Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tom Cotton for Senate: Infantry

New AD for Tom Cotton for U.S. Senate
Avis Cotton narrated a new ad for his son Tiom Cotton who is running for the U.S. Senate.  "We need people in Washington who do the hard things.  That’s the only way to make things right,” Avis Cotton concludes in the ad.
The thirty-second long spot touches on the Cotton family’s record of military service – Len in Vietnam and Tom in Afghanistan.  Tom’s mom describes his decision to join the U.S. Army after law school and his choice to serve in the infantry rather than as a military lawyer. The ad will begin airing in the Jonesboro market Friday morning.

Tom Cotton said of the ad, “I’m really proud of my mom.  She spoke from the heart and really made this commercial a special one for our family.”
 As narrated by Avis Cotton:
It was Christmas. I was a newlywed and alone. Len was in Vietnam. But Christmas was harder when our son was in Afghanistan.

Tom has a passion to serve our country. After Harvard, he gave up a great career to volunteer for the Army.They offered to make him a military lawyer, but Tom insisted on the infantry, just like his dad.

We need people in Washington who do the hard things. That’s the only way to make things right.

Tom Cotton:

I'm Tom Cotton. I approve this message.

Tags: Tom Cotton, Ad Infantry

Monday, November 25, 2013

Harry Reid Says He "Could Have Had" Pryor's Vote In Nuclear Option If He Needed It

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) appeared on The Diane Rehm Show on NPR to discuss the Senate vote on the Nuclear Option. Majority Leader Reid bragged that even though Senator Mark Pryor voted against the nuclear option, he could have had Pryor's vote had he needed it to pass the nuclear option.

Tags: NPR, Diane Rehm Show, Harry Reid, Mark Pryor, Nuclear Option

Saturday, November 23, 2013

A Time to Give Thanks

by U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, AR-1: The American Thanksgiving holiday has a rich and storied history full of lessons reminding us to give thanks for our many blessings. In school, we learn the story of a gathering between the Plymouth Pilgrims and Wampanoag Indians in 1621, where both sides came together and offered their bounty in a sign of friendship. However, the first national celebration of the Thanksgiving holiday was declared by the Continental Congress in 1775 to mark the American victory at the Battle of Saratoga during the Revolutionary War. Eighty-eight years later, President Lincoln declared the day a national holiday in 1863, largely to celebrate the Union forces’ victory at the Battle of Gettysburg.

These events tell a slightly different story – one of giving thanks to God for his providence during exceedingly difficult times where the fate of the nation was truly at stake. It was an opportunity to unite a divided nation and celebrate the bounty of liberty that our country has afforded its citizens for generations.

This year, I was reminded of this heritage by my eight-year-old son. So often, our children unwittingly serve as instruments of instruction that help to remind us of blessings we may take for granted. Earlier this week, Will drew up a list of things he was thankful for as a homework project for his second-grade class. My wife Stacy and I expected to see items such as the Disney Channel or Pop Warner football top the list, but we were wrong. Number one on Will’s list? Freedom. This Thanksgiving, I am thankful for my two wonderful children – Will and Delaney – and the way they serve to humble and ground me as a parent and a public servant.

2 Corinthians 9:11 says: “You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.” As a nation, we have much to be thankful for this Thanksgiving holiday. We are truly and richly blessed. As Americans, there are many issues and debates that divide us. However, let’s remember the tradition of Thanksgiving in the spirit of Abraham Lincoln this year, who used the holiday as a way to unite a divided nation and drive us toward a common cause. Let’s be thankful for the things that unite us. Stacy and I wish you and your family a happy and memory-filled Thanksgiving this year – may we not forget our heritage and the true reason for this celebration.

Tags: Rick Crawford, Time to give thanks, Thanksgiving

Duck Season: Democrats Ducking Their Duty

by Holly Wilson, Communications Director, Republican Party of Arkansas:  While it may seem like a dreary Friday, to the many Arkansans gearing up for opening weekend of duck season this weather is perfect! We hope everyone heading out to the duck blinds has a safe opening weekend and season! Here is an update on a few things you may have missed from this week in politics.

Why did Mike Ross oppose letting you keep your insurance if you like it?
Given that the news of late has been dominated by analysis of President Obama's false promise that "if you like your healthcare plan, you can keep your healthcare plan," earlier this week the RPA called on Mike Ross to explain why he opposed and voted against a measure that would have allowed millions of Americans to keep their plans. We have not received a response from him.

Congressman Cliff Stearns of Florida offered a common sense amendment that said simply, “nothing shall prevent or limit individuals from keeping their current health benefit plan."  Stearns' amendment would have forced Obama to keep his promise.  It is truly remarkable that Mike Ross voted NO in regards to allowing Americans to keep their insurance.  Of particular note is that this vote was not even a partisan vote, but in fact a number of conservative Democrats, including Representative Melancon of Louisiana, voted yes.  But not Mike Ross.   Interestingly, Ross' vote places his position at odds with even Bill Clinton, who last week said Americans ought be able to keep their plans.

Pryor KNEW there would be cancellations
Despite having knowledge that he cast a vote that has resulted in millions of healthcare cancellations, Mark Pryor is still trying to pass the buck and refusing to accept any blame.  It is past time for Mark Pryor to own up and take responsibility for his irresponsible vote and apologize to Arkansans.

Earlier this week, Pryor’s colleague Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) appeared on ABC News’ “This Week,” on Sunday and admitted that Senate Democrats knew they would be cancelling health insurance plans that millions of Americans liked, even though they had promised they could keep them. She went as far as to insist that this was the actual point of Obamacare – to remove people from what she called “terrible health insurance plans.” Even the President at least has had the gumption to apologize for misleading Americans.

Only 2 weeks left…
Until Rand Paul will address a great group of conservatives in Arkansas on December 6 th for the first time ever! You won’t want to miss out, but don’t worry, there are still tickets available through ticketmaster! If you would like to attend a special reception and enjoy dinner with Senator Paul on December 6 th you will need to join our TUSK Club. For more information contact Alisha at alisha@arkansasgop.org.

Tags: Republican Party of Arkansas, Duck Season, Mike Ross, Mark Pryor, Ran Paul, United We Stand, funderaiser, Hot Springs, Arkansas

Friday, November 22, 2013

Cotton Calls On Pryor to Give Up His Obamacare “Concierge” Perks

New York Times, Wall St. Journal expose even more Obamacare perks for members of Congress
Weekly Standard: Congress Flees Obamacare
Little Rock, Arkansas —   Tom Cotton, in a speech to the Political Animals Club in Little Rock on Friday morning, called on Senator Mark Pryor to reject the special perks members of Congress receive under Obamacare.

Earlier in the week, the New York Times and Wall Street Journal outlined the special perks Congressional lawmakers receive under Obamacare. Among them are a series of “concierge-type services” such as a special website for members of Congress, a unique toll-free telephone number, and in-person support sessions. These perks come in addition to the federal subsidy that members of Congress receive that pays for 75% of the cost of premiums on the Obamacare exchanges.

