Saturday, September 6, 2014

by Holly Wilson, RPA: We have officially kicked off the post-Labor Day height of the 2014 campaign season and the heat is on! There are just 59 more days until a Republican sweep and here are some of your latest updates.

Mike Ross will literally say ANYTHING to get elected. Throughout his campaign we have seen time and again that Ross will stop at nothing to mislead the voters of Arkansas about the truth of his continued support for Nancy Pelosi’s liberal agenda and to hide what it is he is saying behind closed doors. Now there is even further proof. The shocking hypocrisy in statements he makes when he thinks no one is listening makes it clear that Arkansans could never trust Ross to mean what he says. Read for yourself HERE.

Meanwhile, Asa has been consistently running a positive campaign with a plan for improving Arkansas. Watch his great new ad, Trusty Truck and if you haven’t seen Ella Beth, it’s a must see!

What will Mark Pryor say next?! Tom Cotton hates puppies, baseball, and apple pie…or so that’s what Pryor’s flailing campaign wants you to believe. Pryor’s latest bizarre attack ad accusing Tom Cotton of being pro-Ebola resembles a Saturday Night Live skit and has become a joke even amongst the most liberal media. The fact that Pryor clearly has nothing more substantive to say begs the question, what outrageous thing will Pryor say next?

Back in reality, Tom Cotton is talking about the need for leadership in his strong ad Urgent, and setting the record straight on Social Security in a series of three ads released this week.

Hays in Hot Water Democrat Patrick Hays’ newest ad already earned him this week’s Fictional Achievement Award for false claims regarding jobs he “attracted” to North Little Rock. Now it’s clear that he’s really gotten himself into even more of a sticky situation. Blue Bell Ice Cream, one of the companies featured in the ad, declined permission to be included, but were then shocked to see that Hays featured their company and logo anyway. This unauthorized use of someone else’s work is just further proof of Hays’ flawed judgment. He should take responsibility and remove this ad immediately.

Next Stop for Arkansas House Republicans. Members of the Arkansas House Republican Caucus have taken their “J.O.B.S.” plan to the streets. For several months, caucus members have been discussing their legislative agenda for the 2015 session, and now they want feedback from Arkansans before finalizing their priorities. They have been holding a series of Town Hall meetings throughout the State, bringing in some great feedback. Their next stop is Tuesday, September 9, in Yell County at the Chickalah Fire Department at 6:30 pm.

Have a great weekend!

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Friday, September 5, 2014

Asa Hutchinson: Trusty Truck

by Asa Hutchinson: Arkansas needs a leader with responsible spending habits and an understanding of the importance of not wasting money. I have a plan to lead Arkansas' economy in the right direction. My new ad: Trusty Truck:

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Cotton Releases Three Social Security Ads

 Trio of ads highlight Cotton's efforts to protect and preserve Social Security while calling out Pryor's hypocrisy and votes to give Social Security to illegal immigrants

Little Rock, Arkansas — U.S. Senate candidate Tom Cotton released three new ads Thursday morning that highlight his support for strengthening and preserving Social Security while calling out Senator Mark Pryor's hypocrisy on Social Security and his vote to allow illegal immigrants to collect Social Security credits for work done in years before they are assigned a valid Social Security number.

The first ad, titled "Indoor Plumbing," features Tom Cotton alongside his mother Avis discussing Tom's efforts to preserve the Social Security and Medicare benefits that our seniors have spent a lifetime earning.

The second ad, titled "Worked Hard," shines a light on Senator Mark Pryor's vote to allow illegal immigrants to collect Social Security credits for work done in years before they were assigned a valid Social Security number. In fact, not only did Pryor cast the unpopular vote, but according to media reports at the time, he also cast the deciding vote. The vote was reportedly deadlocked at 49-49 when a Democratic staffer called for Pryor's help. Pryor then cast the deciding vote, and the amendment was defeated.

The third ad, titled "Hypocrisy," points out the hypocrisy of Senator Pryor's previous support for raising the retirement age of Social Security, something he continues to deny in spite of video evidence to the contrary.

Cotton spokesman David Ray said: "Arkansas seniors deserve to know the truth about Senator Pryor's hypocrisy and reckless vote allow illegal immigrants to receive Social Security benefits for work done illegally in our country. When Mark Pryor ran for U.S. Senate twelve years ago, he promised to change Washington. Instead, Washington has changed Senator Pryor. Arkansas deserves better."

