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Election Endorsements - Re Post

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The election is Tuesday - but you can still early vote tomorrow at the  Pulaski County.  On Tuesday the polls are open from 7am until 7pm. According to Ark. Code Ann.  7-1-102, you are supposed to be given enough time off work to vote ( not paid, just time off)

For what its worth, I'm endorsing a few candidates.

For Governor:: Mike Beebe......he knows this state inside and out - he understands that that the state needs to limit itself to that which is constitutional and he will stay away from trying to overturn abortion laws and using state police to harass Hispanic residents.

For Attorney General: Dustin McDaniel --- a former police officer, a state representative - I have no doubt he will continue the great work Beebe has done and more

For Lt. Governor: Bill Halter ---- a graduate of the Clinton Administration - who will do what Jim Holt is sure not to do - keep a low profile and not cause trouble in a relatively unimportant position

For U.S. Represenative Vic Snyder -- Snyder, a Vietnam vet, doctor, lawyer, and man of unquestionable ethics - he has made it a cause to help US soldiers especially in wartime and is probably my favorite of them all

For: Little Rock Mayor Mark Stodola, == I used to work for Mark and he ran a smooth ship at the prosecutors office and I'm sure he would do the same for the city. He is about as moderate as they come and I think he would stick to running the city - unlike Barbara Graves, he isn't only about representing West Little Rock, but instead the whole city.


For College Bonds; This is more of a refinance than anything, but if anything in Ark. needs more funds its our colleges.

For Charitable Bingo- why not?

And no, I didn't only vote for Democrats - there are some other smaller races too. I voted for a Republican and a Green candidate.


Don'tknow where to vote? go here to find out
http://www.pulaskiclerk.com/search.asp

List of candidates
http://www.votepulaski.net/documents/2006%20November%20Candidates.pdf


On Election night as far as I know, the Beebe forces will gather at the Embassy Suites. You can come with me if you want.

Halter, McDaniel, Daniels, Shoffner and Snyder will jointly party at the Peabody Hotel.

The Republicans will all be in bed by the time election results come in. Concession speeches are boring anyway.

What is scary is my endorcements happen to coincide with every single one of the Gazette's endorsements.   Somethins is wrong here.  What is wrong of course, is that the Republicans in Arkansas have made chosen to elect right wing nuts instead of serious candidates - maybe they will take a cue from Democrat's losses from the last 15 years -- moderates wins - fringe candidates lose.  I happen to like some our our fringe candidates, but they "aren't quite ready for prime time." In Arkansas at least, all of the major Democrats are. Here are the Gazette's endorcements.


    EDITORIAL : Our Choices
    In Tuesday’s election

    Tuesday is the day. Election Day, 2006. Or one of them, at least. But this is no primary. It’s the Big One. And here are the Democrat-Gazette’s picks in this election:
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       Mike Beebe for governor. Because he offers the best chance for improving education in Arkansas, which is the key to improving Arkansas’ future.

       Bill Halter for lieutenant governor. Consider the alternative. Unlike his opponent, he’d make an excellent ambassador to industries foreign and domestic seeking to invest in Arkansas-in the tradition of the late Win Rockefeller in this office. And he’s all for working to deliver pre-kindergarten education to the kind of kids who need it most. His opponent isn’t. Arkansas needs leaders, not ideologues.
   
   Dustin McDaniel for attorney general. Mr. McDaniel is an experienced lawyer with a background in law enforcement, having served on the police force before attending law school. At the Ledge, he showed courage by voting for a bill that would have offered in-state tuition rates and scholarships to qualified students living in Arkansas even if they’re ILLEGAL ALIENS! (Why punish the kids for their parents’ wanting to get to America any way they could?) How about a little faith, hope and charity where the young people are concerned? Maybe the best argument for Mr. McDaniel’s election is that he isn’t Gunner DeLay, the Republicans’ alternative, who as a candidate makes a pretty good demagogue.
   
       Vic Snyder for U.S. Representative in the Second Congressional District of Arkansas. Until somebody better comes along. We often disagree with the gentleman from central Arkansas-and on life-and-death matters, too-but he is still a gentleman, and he sure beats the kind of candidate the Republicans keep putting up against him.
    