Referring to the perks, Cotton said: “I have not accepted and will not accept any of the special Obamacare perks given to members of Congress. That includes the illegal government subsidy that covers approximately 75% of the cost of premiums for members of Congress.”

Cotton also challenged his opponent, Senator Mark Pryor on the issue, saying: “Senator Pryor should join me in rejecting all the special perks members of Congress receive that aren’t available to the rest of Americans who are grappling with the disastrous consequences of this law. Public distrust of Washington is at an all-time high, because Washington politicians like Senator Pryor continue finding ways to excuse themselves from the laws they force the rest of us to live under.”

A growing bipartisan group of lawmakers are rejecting the Obamacare subsidies and perks, including Alaska Democratic Senator Mark Begich, Georgia Republican Congressman Phil Gingrey, Texas Republican Congressman Louie Gohmert, and Georgia Republican Congressman Paul Broun.

Background:
New York Times Reports That Lawmakers Receive Special “Concierge-Style” Perks Under Obamacare.
“While millions of Americans have been left to fend for themselves and go through the frustrating experience of trying to navigate the federal exchange, members of Congress and their aides have all sorts of assistance to help them sort through their options and enroll.” (Robert Pear, “Perks Ease Way in Health Plans for Lawmakers,” New York Times, 11/19/2013)

Wall St. Journal Reports That Lawmakers' Experience on the Exchanges Is Running “Much More Smoothly” Than For “Regular Folks”
“Lawmakers and their staff are getting personal experience with the Affordable Care Act–and it’s not always the same as their constituents’…Some users say the exchange for lawmakers is operating much more smoothly than the troubled HealthCare.gov website that serves regular folks in 36 states.” (Louise Radnofsky, “Some Aides in Congress Find Easier Going on Health-Care Site,” Wall Street Journal, 11/19/13)
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Tom Cotton is the Congressman for the Fourth District of Arkansas. He is a combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, an Army Ranger, and a Bronze Star and Combat Infantryman Badge recipient. Cotton is a graduate of Harvard and Harvard Law School and has worked as a business consultant at McKinsey and Co. For more information about Tom’s campaign, visit tomcotton.com.

Tags: Tom Cotton, Speech, Political Animals Club, Mark Pryor, Obamacare Perks, members of Congress

Pryor's ObamaCare: Special Carve Out for Unions

Mark Pryor And ObamaCare:
$pecial Carve Out For Special Friend$
Mark Pryor (D-AR) promised middle-class Arkansans that ObamaCare is a good deal, yet individual health insurance costs could increase nearly 41% and at least 3.5 million Americans have received health care plan cancellation notices.
But a Wall Street Journal story makes clear that Pryor did keep his promise to some: The unions who've donated hundreds of thousands of dollars to Mark Pryor's campaign.
While Arkansans' wallets are hit with the threat of a "fee per head [of] $63" thanks to another hidden ObamaCare cost, Democrats have "suggested..[granting] a waiver for some insurance plans [on this] tax", specifically union plans.
Isn't that nice!  Mark Pryor has managed to fill his campaign coffers with $715,250 in union contributions, while supporting an Administration that protects those union buddies from an ObamaCare tax. The Wall Street Journal makes clear, "there's no conceivable rationale—other than politics—for releasing union-only plans from a tax that is defined as universal in the Affordable Care Act statute." 
"Mark Pryor sold out middle-class Arkansans with his deciding vote on ObamaCare, but Democrats are working overtime to protect their union buddies from the disastrous law,"  said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen.  "Arkansans need someone who will put their interests before special interests and Mark Pryor has shown once again that he can't be trusted to do so."
BACKGROUND
The Affordable Care Act's greatest hits keep coming, and one that hasn't received enough attention is a looming favor for President Obama's friends in Big Labor. Millions of Americans are losing their plans and paying more for health care, and doctors are being forced out of insurance networks, but a lucky few may soon get relief. (The Wall Street Journal, >ObamaCare's Union Favor, 11/17/13)
Under ObamaCare The Cost Of Individual Health Insurance Could Increase Nearly 41% In Arkansas. (Society Of Actuaries, Cost of the Future Newly Insured under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), 3/2013)
Pryor Said The Bill Would “Protect And Expand An Individual’s Choice Of Doctors And Insurance Plans.” “Elements of this package will drive down costs for families, small businesses, and government; protect and expand an individual’s choice of doctors and insurance plans without any government interference; and assure affordable, reliable healthcare for every Arkansan.” (Sen. Mark Pryor, “On Senate Passage Of Health Care Reform,” Press Release, 12/24/09)
In August 2013, Pryor Said ObamaCare “Actually Is Working.” ANCHOR: “Are you second guessing your support of ObamaCare?” PRYOR: “No, actually I’m not. It actually is working.” (KARK, 8/8/13)
Over His Career, Sen. Mark Pryor Has Taken $715,250 From Labor Interests. (Center For Responsive Politics, www.opensecrets.org, Accessed 11/18/13)

“At Least 3.5 Million Americans Have Been Issued Cancellations…” “At least 3.5 million Americans have been issued cancellations, but the exact number is unclear. Associated Press checks find that data is unavailable in a half the states.” (“ObamaCare Finally Gets Real For Americans: At Least 3.5 Million Health Insurance Policies Cancelled, 11/4/13)

Tags: Mark Pryor, Unions, union money, Obamacare,

Thursday, November 21, 2013

Boozman: Senator Reid Strips Rights of Minority to Distract From Obamacare Failures

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) released the following on Majority Leader Harry Reid’s decision to strip the Senate Minority of its rights in relation to Presidential nominations:
“This was an act of desperation by the Senate Majority to distract from a disastrous few weeks. Senator Reid’s willingness to break the rules to change the rules so he could divert attention from Obamacare’s failures is understandable given how disastrous the program’s rollout has been. The problem for Senator Reid is that this power grab only turns the spotlight brighter on Obamacare.

As millions of Americans begin to lose their health insurance, we see what happens when President Obama and Senator Reid force their agenda through to get their way. Much like today’s power grab, Obamacare was forced on the nation by similar strong-arm tactics. Of course they would like you to forget that, which is why they are trying to change the subject to judicial nominations.

The first two years of President Obama’s administration were the glory days for the President and Senator Reid. When Americans saw the results of an unchecked Obama Administration, they voted to bring some balance to Washington. Clearly, that did not sit well with Senator Reid who has threatened ever since to go ‘nuclear.’

One of the great things about the Senate is that it is an ongoing, living body. Unlike House members who are up for reelection every two years, Senate rules carry over into the new session of Congress. Senator Reid broke the rules, changed the rules and, at some point, is going to regret this decision.”


