Thursday, October 23, 2014

"Freedom Rally for French Hill" with Governor Mike Huckabee!

Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee will headline a “Freedom Rally for French Hill” in Conway on Monday, October 27, with special guests Sen. John Boozman, Rep. Tom Cotton, Rep. Tim Griffin, Rep. Steve Womack and Leslie Rutledge. We need your support to make this a HUGE success! Please help us spread the word far and wide.

Mike Huckabee Freedom Rally for French Hill

With special guests Senator John Boozman, Congressman Tom Cotton and Congressman Tim Griffin, and Candidate for Attorney General Leslie Rutledge
Monday, October 27
5:00 PM
Kris Allen Stage, Simon Park
Please RSVP and forward this information to 5 of your friends. If you have any suggestions on what we can do to make this successful, please reach out to Isaac  (479) 841-8768 or myself.

French Hill Campaign Site.
We hope to see you on Monday in Conway!
Holly Wilson
Communications Director
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Hollywood Liberals Continue To Bankroll Senator Pryor's Campaign

Senator Pryor was recently the beneficiary of a high-dollar, Hollywood fundraiser thrown by President Obama's liberal supporters
Little Rock, Arkansas —  Senator Pryor may claim he "has Arkansas written on his heart," but he never misses a chance to rake in more campaign cash from his Hollywood friends. A California newspaper recently reported that Senator Pryor was the beneficiary of another high-dollar, Hollywood fundraiser, hosted by Hollywood movie moguls Steven Spielberg and Jeffrey Katzenberg.
It's not surprising Hollywood liberals would be happy to give Senator Pryor their money—after all, he supports President Obama’s liberal policies 97 percent of the time, just like the Hollywood elite.
Maybe some of those Hollywood values have rubbed off on Senator Pryor. In a debate last week, Senator Pryor said he thinks "middle-class" in Arkansas is upwards of $200,000, even though the median household income in Arkansas is roughly $40,000 per year. On top of that, Senator Pryor defended those comments, even though they were clearly out-of-touch.

“Senator Pryor is living in a Hollywood movie if he thinks these liberal movie-makers share the same values as Arkansans, but now we understand why he thinks $200,000 per year is 'middle class',” said Cotton spokesman David Ray. “Arkansans deserve a Senator who will spend their time looking out for our values, not being beholden to President Obama and his Hollywood allies."

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Westerman Maintains Strong Lead in Fourth District Race

Little Rock, Arkansas — Former Arkansas House Majority Leader Bruce Westerman continues to maintain a strong lead in his race to represent Arkansas’s Fourth Congressional District.  In a poll commissioned by the Republican Party of Arkansas and conducted on Tuesday, Westerman leads Democrat James Lee Witt, 46-39.

Westerman’s lead in the race at this late date explains the Witt Campaign’s recent decision to launch a misleading and negative attack against the Westerman campaign.  The ad, released Wednesday by Witt, repeats the traditional “Mediscare" attack launched by Democrats every campaign, but ignores Witt’s refusal to repeal Obamacare—which has resulted in over $700 billion in cuts to Medicare.

“This poll confirms the reality Arkansas Democrats are facing in 2014:  The people of the Fourth District, like their fellow Arkansans, are opposed to candidates like Democrat James Lee Witt who supports Obamacare and will serve as an enabler to the failed agenda of Barack Obama and Nancy Pelosi.  Arkansans are putting their trust in conservative leaders like Bruce Westerman who will fight Obama’s failed policies and overreaching federal agencies like the EPA and IRS that are nothing but hassles for hardworking Arkansans.  Our state needs more freedom to create a better future for our children.  Bruce Westerman has already fought for more freedom in the state House, and will continue that fight in Congress.” — RPA Chairman Doyle Webb

See file here to read full poll results and analysis.

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Pryor Voted with Obama 97% of the time in '14

His Policies are on the Ballot 

Mark Pryor Voted with President Obama 
97% of the time in 2014
Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR) has desperately tried to distance himself from Barack Obama, a president whom he voted with 90 percent of the time in 2013.
Unfortunately for Senator Pryor, a new report by Congressional Quarterly/Roll Call shows that Mark Pryor voted with Obama 97 percent of the time in 2014, even though a clear majority of Arkansas voters disapprove of him. Turns out President Obama was right, his policies are on the ballot. 
"Mark Pryor is no independent; this year he actually voted for President Obama's agenda an astounding 97% of the time," said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen. "President Obama is right, a vote for Mark Pryor is a vote for his policies."

