Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Patrick Henry Hays Hides Behind Nancy Pelosi’s TV Ads

Months ago, Nancy Pelosi and the liberal Washington establishment cooked up a “research book” full of absolute lies, which they thought could sway this election. Patrick Henry Hays is now repeating those lies on TV. Arkansas press and pundits have cast their verdict: sleeze at its worst.

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette columnist John Brummett described Hays’ ad as “sleazy and stupid…politics at its worst…Patrick Henry Hays transformed from Andy Griffith to Hannibal Lecter in an instant.”

Regarding the Shoffner accusations, Associated Press reporter Andrew DeMillo said, “Hill and his bank were never involved”.

Arkansas Times columnist Max Brantley called Hays’ ad “misleading”.

The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported that Deputy Legislative Auditor Jon Moore said there was “…no indication that the state treasurer's bond investments through Delta Trust & Bank were tied to campaign contributions by Hill and the bank.”

Despite these clear facts, Patrick Henry Hays’ liberal, Washington allies launched a similar smear attack ad today.  Thankfully, no amount of Washington lies can erase the facts.

“Patrick Henry Hays is a 26-year, career politician who called President Obama his 'star quarterback', took 22 pay raises as mayor and takes his marching orders from Nancy Pelosi and Washington liberals—not Arkansans,” said Jack Sisson, campaign manager for French Hill.

"Washington is dysfunctional, while health care costs keep rising and middle-class families are hurting,” said French Hill. “Instead of focusing on the issues, Patrick Henry Hays wants to lie to Arkansans with Washington-style gutter politics cooked up by Nancy Pelosi."

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Mike Ross Loves The Perks Of Office At Taxpayers’ Expense

“Mike Ross took advantage of taxpayers when he served in Congress. As a congressman, Ross had ‘the most expensive car-leasing deal in’ the U.S. House of Representatives. Apparently Congressman Ross felt it necessary to lease three cars at a cost of more than $3,000 per month at the expense of taxpayers. Ross also had no trouble spending taxpayer money as he jetted off to Australia and Antarctica to study ‘global warming.’ Apparently taxpayer money means little to Ross. Perhaps that’s why he had no trouble increasing the national debt with his free-spending liberal buddies by $10.7 trillion.” – RGA Communications Director Gail Gitcho

Ross Had The Most Expensive Car Lease Program In The U.S. House Of Representatives, Costing Taxpayers More Than $3,000 Per Month For Three Cars

“With A Monthly Lease Payment Of $1,248.31, One Could Fairly Assume Rep. Mike Ross’ Rented Ford Expedition Sport-Utility Vehicle Was A Pretty Cool Ride.” (“Autos Cost Ross $3,028 Each Month,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 3/14/06)

“As Detailed By The Kansas City Star, Ross, A Democrat From Arkansas, Has The Most Expensive Car-Leasing Deal In The U.S. House Of Representatives.” (“Autos Cost Ross $3,028 Each Month,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 3/14/06)

“In Addition To The Expedition, Ross Leases Two Other Fords: A Crown Victoria And A Ford 500.” (“Autos Cost Ross $3,028 Each Month,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 3/14/06)

“Each Month His Office Pays Out $3,028.62.” (“Autos Cost Ross $3,028 Each Month,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 3/14/06)

Ross Went To Australia And Antarctica At Taxpayers’ Expense To Study “Global Warming”

In December 2007, Ross Announced He Would Travel To Antarctica And Australia In January Of 2008 To Study “Global Warming.” “U.S. Rep. Mike Ross has been selected to the bipartisan congressional delegation on global warming, and will travel to Antarctica and Australia. Ross, D-Ark., will be joined by five other Democrats and four Republicans, his office said in a news release. Ross planned to leave from Andrews Air Force Base on Saturday. He will be briefed by representatives of the National Science Foundation at the Antarctic Center at Christchurch, New Zealand, before heading to McMurdo Station, Antarctica, on Wednesday. Ross planned to spend three days meeting with scientists at McMurdo Station, and will visit Amundsen-Scott South Pole Station on Thursday, the release said. The congressional delegation will travel to Australia on Jan. 5, where the group will receive science briefings at the Great Barrier Reef and learn about climate change at the Kurunda Rainforest. The delegation is to return to the U.S. on Jan. 8.” (“Ross Selected To Global Warming Delegation,” The Associated Press

National Debt Climbed By $10.7 Trillion While Ross Served In Congress

The National Debt Increased By Roughly $10.7 Trillion While Ross Served In Congress – An Increase Of 187%. Total debt held by the public was roughly $5.7 trillion on the day Ross took office and had increased to roughly $16.4 trillion by the final day of his term in 2013. (TreasuryDirect.gov, Accessed 9/17/14)

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Monday, September 29, 2014

Asa Releases New Ad: “Something Different" - Highlights Plan For Arkansas

“There’s a lot of negativity in politics these days, so I thought you’d be ready for something a little different” – Asa Hutchinson

LITTLE ROCK – Republican gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson released a new television ad Monday titled “Something Different”. The new TV ad highlights Asa’s six-point plan for Arkansas’s future, including lower taxes, training workers to compete for jobs and computer science in every high school. This new ad cuts through all the negativity on the airwaves and provides a clear cut plan that will actually work for all Arkansans.

