Wednesday, May 31, 2006 

Good Ol' Boys Network

Now, this is how Mike Beebe and the “Good Ol’ Boy System” works…

Let’s follow the twist and turns of Mike Beebe’s system:

Stop #1) White County Quorum Court approves an ordinance that requires cities within White County to pay court fines of $5 per defendant in district and city courts to defray the costs of operating the county jail.

Stop #2) Three cities (Judsonia, Pangburn, and Kensett) say the ordinance should not apply to them.

Stop #3) Attorney General Mike Beebe issues an opinion in April of 2005 stating that the ordinance does not apply to city courts, but could apply to district courts.

Stop #4) The Searcy law firm Lightle, Raney, Bell, and Simpson, LLC refuses to pay the fees and establishes a slush fund within their law office to deposit the fines.

Stop #6) The city attorneys for the named cities are the following: Judsonia, Donald Raney; Pangburn, Donald Raney (also); Kensett, Watson Bell. All partners with the law firm Lightle, Raney, Bell and Simpson, LLC.

Stop #7) Mike Beebe is a former principle at Lightle, Beebe, Raney, Bell and Simpson, LLC.

Stop #8) To top it all off: Mike Beebe is/was a business partner with Donald Raney in Dax and Company, a property rental limited liability partnership.

Good Ol’ Boy Politics at its best. Help your friends, protect your friends, and make some money doing it…..

And to think that Mike Beebe could be the next Governor of the State of Arkansas….

Friday, May 26, 2006 

Who's Who Part 2....

Here is another update in the Who's Who In Special Interests from Mike Beebe's campaign reports... He has received over $300,000 from lawyers...
Names Company Occupation Contribution
Beverly M. McIntosh
Adjudicator $50.00
Lela Anthony
All Communications $100.00
James Palford
Ambulance Service $250.00
Jamie Palford Greshan Ambulance Service $2,000.00
K. June Palford
Ambulance Service $100.00
Maria Johnson-Notifs
Aristotle - CEO $250.00
A Wyckliff Nisbet
Attorney $500.00
Adam Harkey
Attorney $1,000.00
Alaton Jennings
Attorney $200.00
Alex Streett
Attorney $1,000.00
Alex Streett
Attorney $500.00
Alice Lightle
Attorney $960.00
Allen Roberts
Attorney $2,000.00
Angel Law Firm
Attorney $250.00
Ann Hudson
Attorney $250.00
B Michael Easley
Attorney $1,000.00
Baron & Budd
Attorney $2,000.00
Barry Coplin
Attorney $500.00
Benjamin McCarkle
Attorney $500.00
Benny Eldridge
Attorney $100.00
Bernard Nash
Attorney $2,000.00
Beth Coulson
Attorney $1,150.00
Beth Deere
Attorney $1,000.00
Bettye Proctor
Attorney $50.00
Biff Holloway
Attorney $250.00
Bishop Woosley
Attorney $65.00
Blake Rutherford
Attorney $250.00
Boyce Davis
Attorney $500.00
Bradley Chambless
Attorney $100.00
Brett Overman
Attorney $1,000.00
C. Burt Newell
Attorney $150.00
C. Joseph Giralr
Attorney $500.00
Caldwell Firm
Attorney $100.00
Carl B. McSpadden
Attorney $450.00
Carol Nokes
Attorney $500.00
Carol Nokes
Attorney $250.00
Carol Roddy
Attorney $75.00
Carolyn Clegg
Attorney $100.00
Cary Patterson
Attorney $1,000.00
Cathleen Compton
Attorney $1,000.00
Charles Burton
Attorney $1,000.00
Charles Davidson
Attorney $1,000.00
Charles Schlumbarger Attorney $1,000.00
Charles Weisseinger Jr. Attorney $500.00
Chistopher Plamer
Attorney $1,000.00
Chris Thomason
Attorney $1,000.00
Christina McQueen
Attorney $50.00
Clinton A. Vince
Attorney $250.00
Conrad T. Odom
Attorney $350.00



Willett: "GOP Extreme" How are they extreme? Willett: "I don't know"

Chairman Willett needs to stay chairman of the DPA he helps the GOP immensely... He attacks the GOP calling the party "extreme" but refuses to give examples? This is great! Keep it up Jason!

Check out this quote:
"But [Willett] said issues that aren’t extreme are border security, opposition to gay marriage, and making sure students don’t have long bus rides. He said he agrees with these things."

If Jason Willett thinks the state Republican Party’s nominees are “extreme,” Willett ought to say why he thinks that, Gilbert Baker said Thursday.

Willett responded that he doesn’t want to give details about that right now. But Willett added that he thinks lieutenant governor nominee Jim Holt is an “absurd radical” in addition to being “extreme.”

Willett of Jonesboro is the chairman of the state Democratic Party, and Baker of Conway is the chairman of the state Republican Party. They made an unusual joint appearance speaking to the Political Animals Club in Little Rock. They joked with each other and spoke about numerous issues related to Tuesday’s primary elections.

Neither waived the club’s offthe-record policy for their presentations as politicians generally do. But each repeated most of what they said to the group in an interview together afterward with the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette.

