Friday, August 29, 2014

Griffin Contacts VA Regarding Bureaucratic Oversight to Fix Problem for Arkansas Veterans

 Says, I ‘will continue working to ensure Arkansas veterans receive the disability payments they earned’

LITTLE ROCK – Congressman Tim Griffin (AR-02) issued the following statement regarding a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) bureaucratic oversight that resulted in more than 12,000 veterans being shorted their disability payments:

“This morning, my office was contacted by Arkansas veterans whose disability checks were shorted. We reached out to the VA, and after investigation, the VA informed us of a “programming error” and is now working to reissue payments to veterans by next week. I am closely monitoring this situation and will continue working to ensure Arkansas veterans receive the disability payments they earned. If anyone in the Second District has any further questions, please contact my office at 501-324-5941.”

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Thursday, August 28, 2014

Arkansas GOP Files FEC Complaint Against Democrat James Lee Witt

"Another example of how Democrat James Lee Witt thinks the rules don’t apply to him" ~ Chairman Webb

Little Rock, Arkansas – The State Republican Party today submitted for filing a Federal Election Commission (FEC) complaint against Democratic Fourth Congressional District candidate James Lee Witt for failing to provide proper disclosures on campaign materials.

“Whether it’s trying to circumvent the competitive bidding process in Jefferson County so his company can receive taxpayer dollars, or ignoring federal campaign regulations, this is yet another example of how Democrat James Lee Witt thinks the rules don’t apply to him,” said Republican Party Chairman Doyle Webb. “If Democrat James Lee Witt can’t even follow federal campaign law, how can he seriously ask Arkansans to let him write federal law as a member of Congress?”

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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

"Seniors" AR

by Crossroads GPS:


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Pryor Reaches New Low With Bogus Ebola Ad

How Stupid Can I Be?
 National and local press mystified by Pryor's embarassing new ad

Senator Pryor's increasingly desperate ad campaign turned to the subject of Ebola in the face of a slew of polls showing that Pryor was trailing.  Sen. Mark Pryor claimed Rep. Tom Cotton is helping to spread the Ebola virus,  Below is a summary of what others think about the ad: which reeks of desperation.

According to the Associated Press, University of Arkansas political science professor Janine Parry called the ad "pretty alarmist," adding that "There's no getting around it, it's almost cartoonish in its insistence of tying a candidate for political office to global misfortune."

The co-hosts of MSNBC's Morning Joe also ridiculed the ad. Mika Brzezinski said: "First of all, it sounds so cheesy. These ads are terrible." Joe Scarborough added: "I mean, come on. Seriously? Is this a Saturday Night Live ad?"

Sam Baker from National Journal wrote: "Health care has always been a magnet for campaignscare tactics...But Sen. Mark Pryor has taken it up a notch: He's thrown the Ebola outbreak into the mix."

Aaron Blake from The Washington Post wrote: "On Monday, a Republican Senate candidate in New Mexico launched a campaign ad featuring an image of James Foley's murderer. Not to be outdone, Sen. Mark Pryor's (D-Ark.) campaign is out with a new ad ... featuring the Ebola virus...It might not be the 'Daisy' ad, but Pryor's ad is certainly in the same genre of scare-tactic political advertising."

Daniel Halper of The Weekly Standard wrote: "The latest attack ad from the Mark Pryor campaign is, well, absurd...Does Pryor believe Arkansas is Africa? Does he actually think Arkansans relate to Ebola? And that they're fearful of a coming epidemic?"

Betsy Woodruff of The Washington Examiner said the ad "features scary musiczombie movie-style shaky camerawork and an ominous voice-over saying “Tom Cotton voted against preparing America for pandemics like Ebola.”

Leon Wolf from RedState commented that, "You gotta give it to Mark Pryor. If he’s gonna go down, he’s not gonna go down running a vanilla campaign. Nor one based on the facts. It’s not often even in politics that you see people being accused of wanting to spread a deadly and exotic African disease to America. Especially given that the facts upon which the ad is even nominally based are wrong...So not only does Mark Pryor’s ad ludicrously claim that Tom Cotton is pro-Ebola, the very facts on which he bases his ad are completely and dead wrong. It took a little while, but the stench of flopsweat is reeking from the Pryor campaign now."

Politico included the ad in their list titled, "The most bizarre political ads of 2014."

Igor Bobic of the Huffington Post wrote that the ad "preys on fears over the growing Ebola outbreak in West Africa."

Even Pryor's loyal apologists over at The Arkansas Times couldn't get on board with Pryor's latest attack. Blogger Max Brantley lamented: "It's a shame that overly dramatic ads must be employed,"after the headline of "Tom Cotton voted for Ebola (well, not exactly)."

Never mind the fact that Tom Cotton on March 4, 2013 voted for passage  of the Pandemic and All-Hazards Preparedness Reauthorization Act of 2013 - the exact same bill Senator Pryor supported in the Senate. This is a fact that Senator Pryor will refuse to acknowledge.

it's not even to Labor Day yet, and Senator Pryor is airing this deception ad about the Ebola virus. Just imagine how much his desperation will ratchet up in the coming weeks as he comes to grip with the fact that voters will hold Pryor accountable in November for his record of rubber-stamping President Obama's agenda.

How Senatorial is it to lie to Arkansans in order to whip up fear about a deadly African virus in order to win a few votes? He failed Arkansans after we gave him a free pass in 2008. It's time Pryor to apologize and to be retired by the voters!

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Gov. Mike Huckabee Endorses Tom Cotton For U.S. Senate

 Huckabee: "You have to ask: Why did Mark Pryor vote so many times with President Obama?"

Little Rock, Arkansas — Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee endorsed Tom Cotton on Monday at a news conference in Little Rock, saying that the only way to change Washington is to change the people being sent to Washington.

Huckabee, who served as Governor of Arkansas from 1996 to 2007, praised Cotton, saying: "I think when you look at Tom Cotton's personal life story, it's one that is admirable from an American point of view.  To have grown up in a small town in Arkansas and ended with a very successful career, and yet when this country got in serious trouble with an attack from irrational jihadists, he didn't say 'Gee, I hope somebody else can go and do the fight.'  He took it on himself.  There just aren't many people you see who will leave a successful and lucrative career to make the sacrifice of standing between bullets, bombs, and the American people, which is exactly what he did.  That kind of selfless sacrifice is frankly all too rare in American politics today."
Cotton thanked Governor Huckabee for his support, saying that Huckabee helped pave the way for Republicans like him to run for office in Arkansas: "It really is because of Governor Huckabee's hard work in Arkansas over the last 25 years that people like me are able to run and compete and win elections in Arkansas now as a Republican.  I'm so grateful to have Governor Huckabee's endorsement."

