Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Pryor Gets A Failing Grade From Taxpayers

 Independent, non-partisan taxpayers union gives Pryor low marks on standing up for taxpayers

Yesterday was Tax Day, and taxpayers all across Arkansas are digging deeper into their paychecks to cover their tax bills thanks to Senator Mark Pryor. Pryor has consistently received poor scores from the independent, non-partisan National Taxpayers Union (NTU) , which releases an annual scorecard based on the voting records of members of Congress.

Vote scores from 2003-2011 show that Pryor consistently scored less than 25% and received a grade of "F" seven times out of eight years. Below are Pryor's year-by-year scorecard ratings:

2003: 19% (F)
2004: 13% (F)
2005: 15% (F)
2006: 20% (F)
2007: 7% (F)
2008: 6% (F)
2009: 9% (F)
2010: 22% (D)
2011: 16% (F)
2012: 20% (D)
Tom Cotton's campaign manager Justin Brasell noted: "There's a reason Senator Pryor gets a failing grade on taxes. His philosophy is to keep raising taxes to pay for President Obama's out-of-control spending binge, including the wasteful 'stimulus' bill, all the bailout bills, and Obamacare. This tax day Arkansas taxpayers should remember that Senator Pryor is once again looking out for President Obama's best interests, not Arkansas's."

Pryor's NTU scorecards from 2003-2011 can be viewed here. The 2012 scorecard can be viewed here.

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

For Mark Pryor, Tax Day Equals ObamaCare Day

Pryor Taxes = Higher Taxes
 Little Rock, Arkansas — As Tax Day arrives and many Arkansans scramble to file their taxes by the midnight deadline, millions of Americans will begin to be taxed by ObamaCare’s individual mandate thanks to Senator Mark Pryor.

Senator Pryor has a long history of voting to raise taxes after promising Arkansans otherwise. During his 2002 campaign, Pryor proclaimed that if elected, he would support a reduction in the capital gains tax, but he did not uphold that promise, voting against cutting that tax the very next year. Pryor also promised Arkansans he would eliminate the death tax in 2002, but has since voted 12 times in 12 years against repeal. In several instances, he voted against even reducing the tax. Even reducing it…really?

Now, as a result of Pryor’s loyalty to Obama’s tax and spend liberal agenda, he will raise taxes by $500 billion  over the next 10 years to pay for President Obama’s healthcare law.

RPA Chairman Doyle Webb issued the following statement, Senator Pryor habitually deceives Arkansans over tax relief to further the liberal agenda, even when it meant casting the deciding vote for ObamaCare that would cost American’s $500 billion in raised taxes.”

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Tax Day: Mike Ross Can't Be Trusted!

Little Rock, Arkansas — Today is a day dreaded by so many Arkansans and Americans; Tax Day. Mike Ross wants those same Arkansans to believe that he would cut taxes in Arkansas, but how can he be trusted when while in Washington he repeatedly voted to block tax relief and increase taxes on hardworking Arkansans? Short answer: He can’t. Mike Ross voted to increase taxes no less than an astounding 109 times!

“Mike Ross proposed a tax cut ‘plan’ for Arkansas with nothing more than wishful thinking and fairy dust magic for how it will actually be implemented,” said RPA Chairman Doyle Webb. “Ross’ Washington record of voting to increase taxes 109 times, coupled with his fantasy tax cut proposal, clearly evidence he cannot be trusted to do what is right for hardworking, taxpaying Arkansans.”

See the full record of Mike Ross’ tax votes HERE.

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Monday, April 14, 2014

Senator Pryor Misled Arkansans On Tax Relief

Why Mark? Why?
 Pryor campaigned on cutting capital gains taxes in 2002, then flip-flopped a year later

 Little Rock, Arkansas — As millions of Americans scramble to file their taxes before tomorrow's deadline, the contrast on taxes between the two candidates for U.S. Senate could not be clearer. While Senator Pryor campaigned in 2002 by promising to cut taxes, he has repeatedly voted to block tax relief and to raise taxes on hardworking Arkansans.

