Tuesday, September 18, 2007

GOP Arkansas Director Pushes for More Illegal Aliens


My mind is boggled at the email exchange uncovered by the Arkansas Times. To read it here click TUESDAY below and scroll down.
Author's mind being boggled at emails from RPA Executive Director.

If you are someone who wants government to defend our borders and stem the flood of illegal aliens pouring into this country, you don't have a political party in this state. On the other hand, if you are a poultry company that wants to depress wages below what the free-market would legally set them, then you are fortunate enough to have TWO political parties in this state at your beck and call. Congratulations.

To see what I mean, click TUESDAY below and scroll down......


Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

E-MAIL EXCHANGES PROVIDED AND LABELED BY A REPUBLICAN SOURCE to ARK TIMES. "Karen" is Karen Ray, the Republican Party of Arkansas State Director (filled Clint Reed's position after he was promoted for his stellar performance in 06).....

From a Republican legislator:

"Karen has been asked by the Farm Bureau to be on their board to draft immigration legislation next session. Is this not a huge conflict of interest?

A response from a Republican name you'd recognize:

"Tell Karen her job is to elect Republicans to office, and that is it. She doesn't have any business being involved with groups other than the RPA. She isn't a policy expert she isn't even a political expert. She is only employed to hold that job until we can get someone with some actual experience to do it."

From GOP legislator to Ray:

Talked to Archie Schaffer. He said he will oppose any more bills filed on "immigration from state legislators."

Response from Ray:

I understand that fighting hard for your constituents' wants is very important. But I think as an elected official, it is more important that you fight for what they need, not necessarily what they want. Passing fair policies that make it easier for businesses to locate in Arkansas should be our priority, not passing feel-good legislation that is unconstitutional and runs the risk of making our party look racist. I'm sorry if that sounds harsh.

Arkansas needs better ecomnomic development incentives. Beebe has lost out on a few plants already. I think y'all should be championing economic policies that create JOBS, not introducing immigration legislation that makes Arkansas less attractive to business.

I'm going to side with the businesses on this one. Be careful!!

A comment from another Republican (he left Karen off of his response):

"(bleep) everything she just said. When Tyson creates more jobs for illegal Mexicans in Springdale they are not helping the economy. They are literally destorying their own community. Every Mexican that comes to Arkansas takes job that an Arkansan could have had. Plus, Mexicans don't come anywhere close to paying in taxes what it cost for them to be here. Tyson, George's and anyone else in Chickendale that hires Mexicans does so at great cost to their own community.
(bleep) em."

6:40 PM, September 18, 2007  
Anonymous Rick Candler said...

Great post Mark! I find this very disturbing. It looks like the RPA needs another ED.
By the way, Clint Reed got his promption because of his steller performance in '04 and his ability as a leader of the RPA. He did a great job and was an asset to the RPA.

6:48 PM, September 18, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Re: Reed, I hope you're joking, Rick...

6:56 PM, September 18, 2007  
Anonymous c.b. said...

Clint Reed was another arrogant prick in a long line of wanabees who care nothing about Arkansas. Those jobs serve only to propel them up the political chain & provide them with a little "experiance".

4:24 AM, September 19, 2007  
Anonymous c.b. said...

The poultry business, especially Tyson, is killing us in more ways than one. Besides being an illegal magnet, they are literally starving their growers. You would not believe the discrepency in pay between them and other companies, some in neighbouring states.
With debt in the hundreds of thousands & no way to switch integraters growers are trapped with a thousand pound hammer over their head.

If you know any Tyson growers, you can pass this along; All the breeder growers from the Hope Complex have compiled their information, documenting their situation and have been in negotiations with Tyson at the highest levels & are preparing to take it to the public.
A reporter from NWA, Kim Souza with the Morning News, is working on an expose' chronicling the situation.
The more people over a broad area that gets on board the more clout they will have & they have already made some waves.
For downloads of the stats they compiled and contact info you can direct any growers you know to www.tysonpaystinks.com.

