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  • Oct 27 2014

    Democrat-Gazette Endorsement Highlights Senator Pryor's Failed Record

    Democrat-Gazette Endorsement Highlights Senator Pryor's Failed Record

    Despite his best efforts, Senator Pryor’s record as a career go-along-to-get-along politician has caught up to him. In their endorsement of Tom Cotton on Sunday, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette highlighted the fact that Senator Pryor has not made Arkansas a priority.

    “What kind of leader will we the people of Arkansas demand in this election for the U.S. Senate--one who courts the bubble popularity, whose idea of politics is to go along to get along, who by experience means just doing the same thing year in and year out, and confuses mere seniority with high service?”

    Back in May a Washington Post reporter also noted Senator Pryor’s preference to make life easier in the Senate instead of life better for Arkansans:

    “In an interview, Pryor was asked: What if you suddenly had the power to make Congress do exactly what you want? What’s the first big thing would you want to change? He said he would use his infinite power to fix ... the Senate. The process of governing, in other words. Not its outcomes.”

    “Arkansans are fed up with Washington and President Obama’s liberal agenda, which Senator Pryor rubber-stamps 97% of the time. Instead of accepting the status-quo they will elect a Senator who will stand up for Arkansas not President Obama, and will replace Senator Pryor with Tom Cotton.” – Fred Brown, RNC spokesman 

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  • Jun 23 2014

    Ross' Negative Campaign

    NEW VIDEO: Ross’ Negative Campaign

    Little Rock, Arkansas—

    New video released today calls out Mike Ross for his negative and blatantly false campaign tactics. Despite promising to run a positive campaign, Ross took only a matter of minutes after clinching the Democrat nomination to start desperately slinging mud against Asa Hutchinson. It's one thing to run a dishonest campaign about your opponent; however, Ross is running a dishonest campaign with Arkansas voters.  It is no wonder even members of his own party are endorsing Asa.

    Click HERE to watch.

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  • Jun 02 2014

    Swing & a Miss from Dem Govs

    After 12-Years In Congress – And 22 As A Career Politician - Ross Said It Was Time To Explore “New Opportunities” And Became A Lobbyist

    “Rep. Mike Ross (D-Ark.) Will Retire At The End Of His Term, He Announced In A Press Conference Monday Morning.”  (Cameron Joseph, “Rep. Mike Ross To Retire,” The Hill’s Ballot Box, 7/25/11)

    Ross: “I believe it is time for me to begin a new chapter in my life by spending more time with my family and exploring new opportunities here at home in Arkansas.”  (Cameron Joseph, “Rep. Mike Ross To Retire,” The Hill’s Ballot Box, 7/25/11)

    Ross: “Maybe 22 Years In Elected Office Is Enough … I Feel Like A Huge Burden Has Been Lifted. … I Just Don’t Want To Be On The Ballot Anymore.”  (“Politics No Fun Anymore, Ross Says Of Departure,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 5/16/12)

    Arkansas Democrat-Gazette’s John Brummett: “Ross Told Me I Could Call Him A Lobbyist If I Insisted…” “‘I’m 51. I’ve got to do something for a living,’ Ross said. ‘My Social Security retirement age is not until 67.’ So he accepted, effective next year, the overture of the Southwest Power Pool in Little Rock. It’s for a new position of vice president for government and public relations. This power pool, which manages the electricity grid for power companies in nine states, is actually organized as a nonprofit, though the power companies themselves are utility corporations, by and large. Ross told me I could call him a lobbyist if I insisted, but that federal rules prohibit his lobbying the U.S. House for a year. … If he needs to lobby in Washington after a year, he’ll register and do so, but rather doubts that will happen, he said.”  (John Brummett, Op-Ed, “Mike In The Middle,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 5/17/12)

    Out Of Touch With Arkansas’ Values: Ross Was A “Progressive” Until His District Became Too Conservative

    As Ross Took His Seat In The State Senate In 1991, He Called Himself A “Progressive.” “Ross, 29, calls himself a ‘progressive’ who would prefer to plan ahead rather than react to problems after they have developed.”  (“Ross Takes Seat With Bills In Hand,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 1/13/91)

    “Ross Positioned Himself With The Progressive Wing Of The Democratic Party.” “Ross is a political ‘survivor,’ said Jay Barth, a political science professor at Hendrix College in Conway. Barth was a delegate at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., in September. He said that as a state senator and then during his first congressional campaign, Ross positioned himself with the progressive wing of the Democratic Party.”  (“Ross Wrapping Up 12-Year D.C. Stint,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 12/30/12)

    It Wasn’t Until Ross’ District Became More Conservative That “Ross Began To Take A More Conservative Stance.” “But his district, like many areas of the South, began to lean more heavily Republican over the past decade, and Ross began to take a more conservative stance, Barth said.”  (“Ross Wrapping Up 12-Year D.C. Stint,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 12/30/12)

    “‘He Has Been A Very Ambidextrous Politician,’ Barth Said.”  (“Ross Wrapping Up 12-Year D.C. Stint,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 12/30/12)

    Mike Ross Consistently Joined President Obama And Nancy Pelosi In Supporting Policies That Hurt Arkansas Families

