Friday, March 29, 2013

77% of Americans Support Voter ID

by David Ray, RPA Communications Director: Today is Good Friday, the day that Christians across the world observe the crucifixion of Jesus Christ. From all of us at the Arkansas GOP, we wish you and your family a happy and safe Easter weekend. Here’s a wrap-up of this week’s happenings.

Voter ID one step away from becoming law
As of this moment, we’re only one step away from overriding the Governor’s veto of voter ID legislation. The bill would simply require voters to present a photo ID to verify their identity when they go to vote. The State Senate overrode the veto on Wednesday, and the State House will vote next week.

Pew Research recently found that 77% of Americans nation-wide support voter ID laws. Despite strong Democratic opposition, we were finally able to enact this commonsense measure to strengthen the integrity of our election process. You can read about the Senate veto override HERE.

Arkansas GOP Scholarship
If you are a College Republican or know a College Republican, the deadline is almost here to apply for the Elizabeth G. Redman Scholarship. April 1st is the deadline to apply, so visit our website for details today.

In Case You Missed It
The Majority Celebration Thursday night was an overwhelming success. Over 200 of you from all across the state came out to support our party and our new majority. If you weren’t able to make it, you can watch some of the speeches online. Congressman Womack, Congressman Crawford, and Congressman Griffin all gave great remarks.

In the News…
Congressman Steve Womack sat down with KNWA to talk about the budget, spending, and much, much more.

If you’re not already, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Have a blessed Easter weekend everybody.

Tags: Republican Party of Arkansas, RPA, newsletter, voter ID, Arkansas GOP Scholarship, Majority Celebration, news items

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Sensible School Lunch Act Makes Sense For Arkansas

U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, (R-AR-01): In October, I hosted a Nutrition Summit in Jonesboro where I listened to school administrators, parents, nutritionists and teachers tell me how new nutrition guidelines from the Department of Agriculture are affecting their students. After the Summit it was clear that USDA's new school nutrition regulations are not working and are leaving students hungry. This week I joined with Arkansas's other members of the United States House of Representatives in filing legislation to return control of school lunches to school districts in Arkansas.

The Sensible School Lunch Act addresses the concerns I heard late last year and gives individual school districts the flexibility they need to feed their students. The legislation would allow more flexible portions of proteins and grains in the federal school meals program, while leaving in place the rest of the regulation, including the total calorie cap and its emphasis on fruits, vegetables, whole grains and non-fat dairy selections. The total calorie cap remains in place to ensure healthy meals in proportion, and allowable fruits are increased as compared to before, and vegetable servings are unlimited.

In late 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture released their final rule for the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, which required new standards for school meals. The final rule strictly limits calories, protein and grains for all students. For example, a 13-year-old eighth grader may eat no more protein than a five-year-old kindergartener, and a 13 year old may eat only one more ounce of grain than a kindergartner. Similarly, an active 18 year-old high school senior playing football would get no more proteins or grains than a less active 14-year-old ninth grader.

Complying with the rule exceeded federal funding by a projected $75 million a year and placed a great strain on school budgets. Additionally, the new regulations produced a flood of concern by parents, students, teachers, coaches and administrators. Major concerns were the expense of the program and the lack of flexibility for those students who have nutritional needs that exceed the strict calorie, protein and grains restrictions.

While I will always be committed to providing our students with healthy and nutritious meals, the new school lunch standards simply are not working, and are leaving our kids hungry and unable to focus in school. The Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act was well-intentioned, but the Nutrition Summit highlighted the fact that its effect on schools has opened the door to massive amounts of unintended consequences. The Sensible School Lunch Act will give Arkansas schools the flexibility they need to keep students full.

Tags: Rick Crawford, Arkansas, lunch programs

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Comment on So-Called "Ethics Reform" - HJR 1009

Received the following from an Arkansas conservative Republican [Name known but withheld for this article] - Points well taken - talk about legislative distracting deceptive bait and switch arguments:
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Well, here's what passes for "Ethics Reform" in our current legislature: 'We'll give up lobbyist dinners / drinks, tickets, and trips [ like traveling to Turkey sponsored by a designated global terrorist] but you have to give us 16 years in Little Rock'.

Just about every bit of this can be done without a Constitutional Amendment --- except for extending Term Limits. Sen. Warwick Sabin is a big "D", but there are plenty of Rs (e.g., Co Sponsor Senator Jon Woods) who support this in spite of our current RPA Platform supporting Term Limits in their current form. I have reminded Jon that the voters last turned back Legislative attempts to extend Term Limits by 70% - 30%.

Our guys forget how much open seats have helped us overcome the power of the incumbency. I hope you will pass this to your County Chairs/Clubs so they can let their legislators know their position.

These proposed Constitutional Amendments often fly under the radar thru the committee system and then are voted on in the last, fast and furious days of the session. The 1st you hear of them is when they are published in the paper before the election. The time to stop this is now!

http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2013/2013R/Bills/HJR1009.pdf
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Deception walks the halls of the Little Rock legislature!  Time for all Republicans to begin Verifying  their elected Republican's positions.  Also, how many constituents are receiving weekly or monthly updates from their elected official?  If you are, add a comment and brag on them, since most legislators (all parties) do not even bother to check in with their constituents or to seek their opinions.

Tags: Arkansas, so-called, ethics reform, changing term limits

Boozman: Memo on Fiscal Responsibility & Poistion on Issues

Sen. John Boozman (R-AR): We must end the borrow and spend mentality that is so pervasive in Washington today. We can start by doing the most basic job of governing, which is passing a budget. There is finally progress on this front in the Senate where, for the first time in nearly four years, the Senate Budget Committee approved a budget and the chamber debated and approved the Majority’s budget resolution.

Unfortunately, I couldn't support this budget plan because it falls short of what we need to get our fiscal house in order and get our economy back on track. It’s clear that our nation is on a fiscally irresponsible path and it’s time to roll up our sleeves and make some difficult decisions so our children can inherit a strong country. Instead this budget plan raises $1.5 trillion in taxes and adds $7.3 trillion to our national debt.

While I believe we can get started on the right path to fiscal health with a balanced budget amendment to the Constitution, I also believe that we need to make cuts to the wasteful and duplicative programs that Washington funds. Spending cuts are the approach that we need to take instead of increasing taxes on hardworking Americans.

