Tuesday, May 29, 2012

RPA Research: Arkansas Democrats' Extreme Situation

Arkansas Democrats So Beholden To Barack Obama That Supporting Common Sense Arkansas Values Now Considered ‘Extreme’ 

Barack Obama’s Arkansas Party Chairman Calls Looming Conservative Majority In Arkansas General Assembly “Far-Right Extremists.” “State Democratic Party Chairman Will Bond of Little Rock said, ‘I don’t think Arkansans want to fill the Legislature up with far-right extremists…’” (Michael Wickline, “Parties target vulnerable foes,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette , 5/28/12)

Despite Arkansas Democrats Continuous Support Of Barack Obama’s Extreme Agenda That Goes Against Common Sense Values Of Arkansans 

House Democratic Leader Lays Out Agenda For 2012: “We Support The President.”  “House Democratic leader Johnnie Roebuck of Arkadelphia said, ‘We are all Democrats, and we support the president…’” (Michael Wickline, “Parties target vulnerable foes,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette , 5/28/12)

Democratic Leader Roebuck, Rep. Kathy Webb (D) And Sen. Joyce Elliott (D) Sign Amicus Brief Stating They’re “Working Hard” To Implement Obamacare In Arkansas. 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)
  • Democratic Members Of Legislative Council Vote To Spend $7.7m To Implement Obamacare In Arkansas . “The Legislative Council today endorsed a plan for the state to use a $7.7 million federal grant to fund planning for a federally mandated health insurance exchange in Arkansas…Approval came in a voice vote after about 90 minutes of debate largely along party lines. Republicans argued against any use of the money until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on whether the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 is constitutional.” (Rob Moritz, “Panel OKs state use of fed grant for health insurance exchange planning,” Arkansas News Bureau, 4/20/12; Legislative Council Roll Call Record,4/20/12)
    • Leading House Democrat Never Wants To Turn Down “Free Money.” “[F]ederal grant money is an irresistible attraction for many in the state bureaucracy and something most Democrats in the state are not used to turning back. ‘The way I look at it is never turn down free money,’ commented state Rep. Clark Hall, D-Marvell, on applying for the grant.” (Jason Tolbert, “Beebe seeks cover from Republicans on health care,” Arkansas News, 10/2/11)
    • Democratic Lawmakers Desperate To Implement “Very Expensive Elements Of Obamacare.” “Democrat legislators are desperately trying to push ahead with an insurance exchange for Arkansas.  This would be an important step in implementing the very expensive elements of Obamacare. As noted in a recent issue of Arkansas Business Rep. Barry Hyde (D), North Little Rock along with others is pushing for a state insurance exchange,” (Jerry Jackson, “Politics in Arkansas,” The Sun-Times ,9/30/11)
    • All While Majority of Arkansans Oppose Obamacare. “Arkansans oppose the overhaul of the nation’s health care system in slightly larger numbers than they did before it became law … The poll, commissioned by the Arkansas News Bureau/Stephens Media, found that 64 percent of respondents oppose the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, which President Obama signed into law…” (John Lyon, “Poll: Arkansans remain unhappy with health care overhaul,” Arkansas News Bureau, 5/9/10)
    • Democratic Rep. Linda Tyler Says Obamacare Mandate Something “We’re Going To Have To Accept.” “When the Public Health Committee meets Tuesday morning, Representative Meeks has to convince a handful of Republicans and a majority of Democrats to support the bill. And he knows he has his work cut out for him.  State Representative Linda Tyler, (D) Conway, said she's not crazy about big government either but a mandate might be necessary. Tyler said, ‘it may just be something that we're going to have to accept as a part of being able to get where we need to be in health care reform.’” (Justin Early, “Arkansas lawmaker hopes to fight U.S. health care reform with state bill,” FOX16.com, 1/23/11)
      • Rep. Meeks’ Bill Dies In Rep. Tyler’s Committee With All “No” Votes Coming From Democrats. (“Health Care Mandate Bill Gets Defeated,” TalkBusiness, 1/24/11)
House Democrat Hudson Hallum “Proud” Of Obama’s Gay Marriage Stance. “State Rep. Hudson Hallum, D-Marion, who is running for re-election, said on his Facebook page Wednesday, “Proud to see our president stand up today for what is fair & right for same sex couples! Proud he’s my president.” (John Lyon, “Gay marriage not seen as winning issue for most Arkansas Dems,” Arkansas News Bureau, 5/13/12)
  • Hallum Took To Facebook To Announce Support For Gay Marriage In Next General Assembly. “'I wonder if candidates who preach more liberty & freedom will support same sex couples’ liberties & freedom and support same sex marriage, or civil unions if that works for ya,' writes Hallum. … 'I will be supporting this issue in the 89th General Assembly when the number of progressive democrats multiply in AR,' said Hallum." (Jason Tolbert, “Democratic State Legislator To Push Same Sex Marriage Issue,” TalkBusiness, 4/20/12)/li>
  • Three-Quarters Of Arkansans Voted To Define Marriage As One Man-One Woman. “Same-sex marriages and civil unions are against the law in Arkansas, where in 2004 an amendment to the state constitution defining marriage as between a man and a woman passed with 75 percent of the vote.” (John Lyon, “Gay marriage not seen as winning issue for most Arkansas Dems,” Arkansas News Bureau, 5/13/12)
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State Democrats Deem Common Sense Arkansas Values "Extreme”