Learn more about Asa’s plan at AsaPlan.com.

Asa Hutchinson issued the following statement:

“As you’ve probably noticed, there’s so much negativity in political ads lately that it’s difficult for voters to get a clear understanding of any candidate. That’s why I thought you could use something different. This ad cuts through the clutter and lays out my plan for the future of our great state. It’s a plan that will work for every Arkansan – from Jonesboro to El Dorado, and everywhere in between.

“I want to be the Jobs Governor, and I believe that starts by lowering taxes, which will make our state more competitive. That also means giving our workers the training they need to compete in the modern workplace.

“One of the most important aspects of my plan for job creation and economic growth starts in Arkansas high schools. Computer programming jobs are growing at twice the national average, but only one out of every ten high schools, nationally, offer computer science as a graduation credit. This is an opportunity for our state to lead in technology. I promise to make computer science classes available in every Arkansas high school within the first four years of my administration. We must provide our students new avenues for success here at home.”

Something Different:


Asa: There’s a lot of negativity in politics these days, so I thought you’d be ready for something a little different, like what I’ll do as governor.
Arkansans pay the highest income taxes in the region. Let’s lower them; Put computer science in every high school and demand high expectations and choice; Give our workers the training they need to compete; And stand up every day to Washington’s overreaching regulations.

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Preventing EPA Overreach

U.S. Senator John Boozman: There is a reason Arkansas is nicknamed the Natural State. We are blessed with natural beauty and opportunities to explore the great outdoors. Using our natural resources is a way of life for Arkansans, and we need to preserve it for future generations. Arkansans have long been good stewards of our environment, because we understand our state’s agriculture, fishing, hunting and tourism are all dependent on our ability to care for our land and water

We all value clean water, clean air and green space, but we don’t need the government mandating how we do that. I’m concerned with EPA’s overreaching policies that tell Arkansans what we need to do to take care of our state. Our water, air and how we produce energy are all threatened by heavy-handed mandates. These lead to expensive permits, high costs and lost productivity. Hardworking Arkansas families are left to foot the bill.

  • Carbon Emissions - The EPA’s carbon emissions mandate targets our state for cuts stricter than 44 other states. Arkansas families will feel this when they pay their electric bills. The President himself acknowledged that these types of mandates will make the cost of electricity ‘necessarily sky-rocket.’
The issue of carbon emissions is front and center in Arkansas as our state leaders devise a plan to address these new federal mandates. I’ve heard from many residents concerned about this issue.
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More bureaucracy is not the answer. These mandates bypass the “checks and balances” of Congress and impose a harmful energy policy similar to what Congress already rejected. In addition to driving up the price of electricity, these mandates will send jobs overseas, and lead to the construction of foreign factories in places like China, which will emit far more carbon dioxide and pollution into the global atmosphere. That’s why I’ve been working to prevent its implementation and provide stakeholders with the time they need to weigh in. This is extremely complex. That’s why EPA extended the comment period. 
I support using our natural resources in all-of-the-above energy mix that includes renewables such as solar, wind, hydropower, and biomass along with reliable sources like coal, nuclear, and natural gas. Arkansans deserve a more reasonable energy plan, and I will support policies that protect our environment without driving up the electric bill for Arkansas families. 
Read what others are saying about this mandate
Arkansas Democrat Gazette - 2 panels opposing EPA rule
Texarkana Gazette - Too Much, Too Soon

Quick Takes:

  • ISIL Threat to National Security: The President has been slow to act on the dangers this extremist group poses to our country. It’s clear these terrorists want to harm our country and American citizens at home and abroad. I support diplomatic efforts to build a coalition of allies to fight ISIL, and the larger strategy, to confront their barbaric actions that include beheading American journalists and executing Christians. I believe that we need a comprehensive plan to prevent U.S. citizens with these terrorist connections from carrying out terrorist attacks at home. In a letter to the Administration, several of my colleagues and I voiced our concern about these individuals and their potential to destroy our way of life. The Administration replied this week writing that’s its using every available means to ensure that our homeland remains safe from terrorist threats originating from U.S. passport holders or Visa Waiver Program countries.
  • Protecting Arkansas Grain Farmers: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack approved an extension of the Commodity Credit Corp. loan repayment date for farmers impacted by the financial mismanagement of Turner Grain in Brinkley, Arkansas, at my urging to help these farmers who may be facing significant financial difficulties. This is why I helped introduce the Farmer Flexibility Act of 2014 to protect grain farmers from financial ruin if a seed producer defaults on a contract and fails to pay grain producers after taking possession of the grain.
  • Marshals Museum Groundbreaking: The U.S. Marshals Service celebrated its 225th anniversary on Wednesday and Fort Smith celebrated with the groundbreakingof the national museum dedicated to the work of this law enforcement agency. This groundbreaking serves as a milestone on the way to completion of the museum and a testament to work of the Marshals to bring law and order to this country as well as the people who have worked to make the dream of the U.S. Marshals Museum come true. Check out pictures from the event on my Facebook page.
  • Arkansas Adoption Angels: I was proud to honor Springdale’s Creekside Center for Women as a 2014 Angel in Adoption for its advocacy of adoption. We are fortunate to have this team of faith-based physicians in Arkansas. Click here to learn more about their work and Angels in Adoption.
  • Standing up for Small Businesses: The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), the nation’s leading small business association, presented me with its ‘Guardian of Small Business’ award for my voting record on behalf of America’s small business owners in the 113th Congress. I appreciate this recognition and will continue to promote policies that support small business. I also accepted Competitive Enterprise Institute’s (CEI) “Champion of the Worker” award for a perfect voting record on key employment and workforce issues during the 113th Congress.

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Autumn Arrives in First District

On Tuesday, Sept. 23, we celebrated the first full day of fall in the First District. While the temperatures may still get rather warm during the afternoons, we've seen --and anticipate -- a shift in the overall weather patterns. Harvests are in full swing. Football is here. We've even seen some leaves turning colors!

So, in honor of autumn, check out several of my stops from this past week. I hope you enjoy this great season, too.

On Wednesday, I traveled to Heber Springs to participate in a National Mitigation Fish Hatchery Forum. Arkansas' First District houses two mitigation fish hatcheries -- Greers Ferry and Norfork National hatcheries. Combined, these two hatcheries help preserve important ecosystems where the Federal Government has built large Water Development Projects while also returning nearly $100 for every dollar invested.
On Thursday, I had the privilege of presenting the Flag of the United States of America to Criswell-Robinson American Legion Post #71 Commander Jim Sanders (left). This flag, flown over the U.S. Capitol on September 11, 2014, now resides under the Legion's care in Cabot and is on display for the First District to see.
Following the flag presentation, I visited the home of U.S. Navy Veteran Carl Schmidt in Cabot. Mr. Schmidt, a former submariner, has a miniature, WWII-era Navy submarine on display in his front yard. This sub was well worth a detour!
My final stop Thursday was at the Lonoke Farm Field, hosted by the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff. This field day celebrated the 100th anniversary of the Smith-Lever Act of 1914, which established a system of cooperative extension services connected to land-grant universities. I'm grateful to UAPB and farm manager Charlie Cummings for the opportunity to speak.
‘Farm Protection Act’ Provides Needed Assurance to Producers

The only certainty upon which Arkansas’ First District agricultural producers can rely is the uncertainty they face year to year. Summer droughts commonly scorch crops and livestock while spring floods inundate young stands and pastures. Diseases and insects can dash dreams of a promising harvest. Input costs may skyrocket. And unpredictable markets may force farm product prices to plummet, requiring producers to have a stellar harvest just to break even.

With all the risks associated with production agriculture, any time farmers can add a little assurance to their operations, they do it. In fact, one of the main jobs of a modern farmer is to minimize risk.

But they can never eliminate it.

The collapse of Turner Grain Merchandising, Inc. in Brinkley is a prime example of the unforeseen hazards facing agricultural producers. Customers of Turner — who thought they were minimizing risk by selling their crop to the merchandiser — were left with no guaranteed source of income for crops they've already harvested or had yet to harvest.
To make matters worse, many of the producers had secured Commodity Credit Corporation loans through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA). These loans had a fast-approaching repayment schedule, and growers had no way to pay them back.

My Arkansas delegation colleagues and I immediately saw the need to provide some relief to producers facing loan defaults with the Federal Government. We requested that FSA provide growers involved with Turner a 180-day loan extension and that FSA revisit the situation after 180 days to determine if producers need additional time. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack responded with a total extension of only half our requested time, forcing us to act immediately.