Huckabee pointed out that Cotton's opponent, Senator Mark Pryor, is a defender of President Obama's agenda, saying: "You have to ask why did Mark Pryor vote so many times with President Obama, which is so different from the way the people of Arkansas would have voted?  This is not personal.  This is about what's best for America."

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Given Chance To Pad His Own Pockets, Mike Ross Cashed In

RGA Ad in the Arkansas Governor’s Race: “Some Things” - The Republican Governors Association released a new television advertisement today in the Arkansas governor’s race, which recounts one of Democrat Mike Ross’ most ‘eye popping’ sweetheart deals. “Congressman Mike Ross has a history of making sweetheart deals, including this instance where he sold his family pharmacy for far more than it was worth,” said RGA Communications Director Gail Gitcho. “Given the chance to pad his own pockets, Ross cashed in. Unfortunately for Mike Ross, he’s a typical politician, and that’s not what Arkansas wants in its next governor.”
Scipt: The only real estate appraiser in Prescott put it this way: “You can buy half the town for $420,000.”
Yet somehow, Mike Ross sold his Prescott pharmacy to the company of a campaign donor for just that amount.
A sweetheart deal.
An eye popping number.
A call for a Justice Department investigation.
And before it was done, Ross got another $800,000 from the same buyer.
Typical politician Mike Ross.
Some things shouldn’t be for sale.

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Mike Ross’ Transparency Hypocrisy

Mike Ross Not Really Inclusive
New RGA Web Video: The Republican Governors Association released a web video which shows that Democrat Mike Ross, who claims to value transparency, has repeatedly acted otherwise, deploying staffers and allies to thwart efforts of those attempting to hold him accountable. “There is only one explanation for Mike Ross’ aversion to having his comments on camera: He doesn’t want Arkansans to know what he’s saying behind closed doors,” said RGA Communications Director Gail Gitcho. “Arkansans are being duped by Ross as he paints himself as a moderate, and they deserve to know the truth behind Ross’ record as a liberal Pelosi Democrat. What is Mike Ross hiding?”

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Griffin Receives Endorsement of Arkansas Right to Life

 Humbled to have the support of the pro-life community in Arkansas

LITTLE ROCK – Second District Congressman Tim Griffin has received the endorsement of the Arkansas Right to Life in his race for Lieutenant Governor. Griffin, a Republican, released the following statement:
“I am humbled to have earned the support of Arkansas Right to Life. I have a 100 percent pro-life voting record—something I am very proud of. I believe strongly in the sanctity of human life and will continue to be an advocate for life.”Wayne Mays, President of Arkansas Right to Life, said, “We appreciate the values by which you live, the inspiration you provide those in your community and the courage with which you stand up for the principles in which you believe. The countless Arkansans who respect the sanctity of innocent human life appreciate the deep commitment you have for this important issue.”

Read the full endorsement letter from the Arkansas Right to Life

About Congressman Tim Griffin
Congressman Tim Griffin was re-elected as the 24th representative of Arkansas’s Second Congressional District on November 6, 2012. For the 113th Congress, he is a member of the House Committee on Ways and Means while also serving as an Assistant Whip for the majority. In the 112th Congress, he served as a member of the House Armed Services Committee, the House Committee on Foreign Affairs and the House Committee on the Judiciary.

Griffin is a graduate of Magnolia High School, Hendrix College in Conway and Tulane Law School in New Orleans, and attended graduate school at Oxford University. He has served in the U.S. Army Reserve for 17 years, was deployed to Iraq with the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and holds the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. He also served as U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and Special Assistant to the President and Deputy Director of Political Affairs for President George W. Bush. Griffin lives in Little Rock with his wife Elizabeth, a Camden native, and their two children.< 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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Sunday, August 24, 2014

Asa Hutchinson Announces “Teachers for Asa” Coalition; Committed to Finding Solution to Teacher Insurance

LITTLE ROCK – Republican gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson is proud to announce the “Teachers for Asa” coalition. Teachers from all across the state gathered on the steps of the state Capitol Saturday to endorse Asa’s plan for education and his commitment to support our teachers in finding a long-term fix to the teacher insurance problem.
“As a product of Arkansas public schools, I understand firsthand the critical role education plays in developing our young people. In fact, all four of my children finished their high school education in the Fort Smith public school system, and Susan, my wife of 41 years, has spent a good deal of time in Arkansas public schools as a substitute teacher.

“Arkansas teachers are key to our state’s future success. It has long been my belief that tax reduction coupled with an improved education system will lead to job creation and economic growth, my number one priority as the next governor. Arkansas has a chance to lead in areas many thought we never could, including technology education, which is why I am committed to making computer science courses available in every Arkansas high school within four years. Nationally, less than 1 in 10 schools offer the curriculum even though programming jobs are growing at twice the national average.

“Our teachers will help us reach these goals. We are competing for jobs in the global marketplace and these jobs will flow to states best equipped with the skilled workforce and educational system that matches the critical technological training of the modern workplace. Arkansas has the opportunity to be one of these states.”
Teachers for Asa is a coalition of teachers, administrators and others who are invested in the education of our children and who believe that Asa Hutchinson is the best choice, not just for Arkansas, but also for Arkansas’s teachers. The coalition will advise Asa and the campaign on issues that are important to teachers and will work to elect Asa as governor of Arkansas.

Teachers for Asa will be part of the grassroots organization that will inform and mobilize support for Asa across the state. The input from the coalition will help the campaign reach teachers and other education professionals by:
  • Voicing the issues important to teachers;
  • Providing input on specific policy concerns;
  • Sharing Asa’s plans for education with other teachers and administrators;
  • Working to register teachers to vote;
  • Mobilizing supporters to vote;

Asa understands the importance teachers’ roles are to the future of the state, and he recognizes the burden they currently face with teachers insurance and is committed to help find a substantive solution to the ongoing problem.
“I am proud to have the support of these teachers standing with me today, and as governor, I promise to stand with them to find a long-term solution to the teacher insurance problem currently facing our state. Our teachers have the incredible responsibility of preparing the next generation of Arkansans, and I believe they should not be forced to wonder where their next paycheck is going or if they can afford reliable health care.”Teachers Kayla Davidson of Jonesboro and Cindy Allen of Fort Smith have been appointed honorary co-chairs for “Teachers for Asa”.