In an effort to cut Washington spending by a trillion dollars, President Obama proposed and agreed to across-the-board cuts in 2011, known as sequestration. To avoid these automatic cuts, members of the joint deficit reduction committee, commonly referred to as the supercommittee were tasked with cutting more than $1 trillion in deficit spending. As you may remember, the committee failed to make the necessary cuts. Because Congress failed to make reach an agreement on budget cuts, sequestration began on March 1, 2013.

In legislation Congress passed last week to fund the government for the remainder of the fiscal year, we gave federal agencies flexibility with how they cut their budgets in order to minimize the impact of sequestration.

While I believe cutting spending is essential to putting our country on the path to fiscal responsibility, indiscriminately cutting everything is not the best policy. We don’t need to take a meat cleaver to our entire budget. I am committed to holding the line on reducing government spending, but there is a more practical way to eliminate expenses that better utilizes taxpayer dollars.

I want to know what you think. Take our survey so we can understand what actions you think we should to get our country back on sound financial footing.

Quick Takes:
  • Answers for Illegal Immigrants Release: In late February, it was reported that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had released a “few hundred” illegal immigrants from custody. The administration drastically misrepresented the number to the public because more than 2,000 criminal illegal immigrants had been released from custody. We deserve answers about their release. We recently joined a group of U.S. Senators in support of an effort to require the Department of Homeland Security to provide Congress with information about the illegal immigrants who are being released for what the administration says is budget considerations.
  • UN Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) - The Obama Administration has expressed an interest in international small arms control initiatives that were resisted previously by both the Bush Administration and the Clinton Administration. I’m strongly opposed to the U.S. signing any UN Treaty that would regulate small arms. We recently cosponsored a concurrent resolution to prevent that from happening. Read more about it here.
  • Defund the President’s Health Care Law: I voted for an amendment that would prohibit funding for the implementation of President Obama’s health care law. This law does little to contain the cost of health care which is the real root of the problem. The amendment wasn’t approved but I will continue to fight against this overreach.
  • Protecting the Value of the Purple Heart and Bronze Star Medals: After hearing from the nation’s leading veterans organizations, Senators Jon Tester (D-Mont.), Dean Heller (R-Nev.), Joe Manchin (D-W.Va.) and I introduced a bill to ensure that combat medals like the Bronze Star and the Purple Heart rank ahead of a new medal honoring service away from the front lines. Read the Military Times story about this legislation.
  • Veteran Classification: Under current law, the definition of a veteran applies only to servicemen and women who have served on active duty. A bill we introduced with Senator Mark Pryor would allow Guard and Reserve retirees with 20 years of service the honor of being called a veteran.
  • Fighting for our Farmers: The EPA is continuing its assault on America’s farms with another excessive regulation that would be costly to our nation’s agri-businesses. We cosponsored legislation to prevent Arkansas farmers and ranchers from having to spend money on equipment just to comply with another extreme regulation.
  • Keystone XL Clears Another Hurdle: It’s important to develop an energy policy that uses our natural resources and puts us on the path to energy independence. We can start moving our country in this direction with the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline, which recently cleared another major hurdle.
  • Coordinated, Robust Energy Review: We need to promote energy policies that put our nation on the path to energy independence. I have long supported an all-of-the above energy plan that uses all our nation’s natural resources. We recently cosponsored the Quadrennial Energy Review Act of 2013 that would authorize a government-wide coordination council to submit a comprehensive review of current domestic capabilities and future energy needs.
  • Reinvest Recreation Fees: We joined efforts with Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) to introduce the Corps of Engineers Recreation Improvement Act. This legislation would reinvest recreation fees to improve facilities where the funds were collected. This would allow millions of dollars to be reinvested in Arkansas.
  • Let us Help You: Helping Arkansans is an important part of my job. In 2012 alone, my staff and I helped 2,775 Arkansas families with matters involving the federal government. I encourage you to contact one of my offices if you need to discuss a problem you’re having with a federal agency so we can help to resolve your issue or cut through the red tape to get your question answered.

Tags: Senator, John Boozman, position issues, fiscal responsibility

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Who will define the Republican Party?

Willie Lawson
by Willie Lawson: The GOP’s Growth and Opportunity Project is being resisted by conservatives who are not now, and never have been comfortable with a Republican version of the “Big Tent.” This “Big Tent” risks inviting a wide spectrum of ideas, policy initiatives and beliefs into the party. The benefit is that the party ends up with a wider base of support and thus, at least in principle, is more competitive in national elections. The downside, from an ideology standpoint, is that defining yourself becomes very difficult. This is the heart of the Republican Party’s dilemma.

Democrats, with the help of the liberal media, have been able to define the Republican Party. We have heard that the Republican Party is the “party of no,” ”the party of the wealthy,” and so on. The media have also been able to tie various movement conservatives to the Republican Party. In this way it is much easier to demonize the party for the low information voter.

The Republican Party’s Growth and Opportunity Project attempts address this identity crisis.

One of the things that I learned in the past few years is that Republican is NOT synonymous with “conservative,” which given the differences between fiscal, social, and foreign-policy conservatives is not a precise term. The connection between Republicanism and rigid ideological conservatism is purely media and candidate driven. One can be a Republican and be a free-thinker, which for many of us is the attraction of the Republican Party. It has made the Republican Party strong for a number of years. It is the understanding that there must be balance that has been the missing ingredient in the modern GOP’s efforts to expand its appeal.

For instance, the contrast and balance between Marco Rubio and Rand Paul is the essence of the future of a viable Republican Party. These two men span a divide between a party driven by ideological conservatism and one that celebrates individual liberty. They represent what so many conservatives and Republicans refuse to see; they fit together the missing pieces that are essential for winning national elections.

Rand Paul’s uncompromising, fiscally driven, freedom fueled, constitutional approach at governance harkens back to the founders, men of far-ranging intellectual curiosity who were fully ready to have knockdown, drag out arguments, if for no other reason to make a point.

For me, it was encouraging that someone would use the tool of the filibuster to force action from this White House. It doesn’t matter much whether we thinking that his question was a good one or not. Here was a Republican taking a principled stance while attempting to define the party instead of allowing the definition to be written by the party’s detractors. It was also great watching the excitement on social media of Republicans and conservatives during the filibuster’s 13 hours. The Republicans have not generated that level excitement in a long time.

Marco Rubio’s approach is different. Rubio’s story bleeds “WE CARE!” Almost every time he gets the chance, he mentions his background. His story of growing up in a blue collar, hard-working family. Rubio wants people to know that he is just like them, and he understands and cares. He’s one answer to the question, do Republicans care about you? This is important because many voters pick candidates that they think care about people like them. It is impossible to ignore the human element in politics. We must understand, and master the art of the personification of policy.