Tags: U.S Senate, Democrat, Sewn. Harry Reid, strips rights of minorities, 

Griffin: House Passes Three Bills to Encourage Job Growth, Safely Increase American Energy Production

Says they will ‘enhance our ability to complete important infrastructure projects’
WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statements after the House passed three bills this week to encourage job growth and safely increase American energy production:
“Arkansas is a leader in hydraulic fracturing innovation and natural gas production, and these three bills will enhance our ability to complete important infrastructure projects, safely increase American energy production and create jobs.”Rep. Griffin is a cosponsor of the Protecting States’ Rights to Promote American Energy Security Act (H.R. 2728), which would preserve states’ authority to regulate hydraulic fracturing and prohibit the U.S. Department of the Interior from enforcing duplicative federal regulations in any state that already has regulations.

The Federal Lands Jobs and Energy Security Act (H.R. 1965) would streamline the leasing process for onshore oil and natural gas projects on federal lands.

The Natural Gas Pipeline Permitting Reform Act (H.R. 1900) would set time limits on the existing federal review process for natural gas pipeline applications, requiring the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) to approve or deny applications within one year of receiving them.

Tags: U.S House, thee bills, pro-jobs, incerase, American production, energy

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Lt. Gov. Darr To Host National Lieutenant Governors Association Annual Executive Committee

Little Rock - Arkansas Lieutenant Governor Darr is hosting a dozen of his colleagues to examine economic development and public safety opportunities available to Arkansas. Lieutenant Governor Darr is hosting the National Lieutenant Governors Associations Annual Executive Committee meeting in Little Rock, Arkansas, November 20 – 22, 2013.

Speakers at the meeting include:
  • Former Federal Emergency Management Assn. (FEMA) Director James Lee Witt
  • Former Congressman Asa Hutchinson, the nation’s first-ever Border & Transportation Security Undersecretary
  • U.S. Dept. of Labor Unemployment Insurance Administrator Gay Gilbert
  • Arkansas State Economic Forecaster Dr. Michael Pakko
  • Federal Maritime Commissioner William Doyle … and more.
“It is a privilege to host the NLGA Executive Committee meeting in Little Rock. This unique opportunity allows us to showcase Arkansas’ world-class workforce and partnerships for economic progress,” said Lt. Governor Darr. Lt. Governor Darr is working with his peers in a bi-partisan manner to identify current and future policy trends and best practices for consideration among lieutenant governors moving into the 2014 sessions.

Tags: Arkansas, Lt. Governor, Mark Darr, National Lieutenant Governors Associations, Annual Executive Committee

Griffin Introduces Obamacare Taxpayer Bailout Prevention Act

Works with Senator Marco Rubio to protect taxpayers from another Obamacare disaster
WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement after introducing H.R. 3541, the House companion bill to Senator Marco Rubio’s S. 1726, the Obamacare Taxpayer Bailout Prevention Act:
“I introduced this bill because Obamacare is not fixable, and bailing out insurance companies to save it from imploding will waste even more taxpayer dollars.  The only real solution is full repeal, so that we can pass real, patient-centered health care reform that won’t bankrupt companies, increase premiums and take away insurance from millions of families and workers.”Congressman Cory Gardner (CO-04), a member of the House Committee on Energy and Commerce, is an original cosponsor of H.R. 3541. “Only in Washington are bailouts seen as a good approach to bad policy,” said Rep. Gardner.  “Obamacare’s dangerous fiscal trajectory must be stopped, and soon.  I am proud to cosponsor legislation that helps guarantee that taxpayers aren’t on the hook as Obamacare continues to unravel.”Senator Marco Rubio (FL) first introduced the Obamacare Taxpayer Bailout Prevention Act (S.1726) in the Senate.

“American taxpayers are sick and tired of losing in Washington’s ‘winners and losers’ schemes,” said Sen. Rubio.  “With Tim Griffin and Cory Gardner leading the charge in the House, I’m confident we can act decisively to protect the American people from having to foot the bill for an Obamacare bailout.”

Like S. 1726, H.R. 3541 would repeal Obamacare’s risk corridor provision. As Sen. Rubio explained in a Wall Street Journal op-ed:Buried deep in the Department of Health and Human Services’ press release that accompanied the president’s Nov. 14 speech [announcing his unilateral action to “fix” his broken promise that Americans could keep their existing plans] was this sentence: “Though this transitional policy was not anticipated by health insurance issuers when setting rates for 2014, the risk corridor program should help ameliorate unanticipated changes in premium revenue. We intend to explore ways to modify the risk corridor program final rules to provide additional assistance.”

Risk corridors are generally used to mitigate an insurer’s pricing risk. Under ObamaCare, risk corridors were established for the law’s first three years as a safety-net for insurers who experience financial losses. While risk corridors can protect taxpayers when they are budget-neutral, ObamaCare’s risk corridors are designed in such an open-ended manner that the president’s action now exposes taxpayers to a bailout of the health-insurance industry if and when the law fails.
View a PDF of H.R. 3541 here

Groups supporting the legislation include:
-          American Conservative Union
-          Americans for Prosperity
-          Americans for Tax Reform
-          Campaign for Liberty
-          Center for Freedom and Prosperity
-          Club for Growth
-          Council for Citizens Against Government Waste
-          FreedomWorks
-          Heritage Action for America
-          National Taxpayers Union
-          Tea Party Express

Tags: Tim Griffin, Representative, AR-2, Arkansas, introduces, Taxpayer Bailout Prevention Act, H.R. 3541, companion bill, U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, FL, S. 1726

Pryor Dodges Question About Health Insurance Cancellations

by David Ray: On November 8, 2013, Senator Mark Pryor dodges a question from Arkansas News Bureau's John Lyon about whether he would demand a Senate vote to address the heath insurance cancellation crisis caused by Senator Pryor's repeated votes for Obamacare. On November 20, 2013, Senator Pryor admitted in an interview with Politico that he has not insisted on a vote, saying "I haven't been pressing for a vote."

Tags: Mark Pryor, dodges questions, Arkansas News Bureau, John Lyon, question, health care, insurance cancellations

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Coleman: "Relieved" That Settlement Has Been Reached In Desegregation Case

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Republican gubernatorial candidate Curtis Coleman released the following statement today in response to the news that a tentative settlement had been reached in the decades-long desegregation lawsuit involving the state and three Arkansas school districts:

"The agreed upon settlement to end state payments to the Little Rock, North Little Rock, and Pulaski County Special school districts for desegregation efforts is a historic development – one that many believe was long overdue. We can be relieved that we are finally seeing a resolution take shape to satisfy all of the parties involved.

"Not only will these districts finally be able to move forward, but the state's financial burden – and that ultimately of the taxpayers – will soon be lifted. I hope this process does not see any unnecessary delays and that the settlement is granted in court."