"As a teacher, I know the struggles and opportunities facing educators in this state," said Davidson. "Arkansas teachers need a leader who will work with us to ensure that teachers health insurance is protected and that we have a voice at the State Capitol.”

"The number of hours and the amount of work many teachers put into their students often goes unnoticed, but the challenges they face every day are very real," added Allen. "Asa Hutchinson is exactly the kind of leader teachers need in Little Rock. He will fight for us and fight for the future of our health care. I am certain his vision for education, especially his plan to put computer science in every Arkansas high school, and the state as a whole is what we need to grow our economy and create jobs.”

About Asa:
Asa Hutchinson is the Republican nominee for Governor of Arkansas. He has served as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, Congressman from the 3rd Congressional District, Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency and Under Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Asa has spent the majority of his career in the private sector as a small business owner, lawyer and entrepreneur. He and his wife Susan have been married for forty years and have four grown children and five grandchildren.

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Saturday, August 23, 2014

Rutledge Criticizes Opponent's Legislative Package & Record

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Former prosecutor and candidate for Attorney General Leslie Rutledge released the following statement following her Democratic opponent's announcement of a legislative package:

The role of AG is to enforce and defend the law, not legislate. My opponent had the opportunity to legislate in the General Assembly and often voted present on important legislation, even legislation to protect children from sexual predators. Rather than spending time on issues the Attorney General cannot do, I am focused on my plan to strengthen the programs already in place. For over a year, I have talked to Arkansans about my plan to enhance the Cyber Crimes Unit of the Attorney General's Office to go after those sexual predators and human traffickers who seek to harm and exploit our children.

My opponent has repeatedly stated "Doing nothing is not an option." In spite of his rhetoric, my opponent has a record of avoiding tough issues as a legislator. He was a non-voting member for the SB 2 Voter ID legislation, he was a non voting member for SB 134 pro-life legislation before changing his vote to a "No" after the Governor vetoed, and he the only member to vote "Present" on SB 12 to prohibit the most dangerous sex offenders from being at children's swimming areas and playgrounds.

My opponent's claim of "zero tolerance for sexual predators" is especially outrageous. He was the only House member to vote present on a bill that would prohibit the most dangerous sex offenders from being at swimming areas or children's playgrounds. His present vote demonstrates that he was on the House floor when the votes were cast but chose to not take a stand for our children when 90 of his colleagues from both sides of the aisle cast their votes in favor of a bill that would protect our children. As a prosecutor, my opponent gave a Level 3 sex offender who had been convicted of sexual relations with a 5-year old, a sentence of only 1 year in jail with four years suspended for failing to register.

Nate Steel has a record of not taking a stand to protect our children from convicted sex offenders. If Nate Steel wanted to legislate, he should have run for the the State Senate and not for Attorney General.

As Attorney General, I will use my experience to enforce and defend the law and advise the General Assembly, the Governor and state agencies on legislation to protect Arkansans on day one. As Attorney General, I will be on the front lines of important issues to defend Arkansans from criminals, internet predators, scam artists and an overreaching federal government.

About Leslie Rutledge
A native Arkansan, Rutledge graduated from the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville and received her law degree from the William H. Bowen School of Law in Little Rock. She began her legal career as Clerk for Arkansas Court of Appeals Judge Josephine Hart, now Associate Justice on the Arkansas Supreme Court. She served as a Deputy Prosecutor for the State of Arkansas and then as Deputy Counsel for Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee and Legal Counsel on the Mike Huckabee for President Campaign. Rutledge also worked as Legal Counsel for the Republican National Committee. She is currently practicing law at The Rutledge Firm, PLLC, in Little Rock.

The following are key issues for Leslie Rutledge’s campaign for Attorney General:

• Protecting Arkansas Seniors

• Prosecuting Criminals and Internet Predators

• Standing Up to Federal Overreach

• Restoring Public Trust

• Consumer Protection

• Sanctity of Life

• Preserving Second Amendment Rights

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Arkansas is Paying the Price

by Americans for Prosperity: Mark Pryor has made life less affordable for the people he represents. Tell Pryor Arkansans are tired of paying the price for his Big Government policies.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

The Obama-Pryor Amnesty Plan

When you look at Senator Mark Pryor's voting record, you wonder if he realizes he represents Arkansans. The Obama-Pryor amnesty plan is Exhibit A.

Senator Pryor says he's for tough immigration reform, yet he supports Obama's plan for what is essentially AMNESTY.
[Video Link]

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Gov. Mitt Romney Romney Endorses Tom Cotton For U.S. Senate

Mitt Romney endorses Tom Cotton for U.S. Senate:

A Message From Gov. Mitt Romney While Campaigning With Tom Cotton
Former GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney campaigned alongside U.S. Senate candidate Tom Cotton Thursday in North Little Rock. At a press event Thursday morning, Romney told members of the press that he's supporting Cotton because Cotton will stand up to President Obama and Harry Reid and take the U.S. Senate in a conservative new direction.

Romney said: "I don't think the President or Harry Reid understand what it takes to get this economy going and put people back to work. They've had their chance over the last six years, and their recovery has just not done the job for the people of Arkansas. Tom Cotton understands what it takes to get people back to work."

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August in Arkansas

Learning about sweet potato farming
at Matthews Ridge View Farm in Wynne
by U.S. Senator John Boozman: Arkansans understand the weather in our state changes rapidly, but one thing is certain – summers are hot! So it may surprise you to find out that one of my favorite times of year is August, the pinnacle of heat and humidity. It’s one of my favorite times of year because I get to spend the month in Arkansas.

As a regular feature of the Congressional calendar, Congress adjourns for the month. This allows my colleagues and me an opportunity to go home and spend significant time in the state we represent. The break from Washington gives me an opportunity to travel around the state to meet with Arkansans, attend weekday meetings and host an agriculture tour.

We were blessed to have unseasonably mild weather for Arkansas in August as we made our way through Central Arkansas and the Delta. As part of the tour, I met with producers, ranchers and other agribusinesses, toured agriculture facilities, and spoke at the Arkansas County Farm Bureau meeting.

I had the opportunity to meet with Keith Forrester and his wife Jill, former public school teachers turned farmers. They grow heirloom vegetables, fruit, cut flowers, herbs, trees and mushrooms. Their farmland in Tyronza, Poinsett County, has been in the Forrester family for almost 100 years.