    While Serving In Congress, Mike Ross Voted With Liberal Nancy Pelosi Voted At Least 91 Times In Favor Of Higher Taxes.  (H. Res. 83, Vote #37: Motion agreed to 220-204: R 215-0; D 4-203; I 1-1, 3/8/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Res. 83, Vote #38: Motion agreed to 217-205: R 214-0; D 2-204; I 1-1, 3/8/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Res. 83, Vote #39: Adopted 220-204: R 216-0; D 3-203; I 1-1, 3/8/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Res. 83, Vote #40: Motion agreed to 221-197: R 215-0; D 5-196; I 1-1, 3/8/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 3, Vote #43: Motion agreed to 228-197: R 216-0; D 11-196; I 1-1, 3/8/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 3, Vote #44: Motion rejected 204-221: R 0-218; D 203-2; I 1-1, 3/8/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 3, Vote #45: Passed 230-198: R 219-0; D 10-197; I 1-1, 3/8/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 83, Vote #70: Adopted 222-205: R 218-2; D 3-202; I 1-1, 3/28/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 83, Vote #104: Adopted 221-207: R 214-3; D 6-203; I 1-1, 5/9/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 1836, Vote #116: Adopted 220-207: R 217-0; D 2-206; I 1-1, 5/16/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 1836, Vote #118: Passed 230-197: R 216-0; D 13-196; I 1-1, 5/16/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 1836, Vote #146: Motion rejected 198-210: R 1-205; D 196-4; I 1-1, 5/23/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 1836, Vote #148: Adopted 213-177: R 209-0; D 3-176; I 1-1, 5/26/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Res. 270, Vote #400: Motion agreed to 219-207: R 216-0; D 2-206; I 1-1, 10/24/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Res. 270, Vote #401: Adopted 225-199: R 214-0; D 10-198; I 1-1, 10/24/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 3090, Vote #403: Motion rejected 199-230: R 0-218; D 198-11; I 1-1, 10/24/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 3090, Vote #404: Passed 216-214: R 212-7; D 3-206; I 1-1, 10/24/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Res. 319, Vote #506: Adopted 214-206: R 210-7; D 3-198; I 1-1, 12/19/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Res. 320, Vote #507: Adopted 219-198: R 215-0; D 3-197; I 1-1, 12/20/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 3529, Vote #508: Motion rejected 177-238: R 0-215; D 176-22; I 1-1, 12/20/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 3529, Vote #509: Passed 224-193: R 214-2; D 9-190; I 1-1, 12/20/01, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 622, Vote #36: Motion agreed to 216-207: R 215-0; D 0-206; I 1-1, 2/14/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 622, Vote #37: Adopted 213-206: R 212-0; D 0-205; I 1-1, 2/14/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 622, Vote #38: Motion agreed to 225-199: R 214-1; D 10-197; I 1-1, 2/14/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Res. 390, Vote #101: Motion agreed to 219-206: R 218-0; D 0-205; I 1-1, 4/18/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 586, Vote #102: Adopted 218-205: R 217-0; D 0-204; I 1-1, 4/18/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 586, Vote #103: Motion agreed to 229-198: R 219-1; D 9-196; I 1-1, 4/18/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2143, Vote #215: Motion agreed to 223-201: R 216-0; D 6-200; I 1-1, 6/6/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2143, Vote #216: Adopted 227-195: R 216-0; D 10-194; I 1-1, 6/6/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2143, Vote #217: Rejected 197-231: R 6-212; D 190-18; I 1-1, 6/6/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 2143, Vote #218: Motion rejected 205-223: R 1-217; D 203-5; I 1-1, 6/6/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H. Res. 527, Vote #398: Adopted 213-200: R 212-0; D 1-199; I 0-1, 9/19/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Res. 547, Vote #413: Motion agreed to 217-200: R 216-0; D 1-199; I 0-1, 9/25/02, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 95, Vote #82: Adopted 215-212: R 214-12; D 1-199; I 0-1, 3/21/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 95, Vote #141: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) 216-211: R 216-7; D 0-203; I 0-1, 4/11/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2, Vote #178: Motion agreed to 219-203: R 219-0; D 0-202; I 0-1, 5/9/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2, Vote #179: Adopted 220-203: R 220-0; D 0-202; I 0-1, 5/9/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2, Vote #180: Motion agreed to 222-202: R 222-0; D 0-201; I 0-1, 5/9/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2, Vote #181: Motion rejected 202-218: R 0-217; D 201-1; I 1-0, 5/9/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 2, Vote #182: Passed 222-203: R 218-3; D 4-199; I 0-1, 5/9/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2, Vote #211: Motion agreed to 221-202: R 220-0; D 1-201; I 0-1, 5/22/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2, Vote #212: Adopted 218-202: R 218-0; D 0-201; I 0-1, 5/22/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2, Vote #224: Motion agreed to 221-205: R 221-0; D 0-204; I 0-1, 5/23/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2, Vote #225: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) 231-200: R 224-1; D 7-198; I 0-1, 5/23/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 8, Vote #284: Motion agreed to 227-200: R 227-0; D 0-199; I 0-1, 6/18/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 8, Vote #285: Adopted 230-199: R 227-1; D 3-197; I 0-1, 6/18/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2555, Vote #305: Motion agreed to 222-200: R 221-0; D 1-199; I 0-1, 6/24/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 2660, Vote #347: Motion rejected 199-222: R 0-221; D 198-1; I 1-0, 7/10/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 2660, Vote #348: Motion rejected 197-224: R 0-223; D 196-1; I 1-0, 7/10/03, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H. Con. Res. 393, Vote #92: Adopted 215-212: R 215-10; D 0-201; I 0-1, 3/25/04, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Res. 637, Vote #156: Motion agreed to 221-203: R 221-2; D 0-200; I 0-1, 5/12/04, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 4275, Vote #169: Rejected 190-227: R 1-216; D 188-11; I 1-0, 5/13/04, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H. Res. 685, Vote #301: Rejected 184-230: R 2-217; D 181-13; I 1-0, 6/24/04, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H. Con. Res. 95, Vote #82: Rejected 180-242: R 3-218; D 176-24; I 1-0, 3/17/05, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H. Con. Res. 95, Vote #83: Rejected 102-320: R 101-122; D 1-197; I 0-1, 3/17/05, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 95, Vote #88: Adopted 218-214: R 218-12; D 0-201; I 0-1, 3/17/05, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 8, Vote #100: Motion agreed to 237-195: R 230-0; D 7-194; I 0-1, 4/13/05, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 95, Vote #149: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) 214-211: R 214-15; D 0-195; I 0-1, 4/28/05, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 4297, Vote #619: Rejected 192-239: R 2-226; D 189-13; I 1-0, 12/8/05, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 4297, Vote #620: Motion rejected 193-235: R 0-226; D 192-9; I 1-0, 12/8/05, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 4297, Vote #621: Passed 234-197: R 225-3; D 9-193; I 0-1, 12/8/05, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 4297, Vote #7: Motion rejected 185-207: R 8-204; D 176-3; I 1-0, 2/8/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 4297, Vote #74: Motion rejected 192-229: R 4-222; D 187-7; I 1-0, 3/29/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 4297, Vote #94: Motion rejected 196-232: R 5-225; D 190-7; I 1-0, 4/6/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 4297, Vote #109: Motion rejected 190-232: R 4-223; D 185-9; I 1-0, 4/27/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 4297, Vote #121: Motion rejected 197-224: R 6-219; D 190-5; I 1-0, 5/3/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 4297, Vote #132: Adopted 228-194: R 227-0; D 1-193; I 0-1, 5/10/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 4297, Vote #134: Motion rejected 190-239: R 3-228; D 186-11; I 1-0, 5/10/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 4297, Vote #135: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) 244-185: R 229-2; D 15-182; I 0-1, 5/10/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 376, Vote #156: Rejected 94-331: R 94-134; D 0-196; I 0-1, 5/18/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Con. Res. 376, Vote #158: Adopted 218-210: R 218-12; D 0-197; I 0-1, 5/18/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H. Res. 885, Vote #309: Adopted 228-194: R 227-0; D 1-193; I 0-1, 6/22/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 5638, Vote #312: Agreed to consider 238-188: R 228-0; D 10-187; I 0-1, 6/22/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 5638, Vote #314: Motion rejected 182-236: R 0-225; D 182-10; I 0-1, 6/22/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 5970, Vote #419: Adopted 217-194: R 217-1; D 0-192; I 0-1, 7/28/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; H.R. 5970, Vote #424: Motion rejected 190-220: R 2-214; D 187-6; I 1-0, 7/29/06, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 6, Vote #40: Passed 264-163: R 36-159; D 228-4, 1/18/07, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 3162, Vote #787: Passed 225-204: R 5-194; D 220-10; I 0-0, 8/1/07, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 976, Vote #906: Motion agreed to 265-159: R 45-151; D 220-8; I 0-0, 9/25/07, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 976, Vote #982: Rejected 273-156: R 44-154; D 229-2; I 0-0, 10/18/07, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 3693, Vote #1009: Passed 265-142: R 43-141; D 222-1; I 0-0, 10/25/07, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 3996, Vote #1081: Passed 216-193: R 0-185; D 216-8; I 0-0; 11/9/07, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 4351, Vote #1153: Passed 226-193: R 0-190; D 226-3; I 0-0; 12/12/07, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 3363, Vote #22: Rejected 260-152: R 42-151; D 218-1; I 0-0, 1/23/08, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 5351, Vote #84: Passed 236-182: R 17-174; D 219-8; I 0-0, 2/27/08, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; S. Con. Res. 70, Vote #382: Adopted 214-210: R 0-196; D 214-14, 6/5/08, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 2, Vote #16: Passed 289-139: R 40-137; D 249-2; I 0-0, 1/14/09, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 2, Vote #50: Motion agreed to 290-135: R 40-133; D 250-2; I 0-0, 2/4/09, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H.R. 4853, Vote #604: Motion agreed to, thus sent to the Senate, 234-188: D 231-20; R 3-168; I 0-0; 12/2/10, Ross and Pelosi voted Yea; H. Con. Res. 34, Vote #277: Adopted 235-193: R 235-4; D 0-189; I 0-0, 4/15/11, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay; and H. Con. Res. 112, Vote #149: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 136-285: R 136-104; D 0-181; I 0-0, 3/29/12, Ross and Pelosi voted Nay)

