Friday, March 25, 2016

Arkansas Delegation Denounces DOE Clean Line Approval

WASHINGTON — U.S. Senator John Boozman, Senator Tom Cotton, Congressman Rick Crawford, Congressman French Hill, Congressman Steve Womack, and Congressman Bruce Westerman today issued the following statement in response to an announcement by the Department of Energy (DOE) to use Section 1222 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 (P.L. 109–58) to partner with Clean Line Energy in an energy transmission project across Arkansas, Oklahoma, and Tennessee.

“Today marks a new page in an era of unprecedented executive overreach as the Department of Energy seeks to usurp the will of Arkansans and form a partnership with a private company – the same private company previously denied rights to operate in our state by the Arkansas Public Service Commission. Despite years of pushback on the local level and continuous communications between our delegation and Secretary Moniz, DOE has decided to forgo the will of the Natural State and take over the historic ability of state-level transmission control through this announcement.

We now will begin the process of careful review over DOE’s decision and will continue to address our concerns through any avenue necessary. Section 1222 of the Energy Policy Act of 2005 establishes specific conditions that must be met before this authority is used, and we expect the Department to release all details of their review so that our staff and Congressional investigators will be able to continue the process of oversight.

It is our firm belief that the DOE has overstepped its bounds, and reversing this decision through the passage of the APPROVAL Act remains a top priority.”

Last year, Senator Boozman and Congressman Womack – with the support of the entire Arkansas delegation – introduced the Assuring Private Property Rights Over Vast Access to Land (APPROVAL) Act (S. 485/H.R. 3062). The APPROVAL Act would restore states’ rights to approve or reject an electric transmission project prior to the federal government exercising its power to take private property. The legislation directs the U.S. Department of Energy to obtain the approval of both the governor and the state’s public service commission before approving any Section 1222 transmission project and subsequent use of federal eminent domain, as well as the approval of any tribal government for affected lands.

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Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Hill Introduces S Corporation Crowdfunding Legislation

WASHINGTON – Congressman French (AR-02) introduced H.R. 4831, which would amend the tax code to make an exception to the 100-shareholder S corporation (S corp) limitation in the case of shares acquired through certain crowdfunding or small public offerings.

The 2012 JOBS Act made it easier for small businesses to raise capital by expanding Regulation A and through crowdfunding, allowing companies to more easily raise relatively small amounts of capital from a number of investors. However, restrictions placed on S corps—most notably the 100-shareholder limitation—may hinder their ability to take advantage of these new avenues to raise capital. H.R. 4831 would expand the use of Regulation A and crowdfunding to S corps.

After introducing the bill, Congressman Hill stated:

“The successes of businesses of all sizes controls the health of our entire economy. As someone who has helped small businesses and worked in banking for more than two decades, I know first-hand how those successes can be directly affected by a company’s ability to efficiently raise capital. Reg A+ and crowdfunding provide new avenues for small businesses to raise the money needed to grow their operations. However, entrepreneurs who have elected an S-corp structure cannot utilize these methods without potentially endangering their tax exemption. My bill will offer a simple correction allowing S corps to remain S corps while utilizing these new, cost-effective methods of raising capital.”

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Sunday, March 20, 2016

Gov. Hutchinson's Weekly Address: Touting Arkansas Tourism

LITTLE ROCK - Governor Asa Hutchinson's weekly radio address.

Earlier this week, I attended the Governor’s Conference on Tourism in Springdale. I had the chance to talk about the growing strength and importance of our state’s tourism industry.

At the conference, Tom Walton, the grandson of Walmart founder Sam Walton, was named “Tourism Person of the Year,” primarily for his work in making Arkansas a premier destination for mountain bikers. Tom has traveled the nation and beyond. And yet, like many of us who've seen the world, there remains a special place in his heart for his native state.

During his acceptance speech, Tom said something that really resonated with me. He asked simply: “What if?”

"What if" we did something unique with our biking trail system? "What if" we started a real quality-of-life movement in the Natural State? "What if" we strived for something bigger and bolder? Blessed with so much natural beauty and the friendliest people on earth, Arkansas is in the “What if?” business — and business is good.

Since 2010, the number of visitors to Arkansas has increased by 23 percent, which has resulted in an increase in state and local tax revenue of 32 percent thanks to all of the visitors spending money in this state.

Often, visitors come back to stay after experiencing all that we have to offer. Look at almost any list of reasons why a business or entrepreneur relocates and, near the top, you'll find those three magic words — quality of life. It's a phrase synonymous with Arkansas.

As our tourism industry grows, so does our tourism infrastructure, which includes everything from hotels and restaurants to our state parks, museums and ever-growing bike trails.

Consider the economic impact of Arkansas’s tourism industry last year:

In 2015, Arkansas welcomed more than 28 million visitors who spent more than $7 billion. That added some $500 million in tax revenue to state and local coffers. Tourism is vital to our economy, and it’s projected to be one of the fastest-growing industries over the next decade.

In my first year as governor, I’ve had opportunities to promote tourism in almost every corner of the state. I took a bike ride along the Delta Heritage Trail. I announced that Bentonville had attracted the 2016 International Mountain Biking World Summit. And just last week at the Governor's Mansion, we celebrated with Rosanne Cash the restoring of the Historic Dyess Colony and the Johnny Cash Boyhood Home in the Upper Delta. Already, the Cash home in Dyess is drawing visitors from all over the world.

The other day, I heard a story about a couple from Australia who were passing through. They stopped in our visitor’s center in West Memphis to get a map. What they also received was a warm, friendly welcome from one of our state’s ambassadors working at the center. Thanks to that worker’s passion and enthusiasm, the couple said they would make it a point to spend more time in Arkansas when they returned.

Stories like this are common in our state’s tourism industry; as a state, Arkansas really does stand out above the rest.

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Boozman Supports Resolution Opposing Transfer of GITMO Detainee

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator John Boozman today announced his cosponsorship of a Senate resolution formally rejecting President Obama’s plan to transfer prisoners from the Guantanamo Bay detention facilities (Gitmo) to locations on American soil.

“Transferring Gitmo detainees to American soil threatens our national security and poses a risk to our citizens. That’s why Congress, with my support, approved legislation prohibiting Gitmo detainees from being moved to the U.S. This resolution puts the Senate on record against the relocation plans President Obama proposed,” Boozman said.

In February President Obama submitted a plan to Congress outlining measures to close Gitmo by transferring detainees to the U.S., a violation of federal law.

The resolution “demands that the President immediately abandon any ill-conceived and illegal plans to transfer Guantanamo Bay detainees to the United States homeland without explicit authorization from the United States Congress.”

Click here to read the full text of the resolution.

Sites in Colorado, Kansas and South Carolina have been surveyed as potential locations for Gitmo detainees.

Last week, Boozman helped introduce a resolution calling for fighters involved with Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to be detained at Gitmo if they are captured by the United States.

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Saturday, March 19, 2016

Boozman, Warner Seek to Protect Combat-Injured Veterans From Being Wrongfully Deprived of Full Severance

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senators John Boozman (R-AR) and Mark Warner (D-VA) today introduced bipartisan legislation to ensure that veterans who suffer service-ending combat-related injuries are not taxed on the severance payment they receive from the Department of Defense (DOD).

Under federal law, veterans who suffer combat-related injuries and who are separated from the military are not supposed to be taxed on the one-time lump sum disability severance payment they receive from DOD.

Unfortunately, taxes on combat-related disability severance payments have nonetheless been withheld from qualifying veterans for a number of years due to the limitations of DOD’s automated payment system. Veterans are typically unaware that their benefits were improperly reduced as a result of DOD’s actions.

Combat-Injured Veterans Tax Fairness Act of 2016, introduced by Boozman and Warner, corrects this problem by directing DOD to identify veterans who have been separated from service for combat-related injuries and received a severance payment. The bill instructs DOD to determine how much the combat-wounded veterans are owed and allow veterans who have been improperly taxed to recover the withheld amounts.

“It is absolutely wrong to deprive combat-injured veterans of their full severance upon separation. This has to be corrected. DOD has unjustly withheld taxes despite clearly-written federal law and a court opinion to the contrary. We have a responsibility to right this wrong and ensure that our nation’s wounded veterans receive the benefits they are rightfully due,” Boozman said.

“The intent of Congress, federal law and Department of Defense policy are all very clear: Service members separated as a result of combat-related injuries are not to have their severance pay taxed. It’s unbelievable that Congress has to act in order to ensure that the law is followed and that veterans who have already sacrificed so much receive every penny of their severance. Our legislation requires the Department of Defense to identify and notify individuals whose payments were reduced by improperly withheld taxes, and also extends the statute of limitations to ensure that those who were wronged long ago can still receive their full and proper payments,” Warner said.

The problem was originally identified by the National Veterans Legal Services Program (NVLSP), an independent, nonprofit veterans service organization that has served active duty military personnel and veterans since 1980.

“Most troubling is that we learned the government had known about this problem for decades yet continued to take this money from thousands of disabled veterans. After exploring all legal options, we concluded that the only large-scale fix to this problem was through legislation, and we are so grateful that Senator Boozman and Senator Warner are sponsoring this bill. The sad truth is that the government essentially stole $78 million dollars from disabled combat veterans because of an accounting problem it’s known about for years. To help undo the harm caused by this egregious oversight, we hope this legislation is passed quickly,” Tom Moore, attorney and manager of the Lawyers Serving Warriors project at NVLSP, said.

NVLSP estimates that over 13,800 veterans potentially have been denied full severance pay as a result of wrongful taxation, including 165 veterans in Arkansas and 720 veterans in Virginia.

While introducing the bill, Boozman and Warner highlighted the financial burdens placed on two of their constituents Brandon Davis of Greenwood, Arkansas and Leon Hill of Norfolk, Virginia.

“I was discharged from the Army due to combat-related injuries in 2005, a year after I was engaged in several enemy attacks during a deployment to Iraq. While I was going through the medical discharge process, I recall hearing that there was a computer problem related to disability severance payments, but no one ever explained what I needed to do to recover the money that was taken from me,” Davis said. “The government took eight thousand dollars from me without explaining that I could have recovered all of this money. This money would have helped me and my family as we adjusted to life after being discharged from the military. Because eleven years have passed since the money was taken, now I have no way to get it back unless this legislation is passed.”

“The government took more than $11,000 from my disability severance check after I was involuntarily separated from the Navy due to combat-related disabilities,” Hill said. “During my medical discharge proceedings, I received very little guidance. No one ever explained the tax issue to me. I didn't even know I had been shortchanged until Mr. Moore from NVLSP called me to explain the issue. Now I understand that there is no way to recover the money that was taken from me without this legislation.”

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Governor Hutchinson Announces Appointments

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson announced on March 14th the following appointments:
Katy Morris, Conway, to the Arkansas State Independent Living Council. Appointment expires February 1, 2017.
Martin McDonell, Greenwood, to the Arkansas State Independent Living Council. Appointment expires February 1, 2019. Replaces Robyn Horn.
Ezell Breedlove, Little Rock, to the Arkansas State Independent Living Council. Appointment expires February 1, 2017.
Sarah Capp, Ozark, to the Arkansas Development Finance Authority Board of Directors. Appointment expires January 14, 2020. Replaces Alan Turnbo.
Denise Sweat, McCaskill, to the Arkansas Development Finance Authority Board of Directors. Appointment expires January 14, 2018. Replaces Robert Jones.
Joseph Kelly, Rogers, to the State Review Committee for Historic Preservation. Appointment expires June 15, 2020. Replaces Zackery Cothren.
Matthew King, Little Rock, to the Arkansas Waterways Commission. Appointment expires January 14, 2023. Replaces Travis Justice.
Randy Bobo, Hope, to the Red River Commission. Appointment expires January 14, 2023. Reappointment.
Ronald Carroll, Jonesboro, to the Arkansas State Board of Athletic Training. Appointment expires January 14, 2019. Reappointment.
Margaret Wolf, Rogers, to the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging. Appointment expires January 14, 2020. Reappointment.
Marilyn Hicks, Waldron, to the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging. Appointment expires January 14, 2020. Reappointment.
Bruce Short, Nashville, to the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging. Appointment expires January 14, 2020. Replaces Jean Killian.
Cassandra Hill, Osceola, to the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging. Appointment expires January 14, 2020. Replaces Lamar Cole.
Sharyn Ahlstrom, Magnolia, to the Governor’s Advisory Council on Aging. Appointment expires January 14, 2018. Replaces Doyle Harrison.
Daniel Shults, Pocahontas, to the Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee, Judicial District #3. Appointment expires January 14, 2020. Replaces Jack McCord.
Susan Dickson, Cabot, to the Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee, Judicial District   #23. Appointment expires January 14, 2020. Reappointment.
James Morehead, Benton, to the Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee, Judicial District #22. Appointment expires January 14, 2020. Reappointment.
Josh Adkerson, Arkadelphia, to the Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee, Judicial District #9 East. Appointment expires January 14, 2019. Replaces Donald Hatley.
Glenn Ford, Forrest City, to the Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee, Judicial District #1. Appointment expires January 14, 2020. Reappointment.
Bud Moxley, Monette, to the Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee, Judicial District #2. Appointment expires January 14, 2020. Reappointment.
Tyler Griffin, Wynne, to the Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee, Judicial District #1. Appointment expires January 14, 2019. Replaces Phillip Boeckman.
Charles Jones, Benton, to the Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee, Judicial District # 22. Appointment expires January 14, 2020. Reappointment.
Gary Watkins, Fort Smith, to the Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee, Judicial District #12. Appointment expires January 14, 2020. Replaces Hollis Linam.
John Burke, Coal Hill, to the Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee, Judicial District #5. Appointment expires January 14, 2020. Reappointment.
Chad Atwell, Fayetteville, to the Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee, Judicial District #4. Appointment expires January 14, 2020. Replaces Victoria Seaton.
Dr. Rodney Williams, Fayetteville, to the State Board of Licensure for Professional Engineers and Professional Surveyors. Appointment expires July 1, 2016. Replaces Robert Holloway.
Robert Goff, Vilonia, to the Individual Sewage Disposal Systems Advisory Committee. Appointment expires October 1, 2019. Replaces Billy Garner.
John Tyer, Clinton, to the Individual Sewage Disposal Systems Advisory Committee. Appointment expires October 1, 2019. Reappointment.
Allen Trammell, Alexander, to the Arkansas Home Inspector Registration Board. Appointment expires January 26, 2018. Replaces R. Lee Stephens.
Cheryl Payne-Nesuda, Little Rock, to the Arkansas Home Inspector Registration Board. Appointment expires January 26, 2018. Replaces James Metzger.
Wayne Pace, Little Rock, to the Arkansas Home Inspector Registration Board. Appointment expires January 26, 2018. Reappointment.
Joseph Kanopsic, Hot Springs National Park, to the Arkansas Home Inspector Registration Board. Appointment expires January 26, 2018. Replaces Mitchell Erwin.
Mike Lybrand, Hot Springs National Park, to the State Board of Registration for Professional Geologists. Appointment expires October 1, 2020.
Adam LupPlace, Arkadelphia, to the Criminal Detention Facility Review Committee, Judicial District #9 East. Appointment expires January 14, 2020. Replaces David Maxwell.
Dr. Charles Corey Scott, Little Rock, to the Trauma Advisory Council. Appointment expires July 1, 2017. Replaces Mary Aitken. 
Barry Davis, Paragould, to the Trauma Advisory Council. Appointment expires July 1, 2017. Replaces Brian Thomas.
Daniel McKay, Bentonville, to the Trauma Advisory Council. Appointment expires July 1, 2017. Replaces Christina Whatley.
Dr. Perry Amerine, Paris, to the State Board of Health. Appointment expires December 31, 2019. Replaces Patricia Bell.
Colonel Nate Todd, North Little Rock, to the Mosaic Templars of America Center for African-American Culture and Business Enterprise Advisory Board. Appointment expires October 31, 2019. Replaces Pat Johnson. 
Patricia Bassett, Sherwood, to the Mosaic Templars of America Center for African-American Culture and Business Enterprise Advisory Board. Appointment expires October 31, 2019. Replaces Denise Henderson. 
John Tyer, Clinton, to the Individual Sewage Disposal Systems Advisory Committee. Appointment expires October 1, 2019. Reappointment.
Dr. Samuel Norwood II, Little Rock, to the Emergency Medical Services Advisory Council. Appointment expires July 1, 2018. Replaces Darren Flamik.
Deborah Smith, Flippin, to the Arkansas Natural Heritage Commission. Appointment expires January 14, 2025. Replaces Hugh Earnest.
Debby Ferguson, Little Rock, as a Special Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of Arkansas.  CV-15-824 Temika Donley v. Lakitcher Donley. Replaces Justice Robin Wynne, who has disqualified himself from the case.

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Statements on President’s SCOTUS Nominee

Both Sen. John Boozman (AR) and Rep. French Hill (AR-2) issued statements regarding President Obama’s announcement to nominate Chief Judge for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit Merrick Garland to replace the late Justice Antonin Scalia on the Supreme Court.

Congressman Hill stated:
“Just as it is the president’s right to nominate a justice, it is the Senate’s right to advise and consent on that nomination. I am confident that the leadership of our Senate will do what is in their best judgement in regard to the nominee. As I have said before, as we are in the midst of a national election, it is my personal preference that this nomination be left to our next president.”
Senator Boozman stated:
“The President has a Constitutional right to nominate a candidate to fill this vacancy, but the Senate has made it clear that we do not intend move forward on it. The Constitution clearly defines the roles of each branch and the President's ends with selecting a candidate for the vacancy.

“For Senator Reid and his caucus to claim the Senate must vote on this nominee is not only a display of Constitutional ignorance, but highly hypocritical given the words and actions of Senate Democrats in previous election years and the precedent followed for decades in terms of considering Supreme Court vacancies during lame duck presidencies.

“Our country is very split and we are in the midst of a highly contested presidential election. My colleagues and I are committed to giving the American people a voice in the direction the court will take for generations to come.”

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Boozman Honored for Support of Faith, Family & Freedom

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) was honored by the legislative affiliate of the Family Research Council (FRC) for his unwavering support of faith, family and freedom.

“The Family Research Council fights for traditional values every day. Fighting for pro-family and pro-life legislation is important to my work representing Arkansas. I am honored to receive this award and stand with this group in support of values important to Arkansans,” Boozman said.

“We can be encouraged by elected officials who are willing to be criticized by some in the media and the intolerant voices of secularism as they stand for family values. Congress as a whole is often criticized, and rightfully so, but there are individual Senators, like Senator Boozman, who deserve praise for their unwavering commitment to stand for life, family, marriage, and religious liberty,” Tony Perkins, Family Research Council President, said.

FRC Action scored 11 votes in the 114th Congress ranging from defunding Planned Parenthood to fighting Common Core to repealing key parts of Obamacare through the budget reconciliation process, and supporting the Pain Capable Unborn Child Protection Act, among other things. Boozman received a 100 percent rating.

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Friday, March 11, 2016

Right to Inspect Any House Is In the Jonesboro Arkansas Property Maintenance Code

by Debbie Pelley, Letter to Editor: The Right of Entry into a person's home for inspection is surely the most controversial aspect of the Jonesboro Property Maintenance Code and involves the most disinformation. There was very little controversy until the interior of premises was added.

The proponents of the Code adamantly declare the government can't come into your house without your permission. Opponents of the code declare the opposite based on the code itself: "104.3 Right of Entry. The code official is authorized to enter the structure or premises at reasonable times to inspect or perform the duties imposed by this code...If entry is refused, the code official shall have recourse to the remedies provided by law to secure entry. Pg 7 at this link: http://www.jonesboro.org/DocumentCenter/View/2001

Common sense indicates that since the code was extended to the interior, the code officials always intended to get inside your home. Why else would fourteen pages of the code concern only the interior of existing structures?

Say we agree [even though we don't] with those who say you have to give permission or the code official has to go to a judge and get a warrant to come into your home. The code says 106.1 "Unlawful acts. It shall be unlawful for a person, firm or corporation to be in conflict with or in violation of any of the provisions of this code." Do any of us want to live with the fear of the government coming into our homes or businesses and being found guilty? Even the thought of that interruption is like being notified by the IRS that you are being audited while you are dealing with other crises in your life. And senior adults are nearly always dealing with some health crisis of themselves, their siblings, or friends.

Who even wants a judge to be able to decide based on the law (the code is now law) that a code official can come into your house and inspect it? The judge has to make his decision based on the law. Until now, individuals had to be suspected or guilty of some crime for a warrant to be issued to enter your home. Under this law, you are guilty if you don't meet the requirements of their code even though it is your property.

The people who favor the code often mention that the rundown properties decrease their property values. The inside of the house never decreases the property value; it is the exterior that decreases property values. You don't have to come into the home to deal with that.

So, why should we be subjected to one more fear and interruption from the government?
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Debbie Pelley is both a respected contributor. She lives in Jonesboro, Arkansas

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Boozman Leads Efforts to Fix Veterans Choice Program

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) this week helped introduce legislation to fix problems Arkansas veterans have with the Veterans Choice Program. The Veterans Choice Improvement Act of 2016 (S. 2646) makes it easier for health care providers to work with the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) to ensure that veterans have access to the quality health care they earned.

“I have heard from many Arkansas veterans about problems with delays and access to health care they have experienced with the Veterans Choice Program. Ensuring our veterans receive the care and treatment they need is important to upholding our promise for their service and sacrifice. This bill is a critical step to eliminating the struggle they face to the services they need,” Boozman said.

The Veterans Choice Improvement Act addresses three key problems that have come to light since the creation of the Veterans Choice Program in 2014:
Systemic confusion with accessing health care outside the VA: The VA has the legal authority to send veterans outside of the VA to receive care, but there are multiple programs, contracts and laws that confuse everyone involved. The Veterans Choice Improvement Act simplifies the process by consolidating redundant and overlapping programs into the Veterans Choice Program and creating one funding source for all non-VA care programs. This will streamline and simplify the process for veterans who need to go outside of the VA to receive care.

Medical providers fear working with the VA, which is jeopardizing the ability of veterans to get the care they need: VA has an antiquated, slow and inefficient claims processing system that often makes it very difficult for private medical providers to work with the VA. The Veterans Choice Improvement Act requires that the VA will create a modern, secure and efficient claims submission process with industry best practices. It gives strict timelines for reimbursement to providers and includes measures to make sure that the VA meets those timelines.

The VA does not use local medical providers to help veterans, which means veterans have to drive for hours to receive care, even for simple things like getting eyeglasses: The Veterans Choice Improvement Act allows the VA to enter into provider agreements with local providers, which will help thousands of veterans who live in areas with health care shortages to receive the care they need much more easily and conveniently.

The bill was introduced by Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) and Senators Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Steve Daines (R-MT), John Hoeven (R-ND), Jerry Moran (R-KS) and Thom Tillis (R-NC) are original sponsors.

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Thursday, March 10, 2016

Jonesboro Property Code and Hidden Tax

by Ralph Meade, Letter to Editor: Code complaints - Anyone who reads the Jonesboro Property Maintenance Code with discerning eyes will see in every section, "We're the government and we're here to help," the scariest eight words in the English language according to Ronald Reagan.

That brings to memory all the lavish government spending with no effective results but with unintended consequences galore — like $500 toilet seats, $400 hammers, Solyndra, and interest on the $19 trillion debt, all paid with general taxpayer money.

But with the Jonesboro property code the expensive, hidden tax will be levied on individuals at random with little or no fairness at all, citations being given as a result of a complaint, according to the Mayor, but not the code itself.

What is the main thing that the property code is meant to do for us? Protect our health, welfare and safety. These words are referred to about 54 times in this 34-page property code and were stressed at the city's informational meetings.

For the thousands of us senior citizens who have never lived in a "safe" house up to this code and still made it to our 70s and 80s, this is nonsense. We are in much greater fear of our empty wallets because of this code and our inability to purchase our necessary medicine than living in "unsafe" houses.

We want to live out our days as law-abiding citizens. The code says, "[A] 106.1 It shall be unlawful for a person, firm, or corporation to be in conflict with or in any violation of any of the provisions of this code." There is probably not a house in Jonesboro that meets all the nitpicking requirements in the code, so we will now be breaking the law.

When parents can't even afford health care for themselves or their children, how can the mayor ask them to spend money on nitpicking expensive requirements in the code such as hard wiring smoke alarms in every room, moving or replacing an undersized electrical panel, rewiring the entire house where required, replacing electrical outlets in bathrooms, kitchens, laundry rooms, replacing weather stripping and glaze on windows, cracks in concrete and on and on.

To those people who don't want anything to mar the beauty around them, and to an ambitious mayor working to make a name for himself: Somehow, I just can't get too concerned about people who are worried about protecting their property values and career when thousands are worried about keeping a roof over their heads.
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Ralph Meade is a resident of Bono, Arkansas

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Governor Asa Hutchinson Announces $10 Million Upgrade for Statewide Public Safety Communications System

LITTLE ROCK — Governor Asa Hutchinson announced today that he will request the legislature to release $10 million from his Rainy Day Fund for significant and much needed upgrades to the statewide interoperable communications system for emergency and public safety services, also known as the Arkansas Wireless Information Network (AWIN).

This funding will go towards replacing aging radio equipment at 20 AWIN sites, aging console equipment at nine dispatch locations as well as upgrades to the system operating software. These upgrades will bring AWIN to the current state of technology and will allow the system to take advantage of future technologies.

“AWIN has proven invaluable during the aftermath of disasters such as the Vilonia tornadoes and the flash flood tragedy at the Albert Pike Recreational Area by giving law enforcement, fire, rescue and medical teams the ability to communicate when local services had been wiped out and cell phones would not work,” said Gov. Asa Hutchinson. “It is our obligation as a state to adequately invest in this system so that, when the call for help comes in, the response can be swift and effective.”

The AWIN upgrade will benefit the state’s public safety community by doubling the number of available channels. Not only will this help to maintain this critical first responder communications system, which is used every day by local law enforcement, firefighters, and emergency medical responders, but this will enhance the ability to coordinate communications among a large number of responders across multiple jurisdictions in the event of a wide scale disaster. Each AWIN site will have the ability to both transmit and receive. The upgraded system will allow dispatch operators to concurrently manage multiple calls.

“Arkansas is fortunate to have a radio system that is capable of tying together multitudes of emergency resources, but like any other piece of equipment, AWIN needs to be properly maintained to ensure the line of communication will always be there,” said Col. Bill Bryant, commander of the Arkansas State Police.

“The AWIN infrastructure upgrades being proposed by Governor Hutchinson are extremely important in allowing state of the art radio communications from any point in Arkansas,” said Texarkana Police Chief Bob Harrison. “This will be beneficial to Texarkana and other agencies throughout Southwest Arkansas and the entire state.”

AWIN is a division of the Arkansas Department of Information Systems (DIS). The network provides thousands of law enforcement, fire, first responders and other emergency services at the city, county, state and federal levels, the ability to coordinate communications with other agencies and jurisdictions.

“AWIN is a strategic state asset that averaged almost 242,000 calls per day in 2015,” said Mark Myers, DIS director. “This upgrade will help maintain effective communication across the system which is critical when seconds count and the property and lives of Arkansans are at stake.”

AWIN consists of over 100 tower sites throughout the state. The system is monitored 24 hours a day, 365 days per year to ensure that it is constantly available to the almost 30,000 radios authorized for use on the system.

If funding from the Rainy Day Fund is approved by the legislature, the AWIN upgrade is expected to begin approximately April 1, 2016, and will take approximately one year to complete. The AWIN upgrade will reinforce the foundation of the current system and prepare our state for the next generation emergency management communications system, which is anticipated to launch within the next five to seven years.

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Boozman Praises Senate Passage of Bill to Fight Opioid Abuse

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) issued the following statement on Senate passage of the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act:
Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the country and unfortunately Arkansas is not immune to this problem.

Arkansas has implemented measures to combat this problem by decreasing the availability of prescription drugs and properly disposing of expired and unneeded medication through the Arkansas Take Back program. This is an important step that has resulted in the removal of more than 72 tons of unneeded medication from homes in the state.

The Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act will build on these successes in the fight against this epidemic and provide our communities with the tools they need to improve response to addiction and promote treatment and recovery.

This bill can help give communities the ability to combat the growing opioid epidemic in Arkansas and across the country by expanding prevention efforts, supporting law enforcement, combating overdoses and expanding access to treatment. I’m committed to providing Arkansas communities the resources they need to fight this epidemic.


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Congressman French Hill Announces Mobile Office Hours for Second Congressional District

Little Rock, AR – Today, Congressman French Hill (AR-02) announced mobile office hours in the following cities in the Second Congressional District: Perryville, Vilonia, Hot Springs Village, Plummerville, Sherwood, Judsonia, and Shirley.

After the announcement, Congressman Hill stated:


“As a member of Congress, being able to reach all of my constituents is an important part of the role I serve in our community. We have two great office locations in Little Rock and in Conway where my staff and I handle casework and meet with constituents. As well-located as these offices are, they are not always accessible for everyone. That is why I am announcing mobile office hours throughout the entire district for next week. These events are a great opportunity to meet with my staff, learn about what we can do for you, and get our help with any issues you are having with the federal government—especially for veterans in need of guidance on how to receive benefits. Our team is here to serve you, and, as always, never be shy to reach out to us when you are in need of assistance.”
Below are the dates, times, and locations for the seven mobile office hours:

Tuesday, March 15, 2016
Perryville Mobile Office Hours
Office of Congressman French Hill
9:00 AM - 11:00AM Perryville City Hall (613 N. Fourche Ave, Perryville, AR 72126)

Vilonia Mobile Office Hours
Office of Congressman French Hill
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Vilonia City Hall (18 Bise St, Vilonia, AR 72173)

Wednesday, March 16, 2016
Hot Springs Village Mobile Office Hours
Office of Congressman French Hill
9:00 AM - 11:00 PM - McAuley Senior Community Center (5010 Hwy 7 North, Hot Springs Village, AR 71909)

Plummerville Mobile Office Hours
Office of Congressman French Hill
2:00 PM - 4:00 PM - Plummerville Mayor's Office (303 W Main St, Plumerville, AR 72127)

Thursday, March 17, 2016
Sherwood Mobile Office Hours
Office of Congressman French Hill
9:00 AM - 11:00 AM - Jack Evans Senior Center (2301 Thornhill Dr, Sherwood, AR 72120)

Judsonia Mobile Office Hours
Office of Congressman French Hill
2:00 PM- 4:00 PM - Judsonia Library (612 Van Buren Ave, Judsonia, AR 72081)

Friday, March 18, 2016
Shirley Mobile Office Hours
Office of Congressman French Hill
10:00 AM - 12:00 PM - Shirley City Hall (489 AR-9, Shirley, AR 72153)

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Boozman, Cotton: Detain ISIL Fighters in Gitmo

WASHINGTON — Arkansas’s U.S. Senators John Boozman and Tom Cotton today helped introduce a resolution calling for fighters involved with Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) to be detained at Guantanamo Bay (Gitmo) if they are captured by the United States.

Boozman and Cotton are among 14 original cosponsors of the resolution, authored by U.S. Senator Steve Daines (R-MT), which follows the recent announcement that U.S. Special Forces captured an ISIL chemical weapons specialist while carrying out military operations against the terrorist group.

“Closing Gitmo and transferring detainees to American soil creates needless national security risks and poses unnecessary threats to American citizens,” Boozman said. “The state-of-the-art facility is more than serving its purpose for detaining the worst of the worst, obtaining valuable intelligence from them and keeping these terrorists who are bent on destroying America from returning to the battlefield. As the threat posed by ISIL grows, Gitmo remains the only option to house these terrorists. Any facility on U.S. soil is not an option. It never was with al-Qaeda terrorists, nor can it be with ISIL terrorists. We are committed to ensuring that President Obama understands this and is prevented from closing the detention center at Guantanamo Bay.”

“Guantanamo Bay is a first-rate detention facility that’s kept terrorists off the battlefield, provided valuable intelligence, and made America safer,” Cotton said. “President Obama needs to recognize this and begin sending dangerous Islamic State terrorists to Gitmo. Just yesterday, the New York Times reported that an Islamic State terrorist with expertise in chemical weapons was in the custody of U.S. Special Forces. That terrorist should be sent immediately to Guantanamo Bay for detention and interrogation, and not read his Miranda rights or turned over to another nation. Our priority should be stopping terrorists, not providing them with constitutional rights that rightfully belong to the American people they are trying to kill.”

Read the full text of the resolution below:

RESOLUTION

Expressing the sense of Senate that individuals captured
by the United States for supporting the Islamic State
of Iraq and the Levant should be detained at United States Naval Station,
Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Resolved, That it is the sense of the Senate that —

(1) the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) has declared war on the United States;

(2) the United States Armed Forces are currently engaged in combat operations against ISIL;

(3) in conducting combat operations against ISIL, the United States has captured and detained individuals associated with ISIL and will likely capture and hold additional ISIL detainees;

(4) following the horrific terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, the United States determined that it would detain at United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, individuals who had engaged in, aided, or abetted, or conspired to commit, acts of international terrorism, or acts in preparation therefor, that have caused, threaten to cause, or have as their aim to cause, injury to or adverse effects on the United States, its citizens, national security, foreign policy, or economy;

(5) members of ISIL captured by the United States during combat operations against ISIL meet such criteria for continued detention at United State Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay; and

(6) all individuals captured by the United States during combat operations against ISIL that meet the criteria by their affiliation with ISIL must be detained outside the United States and its territories and should be transferred to United States Naval Station, Guantanamo Bay.

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Wednesday, March 9, 2016

Boozman & EPW Committee Members Hear Testimony from ADEQ Director

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator John Boozman (R-AR) and members of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee heard testimony from state regulators, including Arkansas Department of Environment Quality (ADEQ) Director Becky Keogh, on cooperative federalism between states and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and whether the system is working.
In her testimony, Keogh said Arkansas’s cooperation with EPA has become “a thing of the past.”

“The cooperative-federalism model that has defined Arkansas’s relation with the EPA beginning in the 1970s has morphed into something that can be better described as coercive federalism. We have seen a decrease in time and tolerance for State Implementation Programs (SIPs) and a dramatic increase in EPA takeovers, or Federal Implementation Programs (FIPs),” Keogh told Senate committee members.

Keogh told members that during the Obama Administration the EPA issued 54 federal take-over plans, ten times more than the three previous administrations combined.

Boozman asked the director if she was concerned about this trend. He followed up asking if state plans are integral to the Clean Air Act’s cooperative federalism structure where federal plans are intended only as a last resort.

The director responded that she is concerned about the trend and that sometimes federal plans are necessary, but the frequency and process has become alarming.

Today’s hearing is the latest in a long line of EPW Committee efforts to shine a light on how EPA mandates have eroded authorities that have traditionally been under states’ purview.

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Monday, March 7, 2016

Griffin Recommends ‘Bold, Innovative and Comprehensive’ Reorganization of DHS

Says, scrap ‘silo-prone divisional structure’ and replace with ‘integrated human services delivery to serve our most vulnerable Arkansans better and save taxpayer dollars’

LITTLE ROCK – Lieutenant Governor Tim Griffin issued the following statement outlining his core recommendations for reforming the Arkansas Department of Human Services (DHS) after he concluded his review of the Department at the Governor’s request:
“DHS provides critical services to our most vulnerable citizens, and DHS employees perform valuable work—especially those on the front lines across the state working every day to improve the lives of their fellow Arkansans.  But even the best employees are hampered by an antiquated organizational structure, managerial obstacles, unacceptably poor internal communications, waste, mismanagement and duplication of work. My ‘Core DHS Recommendations,’ detailed below, address these problems from an organizational perspective as requested by the Governor. The good news is that we have an opportunity to reorganize DHS in a bold, innovative and comprehensive way that puts a premium on customer service: Scrap the silo-prone divisional structure and replace it with integrated human services delivery to serve our most vulnerable Arkansans better and save taxpayer dollars. An integrated approach to services delivery is a holistic one that considers all of the client information available and ensures coordination throughout DHS and with other state agencies. This approach allows outcomes to be measured more accurately to determine success or failure. Also, many of the organizational problems at DHS reflect state law impacting numerous departments and agencies and provide an opportunity to institute reforms government-wide. I learned a lot about DHS and state government during my more than 185 interviews. And while much of that information is outside the scope of the Governor’s requested review and not the subject of this release, I will put it to good use as part of a broader look at state government and advocate for reforms based on the information gathered.”

Core DHS Recommendationsü Reorganize DHS by adopting an organizational approach that integrates the delivery of human services and focuses on the needs of the Arkansan, the client.  An integrated approach eliminates the silos created by divisions that fail to communicate with one another to ensure the client receives the best individualized combination of services for his or her specific needs.

ü Strengthen the role of the DHS Chief Financial Officer (CFO) by giving the CFO managerial control over all division CFOs.

ü Strengthen the role of the Assistant Director for Contract Support Services (ADCSS) by giving the ADCSS managerial control over all division contract and procurement staff.  Rename the ADCSS by removing the word “Support.”

ü Establish education and experience requirements for CFOs.

ü Establish an Office of Legislative Affairs to handle communications with the legislature in a consistent and organized way.

ü Increase flexibility for managers by streamlining the process for changing titles, job descriptions, number of employees, job requirements, etc.

ü Institute new employee orientation that provides comprehensive holistic training regarding DHS and the services it provides.

ü Strengthen the Office of Quality Assurance.

ü Move all investigations of child maltreatment from the Division of Children and Family Services (DCFS) to the Arkansas State Police Crimes Against Children Division (CACD) regardless of severity.

ü Return to the previous structure at the Arkansas State Police where specific commissioned police officers are assigned to the CACD for a specified time to develop expertise in this area.

ü Further study whether Administrative Law Judges should be moved out of DHS consistent with the Model Administrative Procedures Act.

ü Adopt comprehensive reform of personnel laws relating to pay, hiring, firing, rewarding and disciplining of employees and the grievance process with the goal of recruiting, training and retaining productive employees and providing a career ladder for them to progress.

ü Move toward brick and mortar consolidation for county offices, where feasible, to increase access to county services.

ü Implement a computer system platform that employs a centralized intake to share data across all services provided.


The Governor asked Lieutenant Governor Griffin to focus his review on the organization of DHS.  Lieutenant Governor Griffin did not include a review of the specific policies of each division or Medicaid policy. As a result, the review recommendations do not focus on these topics.

DHS Review Backgroundü In December of 2015, Governor Hutchinson asked Lieutenant Governor Griffin to lead an organizational review of DHS and provide him with recommendations.

ü Over an 8-week period, Lieutenant Governor Griffin met with over 185 individuals, including concerned constituents, current and former DHS employees, elected officials and staff members, and other individuals with knowledge of the Department.

ü During the review, Lieutenant Governor Griffin visited several county offices, including DeValls Bluff, Hamburg, Monticello and Fort Smith, and heard first-hand accounts of what DHS does well, what it does poorly, and how we can make DHS better serve hardworking Arkansas taxpayers.

ü On Friday, March 4, Lieutenant Governor Griffin provided recommendations to the governor.

ü The need for reform is ongoing. As Lieutenant Governor Griffin has done since day one of his term in office, he will continue to meet with Arkansans who are interested in reforming state government, including DHS. His door is always open.

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Saturday, March 5, 2016

Governor Hutchinson Announces Intent to Grant Executive Clemency

LITTLE ROCK – Governor Asa Hutchinson today announced his intent to grant nine pardons. An additional 50 clemency requests were denied and six had no action taken upon them. These include requests from both inmates and non-inmates.
 
The applicants intended for pardons have completed all jail time, fulfilled all parole and probationary requirements and paid all fines related to their sentences. There is a 30-day waiting period to receive public feedback on the notices before final action is taken.
 
Governor Hutchinson intends to grant pardons to the following people:
 
Jerry D. Bishop (Shreveport, LA): Grand Larceny (Felony).
 
This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1963 – Pulaski County), the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.
 
Jessica Hampton Davis (Jonesboro): Possession of Drug Paraphernalia with Intent to Use (C Felony).  
 
This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1996 – Craighead County), the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. The Circuit Judge has raised objections to the application.
 
Rebecca Santiago Durham (Texarkana, TX): Violation of Arkansas Hot Check Law (C Felony), Violation of Arkansas Hot Check Law (Probation Revocation) and Theft of Leased Personal (Felony).
 
This notice is issued based on the dates of conviction (1984 and 1985 – Miller County), the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.
 
Mark Hale (Norman, OK): Manufacture, Delivery or Possession of a Controlled Substance, Marijuana (C Felony).
 
This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (1991 – Miller County), the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. The Circuit Judge has raised objections to the application.
 
Damond Jackson (Russellville): Burglary, four counts (B Felony), Theft of Property (B Felony) and Residential Burglary (Revocation) (B Felony).
This notice is issued based on the dates of conviction (1994 and 1995 – Pope County), the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.
 
Brittney R. Nobles (Austin): Possession of a Controlled Substance (A Misdemeanor) and Criminal Conspiracy to Possess a Controlled Substance, Astrazolon (Xanex) with Intent to Deliver (D Felony).
 
This notice is issued based on the dates of conviction (2004 and 2005 – Lonoke County), the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.
 
Michael P. Sells (Stuttgart): Possession of Drug Paraphernalia (C Felony) and Possession of Marijuana with Intent to Deliver (C Felony).
 
This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2006 – Arkansas County), the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.
 
Michael S. Shipman (Brooklyn Park, MN): Possession of a Controlled Substance Schedule I, II (C Felony) and Possession of a Controlled Substance without a Prescription (A Misdemeanor).
 
This notice is issued based on the date of conviction (2001 – Pulaski County), the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law enforcement objections to the application.
 
Amy L. Waleszonia (Jonesboro): Theft of Property (A Misdemeanor) and Possession of a Controlled Substance, Methamphetamine (C Felony).
 

This notice is issued based on the dates of conviction (2003 – Craighead County and 2005 –Poinsett County), the fact that all terms of the applicant’s sentence have been completed and there have been no further criminal-law violations. There are no law enforcement objections to the application. 

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Friday, March 4, 2016

February’s Golden Fleece Winner Is CMS

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Congressman French Hill (AR-2) announced that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is the February recipient of the Golden Fleece Award for the distribution of $750 million in tax credits to unproven citizens and/or unlawfully present individuals in the United States. In a letter to CMS Acting Administrator Andrew Slavitt, Congressman Hill wrote: 

“This mismanagement of taxpayers’ dollars was recently highlighted by a report from the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs on the Affordable Care Act Premium Tax Credits.

“There is an old adage that CMS would be wise to follow: ‘measure twice; cut once.’ However, time and time again, those responsible for the implementation of the president’s failed health care law have further contributed to its harmful effects through their rushed efforts at the expense of the hardworking American taxpayers and the U.S. economy…”

You can read Congressman Hill’s entire letter here.

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Thursday, March 3, 2016

We Must Keep Guantanamo Bay Open

by Sen. Tom Cotton: On Tuesday, President Obama announced his plan to close the terrorist detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, a plan that's nothing short of a national security disaster. President Obama is using his last 11 months in office to carry out an ill-advised, ideological campaign promise. Worse, he will just wash his hands of the disastrous implications next January, but America will suffer the consequences long after he leaves office.

Releasing Guantanamo terrorists to other countries and bringing them to our shores is unlawful, unnecessary, and dangerous. President Obama’s own military and Attorney General have both said they lack the legal authority to transfer detainees to the United States. He can’t ignore that reality. Simply put: this plan is dead on arrival in the Senate. Please know, I will work tirelessly in the Senate to block this from happening and continue working to keep America safe.

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Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Rep. Hill Votes to Reduce Medicaid Fraud

WASHINGTON – Today, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 3716, the Ensuring Terminated Providers are Removed from Medicaid and CHIP, by a bipartisan vote of 406-0. H.R. 3716 is projected to save taxpayers $28 million by reducing avenues for bad actors to defraud Medicaid. It would also increase access to physicians, making vulnerable Medicaid patients less reliant on emergency rooms for health care.

Following passage of the bill, Congressman French Hill (AR-02) released the following statement:

“The biggest fiscal challenge for American taxpayers comes from our mandatory spending obligations. As the federal deficit continues its ascension towards $20 trillion, Congress needs to reform these programs so that they can become more cost-effective and sustainable while remaining beneficial to their recipients. Any measure that saves the taxpayers money—no matter how small, is a significant step in the right direction. I am committed to continuing the good work of the House in modernizing our mandatory federal programs, so that they not only better serve their recipients, but they also become a better investment for hardworking taxpayers.”

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Thank you Arkansas!

by Senator John Boozman: This primary victory is also YOUR victory. Your support - and most importantly - your vote - carried us across the finish line. Our message on the issues - balancing the budget, strengthening our border security, repealing and replacing Obamacare, reducing taxes and providing the right care to our veterans - is the the right one for Arkansas.

We still have a long way to go. We must continue to fight against Obama's hand-picked candidate. I am confident that with your continued support and our adherence to conservative values we will achieve victory in November.

Again, thank you for your tireless efforts in support of my campaign. I am so grateful and humbled this morning. Your support will continue to inspire me as we work to ensure your voice is heard this November.

Again, thanks so much for your vote and your support.

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