Background:
Mark Pryor Supports Social Security Benefits For Illegal Immigrants
Pryor Voted To Allow Illegal Immigrants To Receive Social Security Benefits For Work Done Illegally. “Specter, R-Pa., motion to table (kill) the Ensign R-Nev., amendment no. 3985 that would bar illegal immigrants currently in the country from claiming Social Security credits for work done in years before they are assigned a valid Social Security number.” (S. 2611, CQ Vote #130: Motion Agreed To 50-49: R 11-44; D 38-5; I 1-0, 5/18/06, Pryor Voted Yea)

Pryor Cast The 50th Vote To Kill This Amendment After A Democratic Staffer Yelled “Hurry! We Need Your Vote!” As He Walked To The Floor. “Last Thursday, for instance, the coalition nearly dissolved over a bid to bar illegal immigrants currently in the country from claiming Social Security credit for the years they worked with forged documents. The amendment, sponsored by Sen. John Ensign (R) of Nevada, took the bill’s core supporters by surprise, because it opened a new window on the criticism that the bill amounted to amnesty - a charge its supporters have denied. ‘Does this bill punish the people who stole an American’s citizen’s identity? No, it does not. It rewards them,’ said Senator Ensign. The vote count was 49-49, when Sen. Mark Pryor (D) of Arkansas was walking up the steps toward the Senate floor. ‘Hurry! We need your vote!’ cried a Democratic staffer, who had been tracking the vote no one expected would be so close. With Senator Pryor’s vote, the amendment was defeated.” (Gail Russell Chaddock, “Surprises On Senate’s Path To Immigration Bill,” Christian Science Monitor, 5/25/06)

Pryor Supported Raising The Retirement Age For Social Security
Pryor Said Democrats Should Be Open To Considering Everything, Including Changing The Retirement Age For Social Security. “Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., a moderate and an appropriator, said he believes Democrats have to consider everything, including changes to Social Security like an increase in the retirement age. ‘We have been living beyond our means for a long time now,’ Pryor said. ‘At some point you have to stop doing that and we are at that point now where we just have to make those decisions; they are going to be hard.’” (Humberto Sanchez, “Conrad To Cajole Colleagues To Bipartisan Deficit Summit,” National Journal, 2/8/11)

In 2011, Pryor Said That “We Could Fix Social Security Next Week” If We Tell Our Kids’ Generation That They Can’t Get Social Security Until They Turn 68 Or 69. KTSS’s JERRY WESTOMORELAND: “Alright, I want to ask you, and then also Social Security.” PRYOR: “Yeah, Social Security is another thing that’s not in any of the budgets right now, but it is very fixable. And again if people get serious about it in Washington, we could fix Social Security next week, if we wanted to. It’s not that hard to do. Especially if we start right now, because Social Security is solvent until, you know, for about 25 years, so if you make small changes now you have 25 years those little changes to accumulate over time and really help. But you could pretty easily make Social Security solvent in perpetuity. Probably the biggest change would be is that you would take my kids’ generation, teenagers today, and life expectancy is longer et cetera, and probably say that they couldn’t get Social Security until they turn 68 or 69. If you just did that one change you would fix about 80% of it right there. (KTSS, Interview With Sen. Mark Pryor, 6/6/11)

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Thursday, September 4, 2014

Arkansas Congressmen Demand DoD Complete Report to Review Eligibility of Purple Heart for Texas and Arkansas Victims

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Reps. Rick Crawford (AR-1), Tim Griffin (AR-2), Steve Womack (AR-3), and Tom Cotton (AR-4) today sent a joint letter to U.S. Department of Defense (DoD) Secretary Chuck Hagel demanding that DoD complete the report required by law to review DoD eligibility for the Purple Heart to victims of the 2009 attack at Fort Hood, Texas, that killed 13 and wounded 32 individuals, and the 2009 attack outside of a Little Rock, Arkansas military recruiting station that claimed the life of Private William Andrew Long and wounded Private Quinton Ezeagwula.

