Saturday, August 31, 2013

Griffin on Possible Military Action Against Syria

LITTLE ROCK – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement regarding President Obama’s announcement that he would seek Congressional authorization for military action against Syria:

“The President is required by statute and the Constitution to obtain the approval of Congress before military action in Syria. I am encouraged to see the President will seek our counsel and approval. Many of my constituents and I are deeply skeptical of the President's stated desire to launch an attack on Syria. I look forward to hearing the President's case and reviewing the intelligence. However, the President has a lot of work to do to convince Arkansans and me that U.S. military action is appropriate in this instance.”

Tags: Rep. Tim Griffin, Syria, military Action

Friday, August 30, 2013

Arkansas: State of the State

by Asa Hutchinson We’ve had a great few months campaigning across Arkansas spreading our message of strong conservative leadership. As the end of summer nears, I wanted to give you an update on the state of the race:
  • Potential Democratic nominee Bill Halter has dropped out of the race, and the liberal machine is now consolidating around Obamacare enabler Mike Ross
  • I’ve led Ross in three consecutive polls
  • Politico is saying this race will test if Democrats can still be successful in the south
I am passionate about making true changes that will benefit all Arkansans. To name a few items at the top of my list:
  • Lower the state income tax
  • Pass tort reform
  • Create high tech jobs for students
  • Fight against Obamacare

Tags: Asa Hutchisoin, 2014, campaign, Arkansas, governor

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Darr Canceling Congressional Bid

By Roby Brock: Lt. Gov. Mark Darr (R) says he will no longer be a candidate for the U.S. Congress, District 4 seat.

In a statement released to Talk Business Arkansas this morning, Darr said:
Lt. Gov. Mark Darr (R) says he will no longer be a candidate for the U.S. Congress, District 4 seat.

In a statement released to Talk Business Arkansas this morning, Darr said:

“After careful thought and deliberation, I will not be seeking the Fourth District position in the United States Congress.

I feel that my priority needs to be focused on my family and sometimes trying to achieve titles gets in the way of that.

I look forward to serving out my current term as Lt. Governor and helping my friends get elected or re-elected should they desire my assistance.

I have made many friends across this state.. . young and old. .. Democrats and Republicans and for their unwavering support I am humbled.”
Darr’s campaign was consumed last week after Matt Campbell with the Blue Hog Report blog reported on discrepancies and expenses in Darr’s campaign finance reports related to campaign debt from his Lt. Governor’s race.

Darr wound up self-reporting items to the Arkansas Ethics Commission and is in the process of amending his campaign expenditure records.

Darr’s exit from the Fourth Congressional District race leaves House Majority Leader Rep. Bruce Westerman (R-Hot Springs) and businessman Tommy Moll as the only two GOP candidates in the field. Democrat Janis Percefull has also announced for the seat.

Rep. Westerman issued a statement this morning:

“I thank Lt. Governor Darr and his family for their continued service to the people of Arkansas. I salute him for being an important part of the historic 2010 election that started our state down the path of common-sense conservative government–a path we must continue to move forward upon in order to create a brighter future for our state.

“I will continue my campaign to fight the unfair, top-down government of President Obama and change it into one that treats us fairly, doesn’t pick winners and losers, no longer ties the hands of state government, lives within its means, and creates an environment where we can grow good-paying jobs for Arkansas workers.” . . . [Read More]

Tags: Mark Darr, cancels, Congressional Bid

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Tim Griffin Path to Legal Status is amnesty

Keep Arkansas Legal: Representative Tim Griffin held a townhall in Mayflower, AR at 11am in a parking lot near the interstate. About 50 or so people were able to attend. Rep. Griffin mingled among the crowd and took questions.

Tags: Rep. Tim Griffin, illegals, amnesty, border security, path to citizenship Insert tags

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Pryor: Obama Comes First


Washington, D.C. - The National Republican Senatorial Committee today launched a new ObamaComesFirst.com website and web video targeting Arkansas Democrat Mark Pryor, the most vulnerable Senator up for re-election in 2014. The NRSC's campaign in Arkansas is a set of initiatives that will highlight Pryor's years of hard work as a liberal when no one is looking: President Obama's left-hand man.

For more than a decade Mark Pryor has steadfastly supported President Obama's costly agenda - 93% of the time to be exact. Today, the NRSC is reminding Arkansans that by Mark Pryor's own admission, Pryor believes Arkansas should elect a Senator who puts Obama first - revealing that he is committed to seeing President Obama's liberal agenda fully implemented over the next two years.

The website and video illustrate just how out of touch Mark Pryor is from his deciding vote for ObamaCare - which 55% of Arkansans oppose, to raising taxes on Arkansas families and repeatedly adding to our national debt.

"Perhaps if Arkansans would have had a Senator willing to oppose President Obama, they could count on their Senator to fight for Arkansas first. But for Mark Pryor, Barack Obama will always come first," said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen.

Tags: Mark Prior, Obama, NRSC

Monday, August 26, 2013

Activist Blames Arkansas AG For Failure Of Medicaid Referendum - We Should Also Blame The Legislature

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ARRA News Service: Bill Smith, Editor: Conservative Activist Debbie Pelley was quoted in an article by George Jared, Jonesboro Sun Staff Writer regarding Arkansas AG McDaniel's failure to swiftly perform his duty with respect to petitions (link not available):Attempts to place a referendum on the 2014 ballot to endorse or repeal a planned expansion of Medicaid in the state failed Wednesday, and local conservative activist Debbie Pelley said Arkansas Attorney General Dustin McDaniel is the reason why.

“I’d like to see a lawsuit filed ... I don’t know if it’s feasible, but I’d like to see a lawsuit filed,” Pelley told The Sun.

To get a petition on the ballot, at least 46,880 signatures from registered voters had to be collected from across the state. The signatures have to be submitted during a 90-day period that begins at the end of the state legislative session, according to state law.

McDaniel’s office had to approve the ballot language, and the Arkansas Secretary of State’s office had to certify the referendum, according to the Stephens Media Group's Arkansas News Bureau. By the time both had been done, only 52 days remained to collect signatures, and it wasn't enough time, Pelley said.

McDaniel declined to comment about the accusations.
This is not the first time that AG McDaniel has come under criticism for delaying his approval of a ballot title or referendum petition.

It seems that an easy fix should be done by our "esteemed" Arkansas legislature. The obvious solution is to change the period of time in which signatures may be collected beyond the actions by the Attorney General.  For example, they could change the law on petitioning to set the 90 day period for collecting signatures for a referendum as the period "after which" the Attorney General has "approved" the ballot title and petition for legal sufficiency. The legislature should also set the period of time the AG has to do due diligence in his responsibilities for approving the referendum and ballot title. Obviously, the time frame cannot be drug out.  If enough petition signatures are secured, the related legislation should be suspended. Also, the petitioning must be completed in adequate time to allow the county election commissioners to complete and design their ballots long before early voting begins.