I appreciate this break from Washington because I’d much rather spend time in our state visiting with fellow Arkansans and hearing what issues are of concern to you. While traveling around the state, I gain a better understanding of how to vote and make improvements to our laws to make sure that our tax dollars are being used best.

If you see me around in Arkansas, please don’t hesitate to stop and talk with me.

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Thursday, August 21, 2014

McCarthy & Hill Criticize Patrick Henry Hays’ Blind Support for Obama’s Job-Killing Agenda

Patrick Hays Encouraged and
Supported This Action By Obama.
 Little Rock, Aransas — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives (AR-02), French Hill, held a press conference at Welspun Tubular yesterday criticizing 26-year, career politician Patrick Henry Hays for his blind support for Obama’s radical environmentalist agenda.

“We need careers, opportunities, and choices—not government mandates,” said French Hill. “Sadly, Patrick Henry Hays supports President Obama’s job-killing global warming agenda that is directly hurting workers here at Welspun.”
In 2011, Hays joined 23 other mayors to express “grave concerns” with the Keystone XL pipeline to the U.S. State Department. He also petitioned President Obama to deny the Keystone XL pipeline’s permit because it was “not in the national interest.”

“The choice in Arkansas this fall is clear: French Hill, a businessman who will serve as a check-and-balance against the Obama Administration’s job-killing agenda, or Patrick Henry Hays, a 26-year, career politician who will side with Nancy Pelosi and President Obama in Washington,” said Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

Welspun Tubular is a Little Rock pipeline company that currently has more than 350 miles of pipe waiting for Keystone XL installation.  The U.S. State Department must approve the pipeline because it crosses an international border with Canada. The Obama administration has repeatedly delayed its approval. It has now been 2161 days—nearly six years—since the application to build the job-creating energy infrastructure project was first submitted to the State Department. Analysis by the U.S. State Department concluded that the Keystone XL project would support 42,000 jobs.
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French Hill is a businessman, civic leader and ninth generation Arkansan. He is the founder and chief executive officer of Delta Trust & Banking Corp., a community bank headquartered in Little Rock. In his previous roles, French served as senior policy advisor to President George H.W. Bush in the White House and Deputy Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Treasury. Will not be supporting the Obama agenda!

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Arkansas Manufacturing Can't Count On Senator Pryor - Prior Votes 90% With Obama

AFP-Arkansas: Mark Pryor votes with Obama 90%
of the time. They have been working tirelessly to
spread their Liberal agenda to Arkansas. It's clear
that President Obama and Senator Pryor are out
 of touch with Arkansas and America
 The Pryor-Obama economic agenda has been a disaster for American manufacturing jobs 
Little Rock, Arkansas — This week, Senator Pryor is traveling the state on a taxpayer-funded campaign tour designed to convince Arkansans that after six years of rubber-stamping President Obama's agenda, he somehow cares about creating jobs.  Don't be fooled. Here are the facts:
  • Since Senator Pryor went to Washington, Arkansas has lost 55,000 manufacturing and 5,000 construction jobs. 
     
  • In June 2008, Pryor voted for a national cap-and-trade system that would harm Arkansas manufacturing. According to a National Association Of Manufacturers Study, the cap-and-trade system Pryor supported would have killed as many as 39,000 Arkansas jobs.
     
  • In December 2009, Mark Pryor joined his Democratic Senate colleagues voting in lockstep to cast the deciding vote to pass Obamacare, which hurt manufacturers and stifled job growth. According to a survey by NAM and IndustryWeek, one-third of manufacturers said Obamacare had reduced their outlook for 2014.
     