This report is required by law under Section 565 of the FY 2014 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The report was due to Congress no later than 180 days after President Barack Obama signed the bill into law on December 26, 2013. DoD has violated the law by not completing the report in the allotted number of days and has informed Congress that it plans to continue the delay of this report until July 2015. The letter says in part:“Given that it has been more than 5 years since these attacks, we find it unacceptable that DoD has delayed this review for yet another year. Further, as you know, the current regulations for awarding a Purple Heart state that members of the Armed Forces who have been killed or wounded ‘after March 28, 1973, as a result of an international terrorist attack against the United States’ shall be eligible for a Purple Heart. All of the men and women killed or wounded in these attacks were victims of terrorism, targeted because they were soldiers. They deserve this recognition for their service and their sacrifice.

“The delay in this report and DoD’s insistence that these brave men and women do not deserve the honor of being awarded the Purple Heart has denied these service members and their families essential benefits that are provided to Purple Heart recipients.  As members of the Armed Forces, we find this continued inaction by the DoD disgraceful, as well as unlawful, and we urge you to exercise your authority to complete this report and honor these men and women with the award they have earned.”
The full text of the letter can be found here.

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Conservative War Chest Launches TV Ad Targeting Pryor

 Votes with Obama over 90% of the Time in Support of Extreme Left Wing Agenda

WASHINGTON, DC – A Super PAC team that won plaudits last year from national radio show host Rush Limbaugh and Wall Street Journal columnist  Kim Strassel  for “cracking the Democratic code”  in key political races is taking its TV strategy  into this year’s Senate races.

The Super PAC, called Conservative War Chest (CWC), will begin airing ads Tuesday against embattled U.S. Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR).  A 60-second spot and a groundbreaking 2-minute commercial will run on the 10pm news this week and blanket the Sunday morning political shows in the Little Rock and Fort Smith media markets.

Echoing the spots that many credit with making a key difference in the dramatic tightening of last year’s Virginia gubernatorial race, the new ads expose Democratic U.S. Senate candidates like Pryor who are allying themselves with a 'Gang of 5' of 'extremist liberals' who are trying to 'Detroit America' and ‘Hollywood our families and schools.’”  The ads also warn voters about the flood of smear and attack ads the Democrats and their hard-left liberal allies are about to unleash on Republican candidates.

“The Democrats were able in 2010 and 2012 to hold onto control of the US senate by pouring in millions in smear attacks against Republican candidates,” said Conservative War Chest spokesman Mike Flynn.  Our ads give voters the context and information to understand these attacks. The message is simple: these smears are being run by “extremist”  “liberal” and “elitist” groups to hide the voting record and real views of their allies like Pryor.  Our ads reveal the hidden agenda behind these smear ads and give voters the information they need to reject these attacks.”

View the 2-minute ad, “Gang of Five: Pryor” here: here or at ConservativeWarChest.com.
The spots accuse Pryor of being a “puppet senator” whose first loyalty is not to the people of Arkansas but to the ‘hidden agenda’ of liberal special interest groups that the conservative Super PAC calls “The Gang of 5.”

They are: (1) the extremist liberal leadership of the Democratic Party, (2) the elite media, (3) the smear groups organized by left wing billionaries, (4) Wall St liberals and cronies, and (5) the Hollywood partisans.

In talking about the group’s decision to do an unusual two-minute commercial, Flynn said, “Voters need to know that Pryor’s record is incredibly left-wing right across the board. So we don’t stick to just one or two issues.  Just like Ronald Reagan, we draw the liberal vs conservative contrast on economic, social and national security issues. We call that the Reagan Triad and our spots are based on it.  Pryor's voting record shows his constituents come in second to the liberal leadership of the Democratic party like Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton, Harry Reid and the rest of the Gang of 5.”

The Arkansas media buy is the first phase in Conservative War Chest’s plan to aggressively engage voters in this year’s midterm elections.

“Arkansas is just the first state,” Flynn said. “We plan to be active in 14-15 states this year. This is just the beginning of our conversation with voters and our plan to educate them about puppet Senators like Mark Pryor.”

Flynn urged voters to go the CWC website , where the organization also has a video on past efforts and a power point presentation on the strategy for this year.

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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Cotton Releases Web Ad Addressing "False" Ebola Ad By Pryor

How Stupid Can I Be?
 U.S. Senate candidate Tom Cotton released a new web ad this morning that hits back against Senator Mark Pryor's Ebola ad, which has been widely mocked and ridiculed since its release last week. The ad, appropriately titled "False,"uses clips from both Arkansas and national media outlets to point out the factual inaccuracies and desperate fear mongering in Senator Pryor's ad.

