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Jeremy Hutchinson: People want accountability on spending

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Me and Archie Manning at the Sugar Bowl. He insisted on taking this photo with me so who am I to turn down a football legend?

Saline Courier Sunday Paper front page Jan 23, 2011

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If Saline County’s state Sen. Jeremy Hutchinson has his way, the state Highway Commission, the Game and Fish Commission, the Lottery Commission and institutions of higher education would lose their autonomy under a proposed constitutional amendment Hutchinson filed this week.
Hutchinson, R-Little Rock, who recently took office, represents portions of Saline and Pulaski counties.
Under his proposal, budgets  for these agencies would be overseen and set by the Legislature for the first time.
The resolution would amend parts of the state constitution that allow these three state agencies and the state’s colleges and universities to operate independently.
“I think people want accountability, and right now these four institutions are not as accountable,” Hutchinson said.
“I don’t think there is graft or corruption, but they don’t have the accountability like the Department of Finance and Administration has or the Department of Human Services, and they’re spending a lot of taxpayers’ dollars, particularly the Highway Department,” he said.
Hutchinson’s proposal was referred to the Senate State Agencies and Governmental Affairs Committee.
The Legislature can refer up to three proposed constitutional amendments to the general election every two years, Hutchinson noted.
In Hutchinson’s proposal, the Highway Commission, created by Amendment 42, the Game and Fish Commission, created by Amendment 35, and institutions of higher education, which were granted a certain amount of independence under Amendment 33, would no longer be independent of the Legislature and would be subject to legislative appropriations.
The proposal also would amend Amendment 87, which authorized the state lottery, to say that lottery proceeds can be appropriated by the General Assembly.
The amendment currently prohibits the Legislature from controlling lottery funds.
Hutchinson contends that recent controversies within the Lottery Commission and Game and Fish Commission illustrate the need for legislative and executive branch oversight.
The state Lottery Commission was found in an audit to have operated with undocumented expenses, without checking employee backgrounds and without meeting accepted standards on awarding large vendor contracts.
The Game and Fish Commission recently considered exempting itself from the state Freedom of Information Act. It eventually backed off.
Hutchinson said his main interest, however, is the Highway Department.
“I think the Highway Department has been shortchanging Saline County and other parts of the state for 50 years,” Hutchinson said.
“I think they need to redraw the district lines to allow equal funding,” he said. “The Legislature currently has no say in the matter. My proposal would give the Legislature, who are the people’s representatives, the authority to rectify inequities.
According to Hutchinson, the Highway Department “spends more tax money that any department, except for the Department of Education, yet  there’s very little accountability or oversight.”
“As for the Game and Fish  Commission and Higher Ed being under the Legislature, I really don’t have a burning issue with them, but I think what’s fair is fair,” he said.
“In particular the Highway Department should have legislative oversight,”  he contended. “We learned during the last election that people want accountability and with our form of government, the people get that through their elected representatives.
“Currently the elected representatives can’t do anything about these agencies,” he said. “If we bring these others under legislative control, they can at least be controlled by voting the legislators out.”
Hutchinson said he believes the bill will pass “if it’s referred out” (for a public vote).
“The Legislature refers three constitutional revisions every session. If this gets referred out, it will pass. I think the people are crying out for more accountability.”
Hutchinson said he has had “very good response” in conversations with other legislators. “There may be amendments that may be filed and we may need to remove an agency or two that the Legislature doesn’t support.”
In regard to his proposal, Hutchinson noted that the “Highway Department certainly doesn’t like it.”
“That was to be expected,” he said. “I haven’t heard from Higher Ed. While I’m concerned about tuition increases, I have no particular issue with them. I don’t see anything they’re doing that’s particularly offensive.”
Hutchinson emphasized that his proposal has “just been introduced. The resolution won’t be heard until the very end of the session.”
“The Joint State Agencies Committee will meet and refer them out, and we’re just now getting feedback. We’ll tweak the legislation and a hearing will probably be held in March. There will be a lot of input and we’ll try to address needs and concerns as they arrive, but obviously still hold people accountable.”
Efforts to obtain a reaction to Hutchinson’s proposal from the state Highway Department were unsuccessful Friday.
Ralph Hall, assistant to Director Dan Flowers, referred comments to Randy Ort, the agency’s public affairs officer. Ort did not return phone calls in time to be included in this report.
Matt DeCample, spokesman for Gov. Mike Beebe, said earlier this week that the governor “is just now starting to review the language of the proposal,” but is strongly opposed to any changes to Amendment 33.
Beebe supports the independence of colleges and universities, DeCample said.
Rep. Barry Hyde, D-North Little Rock, a co-chairman of the legislative Lottery Oversight Committee, reportedly said he would oppose changing the lottery amendment. He said that when lawmakers were setting up the lottery’s structure, lottery officials in other states strongly recommended that the program be insulated from politics as much as possible.
“To put it under the direct month-to-month control of the Legislature would open the door to all kinds of political shenanigans,” Hyde said.
Hyde said he worries about the future of the lottery, which generated more than $100 million for college scholarships in its first year.