In 2002, during a debate on AETN, Senator Pryor proclaimed that if elected, he would support a reduction in the capital gains tax. As Pryor told AETN

PRYOR: "I think we ought to cut the capital gains tax. And again, my party doesn't always agree with me on that - some in my party at least don't. But I do think that we should cut the capital gains tax. I think it will stimulate the economy."

The only problem? Pryor was misleading Arkansas voters. Just one year later, Pryor voted against the 2003 Bush tax cuts, which affected individual rates, capital gains, dividends, and the death tax.

Cotton spokesman David Ray said: "Senator Pryor is living proof that President Reagan was right when he said government will tax anything that moves. Whether it's a tax on pacemakers, tanning beds, real estate, or income, Senator Pryor has masqueraded as a tax-cutter, but voted like a rubber-stamp for the Democratic Party. As important to Arkansas as breaking his promise on taxes, Senator Pryor also broke his promise to be an independent voice for Arkansas in Washington, as he has voted with President Obama's partisan agenda 95% of the time."

Unfortunately, Senator Pryor has a long history of voting to raise taxes. Pryor promised Arkansans he would eliminate the death tax in 2002, but has since voted 12 times in 12 years against repeal. In several instances, he voted against even reducing the tax. Pryor also voted for $500 billion in new taxes when he voted for Obamacare, voting to tax everything from pacemakers to tanning beds.

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Moll for Congress Announces District-Wide TV Ad "Freedom"

Hot Springs, Arkansas –– Tommy Moll, Republican candidate for U.S. Congress (AR-4), has released his first television ad in the primary to replace Congressman Tom Cotton. "Freedom" will air district-wide beginning today.

"This great country our forefathers built is at a crossroads. Either government will grow, or people will have more freedom. In Congress I'll always fight for our freedoms, and that starts by repealing ObamaCare," said Tommy Moll.
Tommy Moll is an independent businessman investing in the energy sector. Previously Tommy worked for Jefferies, where he helped companies raise money to develop energy and mining resources and create jobs for American workers. Tommy has also worked at the Peterson Institute for International Economics, where his research highlighted ways the federal government can open new markets for American businesses and farms.

Tommy graduated is a sixth-generation Arkansan,  from Southside High School in Fort Smith and earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary, a master’s degree from the London School of Economics, and a law degree from Columbia, where he was a co-founder of Law Students for Life and a member of the Federalist Society.

Tommy is married to Meredith Moll a native of Fort Smith and the live in Hot Springs.

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Sunday, April 13, 2014

Cotton Invites Senator Pryor To A Series Of Five One-On-One Debates

"Lincoln-Douglas" style debates will allow voters to hear directly from the candidates without filters

Little Rock, Arkansas — U.S. Senate candidate Tom Cotton held a press conference Sunday afternoon to invite Senator Mark Pryor to a series of five Lincoln-Douglas style debates in five different regions across the state.

Cotton said voters deserve a chance to hear directly from the candidates in a one-on-one setting without the filter of journalists and media personalities. These debates would feature no moderators or panelists, just Tom Cotton, Senator Mark Pryor and a timekeeper. Cotton proposes that the debates consist simply of opening and closing statements with candidate-to-candidate questions, answers, and rebuttals in between. Cotton said the debates would be refreshing to voters who have grown cynical of political campaigns, and negative, often misleading 30-second television commercials.

"There used to be a time in our politics when voters could look the two candidates in the eye and hear from them directly - that's what I'm inviting Senator Pryor to participate in today," Cotton said. "The Senate is commonly known as "the world's greatest deliberative body." I think we should have a series of one-on-one Lincoln-Douglas style debates to let Arkansans decide who will best represent their views and values over the next six years."

Cotton said if Senator Pryor were willing to participate in a series of one-on-one debates, the two campaigns would work together on scheduling times and venues for the debates.

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Friday, April 11, 2014

RPA: Action for Arkansas!

by Holly Wilson, RPA, Communications Director The Republican Party of Arkansas is excited to invite everyone to participate in an upcoming statewide event that the Arkansas Victory team is hosting. On Saturday, April 26th we will be having our first “Action for Arkansas” weekend! We have been building a large and enthusiastic team over the past few months and now it is time for that team to act. We are going to be hosting volunteers and candidates all over the state to engage voters and help get our conservative candidates elected!