  • In November 2011, Pryor voted against a resolution that would have nullified an EPA rule regarding cross-state air pollution hurting Arkansas manufacturing. The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) said the EPA’s cross-state air pollution rule that Pryor supported “will only place more burdens on our economy by increasing utility costs.”
Cotton spokesman David Ray said: "Senator Pryor's lockstep support for President Obama's agenda is hurting Arkansas manufacturing and no amount of taxpayer-funded press conferences will change that reality. Voters who want to see new jobs and economic growth should support Tom Cotton, who has the support of the NFIB, America's largest small business organization."
Background:
Arkansas Has Lost Construction Jobs Since Pryor Has Been In Washington
Arkansas Has Lost 5,000 Construction Jobs Since Mark Pryor Went To Washington In 2003. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, Accessed 8/18/14)
Arkansas Has Lost Manufacturing Jobs Since Pryor Has Been In Washington
Arkansas Has Lost 55,900 Manufacturing Jobs Since Mark Pryor Went To Washington In 2003. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, Accessed 8/18/14)
Pryor Has Voted For A Cap-And-Trade Plan That Would Hurt Manufacturing
In June 2008, Pryor Voted In Favor Of A National Cap-And-Trade System That Would Hurt Arkansas Manufacturing. “Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the Boxer, D-Calif., substitute amendment no. 4825 that would cap greenhouse gas emissions nationwide and set up a trading system for companies to buy and sell emissions allowances.” (S. 3036, CQ Vote #145: Rejected 48-36: R 7-32; D 39-4; I 2-0, 6/6/08, Pryor Voted Yea)
According To A National Association Of Manufacturers Study, The Cap-And-Trade System Pryor Supported Would Have Killed As Many As 39,000 Arkansas Jobs. “Under L/W, Arkansas would lose 10,985 to 16,524 jobs in 2020 and 29,736 to 39,583 jobs in 2030 (Figure 2). The primary cause of job losses would be lower industrial output due to higher energy prices, the high cost of complying with required emissions cuts, and greater competition from overseas manufacturers with lower energy costs.” (“Analysis Of The Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act (S. 2191) Using The National Energy Modeling System,” NAM/ACCF, 3/12/08)
Arkansas’s Major Manufacturing Sectors, Food Products And Paper Products, Would Have Been Hardest Hit By Cap-And-Trade. “Arkansas’ major economic sectors will be affected by emission caps (Figure 5.4) The current two largest sectors, food products manufacturing and paper products manufacturing, show decreases in output of 1.4% to 2.4% and 4.7% to 7.1%, respectively in 2020. All manufacturing sectors will suffer output losses of between 2.6% and 4.2% by 2020, while output from energy intensive sectors fall between 2.2% and 4.3%. In addition, the general shift away from coal would result in a 36.1% to 37.5% reduction in coal production and electricity production would fall by 4.1% to 6.5% (Figure 6). These losses would be significantly higher by 2030 and would have a lasting impact on Arkansas’ economic base.” (“Analysis Of The Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act (S. 2191) Using The National Energy Modeling System,” NAM/ACCF, 3/12/08)
Pryor Supported An Obama EPA Regulation That Hurts Arkansas Manufacturing
In November 2011, Pryor Voted Against A Resolution That Would Have Nullified An EPA Rule Regarding Cross-State Air Pollution. “McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the joint resolution that would nullify the EPA rule regarding regulation of cross-state air pollution.” (S. J. Res. 27, CQ Vote #201: Motion rejected 41-56: R 39-6; D 2-48; I 0-2, 11/10/11, Pryor Voted Nay)
The National Association Of Manufacturers Said The EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule That Pryor Supported “Will Only Place More Burdens On Our Economy By Increasing Utility Costs.”  “National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Vice President for Energy and Resources Policy Chip Yost released this statement on the petition the NAM filed today with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reconsider and stay the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule: ‘The EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution rule will only place more burdens on our economy by increasing utility costs. Manufacturers use one-third of our nation’s energy supply, and this rule will only make it more difficult for manufacturers to remain competitive.’” (NAM, “Manufacturers File Petition On EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule,” Press Release, 10/5/11)
Obamacare Has Hurt Manufacturers And Stifled Job Growth
In December 2009, Pryor Cast The Deciding Vote To Pass Obamacare. (H.R. 3590, CQ Vote #396: Passed 60-39: R 0-39; D 58-0; I 2-0, 12/24/09, Pryor Voted Yea; H.R. 3590, CQ Vote #395: Passed 60-39: R 0-39; D 58-0; I 2-0, 12/23/09, Pryor Voted Yea)
According To A Survey By NAM And IndustryWeek, One-Third Of Manufacturers Said Obamacare Had Reduced Their Outlook For 2014. “According to the survey, the ACA and the accompanying uncertainties have had effects that extend well beyond premium payments and have placed a roadblock in manufacturers’ efforts to invest and grow. When asked about how these uncertainties have impacted their business (Figure 2), nearly one-third said they had reduced their outlook for 2014, and a sizable percentage had reduced employment or stopped hiring (23.1%) and/or reduced or slowed down their business investment (20.2%). While some industry sectors have reduced hours for their employees, a relatively small number of manufacturers have done so as a result of the ACA (7.9%). Given the fragile economy and continuing high unemployment levels, the impact of the ACA is clearly being felt far beyond the health care market, and these concerns will likely continue well into the future.” (Chad Moutray, “Manufacturers Cite Health Care As Top Concern In NAM/IndustryWeek Survey,” IndustryWeek, 12/9/13)
Manufacturers Said Their Health Insurance Costs Increased Forcing Some To Increase Employee Copays, Reduce Coverage, Or Change Insurance Providers. “The numbers paint a picture of a health care system that has forced many manufacturers into making some difficult decisions. Most importantly, 90.6% of manufacturers said their health insurance premiums had increased (Table 1). Beyond that, some of these firms have also had to increase employee copays (58.6%), reduce coverage (27.7%) and/or change insurance providers (17.6%) to lower their costs. Even after taking these steps, the average increase in health insurance costs within the manufacturing sector for 2014 was 8.76%, with just more than three-quarters of respondents saying their increase was at least 5.0%.” (Chad Moutray, “Manufacturers Cite Health Care As Top Concern In NAM/IndustryWeek Survey,” IndustryWeek, 12/9/13)

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Patrick Henry Hays: President Obama is my “Star Quarterback”

 Little Rock, Arkansas — 26-year, career politician Patrick Henry Hays is a left-wing environmentalist with a radical record supporting the Obama administration’s job-killing agenda.  Hays called Obama his “star quarterback” in the game against climate change.  He has spent his entire career as a radical environmental activist, traveling the world pushing for new gasoline and carbon taxes as well as expensive federal energy mandates and billions in new federal spending.

Hays opposes the Keystone XL Pipeline, which would create 42,000 new jobs across the country and pour 2 billion private sector dollars into the nation’s economy.

RPA Chairman Doyle Webb has issued the following: “The people of the Second District of Arkansas deserve greater career and economic opportunities, not Patrick Hays’ blind support for Obama’s radical, job-killing agenda. Hays’ irresponsible opposition to the Keystone Pipeline not only hurts Arkansas, but our Nations’ economy as a whole.”

Background:
Hays expressed “grave concerns” with the Keystone XL pipeline:
“We write you today as local government leaders who are gravely concerned about the prospect of expanded imports of tar sands oil from Canada. Specifically, we are concerned about the impacts of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would transport tar sands oil from Alberta to Texas…We are concerned that expansion of high carbon projects such as the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline will undermine the good work being done in local communities across the country to fight climate change and reduce our dependence on oil.” (Correspondence to U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, 3/24/11) Source

Hays encouraged President Obama to deny the Keystone XL pipeline permit because it was “not in the national interest”:
“We ask that you do not grant a presidential permit for the proposed Keystone XL pipeline that would bring high carbon tar sands from Canada to the U.S. Gulf Coast…Deciding against expansion of U.S. dependence on tar sands fits into your commitment to mass transit improvements including a rail infrastructure that reduce reliance on oil. That is why we ask that you find that the proposed Keystone XL tar sands pipeline is not in the national interest and deny its permit.” (Correspondence to President Barack Obama, 11/16/11) Source

Building the Keystone XL Pipeline Would Bring 42,000 New Jobs and $2 Billion in New Earnings
A recent Environmental Impact Statement from the U.S. State Department stated, "During construction, proposed Project spending would support approximately 42,100 jobs (direct, indirect, and induced), and approximately $2 billion in earnings throughout the United States." Source

Hays Opposes Meat Consumption and Supports Veganism:
“The lifecycle costs that that imposes on our society that seems to be increasing in numbers, in terms of eating meat… The implications are leading us to a recognition that it’s unsustainable. We can’t keep living with the diets that we’ve had.” (World Mayors Summit on Climate Change, Mexico City, November 2010. Time 3:40.) Source

