Friday, February 27, 2015

Arkansas: Multiple Pro-Gun Bills Introduced in Legislature

by NRA-ILA : The Arkansas Legislature's 90th General Assembly has seen a number of firearm-related bills introduced that should be of interest to law-abiding gun owners, and your NRA is working closely with bill sponsors and other legislators to ensure we will advance our Right to Keep and Bear Arms in the Natural State.

House Bill 1190, introduced by state Representative Kim Hammer (R-28), has already passed and been signed into law. This law removes the restriction on obtaining a concealed carry permit from those Arkansas residents between the ages of 18 and 21 who are active members of the United States Armed Forces, members of the National Guard or a reserve component of the US Armed Forces, and former members of the US Armed Forces who have been honorably discharged.

NRA remains in support of House Bill 1077, introduced by state Representative Charlie Collins (R-84), which would allow staff members of public colleges and universities with valid Right to Carry permits to carry a firearm for personal protection while on school property. While this bill failed to pass out of the House Committee on Education on February 5, it remains technically viable.

In addition to these bills, the following legislation has also been introduced:

House Bill 1203, introduced by state Representative Kim Hammer, and House Bill 1240, introduced by state Representative Dwight Tosh (R-52), both seek to make improvements to the existing Castle Doctrine law in Arkansas. These bills have been referred to the House Judiciary Committee.

House Bill 1372, introduced by state Representative David Meeks (R-70), would remove the absolute prohibition on carrying a concealed firearm on school property for private K-12 schools and allow those schools to establish policies regarding the scope of who may carry a concealed firearm on school property. This bill has been referred to the House Committee on Education.

Senate Bill 159, introduced by state Senator Linda Collins-Smith (R-19), would remove the prohibition on carrying a concealed firearm into a county courthouse for employees who have a concealed handgun license. This bill has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Senate Bill 573, introduced by state Senator Alan Clark (R-13), seeks to prevent employers from prohibiting an employee with a valid concealed handgun license from storing their lawful firearms in the employee's locked vehicle while parked in the employer's parking lot. This bill has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Senate Bill 612, introduced by state Senator Jon Woods (R-7), seeks to remove the restriction on law-abiding, permanent U.S. residents who are not citizens from obtaining an Arkansas concealed handgun license. This legislation has been referred to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Please contact the members of the committees where these bills have been introduced and urge them to work with NRA to ensure the rights of Arkansas' law-abiding gun owners are protected and strengthened.

NRA is working with several other legislators on introducing additional pro-gun reforms, and we will alert you to additional developments as they arise.

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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Boozman Calls FCC Decision to Regulate Web “Outdated, Heavy-Handed”

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) today issued the following statement after the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) announced its decision to regulate Internet service as a public utility: “Once again Washington bureaucrats think the solution to a problem is additional regulations and once again they are wrong. The growth that we have witnessed in e-commerce and mobile technology has come about as a result of innovative answers to market demands, not heavy-handed government mandates. This outdated approach will only stifle future technological advances, open the door to costly litigation and ultimately lead to job losses in an industry that should be creating the next generation of career opportunities.”Background: In 3-2 party-line decision, the FCC ruled that it will regulate Internet service like a utility. The vote puts an end to rulemaking period prompted by a federal appeals court ruling last January, which tossed out previous regulations dating from 2010.

Also Read: Boehner and McConnell Condemns FCC’s Move to Put Internet Under Control of Federal Bureaucrats

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Shine light on the Arkansas Budget Process: Live-Stream Joint Budget Committee

by David Ferguson, Conduit for Action: Several years ago the Arkansas House of Representative began live streaming its proceedings and committee meetings (most committees). Every session since, there is talk about the Senate also providing live streaming but the talk hasn’t gotten anywhere.

It would be helpful to have live steaming from the Senate, but there is another streaming project that would be very helpful to the public and to legislators as well. Perhaps this other project wouldn’t have as much Senate opposition.

Live stream the Joint Budget Committee and its subcommittees (especially the Special Language Subcommittee).

