by Max Brantley
I got a canvassing report last night from Marie Mainard O'Connell, one of the mainstays of the Regnat Populus 2012 committee which is working valiantly on a short deadline to qualify an ethics improvement act for the November ballot. Their volunteer effort is apart from the Better Ethics Now Committee's effort to employ paid canvassers, so the addition of those signatures could make a winning whole.
Following is the Regnat Populus report, with some specifics on where signatures are needed to meet the initiative threshold of a minimum count in at least 15 counties.
EXCERPTS OF EMAIL FROM MARIE MAINARD O'CONNELL
We are so close, and yet so far—we desperately need you to turn in your signatures! We have another Notarizing/Payment/Turn in event this Thurday at 8pm at First Presbyterian Church, 800 Scott Street in Little Rock, when we'll have Terra's professional numbers to add to our own and KNOW exactly what we lack from which counties. It might be a drive for you, but can you come to Thursday's meeting?
I can't overstate it enought: we need your signatures in now. I've had lots of positive reports from the field, but not all of these reports have manifested into signatures in hand. Our physical tally shows that we've already nailed Randolph, Pulaski and Carroll Counties, but that's all we can prove at the moment!
I've REPORTS that we should have Desha Co, but as of this precise moment we're 9 short (horrors)! I've the same concern for Clay Co (reported cleared, but lacking 85 in hand), Faulkner Co (reported clear, but I need 600 to come in from the field), Hot Spring Co (reported clear, but coming in Thursday?), Jefferson Co (reported clear by Terra canvassers, but not confirmed yet), NEWTON and PRARIE (many of you have reported these sigs, but they aren't all yet accounted for—get them in please!). PERRY county, that bear, has all reported, but only 28 turned in. If you've got ANY, even one, signature from these counties, we need them yesterday—because as you can see WE ARE SO,SO CLOSE. Please mail notarized signatures to Regnat Populus P.O. Box 1087, Little Rock AR, 72203 or come by David Couch's office, 2nd floor of the Prospect Building, 1501 N University Ave, Little Rock, 72207.
In our remaining target counties, each need only these amounts:
Arkansas 156 Calhoun 64 Chicot 94
Cleveland 96 Conway 232 Dallas 96
Howard 117 Lafayette 82 Lawrence 114
Lee 118 Lincoln 119 Little River 61
Lonoke 550 Monroe 106 Nevada 96
Washington 1590 Woodruff Co 87
**Where can you go??
We'll know more Thursday, but here are some great events and location to canvass this week:
— TODAY Lady Antelbellum Concert at Verizon arena in North Little Rock, start canvassing surrounding parking at 5pm
— TODAY Movies in the Park at Litte Rock Riverfront Pavilion, start canvassing at 6pm
— 6/28-30 Red, White and Blue Festival in Mountain Home (Baxter Co needs 593 sigs—easy over 4 days)
— 6/29 Freedom Fest in West Memphis (Critenden Co needs 479)
— 6/29-7/1 Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza, Regional Park Pine Bluff (Jefferson Co needs
— 6/29-30 Purple Hull Pea Festival in Emerson (Columbia Co needs 279)
— 6/30 World Championship Annual Tiller Race in Emerson (and it's pretty awesome)
— 6/30 Farmers Markets Saturday: Little Rock Rivermarket, Hillcrest Little Rock, North Little Rock/Argenta, Fayetteville and lots of other places close to you!
— 6/30 Run for Veterans 7:00am, Veterans Memorial Park, Fayetteville
— 6/30-7/1 Little Rock Gun Show at the State Fairgrounds
— 6/30 Buckin in the Ozarks Rodeo, 6pm Fayetteville
** PLUS we just learned that a large number of Flash-Market/CITGO stations have given their permission for us to canvass there!