Climate change initiatives seen as “21 st Century Apollo Program” by Hays:
Collaborating with the new ICLEI Director, Patrick Hays supported the launching of new programs to solve climate change that would be a “21 st Century Apollo Program.” The goal is that “80% of our nation’s energy will come from clean energy sources by 2035.” (Martin Chavez, “ The Clean Energy Road to 2035 Paved by the Hard Work of Local Governments,” Huffington Post)

Patrick Hays looks to Obama for leadership concerning radical environmental actions:
“For mayors and local government elected officials like me who have been on the frontlines of the United States’ response to climate change for years, the symbolism and promise alone make it worth the long wait we’ve endured. I feel a sense of relief, hope, pride and anticipation… The game – effectively combating global warming – has always been winnable, we just didn’t have the all the right players on the field . We now have a star quarterback in the lineup [Barack Obama], and the odds for victory – for a healthy planet and new clean energy economy – are stronger than ever.” (Patrick Hays, “ Obama’s Schedule Change is Much More,” ICLEI press release)

Hays supports climate agreement that proposes cap-and-trade legislation:
The following excerpt is taken from the US Mayors resolution on climate change, championed by Hays: “We urge the U.S. Congress to pass bipartisan greenhouse gas reduction legislation that 1) includes clear timetables and emissions limits and 2) a flexible, market-based system of tradable allowances among emitting industries.” ( Source)

Hays supports Obamas burdensome fuel efficiency standards:
“The Obama administration announced a joint policy initiative by the Environmental Protection Agency and Department of Transportation to adopt greenhouse gas reduction and efficiency standards for new passenger vehicles in model years 2017-2025… Mayor Patrick Hays (North Little Rock, AR) issued the following statement: We applaud and encourage the efforts of the President and his administration to recognize the importance of lowering GHG emissions and the benefits this will bring on our cities and counties…” (Patrick Hays, “ ICLEI USA Applauds Administration’s Announcement of New Fuel Efficiency Standards,” ICLEI press release)

Patrick Hays supports Obama policies such as PACE and the Better Buildings Initiative which burden the construction industry and kill jobs in favor of green practices. (“ ICLEI USA Commends President Obama's Decision to Install Solar Panels Atop the White House - Renews Call to Restore Funding of Clean Energy PACE Programs in 22 States and District of Columbia,” ICLEI press release); (Guillermo Meneses, “ Local Governments Ready to Act on President Obama’s Clean Energy Challenge,” ICLEI press release)

Hays Not Only Supported Obama’s $833 Billion Stimulus Plan, He Traveled to Washington, DC to Lobby for Legislators to Pass It: Hays Traveled to D.C. to Lobby on Behalf of Obama’s Stimulus Plan. “A delegation of American mayors will meet tomorrow with lawmakers on Capitol Hill in a final push for passage of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  Mayors have stressed that investing in Main Street metropolitan economies, which comprise 90% of our gross domestic product and drive the national economy, is the most direct path to creating jobs and stimulating the business that can begin to reverse the current economic downturn. Mayors believe that the American people cannot afford delay and are urging Congress to quickly pass a recovery bill now.  To arrange one-on-one interviews with mayors on Capitol Hill, please call the numbers below.  WHO: Trenton (NJ) Mayor Douglas H. Palmer, Immediate USCM Past President, Akron (OH) Mayor Donald L. Plusquellic, USCM Past President, Charleston (SC) Mayor Joseph P. Riley, Jr., USCM Past President, Los Angeles (CA) Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Philadelphia (PA) Mayor Michael Nutter, Elizabeth (NJ) Mayor Christian Bollwage, North Little Rock (AR) Mayor Patrick Henry Hays, Santa Ana (CA) Mayor Miguel A. Pulido, Fresno (CA) Mayor Ashley Swearengin, Others TBD.” (Press Release, U.S. Mayors to Lobby Congress on Economic Recovery Plan,” 2/10/09)

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Mike Ross’ Sweetheart Deals

“Congressman Mike Ross has had quite a history of making sweetheart deals for himself. Ross and his wife sold their pharmacy to a company owned by a campaign donor for $120,000 more than it was worth. Ross also took advantage of taxpayers when he had ‘the most expensive car-leasing deal in’ the U.S. House of Representatives. Apparently Ross felt the need to lease three cars, costing taxpayers more than $3,000 a month.” – RGA Communications Director Gail Gitcho

Ross And His Wife Sold Their Pharmacy Above Market Value To The Company Of A Campaign Donor

by RGA Research: An Investigation By ProPublica Found That Ross Sold His Family Pharmacy In 2007 For An Amount Well Above Appraised Value. “[T]he online journalism site, ProPublica, published an account Tuesday in conjunction with Politico, an online publication that covers Washington, under the headline ‘Mike Ross Raises Eyebrows With Healthy Haul.’ Ross, the story said, ‘sold a piece of commercial property in 2007 for substantially more than a county assessment and an independent appraisal say it was worth. ‘The buyer: an Arkansas-based pharmacy chain with a keen interest in how the [health-care] debate plays out,’ the story continued. The $420,000 for the land and building was ‘an eye-popping number for real estate in the tiny train and lumber town about 100 miles southwest of Little Rock.’ ‘You can buy half the town for $420,000,’ Adam Guthrie, chairman of the Nevada County Board of Equalization and the only licensed real estate appraiser in Prescott, was quoted as saying.” (Jane Fullerton, “2007 Sale On Up And Up, Ross Says,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 9/23/09)

Ross Sold The Land And Building Alone – Which “Appeared To Be Worth No More Than $300,000” – For $420,000. “By all indications, the Holly’s Health Mart drugstore owned by Rep. Mike Ross and his wife appeared to be worth no more than $300,000. On his taxes, Ross said it cost nearly $316,000 to build and told the Internal Revenue Service the property was losing value. The local assessor put its value at $263,700. And for two consecutive years, Ross filed disclosure forms saying it was worth less than $250,000.  But when a drugstore chain showed up at the congressman’s door with an offer to buy it, the value of the blue-and-white, one-story building in Prescott jumped by half. As part of a $1.25 million deal, USA Drug purchased the land and building alone for $420,000 in June 2007.” (“Ross Sold Pharmacy For More Than Apparent Value,” The Associated Press, 9/24/09)
  • “[Ross] And His Wife Also Received More Than $834,000 For A Customer List, Store Inventory And An Agreement To Not Compete With The New Owners.” (“Ross Sold Pharmacy For More Than Apparent Value,” The Associated Press, 9/24/09)
The Principal Of The Pharmacy’s Purchaser Was A Donor To Ross’ Congressional Campaigns, “Including $2,300 Weeks After The Sale.” “LaFrance has donated $3,050 to Ross’ campaigns, including $2,300 just weeks after the sale.” (Jane Fullerton, “2007 Sale On Up And Up, Ross Says,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 9/23/09)

