Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Winners & Losers in the Special Election Bond Vote

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Blogger Mr. Toast said...

Continued from last night's the election watch thread:


Debbie Pelley, researcher and activist, former schoolteacher, and frequent contributor to Arkansas Watch (

Senator Denny Altes, (Republican, District 13) for being the only senator to vote against the highway bond.

Patrick Briney, Peggy Jeffries, and Randy Minton, of the Arkansas Republican Assembly (

Betsy Hagan, of Arkansas American Family Association (

David Colbert, political consultant and media organizer for the ad hoc multi-partisan committee that opposed the highway bond.

Senator Jim Holt, for publicly announcing opposition to BOTH Referred Questions 1 & 2 (

Drew Pritt [mandatory disclaimer: we do not agree with him on many things, but he was early out on this issue].

The American Federation of State, County, and Municipal Employees for their resolution opposing the highway bond (

The Arkansas Trucking Association (

Citizen's Against No. 1, for their advertising campaign (

The Constitution Party of Arkansas, for publicly announcing opposition to BOTH bonds (

The 9% of registered voters who took time from their busy Christmastime schedules to express their wills at ballot boxes throughout the state.


Governor Huckabee, for squeezing the UA Board of Trustees for a reluctant endorsement of the highway bond, and for trying to confuse voters with a last-minute round of advertising stating that those opposing the highway bond were actually the ones distorting the issue.

The Arkansas Highway Commission, for statements today like the one from Chairman Prissy Hickerson: "We may have to look at postponing non-interstate highway projects unless something else materializes," (the bond was meant to fund maintenance, and was not for immediate use anyway).

Bloggers, your picks?

9:08 PM, December 14, 2005  
Anonymous Harvey Edwards said...

Winners, those who placed letters to editors in all the different papers opposing the Bonds. Folks read them papers and common sense goes a long way.

9:29 PM, December 14, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

What to make of the news that Mike Beebe is a backer of the so-called "Lost Cherokee" tribe and supports their effort to get recongized a la their right to open Indian casinos in

I just read it on

10:30 PM, December 14, 2005  
Blogger Mr. Toast said...

Another Winner:

Harvey Edwards, candidate for State Representative, District 14, for publicly opposing the highway bond.

Thanks, Harvey!

10:43 PM, December 14, 2005  
Blogger Mr. Toast said...

Wow! Never heard of that. Sounds like the latest back door effort to get gambling into Arkansas.

Lord knows this state is corrupt enough in its government without adding the additional influence of gambling money!

10:45 PM, December 14, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Don't forget about the Arkansas Federation of Republican Assemblies!

1:45 AM, December 15, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sorry...overlooked it the first time.

1:46 AM, December 15, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Senator Jim Holt, for publicly announcing opposition to BOTH Referred Questions 1 & 2 (

I never saw this in the public arena

6:44 AM, December 15, 2005  
Anonymous Drew Pritt said...

I want to thank this site for their begrudging thank you's to me. Personally, I believe that the people of Arkansas should be NUMBER ONE on any list. They sorted through the attacks on good citizens and the standard fare of "No New Taxes" to retain democracy in our state.

Also, it is my hope and prayer for the New Year that we at this site could begin a new dialogue.

State Senator Jim Holt and I frequently visit by phone and I am not ashamed to call him a friend and a fellow Brother in Christ. If he and I can find ways to be friends, then how can you continue to slam me, as some of you do?

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

9:18 AM, December 15, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Holt was personally opposed to #2, but was not going to come out against it openly because it was NOT unconstitutional like #1, he just did not agree with it. He DID advise his friends in NWA what his vote was going to be, since many kept calling and asking.

By Monday, the word was out among the NWA conservatives- especially in Washington County. He had a radio interview in Fort Smith that day and the host flat out asked him "Why do you oppose both of these bond issues" and Jim told him.

That is my understanding of events.

It make explain why in Washington County, home of the U of A where #2 could be expected to do better than any other county in Arkansas, it actually did WORSE than average- 52% against. The word that the Holt's were against it got out up here in Washington County.

6:49 PM, December 15, 2005  
Blogger terrymcdermott said...

Huckabee lost more than anyone. He lost his creditabilty and opened a wound for his oppenents when the Presidental Primaries start up.

9:27 PM, December 15, 2005  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Educator Linda Eckard won- she had an article right here on this blog against #2 before being against #2 was cool.

10:57 PM, December 15, 2005  
Anonymous jshep said...

Sorry toast, but Betsy Hagan is in Eagle Forum. You have her listed with AFA. Bob Hester is with AFA of Arkansas. And yes, both of them are winners because both opposed the bonds.

11:12 PM, December 15, 2005  
Blogger Mr. Toast said...

Oops! Thanks for the correction!

Also want to mention Terry McDermott with Shamgar Report for opposing both measures. With such a narrow margin of defeat, every bit of opposition helped on this one.

7:52 AM, December 16, 2005  
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