With this all being the case, it is impossible for conservatives and Republicans to continue a myopic view of the current situation. The continued “purity” tests are not the way to thwart the increasing liberal, socialist push from the left. The belief that the only way forward is that we must be in a “lock-think” on every issue is antithetical to the Republican ideal of free thinking and freedom. What the Republican Party and, conservatives must do is have the ability to forge the best ideas, then make those ideas relevant to diverse communities. This effort must involve the entire spectrum of Republicans and conservatives.

Why? Because the demographics are changing.
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Willie Lawson is a conservative talk radio host of the Willie Lawson Show out of Tampa Florida, Director of Communications for the Assembly of Black Republicans, and a friend. This article was first published in the "Communities" section of The Washington Times. His article is posted in full for educational purposes under the Fair Use Doctrine and to promote Mr. Lawson's article with readers who do not read the Washington Times or cannot listen to his Radio Show. Lawson is also on FaceBook and on Twitter.

Tags: Willie Lawson, defining, Republican Party

Monday, March 25, 2013

State GOP Responds to Governor’s Veto of Voter ID Legislation

Little Rock. Ark. – Republican Party of Arkansas Chairman Doyle Webb release the following statement in response to Governor Beebe’s veto of Senate Bill 2, the voter ID legislation that passed the Arkansas State House and Senate last week:

“By vetoing voter ID legislation, Governor Beebe has once again overruled the wishes of Arkansas voters, disregarded the will of bipartisan majorities who passed the bill in the legislature, and even ignored the opinion his own Attorney General released just this afternoon. In order to ensure the fairness and integrity of Arkansas elections, we look forward to overriding this veto in the days to come.”

Tags: Arkansas, voter id, Senate Bill 2, Republican Party, Chairman, Doyle Webb, response, Governor Mike Beebe, veto

Friday, March 22, 2013

New Polling Results

David Ray, RPA Communications Director: As you know, March Madness is officially underway (not to be confused with Spending Madness, which has been going on in Washington for many, many years). We hope you’ll take a break from the NCAA tournament games to read our weekly update:

New poll shows Mark Pryor in DEEP trouble
This week, there was great news for 2014, as new polling reveals Senator Mark Pryor is extremely vulnerable heading into the next election. Here are the key findings:
  • Only 36% of Arkansans view Pryor favorably
  • Strong pluralities of Arkansas voters say Pryor’s political beliefs are “liberal” (47%) and that he “sides too much with President Obama” (43%)
  • Pryor begins the election cycle with only 35% on a ballot score and trails a potential Republican challenger by 8%.
You can read more about the poll from National Journal, The Hill, or Politico.

Weekly Webb-cast resumes  - This week’s Webb-cast takes place on-site at the Robinson Center in Little Rock, the site of next Thursday’s “Majority Celebration.” Chairman Webb previews the upcoming event, which will feature guest speakers Reps. Rick Crawford, Tim Griffin, Steve Womack, and Ed Bethune. Don’t worry, you can still get tickets online or by calling Alisha at 501-372-7301.

Voter ID Update
In a big win for those of us who support honest elections, the Senate voted 22-12 to pass Voter ID on Tuesday. Both the House and Senate have now approved this important bill, and it now goes to the Governor’s desk for his consideration. The Governor has not announced whether he will sign or veto this legislation, but we will keep you updated on the outcome.

In the News…
Congressman Tom Cotton appeared on CNN’s State of the Union last Sunday morning to talk about the 10th Anniversary of the Iraq War.
Congressman Tim Griffin announced that he has cut his House office budget for the third time.

Have a great weekend everybody and enjoy the March Madness.

Tags: RPA, polls, webcasts, Majority Celebration

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Griffin: House Republicans’ Budget Will Save Medicare, Help Grow the Economy from the Bottom Up

‘President puts his basketball brackets before his budgeting duties’

WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement after House passage of the FY 2014 Congressional Budget:

“While the President puts his basketball brackets before his budgeting duties, House Republicans are focused on saving Medicare from bankruptcy, growing our economy naturally from the bottom-up, and balancing the budget without raising taxes on hardworking Americans. Our budget is a smart, new approach that will protect vital programs like Medicare for folks like my own mom and preserve them for their grandkids too.”

Federal spending has increased by 19 percent since President Obama took office, and is scheduled to grow by five percent a year over the next decade. The House budget restrains the annual rate of growth in federal spending to 3.4 percent, saving taxpayers $4.6 trillion over the next 10 years. By 2023, the House budget would turn our country’s annual $1 trillion deficits into a $7 billion surplus, balancing the budget for the first time since President Clinton partnered with House Republicans. The House budget also repeals ObamaCare, leaves Medicare unchanged for current seniors and those approaching retirement age while protecting and strengthening it for future generations.

By law, the President must submit a budget each year on the first Monday in February. President Obama has failed to meet this deadline four out of the past five years, including this year. His past four budgets have all included annual deficits exceeding $1 trillion. Last year, his budget failed to garner a single vote in the Democrat-controlled Senate. During his presidency, the federal debt has increased by more than $5.8 trillion, reaching a record $16.7 trillion debt.

For five years in a row, President Obama has submitted his NCAA basketball tournament picks on time to ESPN. According to the White House, the President has Louisville, Ohio State, Florida and Indiana in the Final Four.


Tags: U.S. Representative, Tim Griffin, AR-02, Arkansas, House budget

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Boozman: Senate Budget Debate

The Senate is expected to vote on its first budget resolution in nearly four years this week. Senator Boozman shares why this is a step in the right direction.

Tags: Senator John Boozman, Arkansas, U.S. Senator, budget debate

ICYMI: New Poll in Arkansas Shows Mark Pryor in Deep Trouble

Little Rock. Ark. – Tuesday morning, Club for Growth Action and Senate Conservatives Fund released the results of a series of polls conducted among likely voters in Arkansas’s 2014 U.S. Senate race. The results show that Senator Mark Pryor is highly vulnerable heading into the 2014 election cycle.

Below is the news release from Club for Growth and Senate Conservatives Fund, which can be viewed HERE.

New Poll In Arkansas Shows Mark Pryor In Deep Trouble
Washington, DC - Club for Growth Action and the Senate Conservatives Fund today released the results of a series of polls conducted among likely voters in Arkansas’s 2014 U.S. Senate race. The results show that since Club for Growth Action began running a six-figure TV ad buy in Arkansas, support among Arkansans for Senator Mark Pryor (D-AR) has plummeted.

