Friday, January 27, 2012

Crawford: March for Life, State of the Union, And Forging Alliances to Grow Arkansas’s Economy

Rep. Rick Crawford, R-AR-1: This week Washington was dominated by two key events, the 39th Annual March for Life and President Obama’s annual State of the Union Address.

On Monday, Pro-Life advocates from across the country converged on Washington to meet with Members of Congress and remind them that life is precious at every stage. I stand strong for the rights of the unborn and I am proud of my 100% Pro-Life record. Every representative, every physician and every American needs to be reminded that at the center of this struggle is the protection of all human life. We cannot live in a society where some life is valued and other life is not.

Rep. Rick Crawford's remarks on the 39th Annual March for Life

Tuesday evening President Obama spoke to the nation in his State of the Union Address. What struck me most about the speech was President Obama’s words, versus his actions. The President talked about creating American jobs and finding new sources of energy during his speech. The Keystone XL Pipeline would have created 20,000 jobs immediately and nearly 100,000 more jobs over time. Keystone also had the added benefit of providing the United States with a new energy source that would make our country less dependent on Middle Eastern oil. Even with these tremendous benefits, President Obama’s actions did not match his words and the President chose to reject the Keystone project.

Rep. Rick Crawford' response to the State of the Union Address.

Just yesterday I was back home in Arkansas meeting with farmers, producers and policy makers for a Soil and Water Education Conference at Arkansas State University. The goal of the conference was to educate those with interests in soil and water management.

Addressing the Soil & Water
Education Conference at ASU
Also this week I co-founded the Congressional Chicken Caucus with my colleague Congressman Sanford Bishop of Georgia. My goal is founding the caucus is to work with chicken producers and leading industry groups to spur new opportunities in Arkansas. Tyson Foods in Springdale and Peco Foods in Batesville provide Arkansans with good-paying jobs. The Chicken Caucus can serve as the launch pad for new growth in the chicken industry and ultimately more jobs.

My column this week talks about the Congressional Chicken Caucus in more detail. Please take a few minutes and read the column that is inserted below.

Crawford's Weekly Column: Forging Alliances to Grow Arkansas’s Economy
Chicken is the world’s most popular meat. The U.S. chicken industry employs over 300,000 people and produces products worth a wholesale value of over $45 billion every year. Arkansas is one of the top chicken producing states in the country and many Arkansans are able to support their families because of the chicken industry.

Chicken’s role in Arkansas’s economy led me to found the first formal group in Congress to advocate for the industry. My hope is the Congressional Chicken Caucus that I co-founded this week will provide a platform to discuss the role a responsible government can play in helping the chicken industry grow and hire more workers.

As Congress begins work on a new Farm Bill this year, the Congressional Chicken Caucus will ensure that Arkansas’s chicken producers, and producers across the country have a voice. Additionally, the Chicken Caucus will educate other Members of Congress on a range of issues like food safety, trade, labor, immigration and the environment.

The chicken industry’s economic impact can be felt in every state and congressional district throughout the country. As the most consumed meat on the planet, chicken enjoys an unparalleled reputation at home and abroad for being safe, wholesome and affordable. In addition to directly employing hundreds of thousands of workers, the chicken industry also indirectly supports farmers who produce feed and companies that make hatcheries and related products.

Tyson Foods, headquartered in Springdale, Arkansas is one of the largest processors and marketers of chicken in the world. Tyson provides products throughout the United States and to more than 100 countries. In Arkansas alone, Tyson employs 2,076 chicken growers and has a statewide economic footprint over $1 billion a year.

In our First Congressional District, Peco Foods in Batesville, provides good-paying jobs to over 600 Arkansas workers and produces a quality product for consumers. My goal in co-founding the Congressional Chicken Caucus is to be a voice for the folks at Peco Foods in Batesville and Tyson Foods in Springdale. Working with Tyson and Peco, I hope to foster new development and move Arkansas forward.

