Saturday, December 31, 2005

Petrus, Bond, Face off for Speaker of the House

Benny Petrus of Stuttgart and Will Bond of Jacksonville face off for Speaker of the Arkansas House on January 9th. Each of 100 house members get a vote.....

By Mark Moore (For top of article click time below, for bottom, click link or comments below).


Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Benny Petrus of Stuttgart is known as a traditional good-ole-boy dealmaker- with all the good and bad that this implies. Bond seems to be the more doctrinaire liberal of the two.

The Speaker's position is important because they determine important committee chairmanships, as well as controlling which bill goes to what committee. The importance of that can be illustrated by the story behind the "No Gay Foster Parents" bill sponsored by Bob Adams in the House and Jim Holt in the Senate. The bill was sent to one of the few senate committees where hardcore liberals were in the majority. They would not let it get to the Senate floor, lest it pass overwhelmingly.

The Arkansas Times Warwick Sabin also notes that "Petrus also embodies the free-spending lobbying culture that persists at the State Capitol. He kept a lobbyist-financed hospitality suite during this year’s session where his colleagues could partake of free food and drink and he has assembled numerous dinners, parties and other gatherings to garner votes for speaker."

Some say that Bond has the edge over Petrus for this position, but we will only know for sure after the Jan. 9th secret ballot. Of course, such a result assumes that both men will win re-election.

6:25 PM, December 31, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, once again we get the lesser of two evils.

10:09 PM, December 31, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Pettrus will win with 54 votes and half of them will come from Republicans because he is the conservative in the race.

9:19 AM, January 01, 2006  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Will Bond is the top photo BTW.

He looks quite young to be speaker of the house.

4:12 PM, January 01, 2006  
Anonymous Harvey Edwards said...

Benny is not the conservative in the race. He summed it up publicly by stating that he is a bridgebuilder , in other words do whatever he thinks it takes to make it. Our Representatives should have a position that got them elected in the first place and to then stand behind their principles. I can still hear the echoing voice of Benny in my ear when he laughed and said he had so much money and if needed can get more to kick anyones Butt. Greed and special interests lobbying are one of the things wrong in all of Government. I wont ask nor take a cent from anyone that will expect a favor. This Just aint right.
The other thing, If Petrus wins speaker of the house it will be a short termed appointment since He wont be State Representative after November.

9:36 PM, January 01, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Harvey, I didn't say he was a conservative - I said he was the conservative in that race against Bond - which isn't hard to be when compared to Will Bond - one of the most left wing liberal legislators in the House.

6:29 AM, January 02, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Petrus 59 Bond 41

4:20 PM, January 05, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The accurate count is 49-44 with 7 votes out. Sounds like someone has to get 7 votes to win...wonder who?

5:25 PM, January 06, 2006  
Anonymous harvey edwards' daddy said...

Benny Petrus is a bridgebuilder, that's true. In this case, he's building a bridge that will allow knuckle-dragging simpletons and village idiots like Harvey Edwards more access to an already-crippled legislative process. Will Bond is a smart, moderate guy who will not be easily influenced by the jesus freaks. Benny is -- and don't take this the wrong way-- a delta dumbass. Not that we haven't had dumbasses as House Speaker (Bill Stovall, for instance), but I'd prefer to try someone who doesn't believe dinosaurs drowned in Noah's flood.

12:08 AM, January 08, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Thank you Mr. Daddy,

Your assessemnt that Mr. Bonds will not easily influenced by people you deride as "jesus freaks" is all the evidence I need- to support Petrus!

If more people were influenced by Jesus and those who love Him, we would have a better world.

12:14 PM, January 08, 2006  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Results are in: Petrus wins 58-42, stronger than anyone on this board predicted.

3:48 PM, January 10, 2006  
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