“The Democrat line seems to be that we have this extremist ticket,” said Baker, a state senator. “Are we talking about being strong on illegal immigration ? I don’t see that as being extreme at all. That’s a view held by a vast majority of individuals. Are we being extreme when we say we want good quality rural schools to be allowed to exist ? I don’t see that as being extreme. Is it extreme, Jim Holt’s strong [2004 ] campaign against Sen. Blanche Lincoln that marriage is between one man and one woman ? Those issues are not extreme. They have great resonance out there among a vast majority of Arkansans. [Willett is being ] very misleading.”

Willett, a former aide to U. S. Rep. Marion Berry, D-Gillett, said it’s “common sense” that Holt and GOP gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson of Little Rock, a former congressman, are “extreme.”

“I’m talking about that we have a different Republican Party now,” Willett said. “It’s not the party of [GOP Gov. ] Mike Huckabee. I don’t refer to Mike Huckabee as an extremist. There’s a lot of areas where Mike Huckabee and I agree. But I do believe that Asa Hutchinson and Jim Holt are extremist. The extremism is based on certain issues.”

Which issues ?

“When you’re at the ballgame you won’t give it all right off the bat,” Willett said.

Willett said the reason for his not identifying those issues has nothing to do with polls. He said he’s not waiting to see what issues polls say are extreme with Arkansans.

“I don’t look at polls,” Willett said. “Polls have nothing to do with this. Nothing to do with this at all.”

But he said issues that aren’t extreme are border security, opposition to gay marriage, and making sure students don’t have long bus rides. He said he agrees with these things.

“I’d be very curious to see whether Mike Huckabee embraces Jim Holt,” Willett said. “You’ve got the governor who doesn’t want to work with Jim Holt.”

A Huckabee spokesman said Wednesday Huckabee couldn’t say whether he supported Holt because Huckabee was on vacation.

Holt clashed with Huckabee in 2005 when he filed a bill to ban most state services for illegal aliens. The bill failed.

That same session, Holt also opposed a bill that Huckabee favored to make illegal aliens eligible for state-funded scholarships. Holt asked for an attorney general’s opinion on the bill. Attorney General Mike Beebe responded with an opinion questioning the legality of the bill. The bill later failed. Holt’s also known for pushing a bill in 2001 targeting the teaching of evolution. It also failed.

Willett then took issue with Hutchinson being a manager, or prosecutor, in the impeachment trial in the Senate of President Clinton over charges that Clinton lied about sex acts with intern Monica Lewinsky.

He said Hutchinson had a “blatant conflict of interest” in the role because his brother, Tim, was in the Senate at the time and because Asa Hutchinson once prosecuted Clinton’s brother, Roger, for drug possession when Hutchinson was a U. S. attorney for the Western District of Arkansas.

“Every job he’s received subsequent to his serving in Congress is directly related to the impeachment,” Willett said, referring to Hutchinson being appointed by President Bush as head of the Drug Enforcement Administration and as undersecretary of the Department of Homeland Security.

“I think he’s going to have to answer to [the impeachment ] in Arkansas. Bill Clinton has a strong favorability.”

Baker responded, “The only person in Arkansas who wants to continually talk about President Clinton’s impeachment is Jason Willett. I would encourage Jason if he’s that enthralled with President Clinton’s impeachment he can go to the [presidential ] library and look at the display.”

Wednesday, May 24, 2006 

Who's Who In Special Interests & Convicted Felons

Have you ever wondered who would be on the list of "Who's Who In Special Interests"? Well, all you have to do is look at Mike Beebe's contribution report from the month of May alone and it looks like an attorney and special interests directory. It seems that Mike Beebe will continue to accept contributions from entities that he regulates despite the obvious ethical questions this raises. It looks as though every member of the AT&T administration was asked to give Mike a donation.

Here are a few excerpts from the report...note convicted felon Jim Guy Tucker at the bottom. Flashback: Beebe also seems to be good friends with Susan McDougal...