Following our letter, I introduced legislation aimed at protecting farmers when a grain buyer goes bankrupt. This legislation, known as H.R. 5542, or the Farm Protection Act of 2014, protects growers from making payments on a loan when they are a creditor in a grain buyer bankruptcy until after the bankruptcy is resolved and the farmer receives payment from the bankruptcy estate.

Sadly, bankruptcy cases often take months or years to fully resolve. Armed with this knowledge, the Farm Protection Act requires USDA and FSA to automatically extend the terms of the agency’s market access, ownership, operating, or emergency loans for a farmer caught in a grain buyer’s bankruptcy until 180 days after that bankruptcy case resolves.

I appreciate my Arkansas House delegation colleagues signing on as co-sponsors to the Farm Protection Act, and I’m glad to see Arkansas’ Senate delegation introducing similar legislation. I look forward to progress on our legislation and pursuing a compromise in the coming months. More importantly, however, I look forward to providing some needed assurance to First District agricultural producers.

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Cotton Agrees To KARK Debate Moderated By NBC's Chuck Todd

Cotton has now accepted 7 debate invites; Pryor has until 5:00 pm Wednesday to accept or decline
Cotton Accepts, Pryor ??
Little Rock, Arkansas — "They've been exchanging a lot of television ads back and forth. At the end of the day, let's sit down at a table. Let's hear what the real differences are. Let's hear Mark Pryor and Tom Cotton go back and forth." - Chuck Todd, Moderator of Meet The Press
U.S. Senate candidate Tom Cotton has formally accepted a debate invite from KARK-TV to be moderated by political reporter David Goins and Chuck Todd, moderator of NBC's Meet The Press. This marks the seventh debate invitation that Cotton has accepted during his campaign for U.S. Senate. 
Senator Pryor has until Wednesday at 5:00 p.m. to accept or decline the invitation from KARK-TV. The debate would be broadcast statewide on all of the Nexstar Broadcasting stations and reach approximately 1.5 million households. 
Unlike the only other head-to-head debate that Senator Pryor has acceted, the KARK-TV debate would not have any topic limitations. Senator Pryor spcifically rejected the inclusion of foreign policy in a debate proposal from the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce. His campaign tried to deny that fact, but was exposed by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette after emails were released showing the Pryor campaign specifically rejected any discussion of foreign policy in the debate. 
Tom Cotton said, "I'm looking forward to participating in this debate because Arkansans deserve more opportunities to hear the two candidates running for U.S. Senate share their ideas and their visions for our state and our nation. I look forward to laying out my conservative values and ideas and contrasting them with Senator Pryor's record of voting with President Obama 93% of the time."

Cotton has already accepted six other debate proposals, including debates with KATV-TV, KFSM-TV, Northeast Arkansas Political Animals Club, KARK-TV, Fox News Sunday, and the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce.

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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Loyal Obama Ally Pryor Considered For Attorney General

As his re-election prospects diminish, Washington Democrats float Pryor as replacement for Eric Holder

Little Rock, Arkansas — Sensing that his campaign for a third term is slipping away, Washington Democrats yesterday floated the idea of nominating Senator Mark Pryor to replace Attorney General Eric Holder in President Obama's cabinent.
Shortly after Holder announced his resignation, the Washington Examiner published an article titled, "Calls already for Arkansas Sen. Mark Pryor for AG." The article noted that Cotton is favored to win the November contest for Senate and that key Democrats are urging the White House to consider Pryor to be Obama's top lawyer.
There's no doubt Pryor would be a perfect replacement for Holder as President Obama's right-hand man. In the Senate Pryor has voted over 90% of the time to rubber-stamp President Obama's policies. Not only has Pryor stood by Obama on key issues like healthcare, immigration, and spending, but he's also been a complete rubber-stamp of President Obama's judicial nominees, making him an perfect choice to continue Eric Holder's tenure as Attorney General.

Cotton spokesman David Ray said, "It's clear that Democrats don't like their chances in Arkansas this November, since they're already planning Senator Pryor's next job. We think Senator Pryor would fit in well in President Obama's cabinet, since he already agrees with the President over 90% of the time based on his voting record."

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Friday, September 26, 2014

Tom Cotton on KARK News

by KARK News

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Only 40 Days Left, Volunteer Today!

Holly Wilson, RPA Communications Director:  We are now only 40 days away from the Arkansas General Election on November 4 th! You and I know just how critical this election is for Arkansas—now is our opportunity to get our state and country back on track by electing conservative candidates up and down the ballot who will represent our values at home AND in Washington. With your help we know we can achieve a Republican sweep in November, so now is the time to take action and volunteer!

