State of Arkansas Archives: on Principles & Values


Anthony Bland: We need policies that make sure everybody is treated fair

The American dream for too many Arkansans right now is too far out of reach. I am running for the Democrat nomination for Governor because I believe, as a Democrat, our communities need a voice that will represent unity, equality, and justice. What we need are policies that make sure that everybody is treated fair, and we need to create jobs right here in Arkansas from the Ozarks to the delta. We need to create opportunities in our state that will keep families here.
Source: 2021 Arkansas Governor campaign site AnthonyBlandForAR.com May 23, 2021

Anthony Bland: Make the American dream a reality for all Arkansans

I was raised to believe that you're supposed to love your neighbor. You know, my pastor preached that every Sunday. Now, the democracy that our ancestors fought so hard to make a reality is on a destructive path. Our state government has lost sight of the public good. We owe it to ourselves; we owe it to our communities; we owe it to our state to do our part to restore and make the American dream a reality for every and all Arkansans.
Source: 2021 Arkansas Governor campaign site AnthonyBlandForAR.com May 23, 2021

Sarah Huckabee Sanders: Sanders is Christian, conservative, a proud Arkansan

[Endorsement from the former Vice President]: "Sarah Huckabee Sanders is a Christian, a conservative, and a proud Arkansan who will fight for the people of Arkansas, stand with law enforcement, promote lower taxes, champion school choice, and more," Mike Pence said. "Sarah will be a great Governor and has my full support," he added.
Source: New York Post on 2022 Arkansas Governor race Apr 6, 2021

Leslie Rutledge: Require public schools to play anthem before sporting events

Flanked by Republican legislators on the Capitol steps, she proposed bills requiring public schools to play "The Star-Spangled Banner" before sporting events, and requiring a moment of silence after the "Pledge of Allegiance" is recited.
Source: Southwest Times-Record on 2022 Arkansas Governor race Mar 24, 2021

Sarah Huckabee Sanders: I took on media, radical left and cancel culture

On her role in the Trump administration: "I took on the media, the radical left and their cancel culture, and I won," the former press secretary said. "As governor, I will be your voice and never let them silence you."
Source: The Hill e-zine on 2022 Arkansas gubernatorial race Jan 26, 2021

Sarah Huckabee Sanders: Everything we love about America is at stake

Announcement of candidacy: "Everything we love about America is at stake, and with the radical left now in control of Washington, your governor is your last line of defense," Sanders said. "In fact, your governor must be on the front line. So today, I announce my candidacy for governor of Arkansas and ask for your prayers and your support."
Source: Politico.com e-zine on 2022 Arkansas gubernatorial race Jan 25, 2021

Asa Hutchinson: When the election is over we need to come together

We witnessed a violent mob assault our nation's Capitol. They attacked the foundations of our democracy. A presidential election often divides the country along political and cultural lines. And I understand the passion. It is okay to be passionate. But we must not let passion cloud our common sense and our commitment to our state and nation. And when the election is over, then we need to come together, united to strengthen our democracy and heal our land.
Source: 2021 State of the State Address to the Arkansas legislature Jan 12, 2021

Sarah Huckabee Sanders: I'm a Christian, a wife, a mom, and a proud Arkansan

I'm a Christian, a wife, a mom, a proud Arkansan. My opponents will do everything in their power to destroy me, but I will not apologize for who I am or who I'm fighting for. I'm fighting for you. I will not retreat. I will not surrender. And I will not bow down to the radical left. Not now, not ever.
Source: Rev.com e-zine on 2022 Arkansas gubernatorial race Nov 12, 2020

Tim Griffin: Supports Supreme Court nominations in election year

President Donald Trump has the constitutional authority to nominate a justice for the Supreme Court, and the Senate has the same authority to advise and consent. Those powers don't change simply because it's an election year. It's that simple. The rest is politics. President Trump is right to fill the vacant seat with a qualified nominee.
Source: Lt. Governor press release for 2022 Arkansas governor race Sep 25, 2020

Tom Cotton: Slavery was necessary evil upon which union was built

On colonial America: "We have to study the history of slavery and its role and impact on the development of our country because otherwise we can't understand our country. As the Founding Fathers said, it was the necessary evil upon which the union was built, but the union was built in a way, as Lincoln said, to put slavery on the course to its ultimate extinction," he said. Instead of portraying America as "an irredeemably corrupt, rotten and racist country," the nation should be viewed "as an imperfect and flawed land, but the greatest and noblest country in the history of mankind," Cotton said.
Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on 2020 Arkansas Senate race Jul 26, 2020

Ricky Dale Harrington: Libertarian for those unhappy with Democrats AND Republicans

The Libertarian Party of Arkansas nominated Harrington, Jr., 34, of Pine Bluff, to run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Republican Sen. Tom Cotton. If you have supported Democrats or Republicans in the past and are unhappy with the way things are going in our country's government you now have another choice. Bad or worse are no longer the only choices in the election. There is an alternative. The Libertarian Party.
Source: 2020 Arkansas Senate campaign website RDH4Senate.com Dec 14, 2019

Ricky Dale Harrington: Converted from Blue-Dog Democrat; married with three kids

Harrington, a father of three, is the LPA's first African-American candidate. The party first began contesting elections in Arkansas in 2012.

He was a member of the White County Democratic Party, though he called himself a "blue dog" or conservative Democrat. He spent two years doing Church of Christ missionary work in China with his Chinese-born wife, Emily, whom he met while they were students at Harding University. He taught in universities and did health care consulting in China. He was there during the 2016 campaign and was dismayed watching the condition of American politics from afar.

Harrington also was inspired to run because of his displeasure over Act 164's higher threshold requirements to qualify for the ballot.