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Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Mike Ross, Ingrate

by Dan Greenberg, Arkansas ProjectMike Ross made a curious statement recently when speaking at a Democratic Party meeting in Howard County.

Mike Ross said:
Let me just tell you, this election is not about me; it’s not about the Democrats. This election is about the future of this state. It’s about the people in this state and it’s about who’s going to be a voice for the voiceless.  Who’s going to stand up and fight for the folks that don’t have the Koch brothers on their side? That’s what this election is about.
Bashing the Koch brothers is a favorite pastime for many Democrats, but Ross should know better. When he was in Congress, he received the most financial love from the Koch brothers of any Arkansas House member since 2007!
Amounts received by other members of the Arkansas delegation from Koch PAC and Koch employees since 2007, including amounts to their leadership PACs are: Republican Sen. John Boozman: $15,000; Democratic Rep. Mike Ross: $22,500; Republican Rep. Steve Womack: $10,000; Republican Rep. Tim Griffin: $14,000; Republican Rep. Rick Crawford: $5,000.”
In the final weeks of his 2014 campaign, perhaps Ross should spend some time thanking the Kochs for their generous donations throughout his political life, because it’s looking increasingly likely that his political life will be over for good after Arkansans go to the polls in November

P.S.: For more background on the Koch brothers, here is a good Washington Free Beacon article about the Democrats’ failed war on the two philanthropists.

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Mark Pryor Doesn't Get It!

Video clips of Mark Prior's comments may speak volumes about Him BUT they definitely are not speaking for a majority of Arkansans. See for yourself:

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Talk Business/ Hendrix College: Hutchinson Leads Ross by 8 Points In Arkansas Governor's Race

by Talk Business: Asa Hutchinson, the GOP nominee for Arkansas Governor, has an 8-point lead over his Democratic rival, Mike Ross, according to a new Talk Business and Politics - Hendrix College Poll.

Q: In the race for Governor, the candidates are Libertarian Frank Gilbert, Green Party Candidate Joshua Drake, Republican Asa Hutchinson, and Democrat Mike Ross. If the election for Governor were today, which candidate would you support?
2.5%    Libertarian Frank Gilbert
2%     Green candidate Joshua Drake
49%    Republican Asa Hutchinson
41%    Democrat Mike Ross
5.5%    Undecided

In a late July TB/P-Hendrix poll, Hutchinson held a five-point lead over Ross 46-41%.

The new polling of 2,075 likely Arkansas voters was conducted on Wednesday, Oct. 15 and Thursday, Oct. 16. The poll has a margin of error of +/- 2.2% and includes live cell phone calls (16%) and automated landline respondents.

The statewide results are a compilation of four different Congressional District level surveys completed from four different Congressional District level samples. This combination not only offers a “super-sized” poll for statewide results, but allows for large enough sample sizes at the Congressional District level to draw detailed observations. More on the methodology is discussed at the bottom of this post.

“With two weeks until Election Day, Republican Asa Hutchinson is in a solid position to win the Governor’s race,” said Talk Business & Politics Editor-in-Chief Roby Brock. “We see many similar voter patterns in the Governor’s race and the Senate race that suggest at the top of the ticket voters are leaning to Hutchinson and Cotton. As I’ve said previously, Democratic efforts to rally new and dormant voters remain the ‘X’ factor.”

Talk Business & Politics and Hendrix College have released several other polling results related to this latest battery of surveys in the First, SecondThird and Fourth Congressional Districts, the U.S. Senate race and involving <three ballot measures.

Dr. Jay Barth, professor of political science at Hendrix College, helped analyze the survey results in the Governor’s race.In the battle to replace Governor Mike Beebe, former Congressman Asa Hutchinson has enlarged his lead since our last check-in on the race in July.

Then, Hutchinson led former Fourth District Congressman Mike Ross by a margin of 46% to 41%. Now, while Ross has held his support at 41%, Hutchinson is nearing a majority of the electorate. Libertarian Frank Gilbert and Green Party candidate Joshua Drake trail in low single digits.

