In the past,Garland County Arkansas has not had a truly effective Republican Party. The county offices and the vast majority of the JP districts as well have been traditionally tightly held by Democrats. To suggest that someone run for office here as a Republican would be met with the comment that “You can’t win a county-wide office in Garland County as a Republican.”That myth was busted yesterday!!!
As a result of hard recruiting effort for good qualified candidates on the part of the local Republican party and the Garland County Tea Party,a slate of eighteen candidates for almost every Garland County office emerged. This was the first time ever in the history of this county that many of those offices had even received serious opposition. Of those candidates ALL but one won. The offices of county judge,county clerk,circuit clerk,tax assessor,treasurer,all fell to Republican challenges. The Quorum Court changed from nine Democrats and four Republicans to nine Republicans and four Democrats. Only one Democrat that ran against the new Republican challengers won a seat as a JP! Most of these positions have been held for forty years or more by Democrats. Some for 130 years and had never been held by a Republican!
Keith Crass tragically died Oct 27th
The sitting county judge,running for the state legislature,lost to the Republican Kieth Crass that tragically died of a heart attack last week. Keith had worked hard for the last 18 months to achieve a lifelong dream to go to the state legislature. I can think of no tribute to him that would be better than the one given by the voters of Garland County yesterday in his win in that election. Our heart felt condolences as well as our prayers go out to Keith’s family. According to state law,there will now be a new election to fill that office and the likelihood is that it too will be filled by a well-qualified Republican.
In this elections we saw lots of “dirty tricks”tried by a bunch of entrenched incumbents in an attempt to hang on to power. I had more than a dozen yard signs stolen from my property,a pattern that was repeated against Republican campaign signs all over the county. Some of them were stolen several times. Other signs were driven over by 4wd vehicles,or were covered by graffiti. Some were even shredded with the pieces left on the lawns. The local paper printed pro-incumbent articles,some on the front page, while refusing to publish opposing views in the closing days of the campaign except in very unusual occasions,but then what is unusual about that in Hot Springs,Arkansas?
Now the job for us the voters of Garland County will be to hold those new officers to their pledges to convert the county government from the tired old good-old-boy,tax-and-spend policies of the past to a sound and responsible business model for the future. They have a hard job to accomplish and if they are not responsive to those who elected them, in two years we will repeat the process with another slate of well-qualified candidates to replace them with others who will.
The myth is busted and the voters along with our kids and grandkids are the big winners in Garland County Arkansas on November 3rd,2010!
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Arkansas’fourth congressional district has received very little attention by the state’s news media to date. Just before filing time someone actually stepped up to the plate that can credibly challenge Mike Ross (D) for that congressional seat. There are two Republicans who have filed to run and so there will be a Republican primary race for that congressional seat on May 18th.
Glenn Gallas is a local Hot Springs businessman that owns several businesses here. His businesses Mr Plumber,Mr Rooter have all thrived under his direction. He has won numerous awards for excellence in these businesses as a direct result of Glenn’s leadership. He is an ex-army guy who spent 10 years working with special services units and understands the military role. Glenn has also received local recognition for his work cleaning up his neighborhood and turning a run down area into what has become a thriving section of town. The crime rate was cut in half as a result of his organizing the local residents to join together to clean up the area. He is a family man with three children and works with youth in his church.
We in the fourth district of Arkansas for the last eight years have had a congressman that tells us how he is for Arkansas’values then manipulates his votes to support the idiocy of Nancy Pelosi and company. Mike Ross tells his constituents how he voted against Obamacare when the record shows that his vote in committee sent it out to the floor. Without his enabling vote it would have died in committee. His vote for the Slaughter rule two days before the final house vote paved the way for it to pass. He votes over 90% of the time the same way that Pelosi and the ultra left leadership of the house want. Arkansas deserves better than that type of non-representation.
During the past year it has been my pleasure to get to know Glenn personally. He is a man that is true to his word and he is exactly the type of person we need in the US Congress. He has served here in Hot Springs as the chairperson for the Republican Party of Garland County and beginning in April 15th of 2009 became the Chairperson of the Garland County Tea Party as well. Both organizations flourished under his leadership. We need his kind of honest and straight-forward leadership.