Ross Treated The Pharmacy Building As A Depreciating Asset For Tax Purposes, Yet Sold It For Over $100,000 More Than It Cost To Build. “On a tax form he filed in 2007, a document Ross provided to the AP, he reported $315,842 in construction costs for the pharmacy building and the gross sales price of $420,000. But during the nine years that Ross owned the building, the record indicates, Ross depreciated its value on his taxes. The document blacked out the exact depreciation Ross reported on the building and the total gain he reported from the sale to USA Drug. Ross would not say how much in taxes he paid on the sale, but said he adjusted the prices appropriately when calculating his tax liability.” (“Ross Sold Pharmacy For More Than Apparent Value,” The Associated Press, 9/24/09)

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)

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Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Mitt Romney Endorses Asa Hutchinson for Arkansas Governor

by Bill Smith, Editor, ARRA News Service: Former Massachusetts Governor and Republican nominee for President in 2012 Mitt Romney visited Arkansas today to endorse Asa Hutchinson for Arkansas Governor.

In 2013, Arkansas voters overwhelmingly choose Mitt Romney over incumbent President Barack Obama for president of the United States. Romney and Ryan carried Arkansas with 60.57% of the popular vote to Obama's and Biden's 36.88% of the vote, winning the state's six electoral votes. Obama's 23.69% loss was the worst defeat for a Democratic presidential candidate in Arkansas since 1972.

Republican gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson received the official endorsement of former Governor and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney Wednesday afternoon during a press conference on the campus of Arkansas State University in Jonesboro, Arkansas.
Governor Romney released the statement below following the press conference:


“Governors make a difference in the lives of the people they serve, and I have read, with some care, Asa Hutchinson’s plan for the people of Arkansas. He has a plan that actually works. It will create better jobs, better pay, and better educated young people. That’s what the people of Arkansas, and frankly, the people of many states, would like to see. The governor-to-be has proposed lower tax rates for middle income families, computer science education in all Arkansas high schools, better job training, and a higher minimum wage. This is a series of policies which don’t sound Republican or Democrat. They just make common sense. The people of Arkansas are common sense voters, and you’re seeing that in their support for Asa.

“These proposals, along with others in his plan, will provide a better future for all Arkansans, which is why I am pleased to endorse Asa Hutchinson for governor of the great state of Arkansas.”
Asa Hutchinson issued the following statement:"It’s an honor to welcome Governor Romney back to our wonderful state and to share with him my plan for job creation and economic growth. We have an incredible opportunity to lead in areas many never thought were possible, which will create thousands of jobs and spur economic growth for all Arkansans. My plan shows us how to get there, and my commitment to education – including computer science education – will provide those avenues for growth. Nationally, only one out of every ten schools offer computer coding to their students, however, computer programming jobs are growing at twice the national average. The need is there and so is the opportunity. The next Bill Gates or Mark Zuckerberg could very well come from Forrest City or Fort Smith, Arkansas. Computer science will no longer be neglected in our state."
Asa Hutchinson is the Republican nominee for Governor of Arkansas. He has served as U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Arkansas, Congressman from Arkansas 3rd Congressional District, Administrator of the Drug Enforcement Agency and Undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security. Asa has spent the majority of his career in the private sector as a small business owner, lawyer and entrepreneur. He and his wife Susan have been married for forty years and have four grown children and five grandchildren.

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Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Mark Pryor's Failed Record On Manufacturing Jobs

 Despite Mark Pryor's (D-AR) rhetoric, since going to Washington in 2003, Arkansas has lost 55,000 manufacturing and 5,000 construction jobs. Arkansans are realizing that when it comes to protecting their jobs and growing the economy, Pryor sides with Washington liberals over the hardworking Arkansans he purports to defend in the Senate.  The unfortunate reality is Mark Pryor prioritizes the Barack Obama agenda over Arkansas jobs, by voting with Obama 90 percent of the time:
In June 2008, Pryor Voted In Favor Of A National Cap-And-Trade System That Would Harm Arkansas Manufacturing:  According to a National Association Of Manufacturers Study, the cap-and-trade system Pryor supported would have killed as many as 39,000 Arkansas jobs.
In December 2009, Mark Pryor Joined His Democratic Senate Colleagues Voting In Lockstep To Cast The Deciding Vote To Pass ObamaCare Which Hurt Manufacturers And Stifled Job Growth: According to A survey By NAM And IndustryWeek, one-third of manufacturers said ObamaCare had reduced their outlook for 2014.
In November 2011, Pryor Voted Against A Resolution That Would Have Nullified An EPA Rule Regarding Cross-State Air Pollution Hurting Arkansas ManufacturingThe National Association Of Manufacturers said the EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule that Pryor supported “will only place more burdens on our economy by increasing utility costs.”

"In Washington, Mark Pryor has consistently supported President Obama's policies, even when they hurt job growth and create uncertainty and unnecessary burdens for Arkansans," said NRSC Press Secretary Brook Hougesen. "Arkansans deserve a Senator that isn't just a rubber stamp for the liberal Obama agenda, but someone who will always stand up for the best interests of Arkansas."
BACKGROUND:
Arkansas Has Lost Construction Jobs Since Pryor Has Been In Washington
Arkansas Has Lost 5,000 Construction Jobs Since Mark Pryor Went To Washington In 2003. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics,  www.bls.gov, Accessed 8/18/14)

Arkansas Has Lost Manufacturing Jobs Since Pryor Has Been In Washington

Arkansas Has Lost 55,900 Manufacturing Jobs Since Mark Pryor Went To Washington In 2003. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics, www.bls.gov, Accessed 8/18/14)
In June 2008, Pryor Voted In Favor Of A National Cap-And-Trade System That Would Hurt Arkansas Manufacturing. “Motion to invoke cloture (thus limiting debate) on the Boxer, D-Calif., substitute amendment no. 4825 that would cap greenhouse gas emissions nationwide and set up a trading system for companies to buy and sell emissions allowances.” (S. 3036, CQ Vote #145: Rejected 48-36: R 7-32; D 39-4; I 2-0, 6/6/08, Pryor Voted Yea)

