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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. Can the Tea Party repeat its 2010 gain as Democrats prepare for a comeback?

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    February 24, 2012 by Jack Suntrup

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    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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  5. 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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  6. Campaign Season Has Begun – Local candidates begin their 2012 run

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    December 23, 2011 by wcobserver

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    By Jeff Winkler/WASHINGTON COUNTY — There are still about 330 days left until voters go the polls, but like their national counterparts, county-wide candidates for local office are already gearing up for the 2012 elections. As reported in the Observer on Dec. 1, Cristi Beaumont has been running hard against Amy Turner and Bob Lambert in the special election for the Washington and Madison County Circuit Judge – recently vacated by Mary Ann Gunn — which will take place on May 22. Candidates for the general election in November, however, are also greasing the wheels. First-term incumbent State Representative Justin Harris (R-West Fork) recently announced his reelection campaign with a detailed press release stating that “jobs, tax cuts, education reform, and illegal immigration” would be his top priorities once returning to the House. “Businesses create jobs when government gets itself and heavy taxation out of the way,” wrote Harris. “I am currently working on changing the tax codes to make them more friendly to the business community.” Harris is seeking reelection amidst the minor controversy surrounding the preschool, he and his wife own and operate. Harris was investigated by the Department of Human Services after complaints were filed against Growing God’s Kingdom, for alledgedly promoting religion while receiving significant state funds  – a possible violation of state laws and guidelines. Like …

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  7. View from the Left: Will Barack Obama be a one-term president?

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    December 19, 2011 by Richard Drake

    By Richard S. Drake — I’ll be up-front and admit that Barack Obama has never been never liberal enough for my liking, despite all of the hysterical hand-wringing about “activist judges” and “over-regulation” stifling America’s fabled job creators. 

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