The TV ad, which pointed out that Senator Pryor stood with President Obama on ObamaCare, the failed Obama “stimulus,” and on bailing out the Wall Street banks, has had a devastating effect on Mark Pryor’s favorability ratings. In two months, Senator Pryor has gone from a +28 Favorable/Unfavorable spread among poll respondents (53/25) to even (36/36), a precipitous 28 point drop. In addition, the number of Arkansans who now view Mark Pryor as a “liberal” has nearly doubled, going from 26% in a January survey to 47% now, a strong plurality of respondents.

President Obama remains deeply unpopular in Arkansas, with only 38% of respondents having a favorable impression, compared to 58% who said unfavorable, a -20 point spread. Arkansans clearly recoil from the message in Club for Growth Action’s TV ad that “when you vote for Pryor, you vote for Obama.”

“The more Arkansans hear about Mark Pryor’s support for the Obama agenda, the less they like Mark Pryor,” said Club for Growth President Chris Chocola. “President Obama’s economic policies are simply unpopular in Arkansas, and Mark Pryor’s support for ObamaCare, the Obama stimulus, and the Wall Street bailout have cost him support back home. Obama ally Mark Pryor is in deep trouble with Arkansans because of his strong support for big-government programs like ObamaCare and the Obama ‘stimulus’ that are bankrupting America.”

"These numbers are not surprising. Our members who live in Arkansas continue to tell us that Mark Pryor has abandoned them and their values," said Senate Conservatives Fund Executive Director Matt Hoskins. "They know he pretends to be a centrist when he's in Arkansas, but votes with President Obama when he's in Washington."

Both polls were conducted by the Republican polling firm Basswood Research. The polls took place January 27-28 and March 16-17. Each sample contained 600 likely general election voters, with a margin of error of 4%. The second poll was paid for by both the Club for Growth Action and the Senate Conservatives Fund.

Selected results from the Club for Growth Action/Senate Conservatives Fund poll in Arkansas:
Favorable/Unfavorable: Senator Mark Pryor January: 53% Favorable, 25% Unfavorable
March: 36% Favorable, 36% Unfavorable
Change: 28 points less favorable

Which of the following comes closest to your opinion? Mark Pryor is an independent Senator who fights for the best interests of Arkansas residents; or, Mark Pryor sides too much with President Obama and the liberals in Congress.
January: 46% Independent Senator, 31% Sides Too Much With Obama
March: 38% Independent Senator, 43% Sides Too Much With Obama
Change: 20 point swing towards “Sides too much with Obama”

Do you think Mark Pryor is a liberal, moderate or conservative in his political beliefs?
January: 26% Liberal, 32% Moderate, 12% Conservative
March: 47% Liberal, 25% Moderate, 6% Conservative
Change: 21 point increase among those who believe Pryor is a liberal

Ballot test for U.S. Senate in 2014 (March Only)
Senator Mark Pryor (D): 35%
Congressman Tom Cotton (R): 43%
Undecided: 22%
Result: Pryor -8. Pryor is far under 50% and trails Congressman Tom Cotton in the straight ballot test by eight points.

Tags: Poll, Sen. Mark Pryor, deep trouble

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Boozman: Where I Stand On the UN Small Arms Treaty

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR): I wanted to update you in advance of the Obama administration’s attempts to engage in a new round of negotiations over the United Nations Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) which I believe is a backdoor effort to chip away at our Second Amendment, the right to keep and bear arms.

I am vehemently opposed to the United States signing this treaty that will regulate small arms. I believe in upholding our Constitution and I will vote against this treaty should it come to the Senate floor.
I have also co-sponsored a resolution introduced this week by Senator Jerry Moran that will exempt domestic, civilian firearm ownership from the treaty’s scope.

This is not a new issue. Last July, the U.N. Conference on the ATT dissolved without a treaty thanks in part to the efforts of my colleagues and I in the US Senate. You can be certain we will continue to oppose any attempt by this administration to impose this treaty on the American people.

I welcome your feedback on this issue. You can leave me a comment here.

Tags: John Boozman, UN Small Arms Treaty

Saturday, March 16, 2013

President Obama Should Fund Our Military, Not Egypt’s Radical Government

Cosponsors bill to restore DoD tuition assistance program funding
WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement after cosponsoring H.R. 1039, a bill to rescind foreign assistance to Egypt, and to appropriate funds for the Department of Defense (DoD) tuition assistance program:“I continue to hear from concerned members of our Armed Forces about the negative effects the sequester is having on our military programs, including the tuition assistance program. That is why I am a cosponsor of H.R. 1039, which would eliminate $500 million worth of foreign funding for the Egyptian government in order to fund the tuition assistance program. We should prioritize U.S. taxpayer dollars for our service members over assistance to Egypt’s radical government.”In addition to supporting H.R. 1039, Griffin voted for a bill (H.R. 933) that includes full-year appropriations for DoD, military construction, and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). This legislation, which passed the House on March 6, will allow the military and VA to move forward with critical national security and veterans programs. This sensible appropriations bill holds down spending, in line with the sequester, and includes smart reforms, including prioritization of funding for our Armed Forces and veterans. It also provides reprogramming authority for DoD to handle the effects of the sequester. H.R. 933 now awaits further action in the Senate.

Earlier this month, Griffin introduced a House resolution (H.Res. 87) calling for the Obama Administration to stop sending F-16s to Egypt. The deal to provide 20 F-16s to the Egyptian government originated in 2009, when Hosni Mubarak was still president and the proposal was presented to Congress through the Foreign Military Financing Program (FMFP). In 2010, the U.S. government awarded a $213 million contract to Lockheed Martin for the production of 20 new F-16 aircraft for Egypt. Since then, Egypt has undergone a significant political shift, and the radical Muslim Brotherhood is now considered the most powerful political player in Egypt. Its former leader, Mohamed Morsi, now serves as Egypt’s president.

Although four F-16s have already been delivered to Egypt, Griffin has been pushing the White House to stop the transfer of additional aircraft and other military assistance until Egypt’s government demonstrates its alliance with the U.S. and respect for Israel and her people.

Last month, Griffin raised this issue in a letter to President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry.