As discussed in our results on the U.S. Senate race yesterday, Democratic operatives believe that the turnout patterns in 2014 will differ from those in 2010 (on which we rely for our weighting). Even with key racial and age groups weighted in the manner Democrats hope for, Hutchinson maintains a 6-point lead, also outside the margin of error in this large poll sample.

While both Ross and Hutchinson have strong support from fellow partisans, Hutchinson’s overall lead is driven by his large lead among Independent voters. With that group, he gains 55% of the vote to Ross’s 32%.

In terms of key demographic groups, Ross does lead with the youngest voters (those under 30). This group is also more likely to be undecided or supportive of the third party candidates. Hutchinson has leads among all other age groups, including nearing 50% with both of the two older age groups.

A gender gap remains present although it is driven mostly by Hutchinson’s strong lead among men (he leads 53%-38%). The two are nearly tied among women where Hutchinson has a 1% lead. Hutchinson is gaining just over 10% of the African-American electorate and is winning white voters 53% to 38%.

Finally, Hutchinson leads in three of the state’s four congressional districts, including Ross’s former home Fourth District (which was redrawn in 2011). He gains 51%, 57%, and 48%, respectively in the First, Third, and Fourth Districts. Ross does lead in the Second District, which is showing itself to be one of the Democrats’ brighter spots in this cycle 48%-41%.

Editor’s note: Dr. Barth has been a financial contributor to the Ross campaign.

[Read More: Methodology]

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Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Obama Bear Hugs Pryor for Loyally Supporting his Agenda

Little Rock, Arkansas — President Obama nationalized the Arkansas senate race himself two weeks ago when he said his policies are on the ballot, and yesterday the President single handedly took apart Senator Pryor’s campaign’s spin. When speaking about 2014 Senate Democrats, President Obama bear hugged them all, saying “these are all folks who vote with me” and “have supported my agenda."Well, look, here's the bottom line," said Obama, "We've got a tough map. A lot of the states that are contested this time are states that I didn't win. And so some of the candidates there, you know, it is difficult for them to have me in the state because the Republicans will use that to try to fan Republican turn-out. The bottom line is, though, these are all folks who vote with me. They have supported my agenda in Congress.Senator Pryor has been desperately trying to convince Arkansans he is anything other than a rubber-stamp for President Obama. The only problem is he votes with the President 93 percent of the time. President Obama agrees.

“Senator Pryor will say and do anything to distract from his record of supporting President Obama 93 percent of the time. But despite his best efforts to hide from it, Pryor’s record speaks for itself and President Obama clearly agrees.” – RPA Communications Director Holly Wilson.

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Arkansas Republican Congressmen: New FSA Loan Extensions in Turner Case Provide Relief

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Representatives Rick Crawford (AR-1), Tim Griffin (AR-2), Steve Womack (AR-3), and Tom Cotton (AR-4) applauded a decision Tuesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) to extend the repayment date of its Marketing Assistance Loans (MALs) an additional 90 days to agricultural producers affected by the Turner Grain Merchandising collapse in Brinkley, Ark.

The Arkansas House delegation sent a joint letter to U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on August 28 requesting a 180-day extension, but Vilsack only granted an extension of 60 days on top of the 30-day extension already provided. FSA’s new extensions come as its current marketing authorization extensions would begin expiring on October 30, meeting the 180 days requested in the letter. The agency’s decision now pushes those expirations to January 2015. In addition, FSA further clarified it would waive interest accrual for the entire 180-day period. The delegation said the extension and the waiver give Arkansas producers much needed breathing room and more flexibility in the repayment of their loans.

“These additional 90 days provide relief to producers facing a deadline on their federal loans while also dealing with the collapse of their grain buyer,” the group said in a joint statement Tuesday. “Agriculture accounts for approximately one in six jobs in the state of Arkansas, and we thank Secretary Vilsack for recognizing the need to give the farmers involved in this situation ample time to recover. Furthermore, after 180 days, our growers would have faced sticker-shock with the interest accrued on their MALs. FSA did the right thing by not punishing our producers for an event they could not control. We look forward to working with all parties involved to fully resolve this loan issue and to protect our growers should a similar situation arise in the future.”