Little Rock, Ark. – In an effort to run away from President Barack Obama’s failed agenda, Arkansas Democrats have now taken to calling opponents of Barack Obama’s policies “extreme,” according to state Democratic Party Chairman Will Bond.

“This is just the latest example of how far to the left Arkansas Democrats are moving and why conservatives in the state are choosing a new home in the Republican Party,” said Republican Party of Arkansas Communications Director Katherine Vasilos. “The Democratic Party of Arkansas is obviously ignoring reality, from losing hundreds of thousands of primary voters to continuing their support of Barack’s Obama’s extreme policies. State Democrats are now attacking every Arkansan whose common sense conservative values are in opposition to President Obama in order to save their own jobs and continue 138 years of one-party rule in Arkansas.”

If You Oppose President Obama's Policies, Arkansas Democrats Think You’re Extreme

“Two years ago, Republicans said that electing Democrats would advance the policies of President Barack Obama, who didn’t carry Arkansas in 2008 and continues to be unpopular in the state, according to polls…State Democratic Party Chairman Will Bond of Little Rock said, ‘I don’t think Arkansans want to fill the Legislature up with far-right extremists…’” (Michael Wickline, “Parties target vulnerable foes,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 5/29/11)

Tags: Arkansas, Democrats, common sense, extreme

Arkansas House Majority Leader Johnnie Roebuck Sucks Up To President

Arkansas House Majority Leader Johnnie Roebuck:

“We are all Democrats, and we support the president..."

-Arkansas House Majority Leader Johnnie Roebuck on where Arkansas Democrats stand in 2012.
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette , 5/28/12

The People's Questions for
Arkansas House Majority Leader Johnnie Roebuck

  • What about the 68,108 Democrats ( 42%) who voted for John Wolfe, the democrats who did  not even vote, and those who will join Republicans in 2012 as they did in 2008 in voting for the Republican nominee because they DO NOT support President Barack Hussein Obama II ?
  • What are you smoking lately? "Kiss ass" isn't working.

Tags: They Said What, Arkansas, House Majority Leader, Johnnie Roebuck, Democrats, support the president, Barack Hussein Obama II, John Wolfe, voters

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Reviewing The Arkansas Primary Results

by Katherine Vasilos and Megan Tollett, Republican Party of Arkansas: With the general election 166 days away, we wanted to share results from Tuesday’s Primary Election and some interesting takeaways to consider in the coming weeks and months.

Note: The following data was extracted from the Arkansas Secretary of State and the Associated Press and is to be viewed as approximate calculations.