Starting at 9am on Saturday April the 26th, we are going door to door and making phones calls to engage voters. We have a number of offices across the state and we would like to work with every candidate, county committee, and activist that we are able to coordinate with. If you would like to sign up to help your Republican candidate or would like to find out more information please contact the Victory Staffer in the office closest to you.

Little Rock - Sarah Jo Reynolds -
(956) 655-5640
3600 Cantrell, Little Rock

Little Rock – Courtland Sykes -
(501) 802-2658
1201 W. 6th St., Little Rock

Hot Springs – Kristen Finkbeiner -
(501) 680-9019
600 Ouachita Ave., Hot Springs

Fort Smith – Katie Martinez -
(479) 310-6973
624 Towson Avenue, Suite B, Fort Smith

Springdale – Katie Martinez  -
(479) 310-6973
2576 W. Sunset Ave., Springdale

Jonesboro – Matt Hudgins -
(804) 539-9767
2929 S. Caraway Rd. Suite 11, Jonesboro

This is going to be a GREAT year for the GOP in Arkansas. Join us as we work hard to make Arkansas “The Redder the Better” for the years to come!

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Arkansans Face Higher Taxes Because Of Pryor's Vote for Obamacare

 Senator Pryor voted for $500 billion in tax hikes on everything from pacemakers to tanning beds
Little Rock, Arkansas —  Tax season is one of the most dreadful times of the year for many Americans. And due to Senator Mark Pryor's lockstep support for President Obama's tax-and-spend agenda, Americans are getting taxed more and more to pay for Washington's runaway spending addiction.
Pryor's vote for Obamacare raised taxes by $500 billion over the next 10 years to help pay for President Obama's healthcare law boondoggle that is raising premiums, deductibles, and copays for millions of Americans while cancelling the insurance plans of millions more. 
Cotton campaign manager Justin Brasell said: "Senator Pryor has proven he will do anything to advance President Obama's agenda, including raising taxes by $500 billion on hardworking Americans."
Below are some of the taxes that Senator Pryor voted for along with Obamacare, including everything from investments and bio-fuels to pacemakers and tanning beds. A comprehensive list of Obamacare  taxes can be found here
  • Medical Devices: Obamacare imposes a new 2.3% surcharge on all medical devices retailing for over $100. This includes everything from pacemakers to prosthetic limbs. Medical device manufacturers employ 360,000 people in 600 plants across the country.
  • Individual and Employer Mandates: Democrats long argued these were simply "fines" instead of taxes, but the Supreme Court disagreed. Under Obamacare, anyone not buying “qualifying” health insurance as defined by Obama-appointed HHS bureaucrats must pay an income surtax that increases every year until 2016. Once the administration decides it is politically feasable to implement the employer mandate, employers that employ more than 50 workers will face a $2,000 tax for each employee that does not receive Obama-approved health insurance.
  • "HIT tax" on Small Businesses: This $101.7 billion tax (in the first ten years) hits small business particularly hard. You can read about how it is impacting Arkansas small businesses by clicking here.
A comprehensive list of Obamacare taxes can be found here.

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Griffin: House Republicans Do Their Job, Pass Budget That Actually Balances

 House Democrats reject President Obama’s budget, Senate Democrats refuse to offer any alternative

WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement after the House passed H.Con.Res. 96, a budget resolution for FY2015:

“President Obama and his allies in Congress love to attack our budget plan, but the fact is that Senate Democrats refuse to even offer one and the President’s proposal is so unserious that virtually no Democrat in the House was willing to support it. Our budget plan is the only one that ever balances—the only one that would address Washington’s unsustainable spending addiction and debt in a serious manner. I’m proud to once again support real solutions that will save hardworking taxpayers money, balance the budget, grow good-paying jobs, and reform and save critical programs like Medicare.”

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Thursday, April 10, 2014

Obama's Medicare Cut Announcement a Cynical Ploy to Fool Arkansas Seniors, Protect Mark Pryor

by NRSC Mark Pryor (D-AR) and Democrats in the Senate voted to slash Medicare Advantage to pay for ObamaCare. At the time, he promised Arkansans dependent on Medicare that ObamaCare wouldn't cut Medicare and would in fact strengthen the program. That promise was false, causing Democrats facing voters in 2014 to plead with the Obama Administration to stop the Medicare cuts.

