Tagged: Americans For Prosperity

Video: Breitbart At His Best

If you’ve been wondering why there’s been such an outpouring of support from the conservative movement since the passing of Andrew Breitbart on Thursday morning, you need look no further.  The following video is truly Breitbart at his best.  I can think of no better summation of his life & work:

Nic Horton

‘Net Neutrality’ Senate Vote Scheduled for Thursday

While in DC last week for AFP’s Defending the American Dream Summit, I was privileged to be able to have lunch with some leaders in the conservative movement from across the country, including Mr. Seton Motely who you will see in the video below.  He briefed our group of bloggers about the upcoming legislation, SJR 6, regarding ‘net neutrality.’  This bill in the Senate would stop the power grab by the FCC over the internet.

Today we find out that SJR 6 will be up for a vote this Thursday.  As explained in the video very brilliantly by Phil Kerpen of AFP, this is a real test of whether or not we will continue to have a representative government in this country.

Here is a great synopsis of what’s at stake:

 

With the Senate currently split 51-47, favoring a Democrat majority, Motley feels that the 47 Republicans will stand firmly for this bill.  That means we only need 4 Democrat Senators to stand up with them.  Arkansans, don’t you think the blossoming conservative Senator Mark Pryor is an excellent choice?

For more information on SJR 6 or to contact Senator Pryor, visit this website.

You can also phone his DC office directly at (202) 224-2353 or his Little Rock office at (501) 324-6336.

Tell Senator Pryor to stand with Arkansans and keep the federal government’s hands off of our internet.  Remind him that Arkansas comes first.

Nic Horton

Three Positive Proposals for Searcy’s Tax Ordinance

As promised, here is a verbatim copy of my email that I just sent off to the Searcy mayor & city council:

“Mr. Mayor,

I enjoyed our visit yesterday about funding options for the bypass project.  My hope is that the council will comb through the budget & put together a plan that will find the necessary $3 million over the next 3 years’ budgets.  I do not recall the city ever passing on a $500,000 or $1 million firetruck whenever it has been proposed suddenly.  My point is, they always seem to find the money when they really want to.  So I tend to think that the city could find $3 million for this bypass project over the next 3 years and present that plan to the highway commission before years end.

But I am also realistic and I realize that, given the public comments made by the majority of the council, the council intends to pass a tax tonight.  While I still think this is an unconscionable time to consider raising taxes, it seems inevitable, so I appreciate your desire, Mr. Mayor, to make the proposal as amicable to everyone as possible.

Here is what I would like to see in a tax proposal:

  • Sunrise & Sunset.  I know the council has promised to sunset the tax–I hope this will be a real sunset, an automatic sunset in the language of the ordinance–but I additionally propose a sunrise clause.  Under this plan, the council would pass the tax and place the issue at a special election this year, but the tax would not go into effect until January 2013.  This would give the economy more time to improve and it would show that the council is sensitive to the real economic pain that people are feeling right now.  It will also give the highway commission the commitment they are asking for now.

I know when we spoke yesterday, Mr. Mayor, there was some question about whether or not this sunrise concept could be implemented without violating state law.

According to 26-75-207, Section D, which covers rules for municipal sales & use taxes for capital improvements, the tax can be implemented in this way:

“(2) The effective date of the ordinance or petition delayed under subdivision (d)(1) of this section shall:

      (A) Be scheduled on the first day of the first month of a calendar quarter; and

      (B) Not be delayed for more than thirty-six (36) months after the date the ordinance or petition would be effective under § 26-75-209(1)(D)(ii).

      A.C.A. § 26-75-207

The full text can be read here: http://law.justia.com/codes/arkansas/2010/title-26/subtitle-6/chapter-75/subchapter-2/26-75-207/

I assume the tax that is forthcoming will be a sales & use tax for capital improvement, rather than a general sales tax, since this tax is for the purposes of capital improvements.  If the council is serious about using the money only for infrastructure, this capital improvement structure is more than suitable and will allow for delayed implementation of the tax.  I think this sound policy that will allow the economy more time to recover but also show the highway commission the ‘commitment’ they are asking for.