TolbertReport.com – Jeremy Hutchinson Announces for he will run as a Republican for Arkansas State Senate district 22 (Video from last year)

Brummett: Estate tax is okay because it affects few people

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Series on Estate Tax Part 6

Milton Friedman clears up misconceptions about wealth redistribution, in general,

and inheritance tax, in particular. He shows that this tax does hurt families and

our society. The questioner suggests a 100% inheritance tax but that would

destroy a society. Likewise Brummett below tries to downplay the harmful

effects of the tax by saying it is alright since less than 1% of the USA will be

affected, so lets stick it to them despite the harm it causes to family businesses.



In this series on the Estate Tax I will be quoting portions of the article “The Economic Case Against the Death Tax,”(Heritage Foundation, July 20, 2010) by Curtis S. Dubay. Dubay is a Senior Analyst in Tax Policy in the Thomas A. Roe Institute for Economic Policy Studies at The Heritage Foundation.

Number of Estates Paying Death Tax Not the Issue. A common argument in favor of the death tax is that it only affects a small number of estates and as such has a small impact on the economy. By that logic, a tax that only one taxpayer paid would be an ideal tax, even if that tax ground the economy to a halt. The number of taxpayers that pay a particular tax is economically irrelevant. What matters is the impact the tax has on the economy. By this more accurate metric the death tax is a poor tax because it is a large weight dragging down economic growth.


The number of estates subject to the death tax has declined steadily since passage of the 2001 tax relief. That package steadily phased out the death tax by reducing its rate and increasing the portion of estates exempt from the death tax from $1 million to $3.5 million, before doing away with the death tax entirely in 2010. In 2000, before the tax relief packages began, 52,000 estates paid the death tax. As a result of the increased exemption level, by 2008 (the latest year of available data) just over 17,000 estates paid the death tax.


Fewer estates paying the death tax has reduced the economic cost it imposes, but as long as the death tax remains in place it will continue to slow economic growth, destroy jobs, and lower wages. It is little consolation to workers that remain unemployed or see their pay stagnate because of the death tax that the impact of the tax has been slightly lessened.

Current proposals to resuscitate the death tax and set its exemption level between $3.5 million ($7 million for married couples) and $5 million ($10 million for married couples) would still subject estates that support the most jobs and generate the most economic activity to the death tax. Even though these estates are the most able to afford expensive planning measures to lower their death tax liability substantially, they often cannot escape the tax entirely and therefore still pay large tax bills. These large estates support more economic activity, generate more income, and support more jobs than the estates that would continue to fall below the threshold.


According to data from the Internal Revenue Service “smaller estates (under $3.5 million) make up the bulk of filers—more than 60 percent between 2002 and 2007. Large estates (over $10 million), however, contributed between 18 percent and 30 percent of the total revenue in the same time frame, indicating a disproportionate distribution of tax liability.” Subjecting these estates to the death tax again would continue to put a large number of workers at risk of seeing their wages idle or their jobs destroyed.