Overall Results (Extracted May 24, 2012)
  • Ballots Casts: 335,670
  • Voter Turnout: 21.82%
  • Total registered voters in Arkansas: 1,538,623
  • Highest County Turnout (Top 5): Pulaski, Benton, Washington, Saline, Garland
  • Lowest County Turnout (Bottom 5): Newton, Union, Lafayette, Chicot, Montgomery
2012 Presidential Primary Results
  • Democratic Turnout: 163,493
  • Republican Turnout: 151,016
  • Total: 314,509
2012 Percentage of Primary Votes By Congressional District
  • CD1: 13.66%
  • CD2: 25.23%
  • CD3: 35.79%
  • CD4: 25.32%
2010 Arkansas Primary Results (Republican U.S. Senate Primary on Ballot)
  • Democratic Turnout: 335,400
  • Republican Turnout: 144,700
2002 Arkansas Primary Results (Republican U.S. Senate Primary on Ballot)
  • Democratic Turnout: 279,000
  • Republican Turnout: 92,000
1990 Arkansas Primary Results(Republican Gubernatorial Primary on Ballot)
  • Democratic Turnout: 491,000
  • Republican Turnout: 87,000
The narrative that primary voter turnout was unusually low this year is absolutely false. What we saw was that the Democratic Primary (not Republican) had an all time low turnout. Historically, Democratic turnout has been exponentially higher than Republican turnout. 2012’s close margin is indicative of the evolving political climate in Arkansas, the growth of the Republican Party at the local level and the power of President Obama’s failed presidency in influencing voter behavior.

Republican Presidential Primary Results
  • Mitt Romney: 103,164 votes, 68%
  • Ron Paul: 20,267 votes, 13%
  • Rick Santorum: 20,137 votes, 13%
  • Newt Gingrich: 7,448 votes, 5%
Mitt Romney by Congressional District
  • First: 68.03%
  • Second: 67.60%
  • Third: 67.39%
  • Fourth: 73.83%
Due to Governor Mitt Romney’s majorities in each congressional district and statewide, he will receive all of Arkansas’ 33 delegates and 33 alternates to the Republican National Convention. See delegate allocation rules here.

Democratic Presidential Primary Results
  • Barack Obama: 95,385 votes, 58%
  • John Wolfe: 68,108 votes, 42%

Barack Obama lost 36 out of 75 counties. (Map Guide: Obama is green, Wolfe is blue)
2012 Democratic Presidential Results Map

Additional Takeaways from Presidential Primary Results
  • In 2012, Republican voter turnout was up nearly 5 percent and Democratic turnout down 51 percent from 2010.
  • Mitt Romney received 7,779 more votes than President Obama.
  • President Obama lost over 40% of the vote (4 out of 10 Democrats) to an unknown challenger.
  • Many of the counties John Wolfe won are in “new” Republican territory. The anti-Obama voter in these counties will be beneficial to Republican candidates in down ballot races, most importantly in critical legislative contests. (Northeast and Southeast)
AR1 and AR4 Congressional Matchups and Chances
The days when Arkansas Democrats dominated federal races are long gone. The state Democratic Party’s inability to recruit quality candidates coupled with the albatross of President Obama and his failed economic policies will undoubtedly result in Arkansas’ congressional delegation becoming solidly red in November.

First Congressional District: Rep. Rick Crawford v. Unknown
  • Democratic Run-off June 12: Scott Ellington 50% (28,151 votes) v. Clark Hall 39% (22,049 votes)
  • Rothenberg Political Report Rating for AR1: Safe Republican (extracted 5/23)
  • In 2008, AR1 gave the McCain/Palin Ticket 58 percent.
Congressman Crawford has been a common sense conservative voice focusing on the agricultural industry which employs thousands of Arkansans in the First District. Rep. Crawford has demonstrated an uncompromising commitment to reversing the failed policies of Barack Obama which continue to pile mountains of debt on our children and grandchildren.

Fourth Congressional District: Tom Cotton v. Unknown
  • Democratic Run-off June 12: Gene Jeffress 43% (24,000 votes) v. Q. Byrum Hurst 36% (20,040 votes)
  • Rothenberg Political Report Rating for AR4: Safe Republican
  • In 2008, AR4 gave the McCain/Palin Ticket 60 percent.
  • In 2012, Republican voter turnout in the Fourth District was up roughly 52 percent and Democratic turnout down 56 percent from 2010 (see below). Note: Due to redistricting, the make-up of the Fourth District was slightly altered from 2010 to 2012.
2012 v 2010 Primary Voter Turnout in the Fourth Congressional District
  • 2010 Democratic 4th District Turnout: 121,000
  • 2012 Democratic 4th District Turnout: 53,000
  • 2010 Republican 4th District Turnout: 23,000
  • 2012 Republican 4th District Turnout: 35,000
Tom Cotton is a tested leader, military veteran and consistent conservative who will hold the Obama Administration accountable for their failure to put Americans back to work and reduce our nation’s debt and deficits. Tom Cotton is strong candidate, sixth-generation Arkansan, Harvard Law School graduate and Army veteran who served in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Quick Fact
  • When we re-elect Congressmen Rick Crawford (AR1), Tim Griffin (AR2) and Steve Womack (AR3) and elect Tom Cotton, our entire U.S. House Delegation will be military veterans.
To download a copy of the 2012 GOP Primary Elections Memo, click here.

