Saturday, June 30, 2012

AR-01 Congressional Candidate Ellington Supports Obamacare

Scott Ellington Supports ObamaCare. Thus he is just
another LIBERAL who supports shredding the Constitution
Democratic Congressional Candidate Scott Ellington came out in support of Obamacare following SCOTUS’ decision to uphold Obamacare’s Individual Mandate as a proper tax passed by Congress. To put in it Ellington’s words, Obamacare equates to “stable and secure health insurance coverage.”  From letters to the editor to talking with voters.

Ellington even slammed Congressman Crawford for his support for repealing Obamacare after Rep. Crawford has listened to the constituents of the First District who with a large majority want ObamaCare repealed.

Ellington is just another Obama supporter, aka, Obamanite, who will ignore the constituents of the First District and work to enslave us even further to big government, debt and spending. By his own words supporting the bill, he supports the taxes in the bill. Also, as previously reported, 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.

Scott Ellington is wrong for Arkansas.  He is another attorney who is an opportunist who won his party's nomination a minimum turnout.

Some Summary Key Points:
  • Thankfully, Congressman Rick Crawford has listened unlike his predecessor and he supports the repeal of Obamacare.
  • Obamacare is still hurting the economy and must be repealed; it is still a bad law.
  • Obamacare raises health care costs, making it harder for businesses to create jobs and put Arkansans back to work.
  • Obama Lied About Not Taxing Those Under $250K. View seven hidden taxes.
  • Stealth Care: Obama’s Mandate Tax Hits Middle Class CBO: At Least 75% Of Obama’s Mandate Tax Will Fall On Families Making Less Than $250K
It’s up to voters to end Obama’s government takeover of health care by re-electing Congressman Crawford and putting new leadership in the White House Again, Democrat Scott Ellington stands with President Barack Obama, not hardworking Arkansas taxpayers who rejected Barack Obama in 2008 and will do so again in the 2012 elections.

Extract of "Barack Obama / Nancy Pelosi Supporter" Ellington"s press release:
June 28, 2012
Contact:  Mariah Hatta
Office:  (870) 336-2412 
"The problem facing America is that Americans will spend more than $2.5 trillion for health care this year.  With today's ruling the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has upheld the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Their ruling means American families will have stable and secure health insurance coverage. . . .  I urge Congressman Rick Crawford to reject his leader's pointless and hyper-political vote to repeal the ACA. It's not helpful. Instead, the Congressman should use his office to help our families, friends and neighbors understand the basic facts and learn what exactly is provided by the Act."

Tags: Arkansas, 1st District, 2012 Elections, Scott Ellington, Barack Obama, Nancy Pelosi, Obamacare, Congressman Rick Crawford, Repeal Obama Care

'Arkansas Comes First' Not For Sen. Mark Pryor

Arkansas’s U. S. Senator Mark Pryor is fond of a sign in his office, inherited from his Dad, which boldly proclaims, “Arkansas Comes First.”  His constituents can only wish that the Senator’s voting record reflected that priority.

by Curtis Coleman: Last week, the U.S Senate voted down a resolution that would have stopped the single most expensive rule the EPA has ever written.  The new regulation will kill coal-fired energy production plants and continue the Obama Administration’s war on manufacturing in America.

Not only will this new EPA regulation cause the loss of between 180,000 and 215,000 jobs, it means the cost of electricity at your house or business could very well double and some estimate even triple or quadruple over the next three to four years.
So how did Arkansas’s Senior Senator vote on a resolution to stop the EPA from its devastating blow to America’s economy and national energy independence?  If “Arkansas Comes First,” he surely voted for the resolution, right? Wrong!  He voted against the resolution that would have stopped the EPA.

But he did even more than that.  Senator Pryor introduced a bill that would make it look like he was reining in the EPA for his constituents back home, but in reality would allow President Obama to continue to kill coal.   So not only did Senator Pryor vote against you and against Arkansas, he took the duplicitous action of trying to appear to be voting for you while he was voting against you.

I think it’s time for a new sign on the senator’s desk, which should read:  “It’s Time to Retire, Mr. Pryor.”

By the way, Arkansas’s Senator John Boozman voted for you and for Arkansas.  He voted for the resolution to stop the EPA.
Curtis Coleman is Chairman of The Institute for Constitutional Policy.

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Friday, June 29, 2012

AR-03 Congressional Candidate Ken Aden Was Not In Special Forces

Why did You Lie, Mr. Aden?
 Why lie about being a
Special Forces soldier?
Any other lies?
The Republic: Military officials say congressional hopeful Ken Aden is not a Green Beret, despite the candidate's claims that he's qualified as a Special Forces soldier.

Aden is the Democratic candidate running against U.S. Rep. Steve Womack this fall. The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported Thursday ( ) that a review of Aden's military records show that Aden never completed the qualification course to become a Special Forces soldier. ["His records indicate he washed out of Special Forces training, not once but three times".]

The newspaper obtained the records through a Freedom of Information request.

Aden says he would have been a Green Beret — had he been assigned to a Special Forces group after graduation from what's known as "Q Course."
But Aden says he was injured and instead transferred to a regular Army unit.
An Army spokeswoman says Aden didn't complete the Q Course because of academic reasons.

Tags: Arkansas, candidate, democrat, Congress, AR-03, Ken Aden, Stolen Valor, Not in Special Forces, lies

Arkansas GOP Responds to Obamacare Supreme Court Ruling

Little Rock, Ark. - Republican Party of Arkansas (RPA) Chairman Doyle Webb released the following statement regarding the Supreme Court's decision on Obamacare:
“Stopping Obamacare is now up to the American people. The only way to save the country from Obamacare's government takeover of health care is to elect a new president in November who will fully repeal the law,” said RPA Chairman Doyle Webb.

“Obamacare raises health care costs and makes it harder for businesses to create jobs and put the over 100,000 Arkansans back to work. A one-size fits all big government policy creates more problems than it solves . Americans deserve commonsense, step-by-step reforms based on the free market and not dictated by government bureaucrats.

“It’s clear that without a change of leadership, Arkansans will continue to suffer. On Election Day, we must elect Gov. Mitt Romney and send Arkansas Republicans to Congress who will put America on the path toward a brighter economic future and successful health care reform."