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Social Security taxes have risen rapidly (Social Security Series Part 3)

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Debate on should the cap be raised on Social Security Payroll Taxes on Fox News.

Social Security Series Part 3

Basically the social security system in the USA has been in such bad shape because of this pay as you go system that there is no way to raise taxes enough to pay all the promised benefits over the next 40 years. Is the problem that we have not raised taxes fast enough in the past. Take a look.

Pat Fleck on his blog noted:

The tax was implemented in 1937 at 1.0% of the first $3,000 of wages. It stands today at 6.20% on the first $106,800 of wages. Inflation between 1937 and 2010 was 3.76% annually, whereas the wage limit has risen at 4.95%. Hence, even if the original 1.0% tax had remained constant, the amount collected on the limit would have increased substantially more than the rate of inflation due to the more rapidly increasing wage limit. However, with increases in both the limit and the rate, the tax in dollar terms has increased on the wage limit from $30 to $6,622, a 7.57% annual increase, which is double the rate of inflation between 1937 and 2010.

The main point I want you to take away from this post is: Social Security Payroll Taxes are two high now. Raising them further kills investment in the economy. Liberals have suggested raising the payroll taxes by 50% but that still would not take care of all the future promises that Social Security has made.

Glenn Beck has observed:

In less than six years, the federal government will be paying out more in Social Security benefits than the taxes that it takes in to fund it. Our Social Security Administration is getting $788 billion in fiscal year 2011. That breaks out to $6,500 per U.S. household.

You write a check for that? Can you write a check for that? ‘Cause that’s what we’re doing

Brantley criticizes Boozman’s views on Social Security (Social Security Series Part 2)

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Social Security Series Part 2

Glenn Beck on Social Security with Chris Edwards, Director of Tax Policy, Cato Institute

Max Brantley on the Arkansas Times Blog on Sept 3, 2010 (“Boozman’s aim on Social Security,”) asserted, “John Boozman has indicated he believes Social Security is unsustainable and needs to be changed by opening the door to to privatization measures.” Then Brantley goes on to mock Boozman’s beliefs on this matter.

The facts however are very clear on the matter. Bill Frezza is a partner at Adams Capital Management, an early-stage venture capital firm. His article “Not in 25 years, Social Security is Bankrupt Now,” August 9, 2010, Real Clear Politics sets the record straight:  

This just in from the trustees that issue the annual report on the health of those two pillars of the modern entitlement state: Medicare and Social Security. For the first time in its history the Social Security program will pay out more money than it takes in. This watershed event will occur this year, to the tune of $41 Billion dollars. Under any rational accounting standards this makes the Social Security program bankrupt. And that’s right now, not in 25 years when the so-called Trust Fund becomes insolvent.

You see, most pension programs hold income producing assets in their Trust Funds. Stocks, bonds, real estate, oil and gas partnerships, that sort of thing. A fully funded pension program owns enough of those assets to pay its liabilities even if the company closes its doors and not a penny more of new money comes in from current employees.

Social Security plays by a different set of rules enshrined under the New Deal and Great Society programs. These are the same rules that landed Bernie Madoff in jail. Although the Social Security system has been regularly taking in billions for decades and socking it into its Trust Fund just like a normal pension plan, Congress has just as regularly been draining the money out for current spending. All of the money collected from every American’s paycheck throughout all of our careers is now gone. In its place are not stocks, bonds, real estate, and oil and gas partnership. In its place are IOUs from Harry Reid, Nancy Pelosi, Charlie Rangel, and Barney Frank. $2.5 Trillion dollars worth of IOUs.

Now, imagine if a private company had a pension plan that its executives had completely drained wining and dining Congressmen in return for IOUs. What do you think would become of those executives when word got out that the only way they could make pension payments was to beg a flat-broke Congress for money?

Tar and feathers come to mind.

Max Brantley and other liberals will keep singing the same song because it brings them political points. However, the facts are out there for all to see. Just wait until those baby boomers double the number of retirees in our nation receiving Social Security in the next few years. Even the liberals may come around when that happens.