Name Occupation Amount
Shariq Tariq Alltel $50.00
Lacy Kennedy Alltel Attorney $350.00
Randall Stephenson AT&T - COO $1,000.00
Dorothy Attwodd AT&T Sr. VP - Regulatory Planning & Policy $500.00
Eddie Drilling AT&T Arkansas - President $1,000.00
Edward Whitacre Jr. AT&T CEO $500.00
Scott Helbring AT&T Chief Marketing Officer $500.00
Priscilla Ardoin-Hill AT&T Chief Privacy Officer $500.00
Terry Bailey AT&T Communications $250.00
James Kahan AT&T Corporate Development $500.00
William Blase Jr. AT&T E.V.P. Labor Relations $250.00
Douglas Heath AT&T Executive Director $150.00
Rayford Wilkins Jr. AT&T Group President $500.00
Lee Ann Champion AT&T IP Operations & Services $300.00
Maureen Merkle AT&T President of Procurement $100.00
Alfred Richter AT&T Senior VP $250.00
Richard Dietz AT&T Senior VP Investor Relations $500.00
James Callaway AT&T Sr. E.V.P. of Business Development $1,000.00
James Ellis AT&T Sr. VP & General Counsel $500.00
James Shelley AT&T State Regulatory Affairs $1,000.00
Karen Jennings AT&T Telecom Executive $500.00
Jonathon Klug AT&T Vice President - Treasurer $500.00
John Stephens AT&T Vice President & Controller $500.00
Ann Meuleman AT&T Vice President & Secretary $100.00
Mike Viola AT&T VP Corporate Finance $500.00
Allen Gordon Attorney $150.00
Anthony Black Attorney $50.00
Arlon Woodruff Attorney $250.00
Bartels Law Firm Attorney $1,250.00
C. Tad Bohannon Attorney $500.00
Darrin Williams Attorney $50.00
David James Attorney $800.00
Derrick Smith Attorney $50.00
Edward Oglesby Attorney $1,000.00
Edward Penick Attorney $500.00
Emily Sneddon Attorney $500.00
Ernest Brown Attorney $100.00
Gary Green Attorney $200.00
Gene Adams Attorney $200.00
George Campbell Attorney $250.00
Glenn Kelley Attorney $250.00
Joye Kelley Attorney $250.00
Julie Greathouse Attorney $50.00
Kelley Webb Attorney $50.00
Kevin Hutchinson Attorney $500.00
Linda Shepherd Attorney $250.00
Louis Light Attorney $250.00
Marcus Vaden Attorney $250.00
Mark Pate Attorney $2,000.00
Mark Velasquez Attorney $250.00
R. M. Eubanks III Attorney $100.00
Robert Cearley Jr. Attorney $100.00
Robert Thompson Attorney $100.00
Roger Kiley Attorney $1,000.00
Southern & Allen Attorney $500.00
Steve Joiner Attorney $100.00
Steve Shults Attorney $100.00
Terrence Mann Attorney $100.00
Todd Wooten Attorney $500.00
Virgil Young Attorney $1,000.00
Wilson Jones Attorney $250.00
Chet Roberts Attorney - AR Blue Cross & Blue Shield $100.00
Jim Ibison Bail Bonds Manager $1,000.00
Ronald Hughes Energy Efficiency Consultant $250.00
Johnnie Wells Entergy $250.00
James Eric Jones Entergy / Government Relations $200.00
Morril Harriman Poultry Federation/ Executive Director $1,000.00
J R Thomas Searcy Chief of Police $400.00
Jim Guy Tucker Self $250.00


Election Results

Tuesday, May 23, 2006 

For Democrats, a Scandal of Their Own

WASHINGTON, May 22 — Democrats' plans to make Republican corruption a theme of their election strategy this year have been complicated by accusations of wrongdoing in their own ranks, leading the party to try on Monday to blunt the political effects of the unfolding case against Representative William J. Jefferson.

Democratic leaders sought to distance the party from Mr. Jefferson, the Louisiana Democrat who has been accused by the Federal Bureau of Investigation of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes. In doing that, the leaders tried to draw a distinction between the accusations against him and what they said was a much broader pattern among Republicans of trading legislative influence for campaign donations, trips and other perks.

Mr. Jefferson appeared on Capitol Hill to deny any wrongdoing. Facing a bank of television cameras down the hall from his Congressional office, which was raided by federal agents on Saturday night, Mr. Jefferson said that he would not resign and that he expected to be cleared.

In court documents made public on Sunday, the F.B.I. said Mr. Jefferson had taken bribes to help a small technology company win federal contracts and to help it with business deals in Africa. The F.B.I. said he had concealed $90,000 from the scheme in the freezer of his home in Washington.

"There are two sides to every story," Mr. Jefferson said, without providing any details.

For all the intense partisanship that has surrounded the wave of legal and ethical cases on Capitol Hill, the Jefferson case brought some Democrats and Republicans together on one point: that the all-night search conducted by the F.B.I. raised questions about whether the executive branch had violated the constitutional doctrine of separation of powers by carrying out a raid on the official office of a member of Congress.

Senator Bill Frist of Tennessee, the majority leader, said Monday that he had concerns about the constitutionality of the search and was seeking a legal opinion. Representative Nancy Pelosi of California, the minority leader in the House, said that "Justice Department investigations must be conducted in accordance with constitutional protections and historical precedent." Some House Republicans said they were also disturbed by the way the search was handled.

"I think it is really outrageous," said Representative David Dreier, the California Republican who is chairman of the Rules Committee.

The constitutional question aside, some Democrats acknowledged that the headline-grabbing case involving a colleague they know as Jeff had the potential to dilute one of their core political arguments against the Republican majorities in the House and Senate.

No prominent Republican spoke out against Mr. Jefferson on Monday. But Democrats harbored no hope that Mr. Jefferson would not become part of a Republican counterattack against Democratic efforts to portray the Republicans as a party that had lost its ethical bearings.

"There is no doubt that the charges, the conduct of any Democrat, is going to be raised by those who question our attacks on a culture of corruption as a way to divert attention from that," said Representative Lloyd Doggett, Democrat of Texas and a vocal critic of Representative Tom DeLay, the former majority leader.

Mr. DeLay stepped down from his leadership post and announced he would leave Congress after he was indicted in Texas on charges that he had used campaign contributions illegally and came under partisan fire for his ties to Jack Abramoff, the lobbyist who has pleaded guilty in a wide-ranging public corruption inquiry.