Tags: Arkansas, GOP, Doyle Webb, Chairman, RPA, Obamacare, Supreme Court

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Crawford: Supreme Court Ruling on Obamacare

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Rep. Rick Crawford (AR-01):  The Supreme Court’s ruling today does nothing to change the fact that President Obama’s healthcare mandate is not working for Arkansas. For my part, I will continue pushing for a full legislative repeal of the President’s healthcare mandate.

After visiting every hospital in Arkansas’s First District and listening to doctors and nurses, I know access and affordability are the chief barriers to quality care. The President’s law does nothing to make healthcare more affordable or accessible for Arkansas families. Patients need to be empowered and not overburdened with rules and financial penalties from Washington.

Tags: US, Representative, Rick Crawford, AR-01, SCOTUS ruling, Arkansas, hospitals, quality care

Boozman on Supreme Court Healthcare Ruling

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U.S. Senator John Bozeman (R-AR): “I am disappointed in the outcome but respect the decision reached by the Supreme Court. However, just because the Court found the law to be constitutional, does not mean it is good policy. The President rammed this law through Congress claiming it was not a tax increase but the Court ruled it Constitutional as a tax. This is all the more reason to step up our efforts to repeal the law and its accompanying tax increase, and put in place free market solutions that lower costs and allows a patient centered approach to making health care decisions.”

Tags: Senator, John Boozman, Supreme Court, decision, Obamacare

Griffin: Court Ruling a ‘Monumental Error’

WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement in response to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold President Obama’s 2010 health care law, commonly referred to as ObamaCare:

“I agree with the dissent that ObamaCare is ‘invalid in its entirety.’  In 2009, President Obama said the penalty for not obtaining health insurance is not a tax, but his lawyers argued just the opposite before the Supreme Court.  Today’s decision is a monumental error and paves the way for one of the largest tax increases in history.  While the Court may have found a narrow majority to uphold ObamaCare, the vast majority of hardworking Americans remain opposed to this unprecedented and expensive law that fails to lower costs and increase access to quality health care. I will continue to fight to repeal President Obama’s health care law so that we can replace it with patient-centered health care reform that maintains high quality service, empowers consumers, promotes innovation, lowers costs and is supported by hardworking American taxpayers.” 

In 2009, when President Obama was trying to sell his health care law, he was unequivocal: “for us to say that you've got to take a responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase…. Nobody considers that a tax increase.” 

A recent study produced by the House Ways & Means Committee showed that ObamaCare could actually encourage employers to drop health care coverage and impact more than 10.2 million employees and dependents.  In March, the Congressional Budget Office projected the cost of the President’s health care law will be $1.76 trillion, almost doubling its original estimate published when ObamaCare was signed into law.  Within four years, individuals and families who buy coverage on their own can expect to pay 13 percent more for their insurance, compared to if the law hadn’t been enacted at all. 

A New York Times/CBS News poll from earlier this month showed that more than two-thirds of Americans hoped the Supreme Court would overturn some or all of the health care law.  Less than a quarter said they hoped the Court “would keep the entire health care law in place.” 

Since January 2011, the House has voted 30 times to repeal all or part of ObamaCare.  

Tags: US, Representative,Tim Griffin, AR-02, SCOTUS ruling, monumental error

Today the People Lost - Chief Justice Roberts Saved Stealth Care

ARRA News Service - Dr. Bill Smith, Editor (extract)
Today in Washington, D.C. - June 28, 2012:
The Supreme Court’s ruling today shocked most of us.  SCOTUS upheld President Obama’s unpopular health care law. The SCOTUS action underscored the need for repealing and replacing the law.

We can now call the healthcare bill the Stealth Care.  The law was sold to American people on deception. SCOTUS ruled the mandate provision on its own was unconstitutional and then they turned around and decided (5-4)  - even though Congress said clearly that the mandate was not a tax and was put in the healthcare bill under the commerce clause, that it didn't matter. They accepted the arguments of the Obama White House that the mandate was really a tax.  Thus a deceptive tax disguised as the unconstitutional mandate.

In a conference call today with Sen. Ron Johnson (R-WI), the senator seems as stunned as the rest of us over the decision.  When the call was set-up, noone expected this decision.

In March, during the oral arguments on this case, Sen. Johnson told Fox News, “Basically what this law does is it will compel a free individual to engage in a commercial activity for the purpose of the federal government to regulate that activity. It’s an unprecedented power grab by the federal government. . . . Obamacare will further bankrupt this nation. It’s the reason I came here. . . . Obamacare is so unpopular because people just inherently understand that the federal government has no capability of taking over 1/6 of our economy.”

Johnson said today, "The Supreme Court rewrote the law not based on a penalty but on a tax." He also identified that the medicade expansion was struck down. The CBO had estimated the cost to the states as $60 - $100 billion to state budgets. Now this cost will be born at the federal level and that in fact we can expect these costs to be underestimated. The government is already fiscally overburdened and this may force us quicker towards bankruptcy.

Sarah Palin responded today, "This proves to be such an unsettling time in America as we undergo the fundamental transformation that Barack Obama promised he would do to us if elected. Obamacare was dealt in deception and confusion by flooding the public with an overwhelming amount of conflicting “rationale” via thousands of pages of unread legislative detail, which is the radical left’s M.O. Obama promised the American people this wasn’t a tax and that he’d never raise taxes on anyone making less than $250,000. We now see that this is the largest tax increase in history. It will slam every business owner and every one of the 50% of Americans who currently pay their taxes. The other 50% are being deceived if they think they’re going to get a free ride – because Medicaid is broke. Recipients of Obama’s “free health care” will have fewer choices and less accessibility. Trust me – this much more expensive health care WILL be rationed; to claim otherwise defies all economic and common sense."

. . . . On the Senate floor today, Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell responded to the Supreme Court's decision, “Two and a half years ago, a Democrat president teamed up with a Democrat-led Congress to force a piece of legislation on the American people that they never asked for, and that has turned out to be just as disastrous as many of us predicted. . . . [T]he President of the United States himself promised up and down that this bill was not a tax. This was one of the Democrats’ top selling points — because they knew it would have never passed if they said it was. The Supreme Court has spoken. This law is a tax. This bill was sold to the American people on a deception.”