Why JBC and its subcommittees?
  • Joint Budget is the most important committee of any legislative session.
  • Legislators who are not on the committee are sometimes left scrambling to find information on appropriation bills and the Revenue Stabilization Act. A decade or two ago non-members of the committee formed the “White Lights” in the House of Representatives and voted present on budget bills until they got better budget briefings. (Perhaps their success is why the House later changed the present button from white to an amber or yellow color.)
  • It is more difficult to follow changes in appropriation bills because items of appropriation are exempt from the rule requiring a markup of changes. This means you have to refer to budget books and find old appropriation acts in order to see the changes in the numbers.
  • State programs have been created or transferred in budget bills and over the years special provisions in budget bills have created great advantages or disadvantages for special interests.
  • Regular bills have to go through committee hearings in both chambers, but JBC bills only have to get out of JBC and the committee hearing process is over.
  • Many substantive law sections have been added to budget bills that would have gone to other committees, if the provision had been introduced as a separate bill. Sometimes it is used as a way to sidestep a less friendly committee.
  • There is much public misunderstanding about the budget process and what goes on in the committee.
  • Live-streaming meetings of the Joint Budget Committee and its subcommittees is a much easier to accomplish than the bigger project of live-steaming Senate proceedings.
If you have attended pre-session budget hearings you have likely been in several meetings where legislative attendance was low. Wouldn’t it be helpful if the testimony of agency personnel in those hearings were available to the public and legislators?

The House Committee on Transportation uses the Special Language Subcommittee room in the Big Mac Building. Because it uses this room, the House Transportation Committee is not live-streamed. If the Joint Budget Committee provided live streaming of this subcommittee then the House Transportation Committee could also provide video.

Is there a downside to live-streaming JBC meetings?
When the House began live-streaming there were a lot of concerns about legislative video being used as a “gotcha” tool and about some legislators becoming a camera hog. Those have not turned out to be big issues. The legislature even passed a law saying the video can’t be used in political or campaign advertising or for commercial purposes.

With the ability to watch House video, I been able to see some very good speeches and sometimes have come away with a more positive impression of the proceedings than what I would have presumed from just looking at the vote record. And, yes there have been some state agency personnel who have testified before JBC who need to be seen on video so everyone can remind them what they claimed in committee.

What steps would be necessary to get JBC meetings online?
Approval: What kind of approval is needed? A bill? A Resolution? The process could be as simple as the Speaker of the House and Senate Pro Tempore checking with their colleagues and then instructing legislative staff to move forward with the project.

Live-streaming: The legislature already has a great head start on accomplishing live-streaming of JBC meetings. The House has a great media room for controlling and processing of video of other committee meetings. The House already has a contract with Granicus to provide media online. The committee rooms used by the Joint Budget Committee and its subcommittees already have good sound systems. In fact when the House put in a video system, it considered wiring the rooms used by the JBC and its subcommittees until the House failed to get approval. (The rooms used by the JBC in the Big Mac Building are rented for the legislature by the Bureau of Legislative Research and therefore the House and Senate jointly control the rooms through the Arkansas Legislative Council.)

Audio: What would it take to put online the current audio of the Joint Budget Committee meetings and meetings of its subcommittees? Legislative staff already make audio recordings of the meetings. Legislative staff would merely have to copy audio files to a public directory.

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Republican Party Chairman Calls on Clinton Foundation to Return Foreign Government Contributions

Little Rock, Arkansas — National headlines claim that the Clinton Foundation have been accepting donations from foreign governments. State democratic parties have been quick to distance themselves from this sort of unethical fundraising.

The Wall Street Journal recently quoted Democratic Party leadership in both New Hampshire and Iowa, stating their disappointment in the Clinton Foundation for a blatant conflict of interest.

Republican Party of Arkansas Chairman Doyle Webb made the following statement:
“The Clinton Foundation’s acceptance of foreign donations makes Hillary Clinton a walking conflict of interest. By taking money from foreign governments, she has compromised the integrity of the American political process—essentially showing that anyone can buy a favor from a Presidential candidate. Hillary Clinton and the Clinton Foundation should cease acceptance of foreign dollars and give back all contributions made to this point. I call upon the Democrat Party of Arkansas to join other Democrats around the country in asking the same from one of their party’s candidates.”

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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Rep. Hill Talks Regulatory Burdens on Small Banks on CNBC

Rep. French Hill on CNBC's Closing Bell
Rep. FrenchHill went on CNBC's closing bell to discuss Dodd-Frank's effects on community banks.

Hill noted: “We are systematically putting out of business our small, locally owned, entrepreneurially geared community banks across this country. Reducing their franchise value, making them ineffective, as some have said, ‘too small to succeed, instead of too big to fail.’”