Tags: Tim Griffin, funding for military troops, not Egypt

Rep. Tom Cotton - CPAC 2013

Arkansas U.S. Congressman Tom Cotton gave a powerful and moving speech at CPAC 2013 about the war against radical Islamic jihad.
Representative Tom Cotton serves the 4th Congressional District of Arkansas and was elected in 2012. He is a former combat veteran, a Harvard graduate and attorney. He was a TEA Party favorite in Arkansas winning a Congressional seat held for decades by democrats.

Tags: Tom Cotton, speech CPAC 2013, War against radical Islamic jihad

Friday, March 15, 2013

NAM Honors Congressman Tim Griffin for Supporting Manufacturing

Congressman Griffin Understands the Policies Needed to Ensure Manufacturers Succeed

WASHINGTON, D.C., March 15, 2013 - The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) awarded Congressman Tim Griffin (R-AR-02) the NAM's Award for Manufacturing Legislative Excellence. Congressman Griffin supported 95 percent of the policies identified by the NAM as critical to the success of manufacturing in the United States during the 112th Congress.

"I understand that manufacturing jobs support thousands of Arkansas families, and are key to growing American jobs," said Congressman Griffin. "I'm honored my efforts on behalf of hardworking Arkansans have been recognized by the largest manufacturing association in the country. We can't grow our economy with Washington's costly and artificial, top-down approach. Communities throughout Arkansas are helping to drive America's comeback naturally and organically with new ideas and innovation."

"Manufacturers today compete in a global marketplace," said NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons. "It is critical that Washington creates policies to keep us competitive and maintain our mantle of economic leadership. Congressman Griffin understands this and has consistently supported the pro-manufacturing agenda through his votes in Congress."

These awards are based on members of Congress's votes on key manufacturing legislation identified by the NAM in the 112th Congress. These included key votes on issues such as energy policy, taxes and regulations, among others. Each key vote was selected by the NAM's Key Vote Advisory Committee, which is comprised of NAM member companies and associations.

Members of Congress are notified in advance when key votes are pending and why the key vote designation has been made. The NAM is nonpartisan and does not endorse candidates. Voting records for all members of Congress and further details about NAM Key Manufacturing Votes are available here
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The National Association of Manufacturers is the largest manufacturing association in the United States, representing manufacturers in every industrial sector and in all 50 states. Manufacturing has a presence in every single congressional district providing good, high-paying jobs.

Tags:  NAM Award, National Association of Manufacturers, Tim Griffin

Crawford: EPA Disregards National Food Security.

Representative Rick Crawford (AR-01): In Arkansas, farming is a way of life. Agriculture is the number one industry in our First Congressional District and for many families it's a rich tradition. As Arkansas's only representative on the House Agriculture Committee, I fight each day to ensure farm families in our state can continue producing the safest, most abundant and reliable source of nutrition food on the planet.

Recently, I was informed the Environmental Protection Agency had released the personal information of livestock and poultry producers to extremist environmental groups. The information was released after the groups filed a request through the Freedom of Information Act. The EPA turned over personal information like phone numbers, addresses and even geographic coordinates to environmentalists. An overwhelming majority of the information released appears to be from farms owned by families who may now face threats to their homes and businesses. I have serious concerns over the EPA's release of this information, particularly regarding individual privacy rights and possible bio-security threats to the nation's food supply. Releasing this type of information makes producers potential targets of harassment, or even bio-terrorism.

Unfortunately, this release of information is yet another example of the EPA's overreach into the lives of hardworking individuals in rural America. As Chairman of the Agriculture Subcommittee on Livestock, Rural Development, and Credit, I am leading a group of 40 House members in writing a letter to the acting director of the EPA expressing our concerns and asking the acting director to ensure the released information is not improperly used. In the letter, we demand answers on why the EPA obtained producers' private information and, most important, what steps the agency will take to protect the affected producers while ensuring these actions will never happen again.

It is unacceptable for the EPA to do anything that could jeopardize our nation's food security or threaten American farm operations. The EPA must be held accountable for their actions and bureaucrats in Washington must consider the livelihoods of farm families and our nation's food-security before they cower to extreme environmental groups.

Tags: U.S. Representative, Rick Crawford, EPA, Environmental Protection Agency, released the personal information, livestock and poultry producers, extremist environmental groups, nation's food security

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Griffin: President Obama Is Creating Dependence Instead of Jobs

House votes to restore historic bipartisan welfare work requirements
WASHINGTON> – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02), a member of the Ways and Means Committee, issued the following statement after House passage of the Preserving Work Requirements for Welfare Programs Act (H.R. 890):“Last year, the White House threw out nearly two decades of precedent, ignored the law and unilaterally gutted the welfare work requirements that served as the bedrock of the reform enacted by President Clinton and a Republican Congress. As the numbers show, instead of focusing on job creation, the Obama Administration has devoted itself to creating greater dependence on government. That’s taking the country backward, not forward, and that’s why we are working to restore this bipartisan, common-sense requirement that has proven to be successful.”Since the work-based 1996 welfare reforms were enacted, welfare caseloads declined by 57 percent through 2011. Employment levels among single mothers increased by 15 percent from 1996 through 2000, and even after the recession, it is still higher than before welfare reform. Further, child poverty in female-headed households fell dramatically after welfare reform and is still down by more than 15 percent below the level in the early 1990s.

Despite these positive trends, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) issued a memorandum on July 12, 2012, unilaterally allowing states to seek a waiver from the work requirements central to the success of the 1996 welfare reforms.

A Government Accountability Office (GAO) report issued last September found that HHS exceeded its previously defined authority when it waived the TANF work requirements.

No prior Administration ever claimed to be able to waive welfare work requirements. According to GAO testimony on February 28, 2013, “we did not find any evidence that HHS stated it has authority to issue waivers related to TANF work requirements” before the Obama Administration made its July 2012 announcement.

H.R. 890 would repeal the Obama Administration’s waiver plan and prevent it from waiving the work requirements in the future
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According to a Rasmussen survey, more than 80 percent of Americans believe that those who do receive welfare benefits should be required to work.

Tags: Tim Griffin, U.S. House, passage, Preserving Work Requirements for Welfare Programs Act, (H.R. 890), President Obama, Creating Dependence, Instead of Jobs

Letter by Arkansas RPA Chair On HB 1855; HB 2017

Dole Webb, Chairman, Republican Party of Arkansas: Dear Republican Representatives: As your Chairman I have not before today asked you to vote a certain way on a bill, but there is an issue that will directly affect the future of the Republican Party in Arkansas pending in the Arkansas House.