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Talk Business/Hendrix College Poll Shows Cotton With Growing Momentum As Election Nears

Cotton leads in 15 of the last 17 public polls, including by 8 -point margin in latest Talk Business poll
Little Rock, Arkansas — U.S. Senate candidate Tom Cotton leads two-term liberal incumbent Senator Mark Pryor by more than eight points according to a Talk Business / Hendrix College poll released yesterday. According to the poll conducted October 15-16, Cotton holds a 49% to 40.5% lead over Pryor. 
A strong showing among several key demographics, including a 59%-28% lead among Independents, has propelled Cotton's lead. Cotton holds an 18-point lead among male voters and leads among female voters as well. Cotton maintains a 9-point lead among seniors, 51%-42%.
The new polling included a sample of 2,075 likely Arkansas voters with a margin of error of +/- 2.2% and includes live cell phone calls (16%) and automated landline respondents. The poll was actually weighted to include more young voters and fewer white voters.
"Arkansans are making it clear that they want a Senator who won't be a rubber stamp for President Obama 93% of the time," said Cotton spokesman David Ray. "Voters are ready for a Senator like Tom Cotton, who will fight to stop Obamacare, balance our budget, and keep America safe and strong."
Cotton led Pryor by two points (44%-42%) in the last Talk Business/Hendrix College poll, which was conducted in July.

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Mark Pryor Defers to Obama on Ebola

Pryor Embraced Obama's Partisan,
DC Lobbyist as Ebola Czar 

by NRSC: The Obama Administration’s response to the Ebola virus has been roundly criticized as inept and incompetent. In fact, a former top advisor to Harry Reid told the Washington Post that the Administration's handling of Ebola feeds the "narrative that Democrats don't know how to govern and government is too large."

President Obama's response to the Ebola epidemic is to appoint partisan lobbyist Ron Klain as the Administration’s point man. As National Review explains "Ron Klain is a sharp-elbowed Democratic political operative with no medical expertise. Tapping him as 'Ebola czar' may not be the president’s best move when, as it is, no one can believe a word the Obama administration says. And that’s not just because Mr. Klain is yet another lobbyist recruited despite Mr. Obama’s vow that his administration would shun lobbyists."
Unfortunately, Mark Pryor (D-AR) not only refuses to hold the Obama Administration accountable for the slow response to Ebola entering our borders, but it appears that he has taken his marching orders from the White House on a serious matter of public health. Instead, Pryor's Washington allies have resorted to spreading false and debunked claims, blaming others for the Administration's failures. President Obama's choice of Ron Klain as Ebola Czar is indefensible, yet Mark Pryor once again refuses to hold the White House accountable.
"It is absurd that President Obama believes that a partisan lobbyist with zero medical experience should lead the national response to the Ebola epidemic, and Mark Pryor actually embraces it," said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen. "Mark Pryor apparently believes that a partisan Washington lobbyist like Ron Klain is an appropriate choice for this position, which speaks to his lack of judgment and his refusal to stand up to President Obama’s poor decisions - even on matters of public health and safety."
Mark Pryor Embraces President Obama's Decision To Appoint Partisan Lobbyist Ron Klain. "Obama on Friday appointed former White House adviser Ron Klain to oversee the U.S. response to the Ebola virus. Pryor said that if Klain is the right person for the job, he should be given the highest level of authority. 'He doesn’t need to be in briefings and then say, ‘Well, let me go check with the White House about this,' he said." (Arkansas News Bureau, 10/17/2014)
A Top Official At The National Institutes of Health Debunked Democrats False Claims That Budget Cuts Were To Blame For Lack Of Ebola Vaccine. "A top official at the National Institutes of Health disagreed on Sunday with the notion that an Ebola vaccine likely would have been discovered by now had it not been for federal budget cuts." (NIH Official: Budget Cuts Can't Be Blamed For Lack Of Ebola Vaccine, The Huffington Post, 10/20/2014)
The Washington Post’s Fact Checker Called Attacks Blaming Republicans For Cutting Ebola Research Funding “Absurd” And Gave It Four Pinocchios. “On many levels, this line of attack is absurd. Obama’s Republican predecessor oversaw big increases in public-health sector spending, and both Democrats and Republicans in recent years have broadly supported efforts to rein in federal spending. Sequestration resulted from a bipartisan agreement. In some years, Congress has allocated more money for NIH and CDC than the Obama administration requested. Meanwhile, contrary to the suggestion of the DCCC ad, there never was a specific vote on funding to prevent Ebola.” (Glenn Kessler, “The Absurd Claim That Only Republicans Are To Blame For Cuts To Ebola Research,” The Washington Post, 10/15/14)