Cotton spokesman David Ray said: "Senator Pryor's outrageous Ebola ad is exactly what we've come to expect from lifetime politicians. Senator Pryor has been in Washington so long he can no longer tell the truth, which is why he's resorted to desperate scare tactics like this one. You would think after 12 years in Washington there would be something in Senator Pryor's record he would want o tell Arkansans about. Apparently there's nothing to talk about, so we get Ebola attack ads instead. Arkansas deserves better."

The new web ad can be viewed here:

Read the presses responses: Pryor Reaches New Low With Bogus Ebola Ad

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Alert: Potential National Park Service Land Grab in Arkansas? (Buffalo National River)

HIGH ALERT for 1st and 3rd Congressional Districts: (This info released in August but not received by this site until yesterday)

by Secure Arkansas:   Elk damage to beautiful, serene, pre-Civil War historic yet still active cemetery in Newton County (near Harrison), Arkansas has resulted in a year-long standoff between the National Park Service (NPS) and Senators Boozman and Pryor, and Congressman Womack, leaving the Shaddox Cemetery Association hanging in fear of a federal government attempt to take or to close their cemetery.  If the government does this, it will be a shameful land grab.

What if YOUR family member were buried there?

Please read the Shaddox Cemetery Association’s appeal to our senators and congressman, and then print off & sign this form letter to Boozman, Pryor, and Womack to stop the unbelievable harrassment by federal agents against the sacred cemetery grounds.

You will want to scan and email the letter (after you’ve signed it) to the senators and congressman, or fax it OR mail it to them.  You may even call them and address your concerns.  We are asking our senators and congressmen to stand up to the National Park Service.  Could this problem be solved with the stroke of a pen?  Senators and Congressman, may the dead rest in peace?

If this is the proposed LAWFUL solution according to the Buffalo National River Enabling Legislation (Public Law 92-237, Statute 86 from 1972), why won’t Senators Boozman and Pryor, and 2rd Dist. Congressman Womack act on it?  Also, contact Congressman Rick Crawford - Dist. 1)

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Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Witt Welcomes Cap and Trade Champion Collin Peterson (D-MN) To Arkansas

Bruce Westerman (R)
  Arkansas 4th Congressional District voters need to be very concerned, as does all of Arkansas, if the democrat nominee is elected.  The below article details more reasons why we do not need another rabid democratic radical endorsed by other radicals elected to Rep, Nancy  Pelosi Democratic Caucas.  After the excellent work of Rep Tom Cotton, who is now running for the U.S. Senate, the voters of the 4th district need to elect Republican Bruce Westerman to Congress.

Now for the bad news about James Lee Witt (D) and job killing big government associate!

“With Pine Bluff’s power plant on Obama’s target list, Witt continues to show how out of touch he is” ~ RPA

Little Rock, Arkansas – The Arkansas Republican Party today issued the following statement regarding Democrat James Lee Witt welcoming Cap and Trade Champion Rep. Collin Peterson (D-MN) to Arkansas for a campaign event:

“We knew Democrat James Lee Witt would have to turn to his liberal DC friends for help, but we never thought he’d bring someone to Arkansas who got a shout out from President Obama for helping Cap and Trade get through the House,” said RPA Spokeswoman Holly Wilson. " With hundreds of jobs on the line at the White Bluff energy plant thanks to the unfair rules from Obama’s EPA that will hike energy bills for Arkansans, welcoming a Cap & Trade Champion like Collin Peterson to the Fourth District shows how truly out of touch Witt is."

Collin Peterson is a rubberstamp liberal with a string of hits that are out of step with Fourth District voters, including: calling a pro-life group ‘extremist,’ not believing in the free market, and voting against the repeal of Obamacare.