     

    Ross Co-Sponsored Nearly 200 Legislative Items With Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) During His Time In Congress. In the six years (2001-2006) Ross served with Pelosi before she was elected speaker, when her legislative activity slowed, he co-sponsored 196 legislative items with her – an average of more than 30 per year. Legislative items include bills, resolutions, concurrent resolutions, etc. (Library of Congress Website, thomas.loc.gov, Accessed 4/23/14)

    When It Mattered Most, Ross Stood With President Obama And Nancy Pelosi. In the first two years of President Obama’s first term – when Congress was debating the stimulus, bailouts, Obamacare and more – Ross stood with President Obama. According to Congressional Quarterly, he voted in support of the President’s position 87% of time in 2009 and 74% of the time in 2010. (CQ.com, Accessed 12/20/13)

    Ross Voted With Pelosi For The $787 Billion Obama Stimulus Bill, Which Raised The Debt Limit To $12.1 Trillion. “The 2009 economic stimulus law set the debt limit at $12.1 trillion. Congress increased the limit in December 2009 and February 2010 and again last summer, as part of a bipartisan budget agreement.” (“Senate Vote Approves Rise In Debt Limit,” The New York Times, 1/27/12; H.R. 1, Vote #70: Passed 246-183: D 246-7, R 0-176, 2/13/09, Ross and Pelosi Voted Yea)

    Ross Voted With Pelosi For The “Cash For Clunkers” Program. “Makes emergency supplemental appropriations of $2 billion for FY2009 and FY2010 to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) of the Department of Transportation (DOT) for the Consumer Assistance to Recycle and Save Program (Cash for Clunkers Program).” (H.R. 2751, Vote #314: Passed 298-119: D 239-9, R 59-110, 6/9/09, Ross and Pelosi Voted Yea; H.R. 3435, Vote #682: Passed 316-109: D 239-14, R 77-95, 7/31/09, Ross Voted Yea)

    Ross Voted With Pelosi To Bail Out The Auto Industry. “To authorize financial assistance to eligible automobile manufacturers, and for other purposes.” (H.R. 7321, Vote #690: Passed 237-170: D 205-20, R 32-150, 12/10/08, Ross and Pelosi Voted Yea)

    Ross Co-Sponsored And Voted With Pelosi In Favor Of Card Check. “Passage of the bill that would allow union organizers to bypass secret-ballot elections if a majority of eligible employees sign a petition in support of union formation. It would establish a system of mediation and arbitration that would apply when an employer and union are unable to agree on their first contract. Employers would be required to pay three times the amount of back pay that an employee is due if the employee is illegally fired or discriminated against during an organizational or first contract drive.” (H.R. 800, Employee Free Choice Act Of 2007, Library of Congress; H.R. 800, Vote #118: Passed by a vote of 241-185, 3/1/07, Ross and Pelosi Voted Yea)

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  • May 05 2014

    FACT CHECK: Mark Pryor Is Anything But An Independent Senator

    FACT CHECK: Mark Pryor Is Anything But An Independent Senator

    Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) Claims He’s “The Most Independent Senator In Washington.” “‘I’m really the most independent senator in Washington,’ Pryor told a group of about 25 supporters here in the rice-country town of Hazen. ‘I’m not there to represent the president and his party. I’m not there to oppose the president and his party. I’m there to represent Arkansas.’” (David A. Fahrenthold, “Mark Pryor’s Challenge: Will Arkansas Keep A Democratic Senator With No Big Crusades?” The Washington Post, 5/1/14)

    But Pryor Has Voted Lock Step With Obama’s Agenda:

    Pryor Voted With Obama 90 Percent Of The Time In 2013, According To The Non-Partisan Congressional Quarterly. (Presidential Support, CQ Weekly, 5/1/14)