Tags: Arkansas, Court settlement, desegregation case, Curtis Coleman,  

United We Stand, As We Welcome Rand!

by Holly Wilson, RPA Communications Director: Happy Tuesday! As December is quickly approaching, we would like to send out a reminder about our event on Friday, December 6 th with US Senator Rand Paul in Hot Springs!

You don’t want to miss this special event as Senator Paul addresses a crowd of great conservatives in Arkansas for the first time! The event will be held in Horner Hall of the Hot Springs Convention Center on Friday, December 6 at 7:30pm. Tickets are $50 (does not include dinner) and can be purchased through Ticketmaster by calling 800-745-3000 or online. You may also purchase them at the door.

**There will be a dinner in Horner Hall prior to the event for TUSK Club members at 6:30pm. If you or someone you know is interested in joining the TUSK Club and attending the dinner please contact Alisha Curtis at the Republican Party of Arkansas at 501-372-7301.

What is the TUSK Club? The TUSK Club is the base of support for the Republican Party of Arkansas. We currently have 150 members from across the state who donate $1000 annually to the party. Each year TUSK members receive 2 events (Summer Event and Winter Event) as well as inside updates from the Chairman each quarter and special seating at all other RPA events throughout the year. With the support of the TUSK Club, we are able to put all candidate filing fees back into races across the state. Your TUSK Club membership begins the day you join and is good for one year. TUSK memberships can be paid monthly, quarterly or in full.

VIP photo reception opportunity! For those interested in visiting and taking a photo with Senator Rand Paul at a reception prior to the dinner, tickets are $250 for TUSK Club Members (includes member and one guest). Tickets for non-TUSK Club members is $500 (includes ticket holder and one guest).

Please see the schedule of Senator Rand Paul’s time in Arkansas below.
6:00pm-7:00pm Private VIP Photo Reception
6:30pm-7:30pm TUSK Club Christmas Dinner
7:15pm Doors open to general public
7:30pm Program with Senator Rand Paul

Thank you and have a great week!

Tags: Republican Party of Arkansas. Ran Paul, United We Stand, funderaiser, Hot Springs, Arkansas

Democratic Senator Admits: "We All Knew" Obama’s Promise Wasn’t True

Mark Pryor Made Same False Promise as Barack Obama 
Despite the blatantly political effort by Democrat Mark Pryor to save his job by distancing himself from ObamaCare, it's become abundantly clear that he knew full well that some Americans would lose health care plans that they liked, yet repeatedly made dishonest promises otherwise. 
When asked whether President Obama mislead Democrats, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) disclosed: "He should have just been more specific...No, we all knew."
The Democratic Senator from New York is a close colleague of Mark Pryor's and admitted a truth that Pryor so far has repeatedly refused to acknowledge: The fact that millions of people are losing health insurance that they like, forcing them into the ObamaCare exchanges, is an intended consequence of the law.
In fact, three years ago, Pryor joined Senate Democrats to unanimously support the very ObamaCare rule that's responsible for the health insurance cancellations that have caused so much consternation over the last month. Even though At least 3.5 million are losing their health care plan, Mark Pryor is doing his best to hide the fact that he is directly to blame for the disaster. Senator Gillibrand's admonition makes clear that:  
  1. Mark Pryor was knowingly dishonest about people keeping their care yet repeatedly promised otherwise, or,
  2. Pryor is so incompetent that he didn't comprehend the legislation that he championed.
"Mark Pryor joined Barack Obama in repeatedly promising his constituents something that he knew was blatantly false,said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen. "How can any Arkansans trust anything Mark Pryor says about ObamaCare today after he's been caught deceiving them about it repeatedly over the last four years? Arkansans are looking for competence and credibility in the Senate and Mark Pryor has a crisis of both."
BACKGROUND
Democratic Senator Admits All Democrats Knew Americans Would Lose Their Health Care Plan. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand: "We All Knew" Obama’s Promise Wasn’t True.  (ABC's "This Week",11/17/2013)
Senate Democrats Voted Unanimously To Support The ObamaCare Rule That's Responsible For The Cancellation Of People's Health Insurance. "In September 2010, Senate Republicans brought a resolution to the floor to block implementation of the grandfather rule, warning that it would result in canceled policies and violate President Barack Obama’s promise that people could keep their insurance if they liked it....On a party line vote, Democrats killed the resolution, which could come back to haunt vulnerable Democrats up for re-election this year....The rule set up the criteria for what insurance plans would be grandfathered, or exempted, from the new Obamacare requirements."  (CNN, Senate Democrats supported rule that led to insurance cancellations, 10/31/2013)
Pryor's Broken Promise: In September 2012, Pryor Said Businesses Would Be Able To Keep Their Health Care Plans. PRYOR: “I think what business wants to know is, what’s the bottom line on health care coverage? Are we gonna be able to stick with our plan? The answer is yes.” (Arkansas Business, “U.S. Senator Mark Pryor On Healthcare Reform,” www.youtube.com, Uploaded 9/28/12)
In August 2013, Pryor Said ObamaCare “Actually Is Working.” ANCHOR: “Are you second guessing your support of ObamaCare?” PRYOR: “No, actually I’m not. It actually is working.” (KARK, 8/8/13)

Tags: Democrats, knew, Obama's promise, not true

Monday, November 18, 2013

Coleman Announces Support for Legislation to Curb Veteran Unemployment

NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – On Monday evening, Republican gubernatorial candidate Curtis Coleman addressed the Disabled American Veterans of Russellville at their annual Thanksgiving banquet. As part of his remarks, Coleman announced his support for legislation to curb certain employment challenges facing Arkansas veterans.

"Many members of the U.S. military receive invaluable training and experience in jobs that mirror civilian specialties, such as air conditioning technicians, electricians and computer technicians," said Coleman. "Arkansas veterans report that many discharged veterans who return to their home state of Arkansas try to apply such experience to an occupation requiring a license issued by a state licensing agency or board. However, they report that there is no consideration given in Arkansas to military service, training or education with respect to specific licensing requirements.

Coleman outlined a proposal to fix this problem that places highly trained, experienced members of our military at a disadvantage in the workforce. "I am announcing today my intent to ask the Arkansas legislature to address employment challenges facing military service members, especially recently discharged veterans.  I will ask that the legislation require state agencies and boards that issue occupational licenses to recognize military training and experience and substantially equivalent licenses issued by the armed forces, and that these agencies and boards expedite the licensure process for these individuals.

"That we do all we can do help our veterans transition to civilian life by giving them credit for the training and experience they accomplished in the military is a small but right thing to do for the men and women who signed a blank check with their lives."

Tags: Curtis Coleman, support for, legislation, curb, Arkansas, veteran unemployment

In Congress, Mike Ross Opposed Provision Allowing People to Keep Their Insurance If They Liked it

Little Rock, Ark. — Given that the news of late has been dominated by analysis of President Obama's false promise that "if you like your healthcare plan, you can keep your healthcare plan," today the Republican Party of Arkansas calls on Mike Ross to explain why he opposed and voted against a measure that would have allowed millions of Americans to keep their plans.

