Friday, March 30, 2012

Shall We Be Citizens or Subjects?

Before the ink was dry, Jefferson
  changed "subjects" to "citizens" on the
  Declaration of Independence draft
Pix Via Library of Congress
Ken Blackwell and Bob Morrison, ARRA News Service: In Washington this week, a rare drama is unfolding in the U.S. Supreme Court. The momentous question that is before the court is this: Shall we be Citizens or Subjects?

The high court is considering a historic challenge by twenty-six states to the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as ObamaCare. Hundreds of people have stood in line, some of them overnight in the chill March air, to get inside. Our colleague, Ken Klukowski, was one of those fortunate few. We are relying on Ken’s reporting and also on the impressions of Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli.

Ken Klukowski reports what was perhaps the critical exchange in the three-day oral arguments. Justice Anthony Kennedy is widely viewed as the pivotal figure in this case.

His vote is essential to any likely 5-4 ruling. Kennedy mildly said that this health care legislation “changes the relationship of the Federal Government to the individual in a very fundamental way.” With this statement, Klukowski hopefully reports, “the individual mandate—the centerpiece of ObamaCare—is likely doomed.”

We agree, with Ken Klukowski and with Justice Kennedy. It is noteworthy that press reports already capitalize “Federal Government” and lower-case the word individual.

The next question, of course, is exactly how will ObamaCare change the relationship of the Federal Government and the individual?

Thomas Jefferson provided the answer. The National Archives announced with some excitement over the Independence Day weekend in 2010 that they had discovered an early draft of the Declaration of Independence. In it, young Mr. Jefferson scratched through the word Subjects and wrote in the word Citizens.

Archivists instructed us on the importance of the change. They invited us to go through that mental process with Thomas Jefferson as he and we became Citizens of a republic for the first time.

Was this amazing event on the nation’s birthday a portent? The National Archives made this announcement on the first Fourth of July after the passage of ObamaCare. It’s almost as if we were receiving a message from on high. Shall We Be Citizens or Subjects?

Why is this so? America is not like other countries. Ronald Reagan understood why America is exceptional. He offered these words in his Farewell Address to the nation in 1989.

Ours was the first revolution in the history of mankind that truly reversed the course of government, and with three little words: “We the People.” “We the people tell the government what to do; it doesn’t tell us.

But under ObamaCare, government not only tells us, it Mandates. We have seen a great controversy over the first Mandate from HHS . This first HHS Mandate would require religious hospitals, schools, colleges, and institutions provide drugs that can cause abortions, and orders them to further violate their consciences by covering sterilizations and contraceptives.

This is only the first of many Mandates that are coming under ObamaCare. There are literally hundreds of places in this ill-conceived legislation where “the Secretary” determines what is mandated. Life and death decisions for millions will be mandated by an unelected government bureaucrat in a distant city.

Justice Scalia asked Obama administration attorneys: “If the government can do this, what can it not do?” Attorney Mike Carvin represents the National Federation of Independent Businesses, suing the Obama administration. Carvin said: If a person enters the market simply by being born, “that…means they can regulate every human activity from cradle to grave.”

Death and taxes. Benjamin Franklin said those were the only certainties on earth. This truth was reaffirmed in the oral arguments before the Supreme Court, as Ken Cuccinelli reports: Somewhat amusingly, Justice Alito noted that burial costs were expensive and could hit one unexpectedly as well. He further noted that if he was too poor to pay his own costs and hadn’t prepared for his burial, he would still certainly be buried, and those costs would in turn be shifted to others either by raising everyone else’s burial costs if the buriers had to absorb those costs, or we’d all pay higher taxes if the government bore these costs.

Before our liberal readers generously take up a collection for Justice Alito’s burial costs, it is time for all of us to step back and consider very carefully the question that is really before the U.S. Supreme Court this week.

If the Supreme Court upholds ObamaCare, columnist George Will notes, then government’s “power to compel contractual relations would have no logical stopping point.” Which is why, Will says, the case the high court hears this week is “the last exit ramp on the road to unlimited government.” Which will it be: Citizens or Subjects?
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J. Ken Blackwell is a conservative family values advocate. Blackwell is a former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Commission and is a senior fellow at the Family Research Council and a visiting professor at Liberty University School of Law. Bob Morrison is a Senior Fellow for Policy Studies at the Family Research Council. He has served at the U.S. Department of Education with Gary Bauer under then-Secretary William Bennett. Both are contributing authors to the ARRA News Service.

Tags: Ken Blackwell, Bob Morrison, Citizens or Subjects, citizes, United States, Jefferson, Declaration of Independence, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Federal health care, individual mandate, mandate, Obamacare, forcing people to buy products, to pay to be citizens, liberty, freedom

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Exercise Your Right to Vote

By Lieutenant Governor Mark A. Darr: In the 2010 primary election, only 29% of registered voters exercised their right to vote in Arkansas.  In the general election that year, with more than 1.6 million registered voters in Arkansas, only 47.6% (779,957) voted.  According to the 2010 Census, there were 2,204,443 Arkansans over the age of 18.  That means only 35% of people over 18 voted in 2010.

On May 22, another primary election will be held to determine each party’s nominees for the general election in November.  Non-partisan judicial candidates will also be on the ballot.

We often take our vote for granted in this country.  Guaranteeing the right to vote for all citizens has caused great turmoil throughout our country’s history and has required several amendments to the Constitution.  Many people say they have lost faith in our political system.  I understand their frustration, but just being frustrated won’t fix anything.  You have to do something about it.  The citizens of this great state still hold the power when it comes to who they want to represent them.  For our country to continue to be free, the people must continue to hold the government accountable.  Voting is one of the most significant ways we can do that.

The problems in our government and our political system exist because too many people stopped caring.  But, that trend can be reversed.  Our election system offers many ways for citizens to become a part of the process in a meaningful way.  If you are looking for ways to be more involved, sign up to work at a polling location or serve as an election observer. Find a candidate you like and volunteer to campaign for them or spread the word to people you know about an issue that you’re concerned with.  If you have kids, teach them about voting and consider taking them to the polls with you.

Voting is a simple thing, but a powerful thing.  This American right has inspired millions all over the world.  For us to ignore that right is to do a disservice to those who have fought for it.

