Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Who in the 1st District has pledged to "Repeal It!"?

UPDATE: Princella Smith has been moved to the "Signed" column in the table below. Thanks Ms. Smith for pledging to repeal it! Now both Republican candidates in Arkansas' 1st Congressional District have signed the pledge. NO DEMOCRAT HAS SIGNED!!!!

The Club for Growth is encouraging all lawmakers, candidates, and citizens to pledge to work to repeal President Obama's government takeover of the US health care system signed into law today. Only one candidate for Arkansas' 1st Congressional District has signed the pledge to Repeal It.

Two Republicans have filed for the race to fill Marion Berry's seat, but only one has signed the pledge. Rick Crawford, a Jonesboro veteran and small businessman, signed the pledge on January 20. Princella Smith, his primary opponent and former spokeswoman for Newt Gingrich's American Solutions and Louisiana Congressman Anh "Joseph" Cao, announced her candidacy a month later on February 20, but has not yet signed the pledge.

Because she entered the race late, we asked Ms. Smith's campaign (via email and Facebook) if she planned to sign the pledge. As of this writing, we haven't received a response to our requests. However, we will update this article once her campaign replies.

It's interesting to note that not one of the three Democrats who filed to replace Berry have signed the pledge.

Berry's Chief-of-Staff Chad Causey hasn't signed, but that really shouldn't surprise anyone. Berry voted for the House version of the government takeover of the health care system last November, before he voted against the final bill last weekend. The Congressman claimed he was undecided until late Sunday and some speculate his no vote was cast only to help Causey's effort to succeed him.

Hailed by many as the conservative Democrat in this race, Tim Wooldridge doesn't appear conservative enough to challenge the powerful liberal elites in his party on this issue. Wooldridge hasn't signed the pledge, and searches of Google and his Facebook group yield no comments on the passing of the Democrats' government takeover of our health care system.

The third Democrat seeking Berry's seat, State Senator Steve Bryles hasn't signed the pledge either. Though he's been quoted saying voters in the 1st District "have told me they want affordable health care, not government mandates,” he apparently doesn't want to buck the powerful Pelosi-Obama duo and vow to support the repeal of the new law so unpopular with his would-be constituents.

The following table shows all candidates for Arkansas' 1st Congressional District who have signed the pledge, and those who haven't:

Republicans
Signed?YesNo



CandidatesRick Crawford
Princella Smith



Democrats
Signed?YesNo



Candidates
Chad Causey
Tim Wooldridge
Steve Bryles

Tags: 1st District, Arkansas, Chad Causey, Government-Run Health Care, Marion Berry, Obamacare, Pledge, Princella Smith, Repeal It, Rick Crawford, Steve Bryles, Tim Wooldridge

Monday, March 22, 2010

"Remember the Alamo" Then and "Remember 3/21: Now!

by Ron Russell, TOTUS Most in this country know the phrase, "Remember the Alamo" and certainly all Texans know that rallying battle cry! The defeat at the Alamo marked the beginning of the war for Texas independence. A war that would end with the crowning victory at San Jacinto and an independent and free Texas.

Yesterday in Washington the forces of individualism suffered a great defeat at the hands of the over-whelming forces in the House combined with the might of the Executive Branch. The two hundred or so beleaguered members of the House could not withstand the onslaught of the vast army arrayed against them. Their walls were breached by back room deals, presidential promises and favors, and blatant bribery on a scale never seen before in American politics. In the end they were overwhelmed and crushed and their flag of patriotism trampled beneath the tyrant's feet.

But from the ashes of that defeat, a new battle cry will be heard, a new call to arms. Just as the Texans of long ago screamed "remember the Alamo" as they charged the forces of tyranny; the ever growing forces of Individualism, of Patriotism will raise a new battle cry: "Remember 3/21" as they drive the forces of collectivism and Marxism from the field and achieve that Crowning Victory!

Tags: TOTUS, Remember the Alamo, battle cry
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Sunday, March 21, 2010

PRO-LIFE DEM - WHAT A JOKE

Health Care Vote Set to Expose the Myth of the 'Pro-Life Democrat'
Phyllis Schlafly, president and founder of the conservative grassroots public policy organization Eagle Forum, made the following remarks after the public announcement that formerly pro-life Democrat Bart Stupak (D-MI) will cast a "yes" vote for the Senate health care bill today in the House.
Phyllis Schlafly: It is naive for any elected official, especially one who describes himself as 'pro-life,' to expect that a promise to issue an Executive Order that reasserts the intentions of the Hyde Amendment will be fulfilled by the most pro-abortion president to ever sit in the White House. Perhaps Mr. Stupak and his fellow pro-life Democrats forget that President Obama's first Executive Order was the repeal of the Mexico City Policy to allow for international funding of abortion.