Representative Rahm Emanuel of Illinois, the chairman of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said Mr. Jefferson's situation was that of an individual who had yet to be charged formally. The Democratic case against Republicans, he suggested, went to a pattern of trading influence for personal gain within an incestuous world of revolving-door staff members, lobbyists and campaign fund-raisers that Republicans helped establish.

"They are different scales," Mr. Emanuel said. "One is a party outlook and operation; the other is an individual's action. They have institutional corruption."

Even before the case against Mr. Jefferson became public, Republicans were pointing to ethical questions about the activities of another Democrat, Representative Alan B. Mollohan of West Virginia, who is under F.B.I. scrutiny for his personal finances and his efforts to steer millions of dollars to nonprofit organizations that he helped control.

On Monday, Democratic leaders were considering steps to isolate Mr. Jefferson, including the possibility of removing him from his seat on the Ways and Means Committee. Ms. Pelosi had already endorsed the idea of an ethics inquiry against Mr. Jefferson, and one was initiated last week.

Mr. Jefferson said he intended to "continue to represent the people who have sent me here to try to respond to their needs and their issues." He said he expected to seek re-election, though potential challengers were emerging in New Orleans.

Mr. Jefferson also called the search, evidently the first ever executed at an official Congressional office, an intrusion into the separation of powers. But Ms. Pelosi suggested the lawmaker bore some responsibility.

"Members of Congress must obey the law and cooperate fully with any criminal investigation," Ms. Pelosi said in a statement. "If they don't, they will be held accountable."

Late Monday evening, Speaker J. Dennis Hastert issued a statement highly critical of the search.

"Insofar as I am aware, since the founding of our Republic 219 years ago, the Justice Department has never found it necessary to do what it did Saturday night, crossing this separation of powers line, in order to successfully prosecute corruption by members of Congress," Mr. Hastert said, promising to seek a means to restore "the delicate balance of power."

Donald Ritchie, a historian with the Senate, said his office could find no record of a similar search, though the homes and business offices of lawmakers had been searched in the past.

At an unrelated news conference, Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales called the search "unusual steps that were taken in response to an unusual set of circumstances; I'll just say that."

In their affidavit, federal prosecutors said they had adopted special procedures in the raid to minimize the likelihood that any politically sensitive materials unrelated to the inquiry would be seized in paper form or from office computers.

Lawmakers under federal investigation have in the past raised their special status under the Constitution in an effort to thwart charges with mixed results, with prosecutors sometimes narrowing the case in response, though the Supreme Court has also refused to consider such claims.

In 2002, Mr. Jefferson sought to join the House leadership by becoming the chairman of the Democratic campaign committee, citing his fund-raising record. But Ms. Pelosi chose her fellow Californian, Representative Bob Matsui, who died in January 2005, and her relationship with Mr. Jefferson has been somewhat strained since.

Mr. Jefferson's problems were generating wisecracks on Capitol Hill about cold cash and freezing assets. As in the case of Randy Cunningham, a California Republican jailed after a bribery conviction this year, fellow lawmakers also expressed amazement at the purported goings-on.

"If the allegations are true," Mr. Doggett said, referring to Mr. Jefferson, "he has no place here."


"I like this guy. And I admire his guts, and his decency..."

The Bravest President

This guy is good


By Michael Novak

Now when he is at his lowest point yet in the polls is the time for those who love and admire President Bush to say so. Depending on the final success of his already successful campaign to bring the rudiments of democracy to Afghanistan and Iraq, George W. Bush, #43, may go down as a truly great president, who against fierce odds turned the entire Middle East in a new, more democratic, and more creative direction.

But I do not want to argue here the question of his greatness (I have heard voices call him the worst ever) because the question of ranking is above my pay grade and my foresight.

What I do want to argue is that, after Washington and Lincoln, Bush is the bravest of our presidents. He has faced the most intense fire, hatred, contempt, heavily moneyed and bitterly acidic partisan opposition, underhandedness, betrayal, of any president in the last hundred years. He has faced hostility over a longer time, in possibly the most dangerous period of international warfare in our national history. He has remained constant, firm, decided, and generous (to a fault) with his opponents.

He has faced almost unbroken contempt from the academy, from the mainstream press, from Democratic elites, from Moveon and all the other holders of the Democratic-party purse strings, from the Democratic Congress, from his treacherous (if not treasonous) Central Intelligence Agency, and from many levels of the permanent State Department. Almost every day, he has been pummeled and undermined by powerful forces of American power. Still, he has stayed firm, with clear arguments, and an even clearer vision.

On the number-one issue facing the nation—the war declared upon us by fascists who pretend to be religious—he has not wavered, he has not bent, he has stayed on course and true.

In Iraq, civil society, nearly comatose under Saddam Hussein, is today alive and full of vitality. Newspapers and television and magazines are full of diversity and energy, political parties multiply, private associations are functioning by the thousands, most of the country is more secure than some American cities. Iraqi exiles from around the world, far from fleeing, are coming back in droves.

In Paris, France, more cars may have been set on fire this past year than car bombings in Baghdad. In the decade of the Algerian war some time ago there may have been more bombings in France per week than there are now in Iraq. A tiny band of extremists, led by a crafty but crazed Jordanian, are still capable of impressive resourcefulness and ruthless killing, especially within camera reach of the hotels in Baghdad, where the American press is bunkered down. But they represent only a small fringe of Iraqi voters—and of course they loathe democracy with all their writhing intestines.