    • Since 2009, Pryor Has Voted With Obama An Average Of 93 Percent Of The Time. (Sen. Mark Pryor, Congressional Quarterly, Accessed 5/1/14)

    Pryor Has Been A Big Cheerleader For Obama:

    In 2011, Pryor Said That He Thought Obama Deserved Another Four Years In Office. “Pryor said he thought Obama deserved another four years.  ‘I think that President Obama came in [during] an incredibly difficult time, a whole set of circumstances that made his presidency one of the most difficult in American history,’ Pryor said.” (Charlie Frago, “Partisan ‘Games’ Miring Debt-Cap Deal, Pryor Says,” Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 6/3/11)

    • Pryor, In 2008: “I Look Forward To [Obama] Getting Out, All Over The Country.  And I Talked To His People Last Night About Trying To Come To Arkansas And Trying To Win There.  And I Do Think They Want To Do That. (Sen. Mark Pryor, Remarks At 2008 DNC Convention, 8/27/08)

    Pryor Praised Obama In 2009, Saying “He Is Exactly What We Need Right Now.” “We  have a historic moment going on in Washington right now because, we have a President; some fault him because they say he is idealistic.  They fault him sometimes because he believes in our democracy, he believes in our people.  He knows that we can tackle these problems and we can solve these problems.  And I don’t fault him for that.  I think he’s showing great leadership and let’s give President Obama a hand.  I think he’s exactly what we need right now.” (Sen. Mark Pryor, Remarks At Democratic Party Of Arkansas Jefferson Jackson Dinner, 7/24/09)

    At The 2008 DNC Convention, Pryor Told The Arkansas Delegation That Obama “Is Exactly The Right Guy For This Moment In History.” “Pryor: You know, he’s the kind of guy that is exactly the right guy for this moment in history.” (Sen. Mark Pryor, Remarks At 2008 DNC Convention, 8/27/08)

    • Pryor: “My Sense Is There Is A Destiny About Barack Obama.  I Think There Is A Destiny About Him.” (Sen. Mark Pryor, Remarks At 2008 DNC Convention, 8/27/08)

    Pryor Enthusiastically Voted To Enact And Defend Obama’s Signature Accomplishment:

    Pryor Voted To Pass ObamaCare. (H.R. 3590, Roll Call Vote #396, Adopted 60-39: R 0-39; D 60-0, 12/24/09, Hagan Voted Yea)

    • Pryor Voted Against Repealing ObamaCare. (S.Amdt.202 to S.Con.Res. 8, Roll Call Vote #51, Rejected 45-54; R 45-0; D 0-54, 3/22/13, Pryor Voted Nay)

    In A June 2, 2013 TV Interview, Pryor Doubled Down On His Support For Obamacare, Saying: “I Think It Was The Right Vote, I Think It Was Good For Arkansas.” “HOST: ‘Do you still stand by your vote for federal health care?  What do you tell, what is your message to voters as to why that was the right vote?’  PRYOR: ‘I do.  I think it was the right vote, I think it was good for Arkansas.’” (Interview With Senator Mark Pryor, KARK-TV, 6/2/13)

    • Pryor Praised ObamaCare As “An Amazing Success Story” In August Of 2013. KHOG’s CRAIG CANNON: “Political experts say the new healthcare law could be a hot topic. Pryor was one of 60 Democrats who voted for it back in 2009. He defends that vote today.” SENATOR MARK PRYOR: “I would say if you want a good opinion about ObamaCare, go right here to Mercy Hospital and ask them how they feel about it. It’s been an amazing success story so far.” (“Rep. Tom Cotton Running For Senate,” KHOG, 8/6/13)
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  • Apr 15 2014

    Mike Ross Voted for Higher Taxes 109 Times!

    While Serving In Congress, Mike Ross Voted At Least 109 Times In Favor Of Higher Taxes:

    1. H. Res. 83, Vote #37: Motion agreed to 220-204: R 215-0; D 4-203; I 1-1, 3/8/01, Ross

    voted Nay

    2. H. Res. 83, Vote #38: Motion agreed to 217-205: R 214-0; D 2-204; I 1-1, 3/8/01, Ross

    voted Nay

    3. H. Res. 83, Vote #39: Adopted 220-204: R 216-0; D 3-203; I 1-1, 3/8/01, Ross voted Nay

    4. H. Res. 83, Vote #40: Motion agreed to 221-197: R 215-0; D 5-196; I 1-1, 3/8/01, Ross

    voted Nay

    5. H.R. 3, Vote #43: Motion agreed to 228-197: R 216-0; D 11-196; I 1-1, 3/8/01, Ross voted

    Nay

    6. H.R. 3, Vote #44: Motion rejected 204-221: R 0-218; D 203-2; I 1-1, 3/8/01, Ross voted

    Yea

    7. H.R. 3, Vote #45: Passed 230-198: R 219-0; D 10-197; I 1-1, 3/8/01, Ross voted Nay

    8. H. Con. Res. 83, Vote #70: Adopted 222-205: R 218-2; D 3-202; I 1-1, 3/28/01, Ross voted

    Nay

    9. H. Con. Res. 83, Vote #104: Adopted 221-207: R 214-3; D 6-203; I 1-1, 5/9/01, Ross voted

    Nay

    10. H.R. 1836, Vote #116: Adopted 220-207: R 217-0; D 2-206; I 1-1, 5/16/01, Ross voted Nay

    11. H.R. 1836, Vote #118: Passed 230-197: R 216-0; D 13-196; I 1-1, 5/16/01, Ross voted Nay

    12. H.R. 1836, Vote #146: Motion rejected 198-210: R 1-205; D 196-4; I 1-1, 5/23/01, Ross

    voted Yea

    13. H.R. 1836, Vote #148: Adopted 213-177: R 209-0; D 3-176; I 1-1, 5/26/01, Ross voted Nay

    14. H. Res. 270, Vote #400: Motion agreed to 219-207: R 216-0; D 2-206; I 1-1, 10/24/01, Ross

    voted Nay

    15. H. Res. 270, Vote #401: Adopted 225-199: R 214-0; D 10-198; I 1-1, 10/24/01, Ross voted

    Nay

    16. H.R. 3090, Vote #403: Motion rejected 199-230: R 0-218; D 198-11; I 1-1, 10/24/01, Ross

    voted Yea

    17. H.R. 3090, Vote #404: Passed 216-214: R 212-7; D 3-206; I 1-1, 10/24/01, Ross voted Nay

    18. H. Res. 319, Vote #506: Adopted 214-206: R 210-7; D 3-198; I 1-1, 12/19/01, Ross voted

    Nay

    19. H. Res. 320, Vote #507: Adopted 219-198: R 215-0; D 3-197; I 1-1, 12/20/01, Ross voted

    Nay

    20. H.R. 3529, Vote #508: Motion rejected 177-238: R 0-215; D 176-22; I 1-1, 12/20/01, Ross

    voted Yea

    21. H.R. 3529, Vote #509: Passed 224-193: R 214-2; D 9-190; I 1-1, 12/20/01, Ross voted Nay

    22. H.R. 622, Vote #36: Motion agreed to 216-207: R 215-0; D 0-206; I 1-1, 2/14/02, Ross

    voted Nay

    23. H.R. 622, Vote #37: Adopted 213-206: R 212-0; D 0-205; I 1-1, 2/14/02, Ross voted Nay

    24. H.R. 622, Vote #38: Motion agreed to 225-199: R 214-1; D 10-197; I 1-1, 2/14/02, Ross

    voted Nay

    25. H. Res. 390, Vote #101: Motion agreed to 219-206: R 218-0; D 0-205; I 1-1, 4/18/02, Ross

    voted Nay

    26. H.R. 586, Vote #102: Adopted 218-205: R 217-0; D 0-204; I 1-1, 4/18/02, Ross voted Nay

    27. H.R. 586, Vote #103: Motion agreed to 229-198: R 219-1; D 9-196; I 1-1, 4/18/02, Ross

    voted Nay

    28. H.R. 2143, Vote #215: Motion agreed to 223-201: R 216-0; D 6-200; I 1-1, 6/6/02, Ross

    voted Nay

    29. H.R. 2143, Vote #216: Adopted 227-195: R 216-0; D 10-194; I 1-1, 6/6/02, Ross voted Nay

    30. H.R. 2143, Vote #217: Rejected 197-231: R 6-212; D 190-18; I 1-1, 6/6/02, Ross voted Yea

    31. H.R. 2143, Vote #218: Motion rejected 205-223: R 1-217; D 203-5; I 1-1, 6/6/02, Ross

    voted Yea

    32. H. Res. 527, Vote #398: Adopted 213-200: R 212-0; D 1-199; I 0-1, 9/19/02, Ross voted

    Nay

    33. H. Res. 547, Vote #413: Motion agreed to 217-200: R 216-0; D 1-199; I 0-1, 9/25/02, Ross

    voted Nay

    34. H. Con. Res. 95, Vote #82: Adopted 215-212: R 214-12; D 1-199; I 0-1, 3/21/03, Ross

    voted Nay

    35. H. Con. Res. 95, Vote #141: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) 216-211: R 216-7; D 0-203; I

    0-1, 4/11/03, Ross voted Nay

    36. H.R. 2, Vote #178: Motion agreed to 219-203: R 219-0; D 0-202; I 0-1, 5/9/03, Ross voted

    Nay

    37. H.R. 2, Vote #179: Adopted 220-203: R 220-0; D 0-202; I 0-1, 5/9/03, Ross voted Nay

    38. H.R. 2, Vote #180: Motion agreed to 222-202: R 222-0; D 0-201; I 0-1, 5/9/03, Ross voted

    Nay

    39. H.R. 2, Vote #181: Motion rejected 202-218: R 0-217; D 201-1; I 1-0, 5/9/03, Ross voted

    Yea

    40. H.R. 2, Vote #182: Passed 222-203: R 218-3; D 4-199; I 0-1, 5/9/03, Ross voted Nay

    41. H.R. 2, Vote #211: Motion agreed to 221-202: R 220-0; D 1-201; I 0-1, 5/22/03, Ross voted

    Nay

    42. H.R. 2, Vote #212: Adopted 218-202: R 218-0; D 0-201; I 0-1, 5/22/03, Ross voted Nay

    43. H.R. 2, Vote #224: Motion agreed to 221-205: R 221-0; D 0-204; I 0-1, 5/23/03, Ross voted

    Nay

    44. H.R. 2, Vote #225: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) 231-200: R 224-1; D 7-198; I 0-1, 5/

    23/03, Ross voted Nay

    45. H.R. 8, Vote #284: Motion agreed to 227-200: R 227-0; D 0-199; I 0-1, 6/18/03, Ross voted

    Nay

    46. H.R. 8, Vote #285: Adopted 230-199: R 227-1; D 3-197; I 0-1, 6/18/03, Ross voted Nay

    47. H.R. 2555, Vote #305: Motion agreed to 222-200: R 221-0; D 1-199; I 0-1, 6/24/03, Ross

    voted Nay

    48. H.R. 2660, Vote #347: Motion rejected 199-222: R 0-221; D 198-1; I 1-0, 7/10/03, Ross

    voted Yea

    49. H.R. 2660, Vote #348: Motion rejected 197-224: R 0-223; D 196-1; I 1-0, 7/10/03, Ross

    voted Yea

    50. H. Con. Res. 393, Vote #92: Adopted 215-212: R 215-10; D 0-201; I 0-1, 3/25/04, Ross

    voted Nay

    51. H. Res. 637, Vote #156: Motion agreed to 221-203: R 221-2; D 0-200; I 0-1, 5/12/04, Ross

    voted Nay

    52. H.R. 4275, Vote #169: Rejected 190-227: R 1-216; D 188-11; I 1-0, 5/13/04, Ross voted

    Yea

    53. H. Res. 685, Vote #301: Rejected 184-230: R 2-217; D 181-13; I 1-0, 6/24/04, Ross voted

    Yea

    54. H. Con. Res. 95, Vote #82: Rejected 180-242: R 3-218; D 176-24; I 1-0, 3/17/05, Ross

    voted Yea

    55. H. Con. Res. 95, Vote #83: Rejected 102-320: R 101-122; D 1-197; I 0-1, 3/17/05, Ross

    voted Nay

    56. H. Con. Res. 95, Vote #88: Adopted 218-214: R 218-12; D 0-201; I 0-1, 3/17/05, Ross

    voted Nay