The Attorney General should not by their delayed actions be shortening the time period for the petitioners to collect signatures.  When this office does so it drags the petition  through the "political mud" in an obvious effort to prevent Arkansas voters, once informed through an adequate petitioning period of time, from  having access to the ballot box, assuming enough of them signed the petitioned.  Overturning legislation deemed onerous by the petitioners is a right of the people.

The members of the legislature and the Governor still have the advantage in messaging. They passed and signed the bill. They have a permanent bandwagon and many months on which they may choose to ignore or defend their reasoning for the now perceived onerous legislation identified via the petitioning process.

While the legislature has the advantage of time, they may not wish to explain their reasoning or position on an issue before or during the next election cycle. In fact, many constituents don't even hear from their elected member of the Arkansas legislature until they are back on the campaign trail asking for more money and votes.

It is time for the members of both houses of the Arkansas legislature to be confronted sooner rather than later by the will of the people when they have done something which their constituent voters believe does not represent them, or may be reprehensible, or may be trampling on their individual rights, or may be expanding the power of government, or may be invading privacy, etc. Yes, they may not being re-elected to office, but this does not prevent the impact of abusive legislation.

No wonder, the incumbent legislative members want to extend their terms in office. They avoid facing their "inconsequential" constituents. With rare exception, most elected members of the Arkansas legislature, regardless of party, deem themselves too busy with lobbyists, the process of legislating for a few months, taking prepaid trips, and talking with anyone but their constituents. They apparently see little reason to communicate with their constituents who know them and may actually challenge them in their reasoning except when running again for office. And, forget their having open forums.

Once they are elected, they seem to display a disdain of any obligation to communicate effectively with their constituents. Yes, there are exceptions. However, most members of the Arkansas legislature have clearly shown why term limits are more than valid. Once elected, they experience the "legislative shuffle," and pejoratively deem their fellow citizens in their home districts as less relevant than the other members of the legislature.

The blame for the perceived onerous legislation already rests on the legislature. The bill was written by them, passed and signed and there is no longer any recourse. Thus, their failure to provide an adequate time period for voters to complete petitions objecting to this legislation falls even more squarely on the members of the Arkansas Legislature! Remember this the next time you vote.

Tags: Debbie Pelley, Arkansas, Attorney General, Dustin McDaniel, delays, petition approval, Medicaid referendum, Arkansas legislature, ARRA News Service, Bill Smith

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Mark Pryor's Obama Problem

by David Ray, RPA Communications Director: Tomorrow is former Governor Mike Huckabee’s birthday, and we hope you’ll join us in wishing him and his family a Happy Birthday! It’s also a great reminder that we need to be focused on electing a Republican Governor in 2014. Here’s your weekly update:
Mark Pryor’s Obama Problem
We see new polling data every week that shows that Mark Pryor is in deep trouble in 2014. A big reason why is because Pryor has been a puppet for the liberals in Washington, supporting them on everything from Obamacare and the failed stimulus to the Wall St. bailouts and taxpayer funding for abortion. In fact, a non-partisan study reveals that Pryor voted 95% of the time with Barack Obama.

Now that he’s in trouble, Pryor is singing a different tune
Check out what he recently told a Washington reporter: “I think that President Obama has in some ways what you would think of as a hard-left agenda in various ways, and t hat agenda is not popular in our state,” Pryor said, riding in the backseat of an aide’s pickup. “And a lot of that agenda I don’t support.”

Our question is why is Mark Pryor just now figuring out that Obama has a “hard-left agenda?” And if “that agenda is not popular in our state” (as Pryor admitted), why did he support it so stridently for the last five years?
The only way to fix this is to “Retire Pryor” the same way we “Booted Blanche” in 2010!

You Guessed It…ANOTHER Democrat Resignation
State Senator Paul Bookout (D-Jonesboro) is the latest in a series of high-profile Democrat resignations for wrong-doing over the last year. Bookout came under fire for using his campaign contributor’s money to go on lavish spending sprees that included the purchase of an $8,000 home entertainment system and $5,000 at a women’s clothing boutique. Now that Bookout has resigned, his case has been referred to a special prosecutor and a special election will be held to fill the 21 st Senate District.

Unsurprisingly, the Democratic Party of Arkansas defended their Senator, insisting that he was doing a good job and should simply repay the money and continue to serve in office.

As one political column pointed out, this is the third high-profile scandal for Arkansas Democrats in less than a year (following the disgraceful actions of Hudson Hallum and Martha Shoffner). Of course, there’s an easy way to fix this: Vote Republican!

In The News…
Congressman Rick Crawford received an award from the 60-Plus Association for his efforts to repeal the obsolete death tax.

Congressman Tom Cotton met with Arkansas community bankers who are struggling to overcome the excessive regulations put in place by the Dodd-Frank legislation passed by liberals in Washington. Senator Mark Pryor voted for the job-killing Dodd-Frank legislation, even though he readily admits the bill unfairly targeted small community bankers.

Congressman Steve Womack sat down with KNWA-TV to talk about important issues facing Arkansas and our nation.

Despite what liberals will tell you, Republicans are committed to strengthening and securing the future of Social Security, and Congressman Tim Griffin’s efforts to do this were recently highlighted by KARK-TV.

Senator John Boozman caught up with KNWA-TV to talk about his week-long farm tour and issues affecting farmers.

Tags: Mark Pryor, Obama Problem, RPA newsletter

Friday, August 23, 2013

Bledsoe: State Capitol Week in Review

Sen. Cecile Bledsoe
Arkansas State Senator Cecile Bledsoe : The Arkansas Veterans Home Task Force has visited four cities that are competing to be the new location of a nursing home for veterans.

The 22-member task force was created earlier this year in the 2013 legislative session. It will issue a report before October 31. Originally, 34 cities submitted proposals and the task force pared those down to Fort Smith, Haskell (Saline County), Jacksonville and Russellville.

Last year the state Veterans Affairs Department closed a 100-bed facility in Little Rock because it had fallen into such disrepair that renovations would be too costly. The residents were moved to other long term care facilities around the state and an administrator was terminated for mismanagement of funds.

In the 2013 session the legislature approved Act 38 to create a task force that will assess what services are needed by disabled and aging Arkansas veterans, and how many Arkansas veterans need to live in some type of long-term care facility.

The legislature also passed Act 165, which authorizes the director of the state Department of Veterans Affairs to select a location for the nursing home, after seeking advice from the task force and the Arkansas Veterans Commission, a separate entity that advises the director. The Commission plans to visit a site in Searcy, a location that the task force has not visited because Searcy submitted its proposal after the task force’s deadline.

The competition for the new facility is serious because the nursing home would hire up to 100 people, and likely would generate support jobs in the private sector.

In the 2013 session the legislature approved Act 988 to finance construction of the nursing home with $7.5 million in state General Improvement Funds and with matching funds from the federal government.

Act 988 authorizes spending up to $14 million in federal funding, and state officials are optimistic that the federal dollars will be approved by Congress.

The state also operates a nursing home for veterans in Fayetteville that opened in 2006 and has 108 beds.
Reparations to Crime Victims

The state attorney general reported that in July the Crime Victims Reparations Board awarded $317,000 to victims of crime in 186 new cases. Also, awards were made in 17 previously submitted cases.

