consider a 2020 White House bid, vowing to be a tenacious advocate for economic fairness and rebuilding the middle class. The partial government shutdown continues. A new Democratic majority will take over the House on Thursday, Jan. 3, and plans to pass a government funding bill on the same day. But even Democrats acknowledge the Republican-controlled Senate is unlikely to approve that bill, so the impasse will remain. *** The Affordable Care Act will remain for now. The federal judge in Texas who struck down the ACA as unconstitutional in December, issued an order halting his decision while the case is being appealed. That is good news for Americans who are depending on the ACA for health insurance. *** Statewide, the Regular Session of the 92nd General Assembly will convene on Monday, January 14, 2019. Bill filing began on November 15, 2018, and several have already raised eyebrows. Stay tuned as we will report on the progress each week. Locally a new sheriff is in town as Kevin Bell was sworn in on Tuesday (actually at midnight on Dec. 31) as Randolph County Sheriff. He replaces Gary Tribble who did not seek re-election. Bell is a former Arkansas state trooper. All other local officials were sworn in on Tuesday afternoon.


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