Tags: Rick Crawford, U.S. Congressman, District 1, Arkansas, March for Life, State of the Union, Forging Alliances, Grow, Arkansas’s Economy

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Democratic Legislator Earns Recognition for Killing Pro-Life Bills

"Rep. Linda Tyler (D). As chair of the Public Health Committee, the Conway Democrat quietly shepherded the defeat of 10 radical* anti-abortion bills during the general session. Now she'll seek the state Senate seat vacated by term-limited Gilbert Baker."
Arkansas Times
, "Other Arkies of the Year," 1/18/12

Linda Parker known for her smiling campaign / political photo lead the way in the defeat of 10 anti-abortion bills. She was  pro-life at least two times with respect to two of her own children but evidenced her willingness to carry the water for the pro-death democrat agenda. As depicted in the included image, "Abortion does not make you un-pregnant! It just makes you the mother of a dead baby."
* The word "radical" is  the liberal euphemism for "pro-life" when used with the words "anti-abortion"

Tags: Linda Tyler, pro abortion, killing babies, Arkansas, 2012 election

Friday, January 20, 2012

Arkansas Democratic State Legislators Supporting Obamacare - Sign Amicus Brief To Supreme

Editor's note: It took only one Judas goat - former Senator Blanche Lincoln - to push Obamacare to the floor of the US Senate where it could be passed. Arkansas voters sent her packing for this and other shameful acts. But the unConstitutional Obamacare bill was passed. Now the below mentioned three liberal Arkansas Judas goats  have filed an amicus brief supporting ObamaCare in they will attempt to persuade the Supreme Court that they are speaking for the  majority of Arkansans and thus Arkansas support Obamacare. Lies, Deceit and Deception. Since Liberal Gov. Beebe supports Obamacare and wants Arkansas to be the first state to implement it, where is his name on this brief?

Talk is deadly when liberals file briefs and tell tales.  We need action by conservative elected officials right now to in large numbers to file briefs and to speak before the Supreme Court for Arkansas.  Then in the May primaries and November elections we need Arkansas voters to select Arkansas conservative patriots and to remove these liberal progressive democrats who continue smile and smirk while they pursue actions that will steal our money and our rights to property, and destroy freedom, liberty and choice for us and future generations of Arkansans.

Roebuck, Webb & Elliot Join Fight to Implement the President’s Health Care Law in Arkansas
Little Rock, Ark. – Republican Party of Arkansas Communications Director Katherine Vasilos yesterday issued the following statement in response to Democratic House Majority Leader Johnnie Roebuck, Joint Budget Committee Co-Chair Rep. Kathy Webb and former Congressional Candidate Sen. Joyce Elliot’s signing of an Amicus Brief to the Supreme Court of the United States which states that they believe Obamacare is constitutional and they “are working hard in their States to implement the Act in a timely, efficient, and effective manner”:“Do Democratic members of the General Assembly agree with their party leaders? By joining the Supreme Court brief, Majority Leader Roebuck is speaking for every Democratic member of the state House. It’s clear legislative Democrats are out of touch and are taking Leader Roebuck’s direction seriously to actively work to implement Obamacare in Arkansas. Just today, 28 Democratic legislators on the Arkansas Legislative Council voted in favor of a $462,000 federal grant to move forward with preparing our state to implement Obamacare.

“We now know why Democratic Attorney General Dustin McDaniel refused to stand up for the majority of Arkansans and join a nationwide effort to fight Obamacare – his Democratic allies in the General Assembly are standing with President Obama, not the people of Arkansas.”

Arkansas Democrats Argue Constitutionality of Obamacare in Supreme Court Brief
“Amici Curiae, a group of 518 State Legislators from all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico, believe that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“the Act”) is constitutional and are working hard in their States to implement the Act in a timely, efficient, and effective manner. They have a substantial interest in having this matter resolved expeditiously and in favor of the constitutionality of the Act.” (Source: Supreme Court Brief – US Department of Health Human Services v Florida

28 Democratic Legislators Vote in Favor of Obamacare Grant
Twenty eight Democratic legislators on the Arkansas Legislative Council voted in favor of a $462,000 federal grant to move forward with preparing the state of Arkansas for a federal health insurance exchange. (Arkansas Legislative Council, Roll Call Vote: 28 Yes, 8 No, 1/20/12)

AG McDaniel Calls Obamacare Suit “Frivolous,” Says SCOTUS Will Uphold
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s Office: “It is our belief that any such lawsuit would be frivolous and would have more to do with politics than law.” (“Health care bill: Ark AG will not sue if health care bill is signed,” KTHV, 3/10/

“McDaniel said he believes the U.S. Supreme Court will uphold the law, but if it rules otherwise, he will work to ensure that Arkansas complies with the ruling.” (John Lyon, “McDaniel to Darr: State won’t sue over health care law,” Arkansas News Bureau, 12/17/10)

Tags: Arkansas, democrats, support Obamacare, amicus brief, SCOTUS

Keystone, Arkansas Jobs, and a One Term Proposition

By Katherine Vasilo: If you had the opportunity to create 20,000 American jobs and protect hundreds of jobs here in Arkansas, what would you do?