Two bills have been filed by our fellow Republicans to make elected positions nonpartisan. These bills are HB1855 concerning Prosecuting Attorneys and HB2017 concerning Sheriffs.

Whether we like to admit it or not we all have partisan positions on issues that involve the establishment, implementation or even the enforcement of public policy. To think that simply making these positions nonpartisan will remove hidden partisan held beliefs is inconceivable. Under present law a candidate can choose to run as a Democrat, Republican or Independent. They may associate with a particular party or not. Their district in the case of Prosecuting Attorneys or their county in the case of Sheriffs can elect a candidate associated with a party or not. Those choices should be left to the people and not mandated by the State.

Party affiliation says a lot about a candidate and their beliefs. It is an important indicator of who a particular candidate is and what they believe and hold dear. It is an indicator to the voter who has limited time or the ability to know everything about a candidate.

Someone said that the Party opposes these changes because it will lose hundreds of thousands of dollars in filing fees. Nothing could be further from the truth. This issue is about good government, an informed voting public and the right of association by candidate!

We have received many phone calls and emails concerning this issue. I would ask that you vote no on both HB1855 and HB2017.

If you would like to discuss this issue further, I would be glad to do so.

My Best, Doyle Webb
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Sponsor HB2017: Representative Nate Bell (R Dist 20 - Mena); no-co-sponsors identified. Sponsors HB1855: Representative Matthew J. Shepherd (R Dist 6 - El Dorado) and Senator Missy Irvin (R - Dist 18) and Co-sponsor: Representative Nate Steel (D Dist 19 - Nashville).

Tags: Proposed bills, non-partisan elections, HB 1855, Prosecuting Attorneys, HB 2017, Sheriffs, letter to representatives, Dole Webb

Monday, March 11, 2013

Does Senator Pryor Side With President Clinton on DOMA?

Just Days Before His Fundraiser with Mark Pryor, Bill Clinton Flip-Flops on Defense of Marriage Act
Mark Pryor: Gay or Straight Vows
Little Rock. Ark. – The Republican Party of Arkansas is calling on Senator Mark Pryor to clearly articulate whether or not he agrees with the views expressed by President Clinton last week on the subject of gay marriage and the Defense of Marriage Act.

Just days before his March 16th fundraiser with Senator Mark Pryor, former President Bill Clinton has penned an op-ed in the Washington Post urging the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), which Clinton signed into law in 1996.

Senator Pryor, who has claimed in the past to support DOMA (despite opposing a Federal Marriage Amendment), will hold a high-dollar cocktail reception with President Clinton on Saturday.

Republican Party Spokesman David Ray says that Senator Pryor has some explaining to do: “Arkansans deserve to know whether Mark Pryor has ‘evolved’ on the definition of marriage like Presidents Clinton and Obama have in recent days. If he’s going to saddle up next to President Clinton and raise money for his re-election, the voters deserve to know if he shares the same views as his most prominent campaign surrogate.”

Ray continued: “We realize Senator Pryor doesn’t want Arkansans to know just how out-of-touch he really is, but we won’t stop asking these questions until he gives us a straight answer.”

Background:
President Bill Clinton authors op-ed urging courts to overturn DOMA. (“ It’s time to overturn DOMA”, President Bill Clinton, Washington Post, March 7, 2013)
Arkansas voters voted to affirm traditional marriage by a margin of 75%-25% (Arkansas Secretary of State Website, “ 2004 General Election and Non-Partisan Judicial Runoff”, Accessed 3/11/13)

Tags: Arkansas, Senator, Mark Pryor, DOMA, Defense of Marriage Act, or Gay marriage, Bill Clinton

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Politicizing the Sequester

Rep. Crawford with members of Arkansas's
School Nutrition Association
U.S. Rick Crawford, AR-01: In my column last week, I expressed concerns over national political leaders' unwillingness to come together and avoid $85 billion in arbitrary spending cuts known as the sequester. Like you, I grow more frustrated with each passing day at Washington's inability to work together for the common good. This week, it became clear the Obama Administration is doing all they can to heighten the strain of the sequester.

Emails between officials at the Department of Agriculture show the Obama Administration's effort to intentionally undermine government operations in order to score political points. A regional official with USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service asked his superiors about the flexibility he had in trimming his program's budget in light of the sequester. His superiors told him: "We have gone on record with a notification to Congress and whoever else that APHIS would eliminate assistance to producers in 24 States in managing wildlife damage to the aquaculture industry, unless they provide funding to cover the costs. So, it is our opinion that however you manage that reduction, you need to make sure you are not contradicting what we said the impact would be."

According to emails, the response came from someone in the USDA's Office of Budget and Program Analysis, which is responsible for "coordinating the preparation of the Department's budget estimates, legislative reports and regulations. The Office of Budget and Program Analysis provides direction and administration of the Department's budgetary functions including development, presentation, and administration of the budget," according to the agency's website.

This leaked email proves the Obama Administration is playing political games with the sequester. Further emails from USDA officials express concern over this policy and the impact it would have on producers. It's troubling that President Obama is not willing to put the good of the American people ahead of his political agenda and it is unconscionable that high-ranking government officials would be more interested in maximizing the pain of the sequester instead of being focused on helping Americans through the process. As we move forward, I plan to hold the Obama Administration accountable for their actions that have the potential to unnecessarily burden American families.

Tags: U.S. House, Representative, Rick Crawford, AR-01, the sequester, politicizing the sequester

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Another Veto Override and RPA Event

David Ray, RPA Communications Director:This was another very busy week at the Arkansas Capitol, and there are even more developments just around the corner. Here’s a summary of the major action this week in the state of Arkansas:

2nd Veto Override Produces Another Pro-life Victory
Senator Jason Rapert’s (District 35) bill SB134 was vetoed by the Governor, but the override made national news as Arkansas passed the strongest protections for life of any state in the country. As a result of this bipartisan veto override, abortions will now be prohibited after 12 weeks in Arkansas.

House & Senate Republicans Protect the Integrity of Our Elections
Senator Bryan King (District 5) has sponsored SB2, which would require photo ID in order to vote. Currently, election workers must ask for voters to show their ID, but amazingly, the voters aren’t required to show it. Even though Democrats are staunchly opposing this bill, our legislators are working hard to get it passed into law.