Dumas:Republicans opposed Social Security in 1936 through courts(Social Security Series Part 1)

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Social Security Series Part 1

Michael Tanner, a senior fellow at the CATO institute, explains that the rate of return on social security will be much lower for todays youth.

Ernest Dumas in his article “Back to 1936,” (Ark Times, Dec 23, 2010), notes, “Now the Republican Party has retreated to 1936, when it fought the Social Security law, which required people to buy old-age and survivors insurance and pay for it with a payroll tax and taxed employers to pay for unemployment insurance.”

Ernest Dumas tries to compare the Republicans of 1936 who fought Social Security through the courts to the Republicans of 2010 who are trying to fight Obamacare through the courts. Over and over again Dumas has repeated in the last few years what a great program Social Security has been. I want to start a series today that looks at the history of Social Security and what the future holds for this program.

Michael Tanner of the Cato Institute shed some light on where we are now 75 years later with this great program that Dumas praises (“Social Security Deficits will soon be Permanent,” Aug 16, 2010):

When last we heard from Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, he was proclaiming that there was no need to reform Social Security because the program “is on solid ground for decades to come.”

Well, apparently that’s true — if by “decades” Reid, D-Nev., meant “five years.”

Social Security’s trustees this month finally released their long-delayed report on the system’s finances. According to the trustees, who include President Barack Obama’s secretaries of Labor and Treasury, Social Security is actually running a cash-flow deficit today, spending more money on benefits than it takes in through taxes. Most of that deficit has been caused by the recent economic downturn and, hopefully, will be only temporary.

But regardless of how the economy performs in the next few years, the trustees warn that by 2015, just five years from now, Social Security will again start to run deficits — and this time they will be permanent. That’s a year sooner than predicted in last year’s report.

While, in theory, the Social Security Trust Fund will be able to pay benefits until 2037, the same as in last year’s report, that figure is misleading because the trust fund contains no actual assets. The government bonds it holds are simply a form of IOU, a measure of how much money the government owes the system, $2.6 trillion, according to the report.

Of course, no one is saying that the government will default on its obligations, but one might ask where the government will get the money to pay back that $2.6 trillion. It’s not as though the government has it laying around. To say that Social Security is fine because the Treasury will find a way to pay its debts is like saying you have plenty of money for your mortgage — as long as you don’t eat.

Profile List of State lawmakers Part 2

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The Tolbert Report noted that the Arkansas Right to Life held a press conference on Jan 21 at the state capitol along with an organization that seeks to assist women that are dealing with a past abortion. Executive director Rose Mimms announced three bills that they will be supporting in the upcoming state legistlative session.

I have since Dec 22nd been including a profile of a St lawmaker in almost all my posts.  I have also included a list of all of the other st lawmakers I have already covered below and the date the blog post appeared. I will be including profiles on all the rest of the Republican lawmakers in the coming days. If you are a Republican St Lawmaker I would love to hear from you and if you had some material you would like to send me to include in your profile, then I would love to include it.

Jan 12 Alan Kerr

Mike Ross: The Best at playing politics

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Arkansas Democrat Rep. Mike Ross Explains Why He Voted For the Health Care Bill in Committee (video from Tolbert Report.com)

“I wasn’t sent to Washingon to play politics. I was sent there to do my job.” These are the words of Congressman Mike Ross after he basically got through playing politics and helped pass Obamacare by letting it get out of committee. Chairman Henry Waxman was very happy in July 2009, but I wonder what people from south Arkansas will think when Obamacare takes root and kills jobs.

Earlier I took a look at this issue with Mike Ross with John Brummett’s excellent article in which he points out:

Ross can say, quite correctly, that he voted against health care reform on the House floor the first time and that he voted against it the decisive time when it came back through the budget reconciliation process from the Senate….

I am afraid that it appears that Ross was trying to please the liberal Democrats by voting for Obamacare when it counted. He voted against it when they did not need his vote. That sounds like he was just playing politics.

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oday I am profiling St lawmaker Donna Hutchinson.

