That’s the case Hendrix’s Jay Barth makes in a new report he discussed at the Clinton School this morning. Commissioned by the Arkansas Public Policy Panel and the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, “Ripe for Reform: Arkansas as a Model for Social Change” argues that, despite creeping hyper-partisanship, Arkansas’s modern history is filled with more progressive achievement than its Southern neighbors. And that it’s progress that can be built upon.
Bill Kopsky, executive director of the Public Policy Panel, offered a sort of Cliff’s Notes version of “Ripe for Reform” in a guest column in this week’s Times. Find a chunk of it on the jump.
And read Barth’s full report here.
Speaking of Barth, I’m pleased to announce that he’ll be joining our stable of columnists beginning Feb. 27. He’ll appear in print every other week. Sometime in May, he’ll start writing a weekly column that we’ll run online.
Barth replaces Graham Gordy, who’s gone on hiatus to write for a TV show Ray McKinnon is doing for the Sundance Channel. I hope Gordy returns; regardless, Barth will stick around.