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The Democratic Party welcomes Republican Chairman Michael Steele to town today with an invitation to look at a few of the places that have benefitted from stimulus spending he's derided.

UPDATE: Channel 7's report tonight indicated Steele met behind closed doors, just like the Obama organizers did up in NW Ark. to some derision. Will the bloggers who banged the Obamaites for secrecy bang the Repubs for similar? No breath being held here. Reports also don't indicate he was made to say what Republicans had to offer on health except opposition to Democrats.

NEWS RELEASE

Democratic Party of Arkansas Chairman Todd Turner released the following statement on Republican National Committee Chairman Michael Steele's scheduled attendance at a Republican Party of Arkansas fundraiser, today, in Little Rock.

"While Chairman Steele is here in Arkansas raising money for the state GOP and its political activities, I hope he will take time to tour Pulaski County and Central Arkansas.  I invite Chairman Steele to visit Philander Smith College campus right here in Little Rock to see the importance of the $500,000 investment Philander received through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

"Philander is just one of 37 four-year and two-year institutions of higher learning in Arkansas that will receive a total of $42.5 million in Recovery Act funds, announced in early August. This funding for renovation, energy-efficiency upgrades, and expansion of higher-education facilities will provide jobs in the economic crisis. It will aid us in providing the education necessary to future generations of Arkansans to help them get good-paying jobs and grow our state.

"If it were up to Chairman Steele, these and all the other projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act wouldn't exist. I can only hope Chairman Steele will take some time away from his fundraising trip to see first-hand the importance of the help for Arkansas that he opposed."

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