Friday, March 9, 2012
Stop the Liberal Agenda: Arkansas Speaker’s Race - New House Leadership
Arkansas is a conservative state because most Arkansans are conservative. But we are not represented well by the present elected liberal Democrats who supported the liberal progressive agenda and traditions and practices hidden within the halls of Big Government.
I know there are some who say there are still conservative democrats. Yes, maybe in our communities but not necessarily in elected office. For most of those elected democrats, it doesn't take much to uncover compromising lukewarm conservative attitudes serving and supporting the majority non-conservative actions in the halls of government in Little Rock. The word conservative has been trampled on by elected democrats. In this latest legislative session, the Democrat leadership drove a newly elected committed conservative democrat to leave and join the Republican Party.
There may be a few left, but they lend their names and actions to the present Democrat leadership which has supported the agendas of the National Democratic Party, the Obama administration, and our present Governor. Why doesn't Gov. Beebe see Arkansas first and forever as more important than the Washington agenda?
It is time for Arkansas to join the other Southern states in electing a majority of conservative Republicans to its House and Senate. If this is done, we will put a boot in the backside of Arkansas plantation politics. It won't be dead, but it will be on its way out the door. As detailed below, if Republicans gain the majority in the House in the November elections, it means that in 2013 there will be a Republican Speaker of the Arkansas House which has not happened in over 130 years!
Katherine Vasilos, RPA Communications Director: The Arkansas General Assembly adjourned Sine Die on Friday, officially ending the 2012 Fiscal Session. Members of the Arkansas House of Representatives also held a Speaker-Designate election with candidates Rep. Terry Rice (R-Waldron) and Rep. Darrin Williams (D-Little Rock). In his speech, Rep. Rice outlined a specific policy plan which included initiatives to spur job creation, make Arkansas more business friendly, reduce waste in state government and improve our education system.
While the majority-Democrat House elected Rep. Williams as Speaker-Designate, Arkansas Republicans will continue working to establish a new conservative majority in both chambers of the Legislature who will fight for hardworking Arkansas taxpayers. Officially, the Speaker of the House will be elected at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, as this week’s vote is largely ceremonial. If elected next year, Rep. Rice would be the first Republican Speaker of the Arkansas House in over 130 years!
House Leaders Elected
The Republican House Caucus also held an election Friday to select new leaders to serve over the next two years. Rep. Bruce Westerman of Hot Springs was elected Republican House Leader, replacing Rep. John Burris of Harrison. Also elected were Rep. Lane Jean of Magnolia as Caucus Whip and Rep. Jeremy Gillam of Judsonia as Caucus Secretary. Congratulations to all!
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