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  1. Editorial: The Risk of Voting FOR

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    November 3, 2012 by wcobserver

    The Risk of Voting FOR The ballot initiative being presented to West Fork voters on Tuesday is a game changer. Voting to elect a mayor or council member has a built in safety valve; if your choice turns out to be a mistake, at least, it will be rectified when the four year term ends.  At the same time, if your choice works well for you, it may not be repeated with the next mayor or alderman.  This ballot initiative will change city government in a fundamental way; it will change how the individual components of city government are connected to each other.  To use a mechanical metaphor, the way the gears and wheels interact will determine the performance of the machine.  The ballot initiative is about the structure of city government, not the individuals who occupy any position in government.  Governments are the administrative equivalent of machines with interchangeable parts.

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  2. Letter to Editor, Fred Robinson

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    November 2, 2012 by wcobserver

    Letter to the Editor, Fred Robinson here. I have entered my name in the election for Alderman, Ward 2 Position 1. In my interaction with citizens of West Fork on the issues, I have decided that my informed opinions on these issues are as follows: The issues on the ballot and where I stand on them: FOR the initiative to put control of our Water and Sewer System in our City Government AGAINST the medical marijuana proposal NON-COMMITTED on the sales tax for highways. West Fork Election Positions:   

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  3. DEAD END: Washington County citizens vote against transit tax

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    May 23, 2012 by Matthew Jones

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    Washington County doesn’t want to expand funding for the Ozark Regional Transit. The vote of Washington County went to the polls yesterday, May 22, and had their voices heard loud and clear. Those against the vote won out, by 64 percent, widely beating the 36 percent in favor of raising the sales tax to fund ORT route expansion. “The purpose of the tax was not very clear” explained Goshen resident, Traci, who  voted NO on the new transit tax. She said that she “wanted to know what the reasons where behind the tax.” She went on to explain that her vote was not against expanding public transit in Was. Co. but more a vote against the unknown and in this time of economic uncertainty, where people have to strap down and make tough decisions, “I better be safe than sorry.

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  4. Election Day

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    May 21, 2012 by Matthew Jones

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    Election day is finally here, or at least the May 22nd election day. There will be more to come. If you have already voted in early or absentee voting thanks, but for all those who have waited there is still time left to vote. I hope that everyone decides to vote, because there are not only important issues on the ballot, whether or not people in Washington Co. will be paying higher sales taxes, but also important primary races going on, and judge ships to be decided on as well. It is important that every eligible citizen of this county vote and have their voices heard. A term that I hear a lot is: The Silent Majority. This refers to when most of the people agree on one side or another of a particular issue but they are not as vocal about it or decide, for some reason or another, not to vote. There is no reason why this term should even be in existence because if someone feels that an issue is an important or wants to change or keep the government the same, there is an outlet in our way of governance to show that. Just vote. I …

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  5. Democrat JPs To Square Off in Primary

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    March 15, 2012 by wcobserver

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    WASHINGTON COUNTY – Local Democratic candidates are going to be busy this election season. Candidates for county, state and national positions were required to file their intent to run by March 1 and Justice of the Peace races will see several Democrats go head-to- head in the primaries.

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  6. Spanish Speakers Still Without Voter Registration Forms

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    February 28, 2012 by Jack Suntrup

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    Partisan proxy wars concerning the 2012 election process are underway. Spanish-speaking citizens in Northwest Arkansas are still without up-to-date voter registration forms, said Maria Hicks, the Vice Chair of the Third District Democrat Hispanic Caucus. The oversight is causing confusion and could be in violation of the Federal Voting Rights Act and the Arkansas Constitution. “They’re not available … they have no forms in Spanish,” said Hicks, who is running for Washington County Justice of the Peace, District 7. “I was just there today and they said they were working on getting me the Spanish one. I told them it was a violation of the state constitution and they were surprised by that.” When Hicks had the same problem on Feb. 27, she said she called the Secretary of State’s office and was told that they were working on translating a new version. “They are going to be made available,” said Alex Reed, a spokesman for the Secretary of State. “What the issue was was they made some changes with the voter registration application, and so we’re working on getting them translated. But we are going to make them available and going to make them available shortly.” Though there are …

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  7. Democrats Preparing for Another Tea Party Uprising

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    February 28, 2012 by Jack Suntrup

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    While the Tea Party seemed like a surprise guest during the 2010 election, this time around, local Democrats are ready for a fight. “We had no clue the tidal wave of GOP and Tea Party that would take us out,” said Tyler Clark, Washington County Democratic Committee chairman. With help from local and national Tea Party groups, Republicans made historic gains from the County level to the U.S. House of Representatives after the 2010 election. But, as the 2012 election draws near, the question is whether or not the Tea Party can duplicate the successes it had two years ago. Issue after issue, the uncompromising Tea Party is what will drive the Democratic base in 2012, Clark said. Clark believes that a “number of people are pissed off, so we are coming back with a vengeance. We spent the last couple of years getting really organized.” Part of the county party’s strategy is preparing earlier this year. Typically, the election office headquarters does not open until July; this year it will open next month. Event fundraising, too, is starting earlier, he said. Clark also wants to be more efficient in explaining his party’s platform. Coordinating closer with the state party …

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