Our country is a nation of laws.  We pride ourselves in the United States on being governed by the rule of law, not by the whims of a dictator or some other unelected body.  We have seen for decades in countries like Cuba and Syria that dictatorial systems of government often stage elections and claim victory even though it is obvious that vote fraud is being committed.  Though we do not live in a dictatorship, our system is susceptible to fraud as well and that should concern all citizens who want free and fair elections.

Our election system should be a model of voting efficiency and accuracy.  To ensure this, we need a voter identification law in Arkansas.  There are those who will say this is discriminatory and will somehow oppress certain voters.  I would not advocate for such a law if I thought that were the case.

Nowadays, we have to show a photo ID to do things far less consequential than voting.  For example, you can’t cash a check or rent a car without showing photo ID, and before Redbox and Netflix, you couldn’t even rent a movie.

Critics will say that those things are not constitutionally guaranteed, but voting is.  I certainly respect the rights guaranteed by the Constitution, but all of those have been subject to additional regulations through legislation, for better or for worse.

Due to our legislative system in Arkansas, I know that such a law can’t be introduced until the next legislature is seated in 2013, but I hope this will be an issue that is discussed throughout this election season and that people will see the need for its implementation.

I encourage you to fill out a voter registration form if you have not done so before.  To be eligible to vote in the upcoming primary election on May 22, you must be registered by April 23.  Doing nothing has never changed anything.  So, get out and vote!
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Last Friday marked the two-year anniversary of the passage of the federal healthcare law.  I have been and remain steadfastly opposed to this legislation.  This week, the United States Supreme Court will conduct a three day review to determine its constitutionality.  I hope that the Court will uphold its responsibility as a check against the other two branches of government and strike down this overreaching legislation.

Tags: Lt. Governor, Mark Darr, Arkansas, Vote, register to vote, election 2012, primary, general election

GRIFFIN ARGUES OBAMACARE UNCONSTITUTIONAL IN ROLL CALL

Note: This article first appeared in Roll Call.

Griffin: Congress Has No Constitutional Authority to Compel Commerce

By Rep. Tim Griffin - Special to Roll Call It won’t surprise readers that I’m opposed to President Barack Obama’s health care law. I’ve voted repeatedly to repeal it and defund it. I believe our health care system is in drastic need of innovative, patient-centered reforms that encourage competition and increase consumer choice, not the bloated bureaucracy, tax increases, rationing and mandates in the president’s government takeover.

The health care law’s individual mandate forces nearly all individuals to buy health insurance or pay a penalty. The mandate cannot be severed from the rest of the law because it is the primary mechanism through which the law’s changes are supported. Without the mandate, the law collapses.

The central question that the Supreme Court will decide is whether the mandate is constitutional. The Constitution’s Commerce Clause grants Congress the power “to regulate Commerce ... among the several States” (Article 1, Section 8, Clause 3). The health care law assumes these words give the federal government the power to force individuals to buy health insurance. In reality, the law is fundamentally different from any legislation that Congress has ever enacted to regulate commerce.

After all, if individuals are considered to be actively engaging in interstate commerce simply because they are not buying a product — and can thus be regulated and ordered to make a purchase — what exactly can’t Congress “regulate” and require? In a Constitution of specific and enumerated powers, what is the limiting principle?

If the Supreme Court fails to strike down the health care law, America will be changed forever. Gone will be the days of “limited government,” when something had to move before government could tax it, keep moving before government could regulate it and stop moving before government could subsidize it. What would freedom look like then?

To read the full story, click here.

Tags: Representative, Tim Griffin, Arkansas, Obamacare, unconstitutional

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

State GOP Welcomes Obama Campaign Manager Jim Messina to Arkansas

Republican Party Launches #AskMessina Twitter Campaign

Messina?  Ah, No Comment.
Little Rock, Ark. – As President Barack Obama’s campaign manager Jim Messina prepares to speak at the Obama for Arkansas headquarters grand opening tonight in North Little Rock, Republican Party of Arkansas Chairman Doyle Webb released the following statement welcoming him to Arkansas:
“Although it has been over five years since President Barack Obama has stepped foot in our state, today we welcome Obama Campaign Manager Jim Messina to Arkansas. Unfortunately for the Obama campaign, Messina will have a tough time selling the President’s failed policies and broken promises to the over 100,000 Arkansans struggling to find a job. With unemployment still high, gas prices soaring and Obamacare threatening small businesses and individual liberty, Messina and his camp will have plenty of work to do spinning the President’s record.”
In accordance with Messina’s visit, the state Republican Party launched an #AskMessina social media campaign on Twitter, encouraging followers to tweet their questions for the President’s downhill re-election campaign using the #AskMessina hashtag.

“2012 is about one thing: President Obama and how his policies have cost hardworking Arkansans their jobs,” said Webb. “Today, Mr. Messina should be prepared to answer many questions on Barack Obama’s failure to lead our country on many accords, from his refusal to lead on job creation to his failure to encourage American energy production. With over 63 percent of Arkansans disapproving of the President’s job performance, in November we look forward to again giving the Republican Presidential nominee one of the highest vote margins in the nation.”


Over 100,000 Arkansans Are Out Of Work

(Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics, Data Extracted 3/27/12)

Arkansas Gas Prices Continue To Rise
“The AAA says gas prices in Arkansas have risen nearly 30 cents over the past month. The average price for a gallon of unleaded gas was $3.73 on Friday. That's up from $3.44 a month ago.” (“Arkansas gas prices up nearly 30 cents since Feb.,” Associated Press, 3/23/12)

President Obama Has Avoided Arkansas For Over 5 Years
“Though several cabinet officials have visited the state, Obama hasn’t appeared in Arkansas since campaigning for Mike Beebe’s successful gubernatorial bid in 2006.” (“Messina to speak at Obama's Arkansas headquarters opening,” Associated Press, 3/21/12)

President Obama’s Unpopularity and Disapproval Ratings Remain High In Arkansas
According to a Talk Business-Hendrix College Poll conducted March 26, 2012, 63.5 percent of Arkansans disapprove of President Barack Obama’s job performance. (“Obama Holding Democrats, But Failing With Independent Voters,” Talk Business, 3/27/12)