Join Us For the Majority Celebration!
It’s been 138 years since our party controlled the state legislature, and we think that winning the majority is a cause for celebration. We hope you’ll join us on March 28 th in Little Rock for a special historic event to commemorate our House and Senate Majority. You’ll find the details below:
Majority Celebration
March 28 - 6:00 – 8:00 pm
Robinson Center – Downtown Little Rock
Tickets: $50 ea.
For tickets, call 501-372-7301 or visit arkansasgop.org or (Click Her Now!)
Enjoy the weekend!
Sincerely,
David Ray
Communications Director
P.S. – Your contributions to our historic Majority Celebration on March 28 th will help us expand our majorities even further in 2014, so RSVP today!

Tags: RPA, Arkansas Republican Party, Weekend Wrap up, veto override, integrity in elections, majority celebration

Friday, March 8, 2013

NRA Names Asa Hutchinson to Lead Program Calling for Armed Police in Every School

Asa Hutchinson
Arkansas Business:  Former U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson on Friday was named the head of a National Rifle Association effort to push for armed officers in the nation's schools, a move that could bolster the Arkansas Republican's conservative credentials as he prepares for a potential 2014 bid for governor.

The NRA announced that Hutchinson would lead a program that will develop a model security plan for schools that relies on armed volunteers. The effort was part of the gun lobby's response to the shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school last week that left 26 children and staff dead. . . .

Hutchinson said NRA board members reached out to him about the effort. He said he agreed once he was certain that it would be independent in developing its recommendations on school security.

Hutchinson, a former federal Homeland Security official, is considering a run for Arkansas governor in 2014 and is expected to announce his decision in January. He said the new NRA effort won't affect his decision on the race for the state's top office. . . .  [Full Story]

Tags: Asa Hutchinson, NRA, Armed Police in Schools, Arkansas, candidate for governor, 2014

RPA Announces March 28th “Majority Celebration”

Little Rock. Ark. – The Republican Party of Arkansas will be holding a historic event on March 28 th in Little Rock to celebrate the results of the 2012 state legislative elections and the party’s new majorities in both the Arkansas State House and Arkansas State Senate.

The event is set to take place at the Robinson Center in Downtown Little Rock from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Tickets are $50 each and can be ordered by calling 501-372-7301 or by visiting arkansasgop.org. The Majority Celebration will feature special tributes from the Republican members of the Arkansas federal delegation.

In November of 2012, Arkansas Republicans won a majority of the seats in the Arkansas state legislature for the first time in 138 years.

“This event will honor our new majorities in the House and Senate, as well as the grassroots volunteers who worked so hard to elect them,” said RPA Chairman Doyle Webb. “We look forward to their continued good work in the legislature, as well as adding to their ranks in 2014.”

Tags: RPA, Republican Party of Arkansas, celebration

Thursday, March 7, 2013

Womack: Sequester Interview

40/29 News Sequester Interview with U.S. Rep. Steve Womack (AR-03):


Tags: interview, Arkansas, U.S. Rep., Steve Womack, sequester

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Griffin: ‘House Leading the Way’ in Funding Troops, Veterans and Controlling Spending

Bill provides full-year funding for DoD, VA and includes sequester flexibility
WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement after House passage of the Department of Defense, Military Construction, and Veterans Affairs and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013 (H.R. 933):
“Once again, the House is leading by passing a sensible appropriations bill that holds down spending in line with the sequester and includes smart reforms. It prioritizes funding for veterans and the armed forces, and gives the Pentagon more flexibility in dealing with potential effects of the sequester. This funding and reprogramming authority is critical for America’s military installations, including Arkansas’s Little Rock Air Force Base and Camp Robinson. Now it is time for the Senate to do its job.”
Without passage of H.R. 933, federal operations would no longer be funded starting on March 27, 2013. It includes full-year appropriations for the Department of Defense (DoD), military construction, and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), which will allow the military and VA to move forward with critical national security and veterans programs. The remaining government operations will be funded at FY 2012 levels.

Tags: Tim Griffin, U.S. Representative, Arkansas, R-02, appropriations bill, CR, Continuing resolution, Dept of Defense, DOD, Veterans Administrator, VA

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Congressman Crawford Questions USDA Secretary Vilsack

Rep. Rick Crawford, Video of Hearing before the Agriculture Committee:


Tags: Rick Crawford, U.S. House, Agriculture Committee, USDA Secretary Vilsack, trade, tariffs, unfair practices

Griffin: Email Shows Obama Administration’s Pain-Inflicting Plan

‘However you manage’ the sequester cuts, ‘you need to make sure you are not contradicting what we said the impact would be,’ internal email shows
WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement in response to the Obama Administration’s effort to intentionally undermine government operations in order to score political points:
“This email confirms what many Americans have suspected: The Obama Administration is doing everything they can to make sure their worst predictions come true and to maximize the pain of the Sequester cuts for political gain. Instead of cutting waste, the Administration Obama is hurting workers. President Obama should stop protecting wasteful government spending.”According to an internal email, Charles Brown, the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service’s (APHIS) eastern regional director, asked his superiors about how much flexibility he had in trimming his program’s budget in light of the sequester. The response from the Obama Administration was clear: We have gone on record with a notification to Congress and whoever else that ‘APHIS would eliminate assistance to producers in 24 States in managing wildlife damage to the aquaculture industry, unless they provide funding to cover the costs.’ So, it is our opinion that however you manage that reduction, you need to make sure you are not contradicting what we said the impact would be.” (emphasis added)That response, according to Brown, came from someone in the USDA’s Office of Budget and Program Analysis (OBPA), which is responsible for “coordinating the preparation of the Department's budget estimates, legislative reports and regulations. OBPA provides direction and administration of the Department's budgetary functions including development, presentation, and administration of the budget,” according to the agency’s website. A copy of the internal email can be found here

Tags: Tim Griffin, AR-02, Obama Administration, pain-inflicting plan

Sunday, March 3, 2013

Crawford: Sequester Should Have Been Avoided

Rep. Crawford discusses
  stalled 5 year Farm Bill
Rep. Rick Crawford (AR-01): This week President Obama and leaders in the House and the Senate failed to strike a compromise that would avert automatic spending cuts known as the sequester. Like many of you, I grow more frustrated with each passing day at Washington’s inability to work together for the common good. If our national leaders would start working with one another instead of holding press conferences attacking the other side’s point of view, we might just get some meaningful work done.