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Tom Cotton Primary Victory Speech

Tom Cotton gives his victory speech after winning the Republican primary for Arkansas’s Fourth Congressional District.

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State GOP Congratulates Republican Tom Cotton on Primary Win

Little Rock, Ark. – Republican Party of Arkansas Chairman Doyle Webb issued the following statement on the results of the Fourth Congressional District Republican Primary:
“We congratulate Tom Cotton and look forward to adding another conservative Republican to Arkansas’ congressional delegation who will fight to reverse the failed policies of Barack Obama – policies which have left thousands of Arkansans without a job and put our nation further into debt. The Republican Party is committed to working with the Cotton campaign to ensure that voters in the Fourth District have a common sense conservative representing them in Congress.”

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Arkansas Congressional Primary Results

NRCC Summary: Democrats have seen their ability to win federal elections in Arkansas continuously erode in recent years, and 2012 is shaping up to be the year the state becomes solid red. Marion Berry’s retirement in 2010 paved the way for Republican Rick Crawford’s victory in to win AR-01, and he is strongly positioned to maintain his district this year. This cycle, the retirement of Democrat Mike Ross provides another important pick-up opportunity for Republicans in a state where President Obama failed to garner even 40 percent of the vote. The inability of Democrats to win either of these seats throws a wrench in the DCCC’s already steep road to win back the House. To make matters worse, Arkansas families remain in no mood for President Obama’s failed economic policies. Try as they may to attempt to distance themselves from their party’s record in Washington, Arkansas Democrats will be saddled with the albatross of President Obama and his unpopular policies that have hurt economic growth.

AR-01: Rep. Rick Crawford, R vs. Scott Ellington/ Clark Hall, D
In his first term in Congress, Rick Crawford has maintained his outsider appeal, focusing on agriculture issues that are vital to jobs in this district. He’s been a check-and-balance on President Obama and Washington Democrats’ reckless policies. Meanwhile, Democrats must be reeling after their chosen candidate, Clark Hall, failed to secure the primary. As final votes were being reported, Hall was limping toward a run-off with top vote-getter Scott Ellington, although the final outcome is still unclear. Ellington is running to reinstate Pelosi as speaker and rubber stamp more Obama policies. Hall, who came in second, has already been endorsed by Nancy Pelosi as part of the Democrats’ Red to Blue program. Either candidate will find himself constantly having to run from Obama’s policies, which are highly unpopular in this district. Additionally, Ellington’s involvement in a controversial agreement led to the release of the West Memphis Three, convicted in the 1993 slaying of three 8-year-old boys.

AR-04: Tom Cotton, R vs. Gene Jeffress/ Q. Byrum Hurst, D
In another blow to national Democrats, their hand-picked candidate Q. Byrum Hurst finds himself in a runoff, leaving them without a clear challenger in this already difficult race. Republicans have a strong candidate in Tom Cotton, a sixth-generation Arkansan who was born and raised in Dardanelle on his family’s cattle farm. A Harvard Law School graduate, Tom felt called to serve his country in uniform after Sept. 11, and he ultimately left his law practice to join the Army – serving in both Iraq and Afghanistan. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette put it best in its primary endorsement of Cotton:
“Whatever one's opinion of the politics and personality, the vices and virtues, of Arkansas legends like J. William Fulbright and Bill Clinton and Winthrop Rockefeller, each played a pivotal role in this state's history. Tom Cotton could be the next such figure. If voters in the Fourth District give him a start.”

Democrats will see a June 12 runoff between Gene Jeffress and Hurst. Hurst was initially touted by national Democrats but has been marred by revelations that he faces a litany of liens for failing to pay more than $25,000 in taxes. If Democrats pick Jeffress, he will be running with little to no excitement or assistance from Washington Democrats and he has few resources in his own campaign.