“The president’s re-election campaign is setting up shop in a state where polls show he remains deeply unpopular. Republican nominee John McCain beat Obama by 20 points in Arkansas in the 2008 presidential election.” (“Messina to speak at Obama's Arkansas headquarters opening,” Associated Press, 3/21/12)

Obamacare Threatens Small Business Growth
“U.S. small-business owners who aren't hiring -- 85% of those surveyed -- are most likely to say the reasons they are not doing so include not needing additional employees; worries about weak business conditions, including revenues; cash flow; and the overall U.S. economy. Additionally, nearly half of small-business owners point to potential healthcare costs (48%) and government regulations (46%) as reasons.” (Dennis Jacobe, “Health Costs, Gov't Regulations Curb Small Business Hiring,” Gallup, 2/15/12)

Tags: Arkansas, RPA, GOP, Welcomes, Obama Campaign Manager, Jim Messina, Doyle Webb, Barack Obama, news

Monday, March 26, 2012

Attorney General Dustin McDaniel Remains Out of Touch As Supreme Court Takes Up Obamacare

Republican Party of Arkansas, Little Rock, Ark. – As President Barack Obama’s health care law goes before the U.S. Supreme Court today, Republican Party of Arkansas Chairman Doyle Webb released the following statement on Attorney General Dustin McDaniel’s refusal to join the lawsuit challenging Obamacare’s constitutionality:

“As the lawsuit Attorney General Dustin McDaniel has called ‘frivolous’ comes before our nation’s highest court today, obviously Attorney General McDaniel is out of touch with the people of Arkansas and America who want the Supreme Court to end Obamacare. Sadly, McDaniel joins other Arkansas Democrats who are ‘working hard’ to implement Obamacare in our state, including members of the Legislature and senior Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Pryor.

“With the overwhelming majority of Arkansans in opposition to the President’s health care overhaul, state Democrats are clearly on the losing side of this issue and will pay for it in November no matter what the Court decides.

“We must end Obamacare one way or another before it makes health care unaffordable, destroys our small businesses and robs Americans of individual liberty and the sacred relationship between a patient and doctor. Electing Republicans in November is the only way to ensure that Arkansans are protected from a federal law that puts important health care choices in the hands government bureaucrats.”

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

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

Legislative Democrats Argue Constitutionality of Obamacare in Supreme Court Brief, are "Working Hard" to Implement 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)

State Democrats Sponsored Legislation to Implement Obamacare in Arkansas During 2011 Legislative Session
Source: ( H.B. 2138, Sponsors: Reps. Allen, Nickels, Sen. Malone, 2011)

Democratic U.S. Senator Mark Pryor Continues Support of Obamacare
“But opponents of the law, including every member of Arkansas’ congressional delegation except Democratic Sen. Mark Pryor, say the program will be too costly.” (Alex Daniels, “State delegation says law too costly, All but Pryor oppose overhaul,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 3/26/12)

Majority of Arkansans Oppose Obamacare
64 percent of Arkansans oppose the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. ( Arkansas News Bureau/Stephens Media, 5/9/10)

Two-Thirds of Americans Say Supreme Court Should Throw Out Obamacare
“Two-thirds of Americans say the U.S. Supreme Court should throw out either the individual mandate  in the federal health care law or the law in its entirety,  signaling the depth of public disagreement with that  element of  the Affordable Care Act.” (Greg Holyk, “As Health Care Law’s Trial Approaches, Two-Thirds Say Ditch Individual Mandate,” ABC News, 3/19/12)

Tags: Arkansas, Attorney General, Dustin McDaniel, SCOTUS, Supreme Court, Obamacare, Federal Healthcare, RPA press release

Friday, March 23, 2012

Obamacare: Two Years, Too Many

by Katherine Vasilos, Republican party of Arkansas: Two years ago today, President Barack Obama signed his massive government takeover of health care into law. Under Obamacare, Arkansas families will pay more for health care, government spending will skyrocket and unaccountable bureaucrats will make decisions once left to patients and their doctors.

Because of these failures, Democrats across Arkansas are afraid to campaign on the Obama Administration’s signature achievement. Yet, the state Democratic Party has an unmistakable record of supporting the President’s health care law, from Governor Mike Beebe and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel to members of the Legislature. You can read their record here.

Voters across this state deserve to know which team Democratic candidates stand with: Team Arkansas or Team Obamacare?

The bottom line is Obamacare does not offer the affordability President Obama promised. Its mandates and regulations are bad for small business and economically destructive to our state and nation.

To mark Obamacare’s 2nd birthday, on Friday Republican Party Chairman Doyle Webb delivered a “Two Years, Too Many” cake to the Democratic Party of Arkansas. RPA Video follows

In November, we must send a Republican to the White House who will continue his promise to repeal the President's deeply flawed health care law. The people of Arkansas and America simply cannot afford another four years of Barack Obama.

Tags: RPA, Obamacare, Two years, Too many,

Congressman Crawford Remarks on the Repeal of IPAB

Rep Rick Crawford address Repeal of IPAB: In my rural Arkansas district, senior citizens rely on Medicare, and without that coverage they would be in a world of hurt. IPAB has the real threat of limiting seniors' access to treatment. I will not stand idly by while the IPAB Board of 15 unelected and unaccountable bureaucrats try to deny Medicare services to my constituents.


ARRA News Service reported that on Thursday, the House passed (223-181) H.R. 5, the Protecting Access to Healthcare (PATH) Act, which would repeal a government board tasked with finding Medicare savings, and institute medical tort reform across the country. Several Democrats said they would have supported IPAB repeal because they feared the board could recommend Medicare cuts without having to gauge the opinion of Congress. However they objected to the tort reform language that imposed a nationwide limit of $250,000 in punitive damages in medical lawsuits. It will now be interesting how or even if the Senate considers this critical bill.

Tags: Rick Crawford, House Floor speech, repeal, IPAB, Federal health care, H.R. 5, Protecting Access to Healthcare (PATH) Act,

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Arkansas Presidential Republican Delegate Selection Process

Republican Party of Arkansas Chairman Doyle Webb explains the 2012 Arkansas Presidential Delegate Selection Process. For more details, click here: Become a 2012 Presidential Delegate



Tags: Doyle Webb, RPA, Republican Party of Arkansas, filing, selection, RNC Delegate, delegate, Republican National Convention, Tampa,

State GOP to Democratic Party’s 125 Legislative Candidates: Team Arkansas or Team Obamacare?