       Mark Stodola for mayor of Little Rock. He’s the stand-out in a crowded field. Not only does he offer an impressive background in the law and criminal justice-he was Little Rock’s city attorney and a county prosecutor-but he offers specific ideas about how to solve the city’s serious crime problem. Most important of all, he sounds and acts like a leader, not just another compromiser, “facilitator,” or meeting-attender. If we had our druthers, residents of Little Rock would now be voting for both a new mayor and a new, strong-mayor form of government. Till then, Little Rock can vote for the candidate who shows every sign of being a strong mayor-Mark Stodola.


    EDITORIAL : Our Choices
    In Tuesday’s election

    Tuesday is the day. Election Day, 2006. Or one of them, at least. But this is no primary. It’s the Big One. And here are the Democrat-Gazette’s picks in this election:
       FOR Constitutional Amendment No. 1, which would permit charitable bingo and raffles to be licensed, regulated and taxed by the state. This is a limited, tightly controlled and overdue proposal to help good causes like churches, volunteer fire departments, and veterans’ organizations. Amendment 1 comes with a set of safeguards designed to make sure that no commercial gambling industry develops because of it. All would benefit-not just the good causes and the folks who like to play bingo, but the state treasury.
       FOR Referred Question No. 1, the college bond issue. Here’s the way to let the state’s colleges and universities continue to attract the bestand-brightest students, increase their enrollments, and improve Arkansas’ future. These schools need to build new classrooms and labs, and connect their research to that of others in cyberspace. Extending their bonding authority is a good way to do that. Please note: This is not a new tax but an extension of an old one.
       Mike Beebe for governor. Because he offers the best chance for improving education in Arkansas, which is the key to improving Arkansas’ future.
       Bill Halter for lieutenant governor. Consider the alternative. Unlike his opponent, he’d make an excellent ambassador to industries foreign and domestic seeking to invest in Arkansas-in the tradition of the late Win Rockefeller in this office. And he’s all for working to deliver pre-kindergarten education to the kind of kids who need it most. His opponent isn’t. Arkansas needs leaders, not ideologues.
       Dustin McDaniel for attorney general. Mr. McDaniel is an experienced lawyer with a background in law enforcement, having served on the police force before attending law school. At the Ledge, he showed courage by voting for a bill that would have offered in-state tuition rates and scholarships to qualified students living in Arkansas even if they’re ILLEGAL ALIENS! (Why punish the kids for their parents’ wanting to get to America any way they could?) How about a little faith, hope and charity where the young people are concerned? Maybe the best argument for Mr. McDaniel’s election is that he isn’t Gunner DeLay, the Republicans’ alternative, who as a candidate makes a pretty good demagogue.
       Jim Lagrone for secretary of state. He wants plans in place in case something goes wrong on election day. Imagine that! Getting the votes counted right. (In Arkansas, that’s the secretary of state’s job, and his most important one.) Jim Lagrone also says he won’t hire family members if he’s elected secretary of state, which would be a big change. And a welcome one.
       Vic Snyder for U.S. Representative in the Second Congressional District of Arkansas. Until somebody better comes along. We often disagree with the gentleman from central Arkansas-and on life-and-death matters, too-but he is still a gentleman, and he sure beats the kind of candidate the Republicans keep putting up against him.
       John Boozman for U.S. Representative in the Third Congressional District of Arkansas-because he speaks quietly and does a lot. And because of his steady support for the the troops and the war on terror at home and abroad, including in Iraq and Afghanistan. In this race, Dr. Boozman has the edge by far in congressional experience and service to his district and its people.
       Chad Green in House District 40.
       A thoughtful, intelligent, principled young candidate, he’d be a real asset at the Ledge. A lawyer, he’s been both prosecutor and defender in criminal cases. He favors eliminating the grocery tax now. Voters in his district could do themselves and the whole state a favor by putting this impressive young comer to work for them at the state Capitol.
       Dawn Creekmore in Houst District 27. The good folks in her district can sleep well at night. Their interests are being guarded, and furthered, by a state representative who’s taking care of her district. She’s also untiring in her efforts to protect the state’s kids from sexual predators.

       Mark Stodola for mayor of Little Rock. He’s the stand-out in a crowded field. Not only does he offer an impressive background in the law and criminal justice-he was Little Rock’s city attorney and a county prosecutor-but he offers specific ideas about how to solve the city’s serious crime problem. Most important of all, he sounds and acts like a leader, not just another compromiser, “facilitator,” or meeting-attender. If we had our druthers, residents of Little Rock would now be voting for both a new mayor and a new, strong-mayor form of government. Till then, Little Rock can vote for the candidate who shows every sign of being a strong mayor-Mark Stodola.

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