Despite the depredations, beheadings, and homicide bombings aimed at American public opinion, and especially elite opinion, President Bush has bravely kept his focus on eliminating one by one the dwindling band of terrorists, on the reconstruction of Iraqi civil society, and on the ability of Iraqi parties to broker and bargain and argue themselves into consensus in a political manner.

Whatever American voters may say of him to opinion pollsters—and his polls are now very low indeed—the survival of democracy in Iraq will in the future count as an enormous achievement. Moreover, the exchange in Arab minds of the "big idea" of democracy for the grand illusions of the past (Arab nationalism, Arab socialism, Baathist dictatorship, pan-Arabism), may a generation from now confer on President Bush the unmistakable honor of having been one of those presidents who actually changed the course of history. A president who changed the course of history, yes—and also one who did so against unprecedented opposition at home, bitter and hysterical opposition, even from those who were formerly of the party of democracy, human rights, and international outreach.

It takes more bravery to continue walking calmly through immense hostility at home, than to face down a foreign foe, with a united nation at one's back. This, as I say, is a very brave president.

It may also turn out that, despite currently swirling furies, the president's stout refusal to be merely partisan or to throw red meat to some of his best supporters (he knew as well as anybody what they most wanted now), alongside the five interlinked courses of action he proposed, will have empowered a much more thorough immigration reform than seemed possible even four weeks earlier.

Despite a normal diet of failures and setbacks, common to all presidents, it is also worth counting up his steady, always surprising successes in cutting taxes, in reshaping the Supreme Court, in getting personal Social Security accounts and personal medical accounts on the agenda of public discussion (the first president since Roosevelt to touch the third rail and live to tell of it), and in presiding over the most amazing economy in the world during the past six years.

Polls may be fickle. Notable accomplishments endure, as rock-solid facts. The full record of this president may yet turn out to be as highly ranked as his bravery is bound to be.

If you were in his shoes, would you not prefer the fame of 30 years from now to popularity in your own time? Being popular is neither within one's own control nor, in the larger scheme, a goal worth pursuing. Doing the right thing steadily, as best one can, is.

I like this guy. And I admire his guts, and his decency.


Lagrone Praises “Heroic” Efforts of County Clerks

Lagrone Press Release

BENTONVILLE – (Monday, May 22, 2006)
– During a campaign stop on Monday in Bentonville, Jim Lagrone, the Republican Secretary of State candidate, held a news conference to praise county clerks statewide for their efforts to ensure a smooth Primary Election.

“I have traveled every corner of this state observing the problems faced by county clerks and have to say that if the election runs smoothly tomorrow, it will be specifically due to the heroic efforts of these people – and the voters need to know and appreciate this, because I certainly do,” said Lagrone.

“They have worked an incredible amount of hours trying to overcome the obstacles needlessly thrown in their path by the Secretary of State’s office and ES&S. They’ve overcome problems of equipment memory cards not delivered on time and/or delivered with faulty programming, election ballots not printed and/or printed incorrectly, and repeated failures of the touch-screen machines to work properly, just to name a few.

“I am praising these people for their efforts today,” said Lagrone, “because it has come to my attention that the Secretary of State’s office is contacting county clerks across the state and telling them that I am personally blaming them for the debacle. I have also been told that representatives from ES&S have been calling county clerks and election commissioners and warning them against talking any further to members of the media about the problems before the Primary Election.

“I not only deny the slanderous allegation that I blame county clerks for this debacle, I am appalled that instead of working hard to make sure our Primary Election runs smoothly, the Secretary of State and his buddies at ES&S seem to be working overtime smothering the real truth about what’s going in these elections,” said Lagrone.

“In the past three weeks I have personally visited with 25 county clerks from across the state. At least five of the clerks, including one from Northwest Arkansas, personally told me that the secretary of state told them I am blaming the county clerks for the election problems.


Lagrone/Add One

“Let me make this perfectly clear. I blame no one but Charlie Daniels,” emphasized Lagrone. “He’s had three years to comply with HAVA. To this point, he has spent three million dollars on ES&S machinery and yet tomorrow the majority of our citizens will be voting on a paper ballot – which is the same old way they’ve always done it,” he said.

“The Help America Vote Act (HAVA) was passed by Congress in 2002. Our Secretary of State has had years to bring our state into compliance but he waited until this past November to deal with this issue – and even then selected a company recommended by his political party, versus the company recommended by a committee appointed to make the recommendation.

“Daniels obviously thinks he can cover his tracks by doing what he’s become good at – blaming someone else for his lack of oversight and attention,” emphasizes Lagrone. “In addition, he has yet to tell the state of Arkansas and the voters how much these mistakes are going to cost us.

“When the voting problems first began to surface, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette quoted Daniels as saying that the buck stopped with him. But when it became clear the problem was more than a few machines not working properly, Daniels started blaming ES&S for the problems,” says Lagrone. “And now he’s blaming me. One can only wonder who he’ll blame next.

“This has become more than an election issue with me,” concluded Lagrone. “It’s an integrity issue. We have a Secretary of State who lacks integrity in his professional and campaign dealings. Is it any wonder our system is in disarray?”