Seems like a no brainer to those of us who recognize our economy is struggling, our national debt is skyrocketing and the unemployment rate has remained above 8 percent for 35 consecutive months.

Unfortunately, hundreds of Arkansas jobs may now be on the chopping block thanks to President Barack Obama’s recent rejection of the Keystone XL Pipeline. At a time when the economy desperately needs to be creating jobs, the President would rather please his liberal base to save his own job.

Little Rock-based Welspun Tubular is a key manufacturer of pipeline for the Keystone project, and their President David Delie said in December that “If the project doesn’t get the required permits, most of Welspun’s 600 jobs could be suspended for a time.” This is in addition to 60 Arkansas workers who have already lost their job due to the President’s failure to approve this jobs project.

We’d like to know why state Democrats remain silent as Barack Obama’s economically destructive policies put even more Arkansans out of work. In fact, Governor Mike Beebe and Democratic members of the General Assembly won’t touch what they call a “partisan issue.” Since when did protecting Arkansas jobs become partisan?

For the sake of Arkansas and our nation, we cannot afford four more years of President Obama, who would rather put special interests ahead of getting our economy back on track.

We do agree with the President on one thing and that is when he said, “If I don’t have this done in three years, then there’s going to be a one term proposition.”

Failed policies, failed promises and failed leadership. It’s time to make Barack Obama’s one term proposition a reality.
Katherine Vasilos is the Communications Director for the Republican Party of Arkansas

Tags: Keystone, Arkansas Jobs, Barack Obama, One Term Proposition, Katherine Vasilos, RPA, Republican Party of Arkansas

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Rep. Crawford: STOP SPENDING

Representative Rick Crawford (AR-01) tells Congress it's time to stop spending.

Tags: U,S, House, Arkansas, Representative, Rick Crawford, AR-01, Stop the spending,

State Democrats Remain Silent as President Obama Kills Arkansas Jobs

Little Rock, Ark. – Republican Party of Arkansas Communications Director Katherine Vasilos issued the following statement in light of President Barack Obama’s expected announcement that his Administration will reject the Keystone XL pipeline project:

“Hundreds of Arkansas jobs are now on the chopping block thanks to President Obama’s failure to lead on domestic energy production and approve the Keystone pipeline,” said Vasilos. “At a time when the economy desperately needs to be creating jobs, sacrificing 600 Arkansas jobs and 20,000 American jobs for purely political motives is reckless. Yet, state Democrats remain silent as Barack Obama’s economically destructive policies put even more Arkansans out of work. While Arkansas Republicans fight for jobs, Governor Mike Beebe and Democratic members of the General Assembly won’t touch what they call a ‘partisan issue.’ Since when did protecting Arkansas jobs become partisan? For the sake of Arkansas and our nation, we cannot afford four more years of President Obama, who would rather put special interests ahead of getting our economy back on track.”

President Obama Rejects Keystone XL Pipeline
“The State Department on Wednesday will reject the Keystone XL pipeline, multiple sources following the project told POLITICO. The formal announcement is expected at 3 p.m. from Deputy Secretary of State William Burns. Although the permit would be rejected, TransCanada would still be allowed to continue to work on and pitch an alternative route through Nebraska.” (Darren Goode, "W.H. to reject Keystone XL," Politico, 1/18/11)

600 Jobs at Risk Due to the President’s Keystone Rejection
“If the project doesn’t get the required permits, most of Welspun’s 600 jobs could be suspended for a time, he added. ‘It would affect us tremendously if it is not approved,’ Delie said. ‘All this pipe we have in the yard belongs to TransCanada and ... we would be competing with them’ to sell pipe.” (Paul Quinn, "Pipeline delay prompts LR layoffs,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 12/14/11)

