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There it is. Jim Hendren has been saying some of the most consistently sane things in the Arkansas legislature.

Lots to mull over in news from the nephew of Republican governor, son of former Republican legislator and brother of current Republican legislator.

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Following is the full statement. It’s worth a listen, decrying poisonous politics, culminating with the Jan. 6 insurrection inspired by Donald Trump — “the final straw,” he said. He’s still a conservative, but his party has changed. “I can have the greatest impact outside either party.” The best politics happen “when we come together.” He credited his uncle’s pragmatism and cheered the work of Sen. Joyce Elliott, a Democrat, and the late former Democratic Rep. Charles Stewart. “We have to find common ground.”

He has founded Common Ground AR to provide a home for people who don’t feel comfortable with either party but are willing to work with leaders on both sides. He invited others to join in the work. “If you find yourself politically homeless, we’ve got a place for you.”

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Here’s the website of the new organization.

Does this signal an independent run for governor in 2022? Are there enough sane Republicans to make such a race possible in a certain three-way contest?

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I put the question to Hendren and he responded:

That decision is on back burner – I’m focused on building Common Ground AR now. Clearly, I won’t be running as a Republican if I do decide to make a run. We have 135 seats up in 2022 and there is real opportunity to push back against extremism and that will be my focus.