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  1. Can the Tea Party repeat its 2010 gain as Democrats prepare for a comeback?

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    February 24, 2012 by Jack Suntrup

    WASHINGTON COUNTY – 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. “I’ve seen articles saying the Tea Party is fizzling out,” said Jeff Oland, Chairman of the Washington County Tea Party. “It may be that it’s fizzling out, that the numbers at a Tea Party meeting are reducing, but that’s because many of these people are involved in other groups … What they’ve done is they zeroed in on specific local challenges.” A main part of the Tea Party’s strategy is to consolidate the resources of other groups around the area. Some, Oland said, branched out from the Tea Party. Other groups, like Northwest Arkansas Citizens For a Better Government (NWACFBG), popped up without Tea Party affiliation. The NWACFBG organized in response to Fayetteville’s Streamside Ordinance and has focused on other issues like the U.N.’s Agenda 21. “We do share some common interests,” NWAFBG chairwoman Debbie Beckerdite said. “We believe in smaller government, don’t like taxation. …

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  2. Filing List of Candidates

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    February 24, 2012 by Matthew Jones

    Filing date has arrived and are available for viewing at http://www.nwaonline.com/2012filings/ There can be found there a list of the candidates that have filed for State and House seats for the legislature. The site will be updated every day until filing is done. Filing closes next Thursday at noon.  

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  3. New Fiscal Session, New Rules

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    February 17, 2012 by Matthew Jones

    This week, the Arkansas State Legislature began its second special fiscal session, which was approved in 2008 by a referred amendment to the people of Arkansas. The session is designed to be a time when the legislature can focus on budgets and changes to the budgets to adjust to the needs of their constituents. This being since Arkansas is one of a handful of states whose legislature meets only every other year. However, new rules around how certain members of the legislature raise money for elections and primaries change the nature of the political landscape in Arkansas. While there are no new rules on when senators can raise funds, members of the House cannot raise any money during the fiscal session. Meanwhile their opponents can raise funds, if they are not members of the House. Such is the case of Rep. Tim Summers, R-Harrison, who is running for the new Senate District 1 seat and cannot raise funds due to the fact that he is a member of the house. Sen. Bill Pritchard, R-Elkins, one of the two Republicans running for the District 7 Senate seat, currently held by Sen. Sue Madison, D-Fayetteville, has decided to hold of fundraising until …

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  4. Hammerschmidt Endorses Local State Rep

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    February 11, 2012 by wcobserver

    The press shop for State Rep. Tim Summers, (R-Harrison) sent out news late this week that former congressman John Paul Hammerschmidt (the guy who builds huge tunnels just south of Washington County) has endorsed Summers’ run for State Senate.Summers is running for District 1, created during the 2010 redistricting, which covers parts of both Benton and Washington County. Here’s a bit from the press release: “I am grateful for Congressman Hammerschmidt’s support,” stated Summers.  “I’ve worked hard for Northwest Arkansas, and I would be honored to represent Northwest Arkansas’ conservative values in the State Senate.” “Representative Tim Summers will always put Northwest Arkansas first,” stated Hammerschmidt.  “You can trust him to fight for lower taxes, make job creation his number one priority, and serve his constituents with great service.” … “I’m proud to support Tim Summers in the Republican Primary for State Senate,” Hammerschmidt concluded. Summers’ only Republican opponent so far is Bart Hester from Cave Springs. The official filing period for primaries is from Feb. 23 to March 1. The primary itself takes place on May 22.  — Jeff Winkler  

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  5. Welcome to Election Cycle 2012!

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    February 8, 2012 by Matthew Jones

    Hello everyone. My name is Matthew Jones. I’m writing this blog as a way to connect the readers of Observerland to the election cycle spinning our heads until November. My main purpose for coming on to this exciting project is that the most vital part of our democracy is an informed electorate. In elections past, I — as I’m sure others — have found myself standing there at the voting booth and staring down a list of people I had no earthly idea who they where, what they stood for or even what they looked like. Our system of government can’t work if people don’t vote, and that when they vote they have no idea for whom they are voting. I will be covering mostly the elections right here in Washington County. The ordinary voter, if asked, would know how the President of the United States is, the VP, their governor, maybe even their Congressman/woman or Senator. Most would not know who their mayor is, the city council, or circuit judge. Even though most people know national-wide issues and people, it’s the government right down the road that has the most impact on your everyday life. Those are the people …

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