As healthcare reform was being debated, specifically the House Obamacare Bill HR 3200, Congressman Cliff Stearns of Florida offered a common sense amendment that said simply, “ nothing shall prevent or limit individuals from keeping their current health benefit plan."  Stearns' amendment would have forced Obama to keep his promise.  It is truly remarkable that Mike Ross voted NO in regards to allowing Americans to keep their insurance.  Of particular note is that this vote was not even a partisan vote, but in fact a number of conservative Democrats, including Representative Melancon of Louisiana, voted yes.  But not Mike Ross.   Interestingly, Ross' vote places his position at odds with even Bill Clinton, who last week said Americans ought be able to keep their plans.

Arkansas GOP Chairman Doyle Webb issued the following statement: “We call on Mike Ross today to directly answer Arkansans and Americans as a whole as to why he opposed their ability to keep their healthcare insurance.  While there were a myriad of votes occurring with healthcare reform, today we ask about this vote specifically and hope Mike Ross will give the voters a straight answer.”

Documents are available at:
http://democrats.energycommerce.house.gov/Press_111/20090730/hr3200_stearns_1.pdf
http://democrats.energycommerce.house.gov/Press_111/20090730/hr3200_stearns_1_rc.pdf

Tags: Mike Ross, in Congress, opposed allowing people to keep their insurance, Congressional Records, election 2014

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Mark Pryor Not Credible Or Not Competent?

Mark Pryor has rushed to support legislation introduced by another vulnerable Democrat, Louisiana's Mary Landrieu, in a blatantly politically motivated attempt to distance himself from the disastrous law. As the liberal website Talking Points Memo reported, "These proposals come in response to the political fallout of Obamacare's woeful and embarrassing enrollment launch one month ago. But they carry a potentially steep price: each harms the law's core goals by potentially destabilizing the market and raising premiums, experts and the insurance industry warn."

But Senator Pryor has a short memory. ObamaCare was written to force people who liked their current plans into the faulty ObamaCare exchanges. This is how senators like Mark Pryor designed the law to work. That isn't a glitch or an unexpected occurrence, that is how ObamaCare is SUPPOSED to work – which is why there was so much objection to it.  The Obama Administration was well aware of this BEFORE the law was passed. President Obama was well aware of it BEFORE the law was passed as this video shows.

Pryor is just as accountable; three years ago he voted to support the Obama Administration’s grandfather rule, largely responsible for the cancellations.

Politicians like Mark Pryor who are rushing to support legislation designed to mask that fact fall into one of two categories:
  1. knowingly dishonest about people keeping their care yet repeatedly  promised otherwise
  2. They are so incompetent that they didn't comprehend the legislation that they championed.
Mark Pryor is either not credible or not competent.  Which one is it?

Tags: Mark Pryor, not credible, mot competent, voted for Obamcare, 

"Affordable" Care Act Unaffordable for Families

This Veterans' Day, I toured Arkansas' First District, meeting with brave men and women
to thank them for their service to our country. I was proud to stand with Senator John Boozman
and state Senator Missy Irvin in Mountain View to honor Arkansas veterans.
On Friday, the House passed the "Keep Your Health Plan Act" My column this week focuses on how local families in Arkansas are experiencing higher premiums and cancelled policies under ObamaCare. ~ Rick Crawford

U.S. Rep Rick Crawford, AR-1: As the Representative for Arkansas’ First District, I have taken great pains to engage with families during the disastrous rollout of ObamaCare, to hear their concerns and problems with the law, and above all, to listen. The stories I have heard of cancelled policies, exploding premiums, and inflexible insurance plans anger and sadden me.

Earlier this month, my office was contacted by one mother and wife living in Northeast Arkansas whose family will experience great hardship as a direct result of this law. With one child getting ready to graduate from college in a year, this concerned mother and her husband were suddenly notified that their premium would increase more than three times over the current amount. Although they were told they are free to explore their choices on the exchange, they would be forced to forfeit their employer contribution, with total costs far exceeding the already sky-high increases on their current plan. Working families like these had no advance notice to plan for this. It is becoming clearer every day that ObamaCare is truly failing working mothers and families just like this one.

Thursday, under pressure from the American people, the President announced that he would propose a one-year extension of cancelled policies under a grandfather clause included in the law. The President’s delayed response to this calamity does not, however, address the fatal flaws with the underlying law, not least the $1.3 trillion in debt that will bust the budget and further burden our children. Additionally, a one year extension just does not live up to the promise repeated over and over by the President. He misled the American people. That trust has been broken. Now, even with such an extension, millions across the country and many at home in Arkansas are still facing the prospect of being unable to afford adequate coverage as a direct effect of his “Affordable Care Act.” That is wrong.

I have opposed this law at every opportunity. My position, about which I have been consistent and clear, is to fight to see this law repealed, dismantled, and to start over. Stories like these are the reason why. Americans are hurting right now as a result of this law. Arkansas families deserve better than this, and I will continue fighting to represent their best interests on this issue.

Tags: US Representative, Rick Crawford, AR-01, Arkansas, 1st district, Affordable Care Act, Obamacare, unaffordable

Friday, November 15, 2013

Rep. Richard Womack (AR Dist 18) on National Adoption Month

by Representative Richard Womack, Arkansas - District 18: This month is National Adoption Month. My wife Brandi and I have 7 seven children, four adopted and three biological. I would like to share a little about adoption and its impact on my life.

Adoption positively impacts all parties involved in the process. The birth parents are assured their child will have an opportunity for a more successful life. The child is assured an opportunity to grow up in a loving home where he/she is truly wanted and is a valued member of a family. The adoptive parents are assured the opportunity to parent and positively impact the life of a child.

Adoption also supports the stability of society and our economy, due to the fact that an adopted child is less likely (than a child in a single-parent home), to grow up in poverty and much more likely to receive an education. Adoption is very closely tied to our core Republican principle of sanctity of life and provides a wonderful alternative to abortion.

One of the most powerful forces experienced by human race is hope. Adoption provides hope where there has previously been none. Probably the most profound way adoption has impacted my life is seeing one of my kid’s smile or laugh or play, and being reminded of the fact that that beautiful person likely would not be alive and surely would not have hope of a successful future were it not for adoption.

It also serves as a daily reminder that spiritually I was in the exact same place as those children…hopeless, until I was adopted into God’s family through Jesus Christ. Adoption has caused me to be extremely thankful every day of my life. That is an incredible return on the investment we have made into our kids' lives. I would like to encourage everyone to seriously consider adoption and experience all the good that comes with loving your new sons and/or daughters.