Obama and O'Beebe
Supporters of Obamacare
Obamcare to hurt Arkansas businesses, explode Medicaid budget
Little Rock, Ark. – In light of Friday’s two year anniversary of Obamacare being signed into law, today Republican Party of Arkansas Chairman Doyle Webb called on Democratic legislative candidates to tell voters whether or not they support the President’s takeover of health care in Arkansas.

“Since Governor Mike Beebe has already ordered his administration to move forward with planning for Obamacare’s state implementation, the Democratic Party’s 125 candidates running for the Arkansas Legislature need to tell voters where the stand on the President’s health care law,” said Webb. “Obamacare will explode our state’s Medicaid budget and add to next year’s $400 million projected Medicaid shortfall. Its mandates will also place added costs on struggling Arkansas businesses and job creators, making it harder to hire new workers and grow the economy.

"The question today is - Will Democratic legislative candidates embrace the President’s signature legislative accomplishment, or stand with people of Arkansas and oppose it?”

Tags: RPA, Doyle Webb, Democrat candidates, Obamacare, Mike Beebe

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Arkansas Gets D+ For Government Integrity

Nic Horton at the Arkansas Patriot shared the following very disappointing report on  Arkansass integrity investigation.

The headline speaks for itself and as one of Arkansas’ finest legislators, Rep. Andrea Lea, told KARN’s Donna Kelley:
“It’s not surprising. Disappointing, but not surprising.”
There is a little hope that Arkansas’ score might see an increase in the future with the state’s online checkbook reportedly scheduled to launch in July. But anytime New Jersey, Illinois, & Louisiana score ahead of your state on an ethics rating, you tend to worry.

Some of the factors in the score were “Public Access to Information” and “State Pension Fund Management.” Arkansas received an ‘F’ in both categories.

Here’s a really neat-0 chart from State Integrity Investigation that shows how Arkansas was scored and why (click on the image to visit SII’s website & see how each score was determined):


Tags: Arkansas, Government Integrity, D+, failing grades, Public Access to Information, ,State Pension Fund Management, Arkansas Patriot

Arkansas Democratic Congressional Candidates: Team Obamacare?

Second-Year Anniversary of U.S. House Passage of Obamacare

Little Rock, Ark. – State Republican Party Chairman Doyle Webb today called on Democrats running for Congress in Arkansas’ Four Congressional Districts to take a public stand on whether or not they support President Barack Obama’s government takeover of health care in America.

“Two years ago today, the Democratic-controlled U.S. House of Representatives voted to put health care into the hands of government bureaucrats by passing President Obama’s unpopular health care law,” said Webb.

“Arkansas simply cannot afford Obamacare. Its mandates and regulations are bad for small business and economically destructive to our state and nation. Today, we call on Arkansas’ Democratic candidates for Congress to take a stand on Obamacare, rather than ignoring the President’s proudest achievement. State Republicans are committed to the repeal of Obamacare, and Arkansans deserve to know where the following eight Democratic candidates stand:
“The bottom line is Obamacare does not offer the affordability President Obama promised,” said Webb. “It raises taxes, increases premiums and limits America’s health care choices. In November, we look forward to sending four Republican U.S. Representatives to Congress who will work to repeal Obamacare and replace it will real reforms that protect Americans’ right to make their own health care decisions.”

Tags: Arkansas, RPA, Republican Party, Chairman Doyle Webb, Democratic Congressional Candidates, Team Obamacare, Obamacare

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Griffin: Budget Addresses Debt Crisis – Protects Seniors, Taxpayers

The House budget offers Americans real solutions to serious problems
WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement applauding the House Budget Committee for releasing its fiscal year 2013 budget resolution:

“Last month, President Obama published his budget request, which raises taxes, makes our debt crisis even worse and does nothing to reform and save critical programs like Medicare.  The Senate hasn’t passed a budget in over 1,000 days.  But the House’s budget would responsibly reduce our deficit, save and strengthen Medicare, and help hardworking Arkansas taxpayers by simplifying the tax code and closing special interest loopholes.  The House budget offers Americans real solutions to serious problems.”

Learn more about the House’s budget by visiting the House Budget Committee’s website and by watching this video from Chairman Paul Ryan (WI-01).

Also, Griffin’s ‘Regulatory Freeze for Jobs Act’ Passes Committee
Carefully targets ‘harmful regulatory policies,’ will ‘help get America moving again’


(Video: Rep. Tim Griffin outlines the Regulatory Freeze for Jobs Act)

WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement after the House Committee on the Judiciary passed his Regulatory Freeze for Jobs Act (H.R. 4078):

“President Obama’s policies are making things worse and job creators need a break from his aggressive regulatory agenda.  By carefully targeting the Administration’s most harmful regulatory policies, the Regulatory Freeze for Jobs Act will allow the federal government to continue to provide for public safety while freezing President Obama’s tendency to over-regulate America's job creators and stifle economic growth.  My bill makes exceptions for rules necessary for national security, trade agreements, criminal law enforcement, and imminent threats to health or safety.  In addition, we added a provision that will allow the President to seek Congressional approval for other regulations recognized as absolutely critical.  But most importantly, it will help get America moving again.”

Rep. Lamar Smith (TX-21), Chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, praised Rep. Griffin for authoring this bill: “I congratulate Rep. Griffin on the Committee’s passage of the Regulatory Freeze for Jobs Act of 2012 (H.R. 4078).  I appreciate his leadership on this important legislation to help combat the growing number of burdensome regulations on small businesses and the economy.”

H.R. 4078 would place a moratorium on all new “significant” federal regulations from being proposed, advanced or finalized until the national unemployment rate falls to six percent or lower.  Significant regulations are those that have an annual effect on the economy of $100 million or more, interfere with another agency action, alter the budget impact of entitlements, grants, user fees, or loan programs, or raise novel legal or policy issues.