60 Arkansas Workers Lose Their Jobs Due to President’s Keystone Delay
“The first tangible signs of a moratorium on the Keystone XL oil pipeline project affecting Arkansas jobs has surfaced. Indian pipeline maker, Welspun Tube, which has a major North American production plant at the Little Rock Port Authority, says it will lay off 60 temporary workers due to the project’s delay.” (Roby Brock, "Welspun Says Keystone Moratorium And Steel Delay Reason For Layoffs," Talk Business, 12/13/11)

The Keystone Pipeline Will Create 20,000 Jobs
“TransCanada’s initial estimate of 20,000 - which it said includes 13,000 direct construction jobs and 7,000 jobs among supply manufacturers - has been widely quoted by lawmakers and presidential candidates.” (Juliet Eilperin and Steven Mufson, “Keystone Pipeline Battle Heating Up,” The Washington Post, 11/6/11)

GOP Legislators Pass Resolution Supporting Keystone Pipeline
“The Arkansas Legislature’s Joint Energy Committee passed a resolution yesterday which supports moving forward on building the Keystone Pipeline, which would allow oil to be transported via pipeline from Canada to refineries in Texas.  The resolution was sponsored by Sen. Jonathan Dismang, R-Beebe and it echoes the statements made by Congressman Tim Griffin earlier this week criticizing President Obama for delaying the pipeline project.” (Jason Tolbert, “Energy Committee Passes Resolution Supporting Keystone Pipeline,” The Tolbert Report, 11/18/11)

Democratic Governor Mike Beebe Calls Keystone XL Pipeline a “Partisan Issue”
“But governor’s spokesman Matt DeCample said while their office is obviously disappointed in the delay, they are not ready to jump into the partisan issue that they feel this has become.” (Jason Tolbert, “Beebe Office Points to September Letter of Support for Keystone Pipeline,” Talk Business, 12/14/11)

State GOP Sends Letter to Governor Beebe Urging Action on Keystone Pipeline
“Today, Republican Party of Arkansas (RPA) Chairman Doyle Webb issued a letter to Governor Mike Beebe asking that he publicly call on President Barack Obama to approve the Keystone XL pipeline in light of recent layoffs at Little Rock-based Welspun Tubular, a major manufacturer of pipeline for the Keystone project.” (Republican Party of Arkansas, Press Release, 12/15/11)

September Letter is Best Governor Beebe Can Do on Keystone Issue
“The recent announcement of layoffs by Welspun here in Arkansas due to the delay of the Keystone Pipeline along with the passage of a bill supporting moving forward with the project by the U.S. House of Representatives has pushed the issue to the forefront of Arkansas politics this week…I asked the governor’s office for a response today and they pointed me to a letter Beebe wrote to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton back in September.” (Jason Tolbert, “Beebe Office Points to September Letter of Support for Keystone Pipeline,” Talk Business, 12/14/11)

Arkansas Invested Millions in Welspun
“Welspun received a $2 million commitment from the Governor’s Quick Action Closing Fund for infrastructure costs. The company has been offered a sales-tax credit for qualifying construction materials, and a 3.9 percent tax rebate on the payroll for jobs created in the next 10 years. (“Welspun to add 230 jobs, invest $30 million Growth in LR ‘swift,’ ‘steady,’ chairman says,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 5/3/10)

Tags: Arkansas, democrats, Barack Obama, kills, jobs, RPA,

Griffin Blasted President Obama for killing Keystone XL pipeline, American jobs

Rep. Tim Griffin (AR-02) expressed his displeasure with President Obama killing access to American jobs.

Tags: Tim Griffin, US Representative, Arkansas, AR-02, Obama, killing Arkansas jobs, Keystone XL Pipeline,

Arkansas Congressional Freshmen Vote To Reject Raising The Debt Ceiling

By Peter Urban, Stephens Washington Bureau:
WASHINGTON — In what amounted to a symbolic vote of protest, House Republicans today passed a resolution opposing a $1.2 trillion increase in the federal debt limit.

Arkansas Reps. Tim Griffin, Rick Crawford and Steve Womack joined other House Republicans in voting for the resolution to reject President Barack Obama’s requested increase. Rep. Mike Ross, D-Prescott, voted against it.

The resolution, which was backed by 233 Republicans and six fiscally conservative Democrats, carries little weight since a bipartisan deal was struck last August that essentially allows Obama to raise the debt unless two-thirds of the House and Senate vote to disapprove.