Recalling President Obama’s famous interview from 2009 with ABC’s George Stephanopoulos where Stephanopoulos asked him over and over again if the individual mandate was a tax. Obama said, “[F]or us to say that you've got to take a responsibility to get health insurance is absolutely not a tax increase.” Stephanopoulos pressed, “But you reject that it's a tax increase?” “I absolutely reject that notion,” Obama replied.

Leader McConnell pointed out, “We pass plenty of terrible laws around here that the court finds constitutional. Constitutionality was never an argument to keep this law in place, and it’s certainly not one you’ll hear from Republicans in Congress.”

Indeed, there are plenty of reminders today why Obamacare was such a bad law in the first place, the question of its constitutionality aside. When the law was first making its way through Congress, Congressional Budget Office reported that at least 75% of individual mandate penalties fall on those making less than $250,000. Since the Supreme Court has declared the mandate a tax, this amounts to a tax hike on middle class families.

Further, Bloomberg News writes, “The U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the bulk of the 2010 health-care law means wealthy investors may sell assets before the end of the year as taxes in the overhaul remain in place and will take effect next year. The health-care law includes levies and fees that are projected to raise an estimated $813 billion in revenue over 10 years to help pay for the expansion of insurance coverage, according to the Congressional Budget Office. That figure includes the penalties under either the employer mandate or the individual mandate, which the court ruled was constitutional under Congress’ taxing power.”

Meanwhile, ABC News reported yesterday, “Just 36 percent in this ABC News/Washington Post poll express a favorable opinion of the health care law . . . . While the law’s popularity is weak, barely more than half, 52 percent, see it unfavorably, including 38 percent who have a ‘strongly’ unfavorable opinion.”

Both Speaker Boehner and Senate Republican Leader McConnell agree that the only one way to ‘fix’ Obamacare is a full repeal of the bill that clears the way for common-sense, step-by-step reforms that protect Americans’ access to the care they need, from the doctor they choose, at a lower cost. It appears that's precisely what Republicans are committed to doing.

In conclusion: Obama Care can now be called Stealth Care!  Today the People Lost - Chief Justice Roberts Saved Stealth Care.

Tags: SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Obama Care, Stealth Care,

State GOP Calls On Democrat Gene Jeffress To Take Stand On Obamacare

Little Rock, Ark. – After voting to spend $7.7 million in taxpayer money to implement the President’s health care law in Arkansas, Democratic Fourth Congressional District Candidate Sen. Gene Jeffress hasn’t said much when it comes to whether he supports the repeal and replacement of Obamacare.

“Arkansans deserve a fact-based debate on an issue that accounts for one-sixth of our national economy,” said Republican Party Chairman Doyle Webb. “Does Gene Jeffress support President Obama’s government takeover of healthcare or does he stand with the majority of Americans in supporting the law’s repeal?

“Obamacare raises health care costs, creates trillions in new government spending and makes it harder for businesses to create jobs and put Arkansans to work. Tom Cotton is committed to repealing Obamacare and replacing it with real free-market reform. Will Democrat Gene Jeffress stand with President Obama or will he join Republicans in fighting for hardworking Arkansas taxpayers?”

Tags: Gene Jeffress, Democrat, Arkansas, AR-04, candidate, Obamacare

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Gov. Bobby Jindal To Headline Arkansas GOP Reagan-Rockefeller Dinner

Little Rock, Ark. – The state Republican Party announced today that Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal will headline their 2012 Reagan-Rockefeller Dinner next month in Hot Springs.

“We look forward to welcoming our neighboring Governor Bobby Jindal to Arkansas,” said Republican Party of Arkansas Chairman Doyle Webb. “Gov. Jindal has done an excellent job in putting forth bold conservative reform in areas such as ethics, tax reduction, education and health care. He is a proven leader who has overcome crisis and continues to set an example of what Americans can aspire to.”  
The dinner will be held on Friday, July 27, at the Hot Springs Convention Center. The next day, Republicans will hold their 2012 State Convention, where a new party platform will be adopted.

Tickets can be purchased online at or by calling the State Party headquarters at 501-372-7301.

Tags: Louisiana. Governor, Bobby Jindal, headline speaker, Arkansas, Republicans, Arkansas Republican Party, RPA, Hot Springs Convention Center, July 27, 2012

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Crawford: Obama Ignores the Constitution

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recognized as a “School to Watch” by the
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Rep. Rick Crawford (AR-04): In the Constitution our Founding Fathers gave Congress the authority to make laws and the President authority to enforce laws. The Constitution does not give the President the authority to pick and choose which laws are enforced, but with his reversal in immigration policy last week, that is exactly what President Obama did. Over the last few days, my office has been flooded with emails and phone calls from people who are angry that President Obama has once again circumvented the will of Congress in favor of political gain.

Many people have questioned the timing of President Obama’s revelation on immigration policy. During the 2008 campaign, President Obama said he would reform our nation’s immigration laws during his first year in office. Now four years later we are just five months away from another election and the President has disregarded Congress and said he will no longer enforce current immigration laws. Regardless of personal opinions about the change in policy, every American should be concerned about President Obama’s choice to ignore the Constitution and legislative process.

It’s not surprising that President Obama would want to divert attention away from where most Americans are focused – jobs and the economy. A few weeks ago the President said the private sector is “doing fine.” Well, I don’t know how often President Obama talks to anyone who actually works in the private sector, but when I talk to small business owners they tell me regulations from Washington are hurting their bottom line. Our nation’s unemployment numbers crept up last month to 8.2%. I don’t blame the President for not wanting to talk about the economy, but that is no reason to ignore the Democratic process.

The wisdom of our Founding Fathers is evident in the powers laid forth in the Constitution. Balancing authority between the President, Congress and Supreme Court ensures that no one branch of government is more powerful than the next. Just last year President Obama said his hands were tied and he could do nothing to change federal immigration policy. Through his actions last week, President Obama has shown that he is willing to forget about the powers named in the Constitution if it means he can score political points.

With his reversal in immigration policy, President Obama really said that he is willing to pick and choose which federal laws he will enforce. No person, not even the President, should be above the law. My constituents and every American deserve a President guided by the Constitution, not election year politics.