According to the Small Business Administration, regulations cost the U.S. economy $1.75 trillion annually.  If the Obama Administration maintains its current pace, it would add nearly $150 billion in new annual regulatory costs over eight years. For instance, it would stop the Administration from implementing the proposed Boiler Maximum Achievable Control Technology (MACT) rules, which could cost Arkansas’s economy over $338 million and put more than 5,400 Arkansans out of work.

The Regulatory Freeze for Jobs Act is supported by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

Tags: U.S. Representative, Tim Griffin, Arkansas, AR-02, Ryan Budget Plan, Regulatory Freeze, Jobs Act of 2012

Boozman Supports Bill to Protect Right to Carry Lawfully Concealed Firearms Across State Lines


WASHINGTON D.C. – U.S. Senator John Boozman supports legislation that would allow law abiding citizens who can legally carry guns in their home state the right to carry lawfully concealed firearms across state lines.

“Our Second Amendment right does not end just because we travel to another state. This right cannot be dictated by state borders,” Boozman said. “We owe it to our law abiding gun owners to address national gun right concerns.”

Boozman is a cosponsor of the Respecting States Rights and Concealed Carry Reciprocity Act introduced today by Senators John Thune (R-S.D.) and David Vitter (R-La.). The legislation strikes a balance between the individual and state rights by allowing citizens to carry a concealed firearm across state lines if they either have a valid permit or if, under the state of their residence, they are allowed to do so. When traveling across state lines, individuals must follow the laws of the host state, including laws concerning specific types of locations in which firearms may or may not be carried.

“I am pleased to introduce legislation that strikes a balance between state’s rights and individual’s Second Amendment rights outlined by the Constitution,” said Thune. “Rather than establish a national standard, our bill will ensure that law-abiding citizens are able to carry concealed firearms while at the same time respecting the laws of the respective states they visit.”

“I think we’ve succeeded in striking an effective balance here with a bill that expands our right to bear arms but doesn’t institute a heavy-handed federal permitting system,” said Vitter. “Instead, we’re returning power to individuals and to the states by allowing Americans to carry concealed firearms in accordance with local laws. This doesn’t force states to change their laws and it doesn’t force individuals to go through yet another permitting process – the best solution to streamline a complicated problem.”

The legislation has 27 Senate cosponsors and is supported by the National Rifle Association, Gun Owners of America and National Shooting Sports Foundation.

Boozman coauthored similar legislation in the 111th Congress as a member of the House of Representatives.

Tags: U.S. Senate, John Boozman, Arkansas, Right to Cary, across state lines, legislation

Democrat Voter Registration

H/T The Blue View

Tags: dead, democrats, voter elections, voter roles

Monday, March 19, 2012

State Democrats Go To Bat For Obamacare, Ignore Own Failures

Repeal the "Not So"
Affordable Care Act -- ObamaCare
Arkansas Democrats Defend ObamaCare
By Jason Tolbert, The Tolbert Report, 3/19/12: In what appears a turnaround from a few months ago when the Democratic Party of Arkansas disputed a report that “the party stands behind the health care law,” they now appear not only prepared to defend ObamaCare, but to attack Republicans who suggest repealing.

A press release this morning from Democratic Party of Arkansas communications director Candace Martin touts one aspect of ObamaCare that prohibits health insurance companies from charging different rates based on gender.

“Starting in 2014, the Affordable Care Act will prohibit this so-called gender rating. This is a common sense solution to a discriminatory policy that negatively affects millions of American women – unless you’re running to be the Republican Presidential nominee,” says Martin in the release.

“Mitt Romney and the rest of the Republican field have all pledged to repeal protections against unfair price gouging based solely on a person’s gender. In Mitt Romney’s America, it’s perfectly OK to charge someone more for the same health care service simply because she is a woman.”

Of course, what Martin is referring to is the pledge from all the Republicans candidates to repeal ObamaCare.  This is an interesting line of attack from a party that only months ago was uncomfortable saying they would defend ObamaCare. Can someone explain the difference between attacking someone for seeking to repeal a law and defending a law?  It seems like the same thing to me.

It is also interesting to note the New York Times article the DPA links to in their release. The article not only discusses the gender rate elimination in ObamaCare, but also the efforts of fourteen states that have taken steps to limit or ban this gender gap in health insurance plans in their states.

Someone remind me – when did the Democratic-controlled state legislature or executive branch propose such laws here in Arkansas?  Has Beebe-appointed Arkansas Insurance Commissioner Jay Bradford proposed or offered support for a state rule change such as this?  If they have, I certainly have missed it. Read full article.

See also: ARRA News Service: Polls Shows Majority Still Oppose ObamaCare
Rasmussen Report identifies that 56% Favor Repeal of Health Care Law.  Only 39% oppose repeal.  ABC News reports, “Two-thirds of Americans say the U.S. Supreme Court should throw out either the individual mandate in the federal health care law or the law in its entirety, signaling the depth of public disagreement with that element of the Affordable Care Act. . . . And 67 percent believe the high court should either ditch the law or at least the portion that requires nearly all Americans to have coverage.”

Tags: Arkansas, Democrats, support, Obamacare, Polls, Citizens, repeal obamacare

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Arkansas Education Reform

Lt. Gov. Mark Darr
Lt. Gov. Mark Darr: We need education reform in Arkansas. What excites me is that many people realize this and they are acting to implement it in new and experimental ways and are seeing results. They are not waiting for some system-wide mandate to move forward. Both public and private schools are thinking outside the box and putting creative ideas to work and I hope we see more of that. Multiple efforts are being undertaken around the state to encourage reform through policy, funding, and grassroots awareness.

The Walton Family Foundation, based in Bentonville, is an outspoken advocate for school choice and has been funding efforts to promote education reform. Currently, 18 states and the District of Columbia offer some sort of private school choice option, either through tuition tax credits, vouchers, or education savings accounts.

A new grassroots organization has also emerged to advocate for school choice called the Arkansas Parent Network, led by Virginia Walden Ford, an Arkansas native and civil-rights leader who was instrumental in fighting for school choice scholarships for low-income children in the District of Columbia. They are seeking to inform parents and mobilize them to influence the debate on education policy in Arkansas.