Donna Hutchinson

Wed, Jan 7, 2009

LegislatorsRepresentative

mug-donna-hutchinsonR-Bella Vista
House District 98
Second term
Committees: Joint Budget; Education; State Agencies.
Special connections: Mother of two former state legislators: Tim and Jeremy Hutchinson. Of Native American descent. Professional mediator.
How to reach her: House in-session number: 501-682-6211. E-mail: hutchinsond@arkleg.state.ar.us. “I have to turn off my cell phone while the House is in session and committees are meeting, which means it’s off most of the day.” E-mail is most reliable for contact on weekends. “I don’t get to go home every weekend. It may be two weeks before I get home and check my messages.”
What you should know: Wants to redirect highway money to areas that have the most congestion.
Her priority: To cut taxes. Then to make sure that lottery scholarship money goes to nontraditional students such as working adults who want to go back to college or students in need of remedial courses. “If you have to go into debt with school loans, it should be for credit-earning courses, not remediation.”
Firmest prediction: “I will be surprised if the governor gets his rainy day fund. Since we’re coming back in 2010, he really doesn’t need one. I also think the governor’s sales tax reduction on groceries will pass and tha

Ark Times: Palin contradicts herself

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Former Alaska governor gives her first interview since Arizona shooting

Series:    Is Rightwing Rhetoric encouraging Violence? Part 6

Twice the Arkansas Times has tried to imply that Sarah Palin contradicted herself.

While claiming that no political figure was responsible for influencing alleged shooter Jared Lee Loughner, Palin also claimed he was “perhaps even left-leaning.”

Also the Arkansas Times put up a clip from Jon Stewart of the Daily Show that tried to make the same point. However, if someone accusing a conservative leader of influencing  a crazy person to shot someone, then it appears to me if you prove the shooter was not a follower of yours or was even “left leaning” then you have refuted the initial charges against you. I do not think anywhere that Palin said that the shooter’s political views caused him to do what he did. This is the charge that many liberals made earlier against Rush Limbaugh, Sarah Palin, Sean Hannity, and Glenn Beck.

Furthermore, the use of military words has always been used in politics. Let quote a definition of the term “battleground state.”

In U.S. politics, a battleground state is a state where the political race between a Republican and Democrat, usually presidential candidates, is extremely close. Due to the way that presidential elections are run in the United States, the popular vote is not nearly as important as the the individual tally in the states. This allows campaigns to pursue a state-by-state strategy in order to win an election. This makes battleground states very important.

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Let me make my view clear. There will always be a percentage of people out there that are mental cases. I personally think that there is no evidence at all to say that most of them are right or left leaning. To try and paint a broad picture like that is not fair.

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Today I have a profile of St lawmaker Bruce Westerman.

Address: 245 Autumnwood Way
Hot Springs AR 71909


Sharon is a stay-at-home mom and has been quite busy raising four children for the past 15 years.  She has a teaching degree from the University of Arkansas and with all the kids in school has been volunteering her time as a tutor.  She has a passion for teaching children to read and is currently working on a master’s degree in special education with an interest in early intervention.  The kids enjoy growing up “in the country” where life is never boring.  Eli is a past National Geography Bee state champion and enjoys playing football, reading, and participating in church youth group activities.  Amie likes to cook, draw and paint, and play basketball.  Ethan likes sports of all kinds (especially the Razorbacks), and Asa likes to play, fish and help dad work around the farm.

ABOUT OUR FAITH

Even though there may be trials, opportunities, and even earthly defeats ahead, we know that “faith is the victory that overcomes the world.”  Faith is the substance of things hoped for and the evidence of things not seen.  My ulitimate hope is in God’s grace and mercy through faith in Jesus Christ.