Not only would an Executive Order be rendered meaningless in the face of Congress passing legislation which actively provides for the massive expansion and funding of abortion services, but anyone who doubts the abortion tsunami which awaits this bill becoming law lives in a fantasy world.

Barack Obama has lined every existing federal agency with the most dedicated pro-abortion ideologues, and we know that he will continue this pattern of pro-abortion appointments when it comes time for him to fill the over-100 bureaucracies created to administer his socialized health care program.

Any formerly pro-life Democrat who casts a 'Yes' vote for this Senate health care bill tonight will be forever remembered as being among the deciding votes which facilitated the largest expansion of abortion services since Roe v. Wade." "Mr. Stupak and his Democrat followers have now clarified that you cannot be pro-life and be a Democrat. If abortion was truly their biggest issue, they wouldn't willfully align themselves with the Party of Death.

This vote will expose the myth of the "pro-life Democrat." With this single vote, the Democratic Party will divide our nation into the Party of Death and the Party of Life, and future elections will never be the same.

Tags: Phyllis Schlafly, myth, pro-life, democrat, nationalized health care, abortion, Bart Stupak
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Friday, March 19, 2010

Berry Votes for Obamacare Again!

Oh not directly. But yesterday his "Yea" vote on House Resolution 1190 is, without a doubt a vote for Obamacare. And a vote against his the will of his constituents in Arkansas!

HR 1190 was a Republican attempt to block Democrats' "Slaughter Solution" (aka "Deem & Pass") that is being considered by Democrats as an end run around the Constitution's Article I, Section 5 requirement for an up or down vote on the Senate's version of Obamacare. Democrats are so rash, narcissistic, and condescending they believe this unconstitutional tactic to avoid a direct vote on the bill will fool constituents from conservative districts.

Pelosi and her Democrat allies (all the other 221 Democrats who voted for this resolution) think their constituents are stupid enough to believe yesterday's vote isn't a vote for Obamacare. But voting to avoid a direct vote and consider a bill passed without voting on it can't be considered anything but a "Yea" vote for the bill being avoided. (If that sentence seems a little confusing, it's because we want you to get the idea just how this Democrat play is designed to confound and confuse voters.)

In the last two days we've called Berry's offices and received assurances that he will read the entire bill before voting on it. Both times, we were told no final bill was out. Now this.

This kind of Democrat shenanigan is exactly the reason we must send a conservative Republican to Congress from the 1st District in November. Doing so will guarantee a vote against Nancy Pelosi for Speaker of the House and put an end to this chicanery.

Rick Crawford
, one of two GOP candidates for Berry's seat spoke out against this unconstitutional tactic in his blog post, "Crawford Speaks Out Against 'Deem and Pass'."

On a day where a Fox News poll shows only 35% of Americans favor the health care reform bill, Pelosi is attempting to use a tactic dubbed “deem and pass” to push through the Senate’s health care reform bill, without having members of Congress actually vote on the bill. FoxNews.com reports this plan is being considered because, “…many House Democrats don’t want to cast a vote in favor of the unaltered Senate bill, which they oppose for numerous reasons.”

The other GOP candidate for the 1st District seat, Princella Smith, posted on Facebook Tuesday that using the manuever to pass the unpopular bill would be "catastrophic."

Even President Obama admitted yesterday's vote IS a vote for the unpopular Obamacare in his contentious interview with Brett Baier on Wednesday. When asked by Baier if he supported the use of the "Slaughter Rule" he responded,

"What I can tell you is that the vote that's taken in the House will be a vote for health care reform. And if people vote yes, whatever form that takes, that is going to be a vote for health care reform. And I don't think we should pretend otherwise."

*emphasis added

Marion Berry can't hide behind the dishonest Democrats' devious tactics.

He voted for the bill, he voted for Obamacare, and he voted against the will of his constituents in Arkansas!

Help us Boot Berryism (and Nancy Pelosi as Speaker) by electing a conservative Republican this fall!
Tags: conservative democrats, Deem and Pass, Health Care Reform, HR 1190, Marion Berry, Nancy Pelosi, Obamacare, Roll Call 129, Slaughter Rule

Sunday, March 14, 2010

"The Hurt Locker" Wins Best Picture and Best Director

Rick Disarming Explosives
The Academy Awards bestowed upon The Hurt Locker its Best Picture Oscar, Best Director Oscar and four other Oscars. The film highlights EOD (explosive ordnance disposal) technicians in Iraq, disarming and disposing of IEDs (improvised explosive devices).

