Tagged: 2010

From the Trail, Part 4: Volunteers are Essential

You cannot run a good campaign without good volunteers. It’s impossible. All of the money in the world cannot buy the enthusiasm, passion & commitment that comes from people who are willing to give their time & energy to your cause. With that said, it is very challenging to recruit & retain volunteers. A lot of people will show up for an event if you ask them to. Not many people will show up repeatedly in the heat of an Arkansas summer and work for you. You must be able to retain them.

And you must be more than a good talker to retain volunteers because volunteering for your campaign is more than just physical or emotional labor. When volunteers step out on the streets with your t-shirts & stickers on, they are quite literally placing their reputation & their personal credibility on the line. Therefore, you must be a candidate that is worthy of their trust & support. Sounds obvious enough, but if people do not believe in you, they will not volunteer for your cause.

Given my background as former Chairman of Harding University College Republicans, I had a lot of experience recruiting & retaining manpower that I was able to put to use in my campaign. Most of my volunteers came to more than one campaign event & they worked their tails off. In a city council district of barely 2,000 registered voters, we had 50 volunteers on our team. I am not sure Searcy has ever seen such a force. We could not have gotten as close as we did without them. I am extremely grateful.

If you are considering a run for public office & you don’t think you can organize volunteers yourself, find a Volunteer Coordinator. There is nothing more important to your campaign.

Nicholas Horton is the Editor of The Arkansas Patriot & former Searcy City Council candidate. In his spare time, he volunteers with various political campaigns & writes for The Liberty Bell. Contact Nicholas at arkansaspatriot@gmail.com & follow him on Twitter.

Boozman Opens 29-Point Lead Over Lincoln

Arkansas politicos are buzzing today with news that Congressman John Boozman (AR-3) has opened up a 29-point lead over incumbent Blanche Lincoln in the race for U.S. Senate.

Rasmussen Reports released the numbers this morning, showing Boozman beating Blanche 2-to-1 and winning the independent vote 79% to 15%.

For those of you unfamiliar with political polling, these numbers are staggering & perhaps unprecedented.  Never say never in politics, but it would just about take an act of God to get Lincoln within striking distance. Continue reading

Congressman Assaults Student Reporters

This student video went up early today from Washington.  It features Congressman Bob Etheridge (D-NC) assaulting a student journalist for asking him “Do you support the Obama agenda?”

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The Arkansas Patriot is a conservative organization dedicated to equipping citizens with the truth, insuring transparent government, and encouraging citizens to question their government boldly.  The editor can be reached at arkansaspatriot@gmail.com Follow The Patriot on Twitter and Facebook.

“God Is In This Movement.”

Tonight I was very blessed to attend a private reception with Mr. Herman Cain, keynote speaker for tomorrow’s “Defending The American Dream Summit,” hosted by American’s For Prosperity – Arkansas.

Mr. Cain visited with us individually before making some comments & hosting Q&A.  Below are some of my tweets from tonight, featuring some of his best quotes from his speech [in reverse chronological order].

Herman Cain grew up in a low-income family, living in a south Georgia duplex.  He & his brother slept on cots in the kitchen.  His father was a barber, janitor, & chauffeur, working all three jobs just to get by.  Cain cites his dad’s work ethic & determination as a driving force behind his own success.  “My dad had two goals in life.  The first goal was to own a house.  The second goal was for me to be the CEO in the back of his limousine.”   Herman went on to be CEO of Godfather’s Pizza & Burger King.  He also served as Vice President of Pillsbury.

Cain says the only thing he has failed at in life is retirement–he’s failed three times.  After leaving the business world briefly, Cain is now a popular conservative talk-show host.  According to his comments tonight, he is considering a run for the White House in 2012.

One of the most moving stories that Mr. Cain shared tonight is featured here in this video.  One week ago tonight, Mr. Cain was in Douglas County, Georgia speaking at a TEA Party rally.  Lewis had the last question of the night:

Cain’s story and comments tonight are too inspiring & frankly too powerful to be fully conveyed through an article.  He’s a real example of the American Dream and we are honored to have him in Little Rock with us this weekend.

I will be tweeting my thumbs off from the Summit all day tomorrow.  Follow me at twitter.com/NicholasHHorton for live updates.

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The Arkansas Patriot is a conservative organization dedicated to equipping citizens with the truth, insuring transparent government, and encouraging citizens to question their government boldly.  The editor can be reached at arkansaspatriot@gmail.com Follow The Patriot on Twitter and Facebook.