Monday, May 22, 2006 

From the inbox...


For Immediate Release
May 22, 2006
Contact: Kathryn Cherry

Issue Advocacy Group Fires Up For

2006 Election Cycle

Statewide 527 Group Communicates Conservative Issues to Voters

Little Rock (May 22, 2006) -- Many political observers have deemed this election cycle a "watershed" election in Arkansas politics. Arkansans are gearing up for a vigorous November election with many important issues at stake. Current issues will affect voters statewide for many years to come and ongoing communication about issues to voters is essential.

Coalition for Arkansas' Future (CFAF) is a grassroots 527 issue advocacy organization focused primarily on promoting conservative issues and executing issue advocacy campaigns at the state and local level. CFAF's primary emphasis will be insuring that voters have relevant facts about conservative issues and candidates.

Kathryn Cherry is the Executive Director of the Coalition for Arkansas' Future. Ms. Cherry is a former Client Executive for Burson-Marsteller, a public relations firm in Dallas, Texas, where she led the Help America Vote Act Voter Education campaign in the state of Texas. In 2004, she served as a field director for the Arkansas Leadership Committee, the coordinated campaign for the Republican Party of Arkansas. Her responsibilities included the 1st Congressional District in which President George W. Bush defeated John Kerry.

Ms. Cherry, said "There are important issues and decisions facing Arkansas voters that are worthy of debate. Our goal is to assist in those conservative issues and running effective issue advocacy campaigns at the state and local levels. We want to help brighten the future of this great state by supporting issues such as protecting private property rights, promoting tax reform for consumers and manufacturers, and making our communities safer by ensuring that criminals are kept in jail."

Cherry continued, "We are truly a grassroots organization that will be taking important issues to voters at the local level. Our goal is to make a difference in this important election cycle."

Dan Rhea, board member from Faulkner County, stated, "Other than actually running for office your self, supporting CFAF is by far the most effective way the average Arkansans can change the political landscape this year."

For more information, please visit our website at . CFAF's website will consist of a blog and the news topics of the day.

Thursday, May 18, 2006 

Lightle and Beebe

Lightle and Beebe

The following organizations contributed $2000 each to Mike Beebe and they are all associated with one Alice Lightle - former Assistant Attorney General for Arkansas (2003).  Alice has worked for Vic Snyder and as a lobbyist for the ACLU.  The Truth thinks this is the same Lightle family as in Lightle of Beebe’s law firm.

If you run a search of the company names on the internet nothing is found.  Are these actual companies or front organizations?  Notice also how all of the companies are registered to the home address of Ms. Lightle.  This is a total of $8000 just for the primary so that means that she is eligible to give another $8000 for the general election.  That is a total of $16,000 from one individual.  Now we see how Mike Beebe is able to out-raise Asa 2-1, by receiving contributions like this from one individual through multiple companies.

Also, Mike is talking about lower gas prices but yet he continues to accept donations from oil companies and special interests groups and votes to raise gas prices.  It is also interesting that an individual that worked for the Mike Beebe is running an “oil company”.   What does this say to the average Arkansan about the man that is representing their interests as Arkansas’ advocate?

Corporation Name CROOM OIL CO., INC.
Fictitious Names N/A
Filing # 100014043 Filing Type For Profit Corporation Filed under Act Dom Bus Corp; 576 of 1965
Status Good Standing Principal Address Reg. Agent ALICE F. LIGHTLE
Agent Address 500 MCDOOLITTLE ROCK, AR 72205
Date Filed 01/16/1956
Officers ALICE F. LIGHTLE , PresidentForeign Name N/A Foreign Address State of Origin N/A

Fictitious Names N/A
Filing # 100119235
Filing Type Limited Partnership Filed under Act Domestic LP; 657 of 1979
Status Good Standing
Principal Address Reg. Agent ALICE LIGHTLEAgent Address 500 MCADOOLITTLE ROCK, AR 72205
Date Filed 02/03/1995
Officers ALICE LIGHTLE , UnknownForeign Name N/A Foreign Address State of Origin N/A

Corporation Name: W. H. LIGHTLE, CORPORATION
Fictitious Names N/A
Filing # 100031187
Filing Type: For Profit Corporation Filed under Act Dom Bus Corp; 576 of 1965
Status: Good Standing
Principal Address Reg. Agent ALICE F. LIGHTLE
Agent Address 500 MCDOOLITTLE ROCK, AR 72205
Date Filed 01/16/1948
Officers ALICE LIGHTLE , PresidentForeign Name N/A Foreign Address State of Origin N/A

Corporation Name GARNER FARM, L.L.C.
Fictitious Names N/A
Filing # 800049630
Filing Type Limited Liability Company Filed under Act Domestic LLC; 1003 of 1993
Status Good Standing
Principal Address Reg. Agent ALICE F. LIGHTLE
Agent Address 101 RIVER RIDGE ROAD (She moved to this address recently)LITTLE ROCK, AR 72227 Date Filed 01/11/2005
Officers ALICE F. LIGHTLE , MemberGARNER FARM, MemberGARNER FARM, MemberGARNER FARM, MemberGARNER FARM, MemberALICE F. LIGHTLE , Tax PreparerForeign Name N/A Foreign Address State of Origin N/A

