We are learning more about Common Ground, the political entity established earlier this year by Sen. Jim Hendren, I-Gravette. It was in mid-February, the regular session of the General Assembly was at roughly its midway point, when Hendren validated the rumblings of the Arkansas political class by departing the Republican Party and declaring himself an independent. Concurrently, Hendren announced the establishment of Common Ground, which he pledged would (a) advocate for progress through compromise and (b) work to elect candidates who prefer pragmatism to ideology.

Hendren said he no longer recognized the GOP as a party prepared to seriously address what should be the state’s core concerns – education, public health, etc. Rather, it was preoccupied with hot-button social issues guaranteed to appeal to an electorate that twice awarded Donald Trump overwhelming majorities. Republican control of the Arkansas House and Senate…

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