Brian Chilson
BAND PRACTICE: Gov. Sarah Sanders has been blowing her own horn this week.

For the second day in a row, Gov. Sarah Sanders has put out a self-aggrandizing statement through the Department of Finance and Administration. If you thought a state agency that monitors tax collections and driver’s licenses wouldn’t be ripe for such things, think again. 

Yesterday, Sanders said in a DFA statement that the state would change how it allows residents to select the gender listed on their driver’s licenses. Residents will no longer be able to select “X” rather than “M” or “F.” 


The change was nominally about preventing fraud or enhancing public safety or something like that. But the thrust of the announcement seemed to focus on something else entirely.

Does this sound like a statement focused on preventing fraud? 


“This policy is just common sense. Only women give birth, men shouldn’t play women’s sports, and there are only two genders. As long as I’m Governor, Arkansas state government will not endorse nonsense,” said Governor Sarah Huckabee Sanders.

Sanders used similar anti-trans rhetoric during her nationally televised response to the State of the Union address last year. She must think it’s a winner even if it comes off as mean and hateful. Or maybe that’s the point. 

Today, Sanders found her way into our inbox again. This time, she was blowing her own trumpet about a 21% increase in tax refunds this year. 


“I was proud to sign two tax cuts last year that returned more than $300 million to Arkansas taxpayers. Arkansans are moving quickly to take advantage of the tax credits included in that legislation, demonstrating the wide-ranging and positive effects these cuts are having on our economy,” said Governor Sanders.

Jim Hudson, the secretary of DFA, took his turn at the trumpet as well:

“Thanks to Governor Sanders and the General Assembly, Arkansans are empowered to determine how their money is spent as they keep hundreds of millions of dollars in their pockets.”

That tax cut, you might have guessed, cut the top tax rates for individuals and corporations. Others got a $150 tax credit.