From the DEMGAZ:

$2,000 - Primary Election GOVERNOR MIKE BEEBE, D Associates Computer Services, Little Rock Associates Investment Leasing LLC, Little Rock Frederick Baron, Dallas, Texas, attorney Bell Farms, Beebe Mary Berry, Little Rock, government relations specialist Big Dux Refuge LLC, Little Rock Merilyn Bogie, Bentonville, homemaker Ted Boswell, Bryant, attorney Elizabeth Bowles, Little Rock, attorney Sam Boyce Sr., Newport, attorney Jack E. Browne, Little Rock, attorney Randall S. Bueter, Roland, attorney John Richard Byrd Sr. Carpenter Law Firm PC, Plano, Texas Chenal Manor LLC, Little Rock Circular Properties LLC, Little Rock Gary Combs, Springdale, contractor Croom Oil Co. Inc., Little Rock Scott Dalrymple, San Antonio, Texas, businessman Claiborne P. Deming, El Dorado, president /CEO, Murphy Oil Corp. Eldridge Food Inc., Gregory Wooten Epes, Little Rock, attorney Chuck Erwin, Little Rock, president, Erwin & Co. Inc. Erwin & Co., Little Rock Jeanne F. Faubion, Little Rock Ronald G. Faubion, Little Rock, chief financial officer, Mandala Services Joel M. Fineburg, Dallas, Texas, attorney John J. Flake, Little Rock, chairman of the board, Flake & Kelley Management Foreclosure Investors Report LLC, Little Rock Corinne Frazer, Newton, Mass., copresident, Countryside PTO Lewis M. Frazer, Newton, Mass., operations manager, Yale Appliances & Light Garner Farms LLC, Little Rock C.C. Gibson III, Monticello, attorney Dennis Gillam, Beebe, business owner /farmer Bennett Glazer, Dallas, Texas, CEO, Glazer Family Companies Mike Glazer, Dallas, Texas, executive vice president, Glazer Wholesale R.L. Glazer, Dallas, Texas, chairman of the board, Glazer Distributing James Gollaher, Searcy, doctor. William Gwatney, Jacksonville, business owner Benny Hargrove, Heber Springs, president, Red River Boating Center LLC Tim Herron, The Woodlands, Texas, attorney Herbert V. Hildebrand, The Woodlands, Texas, attorney Q. Byrum Hurst Jr., Hot Springs, attorney Sandy Jorgensen, Conroe, Texas, paralegal Philip Kanayen, Houston, Texas, attorney Kerry Pennington PA, Warren Leasure Law Firm PA, Little Rock The Lightle LTD Family Partnership, Little Rock Little Ducks LLC, Little Rock David R. Mafone, Little Rock, executive director, Arkansas Teacher Retirement System Stephen Malouf, Dallas, Baron & Budd Mandala Services LLC, Little Rock MAYBECK Inc., Little Rock Jeanne F. McKinstry, Little Rock, retiree. Mid-State Distributing, Searcy Miller Brewing Co., Milwaukee, Wis. Miss Print LLC, Little Rock Ark Monroe III, Little Rock, attorney Robert Madison Murphy, El Dorado, president/CEO, Murphy Oil Corp. Charles Murphy III, Little Rock, executive, Murphy Oil Corp. Millie Nelms, Fayetteville, homemaker OBA International Ideas, Little Rock Carrie Palmer, Little Rock, homemaker Christopher Palmer, Little Rock, attorney Kerry F. Pennington, Warren, doctor Jason D. Pollard, North Little Rock, student. Stephanie L. Pollard, North Little Rock, accountant Printing Paper Inc., Mabelvale Phillip Pulley, Batesville, business owner C.E. Ransom Jr., Searcy, doctor Record Data Inc., Little Rock Regions Financial Corp. Committee on Government Affairs, Birmingham, Ala. Jeffrey H. Reinhart, Monticello, doctor Scott Richburg, Little Rock, engineer Doyle W. Rogers, Batesville, president /CEO, The Doyle Rogers Co. Cary Rossel, Dallas, Texas, Glazer’s Distributing David Sherman, St. Louis, Mo., president, Glazer’s Midwest Sylvia Simon, Monticello, doctor Southwestern Energy Co. PAC, Fayetteville Angel Srygley, Fayetteville, homemaker Statewide Trustee Services LLC, Little Rock Alex G. Streett, Russellville, attorney Barkley J. Stuart, Dallas, Texas, executive vice president, Glazer’s Distributors Trust Deed Reconveyance Specialists LLC, Little Rock W.H. Lightle Corp., Little Rock Erik B. Walker, Houston, Texas, attorney Jimmy Wallace, England, farmer/mayor of England Waters & Kraus, Dallas The Watkins Co., Little Rock. Marcia Watkins, Little Rock, homemaker Richard Watkins, Little Rock, The Watkins Co. Jillian H. Wilson, Little Rock, homemaker Robert M. Wilson III, Little Rock, attorney Robert M. Wilson Jr., Santa Rosa Beach, Fla., retiree The Woodlands, The Woodlands, Texas YELCOT Telephone Co., Mountain Home


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Wednesday, May 17, 2006 

Beebe On Gasoline

Beebe On Gasoline

I draw your attention to a letter in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette last December:

Beebe must investigate
For months, White County, especially Searcy, paid [much] more [for a gallon of gasoline] than was being paid elsewhere. I think the reason for this can be traced to the gasoline suppliers.Multiple thousands of dollars were made by someone, and supply and demand does not offer an adequate explanation. The attorney general, Mike Beebe, is from here. If he is concerned about justice, he should make a thorough investigation of the matter. If he fails to do it, I doubt that he will carry White County when he runs for governor, whoever his opponent may be.I think I speak for hundreds of other White Countians as well.