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Monday, October 20, 2014

French Hill Launches Contrast Ad “Choice,” Internal Poll: Hill With 5 Point Lead

Little Rock, Ark.— Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives (AR-02), French Hill, released a final contrast TV ad today. “Choice” will air district-wide on broadcast and cable television beginning Monday, October 20.  This comes on the heels of an internal poll from last week showing Hill leading Patrick Henry Hays by five percent.  On Wednesday, Hill posted a record-setting $575,379 fundraising quarter.  Hill finished the quarter with a $152,000 cash-on-hand advantage over his opponent. Early voting begins today.

“While my opponent is a career politician who will side with President Obama in Congress, I am a job creator who will get our economy growing again. With two weeks to go until Election Day, we have the message and momentum to win,” said Hill.  “If elected, I will stand up to President Obama and shift power back to state and local governments.”

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Hays Knowingly Remains in Violation of FEC Law

Little Rock, Arkansas — The Republican Party of Arkansas filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission against Democrat candidate for Congress Patrick Henry Hays on Monday, October 6, 2014 for failing to have a proper disclaimer on his campaign yard signs.  Hays’ Campaign Manager, David Furr, responded to the allegation and claimed that their campaign would remedy the signs that were in violation of the law. As of Monday, October 20, 2014 the non-compliant signs have not been corrected.

“For 2 weeks now, Patrick Hays has continued to knowingly violate FEC law; arrogantly disregarding his campaign’s promise to remedy their non-compliant signs after official complaints were submitted,” said RPA Communications Director Holly Wilson. “Whether lying to voters with false TV attacks or violating basic federal election law, Hays will stop at nothing to win this election. “

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American Crossroads: "Haze" AR-02

by American Crossroads:
If Pat Hays can't see ObamaCare for what it is, we can't send him to Congress.

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Desperate Dems & Push Polls

by Debbie Pelley, Letter to Editor: Eight area state representative candidates spoke in Jonesboro at the Political Animals Club September 26. All eight candidates (four Democrats and four Republicans) said they were pro-life. Everyone knows elected national and state Democrats have a history of voting and fighting for abortion.

In 2012 the ultra liberal Arkansas Times reported that a Democrat Chair "quietly shepherded the defeat of 10 radical anti-abortion bills during the general session." There was a majority of Democrats so this Chair had enough votes to kill all anti-abortion bills. In 2013 Republicans, being the majority, were able to get two anti-abortion bills passed by overriding Governor Beebe's veto.

Two Democrat incumbents, Homer Lenderman and Harold Copenhaver, have taken some heat for refusing to support those anti-abortion bills in 2013 when the Governor (D) vetoed them (HB1037 & SB134). The US is one of only seven countries in the world that permits elective abortion past 20 weeks.

Democrats must know that pro-abortion, as well as their other stands, are unpopular with Arkansans. Every Democrat, including Lenderman & Copenhaver, also voted for Obamacare Medicaid Expansion (HB1143), the Obamacare Exchange (HB1508); all but one refused to support Voter ID (SB2) when the Democrat Governor vetoed it, and no Democrat voted for the bill to stop funding to organizations that fund elective abortions (SB818).

Every Democrat also voted for the deceptive so-called ethics ballot issue #3 which in reality extends the terms of House legislators from six to sixteen years and Senators from eight to sixteen. In contrast, Republicans passed a resolution opposing this Ballot Issue #3 at their state convention.

Yet Democrat Harold Copenhaver actually said in this debate that he is fighting against extremism - referring to his Republican opponent! He also said "Voting against the Private Option is a vote FOR Obamacare." How foolish! There would be no Private Option if Obamacare (ironically named Affordable Care Act) had not passed.

In the race Copenhaver won in 2012, there were large vicious ads published daily and on the day of the election saying Copenhaver's opponent had been "accused of stealing and mismanaging tax dollars" and "Did not vote to keep sexual predators away from our children." In this race, citizens have received push poll calls about Republican candidates with false information, even ridiculously accusing one of domestic violence.

Be aware citizens, some Democrats are desperate. Look at voting records and refuse to believe these last minute character assassinations - an effort to hide their own voting records.
Debbie Pelley lives in Jonesboro, Arkansas and also sent this letter to the Jonesboro Sun.

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