In Arkansas, 62 percent of seniors believe ObamaCare will negatively impact Medicare meaning that Mark Pryor and other vulnerable Democrats were desperate for political cover from the Obama Administration. That is why the White House unilaterally delayed proposed cuts to Medicare (intended to pay for ObamaCare). Once the midterm elections are over, it is a matter of time until Democrats reinstate these cuts to Medicare.

"Mark Pryor cut $200 billion from ObamaCare to pay for Medicare and has repeatedly deceived Arkansas voters with one false promise after another about the unpopular law," said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen. "Unfortunately Democrats are more interested in protecting their vulnerable Senators than Arkansas seniors and will most certainly reinstitute these Medicare cuts after the elections. Seniors should not be used as pawns by Democratic Senators like Mark Pryor desperate to hold onto power."

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Sterling: I Will Rein In Washington - Will Establish Federalism Task Force

by David Sterling, Candidate for Arkansas Attorney Generals:
Washington has grown too powerful and threatens state authority and individual liberty. Most of us agree with this statement, but what can we do to rein in the federal government?

As Attorney General, I’ll organize a Federalism Task Force whose job will be to research federal laws that we believe violate the Tenth Amendment that limits the authority of the federal government and grants broad powers to states and individuals. When we feel state authority and individual liberty have been violated by the federal government, we will file a lawsuit against Washington.

I’ll seek out aggressive attorneys who believe in a strict interpretation of the U.S. Constitution to staff the Federalism Task Force. As Arkansas’ Attorney General, my job will be to stand up to the federal government and roll back this overreach that encroaches on our private property rights, religious liberty, and Second Amendment rights.

Please visit this AP article where I explain my plans to rein in Washington.

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Cotton Announces 75-County Grassroots Leadership Team

 Little Rock, Arkansas — Cotton for Senate announced on Thursday it had secured grassroots county captains in all 75 Arkansas counties for the 2014 election. Each county captain will be tasked with helping build the campaign's infrastructure at the county and precinct level, and will help the campaign coordinate everything from yard sign distribution to networking and organizing grassroots events.

U.S. Senate candidate Tom Cotton said: "I want to thank each of the 75 men and women who have stepped up to help lead our campaign's grassroots effort as county captains. We are dedicated to running a strong, grassroots campaign in every county across Arkansas, and our county captains will be an indispensible part of that effort."

Craighead County captain Ron Miller said he is supporting Cotton because he will put Arkansas first: "Senator Pryor has voted with President Obama 95% of the time. California already has two Senators, which is why we need someone who will finally put Arkansas first. Tom Cotton has proven time and again he will always do what's right, even if it means standing up to his own party."

Pulaski County captain Bettye Daley said: "Tom Cotton provides the kind of conservative leadership Arkansas needs. He will work to reverse the damaging effects of Obamacare and get our nation back on a path toward fiscal responsibility. I'm proud to be a part of his campaign."

Marion County captain Bruce Emerson remarked: "Voters in Northwest Arkansas know that Tom Cotton is the only candidate running for Senate who supports lower taxes and will implement fiscally responsible policies that will create jobs in Arkansas We will do our part in BLANK county to make sure Tom is our next U.S. Senator."

Ouachita County captain Matt Stone said: "Tom Cotton has made us proud as our 4th district Congressman. He's standing up every day to an out-of-control Obama administration that doesn't represent our values. We know he'll continue to fight for us in the U.S. Senate, where Senator Pryor has continually rubber-stamped the Obama agenda."