The awards are to help with expenses caused by the crime, such as medical expenses and lost wages. Awards may be spent on mental health counseling.

Most awards are limited to a maximum of $10,000, but in certain cases where a victim has suffered a catastrophic injury the award can be as much as $25,000.

The legislature created the crime victims reparations program in 1987. It is funded from court costs and fines imposed on convicted offenders. Last year almost $4 million was awarded to crime victims.

Move Over for Highway Department Vehicles - Arkansas motorists are used to moving into the left lane when they approach a police car or other emergency vehicles on the shoulders of the highway. In fact, it’s the law.

Now, because of Act 579 of 2013, drivers also must shift lanes to move away from Highway Department trucks and work vehicles of contractors working for the department, such as tow trucks and cherry pickers, when they are flashing an amber, white, green, red or blue light.
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Cecile Herndon Bledsoe (AR Senate District 8), Rogers, Arkansas, is a business executive and a Republican member of the Arkansas State Senate. Bledsoe has been previously endorsed by the pro-life Susan B. Anthony List and former Governor Sarah Palin.


Tags: Arkansas, Senate Report, Cecile Bledsoe, R-District 8

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Boozman to Tout Importance of Farm Bill During Week-Long Ag Tour

Pushing for conference committee to act quickly upon return

WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) will kick off a week-long agriculture tour across the southwestern portion of the state Monday to highlight the importance of the farm bill reauthorization to Arkansas’s agricultural community.

During the tour, Boozman will be meeting with producers, ranchers and more as he visits farms, production facilities and University research arms. Boozman also be speaking at farm bureau meetings and discussing agriculture with local officials in these counties.

“Arkansas’s economy is dependent on agriculture. It accounts for nearly one-quarter of our state’s economic activity. One out of every six jobs in Arkansas is tied, either directly or indirectly, to agriculture. Therefore, it is vital that Washington understands the needs of our agriculture community. This tour is good way to ensure that happens as we work toward a compromise farm bill,” Boozman said.

Earlier this year, the Senate and House of Representatives passed two separate reauthorizations of the farm bill, currently set to expire September 30th. The Senate bill authorized spending on commodities and nutrition programs while saving taxpayer money. It was much larger than the House’s bill which consisted of the commodities section only.

Before the break for the August work period, the group of senators tasked with reconciling the differences between the two bills was selected. Boozman was appointed as one of the committee’s Republican senators.

“I am honored to be a part of the group that will be working toward finding a compromise between the two bills. Finding common ground between the two approaches will be a challenge, but I am confident that we can come to an agreement that establishes an adequate safety net for farmers. This is vital to ensuring we will continue to have the cheapest, safest food supply of any country,” Boozman said.

The tour includes stops at:
· Bibler Bros. Lumber Company in Russellville
· Dover Tree Farm
· Holla Bend National Wildlife Refuge
· Farm Bureau Meeting in Perryville
· Meetings with Yell, Scott, and Polk County judges about the recovery from recent floods as well as a visit to Albert Rogers Farm which was affected by the flooding
· Pilgrim's Pride Poultry Plant in De Queen
· UofA Southwest Research & Extension Center
· Southern Arkansas University Agriculture Department
· Cattlemen's Livestock Auction in Glenwood
· MWD Produce Farm in Prairie Grove
· Lindsay Turkey Farm in Fayetteville

Boozman has held an agriculture tour every August work period where he focuses on agriculture needs in a specific region of the state. This year, for the first time on one of his tours, he will be overnighting at state parks (including Mt. Magazine and Petite Jean) to highlight the natural beauty in our backyard.

Tags: U.S. Senator, John Boozman, AG-Tour, Arkansas

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

U.S. Senator Boozman: Federal Spending

U.S. Sen. John Boozman (R-AR) discusses issues Congress will have to resolve and his goals to rein in federal spending.  Click image for video.

Tags: U.S. Senator, John Boozman, federal spending, Arkansas

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Senator Bookout Resigns From State Senate

Update: Talk Business Arkansas reported yesterday that State Sen. Paul Bookout (D-Jonesboro), resigned from his job as an administrator with St. Bernard’s Healthcare in Jonesboro.
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Paul Bookout Resigns
by Nic Horton,  Arkansas Project : Embattled State Senator Paul Bookout of Jonesboro has resigned from the legislature. Senate President Pro Tem Michael Lamoureux says he has received a letter of resignation from Bookout, effective immediately.

The Arkansas Project first reported in July that Bookout was under investigation by the Arkansas Ethics Commission for suspicious campaign spending. On Friday, the Commission found Bookout in violation and fined him $8,000.

This vacancy in office creates a necessity for the governor to call a special election — a special election which will likely have a new state senator installed by the time the fiscal session begins in January. It seems likely that one theme of the special election may be the ‘private option,’ given its narrow passage in the senate and its increasingly controversial nature.

Tags: Arkansas, State Senator, Paul Bookout, Jonesboro, resigns, ethics violation, fined, misuse of campaign funds, Democrats, Elections, Ethics, Liberals

Mark Pryor supports gun rights…sometimes, maybe.

ICYMI: This article in last week’s Democrat-Gazette paints a pretty interesting picture of Senator Mark Pryor’s gun-control history. Lately he’s been working pretty hard to convince Arkansans he’s pro-gun, but let’s take a look at some of his past votes:
  • March 2004: Senator Pryor voted YES to provide for a 10-year extension of the assault weapons ban, which BANNED 19 commonly used firearms.
     
  • September 2007: Senator Pryor voted YES on prohibiting foreign and United Nations aid that restricts gun ownership in the United States.
     
  • April 2009: Senator Pryor voted NO on allowing firearms in checked baggage on Amtrak trains.
With a track record like that and a C- rating from the NRA, it’s not hard to see that Senator Pryor only supports gun owners when he needs our votes. Arkansans deserve a Senator who protects our second amendment rights 100 percent of the time. In Iraq and Afghanistan Tom Cotton and his fellow soldiers kept their guns within arms reach at all times because of a fundamental truth: critical moments, your life and your freedom, and that of those depending on you, depend on your right to defend yourself. Tom Cotton will stand with Arkansas’s gun owners. 

Tags: Mark Pryor,NRA,  gun rights,

Rutledge Statement on Unemployment Figures

Little Rock, Ark. (August 20, 2013) –  Today, former Prosecutor and Republican candidate for Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued the following statement responding to recently released unemployment statistics for Arkansas:

“Under President Obama we have seen unemployment rise to 7.4% in Arkansas – up from 5% in 2008.  Unemployment in our state has been stagnant for the last year.  These figures are troubling, and a direct result of the Obama Administration’s assault on Arkansas jobs through Obamacare and other job killing policies.  These policies are a part of the Administration’s relentless march toward total federal overreach and over regulation, which are resulting in a stranglehold on Arkansas businesses.  Our state needs an Attorney General with the experience and willingness to stand up to the team of Obama bullies as they stretch, contort, and trample our Constitution, our freedom, and our opportunity.  I am the only candidate in this race with experience of standing up for Arkansas.  As Attorney General, I will protect Arkansan’s freedom and opportunity – because without freedom, we can’t have opportunity.”