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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Rep. Hill’s Statement on the President's Veto of Keystone XL

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman French Hill (AR-2) released the following statement after President Obama vetoed S. 1, Keystone XL Pipeline Approval Act:
“In a move that defies logic, the President has chosen to appease his far left supporters and ignore the common welfare of our Nation, through North American energy independence, billions in private sector investment and good careers for our hard working families. The production of Keystone XL has already produced over 600 jobs in Arkansas’s Second Congressional District, and completion of the project was expected to create tens of thousands more jobs across the country, while having a minimal impact on the environment and supporting American energy. The President’s veto is indicative of a leader who is unwilling to compromise – even in situations where failure to do so is not in our long-term interests as a country. Despite the President’s unwavering stance, I remain optimistic that Congress can continue to work in a bipartisan manner to ensure that we finally build the Keystone XL pipeline.”

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Boozman, Manchin Aim to Bring Transparency, Fairness to EPA Science Review Process


WASHINGTON –U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR) and Joe Manchin (D-WV) today introduced legislation to improve confidence in the fairness and transparency of Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) regulations and rulemaking by reforming the science advisory process.

The EPA Science Advisory Board Reform Act makes changes to the Science Advisory Board (SAB) by increasing transparency, enabling SAB reviews of EPA “risk or hazard assessments” that are used to justify regulations, ensuring that the dissenting views of scientists on review panels are not silenced, standardizing the SAB member selection process to make it consistent with practices at the National Academies and other federal agencies, limiting non-scientific policy advice, increasing SAB disclosures, and eliminating SAB conflicts of interest.

“The EPA’s regulatory process is flawed, yet many outstanding scientists have participated in or wish to contribute to the agency’s scientific review process,” Boozman said. “Our legislation will make the agency more transparent and open, while empowering scientists to do their work and express their views without undue interference. Regulations that are carefully reviewed for scientific integrity enable the protection of clean and water, without forcing unnecessary burdens onto the middle and low-income families who pay the highest costs for regulations and mandates.”

“The EPA’s overreaching regulations have resulted in an environment that is too closed off to the public and too vulnerable to conflicts of interest and insider politics,” Manchin said. “The EPA should improve its credibility with the American people along as well as our energy sector, and this bipartisan legislation makes sure that the EPA is held accountable for creating fair, unbiased, and science-based rules and regulations. It is past time to strengthen EPA transparency, and this bipartisan, commonsense legislation does just that.”

The SAB was established by the Environmental Research, Development, and Demonstration Authorization Act of 1978 (ERDDA) to provide scientific advice upon the request of the EPA Administrator and Congressional Committees, but improvements need to be made.

This legislation
·         Strengthens public participation and comment opportunities
·         Modernizes the selection of Science Advisory Board (SAB) and sub-panel members;
·         Eliminates conflicts of interest and increasing disclosures;
·         Expands the ability of SAB members to express dissenting views;
·         Enables SAB reviews of EPA “risk or hazard assessments”; and
·         Limits non-scientific policy advice.


Congressman Frank Lucas (R-OK) introduced a companion bill in the House. Similar legislation passed the House with bipartisan support last congress.

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Saturday, February 21, 2015

U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton Expresses Sympathy For Families of the 21 Coptic Christians Murdered By ISIS

Arkansas U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton released a statement expressing his sympathy for the families of the 21 Coptic Christians who were beheaded by ISIS recently. He also criticized President Obama's response to the killings. “Yesterday, the Islamic State released another video, this time showing the beheading of 21 Egyptian Christians in Libya. I express my deepest sympathy to these victims' families and I applaud Egypt's decision to avenge their deaths through coordinated airstrikes. The Islamic State's savagery knows no bounds and this latest outrage is an unwelcome reminder that Christianity remains the most persecuted religion in the world.

“Unfortunately, the presence of the Islamic State in Libya is a direct result of President Obama's foreign policy failures. Yet, the Obama Administration can't even admit what we're fighting — radical Islamist Jihadis — or acknowledge the religion of these innocent Christians. This kind of weakness is provocative, as we've again learned."

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Rep. Hill Notes Wal-Mart’s Announcement to Raise Pay for 500,000 Employees

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Congressman French Hill (AR-2) released the following statement after Wal-Mart announced it would be raising pay for 500,000 employees:
“[Wal-Mart's] announcement is evidence that when businesses are able to grow and succeed, they will have the opportunity to invest in their employees. Congress must continue to allow businesses and their employees to thrive from the ground-up, and not cripple them with top-down mandates. I am proud that an Arkansas-based company is leading on this critical issue.”-----------
Wal-Mart Headquarters in in Arkansas is located in Arkansas.