Join us this Saturday, September 27 th, as Republicans gather in our Victory offices across the state to show support for our candidates and help us reach record numbers of voters. All 14 of our offices will be open from 9 am until 9 pm, with supporters going door-to-door and making phone calls. Find your local Victory Office >HERE and reach out to them to sign up or fill out a volunteer form on the RPA website. You CAN make the difference in this election!

We hope to see you on Saturday!

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Cotton Releases Radio Ad: 'I Believe'

Little Rock, Arkansas — In contrast to the increasingly shrill campaign of Senator Mark Pryor, U.S. Senate candidate Tom Cotton released a new ad on Wednesday highlighting his positive vision for Arkansas and America. The ad, titled "I Believe," is narrated entirely by Cotton, and can be heard here

Cotton spokesman David Ray said, "For months now, Senator Pryor's message has grown increasingly angry, more desperate and out-of-touch as he sees his re-election chances dissipate. Tom Cotton has a positive, conservative vision to share with Arkansans. After more than a decade in Washington, Senator Pryor has simply lost his way."
A transcript of the ad is below:
"I'm Tom Cotton. It's been a long campaign, and you're probably ready to vote. But first, I think there are a few things that you need to hear directly from me - no spin. First, I believe in freedom. I fought for freedom overseas in the Army. I know the price. I believe in Arkansas. I grew up in the greatest place on earth: a cattle farm near Dardanelle. I still live in Dardanelle with my wife, Anna, in a home that's been in our family for generations. I believe in free enterprise and the American Dream. If we get government out of the way, there's no limit to what we can do. I believe in the right to life, the right to bear arms, and I believe in moral clarity. There's a bright line between right and wrong, between good and evil. And there always will be. I believe in doing the right thing, even if it's the hard thing. I'm Tom Cotton. I approve this message, and I'd be honored to have your support."

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Fox News Profiles Arkansas U.S. Senate Race

by Fox News:

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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Griffin's "Top Priority" Is "To Grow Good-Paying Jobs"

South Arkansas Roots, Ideas to Grow Jobs Focus of New Griffin Ad

LITTLE ROCK - Second District Congressman Tim Griffin, candidate for Lieutenant Governor, today released his first television ad of the general election campaign. The new ad, which was filmed in Griffin’s hometown of Magnolia, highlights his specific policy ideas to grow jobs. Griffin, a Republican, released the following statement:“Our first ad makes my top priority clear: to grow good-paying jobs and compete. It’s long overdue for us to reform our tax code, modernize workforce training and demand a top to bottom review of each and every state agency and their regulations. ‘This is the natural way to grow in the Natural State,’ and I’m ready to get to work.”The ad:

The Script
Griffin: “In Arkansas, we are proud of our roots, but we choose our leaders to plan for our future.

Griffin: “I’m Tim Griffin, and I believe we need to reform government so we can grow jobs and compete.

Chryon: Tim Griffin

Griffin: “It’s the natural way to grow in the Natural State.

Griffin: “Let’s reform our tax code, modernize workforce training and stand up to Obama policies that hurt our economy.

Chryon: Reform tax code

Chryon: Modernize training

Chryon: Stand up to Obama

Griffin: “I’m Tim Griffin, and I’m asking for your support.”

Chryon: Tim Griffin
For more information about the campaign, visit TimGriffinforArkansas.com. Griffin supporters can also follow the campaign on Twitter at Twitter.com/TGforArkansas and on Facebook at Facebook.com/TimGriffinforArkansas.

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Arkansas GOP Requests Release of 2015 Marketplace Exchange Rates

Little Rock, Arkansas —  The Republican Party of Arkansas has submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the Arkansas Insurance Department, in response to the department's delay of releasing the 2015 Marketplace Exchange Rates from September 10th, until November 3rd, one day before the 2014 election.

“Across the country, we’ve seen harmful results of marketplaces set up under Obamacare, and Arkansans deserve to know how they will be affected,” said RPA Chairman Doyle Webb.

“Americans have seen their plans cancelled and their rates skyrocket, and AID needs to make information about next year’s plans available so Arkansans have appropriate time to review them. Delaying the release of this information until one day before the election raises questions about the timing, which is why the Republican Party of Arkansas is requesting AID release the rates, as well as any internal or external communication regarding the schedule to release the rates.”

Copies of the FOIA are available upon request to holly@arkansasgop.org.

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RGA Releases New Ad in the Arkansas Governor’s Race: “Drive”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Republican Governors Association released a new television advertisement today in the Arkansas governor’s race, which contrasts big spending Liberal Democrat Mike Ross’ poor tax-dollar stewardship with Asa Hutchinson’s commitment to Arkansas jobs and Arkansas values

“Arkansas voters sent Mike Ross to Washington to work for them, but it wasn’t long before Ross was working for Nancy Pelosi, voting for wasteful spending and against Arkansas taxpayers,” said RGA Communications Director Gail Gitcho. “As governor, Asa Hutchinson would protect taxpayers by cutting taxes and working to create more jobs and more opportunity. Arkansas needs a governor who leads by Arkansas values, not a politician entrenched in the Washington way.”