Tags: Arkansas, Unemployment, Republican candidate, Attorney General, Leslie Rutledge, freedom, opportunity

Arkansas' Jobless Rate Rises to 7.4 Percent in July

by Lance Turner, Arkansas Business: Arkansas' jobless rate rose one-tenth of a percentage point from June to reach 7.4 percent in July, according to a report Monday from the state Department of Workforce Services.

The report (PDF) said Arkansas' civilian labor force declined by 4,800.

During the same period, the U.S. jobless rate declined two-tenths of a percentage point to 7.4 percent.

"Arkansas' unemployment rate reached 7.4 percent this month, the same rate as in July 2012," DWS Program Operations Manager Bernadette Coleman said. "There are currently 1,700 fewer unemployed, compared to this month last year."

Since July 2012, nonfarm payroll jobs in Arkansas rose by 14,900. The report said five major industry sectors added jobs, while six sectors posted declines.
  • Trade, transportation, and utilities enjoyed the largest increase, up by 10,700, with a majority of the gains in retail trade.
  • Jobs in educational and health services rose by 7,000, with gains in health care and social assistance as well as educational services.
  • Professional and business services added 2,100 jobs, with the most growth in professional, scientific and technical services.
  • Employment in other services decreased by 1,800. Most of the loss took place in membership associations and organizations.
  • Manufacturing jobs declined by 1,600. Growth in durable goods manufacturing, which added 800 jobs, partially offset losses in nondurable goods manufacturing, which declined by 2,400.

Tags: Arkansas, unemployment, unemployed,

Monday, August 19, 2013

Statement On Ethics Commission Fine Against State Senator Paul Bookout

Little Rock, Ark. - Today, former Prosecutor and Republican candidate for Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued the following statement in response to news reports over the weekend and today about State senator Paul Bookout’s wide variety of campaign finance violations:

“First it was disgraced former State Treasurer Martha Shofner and her $6,000 pies, and the cash hidden in cigarette packs.  Today, it’s State Senator Paul Bookout and the $49,000 of campaign contributions spent filling his private bank account, and buying home theater equipment and women’s clothing,” said Rutledge.  “These blatant violations of the public and donors’ trust must stop.  This behavior does nothing but violate the confidence Arkansans’ have in their elected leaders and tarnishes the hard work of so many men and women who seek to selflessly serve this state. Candidates and elected officials shouldn't need a commission or a special committee looking over their shoulder to tell them what to do.  To me it’s pretty obvious that this behavior is 100% wrong.  Always has been.  Always will be. The people of Arkansas deserve better than cash delivered in pie boxes and thousands of dollars spent on home entertainment systems and women’s clothing from their elected officials.  I encourage the proper authorities to fully investigate questionable activities such as these whenever they occur – regardless of party or position.”

Tags: Republican candidate, Arkansas, Attorney General, Leslie Rutledge, statement, Ethics Commission, fine, State Senator, Paul Bookout

Pryor Runs From His Record; Pretends He Opposes Obama’s Agenda

LITTLE ROCK, AR – The Arkansas GOP is calling out Senator Mark Pryor today, after Pryor has begun an effort to distance himself from President Obama’s agenda – an agenda Pryor has embraced at nearly every turn over the last five years.

In an interview published today by Politico’s Manu Raju, Pryor said: “I think that President Obama has in some ways what you would think of as a hard-left agenda in various ways, and that agenda is not popular in our state,” Pryor said, riding in the backseat of an aide’s pickup. “And a lot of that agenda I don’t support.”

Doyle Webb, Chairman of the Arkansas GOP, said Pryor it attempting to re-write history for political expediency: “Mark Pryor says he doesn’t support a lot of the Obama agenda, despite the fact that he voted with Barack Obama 95% of the time. If you ask most folks, they don’t think that other 5% counts as ‘a lot.’”  

“I’m glad to see Senator Pryor finally admitting that President Obama has a hard-left agenda. The problem is, he’s supported that agenda almost every step of the way,” Webb said.  

It is notable that during the interview with Politico, although Pryor indicated he doesn’t support much of the Obama agenda, he was unable to outline significant areas where he disagreed with President Obama. Pryor did mention his opposition to a recent gun control package voted on by the U.S. Senate, but as Politico points out, that vote represents a significant departure from his previous record in the Senate, where he voted for a 10-year extension to the Feinstein “assault weapons” ban.

What is also notable is that during Pryor’s exercise to distance himself from President Obama, he has also fully embraced Obamacare, the President’s signature legislative proposal. Pryor even went as far as calling the law “an amazing success” in a recent interview. In recent days and weeks, Pryor has vigorously defended his support for Obamacare, despite all available public opinion data which shows the law to be vastly unpopular in the state.

Tags: Mark Pryor, Runs from record, video, supports, Obamacare

Conservative Businessman Tommy Moll Announces Candidacy for Congress

Tommy Moll
Hot Springs, Arkansas –– Conservative businessman Tommy Moll of Hot Springs announced today that he has filed to be a Republican candidate for the 4th Congressional District of Arkansas. Moll said his campaign will focus on jobs and the economy, two areas in which he is uniquely qualified.

In a statement released today to media and supporters, Tommy Moll said:
 “I’m running for Congress to defend our freedoms from a federal government that is out of control. The Fourth District needs a leader in Washington with a business background who understands how the private sector creates jobs and how government intervention harms economic growth.

As your representative, my top priorities will be jobs and the economy. With unemployment in the Fourth District at 8.4%, nearly 27,000 Arkansans in our district are looking for a job. The federal government has only made the problem worse by recklessly passing job-killing laws like Obamacare, while piling up a national debt so large it threatens every American with the prospect of economic calamity.

In the weeks ahead I will be touring all 33 counties in our district. I look forward to meeting with my fellow Arkansans and sharing a message of constitutionally limited government, individual liberty, and economic freedom that will secure a better future for all Arkansans. 

About Tommy Moll:
Tommy Moll is a sixth-generation Arkansan whose family moved to Arkansas over 150 years ago to start a farm in Columbia County. Today, Tommy lives in Hot Springs carrying on his family’s Arkansas tradition as a businessman investing in the energy sector.

In his private sector career, Tommy worked for Jefferies, where he helped companies raise money to develop energy and mining resources and create jobs for American workers. Previously, Tommy worked at the Peterson Institute for International Economics in Washington, DC, where his research highlighted ways the federal government can open new markets for American businesses and farms.

Tommy graduated from Southside High School in Fort Smith and earned a bachelor’s degree from the College of William and Mary, a master’s degree from the London School of Economics, and a law degree from Columbia, where he was a co-founder of Law Students for Life and a member of the Federalist Society.

Tommy is married to Meredith Humphrey Moll, a sixth-generation Arkansan who also grew up in Fort Smith and whose family has roots in Smackover, Charleston, and Texarkana.