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Friday, February 20, 2015

Griffin: New FedEx Site to Employ Over 150 Arkansans

LITTLE ROCK – Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin today issued the following statement after taking part in FedEx Corporation’s groundbreaking ceremony for a new facility in Southwest Pulaski County:

“We in Central Arkansas learned a long time ago that when FedEx wants to grow jobs in Arkansas our answer should be a resounding yes! Today's groundbreaking is great news because over one hundred and fifty Arkansans will have good-paying jobs that will allow them to provide for their families. This is an excellent example of federal, state and local officials working closely with the private sector. Thank you FedEx for choosing Arkansas as the home of your new distribution facility.”

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Rep. Hill Visits Keystone XL Pipe Fabricator

Congressman French Hill (left) and Welspun Tubular LLC
President David Delie tour company's Little Rock facility.
(photo by Staton Breidenthal)
by Emily Walkenhorst, Arkansas Onine1: U.S. Rep. French Hill was back in the state's 2nd Congressional District on Tuesday visiting Welspun Tubular LLC, a southeast Little Rock manufacturing company responsible for 800 miles of pipe for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline.

It's been a week since Congress -- including all six of Arkansas' House and Senate delegates -- approved legislation to construct the long-debated oil pipeline extension that would run from Canada to the Gulf Coast. That bill also endorses climate change as a reality and an end to exempting oil sands -- which would be used in the project -- from a tax used to clean up oil spills.

Hill spoke on the House of Representatives floor Feb. 11, urging President Barack Obama not to go through with his promised veto of the bill.

On Tuesday, the Republican said he hopes Congress has enough votes to override a veto but is first hoping that Obama chooses not to veto the legislation.

"I hope that because of the popularity of our goal ... we'll be able to find enough votes in the House and Senate to override a veto," he said.

The pipeline would move 830,000 barrels of crude oil per day to refineries through 1,200 miles of pipeline -- a small but controversial portion of the country's existing 2.6 million miles of oil and gas pipelines.

Proponents of the pipeline have noted the projected creation of 42,000 temporary construction jobs and the potential to produce oil in North America that could stay on the continent. How much of the oil would stay in the United States has been debated by Republicans and Democrats, but ultimately the decision is up to TransCanada, the owner of the pipeline.

Opponents of the TransCanada Keystone XL pipeline -- first proposed in September 2008 -- have argued that production of crude oil from oil sands is more harmful for the climate than traditional oil drilling, producing more greenhouse gases.

In Nebraska, where court cases and opposition have slowed down a U.S. State Department decision on whether to approve TransCanada's application, landowners have objected to the use of their land for the project and others have also expressed concern about the pipeline's proposed presence in the Ogallala Aquifer, which supplies drinking and irrigation water to 2 million people and farmers in the central United States. The aquifer is one of the world's largest.

In addition to being the subject of lawsuits in Nebraska, the pipeline has been studied by the U.S. State Department and had an environmental review since its proposal.

"It should have received all the scrutiny it did ... [but] not over six years," Hill said.

Welspun Tubular, a subsidiary of an India-based company located off Frazier Pike, contracted with TransCanada for $483 million to build 800 miles of the 1,200-mile pipeline. The Little Rock site devoted its operations to producing tens of thousands of pipes during 2010 and 2011, many of which are lined up, unused, on the perimeter of the 740-acre site.

Dave Delie, the Welspun subsidiary's president, said the company has been paid for most of the contract but that if the pipeline is approved, the company could finish out its work with TransCanada with 50 jobs lasting about a year dealing with inspecting the pipes as they're shipped off for construction.

"In addition," Delie said, "[approval] would free the land up for other projects."

Arkansas' other congressmen have spoken on radio and written in weekly newspaper columns promoting the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline.

U.S. Sen. John Boozman has spoken on the Senate floor in favor of the project, a spokesman from his office said, and U.S. Sen. Tom Cotton also has visited the Welspun site in Little Rock.

U.S. Rep. Steve Womack has spoken publicly about the project, including on the House floor and during a Weekly Republican Address that he gave July 3, his spokesman said. U.S. Rep. Bruce Westerman also has supported the project in interviews.