4:55 AM, September 19, 2007  
Anonymous Rick Candler said...

>>C.B. I had the pleasure of working with Clint in the '04 campaign. He was a huge help and gave me lots of support during my time as County Chairman in the years following. I have nothing but respect for Clint and believe he did a good job.

5:14 AM, September 19, 2007  
Anonymous c.b. said...

I too have my experiences with Clint to draw from.....

I'm sure he is not all bad, but he has pulled some good ones as well. I would say that he is partially reponsible for reducing the membership of our county committee by almost half. It's a long story...
I got the feeling that he was more interested in earning a promotion to the RNC than with Arkansas.

5:43 AM, September 19, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

It sounds like C.B. has a story to break of his/her own.

Rick, maybe Clint Reed was working with you to get something done he WANTED done, like electing globalist Bush. When it comes to doing things the GOP voters in this state wanted done- like electing anti-globalists such as Jim Holt, Reed was plain awful.

Maybe the difference is that he can do a good job when he wants to, but he was serving other interests, not the people who make up the Arkansas GOP.

6:38 AM, September 19, 2007  
Anonymous Rick Candler said...

It does sound like C.B. has a story to tell. I am wondering how someone with an office in Little Rock can split a county committee. Where was the county Chairman?
Clint was helping me because he wanted the county committee to grow.
As for Holt I don't know what more Clint could have done to help him get elected. The '06 election was a tough year for Republicans nation wide.

10:15 AM, September 19, 2007  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

I have to watch those asides. I did not mean to turn this thread into a discussion of Reed. The story that I was referring to was CB's comments about Tyson growers trying to publasize what it is like "partnering" with an 800-pound corporate gorilla like Tyson.

3:29 PM, September 19, 2007  
Anonymous Rick Candler said...

Sorry Mark, didn't mean to go down a rabbit trail. Its just that Clint has been a good friend to me over the last 3 years.
What concerns me with this story is the comment Karen Ray made, "But I think as an elected official, it is more important that you fight for what they need, not necessarily what they want".
This arrogance is unacceptable. I believe she should be fired at the executive board meeting this Saturday.

7:03 PM, September 19, 2007  
Anonymous c.b. said...

I just got in this evening and was reading the comments here & noticed you made reference to my Tyson Info, but it seemed something was missing. Was something pulled off? Also, was I out of line by veering too far off the subject.
In any case, I would like to hear your thoughts.

7:30 PM, September 19, 2007  
Anonymous M M said...

I sure did not pull anything off. But, no, you are not out of line. I think of those as news tips. I might do a story on it if the inspiration hits.

8:28 PM, September 19, 2007  
Anonymous M M said...


Were I in the GOP I would also find the arrogance, especially in a young person of her age and experience, unacceptable. OTOH, I have learned it is often a bad idea to fire anyone until you have someone better lined up to replace them.

8:31 PM, September 19, 2007  
Anonymous Rick Candler said...

M M,
You are right. I guess I got caught up in the emotion of it all. I have been very disappointed the last couple years in the direction the GOP has been going. The way the GOP has handled the illegal immigration issue really angers me.

5:08 AM, September 20, 2007  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

I respect your passion. I wish more had it. We live in Prozac America now, and it is soul-deadening.

9:00 AM, September 20, 2007  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...


I am sure we would like a report on that meeting this Saturday, if you can.

6:38 AM, September 21, 2007  
Anonymous Rick Candler said...

I will see what I can do.

8:07 AM, September 21, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Before posting, remember to always know the 3 sides to every story. Yours, theirs, and the right one. Get the story straight, so you know what you are talking about.

10:43 AM, September 24, 2007  
Blogger Mark Moore (Moderator) said...

Ms. Ray is that you?

3:35 PM, September 24, 2007  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Anon, I would like to know the right one. Apparently you have it, so please do tell.

6:06 PM, September 24, 2007  

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