Tags: conservative, businessman, Tommy Moll, Hot Springs, Arkansas, Election 2014, Republican, Candidate for Congress, 4th District,

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Arkansas GOP Statement On Paul Bookout

LITTLE ROCK, AR – Following the ethics commission ruling today regarding State Senator Paul Bookout (D-21), the Republican Party of Arkansas has released the following statement:
“Today’s developments regarding Paul Bookout are shocking, alarming, and greatly disappointing. This represents a very serious breach of the public’s trust. It is sad that this type of behavior is all too common among Arkansas Democrats, who have controlled the state for the last 130 years. We hope that our state’s leaders and the justice system will hold Senator Bookout accountable, just as they have in the cases of Martha Shoffner and Hudson Hallum,” said David Ray, a spokesman for the Republican Party of Arkansas.
Earlier today, the Arkansas Ethics Commission fined Senator Bookout $8,000 for violating four state laws regarding campaign finance. Bookout has been the subject of scrutiny for months regarding his failure to itemize roughly $50,000 in campaign expenditures from the 2012 election, in which Bookout was unopposed.

News reports indicated that Bookout spent approximately $8,000 on a home entertainment system as well as approximately $5,000 at a women’s clothing store in Jonesboro. FOX16 in Little Rock reports that Bookout has said he will not step down from his post.

Tags: Arkansas GOP, statement, Arkansas Ethics Commission, fine, violating state law, campaign finance, Democrat, State Senator, Paul Bookout

Friday, August 16, 2013

RNC Summer Meeting - General Session Highlights

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Statement on Faulkner County Sheriff’s Plan to Arm School Administrators

Little Rock, Ark. - Today, former Prosecutor and Republican candidate for Attorney General Leslie Rutledge issued the following statement in response to Faulkner County Sheriff Andy Shock’s proposal to arm school administrators as part of a plan to protect students from an armed intruder on school grounds:
“Sheriff Shock’s proposal is the right step our local communities should be taking to protect Arkansas’s school children. He’s taking the initiative at a local level by proposing a comprehensive program that will train and equip district administrators with the tools they need to respond to an armed threat. Local law enforcement working closely with local government to solve a local problem is the right approach to Arkansas’s school safety issue. A local solution tailored to each community’s unique situation is always better than a one size never fits all big government approach.”A native Arkansan, Rutledge graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and received her law degree from the William H. Bowen School of Law in Little Rock. She began her legal career as Clerk for Arkansas Court of Appeals Judge Josephine Hart, now Associate Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court. She served as a Deputy Prosecutor for the State of Arkansas and then as Deputy Counsel for Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Legal Counsel on the Mike Huckabee for President Campaign. Rutledge also worked as Legal Counsel for the Republican National Committee. She is currently practicing law at The Rutledge Firm, PLLC, in Little Rock.

The following are key issues for the Leslie Rutledge for Attorney General campaign:
• Protecting Arkansas Seniors
• Prosecuting Criminals and Internet Predators
• Standing Up to Federal Overreach
• Restoring Public Trust
• Consumer Protection
• Sanctity of Life
• Preserving Second Amendment Rights

Rutledge vows to be vigilant on any and all law breakers.

Tags: Republican candidate, Arkansas, Attorney General, Leslie Rutledge, statement, Faulkner County, Sheriff, Andy Shock, proposal, arm school administrators

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Griffin Releases New Mayflower Pre-Spill Reports and Data After Receiving from PHMSA

Says 2010 and 2013 pre-spill inspection information ‘should be accessible’ to all Arkansans
LITTLE ROCK – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement in releasing 1) the pre-spill 2010 Pegasus pipeline in-line inspection report that covers the stretch of pipeline from Doniphan, MO to Conway; 2) the pre-spill 2010 Pegasus pipeline in-line inspection report that covers the stretch of pipeline from Conway to Corsicana, TX; and 3) pre-spill 2013 in-line inspection preliminary data:


“Earlier today, I received two reports from PHMSA that deal with the pre-spill 2010 in-line inspection of the Pegasus pipeline.  As I told PHMSA officials when I met with them earlier this month, information from the pre-spill inspections should be accessible to everyone, and that’s why I’m releasing the 2010 reports and 2013 preliminary data on my website.  While I am still going through the reports’ findings, I plan to cover all of this information with technical experts soon, and will continue to do everything I can to make sure the victims of this tragedy are made whole and the drinking water for 400,000 Arkansans remains safe.”
At Rep. Griffin’s request, PHMSA provided reports of the 2010 in-line inspections and a copy of the pre-spill 2013 preliminary in-line inspection data for the section of the Pegasus Pipeline that runs through Arkansas. The first report is the run and summary of results of the pre-spill 2010 in-line inspection from Doniphan, MO to Conway (120 pages).  The second report covers the results from the stretch of pipeline from Conway to Corsicana, TX (630 pages).  The 2013 preliminary in-line inspection data covers the area of the pipeline spanning from Conway to Foreman, AR.  PHMSA redacted specific geographic information from the reports and data due to national security concerns

Earlier this month, Griffin released a copy of the post-spill metallurgical report on the cause of the Pegasus pipeline rupture.  In addition, Griffin requested PHMSA release the 2006 hydrostatic test conducted on the Pegasus pipeline.

Since the oil spill on March 29, Griffin has toured the cleanup site several times and remains in constant contact with residents and representatives of the Unified Command, and has also called for relocating the Pegasus pipeline away from Lake Maumelle.

Tags: Representative, Tim Griffin, AR-02, Mayflower, oil Spill, Pre-Spill Reports, Data, PHMSA

AG Candidate Sterling Responds to Board Ruling

Republican Attorney General candidate David Sterling today responded to the Board ruling suspending the licenses granted to schools who had requested them in an attempt to better protect their children.
“I am greatly disappointed in the Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies and their ruling today, effectively taking control away from the local schools and parents. I believe we need to do whatever we can to protect our school children from senseless acts of violence like we've seen in Jonesboro, Columbine and Newtown. Disarming law abiding citizens in violation of the 2nd Amendment is not the answer.” Sterling said.

“I am greatly disappointed in the Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies and their ruling today, effectively taking control away from the local schools and parents. I believe we need to do whatever we can to protect our school children from senseless acts of violence like we've seen in Jonesboro, Columbine and Newtown. Disarming law abiding citizens in violation of the 2nd Amendment is not the answer.” Sterling said.

“If current law does not authorize school districts to allow teachers and administrators to arm themselves to protect our children from such acts, I will ask the General Assembly to enact whatever is necessary to allow them to do so if they so choose. The law should allow school districts to voluntarily implement a program, with intensive training on firearm safety and procedures to quickly put down such a threat. This would simply be another tool to combat potential threats to our children, and I applaud the efforts of the Clarksville School District for their concerns for their students and efforts to protect them”


Tags: David Sterling, AG Candidate, Arkansas, board gulling, gun licenses, public schools

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Rutledge Responds To Suspension of School Security Personnel Licenses

AG Candidate Rutledge Responds to Arkansas Board of Private Investigator and Private Security Agencies Decision
Little Rock, Ark. – Today, former Prosecutor and Republican candidate for Attorney General Leslie Rutledge in response to the decision of the Arkansas Board of Private Investigators and Private Security Agencies to suspend the licenses of school staff and faculty members registered with the state as “security personnel” issued the following statement:

“Clarksville Superintendent David Hopkins and his fellow Superintendents throughout Arkansas deserve the flexibility and authority to be able to make the best decisions for protecting their students. After the recent attorney general’s opinion which led to today’s decision by the licensing board, Superintendent Hopkins was left with little choice but to alter his district’s well thought out plan to protect students from an armed threat. Now, in light of this end-of-summer decision by the licensing board, school districts across Arkansas are scrambling to put security plans in place that will ensure the safety and security of Arkansas school children from an armed threat. Our school districts and other local leaders deserve the authority and guidance from state leaders to enable local districts to better secure our schools.”