Background:

Collin Peterson Not Only Voted For Cap & Trade, Nancy Pelosi Put Him To Work On It
"Pelosi immediately put Peterson to work, touting the package to the Democratic Caucus in a Tuesday night meeting, to freshmen and sophomores in their respective weekly huddles on Wednesday, and in a separate sit-down with members of his Agriculture panel. “Peterson’s support has been very huge,” one senior Democratic aide said.” (“Pelosi Prodding Caucus on Climate,” Tory Newmyer and Steven Dennis, Roll Call, 6/25/09)

Peterson Earns Props From POTUS For Passage Of Cap and Trade
“I also want to thank and recognize the chairs of the committees that worked so hard on this bill: Henry Waxman, Collin Peterson, Charlie Rangel.” (White House Remarks by President, 6/26/09, accessed 9/1/14)

White Bluff Power Plant At Risk Over Onerous And Unfair Emissions Rules From Obama’s EPA
“We believe that this rule is very likely to result in the closure of a couple of large coal plants in Arkansas,” Duane Highley, president and CEO of the Arkansas Electric Cooperative      Corporation, told the panel. Highley said the plants most likely to be shut down are the White Bluff Electric Power Plant in Jefferson County and the Independence Steam Electric        Station in Independence County.” (“Utility officials: EPA rule may shut down two Arkansas power plants,” John Lyon, Arkansas News, 8/12/14)

After Losing Pro-Life Group’s Endorsement, Collin Peterson Calls Them ‘Extremists’
"Kate Engstrom, a 20-year-old in the school’s College Republicans … approached Peterson after the event and recorded as he spoke candidly and controversially about losing the endorsement of Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL). Peterson bashed the group, calling MCCL 'a bunch of extremists.’” (“Student threatened with punishment after filming Democratic congressman’s abortion answer,” Eric Owens, Daily Caller, 10/25/12; YouTube video: Video)

In August 2012 Town Hall In Minnesota, Collin Peterson Admits He Doesn’t Believe In The Free Market
“I do not buy into this theory that some people have that we just get the government out of this, and we just have a free market, that everything will be nirvana. I don’t believe it.” (Video)

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Patrick Henry Hays is a 26-year Career Politician--Not a Job Creator

Little Rock, Ark — Patrick Henry Hays, candidate for U.S. Congress, launched a new television ad today touting his role as a 26-year career politician. Despite claims that Hays attracted businesses and created jobs, nothing could be further from the truth.

Hays’ Claim: We created “incentives to attract big companies.”

Truth: Hays supported at least twenty different tax increases, including four new sales tax increases, fourteen property tax increases, and two separate income tax increases. As mayor, government spending in North Little Rock increased 263%—from $15 million to $56 million since he assumed office.

Hays’ Claim: “We got rid of unnecessary regulations so it’s easier to move here.”

Truth: Hays has spent his entire career as an environmental activist traveling the world pushing for gasoline, utilities, and carbon taxes as well as costly federal energy mandates.  He described President Obama as his “star quarterback” in the fight against global warming.

Hays’ Claim: “We were able to attract lots of smaller companies.”

Truth: Hays expressed his “love” for North Little Rock’s “partnership with the Obama administration, HUD and the EPA."  A recent study by the National Association of Manufacturers concluded that the Obama administration’s most recent EPA carbon rule would cost Arkansas 10,000 jobs.

Patrick Henry Hays pushed through 20 tax increases, took 22 separate pay raises, and increased government spending by 263%.  Arkansans have a clear choice this fall between Patrick Henry Hays, a big government career politician who supports Obama's job-killing agenda, and French Hill, a job creator who will get our economy growing again, ” said Jack Sisson, campaign manager.

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Mike Ross Will Literally Say ANYTHING to Get Elected

  "If you find where I said that then I probably did, if you don't then I probably didn't." ~ Ross

Little Rock, Arkansas — Throughout his campaign, Mike Ross has proven he will literally say anything to get elected, and now there’s further proof. Today, the Republican Party of Arkansas released a link to the audio as well as excerpts from Mike Ross’s speech at the W. Harold Flowers Law Society on June 21, 2014.  RPA Chairman Doyle Webb issued the following statement:

“Mike Ross has proven that he will say anything to get elected, stop at nothing to distract Arkansans from the truth about his continued support of Nancy Pelosi’s liberal agenda, and that he will go to great lengths to hide what it is he is saying behind closed doors. Arkansans deserve the transparency that Ross claims to support, but the shocking hypocrisy in statements he makes when he thinks no one is listening makes it clear that Arkansans could never trust Ross to mean what he says.”Want to know exactly what Mike Ross says when he doesn’t think anyone is listening? Keep reading. [Listen to Full Recording HERE]

Who's Mike Ross running for again?
8/22/14 – KARK : "He has said that he is running to save the Democratic Party and that is about as partisan of a statement you can make," said Hutchinson.