U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford visited Welspun in Little Rock about two years ago in support of the Keystone project. He's also spoken in favor of it on radio shows and in interviews, a spokesman said.

The pipeline work would come as manufacturing jobs in the United States and Arkansas are decreasing, as outsourcing manufacturing to other countries becomes more common, higher education enrollment and educational attainment increase, and improved technology and mechanization has decreased the need for as many people in certain manufacturing jobs across the globe.

Hill said he hoped Obama would realize the importance of manufacturing jobs associated with the pipeline.

Hill said he would hand-deliver a message from Welspun to the president urging his approval of the legislation passed last week, saying it could "help him understand our manufacturing economy."
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1. Article furnished for release to the ARRA News Service by Rep French Hill's media coordinator and is being shared on Arkansas' Boot Berryism.

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Obama's Carbon Rules Could Cost Thousands of Jobs in Arkansas

by Kelsey Harkness: A new study predicts that more than a half million manufacturing jobs will be eliminated from the U.S. economy as a result of the Obama administration’s proposed regulations to curb carbon dioxide emissions.

“Every state would experience overwhelming negative impacts as a result of these regulations, but especially those with higher-than-average employment in manufacturing and mining,” said Nick Loris, a co-author of the study, which was completed by energy experts at The Heritage Foundation—the parent organization of The Daily Signal.

The researchers projected how many manufacturing jobs would be eliminated in each state and congressional district as a consequence of the carbon plan, which is the centerpiece of President Obama’s effort to combat climate change.

The results show that 34 states would lose three to four percent of manufacturing jobs by 2023, and nine other states would lose more.
In Ohio alone, 31,747 jobs would be lost.

The study predicts that the Midwest would be hit the hardest, with Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Ohio and Wisconsin losing more than 20,000 jobs each.  Arkansas would loose almost 7,000 jobs.

On a local level, 68 percent of U.S. Congressional districts are expected to lose more than 1,000 manufacturing jobs.

Loris says the manufacturing sector is an “important piece of the puzzle” that should not be overlooked when considering the administration’s proposed rule meant to limit carbon pollution.

“Our analysis shows that it’s not just coal-country that’s hit hard by the federal government’s climate regulations,” he said. “Because America’s industrial base relies on affordable, reliable energy, these regulations would deal a crushing blow to the manufacturing sector, particularly impacting the Midwest.”
The analysis comes just months before the Environmental Protection Agency is set to finalize its carbon regulations covering new, existing and modified/reconstructed power plants by mid summer of 2015.

Heritage’s study looked at the totality of the Obama administration’s efforts to limit carbon dioxide emissions—from motor vehicles and power plants, both new and existing.

The EPA’s plan forces states to cut power-industry emissions by 30 percent in 2030 from 2005 levels.

In response to the study, EPA Press Secretary Liz Purchia argued that action against climate change does not dull America’s competitive edge. Rather, it sharpens it.The energy sector sees the writing on the wall. Businesses like Spectra Energy are investing billions in clean energy. And utilities like Exelon and Entergy are weaving climate considerations into business plans. This means more jobs, not less. We’ll need thousands of American workers, in construction, transmission, and more, to make cleaner power a reality.Purchia points to “more than 200 U.S. companies” who came together to voice their support for the administration’s climate plan—including Kellogg’s, Starbucks, Ikea, Levi Strauss and Nestlé—as proof that the regulations are good for the economy.

“[B]usinesses are concerned about the immediate and long-term implications of climate change. As they said, ‘Tackling climate change is one of America’s greatest economic opportunities of the 21st century,’” said Purchia.

The EPA’s proposed regulations work by setting target emission caps for each state based on assumptions about how much that state can reduce its carbon dioxide emissions.

Once targets are established for each state, the EPA tasks states with writing their own plans for how they will comply with the those guidelines.

In addition to reaching the EPA’s 2030 goal, states must also comply with guidelines set for 2020, as a way of demonstrating their progress.

Many states have called the EPA’s goals unrealistic and are pushing back against the proposed regulations.

While some like Oklahoma are lobbying for substantial changes to the 2020 interim targets, others, like Louisiana, are calling to scrap the policies altogether.

Responding to those complaints, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy on Tuesday backed off those state deadlines, hinting that there would be flexibility in when states must meet their carbon-cutting targets.

“We want the states to have flexibility to explore options,” McCarthy said at a conference of the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners in Washington.

But even with those concessions, Loris predicts the regulations will stifle business owners.

“To attract state buy-in, the EPA is touting these regulations as being cooperative with the states and awarding the states flexibility in crafting the regulations,” Loris said. “But flexibility would merely shift the costs around, not prevent them from happening.”

He added:Instead of trying to cash in and protect special interests, both federal and state legislators should flat out reject the administration’s plan. That is the only true way to protect the families and business owners in their states.-----------------------
Kelsey Harkness (@kelseyjharkness)is a news producer at The Daily Signal and her articles are shared on the ARRA News Service which sponsors this this site.

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Rutledge Supports District Judge's Ruling Blocking Obama's Amnesty For Illegals

LITTLE ROCK — Arkansas Attorney General Leslie Rutledge is praising a ruling by a Texas judge that temporarily blocks President Barack Obama's executive action on immigration.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge said in a statement Tuesday will reign in what she said is a president who is attempting to bypass Congress.

U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen's decision late Monday puts on hold Obama's orders that could spare from deportation as many as 5 million people who are in the U.S. illegally.

Arkansas is one of 26 states — led by Texas— that argue Obama has violated a provision of the U.S. Constitution that limits the scope of presidential power.

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Thursday, February 19, 2015

Radical Abortion Group Will Trash Pro-Life Presidential Candidates, Defend Hillary Clinton


March 3: Democrat Hilary Clinton, potential pro-abortion
presidential nominee, will receive the "Emily Award."
According to Real Clear Politics, Emily’s List, a pro-abortion group located in Washington D.C., is launching a campaign against pro-life presidential candidates’ who oppose Planned Parenthood and/or their efforts to defund it. . . .

The group’s Communications Director, Jess McIntosh, said, “Women and families need leaders who understand the challenges they face and take them seriously. They deserve better than the disrespectful words and harmful actions of the current Republican 2016 field.”

However, Emily’s List’s new campaign really isn’t all that surprising considering that before the 2014 elections they used every trick in the book to try and sway voters against pro-life candidates. . . .

In 2013, Gov. Walker faced criticism from pro-abortion groups after signing an ultrasound bill (Senate Bill 206, also known as Sonya’s Law) that ensures that women seeking abortions are given the opportunity to see their unborn children through ultrasound. The legislation also requires abortionists to have admitting privileges within thirty miles of their facility. This is the kind of pro-woman, pro-life bill that not only has proven to save the lives of unborn babies, but it has closed down abortion clinics that can’t comply with basic health and safety requirements.

The legislative director of Wisconsin Right to Life, Susan Armacost, said “We thank Governor Walker for signing this important piece of legislation into law. Sonya’s Law will empower women to make truly informed decisions regarding how they will proceed with their pregnancies and will protect the lives of women who experience complications after their abortions.” . . .

[T]he radical pro-abortion group also trashed Iowa Senator Joni Ernst before her State of the Union speech; and released a statement saying “GOP Chooses Window Dressing Over Substance to Appeal to Women.” . . .

Unfortunately, Emily’s List announced that Hilary Clinton, a potential pro-abortion presidential nominee, would appear at its 30th anniversary awards gala in Washington on March 3. In a press release they said, “…Former secretary of state will receive the group’s We Are EMILY Award to honor her leadership “as a fighter for women and families.”

. . . Besides Scott Walker, Emily’s List is monitoring other pro-life [Republican] presidential hopefuls. Read More at LifeNews.com

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Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Arkansas: Pro-Gun Bill Passes General Assembly, Heads to Governor

NRA-ILA - House Bill 1190, which removes the restriction on certain individuals between the ages of 18 and 21 from obtaining a concealed carry permit, has been reported out of the House of Representatives and sent to Governor Asa Hutchinson (R) for his consideration.

HB 1190 was introduced by state Representative Kim Hammer (R-28), and removes the restriction on obtaining a concealed carry permit from those Arkansas residents between the ages of 18 and 21 who are active members of the United States Armed Forces, members of the National Guard or a reserve component of the US Armed Forces, and former members of the US Armed Forces who have been honorably discharged. This NRA-supported bill was originally passed by the Arkansas State House on February 9 unanimously. The Senate passed it, again without opposition, yesterday.

Please take a moment to thank your and for supporting this important self-defense reform in Arkansas.

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