Tags: Arkansas, AG Candidate, Leslie Rutledge, response, Arkansas Board, Private Investigators, Clarksville Schools,

Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Target Two Arkansas Republican Congressmen

RollCall reports "The Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee plans to target 17 House Republicans with a grass-roots push over the August recess, according to an internal party email obtained by CQ Roll Call.

"On Monday, a DCCC aide sent a message to an email list sponsored by Americans United for Change, a liberal organization, describing the committee’s plans for the month-long break and including the warning, 'please do not share this list with press.'" . . .

The following names were on that list:
#AR01: Rep. Rick Crawford
#AR02: Rep. Tim Griffin

#CA10: Rep. Jeff Denham
#CA21: Rep. David Valadao
#CO06: Rep. Mike Coffman
#IA03: Rep. Tom Latham
#IL13: Rep. Rodney Davis
#MN02: Rep. John Kline
#MN03: Rep. Erik Paulsen
#MI07: Rep. Tim Walberg
#MI11: Rep. Kerry Bentivolio
#NE02: Rep. Lee Terry
#NJ02: Rep. Frank A. LoBiondo
#NJ03: Rep. Jon Runyan
#NY11: Rep. Michael G. Grimm
#NY23: Rep. Tom Reed
#PA08: Rep. Michael G. Fitzpatrick

When the DCCC is after you, it  means they are willing to spend big bucks to regain those House seats.   Time to disappoint the DCCC!!! 

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Sen. Boozman: Employer Mandate

by Boozman Press Office: Senator Boozman believes that the employer mandate and the individual mandate of the President's health care law should be delayed indefinitely. He is working to repeal the law. In this edition of 'From the Mailbag' he discusses his efforts to unravel this law.

Tags: U.S. Senator, John Boozman, Arkansas, discusses, employer mandate, individual mandate, healthcare law

Sterling Responds On Open Carry In Arkansas

AG Candidate David Sterling Responds to to AG Dustin McDaniel Anti-Open Carry Opinion
Little Rock, Ark. – Today, conservative attorney and Republican candidate for Attorney General David Sterling responded to AG Attorney General Dustin McDaniel recently opined that Act 746 Does not allow "open carry."

Our Second Amendment rights are under assault from an overreaching federal government. We face a hostile President and his liberal allies who will do everything in their power to further restrict the rights granted to us in the Second Amendment.

There’s no public office better equipped to defend our gun rights than the Office of Attorney General. This is one reason I decided to run for Arkansas Attorney General.

Today, I’m announcing formation of a Second Amendment Steering Committee. This committee will advise me on issues regarding protection of Arkansans’ gun rights during my campaign for the Republican nomination for Attorney General.

Everyone on this committee shares my concern that the Obama Administration is aggressively working to limit our right to keep and bear firearms. As a strong supporter of gun rights, I’ve sought out Arkansas leaders actively involved in the fight to protect and preserve our Second Amendment freedoms so they can advise me on gun-related issues in our campaign.

Members of my Second Amendment Steering Committee:
  • Representative Bob Ballinger: pro-Second Amendment legislative leader
  • Representative Charlotte Douglas: pro-gun leader in the legislature
  • Steve Jones: President, Arkansas Carry and concealed carry instructor
  • Nicholas Stehle: Board member, Arkansas Carry and concealed carry instructor
  • Thomas Tedder: Owner, Old Faithful Holsters
Attorney General Dustin McDaniel recently opined that Act 746 of this year’s legislative session does not permit open carry of firearms by law-abiding Arkansans. I disagree. My interpretation of this statute is that law-abiding Arkansans may legally carry handguns either openly or concealed on their person or in their automobile.

As your next Attorney General, I will fight to protect your constitutional right to keep and bear firearms.

Tags: Arkansas, Candidate, Attorney General, David Sterling, response, Dustin McDaniel, opinion, 2nd Amendment, gun rights, Open Carry, Concealed Carry, second amendment committee

Arkansas Legislators MUST Hold State & Local Agencies Accountable

by Secure Arkansas: Arkansas state and local government agencies have NO accountability to the people of Arkansas. It's up to the Arkansas legislators to keep the agencies in line and cut their appropriations.

All state and local government agencies must pull their support for all "Sustainable Development" (United Nations Agenda 21) projects or lose all their Arkansas legislative appropriation funding. These government agencies are wasting large amounts of money and resources as well as going against the will of the people. There is no accountability regarding spending or the direction these government agencies are going. It appears that the agencies are getting whatever amount of money they request in the appropriation bills. In many of the appropriation bills, there are funds for land acquisition. Why are the taxpayers of Arkansas providing tax money to acquire private property? This is insane. HB2015 would have helped with agency oversight, but the bill died in the House Committee on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs, 89th General Assembly, Regular Session 2013.

If the state and local government agencies will not pull their support of Sustainable Development (U.N. Agenda 21), it's up to the Arkansas legislators to cut off all funding immediately. Also, there should be NO appropriation funds made available for private property land acquisition.

In the case of the White River Watershed National Blueway, there was NO input requested from the land owners, local government, county government, or state government prior to the attempted federal land grab via the White River Watershed National Blueway. The state and local government agencies that went against the will of the people and signed the White River Watershed Nation Blueway nomination were: the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, Arkansas Forestry Commission, Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission, Arkansas Waterway Association, City of Augusta, AR and the City of Clarendon, AR. There must be some oversight from our Arkansas legislators to control these government agencies that have gone against the will of the people. Again, HB2015 would have helped with agency oversight, but the bill died in the House Committee on State Agencies and Governmental Affairs, 89th General Assembly, Regular Session, 2013.

Arkansas legislators have the ability to cut or eliminate the money in the appropriation bills to the various state and local agencies to get their attention.

Some of the waste can be seen first hand by reviewing the amount of money in the appropriation bills below.

Arkansas legislators have the ability to cut or eliminate the money in the appropriation bills to the various state and local agencies to get their attention.
Some of the waste can be seen first hand by reviewing the amount of money in the  appropriation bills below.

Arkansas Planning and Development Districts
Arkansas is divided into 8 Planning and Development Districts. Each planning district covers six to twelve Arkansas counties which are bound together by common economic problems and opportunities. The planning districts provide many services including grant writing and administration for economic development projects in Arkansas. All 8 Planning and Development Districts are incorporated with the Arkansas Secretary of State as Not-For-Profit.