Glenn is facing a challenge in the Republican primary on May 18th. If you live in Arkansas’fourth district,please vote in the Republican primary and cast your vote for Glenn. The opposition Glenn faces in the primary is Beth Ann Rankin,Miss Arkansas of 2002 and a music teacher. She is a delightful person,but she stands not a chance against a serious competitor like Mike Ross. Please support Glenn and check his website for when he is speaking in your area. Help us get a congressman in Arkansas’fourth district that we can be proud of! http://gallasforcongress.com/?p=368
Last night was the best news for the freedom loving American people in the last twelve months. The voters have sent a message to leadership in both parties! They want a return to the principles embodied in the Constitution that made this country great. They want the people sent to Washington to actually represent them!
The American people were duped last year by a presidential candidate who campaigned as a moderate only to govern as a Socialist. The Republican wins of governors races in Virginia and New Jersey is a wake-up call,especially for the “Blue Dog Democrats”regardless of how the White House tries to spin it. Obama campaigned for the Democrats in both states and if anything at all his attempt to “help”likely hurt his democratic candidates there. The old tactic of trying to blame George Bush just doesn’t fly any more.
Anyone that thinks that Obama is still popular with voters needs to have his head examined. According to some polls he has lost more faith with the voters than anyone in the last century other than Nixon in ’73. Yes he is a personable fellow and his face still gets favorable ratings,but his policies are overwhelmingly rejected by the people whenever they see them. The worsening economy,the attempt to nationalize industry,the government attempt to control first one industry after another and to restrict the rights and freedoms of the American people are not popular concepts. As people see the results of this direction of Obama and the Democratic party they object more and more. That objection showed up in the “Tea Parties”last summer and now at the ballot boxes last night. All indications are that this is just a tiny peek at what is to be expected next November.
The White House has tried to spin this as not a referendum against Obama and Obamacare,but the exit polls speak differently. People don’t like the direction of the country and they are turning against the party in power in a big way. Washington has ignored the “Tea Parties”this year and the people are showing their displeasure in a manner that can not be disputed by rational folks. Of course can you really say Obama and the Democratic leadership are rational folks?
What does this say for the likely 2010 mid term elections? It basically says that if the Republicans put up some straight talking conservative candidates they will likely sweep the slate! However,lest the Republicans grin about the prospects too much,it also showed that if the Republicans pull another “Scozzafava”then the question is up for grabs. People are getting sick and tired of the Republican leaderships actions as well.
There was no party primary in NY to pick a candidate. Party bosses picked an ultra liberal that by her voting record leans even to the left of her Democrat opponent!! In fact by some counts she leans to the left of the majority of her Democratic legislators in the NY assembly! Only on Second Amendment rights does she show any conservative principles. Even Newt Gingrich endorsed her under his concept of the “big tent”principle for the party . To his credit,when it became apparent that she was not a loyal Republican,he endorsed Hoffman and worked to try to help him get elected. Dede Scozzafava was given some $900,000 during the last month of her candidacy by the Republican party. This is money donated by persons who thought they are supporting candidates that stand for basic Republican principles and instead it goes to someone who would have voted right down the line with the Democrats and Obamaites in Washington!
She used that money primarily to campaign against her Conservative party opponent. He was a long time Republican who ran as the Conservative party candidate after he was repulsed by Republican party bosses. Then to add insult to injury,when she saw she was running third in a three party race she pulled out on the eve of the election and endorsed the Democrat!! Wow,what an insult to the donors of the Republican party.
As a result the conservative candidate,Doug Hoffman,lost the election by three points while Scuzzball still got 5% of the vote even though she has pulled out of the election. This was the largest percentage of the vote ever received in history by a Conservative Party candidate! Had the Republicans picked someone who represented republican views,or failed to support this RINO because of her far left record the Republicans would likely have another vote in the house next year.
This sends a real message to the Republican contributors. “If you want your donations to go to people that share your views,don’t give it through the Republican party.”This will definitely bite the Republican party on the posterior! Conservative Republicans will not be nearly so eager to donate their hard-earned cash to a party that will squander it on RINOs who don’t reflect their views.