But, school choice is not the only component of meaningful education reform. We need an educational system that is preparing kids for the workforce and is giving them the skills they need. The technology that is available to today’s generation is much more prevalent than anything our generation experienced at their age. It’s amazing how savvy kids are becoming in using technology at an early age.

The Arkansas STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Coalition, made up of professors, teachers, parents and other officials, is leading a statewide effort to encourage curriculum emphasis on science, technology, engineering and math. Grants from the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation are helping to further these initiatives.

As parents, we want our kids to have the best options available for their education. As businesspeople, we want workers who are ready and able to compete in the job market. As elected officials, we want all Arkansans families to have access to a path that will meet these needs.

New education standards are being put into place in Arkansas by the state Department of Education. Fully implemented by 2014, the new system of Common Core State Standards (CCSS) will integrate a new state testing program designed to better prepare students for their future. The standards will emphasize a more rigorous foundation in mathematics as well as increase focus on language skills in reading, writing, communication, and use of media and technology.

Individual schools are also implementing change around the state and I’ve been fascinated as I’ve visited many of them. This week I went to T.G. Smith Elementary School in Springdale. They have a new “outdoor classroom” where the students learn hands-on about science and nature. The school also has a “Schoolyard Garden”, designed to get students interested in agriculture. Students learn how to plant, grow, and tend a garden, and about the basics of crop development and farming. They even have a farmer’s market to sell what they grow and learn about economics. With fewer young people going into agriculture, I think this is a great way to get them interested.

All of these efforts should be commended. Innovation, creativity, and competition are vital to furthering education reform. We know that all of these things are good in the business world. They will work in education as well.

Tags: Arkansas, Lt. Governor, Mark Darr, Education Reform

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Congressman Rick Crawford Responds to ARRA News Service

Rep. Rick Crawford
Bill Smith, ARRA News Service EditorIn response to ARRA News Service’s request for comment, Arkansas First District Congressman Rick Crawford (R-Jonesboro) submitted the below note summarizing his The Shared Responsibility in Preserving America’s Future Act. It is provided without editorial comment.
I have read many of your comments and wanted to take a minute to explain the purpose for the legislation I will introduce next week.  The premise behind the bill is not that we need more revenue (taxes) in America.  I wholeheartedly believe our problem is with spending.

However, we must think strategically about how we move forward as a country.  I haven’t met anyone who believes America can continue borrowing trillions annually.  It is an indisputable fact our country will face economic calamity if we do not end the spending binge in Congress.

The question is how do we accomplish this mission?  Having served in the military, I understand the need for strategic planning based on real-time in-theater intelligence gathering.

As I see it, the success probability for our mission to keep taxes low decreases significantly as the size of our national debt continues to skyrocket.  Likewise, our mission to limit the size of government will surely be an abject failure if we do not implement permanent reforms that require Congress to balance its budget yearly or limit spending as a percentage of GDP.

How then do we accomplish our conservative mission?  It most certainly cannot be done by raising taxes or by agreeing to temporary spending cuts, which is the current strategy of most Republicans.  I have a newsflash – Republicans balanced the budget in the mid to late 1990s and the problem is worse today than in almost any other time in history.  Why?  Absent permanent budget reform government will grow ever larger and taxes will eventually skyrocket.

Looking forward there are a few scenarios that are likely to play out.  Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi has united most of her members in Washington behind a strategy to position the debate to reduce the deficit as shared sacrifice (i.e. cuts to ‘vital’ programs for the poor and middle class coupled with tax increases on the wealthy).   As has been reported widely, many Republicans in the House and Senate (members of the gangs of 6 and 100) are privately contemplating a compromise that would involve tax hikes and spending reductions.  From my standpoint, this is more of the same absent permanent budget reform.

A second scenario is for Republicans to hold out and insist on a spending-cut only strategy.  To be successful, however, one must assume the Republican members of the gangs of 6 and 100 will have a change of heart and will not strike a deal to accept tax increases in return for temporary spending cuts.  I invite you to ask yourself how much confidence you have that Republicans in Congress will hold firm and not accept tax increases in exchange for temporary spending cuts?  If you do, I have some nice beach-front property in Black Oak I would like to sell.

All kidding aside, even if Republicans were to hold firm, Senate Democrats will never give in because their polling shows their position has stronger support than a spending-cut only strategy.  Republican know this, which is so many are working behind the scenes to strike a deal – a bad deal in my humble opinion that exchanges tax increases for temporary spending cuts.

The bill I am introducing takes into account the political realities and is an attempt to change the mindset of Republicans so that we do not get snookered once again by accepting temporary spending cuts while claiming “victory.” I believe we should only accept a tax increase in exchange for permanent budget reform that will never allow Congress to spend our country into oblivion.

Congressman Rick Crawford

Tags: Rick Crawford, US House, Congressman, Arkansas, response to request, Shared Responsibility in Preserving America’s Future Act, ARRA News Service

Thursday, March 15, 2012

March 27: Arkansas' Fourth Congressional District Republican Debate

Arkansas' Fourth Congressional District
 Republican Debate
Candidates Websites:
Beth Ann Rankin
Tom Cotton
John Cowart

Tuesday - March 27th
University of Arkansas at Monticello
Fine Arts Center

 6:00 pm - UAM Jazz Band
6:45 pm - Intro of Local and Regional Candidates
7:00 pm Debate Begins

Panelists:
Representative, Political Science Honor
Society Phi Sigma Alpha

Patty Wooten, SEARK Today
David Johnson,
Vice Chair, Ashley County GOP


Moderator: Curtis Coleman:
Chair, Institute for Constitutional Policy


Tags: Monticello, Arkansas, Fourth Congressional District, Republican Debate, March 27, 2012, election 2012, Beth Ann Rankin, Tom Cotton, John Cowart

Arkansas GOP Announces 2012 Republican National Convention Page Program

Little Rock, Ark. – Republican Party of Arkansas Chairman Doyle Webb announced today that the State GOP is now accepting applications for the 2012 Republican National Convention Page Program. Pages will serve the Republican National Committee (RNC) during the week of the convention in Tampa Bay, Florida, from August 25 to 31.

“The Convention Page Program provides young adults with positive education experiences while building a new generation of Republicans through participation and community service,” said Republican Party of Arkansas Chairman Doyle Webb.

Pages must be 16 to 25 years old and will participate in a variety of convention-related duties such as acting as floor runners, assisting with caucus meetings and distributing official convention materials. Pages may also partake in activities such as community outreach, seminars with special guest speakers and trips to cultural institutions.

Interested individuals must submit an application and a one-page essay to the Republican Party of Arkansas by 5:00 p.m. on April 6, 2012. The Arkansas Page Nomination Committee will select two nominees by April 16, 2012. Page nominations are confirmed based on approval from the RNC and will be announced in May.

For more information or to obtain an application, please call 501-372-7301 or visit www.arkansagop.org.

Tags: Arkansas, Republican Party of Arkansas, Republicans, 2012 RNC Convention Pages

Republican Rick Crawford To Propose Millionaire's Tax

Rep. Crawford shares his House voting card with
2011 Baxter Co. Republican Lincoln Day Dinner
attendees. He criticized the Obama Agenda and
supported the Cut, Cap, and Balanced agenda.
Photo by Bill Smith, ARRA News Service
ARRA News Service - Politico reports that Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AR) will next Tuesday introduce in the US. House a bill that supports a tax surcharge on millionaires. Needless to say conservatives in his district are shocked. Crawford who is in his first term replaced retiring democrat Rep. Marion Berry. We expect a Democrat like Marion Berry would have proposed this class-warfare tax on millionaires. However, it was not expected that this would be done by a first term Republican who is the first Republican since reconstruction elected to Congress in Arkansas 1st District.&

Crawford did not make this announcement of a Millionaire's Tax before the 2012 primary filing date, and now benefits by not having an opponent in the Arkansas Republican primary. However, he will be opposed in the Nov. general election by one of three democrats running for his position. Beyond Crawford's reasons detailed in the following Politico article, conservatives in the first district will be expecting far more justification for a "conservative" freshman introducing increased tax legislation.

In 2010, candidate Crawford received substantial assistance via issue ads by independent organizations like American For Prosperity which addressed issues and the record of his opponent who had been on staff and then chief of staff for Democrat Rep. Marion Berry. Will Crawford's proposed tax increase silence support by 2012 conservative PACs, independent issue advertising, and district conservatives who supported his campaign in 2010. Most issue and limited government organizations know that millionaires are not the problem. Millionaires already pay the majority of income taxes and are a subject of class warfare attacks by the Obama administration. Obama and the liberal agenda are creating the economic problems.

The advocates for taxing the golden goose are Democrats. It now appears that there is one issue that Rick Crawford, President Obama, Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid can agree on - the need to tax the rich more. Crawford’s proposal right before the 2012 election had better yield a significant number of Democrat votes. Otherwise, Republican Congressman Crawford may be headed home in Jan 2013.

Politico's story follows.

By Jake Sherman, Politico: Freshman Republican Rep. Rick Crawford will propose a surtax on millionaires Thursday morning, a crack in the steadfast GOP opposition to extracting more money from the nation’s top earners.

The Arkansas Republican will unveil the plan during a local television interview Thursday morning, and plans to introduce legislation when the House returns next week, according to sources familiar with his thinking.

Crawford will propose the additional tax— expected to be north of 2.5 percent — on individual income over $1 million as part of a broader fiscal responsibility package.

“He’s watched the Gangs of Six and 100 and deficit commissions, as well as leadership’s budget and tax plan, and he feels there will never be a deal that will pass the Senate without a revenue component,” a Crawford aide said, describing the legislation without attribution because it has not yet been officially announced.

It’s a significant development in the multi-year Republican fight over the $15 trillion debt.

This freshman class was swept into D.C. on a wave of fiscal responsibility, which has given way to a slew of proposals to attempt to right the nation’s finances. Most notably, Republicans have slashed billions of dollars in government spending, proposed massive overhauls to social programs and morphed routine events like raising the nation’s debt ceiling and funding the government into cataclysmic, soul-searching fights.

But Republicans have always been resistant to raising government revenue through increased taxes. House Republican leaders have insisting that raising taxes on the nation’s top earners would stifle job creation and economic growth. They prefer to raise revenue through overhauling the tax code — they have constantly proposed lowering rates and broadening the base of taxpayers.

Increasing taxes — or imposing a surcharge — on the nation’s super-wealthy has long been the province of Democrats ranging from Senate leaders such as Harry Reid of Nevada to President Barack Obama. Republicans have privately scoffed at a surcharge, and its prospects are uncertain even in the Democratically controlled Senate.

Even when Republicans have said they would consider revenue, raising rates has always been off the table. Grover Norquist, the president of Americans for Tax Reform, has been vocal in trying to keep Republicans away from hiking rates.

But Crawford’s plan signals a shift, and will certainly spark conversation on Capitol Hill among conservatives, who have been divided on many issues this year, but rarely on increasing taxes.

According to a source close to the Arkansan, the lawmaker “feels that if were going to make any progress in addressing the deficit and the debt eventually, then we need to find compromise.”

Tags: Rick Crawford, higher taxes, millionaires, surtax, class warfare, Arkansas, Republican, 1st District

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Shoutouts From Arkansas 1st and 2nd District US Representatives

Crawford: Washington Update: Price at the Pump, JOBS Act

WASHINGTON – Congressman Rick Crawford (AR-01): "The rising cost of gas is hitting hard at the pump. We have all heard news reports that gas could hit a record $5.00 a gallon this summer. The rising cost of gas not only affects my constituents at the pump, it will also drive up the cost of goods and services. Congress can take action to lower gas prices. This week I spoke on the House Floor about what can be done to develop domestic energy resources. Wwatch the video.


Griffin: On Passage of the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act (H.R. 3606); Will ‘Unleash’ Job Creation

WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02): “I’m pleased President Obama has decided to support the House’s efforts to strengthen our economy and encourage job creation.  Millions of Americans are looking for work and can’t find it.  This is unprecedented, unacceptable, and unsustainable.  By removing unnecessary hurdles and excessive reporting burdens, the JOBS Act will unleash American entrepreneurship and create jobs by making it easier for small businesses to gain access to capital.  I was proud to support this bipartisan measure, and the Senate should pass it immediately.”
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Note: The JOBS Act combines six bills, four of which have already been passed by the House with strong bipartisan support. In addition to the Reopening American Capital Markets to Emerging Growth Companies Act (H.R. 3606), this package includes the Small Company Capital Formation Act (H.R. 1070), the Access to Capital for Job Creators Act (H.R. 2940), the Entrepreneur Access to Capital Act (H.R. 2930), the Private Company Flexibility and Growth Act (H.R. 2167), and the Capital Expansion Act (H.R. 4088). H.R. 4088 is similar to the Shareholder Threshold for SEC Registration Act (H.R. 1965), which passed the House on November 2, 2011. President Obama has indicated he will sign the JOBS Act into law once it is passed by Congress.