Contact information for the 8 Planning and Development Districts:
Again, there is no oversight with any of the appropriations going to the Arkansas Planning and Development Districts.

Arkansas Planning and Development Appropriation Bills See Article for the bills and link. However, the Total Appropriations for the 8 Arkansas Planning and Development Districts are $489,600,000. That's almost 500 MILLION DOLLARS! Where is all this money going?

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Tags: Holding, Arkansas legislature, accountable,

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Meet Ken Yang - Candidate for Arkansas State Auditor

Yang Releases First Web Video
The following 99 second video  feature is entitled: “Meet Ken Yang” and includes information on the Yang family’s journey to the United States.

“This is the first in a series of clips that we’ll put out as a campaign,” said Yang. “The first thing we want people to know about me is how much I love Arkansas and how much I love America. This love for my country is the most important and fundamental of several reasons why I will make an effective public servant for Arkansans. As a first-generation American, I have a unique perspective on what freedom really means and just how valuable it is. We look forward to having more and more dialogue with voters all around the state.”

Tags: Meet, Ken Yang, video, 2013 Candidate, State Auditor

Sen. Boozman Discusses the Farm Bill & Mayflower Oil Spill Tax Relief Bill

by Sen. Boozman's Press Office: Senator John Boozman (R-AR) visits with KHOG in Northwest Arkansas to discuss how Congress can reach an agreement on the two different versions of the farm bill that the House and the Senate have passed, as well as his efforts to ensure that residents affected by the Mayflower oil spill do not get their compensation taxed by the federal government.

Tags: Sen. John Boozman, Farm Bill,Arkansas, Mayflower Oil Spill, Tax Relief bill

Mark Pryor's True Intentions Revealed

ObamaCare a Trojan Horse for single-payer health care

Weeks before Washington Democrats passed ObamaCare, Nancy Pelosi declared: “We have to pass the [health care] bill so that you can find out what’s in it...”

That's apparently not the case, according to Mark Pryor's hand-picked Majority Leader Harry Reid.

On Friday, Reid made it clear; ObamaCare is just a gateway drug to the ultimate Democratic health care high: a single-payer health care system.

According to the Las Vegas Sun, “Reid said he thinks the country has to 'work our way past' insurance-based health care ...'What we’ve done with Obamacare is have a step in the right direction, but we’re far from having something that’s going to work forever,”' Reid said. When then asked by panelist Steve Sebelius whether he meant ultimately the country would have to have a health care system that abandoned insurance as the means of accessing it, Reid said: 'Yes, yes. Absolutely, yes.'

Remember, this is the same Harry Reid who Mark Pryor steadfastly supports for Majority Leader. And this is the same Mark Pryor who was also the deciding vote for ObamaCare.

And while Pryor claims ObamaCare has been good for Arkansas, the numbers tell a different story.

Now, Harry Reid has revealed Mark Pryor's true intention: ObamaCare is a Trojan Horse for a total government takeover - it's a single-payer health care system.

"Rather than listening to the millions of Arkansan women, workers and families who want ObamaCare permanently delayed and dismantled so that the rising cost of health care can finally be properly addressed, Mark Pryor continues to stand alongside Harry Reid as they together attempt to take significant steps toward dictating Arkansans' health care," said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen. "The fact is that Harry Reid and Mark Pryor attempted to pass ObamaCare in the dead of night when no one was looking but now they’re working to sneak through a single-payer, Canadian-style, government run health system onto the backs of hard working middle-class families. Arkansans deserve better."
BACKGROUND:
Mark Pryor Voted For Harry Reid For Majority Leader. In November 2012, Reid Was Re-Elected Majority Leader By A Unanimous Democratic Caucus Vote. “Durbin, Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada, Democratic Caucus Vice Chairman Chuck Schumer of New York and Democratic Conference Secretary Patty Murray of Washington were all elected by unanimous vote.” (“Durbin Re-Elected Senate Assistant Majority Leader,” The [Springfield, IL] State Journal-Register, 11/14/12)

Pryor Has Received $24,463 From Harry Reid’s Searchlight Leadership PAC. (Center For Responsive Politics, www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 8/12/13)

Pryor’s Priority PAC Has Given $10,000 To Harry Reid. (Center For Responsive Politics, www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 8/12/13)

Tags: Mark Pryor, true intentions

Monday, August 12, 2013

Arkansas Lt. Gov. Darr Announces for United States Congress

Lt. Gov Mark Darr
ARRA News Service - Lt. Governor Mark Darr officially joined the race for United States Congress Monday evening.  Darr will be running for the  fourth congressional district, a seat that will be open as incumbent Congressman Tom Cotton runs for United States Senate.  The open seat is expected to draw at least one other candidate, State Representative Bruce Westerman (R-Hot Springs) for the Republican nomination. Democrat Janis Percefull of Hot Springs has already announced.

In 2010, Mark Darr, a small business won the hearts of conservatives as he campaigned in what was expected to be a race against the Democrat Lt. Gov. Bill Halter.  Halter unexpectedly opted not to run for Lt. Gov. and instead ran for U.S. Senate losing to then U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln. Mark Darr then defeated Democrat State Senator Shane Broadway to become Arkansas Lt Governor as the youngest Republican to win a statewide race in Arkansas.

Today, at a rally outside of his hometown of Mansfield, Arkansas, Darr said his priorities would be working to end congressional gridlock, bringing more transparency to the political process, and putting an end to out of control federal spending.

Darr called the recent revelations of the IRS targeting people opposed to the President and the possible National Security spying on Americans a “disgrace and total abuse of power by President Obama.”

“Congress seems set on petty bickering rather than addressing unemployment and tax reform” said Darr.  “It’s time for new leadership.  It’s time to put Arkansans back to work.”

“Tonight we start a campaign to change Washington,” said Darr.  “The establishment that is D.C. has forgotten about people like us.  They have forgotten what normal looks like.  Together we will change that.  If you elect me to Congress, I will not forget my roots or the struggles facing Arkansans every day.”

Darr reminded the audience he was the only state elected official to challenge Obamacare.  He said he will work to repeal what he called “the train wreck of a law that will not only in debt our grand kids, but will end healthcare in America as we know it.”

“We brought Open Checkbook and more transparency to our state government.  We went around the political establishment and signed a law protecting Second Amendment supporters,” continued Darr.  “We have been successful and now it’s time to take our conservative values and winning team to Washington.”

Darr’s family joined him on stage, with his children leading the Pledge of Allegiance and his wife Kim standing by his side during his speech.  The family plans to hit the campaign trail immediately with stops around the district.

Tags: Arkansas, Lt. Governor, Mark Darr, announcement, U.S Senate, 2013, Mansfield, AR, small business owner

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Run, Tom, Run!

by Ruplican Party of Arkansas The race for U.S. Senate in Arkansas is officially on, and there’s a big possibility the road to the Republican majority in the Senate runs through Arkansas. Here’s all the news that happened this week:

Run, Tom, Run!