Crawford, R-Jonesboro, said he voted for the resolution because he “disapproves” of raising the debt ceiling.

Griffin, R-Little Rock, said the vote was important because it sends a loud message to the president that he needs to do more to reduce the federal deficit. . . . Griffin said that his vote today should not be construed as advocating that the federal government not pay its obligations. Rather, he said, the Obama administration should return to the negotiating table to produce more long-term structural reforms.  “The question now is what has the president done since August to address the debt,” Griffin said. “I don’t think he’s done anything.”

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Tags: Arkansas, US Congressmen, Vote, debt ceiling, Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin, Steve Womack, Mike Ross

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Legislative Republicans Request Audit of Forestry Commission Budget Shortfall

. . . After Beebe Administration Mismanagement

Do audit of forestry shortfall, panel says
By Michael Wickline, Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 1/13/12
LITTLE ROCK — A legislative panel Thursday OK’d two legislators’ requests for an audit of the Arkansas Forestry Commission, which is laying off 36 employees today as a result of a $4 million shortfall.

The Legislative Joint Auditing Committee’s Executive Committee approved audit requests from Rep. Kim Hammer, R-Benton, and Sen. Missy Irvin, R-Mountain View, who have emerged as two of the leading critics of Gov. Mike Beebe’s administration’s handling of the situation at the commission.
Hammer and Irvin told lawmakers that they want an unbiased accounting of the commission.

Sen. Bill Pritchard, co-chairman of the auditing committee, said, “with all the back and forth that has been going on in the newspapers - with he said, she said [about the shortfall] - I think it is appropriate that we find out the facts.

“Once we know all the facts, then we the Legislature and the executive branch will be in a position to make appropriate decisions to make sure that [the commission’s] mission is carried out,” said Pritchard, a Republican from Elkins.

Beebe, a Democrat, said Wednesday that he has told legislative leaders that he wants the audit division to find out who was aware of and responsible for erroneous official reports that masked the commission’s slide into the shortfall and its misuse of federal funds.

“I am happy for an independent organization to make that determination,” Beebe said. “We are trying to make that determination, too. I am trying to personally make that determination.”

But state Rep. Bryan King, R-Green Forest and a third leading critic of the administration’s handling of this matter, said Beebe “needs to point the finger at himself for this whole problem.”

Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample countered that the governor and the state Department of Finance and Administration didn’t fail to do their jobs, and the governor’s office has offered for more than a month to meet with King to answer his questions, but King hasn’t accepted the offer.

King said, “That’s funny because I have been waiting on them to set up a phone conference after looking at the governor’s schedule. Good grief. I have been waiting on the governor’s staff to e-mail answers to questions about the e-mails that they won’t answer.”

Several weeks ago, the commission announced it would lay off 36 employees because it projected that its costs will exceed available funds by $4 million.

At that time, State Forester John Shannon and Beebe said they only recently became aware of the extent of the commission’s fiscal distress though they knew that the timber industry was struggling during the housing-market downturn and that revenue from a timber severance tax on which the commission relies was lower than in previous years.

Shannon and his former chief fiscal officer, Robert Araiza, later told lawmakers that Beebe discouraged the commission from holding a meeting of industry representatives in 2010 to discuss a tax increase as a possible solution to the fiscal problems. A Beebe spokesman said the decision not to hold the meeting was practical, based on the strong anti-tax climate at the time and the fact that it involved an industry hit hard by the recession.

No legislator has announced any support for a tax increase since then…
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Also Read:  

* The Arkansas Forestry Commission and a “Beebe Bailout”
* How Much Did Beebe Know And When Did he Know It?

Tags: Arkansas, Governor, Mike Beebe, Arkansas Forestry Commission, Beebe Bailout, overspending, audit, layoffs, lack of oversight, lack of transparency

Friday, January 13, 2012

The Arkansas Forestry Commission and a “Beebe Bailout”

Birds of a Feather, Flock Together
More Bailouts - More Spending - Lost Jobs
Katherine Vasilos, Republican Party of Arkansas: This week, Democratic Governor Mike Beebe joined with Republican calls to commission a legislative audit after the Arkansas Forestry Commission was recently forced to lay off 36 employees due to a $4 million budget shortfall.