The ad:

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Arkansas Congressional Delegation Requests Expected Health Insurance Rates

LITTLE ROCK, AR – Congressmen Rick Crawford (AR-1), Tim Griffin (AR-2), Steve Womack (AR-3), and Tom Cotton (AR-4) today sent a letter to Arkansas Department of Insurance (ADI) Commissioner Jay Bradford requesting information on the health insurance rates Arkansans can expect to find on Healthcare.gov when open enrollment begins November 15, 2014.  It was publicly reported earlier this year that the ADI would release the expected rates for health plans available on Healthcare.gov for coverage starting in 2015 on September 10, 2014.  However, these rates have yet to be released.  The letter says, in part:

“Thanks to your actions last year regarding private market plan renewals, a large number of Arkansans are only now receiving cancellation notices for their plans and will thus be navigating Healthcare.gov for the first time this November.  Therefore, it is vital they have the information necessary to evaluate which exchange plan best meets their needs and complete their purchase in time to receive health care coverage on January 1, 2015.”

The letter goes on to express concern that the problems associated with last year’s rollout of Healthcare.gov may not be resolved and requests the department release this year’s rates, along with rate data detailed by insurer, rate area, age, and premium.

The full text of the letter can be found here.

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Boozman Promotes National Drug Take-Back Day Saturday, September 27, 2014

WASHINGTON. D.C. – Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the country. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified prescription drug abuse as an epidemic. To help fight this widespread abuse, U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) is encouraging Arkansans to participate in Arkansas Take Back and get expired, unused, and unwanted prescription drugs out of the home.

“Prescription drug abuse is a growing danger. Providing a safe option to dispose of old or unneeded medication helps reduce the risk of developing addictions to prescription drugs,” Boozman said.

More than 130 collection sites across Arkansas will take old and unneeded prescription drugs. This is part of a nationwide initiative, National Drug Take-Back Day, to return and dispose of prescription drugs and curb their abuse. In Arkansas, more than 33 tons of unneeded medications have been collected since 2010.

National Drug Take-Back Day’s success encouraged Boozman and other senators to use it as a model to help address the issue of prescription drug abuse among our nation's servicemembers and veterans. The Servicemembers and Veterans Prescription Drug Safety Act would direct the Attorney General to establish drug take-back programs in coordination with the Department of Defense (DoD) and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

“I’m especially concerned about our veterans’ abuse of prescription drugs. That’s why I’m working with the Department of Veterans’ Affairs to create a connected network of VA pharmacies to protect against potential abuse and correct the practice of overprescribing pain medication. Drug take-back programs are an important tool to breaking this cycle of addiction for our veterans and all prescription drug abusers,” Boozman said.

The legislation has been referred to the Senate Committee on the Judiciary. Similar legislation was introduced in the House.

Click here to find drop off locations in Arkansas.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Crawford Honored With 'Guardian of Small Business' Award

Rep. Rick Crawford (R-AR-1) was honored for the National Federation of Independent Business  "Guardian of Small Business." NFIB President and CEO Dan Danner presented the award, saying "The record shows that Rep. Crawford is a true champion of small business, supporting the votes that matter in the 113th Congress." Rick Crawford said, "As a former small business owner, I cannot overstate the importance of small businesses to the First District economy and look forward to future legislation that reflects those priorities."

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Saturday, September 20, 2014

Pryor's Not The Solution

by The NRSC

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Friday, September 19, 2014

Decisive Victory: Asa Wins the Night!

 Little Rock— Republican Party of Arkansas Chairman Doyle Webb issued the following statement congratulating Asa Hutchinson for his victory in the first gubernatorial debate against Democrat Mike Ross:

“Tonight’s debate was a decisive victory for Asa Hutchinson. Asa demonstrated his ability to reflect the concerns of every day Arkansans and articulate common sense solutions to improve the quality of life and enable job creation. Mike Ross just continued to spin the same empty promises without a path for realistically implementing them.” 