The following are the unofficial results from Tuesday’s primary election in Arkansas. These results are unofficial and incomplete.
Red Indicates expected runnoff

AR-01 – DEM Primary
28 of 30 Counties Reporting
Scott Ellington                                           49.5%
Clark Hall                                                    38.8%
Gary Latanich                                                 12%

AR-04 – REP Primary
31 of 33 Counties Reporting
Tom Cotton [winner]                            57%
Beth Anne Rankin                                     38%
John Cowart                                                 5%

AR-04 – DEM Primary
31 of 33 Counties Reporting
Gene Jeffress R                                       40%
Q. Byrum Hurst R                                  36%
D.C. Morrison                                             25%
Editor Note: Arkansas Republicans did not have primaries for AR-02 or Rep Tim Griffin and AR-03 - Rep. Steve Womack. However they both have contested races in the general election. Rep. Tim Griffin (R) will be opposed by Herb Rule (D) and Rep Steve Womack (R) will be opposed by Ken Aden.

If Arkansas elects Tom Cotton and re-elects Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin and Steve Womack, Arkansas will be represented by four Republican military veterans.

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Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Arkansas GOP Stands 100 Percent Behind Governor Mitt Romney

Little Rock, Ark. – State Republican Party Chairman Doyle Webb released the following statement on Governor Mitt Romney's Arkansas primary win:

“We welcome Governor Mitt Romney as our Party’s presumptive nominee and look forward to working closely to make him the next President of the United States. Barack Obama has taken our state and nation in the wrong direction and Governor Romney is the only candidate to get us back on track. Arkansans deserve a president who is serious about creating jobs and turning around the economy. We hope Governor Romney’s leadership at the top of the ticket will benefit Republican candidates down the ballot as we work to end 138 years of one party rule in Arkansas. We stand 100 percent behind Governor Romney and look forward to victory in November.”

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Romney Wins Kentucky and Arkansas

Mitt Romney
Pix by Bill Smith
ARRA News Service - Today Mitt Romney picked up expected wins on two more states in Kentucky and Arkansas. Even the news services declared the results very early based on exit poling. Kentucky polls closed at 6 pm and Arkansas polls closed at 7:30 pm.

Kentucky (45 delegates - proportional primary): Mitt Romney 66.8%; Ron Paul 12.5%; Rick Santorum 8.9%; Newt Gingrich 5.9% and uncommitted 5.9%. Mitt Romney receives all 45 delegates.

Arkansas (36 delegates - proportional primary): Mitt Romney 68.3%; Ron Paul 13.5%; Rick Santorum 13.4%; Newt Gingrich 4.9%. Mitt Romney 33 delegates, 3 unassigned.

Observation: in an Arkansas "bell weather" very conservative county of Baxter County in the heart of the Ozark Mountains Mitt Romney won with 73% of the vote for the Republicans and Barack Obama won 72% of the democrat votes cast. However, Romney received 2338 votes out of 3201 Republican votes for president and Barack Obama only received 481 votes out of 670 democrat votes cast. In 2008, Obama received 40% of the Arkansas vote losing by 20 points. If Baxter County is an indicator, in 2012 Barack Obama may lose by 40 points with democrats voting for Mitt Romney or not voting a all in the presidential race. This is clearly the reasons that the Obama campaign is skipping Arkansas and Mitt Romney will not need to invest lots of money to win Arkansas.

Romney now has 1,043 convention delegates. It takes 1,144 delegates to win the GOP nomination.

The next Big Dog primary will be on May 29 in Texas (155 delegates). Then on June 5th, New Jersey (50 delegates), New Mexico (23), South Dakota (28), Montana (25), and the last Big Dog California with 172 delegates. Nevada has the clean up spot with the final GOP primary June 26th with 28 delegates.

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Primary Election Day is finally here!

Primary Election Day is finally here! If you haven’t already, please get out and vote in the Republican Primary and Non-Partisan Judicial Election today! Polls will be open until 7:30 p.m. If you’re not sure where to vote, click here to contact your County Clerk.

From United States President and U.S. Congress to the State Senate and State House, the Republican Party has 16 primaries occurring across the state. We would like to thank every one of our candidates for stepping up to offer themselves for public service!

Also, please encourage your family and friends to vote in the Republican Primary. As always, thank you for supporting the Republican Party as we work to build a new conservative majority who will fight for hardworking Arkansas taxpayers!

