Miller County Republican Party

The Miller County Republican Committee will begin meeting at the new headquarters on Arkansas Blvd. the second Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in August, 2014.

Oct 1, 2014

The Attorney General that Arkansas Needs: Leslie Rutledge

Leslie Rutledge addressing issues in Texarkana
Leslie Rutledge came into Texarkana today to meet with lawyers, local business leaders, and tour the area before meeting this evening with supporters.  A full room of supporters had the opportunity to visit with Leslie at the Arkansas Convention Center in Texarkana.  Leslie spent up to an hour visiting with everyone before being introduced by local business leader Curt Green.

Leslie explained a vision she has for the Attorney General's Office that is not a "Sit on the sidelines" approach to office.  She rightly pointed out that too many of Arkansas' Attorney Generals have simply sat by and allowed Washington to push laws into the Arkansas that are not in the best interest of the state.  One prime example Leslie noted was the EPA's expanded control in the state, a control that she contends will cost jobs and possibly force needed energy plants out of the area.  During this discussion, Representative Mary "Prissy" Hickerson pointed out that those regulations would hurt the newly opened power plant in our region of the state.  Leslie was quick to agree and to point out that the current Attorney General has done little, or nothing, to address those problems.

During Leslie's talk, two things became clear.  First, she speaks with authority that can easily cause someone to imagine she could convince a courtroom that it was nighttime outside, even at mid-day.   She has a commanding presence and approach that shouts, "I'm here, let's address this problem and see what the law says!"  The second thing that was clear is that she is a worker.  She is not simply a lawyer who one day woke up and said, "Hey, politics is fun....I want to be a politician."  She is instead a lawyer who has worked with campaigns, worked with the RNC, and even advised a Governor of Arkansas.  She believes in doing the research, forming the legal opinion and then arguing it based on established laws.  She is a firm supporter of gun rights and someone might assume she would have a somewhat different view than the current Democrat Attorney General on Arkansans and their rights under the Second Amendment.  It should be noted that Leslie is also a concealed carry permitted resident.

Another issue noted by some supporters is the current Attorney General Office's lack of ability to respond to request for information and opinions.  It was noted that currently seventy (70) lawyers work in the Attorney General's Office and often they will not respond to request unless you force the issue with the Attorney General himself.  Leslie quickly pointed out that would not be the operational procedure when she is Attorney General.  Her office would respond to all request.

Leslie, in addressing the issues of responding to request or notifications pointed to a recent Democrat advertisement that gave out her private cell number (in this writer's opinion another low, and just one of them See Voter Example,  political attacks from the Democratic Party) and how she responded.  Each call that came in was addressed by her or her staff.  The reader should keep in mind these were negative phone calls which many candidates might dismiss.  Leslie Rutledge did not dismiss them.  Instead she met the challenge head on, returned the calls, and addressed the issues or concerns the individuals expressed.   The reader should keep one thing in mind - If Leslie Rutledge will address negative campaign calls directly when she does not even hold office, how much more effectively will she and those seventy (70) lawyers address the concerns and rights of all Arkansans?  The answer is simple, the Democrats giving away of Leslie's private number only shows that she is exactly the type of fighter we need in the office of Attorney General to address the needs of Arkansas.  So the question to voters becomes "Do you want a Democrat Attorney General whose campaign resorts to questionable political campaign tactics defending your laws and your state, or do you want one that faces the challenges head on?"  If you're like this writer, then you want Leslie Rutledge as your Arkansas Attorney General.

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Sep 12, 2014

Miller County Judge Larry Burgess' Actions Protects Citizens, Employees, and the Property

When the word "Hero" is mentioned, many look to those serving in our military as heroes.  It is easy to forget though that once a hero leaves the armed forces, he or she does not stop being a hero.   Miller County Judge Larry Burgess is one such "Hero" who should be looked to as a hero by the citizens of Miller County, Arkansas.  Judge Burgess served a full career in the Marines before returning to Texarkana and making the decision to continue his service by running for Miller County Judge.  He not only ran, but he has won two terms already and is now seeking a third term for the county.  The county could not be served by a better man.

As Judge Burgess runs his campaign, citizens are reminded that he has to continue to run the operations of the county in the capacity of judge.  Judge Burgess though is no ordinary county judge.  Judge Burgess comes to Miller County with a Marine background where he studied terrorist routines and trained to be prepared to face them when his country calls.  Yesterday marked the anniversary of one of the most devastating attacks by terrorist in this nation's history.  It should be no surprise that many around the country braced themselves for the possibility that terrorist would once again strike at America.