Source: TalkBusiness.net on 2020 Arkansas Senate race Oct 27, 2019

Mark West: No religious viewpoint should be publicly imposed

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Keep God in the public sphere"?

A: No religious viewpoint should be publicly imposed using government force, nor should religious viewpoints be prevented using government force.

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Arkansas governor candidate Apr 28, 2018

Frank Gilbert: Christian Libertarian & believes in Non-Aggression Principle

Q: Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Gilbert: I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the only path for me to attain forgiveness and thus salvation. I do not know what path others may have to follow to attain such blessings.

Q: Considering all issues (social, economic, national security, etc.), which political philosophy best describes you?

Gilbert: I am a libertarian, reflected in my membership in the Libertarian Party. As a libertarian I believe in the Non-Aggression Principle (NAP). That means that every individual has the right to live his or her life in any way they choose, so long as they don't initiate force or practice fraud. The government has no authority to restrict individuals' actions if they are not practicing aggression. This leads to political positions that appear conservative in matters of economics and liberal in matters of individual rights and privacy.

Source: 2016 AFA Action iVoterGuide on 2016 Arkansas Senate race Nov 8, 2016

Asa Hutchinson: Parents operated a Christian radio station and school

Asa Hutchinson grew up on a farm with his brother Tim who later became a senator. Their parents also operated a Christian radio station in school. After graduating from Bob Jones University, Asa Hutchinson attended the University of Arkansas law school at the same time that Bill Clinton started teaching there. He became US attorney in western Arkansas and prosecuted Clinton's half brother, Roger, for cocaine possession.

Hutchinson easily won election as Governor in 1996 to succeed his brother, who moved to the Senate. He combined a conservative voting record with a pleasant demeanor to become an important player in a short time.

Source: Almanac of American Politics on 2022 Arkansas Governor race Oct 5, 2015

Tim Hutchinson: Parents operated a Christian radio station and school

Asa Hutchinson grew up on a farm with his brother Tim who later became a senator. Their parents also operated a Christian radio station in school. After graduating from Bob Jones University, Asa Hutchinson attended the University of Arkansas law school at the same time that Bill Clinton started teaching there. He became US attorney in western Arkansas and prosecuted Clinton's half brother, Roger, for cocaine possession.

Hutchinson easily won election as Governor in 1996 to succeed his brother, who moved to the Senate. He combined a conservative voting record with a pleasant demeanor to become an important player in a short time.

Source: Almanac of American Politics on 2002 Arkansas Senate race Oct 5, 2015

Mark Pryor: AdWatch: I believe in God; and only God has all the answers

Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) is hitting back at Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) in a new ad for questioning his faith. The spot, first shared with The Hill, is aimed at touting Pryor's religious conviction in the heavily religious state--and undercutting months of work Cotton's campaign has put in to bolster his own image with positive ads.

Cotton said last week that Pryor thinks "faith is something that only happens at 11 o'clock on Sunday mornings" in response to the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision over the health care law's contraception mandate. Pryor demanded an apology, but none was forthcoming, and the controversial comments got plenty of local attention.

Pryor's new ad features local news coverage the kerfuffle, interspliced with the Bible verse, "Do not judge, or you too will be judged."

"I'm not ashamed to say that I believe in God, and I believe in His word. The Bible teaches us no one has all the answers, only God does," Pryor says in the ad. "This is who I am and what I believe."

Source: The Hill AdWatch on 2014 Arkansas Senate race Jul 8, 2014

Tom Cotton: Served in military, academia, and as management consultant

Ben Sasse and Tom Cotton have a lot in common: Republican candidacies for the Senate, Ivy League advanced degrees--a Yale PhD for Sasse, a Harvard law degree for Cotton--and a tour of duty in the white-shoe world of management consulting. One more thing: They are running as common-man conservatives from the heartland under the banner of the Tea Party.

The resumes of Sasse (R, NE) and Cotton (D, AR) do not exactly fit the profile of populists. That is especially true for the lines dedicated to the Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey & Company, firms that advise corporations on strategy, efficiency and ways to increase profitability.

Most of Cotton's adult life has been in academia and the military, and he has spent a year in Congress. His time at McKinsey was also barely more than a year, during which time his group leader immersed him in the intricacies--and the value--of the Affordable Care Act.

Source: N.Y. Times on 2014 Arkansas Senate race May 17, 2014

Tom Cotton: Fastest male in Congress; has finished 11 marathons

Rep. Tom Cotton retained his title as the fastest male in the 113th Congress, running the 3-mile course of the 33rd Annual ACLI Capital Challenge in 18:29. Cotton ran the course in 17:55 in 2013. Former Rep. Bart Gordon (D-TN) holds the record for the House: he finished in 16:59 in 1995.

Unfortunately for Cotton, his other big race--the heated Arkansas Senate campaign against Sen. Mark Pryor--has taken a toll on the congressman's workout regime. "I do have to work harder to get my runs in each morning," Cotton said. Proceeds from the event went to the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, which helps provide guide dogs to wounded veterans.

The congressman took up running as part of his Army training in 2005, and discovered he enjoyed the sport. Cotton has since run 11 marathons. If Cotton beats Pryor and runs the race as a senator in 2015, he has a better chance of breaking a record. The Senate record belongs to former Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), who ran the 1981 Capital Challenge in 18:15.

Source: Roll Call's Gossip Blog on 2014 Arkansas Senate race May 1, 2014

Mark Pryor: Campaign theme: Pryor is responsible, Cotton is reckless

A Pryor campaign memorandum passed is summarized below. It is, of course, partisan, but it's loaded with plenty of worthy specifics: