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Saturday, February 17, 2007
Arkansas 1st District GOP Convention Held - New Officers Elected
by Bill Smith: Newport, AR -- On Saturday, Feb, 17, 2006, the First Congressional District of the Arkansas Republican Party met at ASU Newport campus in Newport, Arkansas for their biennial convention. Chairman John Casteel of Jackson County opened the convention and welcomed 140 delegates, visitors and guests. The First District covers the north eastern district of Arkansas with 26 counties and is the second largest physical congressional district in Arkansas (see map insert).
Clint Reed, former Executive Director of the Republican Party of Arkansas and now the Republican National Committee Regional Political Director for the Southern Region, spoke to the convention. After receiving various committee and area reports, elections were held for new officers for the next two years.
Elected by the Convention Delegates were:
Chairman: Benny Speaks from Baxter County
1st Vice Chair: Ann Moore from Independence County
2nd Vice Chair: Rick Candler from Independence County
Secretary: Patti Emmoms from Randolph County
Treasurer: Vince Guest from Cross County
Patronage Coordinator: John Casteel from Jackson County
District Rep to State Committee: Larry Corbitt from Lawrence County
The minority caucus met in special session and elected Valmar Bailey from Crittenden County and the new minority representative to the 1st District.
Delegates from two of the four regions of the 1st District held caucuses and elected new Chairs for their regions. Elected were:
White River Region Chair: Joe LeBlanc from Baxter County
Northeast Region Chair: Rodney Harris from Randolph County Tags:Arkansas Republican Party, GOPTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
By (alias) Stogie Chomper, Saber Point Blog:If the Iraq War were a movie western, the heros would be firing at thousands of whooping savages shooting swarms of arrows at the circled wagons. But wait, what's that? Ta ta ta ta ta ta TA ta TA ta TA ta ta taaa-aaa-aaa!
Yes, it's the CAVALRY! We're saved! Saved, I tell you!! But wait, who's that crazy woman in the calico dress, running towards the cavalry, waving them away? Is she out of her frigging gourd? It's settler Nancy Pelosi, and she's yelling something .... [Read More]
In August 2006, Alabama became the twentieth state to protect marriage with a constitutional amendment. Seven additional states passed constitutional amendments on November 7, 2006 (Colorado, Idaho, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Virginia and Wisconsin). Arizona became the first state in which a marriage amendment did not pass—narrowly losing 49 percent to 51 percent. In an election year marked by victory for Democrats, the passage of seven of eight marriage amendments—27 overall—demonstrates that support for marriage transcends party affiliation. [Read More]
Tags:marriage amendment, Alabama, America Votes, Protect Marriage
NBC military analyst quits network, citing left-wing bias
by Matthew Sheffield, NewsBusters: NBC military analyst Ken Allard, a former army colonel, has resigned from the network, citing a general drift to the left at the MSM outlet, especially following NBC's inaction over scurrilous remarks made by one of its other analysts, a leftist named Bill Arkin, that implied the military was full of "mercenaries" raking in "obscene amenities."
Activists warn Christians targeted under new 'hate crimes' proposal By Bob Unruh, WorldNetDaily: Two Christians in Australia have been indicted for criticizing Islam, and another for criticizing Zionism. A filmmaker has been threatened with arrest for using the word "homosexual" rather than "gay." Now a German priest faces jail time for publicly criticizing abortionists, and in Holland, "fornicators" and "adulterers" are protected classes and cannot be criticized.All courtesy of the concept of federal "hate crimes" legislation, which unless defeated soon could be mandatory in the United States, warns a rising chorus of critics . . . [Click for more] See also: Philadelphia 11 appeal free speech limits (WorldNetDaily) 9th Circuit hears public speech flyer case (OneNewsNow.com) Tags:Hate Crime Bill, hate crimes, homosexual activismTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
We posted Tuesday: Hate Crimes Bill SB264 - Why be Concerned?
A proposed Hate Crimes bill SB264 filed by Senator Hank Wilkins, IV (D-Pine Bluff) is scheduled to be heard before the Arkansas State Senate Committee on Judiciary Committee Tomorrow, Wed., Feb 14th. The hearing on the bill was delayed. The title of the bill is, ‘AN ACT TO CREATE THE OFFENSE OF HATE CRIME; TO ESTABLISH PENALTIES FOR A HATE CRIME; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.’ Click to read proposed bill. According to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL), a hate crime is any crime committed because of the victim’s actual or perceived race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, disability, gender or sexual orientation.
Forty-one states have "hate crimes" laws and twenty-two of these laws include sexual orientation. Most of the laws provide enhanced penalties for crimes committed with "hate." No one likes hate, and discrimination is a terrible thing, so hate crime bills appeal to people as the right thing to do to curb a wrong. But hate crime bills are seriously flawed. Hate crime bills attempt to punish people for the way they think. They divide people into classes, and some are to be treated differently and deemed more worthy of protection.
It is time for us to think rationally before enacting a bill that on the surface appears good but the results may prove different. Please Read:Five reasons to oppose hate crime bills by Patrick Briney, President, Arkansas Republican Assembly, February 15, 2007. Tags:Arkansas Republican Assembly, ARRA, Hate Crime Bill, Patrick BrineyTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Last Update: Feb 15, 2007 12:59pm Clint Reed, the current top full-time official for the GOP in the state, is leaving to take a job with the Republican National Committee. Reed, 30, has been hired as the Republican National Committee's regional political director for the southern region. "It's our loss and the RNC's gain," Gilbert Baker, R-Conway, Chairman of the Republican Party of Arkansas, said. "He's done a great job for our party." Reed will stay in Arkansas for the RNC job.
Reed will official leave his post Thursday, but will help the party for several weeks during a transition period. No decision has been made on who will replace Reed.
Reed's departure comes after Democrats last year reclaimed the state's top two constitutional offices for the first time in a decade. Democrats won all statewide offices by double-digit leads last year, with Gov. Mike Beebe's 14-percentage point victory over Republican Asa Hutchinson the closest race on the ballot.
Following the November elections, Reed said the party needed to re-evaluate its strategy. "We must be an inclusive party that is not relegated to fractional or regional ideologues. We've got to continue to broaden our base in central Arkansas, northeast Arkansas and southeast Arkansas." Reed said in November that he believed the party would be able to broaden its support in what has been a traditionally Democratic state.
Reed started as the party's executive director in November 2004. Reed had been executive director of the party's Arkansas Leadership Committee, which coordinated the campaigns of candidates for federal, state and local offices in the 2004 election. Reed served as legislative director for the state party in 2002. He also served as assistant to former U.S. Sen. Tim Hutchinson, R-AR, from 2001 to 2002. Tags:Arkansas Republican Party, Clint Reed, RNCTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
Senate Republicans Should Fend Off U.N. Feminist Treaty
Phyllis Schlafly: The sweetest Valentine Republicans in the U.S. Senate could give to American women would be to announce that they will filibuster until Christmas if Senate Democrats try to ratify the offensive United Nations Convention on the Elimination of All Forms of Discrimination Against Women.
Signed by President Jimmy Carter in 1980, and repeatedly promoted by President Bill Clinton and U.S. Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, D-N.Y., it has wisely never been ratified. The notion is downright ridiculous that American women (the most fortunate class of people who ever lived) should submit to a treaty that dictates uniform rules for 185 other nations, all of which treat women worse than the United States . . . [Click for more]<
Tags:Phyllis Schlafly, Republican, UN
Tony Perkins: After relentlessly advocating the restoration of "civil," "bipartisan" leadership in Congress, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi - the self-proclaimed "most powerful woman in America" - rejected her own stated goal after less than three days.
Before her official swearing in, she and her liberal congressional allies abandoned House rules and procedures in their pursuit of misguided lobbying reform, increasing the minimum wage, and expanding taxpayer-funded embryonic stem cell research by blocking conservative participation in the debates. Even the liberal Washington Post criticized the move, writing: "Unfortunately, [Pelosi's] plans don't include getting those provisions passed in the democratic fashion that the Democrats promised to adhere to once in the majority." [Read More]
Plantation Mentality Not Gone in Arkansas but Grocery Sales Tax Reduced
Bill Smith: Plantation mentality is not gone in Arkansas but today one step was taken toward removing this archaic mantle from our state. Today, Gov. Mike Beebe signed the bill that will cut the state’s 6 percent sales tax on groceries down to 3 percent. The law takes effect July 1. The Senate had unanimously voted for the reduction.
In early January, Governor Beebe acknowledged that the state has a moral charge to eliminate the state sales tax on food. He said the tax is the most regressive tax in Arkansas. Despite his paying lip service to cut the grocery tax during his 20 years in the state Senate, and his having fought against efforts to eliminate this very tax, Beebe was forced to consider this subject by both his opponent in the gubernatorial race and the public outcry over the excessive state surplus created by excessive taxation. Beebe adjusted his campaign and said he would work to "phasing out" the six-cent state sales tax on groceries.
While commending Governor Beebe for asking legislators to phase out the tax with a 50 percent cut...three cents from the six-cent tax, we must now ask the Governor for his timetable to ask for the remainder of the states sales tax on food to be eliminated. We call upon the legislature as well to eliminate the reminder of this regressive, oppressive and offensive state sales tax on the groceries.
In addition, it is time the counties and cities to do the same. Even with the current 3% reduction many people will still be paying over a 5% tax to buy their groceries across the state. It is time for government agencies (be they city, county or state) in our state to eliminate the plantation mentality of taxing people's basic human needs. Stop this abominable grocery tax!
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Judge Roy Moore: Valentine's Day is a special occasion when we express our feelings for those we love. But imagine that we lived in a world governed only by our "feelings," a world where the law provided recourse to sue whenever someone else's manner of speech, mode of dress, or anything else offended us. Of course, that would most certainly be a very litigious society with everyone suing everyone else just to avoid being "offended," a chaotic system governed by the sentiments of that old love song: "Feelings, nothing more than feelings." Obviously, our emotions should never -- and could never -- be a "rule of law" to govern our behavior. . . . [Click for more] Tags:Roy Moore, rule of law, Valentine's Day
Mike Duncan Chairman, RNC: We've known all along that they want to cut and run before the job is done. But they've been afraid to confront President Bush directly. Today, Democrat Rep. John Murtha let slip what he and Nancy Pelosi really intend to do, and it is genuinely frightening.
They call it their 'slow-bleed' plan. Instead of supporting the troops in Iraq, or simply bringing them home, the Democrats intend to gradually make it harder and harder for them to do their jobs. They will introduce riders onto bills to prevent certain units from deploying. They will try to limit the President's constitutional power to determine the length and number of deployments. They will attempt to keep the Pentagon from replacing troops who rotate out of Iraq. They may even try to limit how our troops operate by, for example, prohibiting our armed forces from creating and operating bases in Iraq.
'Slow-bleed' is exactly the right name for this incredibly irresponsible and dangerous strategy. Cutting and running is bad enough. But the Murtha-Pelosi 'slow-bleed' plan is far worse. It is a cynical and dangerous erosion of our ability to fight the terrorists while we still have men and women on the ground in Iraq. It will put their lives in far greater danger, as resources slowly dry up. How can our troops operate without bases? How can they fight without backup?
'Slow-bleed' cannot become law. Luckily, we have an opportunity to stop it. The Murtha plan depended on stealth. Read the full story on the Democrats' secret plan.
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Bank of America Targets Credit Cards For Illegal Immigrants
Money – In the latest sign of the U.S. banking industry's aggressive pursuit of the Hispanic market, Bank of America Corp. has quietly begun offering credit cards to customers without Social Security numbers -- typically illegal immigrants. View Story Tags:Bank of America, credit, credit cards, Hispanic, illegal immigrants, illegal immigration
Liberals Try To Eliminate Newborn Babies AIDS Testing Program Funding
UPDATE 2/15/07: Despite the $463.5 billion in the 2007 spending bill the U.S. Senate adopted late yesterday, liberals refused to find $30 million to detect and treat HIV/AIDS in newborn babies. In fact, the legislation specifically includes a provision that would cancel a program designed to do just that. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK) attempted to add an amendment earlier this week to reinstate the funding, but Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV) refused to include it in the final bill.
Liberals in the Senate and House are using their control of the agenda in Congress stop a $30 million program that encourages states to test newborns for HIV. The program authorized under the Ryan White Early Diagnosis Grant Program has successfully reduced the numbers of babies who become infected through their mothers. The HIV test costs $10 and the treatment to prevent HIV infection in a baby delivered by a mother with HIV costs $75. By comparison, it costs at least $10,000 per year to treat a newborn with HIV. An infant with HIV has a life expectancy of more than 23 years. Lifetime care could exceed $250,000.
Liberals have decided that this program is an “earmark” that should be eliminated. This funding is included in the omnibus spending bill that has already passed the House. The $30 million has already been appropriated for this program, but liberals have introduced Section 20613(b) of House Joint Resolution 20, that prohibits funds going to the early diagnosis program. Note: these previously appropriated funds will not be saved but will revert back to the CDC’s other HIV/AIDS activities and not be used to help prevent AIDs in babies.
In New York, there was a 78% drop in infected newborns between 1997 and 2002 because of the baby AIDS program. According to Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-CT), after his state implemented a baby AIDS testing program -- of the 213 babies born to HIV-infected mothers in 2002, only one baby was confirmed as HIV positive! Sen. Tom Coburn (R-OK), a medical doctor and expert on AIDS, has introduced amendment (SA 234), which will restore the $30 million in funding for the baby AIDS program.
Unfortunately, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) is expected to block any amendments offered by Republicans to the omnibus spending bill! The Senate is expected to deal with this issue by the close of business on February 15th.TAKE ACTION: Contact your two U.S. Senators today and ask that they support Senator Coburn’s amendment (SA 234) to restore funding for the baby AIDS program to the omnibus spending bill! [Read More] Tags:aids, babies, HIVTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
>Compiled from several news sources: Former Gov. (R-MA) Mitt Romney officially entered the 2008 presidential race Tuesday in Dearborn, MI. He identified that his record of leadership inside and outside government uniquely positions him to tackle the country's challenges. Romney said, "I do not believe Washington can be transformed from within by a lifelong politician. ... There have been too many deals, too many favors, too many entanglements -- and too little real world experience managing, guiding, leading. ... It is time for innovation and transformation in Washington. It is what our country needs."
Willard Mitt Romney, age 59, announced his candidacy in Michigan, the place of his birth and upbringing. He is the son of former Michigan Gov. George Romney. He and his wife have five sons. As a Mormon, some speculate that Romney could face resistance from other religious groups.
As a prolific fundraiser, he is expected to easily collect the tens of millions of dollars needed for a serious bid. He has built a national campaign organization staffed with top political operatives, and he has strong grassroots support in several important states.
As a businessman, Romney helped found a multibillion-dollar venture capital firm, Bain Capital, that invested in companies like Staples, the office-supply giant. Later, he stepped in to take over the 2002 Olympic Winter Games in Salt Lake City. A bribery scandal had threatened to implode the games, but they ended up a success with Romney at the helm. As governor of Massachusetts, Romney was credited with closing a $3 billion budget deficit without raising taxes and pushing a comprehensive overhaul of health insurance system the state.
During a prior bid for the US senate, he wrote a letter promising a gay Republican group he would be a stronger advocate for gays and their rights. However, he insists he has been an unflinching opponent of gay marriage. Although in the two previous campaigns, he said that regardless of personal beliefs, abortion should be safe and legal, he now, he describes himself as pro-life and argues that Roe v. Wade should be replaced with state abortion regulations. Tags:Election 2008, GOP, Mitt Romney, presidential candidate, RepublicanTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
A proposed Hate Crimes bill SB264 filed by Senator Hank Wilkins, IV (D-Pine Bluff) is scheduled to be heard before the Arkansas State Senate Committee on Judiciary Committee Tomorrow, Wed., Feb 14. Click to read proposed bill.
It isdisheartening that a African American Methodist pastor would have introduced this bill which could be used in the long term lead to restrictions on the free speech of his and other Christian churches and pastors to express Scriptures which condemn certain practices as sin.
Although the Bill addresses the protection of First Amendment rights, its introduction of this hate crimes legislation is part of the nation-wide homosexual activist agenda. The First Amendment reads: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the Government for a redress of grievances.
Sounds fairly innocent, but note the following:
1. once the Hate Crime legistation is established it can be expanded.
2. the legislation creates a protected group not previously recognized as separate from the established norm. 3. the intent of such legislation is not to protect speech but to begin the process of classifying speech as a hate speech. Once the Hate Crime law is established, a newly defined class of people outside of the previously accepted definition of sex (male and female) is set aside as a protected class. In the future this newly protected group can push via legislation or the courts to expand effect their agenda and to expand "hate crime" to presently protected speech.
The long term process is not the protection of free speech but to limit any actions which a protected group believers to be offensive regardless of where it occurs. Protected groups will be allowed broader latitude to express their free speech even in situations totally offensive or hateful to the general public or tonon-protected groups.
The Fourteenth Amendment to the Constitution declares that no state may deprive its citizens of “equal protection of the laws.” Hate crimes legislation directly contradicts the letter and the spirit of the Fourteenth Amendment by granting greater protection to certain citizens based on their possession of specific politically correct attributes.
The criminal actions to which hate crimes are attached are already illegal and punishable by law. Hate crimes law does nothing to criminalize behavior, but instead criminalizes the thought and motivation behind criminal acts.
If the hate crimes law is enacted, it is only a matter of time before our government, intent on eliminating “root causes” and “criminal” motivations, completely delinks the prosecution of opinions from the prosecution of actions. Some groups are already claiming that the simple assertion that “homosexuality is a sin” constitutes a hate crime. This has already occurred in Canada which established hate crime legislation ahead of the United States.
There is scant reporting on the anti-religious zeal with which many atheists promote Darwinism by John G. West, National Review: Feb. 12 used to be known in classrooms across the nation as Abraham Lincoln's birthday. But over the last decade, an increasing number of schools and community groups have decided to celebrate the birthday of the father of evolution instead. The movement to establish Feb. 12 as "Darwin Day" seems to be spreading, promoted by a evangelistic non-profit group with its own website (www.darwinday.org) and an ambitious agenda to create a "global celebration in 2009, the bicentennial of Darwin's birth and the 150th anniversary of the publication of The Origins of Species" . . . [Click for more]
Yes, Virginia, there are skeptics about global warming
By Thomas Sowell - Global Hot Air: ... Whether the globe really is warming is a question about facts -- and about where those facts are measured: on land, in the air or under the sea. There is no question that there is a "greenhouse" effect. Otherwise, half the planet would freeze every night when there is no sunlight falling on it.
There is also no question that the earth can warm or cool. It has done both at one time or another for thousands of years, even before there were SUVs. If there had never been any global warming before, we wouldn't be able to enjoy Yosemite Valley today for it was once buried under thousands of feet of ice. Back in the 1970s, the environmental hysteria was about the dangers of a new ice age. This hysteria was spread by many of the same individuals and groups who are promoting today's hysteria about global warming.
It is not just the sky that is falling. Government money is falling on those who seek grants to study global warming and produce "solutions" for it. But that money is not as likely to fall on those skeptics in the scientific community who refuse to join the stampede. Yes, Virginia, there are skeptics about global warming among scientists who study weather and climate. There are arguments both ways -- which is why so many in politics and in the media are so busy selling the notion that there is no argument.
If you heard both arguments, you might not be so willing to go along with those who are prepared to ruin the economy, sacrificing jobs and the national standard of living on the altar to the latest in an unending series of crusades, conducted by politicians and other people seeking to tell everyone else how to live. ... [Read More] Tags:global warming, Thomas Sowell
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865) Remembering the Life of A Great President
On February 12, 1809, in a log cabin in Kentucky, Thomas and Nancy Lincoln gave birth to a son, Abraham Lincoln. Little did they know that their son would grow up to lead a nation. At age seven, Abraham Lincoln's family moved to Indiana and at age nine, Abraham Lincoln faced the death of his mother. Shortly thereafter his father remarried Sarah Bush. To help support the family, Abraham Lincoln spent his youth working on a farm.
A man of great perseverance, Lincoln used every opportunity to further his education. With only one year of formal education, Lincoln educated himself and became a lawyer. His law partner once said of him: "His ambition was a little engine that knew no rest." In 1830 Lincoln moved to Illinois.
In 1832 Lincoln unsuccessfully ran for the Illinois Legislature, but ran again in 1834 and won. He served four terms and quickly gained a reputation as an honest and effective politician. He also became known for his opposition to slavery. In 1846, Lincoln was elected to U.S. House of Representatives and served one term. In 1858 Lincoln ran against Stephen Douglas for Senator. He lost the election, but in debating with Douglas he gained a national reputation that won him the Republican nomination for President.
Lincoln was elected president as tensions between the North and South reached their pinnacle. Upon his election South Carolina seceded, and within six weeks Mississippi, Florida, Alabama, Georgia and Louisiana followed. The Civil War began soon after. In 1864, Lincoln was re-elected for a second term as president, but on April 14, 1865 -- one year after the Civil War had ended -- Lincoln was assassinated at Ford's Theater in Washington.
NEWS FLASH - Witnesses against Compean, Ramos fired for changing testimonies
WorldNetDaily: 2 Agents Dismissed, 1 Resigns – all 3 were previously given immunity to give a story that supporting the position the government prosecutor wanted!
Three Border Patrol agents, who were given immunity to testify against fellow agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Alonso Compean in the Feb. 17, 2005, shooting of a drug-smuggling suspect as he fled across the U.S.-Mexico border, are no longer with the agency because they changed their accounts of the incident several times. David Jaquez and Arturo Vasquez were terminated Jan 29 .... A third agent, Oscar Juarez, reportedly resigned from the agency last month shortly before he was to be fired. ...
According to the termination documents, Vasquez originally confirmed Compean's claim he had made a radio call asking for backup after a van driven by suspected drug smuggler Osbaldo Aldrete-Davila twice tripped border sensors. In court, however, Vasquez changed his story. ....
Investigation disclosed that nine other BP agents were at the location of the shooting incident, assisted in destroying evidence of the shooting, and/or knew/heard about the shooting: Oscar Juarez; Arturo Vasquez; Jose Mendoza; David Jacquez; Lance Medrano; Lorenzo Yrigoyen; Rene Mendez; Robert Arnold; and Jonathan Richards. Of the nine, two were supervisors, Arnold was a supervisory Border Patrol agent and Richards was a field operations supervisor, the senior BP officer on the field that day. Agents Vasquez, Jacquez and Juarez, were given immunity for their testimony by U.S. Attorney Johnny Sutton's office. All three were called as witnesses by the prosecution to testify against Ramos and Compean at trial. ... [Click for more] Tags:border guards, Ignacio Ramos, Jose CompeanTo share or post to your site, click on "Post Link". Please mention / link to the ARRA News Service. Thanks!
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