Tags: Rick Crawford, US Representative, AR-04, barack Obama, Constitution

Friday, June 22, 2012

RPA Research: Governor Mike Beebe’s Rhetoric Doesn’t Match Reality

What else can you expect from
an avowed advocate for Barack Obama?
He fears opposition by "conservatives" to
his agenda? The Plantation master opposes

Arkansans demanding their heritage
Regnat Populus - The People Rule!

138 Years - Plantation Politics:
Governor Beebe Talks A Good Game, But In Reality He’s The Most Partisan Person in Little Rock As He Trys To Maintain 138 Years of One-Party Rule.

Governor Beebe Laments Partisanship In Midst Of Emerging Two-Party State. “Gov. Mike Beebe told members of the Arkansas Municipal League on Thursday that the state needs a spirit of cooperation, saying that partisanship has ‘attacked our country from within.’ In a passionate and unusually campaign-oriented speech, Beebe criticized the gridlock in Washington and said a similar confrontational spirit has sprouted in the Legislature and in some Arkansas communities.” (Chuck Bartels, “In speech to Arkansas Municipal League, Beebe urges civility, compromise among state's leaders,” Associated Press, 6/21/12)

Yet, Democratic Party of Arkansas Says Governor Beebe Has Plans To Crisscross State Campaigning For Arkansas Democrats. “Arkansas Democratic Party Chairman Will Bond has said his priority this fall is to keep Democrats in the majority in the state House and Senate, and party spokeswoman Candace Martin said it has not organized its own push to send Beebe out to districts that are in play in November.” (Chuck Bartels, “In speech to Arkansas Municipal League, Beebe urges civility, compromise among state's leaders,” Associated Press, 6/21/12)

It Was Just Ten Days Earlier That Governor Beebe Was Stumping In Stuttgart! “Gov. Mike Beebe was in Stuttgart Tuesday night to attend a fundraiser for Arkansas Representative District 13 candidate David Hillman at the Grand Prairie Center.” (“Fundraiser for David Hillman,” Stuttgart Daily Leader, 6/13/12)

And Six Days Earlier That Governor Beebe Was Campaigning in Van Buren. “Gov. Mike Beebe will be in Van Buren on Friday (June 15) to attend fundraising rally for Rep. Tracy Pennartz, D-Fort Smith. It’s not the first political event for Beebe of the political season, and it will likely be one of many as he attempts to use his popularity to prevent Republicans from capturing one or both chambers of the Arkansas Legislature.” (“Gov. Beebe to campaign for Rep. Pennartz,” The City Wire, 6/14/12)

After Campaigning in Van Buren, Governor Beebe Headlined A State House Candidate Fundraiser In Altus. (Fundraiser for Rep. Leslie Milam Post, Screenshot)

And Last Week, Governor Beebe Made A Pit Stop In Searcy To Campaign For Democratic State Senate Candidate.“Please join Gov. Mike Beebe on Thursday at an event for Rep. Tiffany Rogers, candidate for State Senate.” (Tiffany Rogers, website, June 2012)

Governor Beebe Promises To Begin Partisan Push Early In 2012 Campaign

Governor Beebe Vows To Fight “Partisan Rhetoric” With Outright Partisanship—Before The Primary! “Gov. Mike Beebe said today he plans to campaign against certain state legislators he would like to see defeated in November. Beebe did not name names but said he believes some members of the General Assembly are too partisan.” (John Lyon, “Governor to get involved in legislative races,” Arkansas News, 5/1/12)

Beebe Couldn’t Even Admit He Was Being Partisan, Leaving It To His Spokesman. “Beebe declined to identify any particular legislators but said that ‘I’ll be out there doing what I can to try to get rid of some of those folks that I think just vote based on whether they’ve got something beside their name. I’m not bashful.’ Beebe spokesman Matt DeCample said later he knew of no plans by the governor to campaign against any Democrats.” (John Lyon, “Governor to get involved in legislative races,” Arkansas News, 5/1/12)  

In Fact, Beebe’s Partisan Campaigning Began Before 2012 Even Started As He Held The First Of Two Fundraisers For Fellow Democrat Linda Tyler. ( Tyler campaign fundraising invitation, 11/28/11)

Before Republicans Sworn In To Legislature, Governor Beebe Threw First Partisan Punch And Filled Democratic Party’s Campaign Coffers With Nearly $900,000. “Gov. Mike Beebe raised more than $5 million in his successful run for re-election this year and the Democratic incumbent donated more than $881,000 of leftover campaign cash to the state Democratic Party, campaign finance records show.” (“Beebe donates $881,000 in leftover campaign cash to Democrats,” Arkansas News Bureau, 1/3/11)
Sources articles compliled by the Republican Party of Arkansas.

Tags: Arkansas, Governor, Mike Beebe, Rhetoric, reality, partisan, libera agenda, 138 years, plantation politics

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Arkansas D.C. Delegation Members Respond to Obama's Amnesty Plan

Arkansas, D.C. -
Delegation Members, Respond to Obama's Amnesty!
We will add other responses as we receive them!

BACKGROUND: Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano today announced that effective immediately, certain young people who were brought to the United States as young children, who demonstrate that they meet certain criteria will be eligible to receive deferred action for a period of two years, subject to renewal, and will be eligible to apply for work authorization. The Administration did not consult with Congress before unilaterally making this major change to America’s immigration policy.
6/15/2012: WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s unilateral decision to stop enforcing immigration laws pertaining to certain immigrants who are in the country illegally.

“Once again, President Obama has ignored Congress, the will of the American people and our legal system in an effort to win political points. Serious immigration reform is long overdue, but this is not reform. Instead it is a huge step backwards. I intend to fight this misguided, partisan move by the President,” Boozman said.

6/15/2012: LITTLE ROCK – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02), a member of the House Committee on the Judiciary, issued the following statement in response to President Obama’s unilateral decision to stop deporting and begin giving work permits to illegal immigrants:

“Circumventing Congress and unilaterally granting amnesty work permits to nearly 1,000,000 illegal immigrants ignores the law and insults the 23.2 million Americans in need of work. This is yet another example of how President Obama’s policies are making our economy worse. Just last September, President Obama addressed this very issue, admitting that he can’t ‘just change the laws unilaterally.’ It is clear today’s decision is all about presidential politics and his reelection.”