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House Republican Women: Working for You

Republican Women, US House of Representatives: We are working together to create jobs, reduce spending, help small businesses, and put health care decisions back into your hands. While our backgrounds are different, one thing is not: we are all conservative reformers -- committed to leaving America better for our children and grandchildren than it was for us. We know what it's like to run a budget, a business and a family. So we will continue to stand on the House floor, debate in Committee hearings, fight against big-government policies, and listen to those of you who elected us. We -- as Republican women -- are leading the charge to make America great again.

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Friday, May 18, 2012

Presidential Delegate Filing Ends Monday

The deadline to file as a delegate or alternate to the 2012 Republican National Convention is Monday, May 21st at 5:00 p.m. Candidates must pay a $150 filing fee to the Republican Party of Arkansas, sign an affidavit of eligibility and commit themselves to the support of a specific presidential candidate at the time of filing.

For more information about becoming a presidential delegate or alternate, click here. To download a filing form, click here.

Tags: Arkansas, Presidential Delegate, Filing Deadline, 2012 election, RNC Convention, Tampa, FL

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Senator Mark Pryor’s Big Budget Fail

Little Rock, Ark. – After President Barack Obama’s budget failed to receive a single vote in the U.S. Senate for the second year in a row, Republican Party of Arkansas Communications Director Katherine Vasilos released the following statement on Senator Mark Pryor’s failure to vote on a budget:
“Senator Pryor needs to get his priorities straight, stop complaining and start working with Congressional Republicans to pass a responsible budget. It’s obvious Sen. Pryor and his fellow Democrats have no plan and don’t want to be held accountable to anything with Barack Obama’s name on it. While Republicans are fighting for hardworking Arkansas taxpayers, Democrats like Senator Pryor are fighting to keep their own jobs.”

On Wednesday, the Democratic-controlled U.S. Senate, with the help of Senator Pryor, also defeated a budget plan already passed by the House of Representatives.

“Senator Pryor should be embarrassed that the Democrat-led Senate hasn’t passed a budget in over three years,” said Vasilos. “Unfortunately, Arkansas’ senior Senator won’t stand for anything when it comes to solving our nation’s debt and jobs crisis. Not passing a budget is simply unacceptable and unsustainable, the American people deserve better.”
Obama Budget Rejected by Senate Democrats
(S.Con.Res.41, Roll Call Vote #97, Motion To Proceed Rejected 0-99, 5/16/12)

Obama Budget Rejected For Second Year In A Row
A budget resolution based on President Obama’s 2013 budget failed to get any votes in the Senate on Wednesday. In a 99-0 vote, all of the senators present rejected the president’s blueprint. It’s the second year in a row the Senate has voted down Obama’s budget. (Erik Wasson, Daniel Strauss, “Senate rejects Obama budget in 99-0 vote,” The Hill, 5/16/12)

Senate Democrats Reject Republican Budget Proposal
“Democrats controlling the Senate rejected for the second year in a row Wednesday a budget plan passed by House Republicans. The 58-41 vote against the GOP budget came after a daylong debate in which Democrats blasted Republicans for refusing to consider tax increases as part of a solution to trillion-dollar deficits, and Republicans in turn attacked Democrats for not offering a budget at all.” (Andrew Taylor, “Senate Democrats reject House GOP budget plan,” Associated Press, 5/16/12)

Democrats Worried About Own Jobs Instead Of Passing Budget
“Democrats haven't passed a budget since 2009, opting against weeklong floor debates that would have exposed party members to dozens of politically difficult votes or put themselves on record in favor of tax hikes or huge deficits.” (Ibid)
Tags: Senator Mark Pryor, budget failure, Obama budget, no Senate budget

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Keet, Others Aim at Campaign Finance, Lobbying Reform

by Elizabeth, Our Voices Arkansas: Arkansas gave bi-partisanship a shot last week when a group of activists — spearheaded by former GOP gubernatorial nominee Jim Keet, Democrat activist Brent Bumpers and Rockefeller business head Baker Kurrus – formed Better Ethics Now, a lobbying group driving a potential ballot measure that would "decrease the inappropriate influence of special interest groups" in the state.