  • 5th generation Garland County resident born in Hot Springs in 1967.
  • Graduated valedictorian and all-state football player from Fountain Lake High School in 1986.
  • Elected as State President of FFA and did a short internship for Senator David Pryor as part of official duty.  A highlight of the time in Washington DC was getting to see Ronald Reagan in person during a function for State FFA Presidents.
  • Entered University of Arkansas at Fayetteville as a Biological and Agricultural Engineering major and a recruited walk-on football player for the Razorbacks.  Received bachelor’s degree and was a member of the football team for four years that won back-to-back Southwest Conference championships.  Most significant experience at the University of Arkansas was meeting Sharon French of Van Buren, bride of 19 years and mother of our four children, Eli, Amie, Ethan, and Asa ages 15, 12, 10, and 8.
  • Began working for Riceland Foods in Stuttgart in January 1991 as plant engineer.  Moved back to Hot Springs in 1992 to work for Mid-South Engineering; a 40-year old consulting engineering firm with offices in Hot Springs and Cary, NC.  Working with Mid-South in the project planning and development group has allowed opportunities to participate in the development and implementation of multi-million dollar projects across the United States as well as work in Canada, United Kingdom, other European countries, and New Zealand.  Registered to practice engineering in seven states and foresty in two.  Served as the state president of the Arkansas Society of Biological and Agricultural Engineers, in 2005 was recognized as an outstanding young alumni by the University of Arkansas College of Engineering, and in 2008 completed duties as chairman of the Arkansas Academy of Biological and Agricultural Engineers.
  • Took a leave of absence from Mid-South in 2000 to attend graduate school at Yale where received a master’s degree in forestry with focus study areas in economics and finance.
  • Past president of the Fountain Lake School Board where focus was on improving academic performance and helping the school with several major construction projects.
  • Attend Walnut Valley Baptist Church and serve as a deacon and a youth Sunday school teacher.  Have taught youth or college age students in Sunday school since college.

Fox 16:Biased reporting on Marches (includes editorial cartoon)

Rep. Tim Griffin and Lt. Gov. Mark Darr at the Arkansas March for Life in Little Rock from Tolbert Report.

Go to Fox 16 website and you will read this story below and watch a video clip on both marches. What you will not read is the fact that only 150 people showed up for the pro-choice march on Jan 22, 2011 while over 5000 came out for the pro-life rally the following day. In fact, on the video the reporter notes, “A similar scene on Saturday..” The reporter summarizes, “Both pro-choice and pro-life rally organizers say they were pleased with the crowd their events drew.” In the article on the website are these words, “Both pro-life and pro-choice rally-goers came out strong, equally passionate about their beliefs.”

Read this info below from the Fox 16 website:

LITTLE ROCK, AR – Thousands of Arkansans marched near the Capitol this weekend to make their voices heard. Saturday it was those in favor of a woman’s right to choose. Sunday, pro-life supporters gathered for the 33rd Annual March for Life. Both pro-life and pro-choice rally-goers came out strong, equally passionate about their beliefs. Lauren Long is pro-life and says, “I’m 16 today because my mom chose life and I’m really proud of that.”Politicians, doctors, religious leaders and even the famous TV family from Arkansas, the Duggar’s, came out for the Right to Life March. Jill Duggar says her family is a prime example of what it means to be pro-life. “Life is precious and a lot of people don’t understand the significance of it. It’s not just a ball of tissue, it’s a baby from the very start.”Dr. Matt Sellers is an OB/GYN with the Cornerstone Clinic for Woman. He says, “Every unborn life is a treasure that should be treated as such.”

Congressman Tim Griffin also attended Sunday’s pro-life rally. He says, “We need to respect life and all our policies in the way we treat other people, and the way we think about public policy, we need to think about life.”

Pro-choice rally-goers lined the steps of the Capitol on Saturday. Senator Joyce Elliott spoke to the crowd. “Trust women, show respect for women and the choices they make.” Senator Elliott also added, “It’s in our national and economic best interest to make sure women have the choice of good healthcare services.”

Stephanie Oshrin, with the National Organization for Women says, “We believe every person has a right to choose their family and plan their family. We advocate strong, healthy women, and happy children.” Oshrin also mentioned, “We’ve made monumental gains over the last decade, however we recognize with all the gains, we still have many struggles that we will continue to fight for.”