The Obama Administration’s policy will apply to people who are currently under 30 years old, who arrived in the country before they turned 16 and have lived here for at least five years.

Unfortunately for younger Americans, today’s announcement further increases the number of job applicants in a demographic that has suffered from disproportionately high levels of unemployment. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, 41 percent of the nation’s decline in full-time jobs over the past four years was among Americans under the age of 25 – those younger than 35 years-old account for 65 percent of the decline in full-time unemployment.

Tags: Arkansas, D.C., Delegation, Obama's Amnesty Plan, Delegation Members, Respond to Obama's Amnesty Plan

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Arkansas Democrats "diminished their chances" in First and Fourth Congressional Districts

Dems chances to retake House hurt by losses in Southern primaries
The Hill, Cameron Joseph, 6/13/12: Democrats' chances to retake the House were hurt Tuesday when their preferred candidates lost in three Southern House districts.

The results in Arkansas and South Carolina show how tough it will be for Democrats to recapture ancestrally Southern seats that have trended sharply away from them in recent years, and create a much steeper path toward winning back control of the House in this or future election cycles.

In Arkansas, Democrats lost their best chance of holding onto retiring Rep. Mike Ross's (D-Ark.) seat when attorney Q. Byrum Hurst lost his primary to state Sen. Gene Jeffress (D), while state Rep. Clark Hall (D), another Democratic favorite, lost to state prosecutor Scott Ellington (D), lowering their chances of beating freshman Rep. Rick Crawford (R-Ark.) in a seat Democrats had held from the 1870s until 2010's GOP wave election.

Democrats argue Ellington is also a strong candidate and are hopeful he can give Crawford a tough race, but his win diminished their chances there.

They were also dealt a blow in South Carolina, where the party's preferred candidate, attorney Preston Brittain, appeared to lose to carpet-bagging former Georgia state Rep. Gloria Tinubu (D), creating an even steeper hill in a new district that leans only slightly Republican.

The state Democratic Party is challenging whether Tinubu got the 50 percent of votes necessary to avoid a runoff, arguing that votes received by a candidate who was no longer running should be counted and thus lowering her share of the vote below the required 50 percent, but even if they win that legal battle Tinubu had a solid lead over Brittain in the first round of voting and would start off with an edge in the run-off.

Democrats had already lost their original top recruit, state Rep. Ted Vick (D), who dropped out of the race after being arrested for drunk driving and possession of an unlicensed firearm with a female college student in the car.

All three districts are the types that gave Democrats their majority in 2006 and 2008, but broke sharply for the GOP in 2010. They were going to be uphill climbs for the Democratic Party this year anyways, but the party's chances in each district just got slimmer — and so did their chances at winning back control of the House.
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Tags: Arkansas, politics, The Hill, 1st Congressional District, 4th Congressional District, democrats, republicans,

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Boozman: Senate Farm Bill Will Have “Devastating” Impact on Southern Ag

WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR), a member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, took to the Senate floor last night to highlight the stark inequities created by the current version of the Farm Bill under consideration in the chamber this week.

“The Commodity title, as it is currently written, will have a devastating impact on southern agriculture which relies heavily on irrigation and, therefore, benefits less from Crop Insurance,” said Boozman.

VIDEO: Boozman Speaks About Farm Bill Inequities

Crop insurance does not work for southern commodities in the same manner it does for producers in other regions.  The safety net that it creates is geared to protecting producers of commodities in regions where yield risks are high.  Many southern crops, including rice, do not fall into that category as they are heavily irrigated.  As a result, the risk for southern producers is tilted heavily toward a collapse in commodity prices rather than on farm yield fluctuation.  If a commodity’s price plummets while inputs like fertilizer or energy prices remain high, producers have no protection for the losses created by the high front-end costs.

During his speech, Boozman said the new revenue plan designed to augment crop insurance “leaves gaping holes in the Southern Safety Net.”

“Even with a reference price, this revenue plan may not be strong enough for our farmers to get operating loans.  For example, most estimates find that Rice would lose as much as 70% of its baseline – far more than their fair share.  However, this is not about just one crop.   Every farmer in America knows the real threat of multi-year price declines, and we need a commodity title that treats all crops and regions fairly,” Boozman said.

Boozman is concerned that the version of the Farm Bill currently under consideration in the Senate creates a weak, inequitable safety net as a result of the risky assumptions it is based upon.

“I am very concerned that this proposal is couched in the assumption that we will continue to have these high commodity prices. A revenue plan is attractive when prices are high, but I am not sure there is anything in this plan that protects producers from a multi-year price decline and an untested, one-size-fits-all program, with no producer choice could leave many producers vulnerable,” Boozman said.  “Throughout this process, I have said that anything that goes too far in any direction can violate the core principals of this effort.  I am afraid that this Commodity title does that in its current form.

While Boozman opposes final passage of the bill in its current form, he expressed his commitment to working with his colleagues to get a Farm Bill that protects all crops and regions passed by Congress and signed into law this year. 

“But just because we there isn’t full agreement, does not mean that our farmers stop needing a safety net.  I am committed to continuing the fight for a safety net that works–not just for Arkansans–but for all farmers, of all crops, in all regions of the country,” Boozman said.  “We can do this while preserving the safety net, making reforms, and achieving deficit reduction.  I am confident that we can craft a bill that we are all proud of, and I look forward to continuing to work with the Chair, Ranking Member, and all the members of Congress and seeing this through.”

Tags: U.S. Senator, John Boozman, Farm Bill, Arkansas

Monday, June 11, 2012

Griffin: Limit Assistance to Pakistan Until Dr. Shakil Afridi Is Released

LITTLE ROCK – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02), a member of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs (HCFA) and Vice-Chair of the Europe and Eurasia Subcommittee, issued the following statement after sending a letter to Congresswoman Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (FL-18), Chairman of HCFA, regarding the plight of Dr. Shakil Afridi:

“Pakistan’s hasty arrest, trial and sentencing of Dr. Shakil Afridi is an insult to all nations that have been victims of terrorism.  Dr. Afridi was instrumental in helping us identify the location of top al Qaeda operatives and hunt down Osama bin Laden in a compound less than a mile from the Pakistan Military Academy.  While I appreciate the significance of our strategic relationship with Pakistan, we must stand with Dr. Afridi by limiting our security-related assistance to Pakistan until he is set free.”