In 2010, Governor Beebe canceled a meeting with the Forestry Commission to address a budget shortfall, citing that he didn’t want to discuss tax increases during an election year.

Since then, Arkansas Republicans have led the way in calling for a complete investigation into the lack of transparency in state government and the improper use of federal grant money by the Forestry Commission, which has now drawn the attention of federal investigators.

The Beebe Administration’s mismanagement of the Forestry Commission shortfall and failure to address the issue in 2010 led the Governor to request a $2.7 million bailout last week to allow the agency to continue running.

It’s clear to us that the Governor intentionally swept the Forestry Commission’s shortfall under the rug for political purposes and now has to clean up the mess with a “Beebe Bailout.”

From dozens of high-ranking state employees double dipping under his watch, to millions of dollars of fraudulent unemployment claims in the Department of Workforce Services, there is serious mismanagement occurring in the Beebe Administration.

The people of Arkansas deserve proper oversight and transparency in government, and they are obviously not getting it.

We want to know what you think! Visit this post on the RPA blog and leave a comment.

Tags: Arkansas, Governor, Mike Beebe, Arkansas Forestry Commission, Beebe Bailout, overspending, audit, layoffs, lack of oversight, lack of transparency

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Governor Beebe Proceeding With ObamaCare Without the Legislature

Governor Beebe is following the same tactics at the state level as Obama is at the national level. Obama has a list a mile long of dictatorial decisions and executive orders and just recently made appointees that the Senate would not confirm while the Senate is in session which is totally illegal for him to do and is getting away with it. So why shouldn't Beebe think he can do the same thing?

by Debbie Pelley: Governor Beebe has signed an application to obtain a $7.6 million grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and a proposed "cooperative agreement" to implement the federal insurance exchange. The AP article stated it this way in their story December 23, 2011 (which was also reported in the Democrat Gazette on January 11, 2012.)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) -- Arkansas Gov. Mike Beebe announced Thursday that he supports a partnership with the federal government to implement the insurance exchange required under the health care law after efforts for a state-run exchange failed....Beebe wrote in a letter dated Monday to U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius. "I am confident that this partnership approach to the federal exchange will move Arkansas toward our shared goal of making high-quality, affordable health insurance a reality for the one-in-five Arkansans who currently cannot obtain or afford coverage." [Everyone knows what a partnership with the federal government is - total federal control.]

Beebe earlier this year gave up on setting up the exchange after facing opposition from Republicans in the majority-Democrat Legislature. Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford, who had continued pushing for a state-run exchange, said earlier this month that was no longer a possibility and had raised the partnership as an option. [In other words it could not pass the legislature so Beebe is doing it on his own]

Beebe backed the idea in a letter to Sebelius supporting the state's application for a $7.6 million grant to study and plan for an exchange partnership. Bradford said the partnership would give the state control over functions such as the design of programs offered and evaluation of insurers participating in the exchange. [Arkansas Business]

The Governor is jumping ahead of Arkansas citizens as the legislature opposed a similar measure, and "Twenty-eight states have filed or signed onto lawsuits challenging the measure. Thirty-eight legislatures are considering state laws to curtail its effects," and the US Supreme Court is set to hear the case in March, so why the rush? Will this partnership plan allow Beebe to get this $7.6 million taxpayer funded grant to implement Beebe's health care plan in Arkansas even if Obamacare is ruled unconstitutional? [Washington Post]

I hope you remember Beebe's secret letter to Kathleen Sebelius to make Arkansas a model for the rest of the nation for Obamacare.  When that letter got out in the open and the public protested, Beebe's office sent out this email on March 9, 2011.  "You have been the target of misinformation campaign designed to create uncertainty and fear for political purposes.  Governor Beebe's effort to save the Arkansas Medicaid program from bankruptcy has no relationship whatsoever to the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act."

However, Affordable Care Act (the shortened name for Obamacare) is mentioned several times in his letter to Sebelius. Now he is openly partnering with the federal government for Obamacare when the legislature opposed it. And we are supposed to believe our governor's request to Sebelius to be a national model for Medicaid had nothing to do with Obamacare - and that our governor believes in a representative government as ordained by the federal and state constitutions? The Arkansas Democrat Gazette discussed this issue.

Also see article on Beebe's letter to Sebelius - Beebe Gains Approval for His Plan to Make Arkansas A "Model" for Obamacare, dated May, 2011.