Both pro-life and pro-choice rally organizers say, they’re pleased with the crowd their events drew, and hope to continue to spread their messages long after these rallies are over. Both rallies were peaceful and respectful, and while police were present at both events, there have been no reports of any problems. Both crowds drew larger numbers than last year.

This weekend’s rallies coincide with the 38th anniversary of the landmark Roe versus Wade case which legalized abortion. In a statement Saturday, President Obama says, he’s committed to protecting a constitutional right to choose. Obama says, he’s committed to policies preventing unwanted pregnancies, supporting pregnant women, and promoting adoption.

Sometimes the size of pro-life marches getting distorted by those who don’t want to admit that the public is mostly pro-life. Take a look at this editorial cartoon.

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Lyons: Limbaugh wants conflict which pushes higher ratings

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Senator Lamar Alexander and Senator Durbin’s respond to the Tucson, AZ Shootings

Series:    Is Rightwing Rhetoric encouraging Violence? Part 5

Radell Hunter in her article on Jan 11, 2011 reveals what Dick Durbin had to say about the tragedy in Arizona:

Dick Durbin went on to target Sarah Palin in particular, saying, “The phrase ‘Don’t retreat; reload’, putting crosshairs on congressional districts as targets. These sorts of things, I think, invite the kind of toxic rhetoric that can lead unstable people to believe this is an acceptable response.”

Of course, all the facts that came out since then have totally disproven his assertions. This shooter was anything but a follower of Rush Limbaugh or Sarah Palin. Take a look at my earlier post.

What does the leftists do at this point once the facts ruin the direct accusations? They come in the side door. Look at Gene Lyons article “Conflict = ratings=$” in the Jan 20, 2011 Arkansas Democrat-Gazette. He asserts:

Meanwhile, the Tucson radio station that advertised “Rush Limbaugh: Straight Shooter” with a billboard full of simulated bullet holes has taken it down.
See, they compete with each other, these clowns, to set you against an imaginary enemy consisting of your friends and neighbors because conflict pushes ratings, and higher ratings lead to more money.
Are you going to keep helping them do it?

Let me make my view clear. There will always be a percentage of people out there that are mental cases. I personally think that there is no evidence at all to say that most of them are right or left leaning. To try and paint a broad picture like that is not fair.

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Today I have a profile of St lawmaker Jane English from Ballotpedia.

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Elizabeth English
Arkansas House of Representatives District 42
Incumbent
Assumed office
2009
Current term ends
2010
Political party Republican
Profession Legislator
Website House site

Elizabeth “Jane” English is a Republican member of the Arkansas House of Representatives, representing the 42nd District since 2009.English currently works as an employer/volunteer outreach coordinator, Support of the Guard and Reserve, Department of Defense, State Committee for Employer.

She is involved with a number of organizations, including Arkansas Veterans Coalition, Camp Robinson/Camp Pike Community Council, Little Rock Air Force Base Community Council, North Pulaski Republican Women, and the Disabled American Veterans Auxiliary.[1]

Issue positions

English’s answers to the Arkansas State Legislative Election 2008 Political Courage Test are provided. The test provides voters with how a candidate would vote on the issues if elected. When asked his legislative priorities she replied:

“Economic development and good jobs, a rise in the income level, fewer folks on Medicaid, fewer high school drop outs, and lower prison population require an integrated education and workforce training system that meets the skill needs of business and industry. I will propose legislation to identify all education/workforce training dollars, federal and state, and the positive or negative results of every program. I will also propose legislation to establish a commission made up of members of business and industry that will work to identify the skill gaps and recommend system instructional programs.”[2]

Committee assignments

Sponsored legislation

English’s sponsored legislation includes:

  • HB 1245 – “AN ACT TO EXEMPT MILITARY RETIRED PAY FROM INCOME TAX.”
  • HB 1890 – “CONCERNING THE USE OF DEADLY PHYSICAL FORCE IN DEFENSE OF A PERSON TO BE KNOWN AS THE CASTLE DOCTRINE.”
  • HB 1982 – “TO PROMOTE AND ENFORCE EFFICIENCY IN STATE GOVERNMENT.”