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Jim Hendren discusses departure from Republican Party on ‘Arkansas Week’ today on Arkansas PBS

Posted 19 Feb 2021

Common Ground Arkansas, state’s political culture among topics

CONWAY, Ark. (Arkansas PBS) — State Senator Jim Hendren of Gravette who announced this week that he is leaving the Republican Party to become an Independent will discuss his decision with Steve Barnes on “Arkansas Week,” livestreaming on YouTube ([] at 2:30 p.m. “Arkansas Week” will air tonight at 7:30 on Arkansas PBS and stream at

Hendren will also discuss his newfound group Common Ground Arkansas, which is said to support “leaders who put good ideas and the good of Arkansans ahead of partisanship.” The organization states goals of creating electoral pathways for Independent candidates, supporting leaders who work across the aisle for Arkansans and working toward legislations that helps Arkansans in their home state.

In a second segment, Democratic strategist Michael Cook and Republican strategist Bill Vickery will discuss the impact of Hendren’s decision on the state’s political culture.

“Arkansas Week,” hosted by veteran journalist Steve Barnes, highlights experts discussing issues of concern to Arkansans. “Arkansas Week” airs on Arkansas PBS each Friday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 10 a.m. and is broadcast Saturday mornings at 5:30 a.m. on KUAR FM 89.1. Episodes are also available at, and viewers may sign up for program updates at

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