Democrats should take note of the two governorships that were lost last night. If they continue as they have been doing and don’t pay attention to the people,they had best have another occupation lined up for when they get fired next November! Republicans need to recognize that there is no advantage to having someone with an “R”in their name that votes with the opposition the vast majority of the time.
Yep. This off year election carries a big message to both parties. The majority of Americans are still basically conservative people and do not want the socialist agenda we are seeing being forced on our country. We want our representatives to actually represent us,not George Soros. We want our Constitution back!
Wednesday’s Presidential address to a joint session of congress was interrupted by an unusual shout by Rep Joe Wilson of SC. When Obama stated that illegal aliens would not be given coverage under Obamacare,Joe shouted,“You lie!!”The following day,under pressure from the party leadership he called the White House and apologized for his lack of civility. He may have had a slip in civility,but was he correct in his assessment?
We have been listening to claims and counter claims repeatedly over the summer about what is and what is not part of the healthcare proposals before congress. There have been a lot of “bait and switch”tactics about the various bills,but the only bill currently presented and released by committee is the one crafted in the house. This 1000+ page monstrosity has been accused of containing most every onerous proposal possible by its opponents while the supporters claim none of these things exist in the bill. For example,some say there is no “death panel”in the bill although that has been claimed by numerous opponents. Can both claims be right?
First the illegal aliens claim. Obama is right in that the bill does have a small provision that states that persons not legally in the US are not authorized care under its provisions. Unfortunately Joe Wilson is more correct that under that bill millions of illegal aliens would receive healthcare under its provisions. How could this be? Well,although the bill specifically excludes the illegals it also specifically denies the right of healthcare providers to check for illegal status or eligibility under the plan.
Two provisions were proposed by Republicans in the house to require proof of legal residency for care under the bill and both were defeated by the Democrats in pure party line votes. Why,if illegals were not to be eligible for care,would anyone specifically want to deny the right of providers to determine if persons were legally here in this country in order to receive such care?
Well,the simple answer is that the claims that illegals would not be authorized care is disingenuous at best,and an outright lie at worst. It is obvious that the crafters of this bill intended,1) to allow illegals to receive care under its provisions and 2) to be able to deny that they did so.
What? Does this mean our Democratic leadership is actually lied to us? Yes Dorthy,politicians do lie from time to time and this tome is full of such distortions that are designed specifically to mislead the American public. Why do you suppose there was such a push to approve it without even reading it back in late July? It is plain and simple. The writers did not want this thing exposed to the “light of day”.
How about death panels? If illegals will indeed be treated under the bill,do they also exist? Well,yes and no. There is mandatory “end of life counseling”required under the bill,but nothing says anything about denial of treatment for elderly or terminal patients. However,the “footprints in the sands”indicate just such panels will exist.
Rahm Emanuel,Obama’s chief of staff,has stated as much on occasions. Even more revealing are statements of his brother Dr Ezekiel Emanuel who has been appointed to two key positions:health-policy adviser at the Office of Management and Budget and a member of Federal Council on Comparative Effectiveness Research. According to him in an article in last years “Health Affairs,Feb 27,2008,“Vague promises of savings from cutting waste,enhancing prevention and wellness,installing electronic medical records and improving quality are merely ‘lipstick’cost control,more for show and public relations than for true change.”In other articles he outlined how to control costs by denying treatment to the elderly infirm and the very young,both of whom are not of the same value to society as youthful basically healthy adults. Since Obama has promised to control the cost,and these are the persons he has employed to show him how to do so,what do you think? Yes Dorothy,right again.
Then Obama wants you to believe that he will not cut care to the elderly,and he will find enough savings from eliminating abuse in current Medicare and Medicaid to pay for it. And are we to believe the tooth fairy and the easter bunny are going to pop up and give you a check for a zillion dollars too?
If the federal government can find the aproximately 20% of waste and abuse in Medicare and Medicaid why haven’t they already done so? If he is not planning to cut care to the elderly why is he citing to remove 500 Billion from those two programs to fund Obamacare?