    57. H.R. 8, Vote #100: Motion agreed to 237-195: R 230-0; D 7-194; I 0-1, 4/13/05, Ross voted

    Nay

    58. H. Con. Res. 95, Vote #149: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) 214-211: R 214-15; D 0-195;

    I 0-1, 4/28/05, Ross voted Nay

    59. H.R. 4297, Vote #619: Rejected 192-239: R 2-226; D 189-13; I 1-0, 12/8/05, Ross voted

    Yea

    60. H.R. 4297, Vote #620: Motion rejected 193-235: R 0-226; D 192-9; I 1-0, 12/8/05, Ross

    voted Yea

    61. H.R. 4297, Vote #621: Passed 234-197: R 225-3; D 9-193; I 0-1, 12/8/05, Ross voted Nay

    62. H.R. 4297, Vote #7: Motion rejected 185-207: R 8-204; D 176-3; I 1-0, 2/8/06, Ross voted

    Yea

    63. H.R. 4297, Vote #74: Motion rejected 192-229: R 4-222; D 187-7; I 1-0, 3/29/06, Ross

    voted Yea

    64. H.R. 4297, Vote #94: Motion rejected 196-232: R 5-225; D 190-7; I 1-0, 4/6/06, Ross voted

    Yea

    65. H.R. 4297, Vote #109: Motion rejected 190-232: R 4-223; D 185-9; I 1-0, 4/27/06, Ross

    voted Yea

    66. H.R. 4297, Vote #121: Motion rejected 197-224: R 6-219; D 190-5; I 1-0, 5/3/06, Ross

    voted Yea

    67. H.R. 4297, Vote #132: Adopted 228-194: R 227-0; D 1-193; I 0-1, 5/10/06, Ross voted Nay

    68. H.R. 4297, Vote #134: Motion rejected 190-239: R 3-228; D 186-11; I 1-0, 5/10/06, Ross

    voted Yea

    69. H.R. 4297, Vote #135: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) 244-185: R 229-2; D 15-182; I 0-1,

    5/10/06, Ross voted Nay

    70. H. Con. Res. 376, Vote #156: Rejected 94-331: R 94-134; D 0-196; I 0-1, 5/18/06, Ross

    voted Nay

    71. H. Con. Res. 376, Vote #158: Adopted 218-210: R 218-12; D 0-197; I 0-1, 5/18/06, Ross

    voted Nay

    72. H. Res. 885, Vote #309: Adopted 228-194: R 227-0; D 1-193; I 0-1, 6/22/06, Ross voted

    Nay

    73. H.R. 5638, Vote #312: Agreed to consider 238-188: R 228-0; D 10-187; I 0-1, 6/22/06, Ross

    voted Nay

    74. H.R. 5638, Vote #314: Motion rejected 182-236: R 0-225; D 182-10; I 0-1, 6/22/06, Ross

    voted Yea

    75. H.R. 5970, Vote #419: Adopted 217-194: R 217-1; D 0-192; I 0-1, 7/28/06, Ross voted Nay

    76. H.R. 5970, Vote #424: Motion rejected 190-220: R 2-214; D 187-6; I 1-0, 7/29/06, Ross

    voted Yea

    77. H.R. 6, Vote #40: Passed 264-163: R 36-159; D 228-4, 1/18/07, Ross voted Yea

    78. H.R. 720, Vote #135: Passed 303-108: R 79-108; D 224-0, 3/9/07, Ross voted Yea

    79. H. Con. Res. 99, Vote #211: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 160-268: R 159-40; D 1-

    228, 3/29/07, Ross voted Nay

    80. H. Con. Res. 99, Vote #212: Adopted 216-210: R 0-198; D 216-12, 3/29/07, Ross voted

    Yea

    81. H.R. 1906, Vote #232: Passed 216-203: R 3-189; D 213-14, 4/19/07, Ross voted Yea

    82. S. Con. Res. 21, Vote #377: Adopted (thus sent to the Senate) 214-209: R 0-196; D 214-13,

    5/17/07, Ross voted Yea

    83. H.R. 2419, Vote #755: Motion rejected 198-223: R 191-5; D 7-218, 7/27/07, Ross voted

    Nay

    84. H.R. 2419, Vote #756: Passed 231-191: R 19-177; D 212-14, 7/27/07, Ross voted Yea

    85. H.R. 3162, Vote #787: Passed 225-204: R 5-194; D 220-10; I 0-0, 8/1/07, Ross voted Yea

    86. H.R. 2881, Vote #890: Passed 267-151: R 43-151; D 224-0, 9/20/07, Ross voted Yea

    87. H.R. 976, Vote #906: Motion agreed to 265-159: R 45-151; D 220-8; I 0-0, 9/25/07, Ross

    voted Yea

    88. H.R. 3056, Vote #959: Motion rejected 196-212: R 186-0; D 10-212, 10/10/07, Ross voted

    Nay

    89. H.R. 976, Vote #982: Rejected 273-156: R 44-154; D 229-2; I 0-0, 10/18/07, Ross voted

    Yea

    90. H.R. 3693, Vote #1009: Passed 265-142: R 43-141; D 222-1; I 0-0, 10/25/07, Ross Voted

    Yea

    91. H.R. 3920, Vote #1025: Passed 264-157: R 38-155; D 226-2, 10/31/07, Ross voted Yea

    92. H.R. 3996, Vote #1081: Passed 216-193: R 0-185; D 216-8; I 0-0; 11/9/07, Ross voted Yea

    93. H.R. 4351, Vote #1153: Passed 226-193: R 0-190; D 226-3; I 0-0; 12/12/07, Ross voted Yea

    94. H.R. 3363, Vote #22: Rejected 260-152: R 42-151; D 218-1; I 0-0, 1/23/08, Ross voted Yea

    95. H.R. 5351, Vote #84: Passed 236-182: R 17-174; D 219-8; I 0-0, 2/27/08, Ross voted Yea

    96. H. Con. Res. 312, Vote #140: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 157-263: R 153-38; D 4-

    225, 3/13/08, Ross voted Nay

    97. H.R. 6049, Vote #343: Motion rejected 201-220: R 194-0; D 7-220; I 0-0, 5/21/08, Ross

    voted Nay

    98. S. Con. Res. 70, Vote #382: Adopted 214-210: R 0-196; D 214-14, 6/5/08, Ross voted Yea

    99. H.R. 6275, Vote #454: Motion rejected 199-222: R 194-1; D 5-221; I 0-0, 6/25/08, Ross

    voted Nay

    100. H.R. 6275, Vote #455: Passed 233-189: R 10-183; D 223-6; I 0-0; 6/25/08, Ross

    voted Yea

    101. H.R. 2, Vote #16: Passed 289-139: R 40-137; D 249-2; I 0-0, 1/14/09, Ross voted

    Yea

    102. H.R. 1, Vote #44: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 170-266: R 168-9; D 2-257,

    1/28/09, Ross voted Nay

    103. H.R. 2, Vote #50: Motion agreed to 290-135: R 40-133; D 250-2; I 0-0, 2/4/09, Ross

    voted Yea

    104. H. Con. Res. 85, Vote #189: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 111-322: R 111-

    65; D 0-257; I 0-0, 4/2/09, Ross voted Nay

    105. H. Con. Res. 85, Vote #191: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 137-293: R 137-

    38; D 0-255, 4/2/09, Ross voted Nay

    106. H.R. 4154, Vote #928: Motion rejected 187-233: R 169-0; D 18-233, 12/3/09, Ross

    Nay

    107. H.R. 4853, Vote #604: Motion agreed to, thus sent to the Senate, 234-188: D 231-

    20; R 3-168; I 0-0; 12/2/10, Ross voted Yea

    108. H. Con. Res. 34, Vote #277: Adopted 235-193: R 235-4; D 0-189; I 0-0, 4/15/11,

    Ross voted Nay

    109. H. Con. Res. 112, Vote #149: Rejected in Committee of the Whole 136-285: R 136-

    104; D 0-181; I 0-0, 3/29/12, Ross voted Nay
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  • Feb 04 2014

    Pryor and Ross: Out of Step With Arkansas Values

    Dear Friends,