Tags: National Adoption Month, Richard Woamck

Pryor, Boozman, Crawford & Griffin Respond to U.S. Fish & Wildlife Mitigation Hatcheries Announcement

Washington, D.C. – U.S. Senators Mark Pryor and John Boozman and Congressmen Rick Crawford (AR-1) and Tim Griffin (AR-2) issued the following statements as the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service today announced that it would begin a thorough review of mitigation hatchery facilities across the country for their economic viability:

“It took countless phone calls, letters, and refusing to take ‘no’ for an answer, but I’m glad we were able to convince the Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to keep our fish hatcheries open. The Greers Ferry and Norfork Fish Hatcheries are economic engines for our state, supporting thousands of jobs and contributing millions in economic activity. I’ll continue to work with the Interior, FWS, and the Arkansas delegation on a responsible long-term solution to keep these hatcheries open,” Pryor said.

“These hatcheries replenish fisheries that were impacted by the construction of federal dams on our rivers, so the continued operation of these hatcheries is a must,” said Boozman. “Working together, the Arkansas delegation has been able to keep our hatcheries open. We are reviewing the priorities of the Fish and Wildlife Service. As the Ranking Member of the Senate Water and Wildlife Subcommittee, I will hold the agency accountable as they plan and budget for future years.”

“The Greers Ferry and Norfork mitigation hatcheries in Arkansas’ First District have proven their critical importance to our state’s economy, supporting thousands of jobs and generating over one hundred million dollars in economic output between the two of them,” said Crawford. “Congress must continue to work toward long-term solutions to preserve funding for these facilities, and my bill, H.R. 2261, is one such creative approach that will protect the future of mitigation hatcheries across the country.”

“I’m proud to support Rep. Crawford’s bill to protect hatcheries like the ones at Greers Ferry and Norfork from being closed. These facilities were built to replace fisheries eliminated by federal water development projects, and the federal government should maintain them. Thousands of jobs depend on it, and I’m committed to working with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to keep them open,” Griffin said.

Tags: Arkansas, Fish Hatcheries, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, review, mitigation hatchery facilities

Griffin: House Passes Bill to Help President Obama Keep His Promise

Speaks on the House floor about Arkansans losing health insurance

WASHINGTON - Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement after House passage of the Keep Your Health Plan Act ((H.R. 3350): “As President Clinton recently acknowledged, millions of families are losing their health insurance plans because of Obamacare.  President Obama looked Americans in the eye and promised that wouldn’t happen, but that’s just not true.  While our bill will allow folks to keep their plans for another year, it’s clear that Obamacare is a broken law, and its broken website is only the beginning. Obamacare must be repealed so we can pass real, patient-centered health care reform.”

Yesterday, Rep. Griffin spoke on the House floor and highlighted the stories of several Arkansans who have lost their health insurance plans because of Obamacare.

Former President Bill Clinton recently said, “So I personally believe, even if it takes a change to the law, the President should honor the commitment the federal government made to those people and let them keep what they got.”

Before and after Obamacare was passed, President Obama promised Americans that if they liked their health care plan, they could keep it. The Washington Free Beacon recently compiled video of “ “36 times Obama said you could keep your health care plan.”

Later that same month, on February 25, 2010, Rep. Eric Cantor (VA-07) told President Obama, “Between 8 million and 9 million people may very well lose the coverage that they have because of this, because of the construct of this bill [Obamacare]. That’s our [Republicans’] concern.”

The 8 to 9 million people you refer to that might have to change their coverage,” President Obama responded, “— keep in mind out of the 300 million Americans that we are talking about—would be folks who the CBO, the Congressional Budget Office, estimates would find the deal in the exchange better.”

As CNN’s Jake Tapper summarized, while President Obama was promising everyone could keep their insurance plans, he “knew it wasn’t true back then,” in February 2010.

Rep. Griffin is a cosponsor of The American Health Care Reform Act (H.R. 3121), which would repeal and replace Obamacare.

Tags: Tim Griffin, AR-2, US House, Keep Your Health Plan Act

Crawford: Passage of 'Keep Your Health Plan Act'

Washington, D.C. - Congressman Rick Crawford (AR-1) statement as the House of Representatives today passed H.R. 3350, the Keep Your Health Plan Act:“As the picture of the ObamaCare law comes into clearer focus, the American people are being faced with a series of choices. The President promised with the passage of the law that the American people would be granted affordable care and greater coverage – yet now we see families are losing their coverage and paying more to get it back. Soon, the American people will have a choice to stay the course and spend over a trillion dollars we don’t have, or to take a different path toward patient-centered reforms and truly affordable coverage. I look forward to continuing that effort as the Representative of Arkansas’ First District.”Editor's Comment: H.R. 3350 passed with a vote of 261-157. The breakdown in votes: 226 Republicans and 39 Democrats voted for the bill and 153 Democrats and 4 Republicans voted against the bill. Eight democrats and two republicans did not vote. The entire Arkansas delegation (Cotton, Crawford, Griffin and Womack) voted for the bill. Once again democrats showed their opposition of helping people "keep their healthcare policy if they like it."

Tags: Rick Crawford, AR-1, Keep Your Health Plan Act, votes

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Boozman Says President’s Plan to Address Insurance Cancellations is “Not a Real Solution”

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) said that today’s announcement by President Obama giving Americans who receive health insurance cancellation notices the ability to keep their coverage is “not a real solution.”

“The President is just trying to shift the blame for policy cancellations to the insurance companies. His solution is for them to work it out somehow, essentially letting Americans keep their insurance for another year, only to have it taken it away after the election. It’s not a real solution and it will likely result in further pains for the American people. The only real fix is to repeal and replace Obamacare,” Boozman said.

“If the President plans to just ignore the parts of the law that don’t work, then he better prepare to ignore the entire law. With 20,000 pages of regulation and a trillion dollars’ worth of taxes, he has created a program that is completely inoperable,” Boozman added.

Prior to the President’s announcement, Republican Senators took to the floor to show real-life examples of Americans who are suffering under Obamacare, Boozman highlighted the awful position a Little Rock resident is now in as a result of the President’s law.

Boozman described an email he received from a constituent who has been forced out of the insurance he likes, the very insurance that President Obama promised he would be able to keep. As a result, he will see a 25 percent increase in his deductible and a 300 percent increase in his monthly premiums which will rise from $285 a month to $850 a month.

Boozman said the story is “representative of what thousands are going through in Arkansas.”

“We are trying to provide a voice to millions of Americans who are in need of real health care reform. Obamacare is not the answer. They know that. It is time for the President to own up to that fact as well,” Boozman said.

Tags: John Boozman, AR, Senator, Arkansas, President Obama, plan to fix Obamacare, not a real solution

Griffin: ‘Obamacare Is Not Fixable’

Says ‘The solution is to repeal Obamacare and replace it with real, patient-centered reform’
WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement after President Obama announced yet another unilateral change to Obamacare:

“The Obama Administration’s politically motivated delays and unilateral, fig leaf ‘fixes’ to Obamacare are calculated to protect Senate Democrats from being held accountable for the harmful effects of a law they voted for.  They knew from the beginning that Obamacare would cancel millions of insurance policies, but they went ahead and promised it wouldn’t—and now everyone knows that isn’t true.