Below is an alphabetical list (by county) of the 75 Cotton for Senate grassroots County Chairs:

Arkansas County: Garland Derden
Ashley County: Howard Beaty
Baxter County: Al Herter
Benton County: Leon Caster
Boone County: Jeremy Ragland
Bradley County: Mike Gorman
Calhoun County: Barbara Akins
Carroll County: Ed Leavell
Chicot County: Thomas Marshall
Clark County: Eddie Arnold
Clay County: Simeon Snow
Cleburne County: Julie Feil
Cleveland County: John Appleget
Columbia County: Nate Caldwell
Conway County: Jeff Croswell
Craighead County: Ron Miller
Crawford County: Max Blake and Gennell Hutsell
Crittenden County: Johnny Roberts
Cross County: Cindy Ray
Dallas County: Vanessa Pierce
Desha County: Sarah Dunklin
Drew County: Diana Harton
Faulkner County: Steve Goode
Franklin County: State Rep. Bill Gossage
Fulton County: Lori Benedict
Garland County: Judy Coleman
Grant County: J. Judith
Greene County: Tommy Grooms and Shawntae Edgar
Hempstead County: Sara Darling
Hot Spring County: Darrin Hardy
Howard County: John Stinnett
Independence County: Phillip Finch
Izard County: John Grochowski
Jackson County: Alice James
Jefferson County: Anna Varnell
Johnson County: Bryan Brown
Lafayette County: Russ Bennett
Lawrence County: Ronald Cavenaugh
Lee County: Nathan Reed
Lincoln County: Carol Anne Chisom
Little River County: Sandra Powell
Logan County: State Rep. Jon Eubanks
Lonoke County: Jerry Shepherd
Madison County: Mindy Saunders
Marion County: Bruce Emerson
Miller County: John Cowart and Jimmy Cowart
Mississippi County: Tyler Dunegan
Monroe County: Carl Frein
Montgomery County: Sami Grace
Nevada County: Nita Crews
Newton County: Warren Campbell
Ouachita County: Matt Stone
Perry County: Travis Bentley
Phillips County: Bill Simmons
Pike County: Jack Nations
Poinsett County: JC Lassiter
Polk County: State Rep. Nate Bell
Pope County: Breanne Davis
Prairie County: Rick Dobson
Pulaski County: Bettye Daily, Ann Griffin, and Sheila Primm
Randolph County: Kathy Smith
Saline County: Pat Roberts
Scott County: Tonya Tanner
Searcy County: County Judge Johnny Hinchey
Sebastian County: Keith Gibson
Sevier County: Patti Halter
Sharp County: Lou Ann Cushman
St. Francis County: Florance Brown
Stone County: Robert Ferrau
Union County: Elaine Strickland and Rodney and Nancy Cook
Van Buren County: Alan Dale Roberson
Washington County: Melissa Artman
White County: Paul Ford
Woodruff County: JA Wampler
Yell County: Len and Avis Cotton

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Senator Pryor Misled Arkansans About The Death Tax

 With Tax Day less than a week away, U.S. Senate candidate Tom Cotton is criticizing Senator Mark Pryor for flip-flopping on the death tax. During his 2002 campaign, Pryor claimed he wanted to eliminate the death tax, but since being in Washington, Pryor has voted 12 times either against repealing or reducing the death tax.

Pryor's 2002 position to get elected:

In the years since, he has turned his back on Arkansans, breaking his promise by voting 12 times to block either an elimination of the death tax or a reduction in the size of the tax. How out-of-touch are Pryor's votes on the death tax? Even former Senator Blanche Lincoln, who was defeated in 2010, was an ardent opponent of the death tax and was willing to stand up to her own party to eliminate it. Senator Pryor's loyalties evidently lie not with the people of Arkansas, but with Democratic Party bosses like Harry Reid and President Barack Obama.

Senator Pryor's support of a tax that discourages saving and investment, undermines job creation, and suppresses wages and productivity is just another example that he's not putting Arkansas first.