  • Take only what you need.  I do think that, politically, it would be best served for the council to ask for the $3 million for the bypass now and come back and ask for the additional money for the arterial roads later, but this seems to be off the table and I expect the council will ask for the full amount now.  In that case, I do not expect to see a proposal that is projected to bring in more than $6-$8 million, more than enough for the arterial improvements.
  • Earmark every penny.  When I say every penny, I mean all of them.  The council should be more than willing to put together a plan that prioritizes how the money should be spent.  Main street should be first, then Davis drive.  Excess money at that point should be used for sidewalks down these streets.  If those projects are completed, other roads which touch the bypass should be improved.  Not Country Club Road or Golf Course Drive–only roads that are truly arteries to the bypass.  All of this should be spelled out specifically in the ordinance, including street names and sequential order of construction, so there is no confusion or Searcy voters can be assured that the money will be spent in the right way.

I also dislike & distrust this entire idea of ‘special elections.’  I think they are a misuse of taxpayer money and usually a backdoor into something that the people do not like.  However, I can see that the highway department has convinced the city that this is an urgent issue that ‘must be addressed now.’  While I still disagree and that idea contradicts other public comments that the highway commission has made, I will concede that point for now.

I am sure this email comes as quite a surprise to some of the council members who think I am “against everything” or that I “hate Searcy, hate progress.”  Nothing could be further from the truth.  What I desire is real progress, and real progress requires transparency & openness with the voters.  I know you agree, Mr. Mayor, and I can see that you have already taken steps to make the city more responsive to the people.  I hope the council will follow your lead & enact my 3 proposals that I have mentioned here.  If they do, they will not only get this tax, but they can begin to repair the large breach of trust that has formed over the last several years between the people and their government–a breach that truly is keeping us from real progress.

Thank you for your time.  I look forward to seeing you tonight at the meeting.

Sincerely,

Nicholas Horton”

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. Contact The Patriot at arkansaspatriot@gmail.com

CutCapBalancePledge.com

A multitude of grassroots organizations have come together to form “CutCapBalancePledge.com.”  Sponsors include Americans For Prosperity, Club for Growth, Campaign for Liberty, & the American Family Association.

The citizen’s pledge reads as follows:

I pledge to urge my Senators and Member of the House of Representatives to oppose any debt limit increase unless all three of the following conditions have been met:

  1. Cut – Substantial cuts in spending that will reduce the deficit next year and thereafter.
  2. Cap – Enforceable spending caps that will put federal spending on a path to a balanced budget.
  3. Balance – Congressional passage of a Balanced Budget Amendment to the U.S. Constitution — but only if it includes both a spending limitation and a super-majority for raising taxes, in addition to balancing revenues and expenses.

The pledge is being championed by Senator Jim Demint (R-SC).  On The Glenn Beck Radio Show yesterday, Demint touted the pledge as being vitally important to the future of America.  When asked if he could support a presidential candidate who did not sign the pledge, Demint said no.  “If they don’t like pledges, then they don’t want my support.”

You can sign the pledge here.

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.  Contact The Patriot at arkansaspatriot@gmail.com 

 

Reason TV is Defending the American Dream

Today at the Americans For Prosperity “Defending the American Dream Summit,” contributor Josh Mesker & I attended the “Cool Content for Conservatives” session hosted by Reason TV.  They’re a libertarian group based in California who works closely with Drew Carey to produce some great political satire videos.

Here are a few of my favorite vids from today’s session.

And my favorite:

Patriot Contributors Heading to Nation’s Capitol

This weekend, contributing author Josh Mesker & I will be traveling to Washington D.C. for the 4th Annual Defending the American Dream Summit on Thursday & Friday.  On Saturday, we will attend Glenn Beck’s 8/28 “Restoring Honor” Rally.

This trip will be a once-in-a-lifetime experience for both of us & we want to share it with you.  We will both be tweeting & blogging throughout the trip.

Follow Josh.

Follow me.

And of course, stay tuned to The Arkansas Patriot for updates.

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Nicholas Horton is the Editor of The Arkansas Patriot and a candidate for Searcy City Council in Ward 1.  Contact Nicholas at horton4searcy@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter.

Americans For Prosperity Responds to Obama Attack


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