Griffin’s letter, which expresses concerns and offers recommendations, is part of his ongoing efforts with HCFA to push for Pakistan to release Dr. Afridi.  In his letter, Griffin requests that Chairman Ros-Lehtinen include language in the Foreign Relations Authorization Act, or any security-related assistance legislation, that would limit security-related assistance to Pakistan until Dr. Shakil Afridi is released from prison. Last year, Pakistan received $1.2 billion in U.S. security-related assistance.

On May 24, 2012, Dr. Afridi was arrested and later sentenced to 33-years of imprisonment by the Pakistani government. The Pakistani government found him guilty, alleging "close links" to militant group Lashkar-e-Islam.

A copy of Rep. Griffin’s letter can be found Pakistan Until Dr. Shakil Afridi here.

Tags: Congressman, Tim Griffin, (AR-02), Pakistan, Dr. Shakil Afridi,

Saturday, June 9, 2012

Crawford: Protecting Innocent Life

Rep; Rick Crawford (AR-01): The House of Representatives recently voted on H.R. 3541, the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act, which would prohibit abortion on the basis of an unborn baby’s gender. Many advanced nations around the world already have laws restricting gender-based abortions. Recognizing the importance of all life, I voted in favor of the bill and had high hopes it could be signed into law. Unfortunately, the measure failed to reach the majority vote needed for passage.

On the floor of the House of Representatives, I spoke about the need to protect innocent life.

Protecting Innocent Life
: Life at every stage is precious.

Last week the House of Representatives took up H.R. 3541, the Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act, which would prohibit abortion on the basis of an unborn baby’s gender. Many advanced nations around the world already have laws restricting sex-selection abortions. The United States of America should not allow abortions to be performed based upon an unborn child’s sex. Recognizing the importance of all life, I voted in favor of the bill and had high hopes it could be signed into law. Sadly, the measure failed to reach the majority vote needed for passage.

As unbelievable as it may be, some members of Congress were unwilling to vote to restrict abortions based on gender selection. Aborting a baby based upon its gender undermines one of our nation’s founding principles, that all human beings are created equal. United States law currently prohibits discrimination on the basis of gender. Abortion should be no exception.

I proudly cast my vote for the most innocent among us, the unborn children. I am sickened by the thought of a parent aborting a child because of its sex and we must do everything in our power to defend those who cannot defend themselves. The laws of our country go to great lengths to protect individuals from discrimination, and unborn children should not be abandoned or forgotten.

Although the movement to protect life was dealt a blow this week in the House of Representatives, work to guard the unborn will continue. This cause is bigger than political rhetoric and represents more than a plank on a party platform. The ambition to protect human life at all stages speaks to the soul of our nation. Together, we must work to guard the most vulnerable members of our society.

Every representative, every physician and every American needs to be reminded that at the center of our struggle is the protection of all human life. We cannot live in a nation where some human life is valued and other life is not. All life has value and the casual taking of life is morally wrong. Let us join together to pray for the protection of the unborn. The intersection of prayer and action can produce amazing results. Through prayer and perseverance we can accomplish our goals, and innocent human life - at all stages - can be protected.

Tags: US House, Representative, Rick Crawford, AR-01, Arkansas, abortion, same sex selection, H.R. 3541, protect innocent life

Friday, June 8, 2012

Ghouls Are Busy

Ed Bethune
Op-Ed by Congressman Ed Bethune: Governor Winthrop Rockefeller would be so pleased to see how the Republican Party of Arkansas has grown. It was his dream. On the night of his election in 1966, he said this in a short victory speech at Barton Coliseum:
“ … I am convinced that this is truly a victory of the people and I am thrilled that you have said to the rest of the nation, ‘Yes, we want a two-party system of government in Arkansas.’

I will not let you down. I know that the Democratic Party will be watching every act of this Republican administration, just as closely as we have watched the Democratic administration. And this is good. The checks and balances within the framework of a two-party system are the greatest protection ever conceived for the citizens in a democracy and represent the great hope for Arkansans in the years to come. … ”
His election sounded the death knell for the Old Guard machine of Orval Faubus. WR opened up government to blacks, women, and others closed out of the process. He began a much-needed reform of the election law. He cleaned up the prison system, brought transparency to government, and stopped illegal gambling in Hot Springs. He went after abuses in banking and chased fly-by-night insurance frauds out of the state. It was a new day in Arkansas and much of what our state has accomplished is a result of WR’s bold leadership.

Recently, a number of Arkansas Democrats have been saying that Governor Rockefeller would not want to be in today’s Republican Party. They do this for political purposes because they are desperate. People are leaving their party in droves. Everyone has heard the most common refrain in Arkansas politics: “I didn’t leave the Democrat Party—it left me!” This saying derives from the indisputable fact that the Democratic Party has moved to the far-left liberal side of the political spectrum. Arkansans simply cannot relate to people like Barney Frank, Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and Barrack Obama. For that reason, the local Democrats are now trying to paint the Republican Party as extreme. It is Politics.101: If people say your party is too extreme, you should say the same thing about the opposition party.

Politics can be an ugly business. There is a degree of tolerance for that. However, it is one thing to besmirch a live opponent, it is quite another to drag into the fray the name and reputation of a distinguished leader who has been dead for forty years. This is particularly true when the tactic is a bald face lie and admiring people have set aside a month to remember his good work. It is doubly bad when the lie touches the family of the great leader and disturbs a memory they cherish. WR’s son, Lieutenant Governor Rockefeller, served our state with distinction for ten years and was chair of the Republican Party in 2003 and 2004. In that capacity, he was fond of saying: “The Republican Party of Arkansas represents the views and values of everyday Arkansans.” Today, WR’s grandson, Will, works for U. S. Senator John Boozman, a Republican. Another grandson, Collin, is in his second year at the U. S. Naval Academy and he has been a frequent speaker at Lincoln Day dinners. Yet another grandson, Lewis, has applied to be a page at this year’s Republican National Convention.