Former Senator Dale Bumpers and retired GOP Congressman John Paul Hammerschmidt have indicated support for the measure, which would
  • disallow direct corporate and union contributions to state political campaigns,
  • lengthen the ‘cooling-off’ period for legislators after leaving office before returning as lobbyists from 1 year to 2 years, and
  • disallow gifts from lobbyists to legislators.
Better Ethics Now will work with the grassroots group Regnat Populus 2012, which says on its website:
Many of us had long held beliefs that the influence of big money on our elections needed to be reigned in, but were unsure of how to go about creating the change we desired. The shifting of the national dialogue from “How do we slash government services to reduce the deficit?” to “How do we prevent Wall Street from creating another crash like 2008?” and “How do we address income inequality?,” prompted by Occupy Wall Street and other protest movements, forged our will and gave us the momentum to launch this ballot question committee.
What do you think of this reform?  Is it needed?  Is this the bi-partisan leadership Arkansas needs right now?  Please leave comments also at Our Voices Arkansas.

Tags: 2012 Election, Arkansas, elections, Ethics, fiscal responsibility, jobs, politics, AR Legislature, Economic Policy, Statem campaign finance reform

Monday, May 14, 2012

Mike Ross Says No To Running For Arkansas Governor in 2014

Real Clear Politics: U.S. Rep. Mike Ross said Monday he won't seek the Democratic nomination for Arkansas governor in 2014, upending a race that he was widely expected to join after opting against a re-election bid this year.

Ross announced that instead of seeking the party's nomination, he will take a job with the Southwest Power Pool as its senior vice president for government affairs and public relations. The nonprofit power pool, based in Little Rock, manages electric services for 65 utilities in a nine-state area.

Last year, Ross said he wouldn't seek a seventh term representing south Arkansas' 4th District as he mulled a potential gubernatorial run. ... Read More

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Thursday, May 10, 2012

Music Legend Pat Boone Sings Praises of Tom Cotton

Dardanelle, AR – Legendary entertainer Pat Boone, spokesman for the 60 Plus Association, a national non-partisan senior citizen group, today announced that Tom Cotton has earned the group’s Honorary Guardian of Seniors’ Rights award. Cotton is running for election to the U.S. House of Representatives in the 4th District of Arkansas.

In a statement released by 60 Plus, Boone remarked, “I’m still singing at concerts, but today I’m singing the praises of Tom Cotton. Seniors can depend on Tom Cotton.”  Boone, 77, and his wife, Shirley, have been married for 57 years and reside in Beverly Hills, California.

Boone is also familiar to audiences as a star of film and television. Boone has had 38 top-ten hits since his recording career began in the 1950s, and, according to Billboard magazine, holds the record for the most consecutive weeks (220) on the charts by any performer.

60 Plus Chairman Jim Martin, who founded the organization in 1992, added “Tom Cotton can be counted on to preserve Social Security and Medicare. Cotton will fight to protect the pocket books of senior citizens and Tom Cotton will fight wasteful spending of our tax dollars which has our government now borrowing over 40 cents of every dollar to pay its bills. Seniors have to live within their means and so should our government.

“As to the phony charge that Tom Cotton wants to ‘end Medicare as we know it,’ they say a lie can travel halfway around the world before the truth catches up to it. The truth is that scaring seniors is apparently in the Democrats’ ‘DNA’. Look at their record. This despicable Medi-Scare tactic has now been used for over 15 years.

Martin added, “They now run television ads showing granny being pushed over a cliff in a wheelchair. It was irresponsible then. It’s irresponsible now.  But scaring seniors with these false attacks is unfortunately in the Democrats’ ‘DNA.’ Seniors deserve better.”

The Association’s Guardian Award is presented to Democrats and Republicans in Congress based on their “senior friendly” voting records. The honorary award is given to those running for office and is based on their views on issues of importance to seniors. Previous recipients include U.S. Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY); Republican Arkansas U.S. Senator John Boozman; Arkansas Reps. Rick Crawford (R-1st), Tim Griffin (R-2nd), and Steve Womack (R-3rd)  ).

About Tom Cotton: Tom Cotton is a Republican candidate for Congress in the Fourth District of Arkansas. Tom is a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, an Army Ranger, and a Bronze Star and Combat Infantryman Badge recipient. Tom is a graduate of Harvard and Harvard Law School and has worked as a business consultant at McKinsey & Co. A sixth-generation Arkansan, Tom lives in Dardanelle, where he grew up on his family's farm. Supporters can learn more at cottonforcongress.com, facebook.com/cottonforcongress, and twitter.com/cotton4congress.

