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RPA Research: Arkansas Democrats' Extreme Situation

RPA Research: Arkansas Democrats' Extreme Situation

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Arkansas Democrats Are So Beholden To Barack Obama That Supporting Common Sense Arkansas Values Is Now Considered "Extreme"
Arkansas Democrats Are So Beholden To Barack Obama That Supporting Common Sense Arkansas Values Is Now Considered "Extreme"

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 Arkansas Democrats So Beholden To Barack ObamaThat Supporting Common Sense Arkansas Values
Is Now Considered ‘Extreme’ 
 
Barack Obama’s Arkansas Party Chairman Calls Looming Conservative Majority In Arkansas General Assembly “
Far-RightExtremists
.”
“State Democratic Party Chairman Will Bond of Little Rock said, ‘I don’t think Arkansans want to fill the Legislature up
with far-right extremists
…’” (
Michael
Wickline, “Parties target vulnerable foes,” 
,5/28/12)
Despite Arkansas Democrats Continuous Support Of 
Barack Obama’s Extreme Agenda That Goes Against 
Common Sense Values Of Arkansans
House Democratic Leader Lays Out Agenda For 2012: “We Support The President
.
 
House Democratic leader Johnnie Roebuckof Arkadelp
hia said, ‘We are all Democrats, and we support the president…’” (Michael Wickline, “Parties target vulnerable foes,”
,5/28/12)
Democratic Leader Roebuck, Rep. Kathy Webb (D) And Sen. Joyce Elliott (D) Sign Amicus Brief Stating They’re “WorkingHard” To Implement Obamacare In Arkansas.
 Amici Curiae
, a group of 518 State Legislators from all 50 States, the District of Columbia, a
nd Puerto Rico, believe that the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (“the Act”) is constitutional and are working
hard in their States to implement the Act in a timely, efficient, and effective manner. They have a substantial interest in having this
matter resolved expeditiously and in favor of the constitutionality of the Act.”
 
Democratic Members Of Legislative Council Vote To Spend $7.7m To Implement Obamacare In Arkansas.
“The
Legislative Council today endorsed a plan for the state to use a $7.7 million federal grant to fund planning for a federally
mandated health insurance exchange in Arkansas…Approval came in a voice vote after about 90 minutes of debate largely
along party lines. Republicans argued against any use of the money until the U.S. Supreme Court rules on whether the federal
Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 is constitutional.” (Rob Moritz, “Panel OKs state use of fed grant for hea
lthinsurance
exchange planning,” 
 Arkansas News Bureau,4/20/12; Legislative Council Roll Call Record,4/20/12)
o
 
Leading House Democrat Never Wants To Turn Down “Free Money.”
“[F]ederal grant money is an irresistible
attraction for many in the state bureaucracy and something most Democrats in the state are not used to turning back.
‘The way I look at it is never turn down free money,’ commented state Rep. Clark Hall, D
-Marvell, on applying for the
grant.” (Jason Tolbert, “Beebe seeks cover from Republicans on health care,” 
o
 
Democ
ratic Lawmakers Desperate To Implement “Very Expensive Elements Of Obamacare.” “
Democratlegislators are desperately trying to push ahead with an insurance exchange for Arkansas. This would be an

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