On Tuesday, Congressman Tom Cotton held a rally in his home town of Dardanelle to announce his candidacy for the U.S. Senate. Since then, Tom has been barnstorming the state, from Texarkana to Jonesboro, introducing himself to voters and laying out his vision and values to the voters.

It’s imperative that conservatives rally around Tom Cotton’s candidacy so we can defeat Mark Pryor next year and replace him with a principled conservative who won’t “go along to get along” or be a lap dog for President Obama.

You can follow Tom Cotton on Facebook, Twitter, and sign up to volunteer on our website or on Tom’s.

Also, be sure to watch this great video, which has some shots from Tom Cotton’s announcement.

“An Amazing Success”

We all know that Mark Pryor cast the deciding vote for Obamacare. We also know he has refused to vote to repeal Obamacare. Additionally, we all remember his doubling-down on Obamacare.

'This week, Mark Pryor told 40/29 News that Obamacare has been “an amazing success.” We couldn't believe it when we heard this, but it’s true. Mark Pryor has shown he is out-of-touch with the views of Arkansans. He’s also shown that he no longer puts “Arkansas First” – for Mark Pryor, his new motto is “Obama First.”

Tags: Republican Party of Arkansas, newsletter, Mark Pryor, Obamacare, Tom Cotton, candidate 2014

Friday, August 9, 2013

In the three polls released since February, our campaign has been in the lead in all of them. This is great news for our campaign and I thank you for your support-- without you we wouldn't be where we are today.

I know we will be victorious next November and will continue to work to create jobs and fight Obamacare.
Thank you, Asa Hutchinson
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No funds were received for the above campaign notice. Former U.S. Congressman Asa Hutchinson for the 3rd District and Administrator of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency is running for the 2014 Republican nomination for Governor against businessman and TEA Party speaker Curtis Coleman.

Tags: Asa Hutchinson, Republican nomination, Governor, Arkansas, 2014 election, Curtis Coleman

House Acts to Stop Government Abuse

I am extremely disappointed the House has chosen to adjourn, leaving important work on the table with an unfinished Farm Bill. The agricultural industry is vital to Arkansas' First District and I will continue to keep in touch with Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas and House leadership to make sure we hit the ground running on this legislation when we return. ~ Rick Crawford

U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford (AR-01): This week I returned from a trip to tour the Mexican border in California, Arizona, and Texas as the House prepares to tackle immigration reform legislation this fall. This was a successful trip that opened my eyes to the realities on the ground and the homeland security implications of any reform legislation we undertake. While my views on amnesty have not changed, I believe we must act to keep American families safe from drug cartels whose resources and abilities are extensive.

This week, my column is about a series of bills the House passed to #StopGovernmentAbuse. With a string of scandals at sensitive agencies like the IRS or Department of Justice, we need to do more to repair the public's confidence in their government. I was proud to support these smart measures that put the power back in the people's hands.

House Acts to Stop Government Abuse
This year Washington has been riddled with scandals, undermining the public’s trust in government while distracting from pressing issues like a ballooning national debt, a stagnated economy, and the millions of jobless Americans. The Administration has taken a defensive posture, choosing to deflect blame without holding Administration officials fully accountable for their actions. Sadly, this further inflames the tense relationship between the people and their government, in a time where we need strong leadership to bridge that divide and involve citizens so they can be fully invested in the way their government is run.

With scandals at very sensitive agencies where the public’s confidence is essential to operate effectively, even non-partisan government agencies are beginning to be viewed with suspicion. for example, the IRS earlier this year apologized for targeting groups based on a political ideology in opposition to the Administration’s agenda – a massive breach of the public trust. However, the Administration’s response was simply to let go an Acting Administrator who was set to leave anyway, and stand by the official presiding over the wrongdoing in her decision to plead the 5th Amendment before Congress. America is better than this. We can come together to be better than this.

To help begin repairing the public’s confidence in government, last week the House’s agenda focused exclusively on a series of 10 bills to Stop Government Abuse. These bills represent a smart and targeted approach to address many of the problems that have been brought up over the past several years. Some of these bills focus on economic concerns, others on personal liberty, but all are aimed to roll back government involvement in areas where we have seen increasing overreach into the daily lives of American citizens.

The government has to remember where it derives its power from. The Founding Fathers did not intend for Washington to rule on high over the rest of the nation. Rather, they expected a transparent and accountable government that operates in service to, not presiding over its citizens. I want to work to repair the relationship between the people and government that has been damaged over the past years. However, we need a willing partner in the White House to do so. The Administration should take action immediately to fully accept responsibility for its actions. I hope they will work with the House to implement these reforms to Stop Government Abuse.

Tags: U.S. Representative, Rick Crawford, AR-01, Arkansas, house bills, stop government waste

Cotton for Senate Launches First Online Ad Proven Leadership.

Dardanelle, Arkansas – Today the Cotton for Senate campaign launched its first on-line ad

At a time when America and Arkansans are desperate for leaders, the ads focus on Tom Cotton’s proven leadership and his commitment to Arkansans. The ads highlight his small town American values and ask Arkansans to join him in his fight to bring more accountability and leadership to the United States Senate.
"It's time to say enough. Arkansans need a senator who will stand with them and stand up to President Barack Obama. We need a Senator who will say “no more,” to the crony capitalism, the giveaways, the reckless spending, the unfair taxes, the job-killing regulations, and the concentration of unaccountable, unconstitutional power in Washington. Arkansans need a Senator who won't just stand by and accept the status quo. I will be that Senator." - Congressman Tom Cotton
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No funds were received to run this ad!

Tags: Tom Cotton, Republican candidate, 2014 Election, U.S. Senate

Obamacare Ad Blitz

U.S. Senator John Boozman (R_AR) discusses the federal dollars being spent to market and advertise the President's health care law.

Tags: Senator, John Boozman, Obamacare, federal money. advertising

Thursday, August 8, 2013

Arkansas GOP Asks: Does Ross Agree With Pryor That Obamacare Is “An Amazing Success”?

Little Rock, Ark. – One day after Senator Mark Pryor made news in an interview with 40/29 news in which he called Obamacare “an amazing success story,” the Chairman of the Arkansas GOP wants to know if the presumptive Democratic candidate for Governor agrees.

“It’s a simple question,” said Arkansas GOP Chairman Doyle Webb. “We’re asking Mike Ross whether or not he agrees with Senator Pryor’s assessment that Obamacare has been an amazing success story.”

The Republican Party of Arkansas believes that a major party candidate for the state’s highest office (such as Mike Ross) should have to clearly articulate his position on issues that significantly impact Arkansas, such as Obamacare.
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Background:
Pryor Said That Obamacare Has Been “An Amazing Success Story.” (Rep. Tom Cotton Running for U.S. Senate, 40/29 News, 8/6/13)

Over 60% of Arkansans Say They Are “Less Likely” To Support Pryor Knowing He Voted For Obamacare. (Poll Conducted July 30-31, 3013 by Magellan Strategies BR)


Only 28% of Arkansans Of The Way President Obama Is Handling His Job As President. (Poll Conducted August 4-5, 3013 by Harper Polling)

Tags: Arkansas, GOP, Mike Ross, Mark Pryor, Obamacare