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Friday, March 9, 2012

Stop the Liberal Agenda: Arkansas Speaker’s Race - New House Leadership

Bill Smith, Editor: This year, 2012, is our opportunity to complete the conservative transition in the Arkansas legislature. The era of big spending, government growth and waste, lack of accountability and transparency must be ended. The ripping off of services and our money by illegals must cease. It is time for the practices and traditions which have contributed to government by and for the elected (not the people) and have led to self-interest, graft, insider greed, bullying and wasteful spending to cease. It won't happen overnight, but it can happen much more quickly with a legislature is made up of "limited government" conservatives. While I would like to add the words "God fearing," presently I would settle for "honest" because so many, now in office or in office in the past, have trampled on the very essence and principles of anything Godly.

Arkansas is a conservative state because most Arkansans are conservative. But we are not represented well by the present elected liberal Democrats who supported the liberal progressive agenda and traditions and practices hidden within the halls of Big Government.

I know there are some who say there are still conservative democrats. Yes, maybe in our communities but not necessarily in elected office. For most of those elected democrats, it doesn't take much to uncover compromising lukewarm conservative attitudes serving and supporting the majority non-conservative actions in the halls of government in Little Rock. The word conservative has been trampled on by elected democrats. In this latest legislative session, the Democrat leadership drove a newly elected committed conservative democrat  to leave and join the Republican Party.

There may be a few left, but they lend their names and actions to the present Democrat leadership which has supported the agendas of the National Democratic Party, the Obama administration, and our present Governor. Why doesn't Gov. Beebe see Arkansas first and forever as more important than the Washington agenda?

It is time for Arkansas to join the other Southern states in electing a majority of conservative Republicans to its House and Senate. If this is done, we will put a boot in the backside of Arkansas plantation politics. It won't be dead, but it will be on its way out the door. As detailed below, if Republicans gain the majority in the House in the November elections, it means that in 2013 there will be a Republican Speaker of the Arkansas House which has not happened in over 130 years!

Katherine Vasilos, RPA Communications Director: The Arkansas General Assembly adjourned Sine Die on Friday, officially ending the 2012 Fiscal Session. Members of the Arkansas House of Representatives also held a Speaker-Designate election with candidates Rep. Terry Rice (R-Waldron) and Rep. Darrin Williams (D-Little Rock). In his speech, Rep. Rice outlined a specific policy plan which included initiatives to spur job creation, make Arkansas more business friendly, reduce waste in state government and improve our education system.

While the majority-Democrat House elected Rep. Williams as Speaker-Designate, Arkansas Republicans will continue working to establish a new conservative majority in both chambers of the Legislature who will fight for hardworking Arkansas taxpayers. Officially, the Speaker of the House will be elected at the beginning of the 2013 legislative session, as this week’s vote is largely ceremonial. If elected next year, Rep. Rice would be the first Republican Speaker of the Arkansas House in over 130 years!

House Leaders Elected
The Republican House Caucus also held an election Friday to select new leaders to serve over the next two years. Rep. Bruce Westerman of Hot Springs was elected Republican House Leader, replacing Rep. John Burris of Harrison. Also elected were Rep. Lane Jean of Magnolia as Caucus Whip and Rep. Jeremy Gillam of Judsonia as Caucus Secretary. Congratulations to all!

Tags: Arkansas, 2012 elections, legislature, Senate, House, Democrats, plantation politics, liberal agenda, stop the liberal agenda, Republican Speaker, RPA

Monday, March 5, 2012

SBA List Candidate Fund Endorses Beth Anne Rankin

Washington, DC ─ Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund, a national pro-life political action committee, announced its endorsement of Beth Anne Rankin, candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives in Arkansas’s 4th Congressional District.

“Beth Anne Rankin is eager to fill this open seat in order to defend Life on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives,” said SBA List President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “We endorsed Beth Anne Rankin during her 2010 campaign for Congress and we proudly do so again in 2012.”

In 2010, Beth Anne Rankin won the Republican Primary for this seat by winning twenty-seven of the twenty-nine counties in her district. Dannenfelser added, “Arkansas deserves the feminine pro-life voice that Beth Anne Rankin will bring to Washington and all American women will benefit from her commitment to women and the unborn.”

Beth Anne Rankin served as Miss Arkansas in 1994 and began working for Governor Mike Huckabee two years later. She founded Beth Anne Productions, Inc. in 1998 and began a full-time commitment to her music, teaching and speaking in 2004. Rankin’s campaign repeatedly cites her as a “life-long pro-life advocate” and notes her commitment to “continue to advocate for women and the unborn.” In January, Governor Mike Huckabee, host of “The Gift of Life,” and HUCKPAC endorsed Beth Anne Rankin in the AR-04 race. Beth Anne Rankin is “pro-life and proud of it” as she makes her way towards Arkansas’s Republican primary, set for May 22, 2012.

During the 2010 election cycle, SBA List spent $11 million and was involved in 90 races, 62 of which resulted in victories. Successes included: defeating 15 of 20 so-called "pro-life" Democrats who voted for abortion funding in the health care reform bill, increasing the number of pro-life women in the House by 70 percent, filling the void of pro-life women in the U.S. Senate, and increasing the number of pro-life women governors from one to four.

The Susan B. Anthony List is a nationwide network of more than 365,000 Americans dedicated to mobilizing, advancing, and representing pro-life women in politics. Its connected Candidate Fund increases the percentage of pro-life women in the political process.

Tags: SBA List, endorsement, pro-life, Beth Anne Rankin, 2012, candidate. U.S. House of Representatives, Arkansas, 4th Congressional District