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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