You may be asking, why is this important on this site. Well unlike the Berry-Like candidates being put forward by the Democrats, the Republicans have one candidate who knows what it means to risk his life as an EOD Tech for his country and fellow Arkansans. Rick Crawford was a former Army Explosive Ordnance Disposal Technician and was pleased to see his fellow EOD techs honored. Crawford, a retired Army Sergeant, served as an EOD technician years before seeking the U.S. Congressional seat in the First District of Arkansas. He disarmed explosives for the Army both domestically and overseas.

Sergeant Crawford's overseas deployment was in Southwest Asia, during the 1980's Soviet conflict in Afghanistan, long prior to the conflict in Iraq that inspired the Oscar-winning film. "I'm glad to see the efforts of EODs and other soldiers overseas being recognized by the Academy of Arts and Sciences," said Rick.
Trailer for "The Hurt Locker"

Tags: Academy Awards, best picture, EOD, military, Rick Crawford

Friday, March 12, 2010

Candidates Speak to Lonoke County Republicans

From the Tea Party of Lonoke County

On Monday, 3-8-2010, both candidates for Congress in Arkansas' 1st Congressional District addressed the Lonoke County Republican Committee in Cabot. Here are videos of their speeches and Q & A sessions with members and guests of LCRC. Meet Rick Crawford and Princella Smith.

Speeches



Q & A



Tags: 1st District, Arkansas GOP, Democrats, LCRC, Lonoke County Republican Committee, Marion Berry, Nancy Pelosi, Obama, Princella Smith, Republican, Rick Crawford

Saturday, March 6, 2010

1st District GOP Candidates to Speak in Cabot Monday

From Lonoke County Republican Committee

On Monday, March 8, the Lonoke County Republican Committee will hold its regular monthly meeting. However, this may well prove to be an exciting and extraordinary event because both Republican candidates for Arkansas' 1st Congressional district will attend and address the committee at Grandpa's BBQ in Cabot.

The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm, but those who plan to eat should arrive by 6:30.

Rick Crawford has addressed the committee in the past, but in the early stages of his campaign. Crawford began campaigning in April of last year, long before retiring Democrat Congressman Marion Berry was considered vulnerable. The US Army veteran from Jonesboro has trekked the 1st District for nearly a year building a base of grassroots supporters. He embraced the Tea Party movement and counts many of these grassroots activists among his most ardent supporters. He runs a small business that serves the agriculture industry and therefore has deep ties with a key constituency in the 1st District.

Crawford has received endorsements from several groups and key Arkansas Republicans including former Governor Mike Huckabee, former Congressman Ed Bethune, and former Under Secretary of Homeland Security Asa Hutchinson.

The 1st District race recently drew a challenger to Crawford in the form of a 26-year-old congressional staffer of Congressman Anh “Joseph” Cao from Louisiana. Princella Smith is originally from Wynne, Ar and has also worked as a spokesperson for Newt Gingrich's organization, American Solutions. In 2006, she worked for current Chairman of the Republican National Convention Michael Steele. Smith attracted national attention after winning MTV's "Stand Up and Holla" contest, which led to her inclusion as a speaker at the 2004 Republican National Convention.

Though Smith waited until after Democrat incumbent Marion Berry announced he would not seek re-election this year, she hit the campaign trail running. Gingrich has endorsed her, along with local KARN radio host Dave Elswick. She came out swinging against Crawford in an interview with The American Spectator where she insinuated Huckabee and others may retract their endorsements of Crawford now that she has entered the race.

Both Crawford and Smith support the conservative positions of the GOP platform, but with several Democrats running for the seat being vacated by Berry Republicans need to nominate a candidate who appeals to a majority of voters in the 1st District. Conservative Arkansans cannot risk making an uninformed or ill-informed decision that could result in sending another Congressman to DC who will cast his/her first vote for Nancy Pelosi as Speaker of the House.

Electing a Republican to represent the 1st District will guarantee a vote against Pelosi, and will be the first step in taking our country back.

So, please, come meet Crawford and Smith on Monday, hear them speak, ask them questions, and decide for yourself who will best represent the 1st District in DC.

Tags: 1st Congressional District, 1st District, Arkansas, Cabot, Election 2010, Lonoke County, Princella Smith, Rick Crawford

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Boot Berryism Roll Call

Boot Berryism Roll Call
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John Abrahamson, Stone County, Mountain View, AR
John Allison III, Lonoke County, Cabot, AR
Mary Arbeene, Lonoke County, Cabot, AR
Michael Arbeene, Lonoke County, Cabot, AR
Danny Bailey, dbaileyway7, Washington County, Fayetteville, AR
Randy Book, Clay County, Piggott,AR
Joe Bryant, Baxter County, Elizabeth, AR,
Thomas Burchfield, ashum republican, Baxter County, Cotter, AR
Virgil J. Butler III, Independence, Batesville, AR
John Caruso, "LonelyRepublican," Craighead County, Jonesboro, AR
Chad, Craighead County, Jonesboro, AR
Rick Crawford, Craighead County, Jonesboro, AR
Dorothy Crockett, Mississippi County, Osceola, AR
James W. Cunningham, Jr., Izard County, Brockwell, AR
Cole Davis, Baxter County, Mountain Home, AR
Deb Donner, Marilyn , Mississippi County, Manila, AR,
Tyler Dunegan, Mississippi County, Osceola, AR
Harvey Edwards, Constitutionalist, Arkansas County, Stuttgart, AR
Irene Ernst, Lonoke County, Cabot, AR
Bill Fitzhugh, Craighead County, Jonesboro, AR
John Flora, The Oracle, Craighead County, Brookland, AR
Charlie Frame, White County, Beebe, AR
Thomas Frame, White County, Beebe, AR
Lawrence Godair, Prairie County, Des Arc, AR
JoAnn Gould, Baxter County, Mountain Home, AR
Roy Gould, Baxter County, Mountain Home, AR
Diana Maria Grace, Cleburne County, Heber Springs, AR
Eugene Gorton, Stone County, Mountain View, AR
Gary E Green, Baxter County, Cotter, AR
Jon Guhrt, Cleburne County, Heber Springs, AR
Jerry Halsell, Greene County, Paragould, AR
Kay Holland, Greene County, Marmaduke, AR
Jon Hubbard, Craighead County, Jonesboro, AR
Vernon Humphrey, Stone County, Mountain View, AR
David C Hundley, Craighead County, Jonesboro, AR
Carl Ivey, Butch, Stone County, Mountain View, AR
Nancy Ivey, Stone County, Mountain View, AR
Chub Journagan, Marion County, Yellville, AR
Larry A. Kaminski, Baxter County, Mountain Home, AR
Anna Leigh, AnnaLeigh61, Mississippi County, Blytheville AR
Joe Leblanc, Baxter County, Mountain Home, AR
Jacque Martin, Cleburne County, Quitman, AR
Tom Martin, Cleburne County, Quitman, AR
Bill McBride, Sharp County, Cherokee Village, AR
Jean McClellan-Chambers, Sebastian County, Fort Smith, AR
Jeanette McDougal, Mississipi County, Osceola,AR
Jack McNally, Lonoke County, Cabot, AR
Laurie Midgett, Elcie, Lawrence County, Hoxie, AR
Ron M. Miller, Craighead County, Jonesboro, AR
C.S. Moore, C.S.M., Lee County, Marianna, AR
Terry Ocheltree, Tree, Lonoke County, Ward, AR
Mickey D. Pendergrass, Baxter County, Mountain Home, AR
Brenda Penkunas, Craighead County, Jonesboro, AR
Don Pile, Lonoke County, Cabot, AR
Jay Reynolds, Izard County, Calico Rock, AR
Donna Ross, Sharp County, Cherokee Village, AR
Joe Ross, Sharp County, Cherokee Village, AR
Dara G. Samuel, Cleburne County, Heber Springs, AR
Mel Scott, Baxter County, Mountain Home, AR
Todd Sharp, Craighead County, Jonesboro, AR
Lauri Shebesh, Baxter County, Gassville, AR
Jonah Shumate, Independence County, Batesville, AR
Dr. Bill Smith, Ozark Guru, Baxter County, Mountain Home, AR
David Sonnier, Independence County, Batesville, AR
John Stephens, Cynikal, Craighead County, Jonesboro, AR
Heidi Street, Independence County, Batesville, AR
Steve Street, Baxter County, Mountain Home, AR
Marilyn Stull, Stone County, Mountain View, AR
Mickey Stumbaugh, Stubby, Lonoke County, Cabot, AR
Becky Sunderman, Independence County, Batesville, AR
Sandy Sunderman, Independence County, Batesville, AR
Jennifer T, maizzie, Greene County, Paragould, AR
Brad Tullos, Clay County, St. Francis, AR
Chris Tuthill, Baxter County, Mountain Home, AR
Douglas Warner, "pawpaw," Lonoke County, Cabot, AR
Josh Waters, Craighead County, Jonesboro, AR
Billy West, Craighead County, Jonesboro, AR
Paul White, Stone County, Mountain View, AR
Bill Widner, Mississippi County, Blytheville, AR
James Wilde, Craighead County, Jonesboro, AR

Tags: AR-01, Arkansas, Boot Berryism, Marion Berry, Roll Call