"I've been talking 20 speeches a day for a year and a half, if you find where I said that then I probably did, if you don't then I probably didn't," said Ross.

Ross says he’s running to be governor for all Arkansans, but here he contradicts himself. And he clarifies the only reason he voted against Obamacare (only after he voted a more radical version of healthcare reform through committee) and has an A rating with the NRA is because he knew he couldn't win the governor's race without them. Listen for yourself.
  • [23:31 – 23:56] “I was named one of the most independent members of Congress when I was there.  I did have an A rating with the NRA.  I did vote against Obamacare. Uh, you know, I did.  And, and quite frankly, if I was any different on any of those three, I couldn’t be running for governor right now in this state, in this situation that we find ourselves in, or if I did, I’d just be spinning my wheels.  I’m trying to save our party.  That’s why I’m running.”
It looks like Mike Ross “probably did” say it after all.
Wonder how Mike Ross represented his constituents in Congress?
  • [23:57 – 24:49] “I think I’ve made it real clear where I stand on the, on the private option, and you gotta give me a little, uh, a little help here, because you – a lot of people think that I had this huge Democratic district when I was in Congress. My district had the same ranking as Michelle Bachman’s. You see who – everybody thought because I held it twelve years, they thought I had this big Democratic district.  It had the same ranking as Michelle Bachman’s, and guess who followed me?  Tom Cotton.  And so, you know, I had to have a balance while I was there to represent the interest of my district on some of the things so I could do what I thought was right on some of the, some of the bigger things."
Nice. Mike Ross takes a shot at Asa AND his wife, not to mention Asa’s positive campaign.
  • [27:04 – 27:27] “Asa spent $700 thousand just on feel good ads. They had that one where his wife was talking – I thought it was an e-Harmony ad the first time I saw it.  But he just spent $700 thousand on these feel good, on these feel good ads, and I wasn’t doing anything in the primary, and, you know, so it’s a product of whoever’s on TV the most is probably going to be up.  I am on TV now more than he is, so I’m probably up right now.”
Wait, Mike Ross took a shot at Asa’s WIFE? But didn’t Mike Ross say…
8/26/14 – The City Wire:“I would never attack Asa Hutchinson’s wife … and I received a text from Holly and she said she would never allow me to do that. I think that says a lot about the character of the people in this race,” Ross said.
I guess he’ll say anything to get elected.

Sure, Mike Ross is quick to distance himself from President Obama and Nancy Pelosi to the press...
8/30/14 – Politico: Asked about his thoughts on Obama, Ross was terse.
“I don’t have a relationship with him,” Ross said. “I’m a conservative, pro-business, pro-gun, God-fearing Arkansas Democrat.”
8/30/14 – Politico: “They’ve spent about $4 million trying to tie me to Nancy Pelosi… People in Arkansas are laughing at that,” he said
…But when it’s convenient… (more on his Pelosi relationship HERE and HERE )
  • [22:30 – 23:21] “The Republican Governors’ Association has been running a radio ad saying that I’m Obama, and, and, and – I call him President Obama, but that’s what they say, I’m Obama.  And they intended to run it only on white country radio stations around the state. Their ad buyer messed up, and they started running it with this deep, white man’s voice about Mike Ross is Obama on Power 92 and obviously we didn’t call and correct them. Um, so that might’ve been what you heard, I don’t know.  Look, now I’ve had a TV, I’ve had a TV ad that, that, uh, is not intended to distance myself from Obama or Pelosi but to explain to people I’m independent, um, and I’ve been very clear in every speech I’ve given, I’m proud to be the Democratic nominee for governnor…”
  • [26:02 – 26:07] “My pollster actually polls for President Obama. He’s one of the best in the country.”
  • [29:27 – 29:37] “We now have over 100 people on the ground in all 75 counties, uh, organizing and a lot of these are people that were working for President Obama in the swing states in 2012.”
  • [9:39 – 9:48] “I don’t quite understand what President Obama has to do with being the governor of Arkansas.  If he wants to stand up to President Obama, he ought to be running for president, the senate, or congress, in my opinion.”
Oh, and Mike Ross is fan of Harry Reid’s, too.