“Obamacare is not fixable. It assumes that the health care decisions for 300 million Americans are best left up to central planners in Washington.  The law’s unraveling is not a temporary setback; it is evidence that a top-down, one-size-fits-all approach is destined for failure.  The solution is to repeal Obamacare and replace it with real, patient-centered reform that allows folks to control their own health care.”
Rep. Griffin is a cosponsor of The American Health Care Reform Act (H.R. 3121), which would repeal and replace Obamacare.

Tags: Rep. Tim Griffin, AR-02, Obamacare, not fixable

Senator Boozman Shares Story of Constituent Losing Insurance Because of Obamacare

BoozmanPressOffice - U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) shares a Little Rock resident's story (named Mark) of losing his Blue Cross insurance due to Obamacare on the Senate floor. The closest similar coverage in a new policy will increase his deductible by 25 percent and will increase his premium by 300 percent from $285/mo to $859/mo.  . . .

Tags: Senator John Boozman, Senate floor, Obamacare, Arkansan, losing insurance policy, Blue Cross, increased cost for similar coverage, video

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Pryor Voted To Cut $700 Billion From Medicare

Cotton for Senate Ad:
Congressman Tom Cotton’s campaign for U.S. Senate released its own ad in response to the latest attack ad from Senator Mark Pryor.

“The truth is that Mark Pryor voted to cut $700 billion from Medicare to pay for Obamacare. That hurts today's Medicare recipients while doing nothing to stabilize the program for the future. Senator Pryor has cut Medicare for today's seniors and would let it go broke before tomorrow's seniors even get there. Senator Pryor's lockstep loyalty to President Obama is a bad deal for Arkansas,” said David Ray, Cotton for Senate spokesman.

The Fact About Mark Pryor’s Record on Social Security and Medicare
Pryor Voted To Medicare Spending By $716 Billion To Pay for Obamacare

In December 2009, Pryor Voted Against Legislation That Would Prevent Medicare From Being Raided To Pay For ObamaCare. “To prevent Medicare from being raided for new entitlements and to use Medicare savings to save Medicare.” (S. Amdt. 2942 To S. Amdt. 2876 To H.R. 3590, Roll Call Vote #368: Rejected 43-56, 12/7/09, Pryor Voted Nay)
  • The Democrat-Controlled Senate Rejected Attempts To Stop the Raiding of Medicare to Pay for ObamaCare. “The latest such maneuver came when the Senate rejected an attempt by Sen. Judd Gregg, R-N.H., to prevent Medicare from ‘being raided’ to pay for health care. The vote was 43-56. The bill calls for cuts totaling $460 billion over a decade from projected Medicare spending, much of which would be used to provide subsidies to help lower and middle-income Americans purchase health care.” (David Espo, “Senate Dems Seek Expansion Of Medicare, Medicaid,” The Associated Press, 12/8/09)
Pryor Voted For ObamaCare, Which Cut $716 Billion From Medicare. (H.R. 3590, Roll Call Vote #396: Passed 60-39, 12/24/09, Pryor Voted Yea)
  • NOTE: ObamaCare Cuts Medicare By $716 Billion. “First, where it comes from. On July 24, the Congressional Budget Office sent a letter to House Speaker John Boehner, detailing the budget impact of repealing the Affordable Care Act. If Congress overturned the law, ‘spending for Medicare would increase by an estimated $716 billion over that 2013–2022 period.’” (Sarah Kliff, “Romney’s Right: Obamacare Cuts Medicare By $716 Billion. Here’s How,” The Washington Post, 8/14/13)
Pryor Suggested Raising The Retirement Age For Social Security
  • Pryor Said Democrats Should Be Open To Considering Everything, Including Changing The Retirement Age For Social Security. “Sen. Mark Pryor, D-Ark., a moderate and an appropriator, said he believes Democrats have to consider everything, including changes to Social Security like an increase in the retirement age. ‘We have been living beyond our means for a long time now,’ Pryor said. ‘At some point you have to stop doing that â ¦ we are at that point now where we just have to make those decisions; they are going to be hard.’” (Humberto Sanchez, “Conrad To Cajole Colleagues To Bipartisan Deficit Summit,” National Journal, 2/8/11)
  • In 2011, Pryor Said That “We Could Fix Social Security Next Week” If We Tell Our Kids’ Generation That They Can’t Get Social Security Until They Turn 68 Or 69. KTSS’s JERRY WESTOMORELAND: “Alright, I want to ask you, and then also Social Security.” PRYOR: “Yeah, Social Security is another thing that’s not in any of the budgets right now, but it is very fixable. And again if people get serious about it in Washington, we could fix Social Security next week, if we wanted to. It’s not that hard to do. Especially if we start right now, because Social Security is solvent until, you know, for about 25 years, so if you make small changes now you have 25 years those little changes to accumulate over time and really help. But you could pretty easily make Social Security solvent in perpetuity. Probably the biggest change would be is that you would take my kids’ generation, teenagers today, and life expectancy is longer et cetera, and probably say that they couldn’t get Social Security until they turn 68 or 69. If you just did that one change you would fix about 80% of it right there. (KTSS, Interview With Sen. Mark Pryor, 6/6/11)

Tags: Mark Pryor, Cuts in Medicare, Supports Obamacare, Raising age for Social Security

Senator Pryor Needs To Apologize to Arkansans

Little Rock, Ark.— Arkansas GOP Chairman Doyle Webb issued the following statement calling on Senator Mark Pryor to finally take responsibility for casting a 2010 vote that led to millions of insurance cancellations and to apologize to those Arkansan’s who have been affected.  Despite Mark Pryor's promise that ObamaCare would “protect and expand an individual’s choice of doctors and insurance plans," more than 3.5 million are now losing their health care plan.“Despite having knowledge that he cast a vote that has resulted in millions of healthcare cancellations, Mark Pryor is still trying to pass the buck and refusing to accept any blame.  It is past time for Mark Pryor to own up and take responsibility for his irresponsible vote and apologize to Arkansans. Even the President had the gumption to at least say he was sorry.”

Tags: Senator, Mark Pryor, apologize

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Coleman Responds to Hutchinson's Tax Cut Proposal

Curtis Coleman - My Vision for Arkansas
Little Rock, AR - Arkansas businessman and Republican gubernatorial candidate Curtis Coleman released the following statement today in response to former Under Secretary of Homeland Security Asa Hutchinson's tax cut proposal:"While I absolutely support a bold reduction in Arkansas' income tax for middle-class wage earners, Secretary Hutchinson's proposal does not go far enough. In my view, it reveals an unfortunate lack of understanding of what it will take to make us truly competitive with surrounding states for jobs and business. Cutting personal state income taxes will help – and most importantly provide much needed relief to most hard-working Arkansans – but in order to create a pro-jobs, business-friendly economic environment right here in Arkansas, it is crucial that we also reduce our corporate tax rates and eliminate our capital gains tax.

