I'm Greg Leding, a state representative serving Fayetteville, Arkansas.
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this is serious

Greg,

This is it. Midnight tonight marks our next fundraising deadline—the biggest deadline we’ve faced since the last one. There are just 35 days to the election, and outside interest groups, backed by billionaires, are pouring tens of millions into this race.

Can you chip in $5 right now?

We know you’re receiving dozens of these fundraising emails daily—we’ve sent you seventy-three since last Friday alone!—but you know how critical this race is. And you know that outside interest groups, backed by billionaires, are pouring tens of millions into this race.

Seriously, the amount of money being spent by both sides on campaigns across the country is obscene.

Can you chip in $10 right now?

Our analytics tell us you’re not even bothering to open these emails anymore. We know it’s not because you don’t care, [$field=FNAME].

Look, we saved your payment information when you contributed in 2012. If you want us to charge a contribution of $50.00 to the card on file, let us know by not opening this email.

We appreciate your support. When we win on Election Day, you can know you played a part—and you can look forward to the end of these fundraising emails!*

*At least for a few days. After all, there are only 770 days until November 8, 2016!

Great morning here at the National Ideas Meeting hosted by No Labels.
Great morning here at the National Ideas Meeting hosted by No Labels.

Great morning here at the National Ideas Meeting hosted by No Labels.

Met this guy tonight.
Met this guy tonight.

Met this guy tonight.

Student debt in the US now tops $1 trillion. The amount has tripled in just the last decade, having now—as John Oliver puts it in the above clip—”surpassed Bob Marley’s greatest hits album as the thing seemingly every college student has.”

According to the Project on Student Debt, students in Arkansas graduate with an average debt of $23,324. (Here in Fayetteville, it’s a bit higher: of the 45 percent of 2012 graduates at the University of Arkansas who left campus carrying debt, the average was $24,647.)

staff:

Today’s the day. The day you help save the internet from being ruined.

Ready? 

Yes, you are, and we’re ready to help you.

(Long story short: The FCC is about to make a critical decision as to whether or not internet service providers have to treat all traffic equally. If they choose wrong, then the internet where anyone could start a website for any reason at all, the internet that’s been so momentous, funny, weird, and surprising—that internet could cease to exist. Here’s your chance to preserve a beautiful thing.)

I head back to our nation’s capital a week from today for a quick, two-day trip to attend a No Labels conference. I love the Washington. I had the opportunity to visit twice earlier this year, first for a National Conference of State Legislatures event in late July, then again in early August to wrap up a year’s worth of work with the Excellence in State Public Health Law program, a project of The Aspen Institute.

Nothing gives one person so much advantage over another as to remain always cool and unruffled under all circumstances.
Thomas Jefferson

Follow Along

Though the legislature is typically in session for a just a couple of months each year, legislators meet frequently throughout the year. And just because we can’t pass legislation while we’re not in session doesn’t mean important decisions aren’t being made.

You can find the legislature’s schedule at www.arkleg.state.ar.us.

Take today as an example: the Senate Committee on Education and the House Committee on Education met jointly at the Capitol in Little Rock. You can find the agenda here (PDF).

And We’re Back

I haven’t done much with Tumblr in months. Years, really. I first joined in 2007, but when I decided to run for office in 2009, I left behind my personal account and started this one. And while I used it extensively throughout that first campaign in 2010, I haven’t done much with it since (other than use it to share Instagram photos); however, there are 67 days to the election on November 4; I’m headed into what is almost certainly my last term in the Arkansas House; and I’ve found myself thinking more and more about two things:

  1. What have I done with the time I’ve served in office?
  2. What am I going to do with the time I have left?

And so here we go.

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