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Griffin Votes for Comprehensive Jobs Solution for America

 Rep Griffin Says, ‘This bill is a fresh approach to grow our economy organically from the ground up, providing more opportunities for Arkansans and Americans’

WASHINGTON – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02), a member of the Ways and Means Committee, issued the following statement after the House passed the Jobs for America Act (H.R. 4):

“It’s clear that top-down Washington policies have failed to spur the economic growth America needs to lower unemployment and reduce our staggering debt. This comprehensive package reduces and streamlines onerous federal regulations that strangle our nation’s job creators, simplifies our tax code to provide certainty to small businesses, encourages investment to enhance our nation’s global competitiveness and promotes innovation to help grow jobs. This bill is a fresh approach to grow our economy organically from the ground up, providing more opportunities for Arkansans and Americans across the nation to find jobs and take home more of their hard-earned paychecks.”

H.R.4, which passed the House by a vote of 253-163, consists of the text of 15 House-passed bills that will make various changes to federal law to improve the conditions necessary for economic growth and job creation. The bill is divided into five parts. Each division contains the House-passed bills within the respective Committee’s jurisdiction. The bill includes:
, equips Congress and the public with tools to determine the true costs of regulations

  • H.R. 2804, the Achieving Less Excess in Regulation and Requiring Transparency (ALERRT) Act

  • , promotes jobs, better wages, and economic growth through regulatory reform;

  • H.R. 367, Regulations From the Executive in Need of Scrutiny (REINS) Act, of which Rep. Griffin is an original cosponsor, ensures that Congress votes on all new major rules before they can be enforced;

  • H.R. 1105, the Small Business Capital Access and Job Preservation Act

  • , prevents Dodd-Frank Act regulations from diverting capital from small- and medium-sized businesses;

  • H.R. 2274, the Small Business Mergers, Acquisitions, Sales, and Brokerage Simplification Act, streamlines regulatory requirements to help facilitate capital formation to grow small- and medium-sized businesses;

  • Hire More Heroes Act, which Rep. Griffin cosponsors, incentivizes businesses to hire veterans by excluding them from Obamacare’s employer mandate threshold

  • H.R. 1526, the Restoring Healthy Forests for Healthy Communities Act, will put Americans back to work by promoting responsible timber production;

  • H.R. 761, the National Strategic and Critical Minerals Production Act, allows the U.S. to develop resources that are critical to our economic competitiveness;

  • H.R. 3086, the Permanent Internet Tax Freedom Act

  • , which Rep. Griffin cosponsors, protects internet access for all Americans and fosters growth in the digital economy;

  • H.R. 4438, the American Research and Competitiveness Act, which Rep. Griffin cosponsors, makes the R&D Tax Credit permanent, paving the way for increased innovation and investment in the U.S.;

  • H.R. 4457, the America’s Small Business Tax Relief Act, which Rep. Griffin cosponsors, makes section 179 expensing permanent ensuring that our small businesses have the certainty they need to grow their businesses and create jobs;

  • H.R. 4453, the S Corporation Permanent Tax Relief Act, provides the necessary flexibility for S corporations to access capital and make new investments; and

  • H.R. 4718,Amending the Internal Revenue code of 1986

  • , of which Rep. Griffin is an original cosponsor, makes bonus depreciation permanent in order to lower the cost of capital for businesses. In addition, Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02), is a member of the House Energy Action Team (HEAT), and issued the following statement after the House passed the American Energy Solutions for Lower Costs and More American Jobs Act (H.R. 2), which is a compilation of fourteen bills previously passed by the House during the 113th Congress:

    “While prices for groceries, school supplies, gas and other goods keep increasing for Americans, the Obama Administration continues to block production of America’s energy resources. Arkansas is a leader in hydraulic fracturing innovation and natural gas production, and today’s commonsense energy plan will enhance our ability to complete important infrastructure projects, expedite natural gas exports that will support thousands of jobs in our state and remove government barriers to safely increase our nation’s domestic energy production. I urge the Senate to pass this important bill that lowers energy prices to help hardworking Americans save more of their paychecks and helps put folks back to work.”

    Sixty-two percent of Americans say the cost of basic household items like gas and groceries has strained their finances this year more than last year. According to reports, exporting natural gas will create 18,285 jobs by 2035 in Arkansas.

    H.R. 2, which passed the House by a vote of 226–191, removes federal government obstacles to the production of more domestic energy, ensures transport of that energy reliably to businesses, consumers and other end users, lowers the cost of energy to consumers and enables manufacturers and other businesses to access domestically produced energy affordably and reliably in order to create and sustain more secure and well-paying American jobs.