"Furthermore, Hutchinson's proposal does nothing to address the real business killer in Arkansas: extreme overregulation. Whether it is small businessmen, entrepreneurs, hospital administrators, or school administrators and teachers, they are all telling me the same thing about state government: 'Get off my back and get out of my way!'"

Tags: Curtis Coleman, video, Vision for Arkansas, Response to opponents, tax proposal, Arkansas, candidate for governor, 2014 Election

Mark Pryor, Running Away from His Support for Obama Judicial Nominees

by Carrie Severino, National Review Online: Last week, the Judicial Crisis Network released this video, which will be running on TV stations in Arkansas over the next two weeks:
The video highlights the extent to which Mark Pryor has served as President Obama’s loyal toady when it comes to judicial nominations. As we explain, he has voted for every single one of President Obama’s liberal judicial activists, and supports President Obama’s ongoing plan to pack the D.C. Circuit — an underworked court — with judges whose concept of judicial review coincides pretty neatly with the Obama political agenda.

Mark Pryor’s office has circulated this document in response to the video, explaining that he did not vote for three of President Obama’s judicial nominees. Well, he ain’t a lawyer for nothin’. Each of the three votes cited by his office involved nominations for which he didn’t vote at all, and which were confirmed without opposition.

Sheri Chappell: 90-0 (Pryor did not vote)
Edward Davila: 93-0 (Pryor did not vote)
Joseph Greenaway: 84-0 (Pryor did not vote)

In other words, every single time Senator Pryor voted on a judicial nominee, his vote was to support President Obama, and he does not deny that fact. Or, to put it another way: He has never voted against one of President Obama’s judicial nominees. None. Zero.

Pryor’s office also claims that he “took [a] lead role in confirming Bush judicial nominations.” Again, he ain’t a lawyer for nothin’. Conveniently omitted is the fact that he supported the historic obstruction of Miguel Estrada’s nomination to the D.C. Circuit, which was eventually withdrawn after he was filibustered seven times.

So, we’ll say it again: When it comes to judges, Mark Pryor puts Obama first and Arkansas last.

Tags: Mark Pryor, Supported Obama, Judicial Nominees, voted for, all liberal activist judges, activist judges, Obamacare, Judicial Crisis Network, National Review Online, Retire Pryor

Asa Hutchinson Announces Tax Reduction Plan To Create Jobs & Spur Economic Growth

Little Rock, AR - At a news conference in Little Rock this morning, former Congressman and Republican Candidate for Governor, Asa Hutchinson, released the details on his first year plan for income tax reduction. Hutchinson stressed the need for Arkansas to become competitive with its income tax structure to compete for jobs with neighboring states. By systematically reducing our state’s income tax, Arkansas will grow its economy, put more money in the hands of Arkansans and create jobs.

As Governor, Hutchinson’s goal will be to gradually reduce the income tax rate for all Arkansans, starting with the middle class. During his first year in office, Hutchinson will seek to reduce the income tax rate from 7% to 6% for those earning between $34,000 and $75,000 and from 6% to 5% for those earning $20,400 to $33,999. According to tax returns for tax year 2011, this would give tax relief to over half a million hard working Arkansans. For an individual taxpayer earning $50,000 a year, this could result in over $300 per year in estimated savings. This represents a significant first step in much needed tax relief.

Once this initial tax relief is enacted, Hutchinson will work with our legislature to begin further reductions, as surpluses and growth allow for the remainder of those in the 7% bracket.

Asa Hutchinson issued the following statement:“My number one priority as Governor will be job creation. One way to spur job growth is through tax reduction and I am committed to providing across the board tax relief to all Arkansans. I will start this tax relief with the middle class and my goal will be to gradually reduce the income tax for all Arkansans. Tax cuts are an effective method to spur economic growth and create jobs, and Arkansans are long overdue for income tax relief. I commit to the people of Arkansas three things as their Governor: I will maintain a balanced budget; I will ensure that we continue our commitment to a world-class education and together we will create stronger job growth. Across the board tax reduction and being more competitive in our tax structure is a key part of job growth.”The City Wire reported that Arkansas ended the fiscal year in June with a surplus of $299.5 million dollars. The October general revenue report from the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration shows current revenues are above FY 2013 and forecasted numbers.

Hutchinson pledged that any tax relief will be done while still balancing our state budget and will come without hurting our commitment to education or vital services.

State Senator and President pro Tempore of the Arkansas State Senate Michael Lamoureux said: “As a leader in the Arkansas State Senate, I am confident that we can fully fund education and services in Arkansas and still be supportive of this type of income tax reduction.”

Former Executive Director of the Arkansas Economic Development Commission Larry Walther said: “Having been directly involved in recruiting industry and employers to Arkansas, I can tell you first hand that the high income tax rates play a significant factor in new jobs moving to Arkansas and creating jobs in the state. I support Asa’s plan and believe it is the right direction for Arkansas.”

The estimated cost of the tax cuts under Hutchinson’s plan is in the range of $100 million dollars, which can be accomplished out of existing growth and surplus. There are no offsets that are necessary for this level of tax relief. These cost figures are estimates based on tax returns from 2011 tax liability figures from the Arkansas Department of Finance and Administration.

Tags: Asa Hutchinson, tax cuts, tax reduction plan, candidate ofr governor, Arkansas, 2014 election

DNC: Pryor Will Run on ObamaCare in 2014

Pryor either believed and thus willfully promoted a lie,
 or he is just a political wonk promoting the
Government Takeover of  Individual's Lives and Choices.
  PRYOR MUST NOT BE RE-ELECTED 
One would think that Democrats like Mark Pryor would be terrified of the disastrous repercussions they'll face in 2014 due to their broken promises about ObamaCare.  Less than six weeks after its launch, families and workers are already losing their current health care plans and face skyrocketing costs.

But over the weekend Democratic National Committee Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz told Candy Crowley on CNN, "Democratic candidates will be able to run on ObamaCare as an advantage leading into the 2014 election."

Yet, one minute later Wasserman Schultz was left tongue tied when Crowley pointed out that hundreds of thousands of people have had their health insurance cancelled.

Despite Mark Pryor's promise that ObamaCare would “protect and expand an individual’s choice of doctors and insurance plans," more than 3.5 million are now losing their health care plan.

"Mark Pryor wasn't being honest when he promised that everyone could keep their health plans if they liked them, and as a result many families and workers are losing their health care plans and face skyrocketing costs. It comes as welcome news to us that Democrats like Mark Pryor are going to make ObamaCare the focus of their campaign," said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen.

Tags: Mark Pryor, Obamacare, 3.5 million, losing their health care