While most of us went on about our daily business, Judge Burgess remembered his training and applied it to the job we have entrusted him with through our constant voting record for him.  Judge Burgess, as he often does, walked the County Courthouse grounds early as a precaution against potential copy-cat plots or possible attacks.  It was during this walk that he spotted a suspicious container.

Judge Burgess might have easily walked up, checked the container, and found there to be no problem; however, he was doing what he always does.  Judge Burgess was looking out for the county.  He first ensured the safety of the citizens, and then the safety of the people working at the courthouse by ordering an immediate evacuation.  Finally, when citizens were safe, he followed up to ensure the safety of the property and brought in the Texarkana Police.

It turned out that the container was nothing more than a transport cooler and the incident made the paper as a small article the next day.  However, a person only has to look back to 9/11 and wonder "What if it had been more?"  What if that small container had been a bomb?  Had that container held the contents of a bomb meant to hurt citizens, kill employees of the county, and damage our historic courthouse, then Burgess' actions would not only have saved lives, but would have also saved county property.  We could go all day with the "What if's," but thankfully it was an empty container.  But does that negate the fact that Judge Burgess acted in the best interest of the people and the county?  No, the county benefited from Judge Burgess' training in the Marines, his attentiveness to our county, and his willingness to put himself on the line for the good of the all citizens.  This makes Judge Larry Burgess not only a great county judge, but it always makes him a hero for the county.  He's the type of man we need to continue to elect, continue to support, and continue to entrust with the well-being of our property, our employees and our citizens.

Aug 18, 2014

Tom Cotton Visits Texarkana

Congressman Tom Cotton rolled into Texarkana without the same fanfare that Senator Pryor put on a few days ago.  The lack of fanfare is likely due to something that Senator Pryor has forgotten over the years.   Senator Pryor has forgotten about Texarkana and as such he has neglected to visit Texarkana.   Pryor needed a fanfare to boost his standing with people in Texarkana.  Tom on the other hand needed no boost to remind the citizens that he listens.    Tom hosts "Coffee with your Congressman" around the southwest on a regular basis.  The visits brings Tom to Hope, Texarkana, Prescott, and other locations, even during off election years.  The fact is, Tom's tours have brought him to Texarkana more than times than Pryor has visited during his entire time as a Senator.   The simple fact is Tom did not need to put on the fanfare that Pryor seemed to want so badly.

People in Texarkana recognize that Tom listens.  The local radio station was present for Tom's visit, as was the newspaper, state representatives, business leaders, party members, and a host of other people.  The Cattlemen's was packed with so many people that it would be hard to list them all here.  Cotton started the meeting by standing outside the front door in the heat and meeting guest as they arrived.  He shook hands, talked about his last visit, and took time to hear what each voter had to say.  

Once inside the room, the Cattlemen's banquet room was packed wall-to-wall.  Several people sat at tables visiting, others wandered around the room and some found nice little corners where they could watch all the events.  If you did not know Tom Cotton, you would not be able to find him in the crowd.  He wore a regular shirt, easily moved around the room and most people acted as if Tom had lived his entire life in Texarkana and we were all visiting at a local football game.  Tom did not present himself as someone special, nor did the crowd who has been accustomed to seeing so much of Tom view him as someone special.  To everyone in the room, Tom was simply our Congressman visiting us in Texarkana.  

After a short time, Texarkana Mayor candidate David Haak was introduced and then in turn introduced Tom.  Tom spoke briefly about the campaign by stating his goals and desires once he takes over the Senate seat for Arkansas.  Finally, instead of the usual pleas for money that most politicians make, the crowd was encouraged to join in singing happy birthday for Tom's wife who turned 37 today.  

As people began to leave the gathering slowly, it was apparent that while Tom is our Congressman, and will soon be our Senator, that he is also something different.  He is not the politician as usual running around only during the campaign season.  Most people were comfortable with Tom because he's fact he's here a lot.   A few people may remember a few years ago when Tom came to town during a televised Presidential debate.  Tom bought pizza and hosted the event at the local Republican Headquarters.    It makes a person wonder how many other Americans can say they watched a Presidential debate with their Congressman?  But then again, that's simply Tom Cotton, a Congressman more interested in spending time working for the people and spending time with the people than playing golf during these troubling times when men like Cotton are so desperately needed.