The federal government came up with Social Security back in the 30s and promised it would never be the monster that it has become. It is currently bankrupt and has had to be rescued by additional taxes repeatedly. Same for Medicare and Medicaid,and the good old U.S. Post Office as well. The truth is that government has no profit motive and is thus inept at doing anything in a fiscally effective manner. After all,when they overspend they can simply raise taxes or borrow money that they have no intent on ever repaying.
Government has no money to do anything for anyone that they do not first steal from someone else through taxation or deficit spending. Why would an alert American public want to turn over one seventh of our economy to them? Answer. We wouldn’t,that’s why they hid it in a 1000+ page monster bill and pressed the congress to pass it without reading it. John Conyers,chairman of the House Judiciary Committee,even ridiculed anyone advocating they “Read the bill!”saying it would take “two days and two lawyers”to do so.
Keep firmly in mind what the people that push this bill are doing. They are playing the American public for fools and trying to push what they know is an abomination (or perhaps Obamination?) on us. Why do you think Obama is pushing for immediate action on something that will not take place until 2013,conveniently right after his reelection campaign?
There is no emergency requiring fast action to buy a product produced by proven snake oil salesmen America. The fact that they are trying to push this off on us is reason enough to remove them from office at the first opportunity. Thank you Joe Wilson for having the guts to recognize a shell game for what it is and call,“Liar,Liar,Pants on Fire!“
There is lots of news coverage about Arlan Specter’s flip to the Democratic Party. I have received several e-mails to that end from Republicans deploring the crass deed of this individual. The left wing news media has been all over themselves in their orgasmic zeal reporting what they see as the death knoll of the Republican party. For my part I say,“Good move Arlan,it’s about time.”
Arlan Specter is facing a reelection next year and has an announced Republican candidate in the primary race. That candidate already has a 10+ percent lead according to the pollsters. Specter knows that if he remains a member of the Republican his days as a US senator are extremely limited and he faces an almost inevitable defeat next spring,so he flipped. What do you expect from the typical self-serving demagogue in Washington?
If you look at Specter’s voting record,he has always been a Democrat. On critical issues he typically votes for the opposition. He typifies the RINOs (Republicans In Name Only) of the party,a group that has undermined the party for years. Does his “flip”hurt the party? Michael Steel believes “Arlen Specter handed Barack Obama and his band of radical leftists nearly absolute power in the United States Senate. In leaving the Republican Party–and joining the Democrats–he absolutely undercut Republicans’efforts to slow down Obama’s radical agenda through the threat of filibuster.” Oh come on Michael, did you really believe Specter could be counted on to stop a Democrat power play during a filibuster? He was always a threat to any filibuster effort anyway. Historically he could never be counted on for any critical issue. Look at his voting record. The man is without principles and for years has used the Republican name because in his home state it ups his election potential. His current flip just shows that in a clear and succinct manner.
Does his flip indicate a long time threat to the Republicans? Once again,not really. It does perhaps raise his possibility of reelection next year,but only in a marginal way. It also raises the possibility of losses of a few things in Obama’s agenda that might have been stopped by the threat of filibuster,but how many of these things could Specter have actually been counted on anyway? He will not now face a sure defeat in the Spring primary as Steele probably hoped,but he still must face that Republican challenger in November against a candidate that will,after this little episode,probably lead him by much more than 10% of Republican voters. He will likely now out poll Specter by 50 or more percentage points among Republicans. The only question is will Specter pick up enough Democrat support to make up the difference? It’s possible,but I think,at least at this point it is unlikely.
Some might point to Lieberman’s victory by changing from the Democratic party and successfully running as an independent in ’06. However,I see a big difference here. Lieberman ran in his party’s primary and was defeated by a party machine,not really by the rank and file. He still had the grassroots support of the people of his home state from both parties. Lieberman was a true centrist and is personally an honorable individual,not a purely self serving demagogue like Specter. I don’t like Lieberman’s politics and many of his positions,but you have to respect the man for his values. Specter does not earn that kind of respect from his opposing party and I suspect the voters of Pennsylvania will come to a similar conclusion.