Call Beebe and Your State Senator and Representative and Share you Opinion on Gov. Beebe pushing ObamaCare on Arkansas residents.
Governor Mike Beebe Phone 501-682-2345
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Tags: Arkansas, Governor Beebe, BeebeCare, ObamaCare,

Saturday, January 7, 2012

First Republican Arkansas 4th Congressional District Debate Being Held I Union County

LobbyUp and Talk Business Partner with State GOP to Live Stream Online the First Republican Fourth Congressional District Debate on Monday, Jan. 9, at the South Arkansas Arts Center in El Dorado.

Republican Party of Arkansas - Little Rock, AR: The Union County Republican Committee (UCRC) will partner with two of Arkansas’ top political groups, LobbyUp and Talk Business, to sponsor the first Republican Fourth Congressional District debate on Monday, Jan. 9, at the South Arkansas Arts Center in El Dorado.

“Our committee is honored to host the first congressional debate of the 2012 election cycle,” said UCRC Chairman Kermit Parks. “The people of South Arkansas are ready to send a conservative Republican to Congress next November.”

The debate will be moderated by Republican Party of Arkansas Chairman Doyle Webb. Candidates participating include, Tom Cotton of Dardanelle, Beth Anne Rankin of Magnolia and Marcus Richmond of Harvey.

LobbyUp and Talk Business will partner to live stream the debate online at

Talk Business is a multi-media news organization founded by Roby Brock which includes a statewide television program, magazine and website dedicated to business, politics and public affairs. “As a premiere destination for political news in Arkansas, Talk Business is proud to be able to offer this coverage of one the most important races in the 2012 election cycle,” said Brock.

LobbyUp is an Arkansas based company that provides expanded access to legislative and government data. The company is expected to release its online campaign management tool sometime in February. The LobbyUp Legislative Directory and legislative search tool can be found in Apple's App Store as a free download. “We jumped at the opportunity to live stream this debate,” said LobbyUp President Bradley Phillips. “We specialize in using technology to give citizens better access to government and this fits in with that theme. A lot of folks will get to watch this debate that wouldn’t normally have the luxury.”

The debate is open to the public and will take place from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m.

Tags: Arkansas, 4th Congressional District, Republican Debate, Union County, Tom Cotton, Dardanelle, Beth Anne Rankin, Magnolia, Marcus Richmond, Harvey, RPA, Republican Party of Arkansas

Thursday, January 5, 2012

How Much Did Beebe Know And When Did he Know It?

Gov. Mike Beebe
As a Followup on prior post Governor Beebe Puts Arkansas Jobs At Risk For Political Gain more info leaks out. In politics, often it is not the act but the coverup that gets an elected person? Do we have another plantation politics' coverup in the Arkansas Governor's office.

Elizabeth Aymond responds on Americans For Prosperity - Arkansas: "My oh my. This just keeps getting uglier for Governor Beebe, and the blame game keeps spinning in circles."

Jason Tolbert, The Tolbert Report, had more to say a few days ago:
[Jan 3, 2010]
Emails Draw Questions of When Governor Knew of Forestry Problems
Gov. Mike Beebe’s office and DF&A Director Richard Weiss have called a press conference today at 1:30 pm to discuss the ongoing financial mess with the Forestry Commission.  I am not sure what they will say, but I wonder if they will continue to claim – as they did a couple weeks ago – that they did not know about it until this fall.

“If we had known that the Commission was already to the point where they were no longer able to operate within their means, we would have addressed it during budget hearings and this year’s legislative session. When we did learn about it this fall, we took immediate action,” said Governor’s spokesman Matt DeCample after a legislative committee meeting where the Forestry Director admitted the governor’s office had asked then to cancel a meeting to discuss the problem in 2010.

However emails obtained by the Tolbert Report show that discussions regarding the Forestry Commission’s financial problems were taking place as far back as June 2010.  The internal discussion in the emails, which copies Governor’s liaison Kathy Holt, directly discusses borrowing against federal grants to fund payroll which is being looked into by the U.S. Forest Service.

Tags: Arkansas, Governor, Mike Beebe, emails, Arkansas Forestry Commission, US Forest Service, Tolbert Report, Jason Tolbert, overspending, underfunding, tradition and practices, Plantation Politics,