Why would Senator Pryor promise Arkansas voters one thing on the campaign trail and then do the exact opposite in Washington?
In June 2006, Pryor Voted Against A Permanent Repeal Of The Death Tax. “Motion to Invoke Cloture on the Motion to Proceed to Consideration of H.R. 8; A bill to make the repeal of the estate tax permanent.” (H.R. 8, Roll Call Vote #164: Cloture Motion Rejected 57-41, 6/8/06, Pryor Voted Nay)
In August 2006, Pryor Voted Against A Bill That Would Have Increased The Death Tax Exemption To $5 Million And Lowered The Rate. “A bill to amend the Internal Revenue Code of 1986 to increase the unified credit against the estate tax to an exclusion equivalent of $5,000,000, to repeal the sunset provision for the estate and generation-skipping taxes, and to extend expiring provisions, and for other purposes.” (H.R. 5970, Roll Call Vote #229: Motion Rejected 56-42, 8/3/06, Pryor Voted Nay)
In March 2007, Pryor Voted Against A Permanent Repeal Of The Death Tax. “DeMint Amdt. No. 578; To repeal the death tax.” (S. Amdt. 578 To S.Con.Res. 21, Roll Call Vote #109: Rejected 44-55, 3/23/07, Pryor Voted Nay)
In March 2007, Pryor Voted Against A $5 Million Exemption For The Death Tax And A Maximum Rate Of 35 Percent.  “To reform the death tax by setting the exemption at $5 million per estate, indexed for inflation, and the top death tax rate at no more than 35% beginning in 2010; to avoid subjecting an estimated 119,200 families, family businesses, and family farms to the death tax each and every year; to promote continued economic growth and job creation; and to make the enhanced teacher deduction permanent.” (S. Amdt. 583 To S. Con. Res 21, Roll Call Vote #102: Rejected 48-51, 3/23/07, Pryor Voted Nay)
In March 2008, Pryor Voted Against A Bill That Would Have Raised The Estate Tax Exemption To $5 Million, With A Maximum Rate Of 35%. “To protect families, family farms and small businesses by extending the income tax rate structure, raising the death tax exemption to $5 million and reducing the maximum death tax rate to no more than 35%; to keep education affordable by extending the college tuition deduction; and to protect senior citizens from higher taxes on their retirement income, maintain U.S. financial market competitiveness, and promote economic growth by extending the lower tax rates on dividends and capital gains.” (S. Amdt. 4170 To S. Con. Res. 70, Roll Call Vote #43: Rejected 47-52:, 3/13/08, Pryor Voted Nay)
In March 2008, Pryor Voted Against A $5 Million Exemption For The Death Tax And A Maximum Rate Of 35 Percent. “To protect small businesses, family ranches and farms from the Death Tax by providing a $5 million exemption, a low rate for smaller estates and a maximum rate no higher than 35%.” (S. Amdt. 4191 To S. Con. Res. 70, Roll Call Vote #50: Rejected 50-50, 3/13/08, Pryor Voted Nay)
In March 2008, Pryor Voted Against A Bill That Would Have Raised The Estate Tax Exemption To $5 Million, With A Maximum Rate Of 35%. “To protect small businesses, family ranches and farms from the Death Tax by providing a $5 million exemption, a low rate for smaller estates and a maximum rate no higher than 35%.” (S. Amdt. 4372 To S. Con. Res. 70, Roll Call Vote  #77: Rejected 48-50, 3/13/08, Pryor Voted Nay)
In February 2009, Pryor Voted Against Repealing The Death Tax For Estates Under $5 Million. (H.R. 1, Roll Call Vote #38: Motion Rejected 36-61, 2/4/09, Pryor Voted Nay)
In April 2009, Pryor Voted For Obama’s FY2010 Budget, Which Would Have Instituted A 45 Percent Death Tax, With An Exemption Level Of $3.5 Million. (S. Con. Res. 13, Roll Call Vote #173: Adopted 53-43, 4/29/09, Pryor Voted Yea;  Editorial, “Night Of The Living Death Tax,” The Wall Street Journal, 3/31/09)
In July 2010, Pryor Voted Against A Permanent Repeal Of The Death Tax. (H.R. 4213, Roll Call Vote #213: Motion Rejected 39-59,  7/21/10, Pryor Voted Nay)
In December 2010, Pryor Voted Against An Amendment That Would Permanently Repeal Of The Death Tax. (H.R. 4853; Roll Call Vote #274: Motion Rejected 37-63, 12/15/10, Pryor Voted Nay)
In March 2013, Pryor Voted Against An Amendment To The Democrats’ Budget Which Would Have Permanently Eliminated The Death Tax. “To establish a deficit-neutral reserve fund to permanently eliminate the Federal estate tax. (S. Con. Res. 8, Roll Call Vote #67: Rejected 46-53, 3/22/13, Pryor Voted Nay)