Steele also stated,“Clearly,this was an act based on political expediency by a craven politician desperate to keep his Washington power base–not the act of a statesman.” Well,Duhhh! Come on Mike,in this modern day the true statesmen in Washington are indeed few. Among the Democrats they are almost totally nil and even among Republicans they are limited. (I only said “almost totally nil”among the Democrats in hopes one could actually jump up to prove me wrong)
A statesman is one who will support truth and the welfare of the people as well as the good of the country over his own personal interests. How many of today’s Washington politicians fit that description? We need a good housecleaning in Washington and the only way to do that is paint these low life self-serving demagogs in their true colors so the voters can see the difference. The voters aren’t smart enough to see slight shades of gray. They have to see bright colorful displays to show the difference. Spector just showed his true colors in a bright and colorful way so the people of Pennsylvania can finally see him for what he is. That is a good thing and it eliminates another of the wolves-in-sheeps-clothing from the Republican party. Can that be so bad?
Before anyone comes to the wrong conclusion,I did not write this article. I certainly wish I had because it expresses my thoughts better than I could do myself. It was from an e-mail that has been widely quoted and that I have seen first posted in late Nov ’08. I suspect that a lot of others feel the same way so I have reprinted it here.
My thanks for it go to the author:Larry Sparks of Hoover Alabama.
I have repeatedly been told by many elected officials,both Democrats and Republicans,to unite behind Obama. Well,I want to make it clear to all who will listen that I AM NOT uniting behind Obama!
I will respect the Office which he holds,and I will acknowledge his abilities as an orator and wordsmith and pray for him,BUT that is it. I have begun today to see what I can do to make sure that he is a one-term President!
Why am I doing this?
* It is because I do not share Obama’s vision for America;
* I do not share his Abortion beliefs;
* I do not share his radical Marxist’s concept of re-distributing wealth;
* I do not share his stated views on raising taxes on those who make $150,000+ (the ceiling has been changed three times since August);
* I do not share his view that the military should be reduced by 25%;
* I do not share his views on homosexuality and his definition of marriage;
* I do not share his spiritual beliefs (at least the ones he has made public);
* I do not share his beliefs on how to re-work the healthcare system in America;
* I do not share his Strategic views of the Middle East,and certainly do not share his plan to sit down with terrorist regimes such as Iran.
Bottom line,my America is vastly different from Obama’s,and I have a higher obligation to my Country and my God to do what is Right!
For eight (8) years,the Liberals in our Society,led by numerous entertainers who would have no platform and no real credibility but for their celebrity status,have attacked President Bush ,his family,and his spiritual beliefs!
They have not moved toward the center in their beliefs and their philosophies,they never came together nor compromised their personal beliefs for the betterment of our Country,but they always expect us to leave our beliefs behind or we are called intolerant,or racist!
They have portrayed my America as a land where everything is tolerated except being Christian or Conservative.
They have been a vocal and irreverent minority for years;they have mocked and attacked the very core values so important to the founding and growth of our Country!
They have made every effort to remove the name of God or Jesus Christ from our Society!
They have challenged capital punishment,the right to bear firearms,and the most basic principles of our criminal code;they have attacked one of the most fundamental of all Freedoms,the right of free speech!
They are willing to give away our beautiful free country to illegals;people who enter this country illegally and then expect the overburdened taxpayers to support them or better yet,give them our Social Security benefits without complaining. Now,news has leaked that the illegals will be counted in the 2010 census. Another way for Obama and the Democrats to steal elections.
Enough! Unite behind Obama? Never!
I am sure many of you who read this think that I am going overboard,but I refuse to retreat one more inch in favor of those whom I believe are the embodiment of Evil!
PRESIDENT BUSH made many mistakes during his Presidency,and I am not sure how history will judge him. However,I believe that he weighed his decisions in light of the long established Judeo-Christian principles of our Founding Fathers!!!
Majority rules in America ,and I will honor the concept;however,I will fight with all of my power to be a voice in opposition to Obama and “his goals for America .”
I am going to be a thorn in the side of those who,if left unchecked,will destroy our Country!! Any more compromise is more defeat!
I pray that the results of this election will wake up many who have sat on the sidelines and allowed the Socialist-Marxist anti-God crowd to slowly change so much of what has been good in America!
“Error of Opinion may be tolerated where Reason is left free to combat it.” (Thomas Jefferson)
God bless you and God bless our Country!!!