The partisan bloviators — former Governor Jim Guy Tucker, Will Bond (chair of the Arkansas Democrat Party), and Jay Barth (a liberal professor and unsuccessful Democrat candidate) — should cease and desist their unbecoming attempt to speak for a great man who has been in the grave for forty years. Their ploy is at best a dirty trick; at worst, it is a ghoulish attempt to rewrite history for political purposes. Would it not be better to debate the issues on the merits?
Ed Bethune was elected to Congress from the Second Congressional District of Arkansas in 1978. He served until 1985. He was born and raised a Democrat and became a Republican after he helped Winthrop Rockefeller become governor. He is the author of  the  autobiography; Jack Hammered.   This article first appeared in the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on April 14, 2012.

Tags: Ed Buthune, op ed, ghouls, Arkansas, Republicans, governor, Winthrop Rockefeller, democrat ploys,

President Obama Out-of-Touch With Arkansas, Claims Private Sector Job Creation Is “Doing Fine”

Little Rock, Ark. – Following President Barack Obama’s statement today that private sector job creation is “doing fine,” Republican Party of Arkansas Chairman Doyle Webb released the following statement on the President’s economic failure:
“President Obama’s announcement that the ‘private sector is doing fine’ is bound to be a surprise to the over 100,000 Arkansans and 23 million Americans still struggling for work. President Obama is out-of-touch with Arkansas and America if he really thinks our economy is ‘doing fine.’ It’s clear President Obama doesn’t have a clue how to create real jobs or turn our economy around. Like Governor Mitt Romney, we believe the White House can do better when it comes to putting jobs and the economy first.”

ARRA News Service's background info on Obama's comment:
Yea Sure! Obama Says ‘Private Sector Is Doing Fine’

Tags: Barack Obama, private sector, markets, jobs, unemployment, recession, Arkansas, RPA, Doyle Webb

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Griffin Cosponsors Five Pro-Jobs Energy Bills & Votes To Repeals ObamaCare Medical Device tax

Bills part of energy package unveiled by the House Energy Action Team (HEAT)

WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02), a member of the House Energy Action Team (HEAT), issued the following statement after cosponsoring five bills that will increase domestic energy production and encourage private sector job creation.  These bills form the core of the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act, which was unveiled at a press conference earlier today:

“Like most Arkansans, I believe making America less dependent on Middle Eastern oil is good for U.S. national security and our economy.  That’s why I’m proud to cosponsor five pro-jobs energy bills, which will open up federal lands to increased energy exploration, stop the EPA’s unrealistic and costly fuel regulations, and speed up the Obama Administration’s sluggish permit approval process.  And not only will they help hardworking Arkansans save more of their paychecks, they’ll help put folks back to work.”

Following a series of nationwide American Energy and Jobs Tour events held last month, members of HEAT unveiled the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act earlier today.  This package of domestic energy production bills is designed to reduce energy costs and encourage private sector job creation.  Rep. Griffin is a cosponsor of five of the seven underlying bills and will support the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act once it is formally introduced.  Here is a summary of the Domestic Energy and Jobs Act:

Rep. Griffin has cosponsored the Strategic Energy Production Act of 2012 (H.R. 4480), which would require an increase in federal lands leased for oil and natural gas drilling that is proportional to any release from the Strategic Petroleum Reserve.

The Planning for American Energy Act of 2012 (H.R. 4381) would direct the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to develop a strategic plan every four years on how to responsibly develop our federal onshore energy resources in order to meet U.S. energy demands.  Rep. Griffin is a cosponsor of this bill.

Rep. Griffin has also cosponsored the Providing Leasing Certainty for American Energy Act of 2012 (H.R. 4382), which would expand onshore energy production by requiring the Interior Secretary to offer a minimum level of new lease sales each year.

The Streamlining Permitting of American Energy Act of 2012 (H.R. 4383) would ensure the timely approval of drilling permits by setting firm timelines for the Interior Secretary.  Rep. Griffin is a cosponsor of H.R. 4383.

Rep. Griffin has cosponsored the Gasoline Regulations Act of 2012 (H.R. 4471) would direct the President to establish an interagency committee to study certain U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules and actions that impact the price of gasoline and diesel fuels, while delaying the implementation of the three most problematic regulations until the study is complete.  Those three regulations are New Source Performance Standards for greenhouse gases for refineries, TIER 3 standards and Tightening of National Ambient Air Quality Standards (NAAQS).

The National Petroleum Reserve Alaska Access Act (H.R. 2150) would expand American energy production and lower energy costs by ensuring that oil and natural gas resources in the National Petroleum Reserve-Alaska (NPRA) are developed and transported in a timely, efficient manner.

The BLM Live Internet Auctions Act (H.R. 2752) would authorize Internet-based auctions for onshore leases to ensure greater returns for U.S. taxpayers, reduce fraud and secure the leasing process.

Bill repeals ObamaCare medical device tax, HAS/FSA ban on OTC drugs

WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement after House passage of the Health Care Cost Reduction Act (H.R. 436):

“President Obama’s health care law contains at least 20 tax increases on job creators and working families, including a provision that jeopardizes manufacturing jobs and raises the cost of life-saving medical devices.  Another provision in the law limits families’ access to over-the-counter medicines.  Our bill, the Health Care Cost Reduction Act repeals these harmful policies, and I am proud to support it despite the President’s veto threat.  Unlike President Obama, I support improving hardworking Arkansans’ access to quality health care by lowering costs through patient-centered solutions that empower consumers.”

H.R. 436 would repeal President Obama’s health care law’s 2.3 percent tax on medical devices, which is scheduled to take effect in 2013, and would repeal the ban on using health savings accounts (HSA) and flexible spending arrangements (FSA) to pay for over-the-counter medicines.  It also would remove certain FSAs’ “use-it-or-lose-it” rules that force employees to forfeit their balances at the end of the year.  Finally, over the next decade, H.R. 436 would recapture $43.9 billion of overpayments resulting from federally-subsidized health insurance plans.

According to a new NYT/CBS News poll, more than two-thirds of Americans hope the U.S. Supreme Court overturns the President’s health care law.  On Wednesday, the Obama Administration issued a veto threat on H.R. 436.

Tags: Representative, Tim Griffin, Arkansas, District 2, U.S. House, bills, vote, pro-jobs, energy, bills, repeal, Obamacare Tax, medical devises,

Update on Arkansas' First Online Checkbook

Rep. James McLean, Lt Gov. Mark A. Darr,
and DFA Director Richard Weiss.
LITTLE ROCK - Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Mark A. Darr and Representative James McLean met with officials at the Department of Finance and Administration (DFA) to receive an update on Arkansas’s first online checkbook.