Searcy Mayor Changes Course, Commends Nutter For Appointments

Carl,

Thank you for your willingness to serve on this A & P Refunding Committee.  When I’ve requested you to serve on Council Committees in the past your schedule seemed to prohibit your participation.  I’m glad to see you could find the time.

I disagree with your statement regarding the city’s unwillingness to listen to citizen input, as the City held a public hearing for that specific purpose, as well as hearing from constituents on an individual basis.

It is refreshing to see that you have willingly included non-City of Searcy residents to be on this committee, knowing that you have resisted similar situations in the past regarding other standing committees of the City.

I am looking forward to hearing the recommendations of the committee when presented to the full Council for their consideration.  I am confident the eight elected city council members will make a fair and reasonable decision whether to accept or deny in full or in part.

If any of the listed individuals you have mentioned decline to serve, I might have some suggestions for inclusion.

Since you are willing to entertain suggestions, I would suggest that the committee meet, as soon as possible, to insure a speedy resolution and the taxpayers can expect to see the refund prior to the close of 2010

Your Mayor,

Mayor Belinda LaForce

blaforce@cityofsearcy.org

City of Searcy

401 West Arch Avenue

Searcy, AR 72143

(501) 268-2483 PH

(501) 279-1050 FAX

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The Arkansas Patriot is a conservative organization dedicated to equipping citizens with the truth, insuring transparent government, and encouraging citizens to question their government boldly.  The editor can be reached at arkansaspatriot@gmail.com Follow The Patriot on Twitter and Facebook.

Boozman Bus Coming to Searcy

Boozman for Senate Bus Tour

John’s Driving for Jobs
May 14th-17th

This Friday-Sunday, John will be taking to the road across the Natural State to promote his plan to bring real, sustainable jobs to Arkansas.  Please join us at the stop nearest you.

You can support my plan online as well. Climb on board the virtual bus. Sign-up here to “ride” the bus and help me promote jobs in Arkansas. Once you sign up, you will receive exclusive updates from the road.

Friday, May 14th

8:00am-8:45am – Rogers
Arkansas World Trade Center
3300 Market Street
Rogers

10:30am-11:15am – Harrison
Crawdad Days Festival
Town Square
Main Street
Harrison

12:30pm-1:15pm — Mountain Home
Veterans Memorial Square
Highway 62
Mountain Home

3:30pm-4:15pm – Batesville
Western Sizzlin
1375 North St. Louis
Batesville

5:30pm-6:15pm – Heber Springs
Heber Springs State Bank
122 West Main Street
Heber Springs

7:00pm-7:45pm – Searcy
Lightle Senior Center
2200 East Moore Ave.
Searcy Ar 72143

Saturday, May 15th

9:00am-9:45am – Cabot
City Annex Building
208 N 1st Street
Cabot

11:00am-11:45am – Conway
Laurel Park at the Gazebo
2215 Prince Street
Conway

1:30pm-2:15pm – Hot Springs
Transportation Depot
100 Broadway Terrace
Hot Springs

3:30pm-4:15pm – Arkadelphia
Hamburger Barn
2813 Pine Street
Arkadelphia

6:00pm-6:45pm – Magnolia
Magnolia Blossom Festival
Downtown Magnolia

Sunday, May 16th

1:30pm-2:15pm – Hot Springs Village
Balboa Pavilion
476 Ponce De Leon Drive
Hot Springs Village

4:00pm-4:45pm – Russellville
Depot Park
320 W. “C” St.
Russellville

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The Arkansas Patriot is a conservative organization dedicated to equipping citizens with the truth, insuring transparent government, and encouraging citizens to question their government boldly.  The editor can be reached at arkansaspatriot@gmail.com Follow The Patriot on Twitter and Facebook.

Arkansas Voter’s Guide

Our country is at a crossroads. What the voters in Arkansas decide between now and May 18 will play a huge role in determining our government’s direction, both at the state and federal level—if only because the candidates you vote for during the primaries could go on to the general election in November.

However, with so many candidates vying for your vote, how are you to decide which ones best represent your values?  Family Council’s non-partisan voter resource for 20 years, The Arkansas Voter’s Guide, can help you cut through the noise by showing you exactly where candidates stand on the issues.

This year, 72% of the candidates with a primary race in Arkansas completed our comprehensive, 13-question survey, which addresses issues like health care reform, abortion, taxes, illegal immigration, and so on.  Go to ArkansasVotersGuide.com to find our online guide or order free copies of our print guide for your church, organization, or family by calling Family Council at 501-375-7000.

I think you’ll find both our online and print guides helpful and easy to navigate, but I’d like to quickly highlight what makes ArkansasVotersGuide.com so valuable: Continue reading