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Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Five Days Later, Unanswered Questions Remain

 Little Rock, Arkansas—Five days ago Arkansans learned even more troubling information about Mike Ross’ running mate, Democrat candidate for Lieutenant Governor John Burkhalter. Just last month, John Burkhalter appeared in court for breaking into a private office of a business partner and allegedly pointing a gun at a pregnant woman. Then last week we learned that Burkhalter owes the IRS over $80,000 in taxes that fund Social Security & Medicare after his company failed to pay its taxes.

Does Mike Ross still stand by his running mate? The Arkansas GOP has asked this question of Mike Ross on multiple occasions without response. Then, during a press conference last week Ross was asked by reporters if he knew about Burkhalter’s tax lien, but he “declined” to stand up for his running mate. Finally, this past Sunday during the last minute of KARK’s Capitol View, Reporter David Goins asked Ross if he had concerns over his “ticket.” However, his jumbled and unorganized response seemed to raise even more questions about the nature of the “ticket.”

How well does Mike Ross even know his running mate?
“Mike Ross has displayed not only hesitancy to come out in strong support for his “good friend” and running mate, but also an actual lack of knowledge over the allegations against him,” said RPA Chairman Doyle Webb. “Picking a credible running mate is the first test of leadership and judgment, and by all accounts Mike Ross has failed miserably.”

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Pryor, Cotton Sharply Divided On Federal Budget - Pryor Opts For Falsehoods

Brief Summary of 2014 Arkansas U.S. Senate Candidate Positions:  Sen. Pryor likes big Government spending and offers no way to reduce the deficit except to taxing more.  Rep. Cotton notes that the Federal Government is too much in our pocketbooks and continues to spend money far beyond what they have creating more massive debt.  Cotton supports reigning in Government big spending, fraud and wasteful  spending. Cotton supports the Constitution, protecting individual rights, stopping the overreach of government agency, and more.  Pryor record and votes evidence that he continues to walk lock step with Sen. Harry Reid  (D-NV) who controls the Senate in supporting all things Obama and more of the same liberal positions.    Consider the following article which reveals much about  Mark. Pryor's desperation and current willingness to "boldly lie" to the press and Arkansans. More details after the Peter Urban, Stephens Washington Bureau: WASHINGTON — Although they have the same goal of a balanced budget, Sen. Mark Pryor and Rep. Tom Cotton share little else in common when it comes to the federal budget.

The contrast between the two Arkansas lawmakers came into sharp focus last week as House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan unveiled a plan that calls for $5.1 trillion in cuts to domestic programs to balance the budget within 10 years.

Cotton, a Republican from Dardanelle, said he plans to vote for the Ryan budget when it comes up for a vote this week in the House. While a Senate vote is unlikely, Pryor said he opposes the Ryan budget plan.

Cotton is challenging Pryor for the Senate in what is being billed as one of the most highly contested races nationally in 2014. A Cotton victory could shift control of the Senate away from the Democrats.

Ryan’s “Path to Prosperity” closely follows the plan he outlined two years ago. Among its key provisions are: a repeal of the Affordable Care Act, no new taxes, substantial reductions to human service programs like food stamps, and significant Medicare reforms.

The House Budget Committee last week approved the bill along party lines. A floor vote is scheduled for this week.

“Like the previous budgets, it does some pretty important things,” Cotton said. “It solves our debt crisis by getting back to balance within 10 years. It helps to save Medicare … and it also begins to rebuild our military from some of the drastic cuts they’ve faced in recent years.”

Pryor sees it differently.

“From the summaries I’ve seen I am opposed to it. It has a lot of concepts in it that they have tried before. I think they are bad for the country. I think they are bad for Arkansas,” he said.

In issuing his 99-page plan, Ryan proposed some of the same budget saving measures that he has offered in previous years such as cuts in Medicaid, food stamps, Pell Grants, farm subsidies and assistance to rural airports while sparing military spending.