To understand how we got to this point, it’s important to know how the sequester came about. President Obama originally proposed the sequester in 2011 as a way to encourage the Super Committee to produce a deficit reduction plan. At the time no one thought the sequester cuts would ever happen. Unfortunately, a deal to shrink the deficit did not materialize and the across the board spending cuts of the sequester have now gone into effect. In the last year, the House of Representatives has passed two bills that would replace across the board spending cuts with responsible efforts to save taxpayer dollars. The Senate has not voted on either of the bills passed by the House of Representatives and they have not passed their own bill to avoid the sequester.

Instead of making arbitrary across the board spending cuts, I would rather follow the cost-saving plan voted on in the House that closely examines federal programs to find savings. For example, on the House Agriculture Committee I worked in a bipartisan fashion to write a Farm Bill that reforms the food stamp program, eliminates duplicative programs and closes loopholes to save $35 billion over the next ten years. These savings alone would not replace the sequester, but other House committees found similar savings that could be combined to avoid the sequester’s arbitrary $85 billion cut. If anyone in Washington tells you they cannot find $85 billion in common-sense cost savings measures, they are not working hard enough.

In January, I voted against the fiscal cliff deal because it did not include any kind of permanent spending controls. For me, it does not make sense to talk about raising taxes unless some form of permanent spending control is passed. Raising taxes as a primary economic policy simply does not deal with the enormous debt we have as a nation.

Over the last few weeks blame-game politics have been at an all time high. The American people are tired of the games and they expect Members of Congress to solve these problems as partners in the process, not as political adversaries. The sequester, $85 billion in across the board spending cuts, could have been avoided. Twice, the House of Representatives passed common-sense cost savings plans that would have avoided these arbitrary cuts. Unfortunately, politics got in the way of sound policy.

Tags: US House, Representative, Rick Crawford,, sequester

Saturday, March 2, 2013

Griffin Calls on Obama Administration to Stop Egyptian F-16 Deal

Introduces resolution in response to President’s decision to ship weapons to Egypt

LITTLE ROCK – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement after introducing a resolution (H.Res. 87) calling for the Obama Administration to stop sending F-16s to Egypt:
“For the past week, President Obama has desperately attempted to scare Americans over the sequester – even cancelling the USS Harry S. Truman’s return to the Persian Gulf. At the same time, he’s completely ignored the fact that U.S. taxpayers are footing the bill for Egypt’s brand new weapons and equipment. Before we continue providing this military support, Egypt’s newly established government must demonstrate its support for the U.S. and Israel, our closest ally in the region. My resolution underscores our commitment to protecting America’s national security and taxpayers.”The deal to provide 20 F-16s to the Egyptian government originated in 2009, when Hosni Mubarak was still president and the proposal was presented to Congress through the Foreign Military Financing Program (FMFP). In 2010, the U.S. government awarded a $213 million contract to Lockheed Martin for the production of 20 new F-16 aircraft for Egypt. Since then, Egypt has undergone a significant political shift, and the radical Muslim Brotherhood is now considered the most powerful political player in Egypt. Its former leader, Mohamed Morsi, now serves as Egypt’s president.

Although four F-16s have already been delivered to Egypt, Griffin has been pushing the White House to stop the transfer of additional aircraft and other military assistance until Egypt’s government demonstrates its alliance with the U.S. and respect for Israel and its people.

Last month, Griffin raised this issue in a letter to President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry.

Tags: Tim Griffin, calls out, Obama administration, F-16, Egypt, Mohamed Morsi, Muslim Brotherhood,

Friday, March 1, 2013

David Ray, RPA Communications Director: We are already six weeks into the 2013 legislative session and things are busy in Little Rock. For the first time in over 138 years, Republicans have a majority in the state legislature, and they have already accomplished some great things. Here’s an update on the latest in our party.

Both State House and State Senate Override Gubernatorial Veto
Rep. Andy Mayberry’s (District 27) bill HB 1037 passed both houses with broad bipartisan support. The bill, which would protect innocent, unborn life by preventing abortions after 20 weeks of pregnancy, was then vetoed by the Governor. Fortunately, we were able to successfully override the veto and pass the bill into law. This episode is also a great reminder why we need to elect a Republican governor in 2014!

1,400 Days Since Mark Pryor and Harry Reid Passed a Budget
Wednesday marked the 1,400th day since Senate Democrats (including Mark Pryor) failed to pass a budget in Washington. Since regular Americans would lose their job if they failed to do it for almost four years, we feel that November of 2014 would be a great time to hand Senator Pryor his pink slip so he can join former Senator Blanche Lincoln in looking for another job. In another sign that Senator Pryor is on the run, both the NRA and national conservative groups are running advertising against him. Click here to see the most recent television ad exposing Senator Pryor’s record of voting for the Obama agenda.
Roll Call: "Dems’ best opportunity
to pick up a seat in Arkansas is if
Cotton runs for Senate. . . "
In the news…
Several Republicans have made big news this past week, including Lieutenant Governor Mark Darr, who stepped in to sign an important bill (sponsored by Senator Bruce Holland) that would protect the privacy of concealed carry permit holders while the Governor was in Washington, D.C.

Also, Congressman Tim Griffin was on MSNBC discussing sequestration and Congressman Tom Cotton sat down with KATV for a story about his time in office.

Lastly, DC newspaper Roll Call published an article stating that all four of our Congressmen find themselves in solid position to win re-election, and that the Democrats have an uphill climb to win back control of Arkansas’ Congressional seats.

Tags: RPA, news update,

"Only One" (AR-Sen)

Editor: When reading the comments below and while viewing the video, note that Sen. Mark Pryor did this in spite of the fact that in 2008 Arkansans voted 61.14% against Barack Obama and in 2012 Arkansas voted 63.12% against Barack Obama. Sen Pryor knows he is not following the will of the majority of Arkansans in advancing the progressive goals of the Obama administration. What are the payoffs anyway for Mark Pryor for voting the way he does against the majority will of the Arkansas voters? We were deceived by his shift in voting before the 2008 election. We cannot afford to be deceived again in 2014.

Club For Growth: He the only elected Arkansas official still in office who voted for Obamacare. The only one who voted for the Obama Stimulus, The only one who voted with Obama on the bailouts. Who is he? He is Senator Mark Pryor. He supposed to be our (Arkansas) senator, but Mark Pryor is really Barack Obama's best ally in Arkansas. When you vote for Pryor, you are vote for Barack Obama; it is that simple.

Tags: Senator, Mark Pryor, voting record, "Only one", voted for, Obamacare, Obama stimulus, Obama bailouts, Club for Growth