    Arkansas was recently ranked as the third most pro-life state in the Nation, however Senator Mark Pryor and Mike Ross do not represent this core Arkansas value of protecting life.

    Republican Party of Arkansas Chairman Doyle Webb recently issued a statement thanking Congressmen Crawford, Griffin, Womack, and Cotton, along with Senator John Boozman, for their support of the No Taxpayer Funding for Abortion Act, which would permanently ban taxpayer dollars from being used to perform abortions. The Arkansas GOP called on Senator Pryor to listen to the voices of his constituents and become a co-sponsor of the Senate version of this bill, but Senator Pryor has yet to join the delegation and stand up for life. As a matter of fact, Pryor has gone to significant lengths to dodge answering where he stands on the issue of protecting life in general.

    Unlike “Pro-something Pryor”, we know exactly where Mike Ross stands these days on abortion. His stance is a complete flip-flop from his days in Congress as Ross is now portraying himself as a “defender of abortion rights and criticizing state legislators who passed an abortion ban nearly identical to one he supported in Washington.” This is completely out of step with Arkansans.

    The Republican Party is the only party that can be counted on to defend the inalienable right to life that is granted to us by God, enshrined in our Declaration of Independence, and protected by our U.S. Constitution. Arkansans are overwhelmingly pro-life, yet Senator Pryor and Mike Ross aren’t representing their values. Arkansas deserves better than wishy-washy answers and flip-flopping views.

    Thank you for your support,

    Holly Wilson

    Communications Director 

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  • Aug 29 2013

    John Hutchison to Seek 2nd Term in State House

    John Hutchison to Seek 2nd Term in State House


    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:                                CONTACT: John Hutchison

    August 26, 2013                                                                (870) 897-0353

    HARRISBURG, AR -- State Representative John Hutchison announced today that he will seek re-election to the 52nd District, which covers all or part of Poinsett, Craighead, Jackson, and Independence Counties.

    Hutchison, age 53, said he is seeking re-election because he believes Arkansas needs more problem-solvers and less partisan politicians. "As I said when I first ran for this office: A politician runs for the next election; a statesman runs for the next generation," said Hutchison.

    Hutchison says he has worked across party lines to get things done in the state legislature: "I believe it's my job to represent every single one of my constituents, not just a select few. We're all Arkansans, and we need to put our state first," he said.

    "Agriculture and improving education will continue to be my primary areas of focus moving forward," said Hutchison. "I'll continue to represent the people of my district, not the party bosses or the special interests."

    John Hutchison is a Poinsett County native. He lives in Harrisburg, where he is a farmer. John is a family man, having been married to his wife Karen for over 32 years. Together, they have three daughters, Emaly, Alissa, and Andria. They also have one son-in-law, Eric, and 2 grandchildren, Emilia and Everett “Hutch” Stonecipher. Hutchison was first elected in 2012.

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  • Aug 02 2013

    6 Birthday Gift Ideas for Mike Ross

    by RPA Staff

    Today is Mike Ross’ birthday, and we thought it would be appropriate to provide Arkansans with ideas of things they could get Ross for his birthday. Below we list our top 6 suggestions.

    Disney Classic Pinocchio

     As Ross travels the state trying to convince reporters that he’s never changed his position on important issues to run for Governor, his nose grows a little longer, just like Pinocchio. Perhaps this lovable Disney classic will remind Ross to tell the truth about his flip-flops.

    Magic 8-Ball

    This popular children’s toy will help Mike Ross determine what his next policy stance will be on important issues. For instance, once the primary elections are over, Ross can ask the Magic 8-Ball if he will need to change his position on abortion or gun control again for the General Election.

    Maple Syrup

    Even though his campaign is less than 4 months old, Ross’ waffles are starting to pile up. Whether it’s abortion, the 2nd Amendment, or the Arkansas Lottery, we figure Ross will want some maple syrup to go on those waffles.

    Dodge Ball (The Movie)

    Ross probably doesn’t need to watch a movie about dodging anything. He’s perfected the art of ignoring, ducking and dodging honest inquiries about his flip-flops and past positions. Move along, everyone! Nothing to see here!

    Ginko Biloba

    Used as a popular herbal supplement to fight memory loss, Ginko Biloba should help with Mike Ross’ selective memory. You see, Ross has conveniently forgotten that he voted to pass a 20-week abortion ban when he was a member of Congress. Now he’s running around telling Democrats that he was against the same 20-week ban passed this year by the state legislature.

    Flip-Flops

    Flip-flops are the gift that every political opportunist should have! We’ve included a pair of flip-flops so that Mike Ross can wear them everywhere he goes. His entire campaign has been one big flip-flop, so it just makes sense that he add these to his attire out on the campaign trail.

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  • Aug 01 2013

    Here’s What National Press Think About Mark Pryor’s Chances

    By RPA Staff

    Yesterday’s news about the Arkansas U.S. Senate race prompted several national media outlets to assess the state of Arkansas’ 2014 matchup – and it doesn’t look good for Mark Pryor. Here’s a smattering of what was written yesterday…and none of it is good news for Arkansas Democrats.