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GOP Welcomes Bush At Little Rock Reception

George P. Bush
Little Rock, Ark. – The state Republican Party and Maverick PAC will host a reception with George P. Bush on June 7 at Juanita’s in downtown Little Rock.

“We look forward to welcoming George P. Bush to Arkansas as he works to enlist a new generation of young Republicans who will work as leaders in their states and the nation,” said Republican Party of Arkansas Chairman Doyle Webb.

George P. Bush is the National Co-Chair for Maverick PAC, which is a network of young professionals who devote their time to promoting the Republican Party. He is the eldest son of former Florida Governor Jeb Bush, grandson of former President George H. W. Bush and is an attorney, U.S. Navy Reserve officer and real estate developer.

The reception will take place from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. For ticket information, please visit www.arkansasgop.org or call the Republican Party headquarters at 501-372-7301.

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Monday, May 7, 2012

State GOP Announces 2012 Presidential Delegate Filing Period

Little Rock, Ark. – The state Republican Party today announced that the filing period to become a 2012 presidential delegate or alternate to the Republican National Convention begins today and ends at 5:00 p.m. on May 21, 2012. The Republican National Convention will be held in Tampa Bay, Florida, from Aug. 27 to 30, 2012.

Interested individuals must be a qualified voter in their county, pay a $150 filing fee to the Republican Party of Arkansas and sign an affidavit of eligibility. Candidates for delegate or alternate must also commit themselves to the support of a specific presidential candidate at the time of filing. The filing form can be obtained online at arkansasgop.org or by calling the Republican Party headquarters at 501-372-7301.

The Republican National Convention will host 2,286 delegates and 2,125 alternate delegates from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and five territories. Arkansas has 36 delegates and 33 alternates to the convention. Under Republican National Committee (RNC) rules, Arkansas’ three RNC members, State Party Chairman Doyle Webb, National Committeewoman Reta Hamilton and National Committeeman Jonathan Barnett, are automatic delegates. The remaining 33 delegates and 33 alternates will be elected at the Special District Conventions on June 9, 2012 and the State Committee meeting on June 23, 2012.

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Sunday, May 6, 2012

Arkansas Early Voting, Partisanship and an Intellectually Bankrupt Democratic Party

Katherine Vasilos, Republican Party of Arkansas: Early voting for the Arkansas Republican Primary and the Non-partisan Judicial General Election begins Monday, May 7th and ends May 21st! Election Day is May 22nd. To find your early voting location, contact your county clerk by clicking here.

Also, if you’re interested in becoming a presidential delegate or alternate to the 2012 Republican National Convention, you must officially file with the Republican Party between May 7th and May 21st. For more information about the delegate selection process and to download a filing form, click here.

He Said What?
Liberal Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist John Brummett had this to say about Arkansas Democrats this week: “The only idea the Arkansas Democratic Party has revealed in years was to run a thin gerrymandered line to Fayetteville to nab new Democratic votes for the 4th Congressional District…This bankruptcy of the state Democratic Party-ideologically, intellectually, essentially-is not new. It actually is heritage and tradition.”

We agree. Arkansas Democrats have no plan of action. Republicans do. You can actually read it here. State Democrats have proposed NO changes to encourage innovation and create a better quality of life for Arkansans. Maintaining the status quo is unacceptable and unsustainable. You deserve better!

Washington Partisanship Comes to Arkansas
Democratic Governor Mike Beebe often criticizes partisanship, yet he promised to be partisan this election cycle. Gov. Beebe told the Arkansas News Bureau that “people don’t want us to act like Washington,” then promised he would work to get “rid” of some Republicans in the legislature. Not to mention the fact he gave the Democratic Party nearly $1 million in 2011 to defeat Republicans. How’s that for partisanship?

Simply put, Republicans are fighting for hardworking Arkansas taxpayers while the governor’s party is fighting to keep their own jobs and prolong 138 years of one-party control in Arkansas.

Uncle Sam’s Unlimited Plan
Second District Congressman Tim Griffin this week proposed a bill that would end government-run, taxpayer-funded cell phones which is costing us billions! Click here to learn more about Uncle Sam’s Unlimited Plan.

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