“This is a plan to balance the budget and create jobs, and it buildings off a simple fact: We can’t keep spending money we don’t have,” said the Wisconsin representative.

Rep. Chris Van Hollen, the ranking Democrat on the budget committee, criticized Ryan’s plan as reckless attack on domestic programs that support education and research as well as an assault on the nation’s safety net for the elderly and poor.

“This budget is the Republican declaration of class warfare — it protects the elites at the expense of the rest of the country,” said the Maryland lawmaker.

A core complaint for Pryor is that Republicans rely on deep cuts to social programs to balance the budget without considering any tax increases.

“They are going to be cutting a lot of programs that we use in Arkansas,” he said. “The money has to come from somewhere so suddenly things like school lunch programs, Medicare, Medicaid start to be on the chopping block in terms of taking very deep cuts.”

Cotton says that raising taxes to balance the budget is the wrong approach.

“We can’t keep raising taxes every time he (President Obama) wants to spend more money on welfare programs,” Cotton said. “The way we get more revenue, to close the deficit, is not to increase taxes but rather to reform our tax code — make it more sensible and let people make decisions about their own money.”

Cotton points to past experiences where reductions in capital gains tax rates led to increased revenue, as an example.

As to reductions in domestic programs, Pryor says Arkansas families would suffer through lost services. A clear example would be the proposal to turn Medicare from a guaranteed health care program for seniors into a one that provides seniors with a subsidy to purchase their own coverage.

“It saves money to the government by shifting the cost to seniors. That is what this is really about,” he said. “Seniors would have to pay more in our state.”

Pryor says it is not feasible to expect Arkansas seniors living on Social Security to purchase private insurance with a government voucher.

“If you want to continue to provide health care to our seniors, which I do, you have to protect the integrity of Medicare as it exists today,” he said.

Cotton says the Ryan proposal would not change Medicare for seniors now on the program or those nearing retirement but would provide an option to seniors from the traditional plan.

“Seniors will have the option to choose traditional Medicare from a menu of options. So, the Democrat claims are totally false. Medicare will be an option and seniors can stay on it but frankly, as we’ve seen with Medicare Advantage, seniors prefer to see competition for their health care dollars — and that helps restrain costs and give seniors better quality care,” Cotton said.

Cotton also says that the spending reductions to human service programs results from reforms to eligibility and performance designed to break long-term dependency to the social safety net.

“We want to get people who are in need the assistance they need in their hour of need. But we also want to give them the right incentives and the right skill sets and training to get off food stamps or get off disability or off welfare,” Cotton said.

“We don’t want to be in a world where we continue to pay the grocery bill for one out of seven Americans. We want to have that program declining,” he said. “Spending declines, when enrollment declines.”

While this week’s vote won’t result in an immediate repeal of the Affordable Care Act, Cotton says it is important to be on the record against the law.

“We need to articulate our vision of how we would repeal Obamacare and replace it with more patient specific reforms like allowing people to purchase insurance across state lines or reforming medical health practices liability rules,” he said.

Pryor says that the Affordable Care Act is far from perfect but that repealing the law is the wrong approach.

“We need to go in and fix the things that are wrong with it and I’ve sponsored legislation to do that. And, I probably will sponsor some more by the time we are all over with this,” Pryor said.

Repeal would put in jeopardy benefits that many Arkansans are getting from the law, he says. More than 140,000 Arkansas are getting insurance through an expansion of Medicaid. About 30,000 have insurance through a state exchange. Many parents can now keep adult children between 18 and 26 on their plans.

“Give me something better and I’ll vote for it. But they (Republicans) have not offered anything,” Pryor said. “They like to complain about the Affordable Care Act but they are not offering a solution.”
Pryor has taken to prevarication beyond limits.  His last statement alone is a "bold face lie."  The Republican  controlled House has offered numerous bills and the Democrat controlled Senate of which Pryor is a part has continued to refuse to bring these votes forward for a vote.

Pryor is now casting a net of falsehood over ALL the other members of the Arkansas delegation: our four members of Congress and our other U.S. Senator.  All of whom stand steadfastly in opposition to Pryor's position and his false statements.

Mark Prior's Pinocchio rating is off the chart!  

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