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    Thursday, September 18, 2014

    Griffin: Only in a Burkhalter-Obama Economy Is 4 Years a 'Career'

     LITTLE ROCK – Second District Congressman Tim Griffin, candidate for Lieutenant Governor, issued the following statement in response to the ad released by his Democrat opponent:
    "My opponent’s new ad forgets to mention that he is Obama's preferred candidate, and the last thing Arkansans want is an Obama ally in the Lt. Governor's office. I've fought hard against Obama's harmful policies. Only in a Burkhalter-Obama economy would my four years of service be considered a 'career' and a pro-growth, pro-jobs record be considered bad.”
    Ad Backgrounder
    1. January 8, 2013, American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 (H.R. 8): Griffin fully supported the House version of H.R. 8 and only opposed the final bill after President Obama and Senate Democrats decided to add billions of dollars in unacceptable wasteful spending.

    2. April 12, 2012, Motion to Recommit During Consideration of H.R. 9: This vote was a Motion to Recommit (MTR) with Instructions offered by the Democrat minority. MTRs are procedural motions that are not substantive legislative proposals. They are offered by the minority party in Congress with the goal of stopping or changing the underlying bill on the floor from being passed by the HouseGriffin opposed this MTR since it would have delayed or killed the underlying bill, the Small Business Tax Cut Act, which Griffin supported and passed the House. 

    3. October 21, 2011, Trade Adjustment Assistance Act (H.R. 2832): The actual work force training bill was the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (H.R. 803), which Griffin supported. The vote cited by Mr. Burkhalter, which Griffin opposed, was an extension of TAA in 2011. Griffin opposed this because evidence shows that the TAA program is ineffective. A study conducted by professors at American University found that the TAA program “has no discernable impact on the employment outcomes of the participants.” Griffin could not in good conscience support spending billions of dollars in taxpayers’ hard-earned money to fund a program that, while well intentioned, is simply not working.

    4. Mr. Burkhalter uses the term “career politician” in his ad. He must be referring to his running mate, Mike Ross, gubernatorial candidate, who served 12 years in Congress and 10 years in the State Legislature for a total of 22 years. In contrast, Griffin has served only four years.

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    In 2002 Mark Pryor Said Foreign Policy Very Important' But Now Rejects Topic in 2014 Election Debate

    Bill Smith, Editors Note: I find it interesting that while Sen. Mark Pryor previously talked about Iraq in past debates, Rep. Tom Cotton served in both Iraq and Afghanistan as a Combat Infantry Officer with the Army 101st Airborne Division (2005–2009). No wonder Pryor does not want to debate foreign policy. Tom "walked the walk" while Mark Pryor only talked while supporting the failed policies and Harry Reid and Barrack Obama.
     Yesterday the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette revealed that "an email obtained by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on Tuesday showed that Pryor's campaign had rejected the inclusion of foreign policy in the debate sponsored by the Fayetteville Chamber of Commerce."

    In 2002 (the last time Mark Pryor actually had to debate), Pryor stressed the importance of foreign policy decisions and the Senate's vote for military authorization in the Middle East. During an August 2002 debate, Pryor stressed: “Let me say this, Iraq is a very important foreign policy decision that this country has to make."  In an October 2002 debate Pryor said the vote to authorize military force in Iraq was “a very important issue, not just for America, but also for the world.” 
    Twelve years later, Senator Pryor is sprinting away from any mention of foreign policy. Could it be because he's supported President Obama's policies 90 percent of the time? The latest WSJ/NBC Poll explains why Pryor would duck foreign policy discussions. President Obama's job approval rating on the issue has plummeted to an all-time low of 32% - dramatically worse than any of his other measures and far worse than a year ago (44%-48% in December ’13). Arkansans are feeling less safe by the day, and Mark Pryor's rubber stamp support for Obama's foreign policy is inexplicable back at home. 
    "After stressing that matters of foreign policy were 'a very important issue' in 2002, Mark Pryor is terrified to discuss the topic after supporting President Obama's reckless agenda 90 percent of the time," said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen. "Mark Pryor doesn't want to discuss foreign policy because he cannot explain to Arkansas voters why he's abandoned their concerns in favor of the Obama agenda. Voters want a credible and competent leader like Tom Cotton who understands the threats we face."  
    VIDEO: In 2002, Pryor Said “Let Me Say This, Iraq Is A Very Important Foreign Policy Decision That This Country Has To Make. I think Saddam Hussein must go. Again, I think he is harboring terrorists, I think he is creating weapons of mass destruction, I think he has been horrible to his people, and let’s face it, Iraq is never going to progress under his leadership.” (Arkansas Senate Debate, KATV, 8/27/02)

    VIDEO: In 2002, Pryor Said The Vote To Authorization Military Force In Iraq Was “A Very Important Issue, Not Just For America, But Also For The World.” PRYOR: Last week, the Senate voted on a very important war resolution about Iraq. I read that resolution. I support it. I support President Bush on terrorism. And I also understand that this is a very important issue, not just for America, but also for the world. (Arkansas Senate Debate, KARK, 10/14/02)

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