On March 17, 2011 Senate Bill 221, The Arkansas Financial Transparency Act was signed into law. This Act will serve as an online checkbook for Arkansans. This online checkbook will be the first in the nation to have smart phone capabilities. On July1st individuals can go to where salary information will be provided on every state employee. On July 6th all expenditures, contracts, revenues and payments to cities and counties will be available for the beginning of fiscal year 2013.

“I am thrilled to know that Arkansans will now be able to go online and track how the state government is spending their money,” stated Lt. Governor Darr. “The online checkbook will show how much a state agency spent, to whom the expenses were paid, and for what amount.” Darr continued, “I believe this transparency will help eliminate wasteful spending and provide the accountability Arkansans deserve. I look forward to seeing more transparency such as the online checkbook being put into action throughout all of state government.”

The Arkansas Financial Transparency Act was introduced into the Senate by Senator Jonathan Dismang of Searcy. “Since my visit last July with Lt. Governor Darr to meet with DFA, incredible progress has been made. This will be an excellent tool for the taxpayers of Arkansas,” stated Dismang.  Representative James McLean of Batesville was also a sponsor of this bill. “I was beyond impressed with the incredible work that the Department of Finance and Administration has done in getting this checkbook online and ready to go. I am also appreciative of Lt. Governor Mark Darr for bringing this issue to light.”

In February of 2012 Government Magazine ranked Arkansas as one of seven states to receive an F in online access to government spending.

“With the implementation of the online checkbook we can honestly say Arkansas is moving in the right direction.” Darr stated.
Lt Gov. Mark A. Darr took office in January 2011 as the state’s 15th Lieutenant Governor. As a strong advocate for government transparency and economic development, Darr ran on the promise of helping to put an end to wasteful spending by implementing an online checkbook. Senate Bill 221, the Arkansas Financial Transparency Act, was signed into law on March 14, 2011. Darr is also a firm believer in utilizing Arkansas’ natural energy resources, through natural gas and lignite exploration. He will continue to promote and encourage the study of the 4.5 billion tons of lignite which has been identified in Arkansas southern region in hopes that it will bring more jobs and economic prosperity.

Tags: Arkansas, Mark Darr, update, Arkansas Government, online checkbook

Friday, June 1, 2012

Problems At The Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs

Veterans - Waiting and Waiting
They may have to wait longer when money
for their assistance has been stolen.
ARRA News Service - Dr. Bill Smith, 22 Year veteran: I held posting this article until after Memorial Day. The following disgusting situation affects living veterans verses our fallen comrades whom we just honored.

In summary, Arkansans have been shorted $780,000 in mismanaged or vanished money at the Arkansas Department of Veterans Affairs! Which begs the question, have Veterans been swindled of benefits, hurt, ignored or possibly worse?

The following video by "Americans For Prosperity - Arkansas" reports on the mismanagement which has occurred at Arkansas Dept. of Veteran Affairs. While this type of situation has occurred (or may be occurring) at many levels of Government, it is most outrageous that it happened with funds dedicated to veterans.

Governor Mike Beebe may have aided his cronies in the past thus ignoring his constituents in general. However, in this situation, he has specifically failed veterans - the men and women who served our great Nation and State. Note also that Gov. Beebe is also the Commander in Chief of the Arkansas National Guard. There appears to have been no apparent attempt by the governor to address or punish anyone for the missing $780,000. Unfortunately, Governor Beebe has allowed the Director of the Arkansas Dept. of Veteran Affairs to resign with full retirement. This in military terms is an epic FUBAR!

Our Veterans, their families, and Arkansas Taxpayers deserve better. For now, we can only wonder if and when we may ever get answers and an accounting from Gov. Beebe, our former chief law enforcement official (Attorney General).

I am very concerned with this "culture of mismanagement." Have Arkansas veterans and their families experienced or may they yet experience real physical harm or loss due to a lack of responsible or available services? Has the Governor and therefore the State of Arkansas negated its responsibility of oversight, accountability and protection of Arkansans?

As fellow Arkansas Veterans, we need to join all other Arkansas citizens in demanding an accounting for these lost / misappropriated funds. This is not a political issue, and there is no time-limit on holding elected officials accountable! We must not forget, please share this information, and join me in holding our Governor accountable. We must protect the resources for our veterans.

Note, Retired ANG Colonel Alicia “Cissy” Rucker, age 62, has accepted the appointment as the new director of the Arkansas Department of Veteran Affairs. I wish her the very best. Rucker has rescinded her state retirement status and will not receive retirement benefits while at the Department of Veterans Affairs. Col. Rucker understands her military Oath and I expect she will give top priority to the welfare of Arkansas veterans. However, we should also expect her to do everything possible to aid in the identification and recovery of the missing $780,000.

AFP Arkansas Video:

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The Far Left, DC Downgrade. and High Unemployment

Did you know that Democratic Party of Arkansas Chairman Will Bond recently called conservative Arkansas Republicans running for the state Legislature “far-right extremists?” It’s sad that Arkansas Democrats are so beholden to President Barack Obama that supporting common sense Arkansas values is now considered “extreme.” [Read more]

She Said What? -  “We are all Democrats, and we support the president..." – Arkansas House Democratic Majority Leader Johnnie Roebuck [Source info] 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.

DC Democrats Downgrade Chances in First Congressional District - Washington DC’s Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC) downgraded their chances in Arkansas’ First Congressional District race this week. Clearly, even Washington Democrats know that whoever wins the June 12 Democratic Run-off doesn’t stand a chance against conservative Congressman Rick Crawford, who has demonstrated an uncompromising commitment to reversing the failed policies of Barack Obama.

Unemployment Up - The latest jobs report was a dismal one for the American people, with national unemployment ticking up to 8.2 percent. After three and half years of chronically high unemployment, Americans are ready for a new direction and a new President in Governor Mitt Romney. From Obamacare to our record debt, it’s obvious the policies of Barack Obama are simply not working.

Tags: GOP, Republicans, Arkansas, RPA, news, far left, DC downgrade, high unemployment