    Washington Post: “If there were any doubts that Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) is the most vulnerable senator in the country this election cycle, Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) appears to have put them to rest.”

    New York Times: “Mr. Pryor was already facing an uphill fight in his increasingly Republican home state. Mitt Romney won Arkansas with 60.5 percent of the vote in 2012, and voters there elected an entirely Republican slate of House members last year, as well.”

    The Hill: “Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) is viewed as the most vulnerable Senate Democrat up for reelection. Arkansas has shifted sharply toward Republicans in recent years, and President Obama is deeply unpopular in the state.”

    Washington Post: “This turns Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.), already in trouble in his bid for reelection, into an endangered species.”

    Town Hall: “This senate seat is considered one of the most vulnerable in the country in 2014. With Republicans now in control of the state Legislature and Republicans holding all four U.S. House seats, it looks like there is a good opportunity for Cotton to win this seat.”

    New York Times: “For Mr. Pryor, a two-term Democrat, the bid would further complicate his efforts to hold onto his already vulnerable seat.”

    Salon: “All of this is bad news for Pryor. The GOP needs to win six seats in order to take back the Senate — and Pryor is an easy target. As a Democrat in a red state, he was already vulnerable, but to top it off he faced backlash from within his own party over his vote against gun background checks in the wake of the Sandy Hook school shootings.”

    Roll Call: “Freshman Rep. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., will announce his candidacy next week to challenge Sen. Mark Pryor, arguably Democrats’ most vulnerable senator of the cycle.”

    Politico: “Republicans view Arkansas as a prime pickup opportunity: The four-member House delegation is uniformly Republican; the GOP controls both chambers of the statehouse; and Mitt Romney beat President Barack Obama there by nearly 24 percentage points in 2012.

    Reuters: “Arkansas has moved steadily to Republicans in recent years despite being the home state of former Democratic President Bill Clinton. President Barack Obama lost the state in the 2012 election and Republicans won majority control of the state legislature.”

    Washington Post: “On the other side stands Pryor, a Democrat fighting for his life in an increasingly red state.”

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  • Jul 29 2013

    20 Examples of Mark Pryor's New Part-Time America

                Under Obamacare, businesses that employ more than 50 employees will be required to provide Obama-approved health insurance to all full-time employees (defined as 30-hours a week or more). If employers are unable to meet this requirement, Obamacare hits them with a stiff penalty (i.e., tax) totaling thousands of dollars per worker. This definition of “full-time” as 30 hours a week must come as a shock to the millions of Americans who work 25-35 hours a week and are desperate to add more hours to their workweek or pick up a second part-time job so they can make ends meet, provide for their family, and put food on the table each week. It’s also a shock to employers who are now being forced by Obamacare to cut worker’s hours in an effort to avoid these additional costs.  

    Last week, the Senate voted on this bipartisan amendment that would change Obamacare’s mandate for employers to provide health insurance from 30 hours a week to 40 hours, which has historically been considered the threshold for “full-time” in America. Unfortunately (but unsurprisingly), Senator Mark Pryor voted with the liberals in his party to keep this threshold at 30-hours per week.

    Obamacare is turning America into a nation of part-time workers, and Mark Pryor is helping Barack Obama lead the charge. Here’s 30 examples of how the Obama/Pryor vision for healthcare is hurting the American worker:

     1. An Ohio small business cuts workers to under 30-hours to avoid Obamacare penalties

    2. In Virginia, part-time and seasonal workers are seeing their hours cut to under 30 each week.

    3. Maryland employers are cutting worker's hours down to 25-28 per week to avoid Obamacare's penalties.

    4. Tennessee School Districts are slicing hours of workers to part-time status for matinence, cafeteria, and transportation workers because of Obamacare.

     

    5. Brevard County, Florida is making the decision to cap worker's hours to keep them in a part-time status so they don't hit Obamacare's 30-hour threshold.

    6. Central Michigan University is telling student workers who rely on the extra cash to pay for books and rent they can no longer work more than 25 hours per week. Thanks Obamacare!

    7. Trig Supermarkets are chopping the hours their part-time workers, who make up almost 2/3rds of their employees. Otherwise, their supermarket chain would be bankrupt within a year because of Obamacare.

    8. Major labor unions such as the Teamster's, United Food and Commercial Workers, and Unite Here! have all sent a letter to President Obama warning him that his healthcare law "creates an incentive for employers to keep employees hours below 30-hours a week."

    9. Fast food chain White Castle recently announced that because of Obamacare, they are considering only hiring part-time workers -- meaning less than 30 hours a week?

    10. The University of North Alabama will no longer let student workers surpass the 29-hour mark, which will be a huge blow to graduate students who use assistantships to earn money will continuing their education.

    11. Thousands of part-time workers will see their hours cut by Regal Cinemas in response to Obamacare.

    12. A local restaurant in Michigan is limiting its non-management employees to 25 hours a week. The reason? You guessed it...Obamacare!


    13. A family auto shop in Indiana is faced with having to eliminate hours for many of their most loyal workers that have been with the company for years because they can't afford Obamacare's mandates.

    14. Restaurants like Papa John's, Olive Garden, and Red Lobster will be scaling back employee hours. Obamacare's regulatory stranglehold will cost Papa John's an estimated $5-8 million more per year.

    15. Substitute teachers and bus drivers at Indianapolis public schools will see their hours reduced so the school districts can afford to comply with Obamacare's mandates.

    16. Many non-management workers at Wendy's will go from working 36-37 hours per week down to only 27 per week after Obamacare. Many of the workers will struggle to make ends meet with that few hours.

    17. FOX News reports on the perverse incentives created by Obamacare that will keep employees stranded in part-time, sub-30 hour work weeks.

    18. Grocery store chain Wegman's made the tough decision to drop health insurance for their part-time workers. Again, Obamacare's perverse incentives makes it easier for employers like Wegman's to shove the costs over to John Q. Taxpayer (hint: that's you!)

    19. In Vigo County, Indiana, elementary school children will take fewer field trips because the school system is limiting the hours of bus drivers to keep them from reaching full-time status. Otherwise, they'd be considered "full-time" employees under Obamacare.

    20. The fastest-growing jobs in America are part-time or temporary. The Bureau of Labor statistics reports that in June, twice as many part-time jobs were created than full-time jobs.


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