A few weeks ago Mike Beebe stated on KARN News Radio that the biggest issue that Arkansans were focusing on at the moment is gas prices. Anyone that drives a car has noticed the increase in prices at the fuel pump per gallon on gasoline. Mike Beebe says that he has a record of supporting lower gas prices and promoting alternative fuel sources. The Truth decided to take a look at Mr. Beebe’s record and it seems that it doesn’t shine as brightly as he would like.

Mike Beebe wants Arkansans to think that he is looking out for their best interests but as we have seen recently, Mike Beebe is never concerned with the interests of the Arkansas tax payer. As the release from Republican Party of Arkansas stated, Mike Beebe has consistently voted to increase taxes and spending when given the opportunity. The release claimed that Mike Beebe voted to raise taxes in excess of $10 billion during his tenure in the Arkansas State Senate. Now, the Arkansas Times and others were quick to criticize the Republican Parties figures as “voodoo” math because the figures were calculated from the vote until Mike Beebe left office. The point still remains that when given the opportunity will Mike Beebe support tax increases or tax decreases? Well take a look at his voting record and you will see which way Mike Beebe leans.

How much less would Arkansans be paying at the gas pump if Mike Beebe had not voted to increase taxes on gasoline? I know many of you are going to say that this money went to support good causes and I am not refuting that, but when do you draw a line on spending? Mike why didn’t put forward proposals to cut programs and eliminate wasteful spending instead of always voting to support spending. Mike Beebe spent 20 years in the Arkansas Senate and what has the state of Arkansas received? Well, our taxes are higher our crime rates are higher, and our gas prices are higher. Jason Willett issues press releases accusing Asa Hutchinson of creating the illegal immigration problem but has nothing to say about Entergy Attorney Mike Beebe. Listed below are a few of Mike Beebe’s votes relating to gas prices…look at them for yourself and choose who you want to run Arkansas.

HB460/SB517 of 1985 - An act to levy an additional tax of five cents per gallon on motor fuel and distillate special fuels and to proportionately increase the annual fee for vehicles using liquefied petroleum gas; to prescribe the purposes for which the additional revenues derived from the tax levied herein shall be used. Beebe: “Yes”

  • This was a proposal that raised gasoline taxes by four cents a gallon and diesel fuel taxes by two cents a gallon to raise $ 50 million a year and finance a massive rural road program outlined by the Highway Commission. Clinton vetoed both of these proposals but both the Senate and House overrode the vetoes.

SB96 of 1991 - An act to levy additional taxes on motor fuel, distillate special fuels, and liquefied gas special fuels; to amend Arkansas code §26-55-710 and to amend Arkansas code §26-56-214 to insure that the additional taxes levied by this act are imposed on bonded and unbonded interstate motor fuel users and bonded and unbonded interstate distillate special fuel users; to amend Arkansas code §26-56-304 to combine all current annual fees for and to include in such annual fees imposed on liquefied gas special fuel users a proportionate increase in the annual fees for vehicles using liquefied petroleum gas to approximate the per gallon additional taxes imposed by this act on liquefied gas special fuels; to repeal Arkansas code §§26-56-503 and 26-55-1003; to prescribe the purposes for which the additional revenues derived from the taxes and fees levied herein shall be used; to declare an emergency; and for other purposes. Beebe: “Yes”

  • This bill will raised gasoline taxes by 5 cents a gallon and diesel taxes by 2 cents a gallon.

HB1548 of 1999 – An Act to levy an additional excise tax on motor fuel and an additional tax on distillate special fuel. Beebe: “Yes”

  • HB 1548, which became Act 1028 of 1999, includes raising the tax on diesel fuel from 18.6 cents to 20.6 cents now and to 22.6 cents a year from now. Beginning July 1, the tax on a gallon gasoline would rise 1 cent to 19.6 cents and another penny would be added on July 1 of each of the next two years

HB2372 of 2001 - An act to provide sales and use tax exemptions for the processing of waste into fuel products. Beebe: Not Voting

  • This bill added a new subsection to Arkansas Code 26-52-401 to exempt from sales tax the following items:

(A)Gross receipts or gross proceeds derived from the sale of fuel packaging materials to a person engaged in the business of processing hazardous and non-hazardous waste materials into fuel products at a facility permitted by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality for hazardous waste treatment.
(B) Gross receipts or gross proceeds derived from the sale of machinery and equipment including analytical equipment and chemicals used directly in processing and packaging of hazardous and non-hazardous waste materials into fuel products at a facility permitted by the Arkansas Department of Environmental Quality for hazardous waste treatment.

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