  • [30:11 – 30:30] “We are going to have the most aggressive outreach program that I think this state has ever had – at least I’m committed to it.  I know Senator Pryor’s committed to it, and Harry Reid is really committed to it.  If Pryor goes down, then we lose control of the Senate and Reid’s out, so.”
How does Mike Ross feel about Tort Reform?

  • [15:45 – 16:07] "I didn’t support tort reform when I was in Congress. Um, you know, if it comes up, it’s something I’d take a look at. I would listen to all the sides. I think the 7 thAmendment to the Constitution is very important, and I think that when people are wrong they should be – they should be, uh, properly, uh, taken care of."
So, what’s Mike Ross’s campaign strategy (besides saying whatever he can to get elected)?
  • [28:36 – 29:10] “I gotta really differentiate myself from Asa, because – and I think can do that with the private option, the minimum wage, and pre-K, among other things, but  I’ve gotta really differentiate myself, because basically people in Arkansas are pretty angry, and they’re saying that if there’s not a difference between the two, I’m going to vote Republican, and one of the reasons I think Pryor’s now doing better than Cotton is I think they’ve done a pretty good job at painting Cotton as the extremist, which I believe that he is.  And now we’re beginning to do that with – now that these primaries are over – we’re beginning to do that with Asa, and I think we’ll be successful in doing it, and I think we’ll win, but it’s going to be a very, very close…”
Interesting that Mike Ross is trying to “paint” Asa Hutchinson as an extremist, isn’t it? Isn’t Mike the one credited as the congressman “who got it done” in passing Obamacare?

8/1/09 – Politico: As Ross talked to a small group of reporters, Vermont Rep. Peter Welch came up behind the Arkansas Democrat and gave him a slap on the back after the vote, telling the assembled reporters, “This is the guy who got it done.”

Keep talking, Mike.
  • [29:10 – 29:15] “This is not the same state that Mike Beebe won in 2006 and 2010.”
Well, at least we agree on that.

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Asa Hutchinson Reaffirms Support for Minimum Wage Increase

Bill Smith, Editor:  While supporting Asa Hutchinson over Mike Ross, I do not support Hutchinson's agreement with the progressive agenda / methods of increasing the minimum wage.  Research has shown that government manipulating wages comes back to hurt both the taxpayers and the employees via in higher prices and  increases taxation.  In a free market, wages should be determined by the market and not by government or any other progressive means such as forcing an amendment to the Arkansas Constitution.

This site remains committed to highlight all forms of "berryism"  including concepts advocated by "conservative" candidates. We support the freedom, liberty, free markets and capitalism.  We oppose creeping progressive socialism in all forms.  Asa Hutchinson should rethink this issue and lead in supporting free markets in Arkansas and not interfering between private business and its employees.  Leadership is not pandering to offset the positions of an opponent.  It is time to reconsider the 1975 words of Ronald Reagan (he was not talking about progressive stands):“Our people look for a cause to believe in. Is it a third party we need, or is it a new and revitalized second party, raising a banner of no pale pastels, but bold colors which make it unmistakably clear where we stand on all of the issues troubling the people”.
LITTLE ROCK – Republican gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson released the statement below reaffirming his support for increasing Arkansas’s minimum wage following the Labor Day holiday.I hope everyone had a fun and safe Labor Day weekend. As Arkansans head back to work on this Tuesday morning, I wanted to take a moment to reiterate my consistent support for increasing our state’s minimum wage. The ballot initiative, if confirmed on the ballot and passed, may accomplish this, but if it fails to pass, I pledge to work with the legislature to raise the minimum wage to at least match the federal minimum wage of $7.25. Our overall goal as a state should be to not just increase the minimum wage but to increase the living wage for an Arkansas family to make this state the best place to work, live and raise a family.

“I have a six point plan called the Asa Plan that makes us more competitive as a job creating state, and as Governor, we will make a better future for all Arkansans.”
For more information on the Asa Plan, visit AsaPlan.com

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Pryor Empowers Obama on Executive Amnesty

Snark: "More of my stupidity."
  Pryor Complicit in Obama Effort to Declare Amnesty for Millions
Numerous reports make clear that President Obama is planning to take executive action that would grant amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants and workers who illegally overstayed visas.  
The Washington Post reports, "The behind-the-scenes lobbying comes as Obama prepares to announce a series of executive actions that could include plans to defer the deportations of millions of people living in the country illegally, most of whom are Hispanic."
In August, the House of Representatives passed a bill (which Tom Cotton supported) that blocked President Obama from declaring executive amnesty. Another measure also provided emergency funding to deal with the crisis and reduce wait times for children caught in the system. Shockingly, Democrat Mark Pryor voted with Harry Reid to block a vote on the measure passed by the House. Mark Pryor is complicit in President Obama's executive amnesty push. 
The vast majority of Americans oppose any effort by President Obama to bypass Congress and declare amnesty. A new poll shows that nearly three quarters of likely voters want the President to work with Congress to change our immigration policy (74-24%). This includes majorities of self-identified Republicans, Democrats, Independents, Conservatives, and Moderates.  For years, Arkansans have begged for the law to be enforced, the chaos to end, and for a fair immigration system that secures the border and serves everyone’s best interests. Mark Pryor has ignored his constituents, instead empowering President Obama's push to grant executive amnesty.
“If President Obama grants executive amnesty to millions, Mark Pryor is responsible,” said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen. “Mark Pryor's stunning decision to enable President Obama to grant amnesty by fiat was a slap in the face to his constituents and to the millions of hard working immigrants who came to our country legally.”
BACKGROUND:
Mark Pryor Voted To Block A Vote On An Amendment That Would Have Prevented President Obama From Issuing An Executive Order Declaring Amnesty For Illegal Immigrants. “Sessions, R-Ala., motion to table (kill) the Reid, D-Nev., amendment no. 3751 that would delay the enactment date by one day.” (S. 2648, CQ Vote #251: Motion rejected 43-52: R 42-0; D 1-50; I 0-2, 7/31/14, Pryor Voted Nay) 
  • Pryor Voted To Block Votes On Amendments, Including An Amendment That Would Have Prevented Executive Amnesty. SESSIONS: “Republicans on the floor today have filed and argued for a number of amendments and attempted to offer those that are focused on critical policy changes to strengthen this legislation and make it more effective. Unfortunately, the parliamentary maneuvering has been executed, the amendment tree is filled, and we have been prevented from offering any amendments at all that are necessary to establish a lawful system of immigration that works and that we can be proud of. So I move to table the Reid amendment on the tree, 3751, for the purpose of offering the Cruz amendment. That amendment would prohibit the President of the United States from expending any funds to unilaterally provide amnesty and work authorizations for millions of people as has been reported in the press. The Cruz amendment is No. 3720.”(Sen. Jeff Sessions, Congressional Record, 7/31/14, p. S5204)

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Friday, August 29, 2014

Griffin Contacts VA Regarding Bureaucratic Oversight to Fix Problem for Arkansas Veterans

 Says, I ‘will continue working to ensure Arkansas veterans receive the disability payments they earned’

LITTLE ROCK – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement regarding a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) bureaucratic oversight that resulted in more than 12,000 veterans being shorted their disability payments:

“This morning, my office was contacted by Arkansas veterans whose disability checks were shorted. We reached out to the VA, and after investigation, the VA informed us of a “programming error” and is now working to reissue payments to veterans by next week. I am closely monitoring this situation and will continue working to ensure Arkansas veterans receive the disability payments they earned. If anyone in the Second District has any further questions, please contact my office at 501-324-5941.”

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Arkansas GOP Files FEC Complaint Against Democrat James Lee Witt

"Another example of how Democrat James Lee Witt thinks the rules don’t apply to him" ~ Chairman Webb

Little Rock, Arkansas – The State Republican Party today submitted for filing a Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaint against Democratic Fourth Congressional District candidate James Lee Witt for failing to provide proper disclosures on campaign materials.

“Whether it’s trying to circumvent the competitive bidding process in Jefferson County so his company can receive taxpayer dollars, or ignoring federal campaign regulations, this is yet another example of how Democrat James Lee Witt thinks the rules don’t apply to him,” said Republican Party Chairman Doyle Webb. “If Democrat James Lee Witt can’t even follow federal campaign law, how can he seriously ask Arkansans to let him write federal law as a member of Congress?”

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

"Seniors" AR

by Crossroads GPS:


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