According To A National Association Of Manufacturers Study, The Cap-And-Trade System Pryor Supported Would Have Killed As Many As 39,000 Arkansas Jobs. “Under L/W, Arkansas would lose 10,985 to 16,524 jobs in 2020 and 29,736 to 39,583 jobs in 2030 (Figure 2). The primary cause of job losses would be lower industrial output due to higher energy prices, the high cost of complying with required emissions cuts, and greater competition from overseas manufacturers with lower energy costs.” (“Analysis Of The Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act (S. 2191) Using The National Energy Modeling System,”  NAM/ACCF, 3/12/08)

Arkansas’ Major Manufacturing Sectors, Food Products And Paper Products, Would Have Been Hardest Hit By Cap-And-Trade. “Arkansas’ major economic sectors will be affected by emission caps (Figure 5).4 The current two largest sectors, food products manufacturing and paper products manufacturing, show decreases in output of 1.4% to 2.4% and 4.7% to 7.1%, respectively in 2020. All manufacturing sectors will suffer output losses of between 2.6% and 4.2% by 2020, while output from energy intensive sectors fall between 2.2% and 4.3%. In addition, the general shift away from coal would result in a 36.1% to 37.5% reduction in coal production and electricity production would fall by 4.1% to 6.5% (Figure 6). These losses would be significantly higher by 2030 and would have a lasting impact on Arkansas’ economic base.” (“Analysis Of The Lieberman-Warner Climate Security Act (S. 2191) Using The National Energy Modeling System,”  NAM/ACCF, 3/12/08)

Pryor Supported An Obama EPA Regulation That Hurts Arkansas Manufacturing In November 2011, Pryor Voted Against A Resolution That Would Have Nullified An EPA Rule Regarding Cross-State Air Pollution. “McConnell, R-Ky., motion to proceed to the joint resolution that would nullify the EPA rule regarding regulation of cross-state air pollution.” (S. J. Res. 27, CQ Vote #201: Motion rejected 41-56: R 39-6; D 2-48; I 0-2, 11/10/11, Pryor Voted Nay)

The National Association Of Manufacturers Said The EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule That Pryor Supported “Will Only Place More Burdens On Our Economy By Increasing Utility Costs.”  “National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) Vice President for Energy and Resources Policy Chip Yost released this statement on the petition the NAM filed today with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reconsider and stay the Cross-State Air Pollution Rule: ‘The EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution rule will only place more burdens on our economy by increasing utility costs. Manufacturers use one-third of our nation’s energy supply, and this rule will only make it more difficult for manufacturers to remain competitive.’” (NAM, “Manufacturers File Petition On EPA’s Cross-State Air Pollution Rule,”  Press Release, 10/5/11)

ObamaCare Has Hurt Manufacturers And Stifled Job Growth

In December 2009, Pryor Cast The Deciding Vote To Pass ObamaCare. (H.R. 3590, CQ Vote #396: Passed 60-39: R 0-39; D 58-0; I 2-0, 12/24/09, Pryor Voted Yea; H.R. 3590, CQ Vote #395: Passed 60-39: R 0-39; D 58-0; I 2-0, 12/23/09, Pryor Voted Yea)

According To A Survey By NAM And IndustryWeek, One-Third Of Manufacturers Said ObamaCare Had Reduced Their Outlook For 2014. “According to the survey, the ACA and the accompanying uncertainties have had effects that extend well beyond premium payments and have placed a roadblock in manufacturers’ efforts to invest and grow. When asked about how these uncertainties have impacted their business (Figure 2), nearly one-third said they had reduced their outlook for 2014, and a sizable percentage had reduced employment or stopped hiring (23.1%) and/or reduced or slowed down their business investment (20.2%). While some industry sectors have reduced hours for their employees, a relatively small number of manufacturers have done so as a result of the ACA (7.9%). Given the fragile economy and continuing high unemployment levels, the impact of the ACA is clearly being felt far beyond the health care market, and these concerns will likely continue well into the future.” (Chad Moutray, “Manufacturers Cite Health Care As Top Concern In NAM/IndustryWeek Survey,”  IndustryWeek, 12/9/13)

Manufacturers Said Their Health Insurance Costs Increased Forcing Some To Increase Employee Copays, Reduce Coverage, Or Change Insurance Providers. “The numbers paint a picture of a health care system that has forced many manufacturers into making some difficult decisions. Most importantly, 90.6% of manufacturers said their health insurance premiums had increased (Table 1). Beyond that, some of these firms have also had to increase employee copays (58.6%), reduce coverage (27.7%) and/or change insurance providers (17.6%) to lower their costs. Even after taking these steps, the average increase in health insurance costs within the manufacturing sector for 2014 was 8.76%, with just more than three-quarters of respondents saying their increase was at least 5.0%.” (Chad Moutray, “Manufacturers Cite Health Care As Top Concern In NAM/IndustryWeek Survey,”  IndustryWeek, 12/9/13)

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Compare and Contrast

Bruce Westerman for Congress (AR-4): Since July 2013, 26,800 Arkansans have left the workforce - slightly more than the population of Ouachita Co. Where are the #jobs? #ar4 #arpx

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Monday, August 18, 2014

New TV Ad; “Ella Beth” Highlights Plan For Teaching Computer Coding In Every Arkansas High School

Republican gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson released a new television ad on Monday starring his granddaughter, Ella Beth. The new TV ad highlights Asa’s plan to have all high schools across Arkansas offer computer science courses that include coding or software programming.

Asa Hutchinson issued the following statement:

“This new ad is about creating opportunities for our kids. Students that learn computer coding learn to think logically and systematically about problems. The opportunities are almost endless for students that have these skills because the demand in the workplace is growing; and a boy or girl like my granddaughter Ella Beth can even use this knowledge to express their own ideas and create businesses. That’s how we can create jobs in Arkansas, by growing entrepreneurs with skills in demand across the country.

If only 20% of our high school students learn computer science, we will be graduating almost 6,000 students per year that can do computer programing. This has the potential of changing the economic future of Arkansas and creating thousands of high paying jobs.”

The ad:
Script:
Asa: I’m Asa and that’s my granddaughter, Ella Beth. Not only does she play basketball and is on the swim team, but she also taught herself basic computer programming. She even created an app you can download on your phone. She's my inspiration for putting computer science, particularly coding, in every Arkansas high school. It is a high-paying skill and it’s the future for many Arkansas boys… and girls. Right, Ella Beth?

Ella Beth: Right, Papaw!


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