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Republican Party of Arkansas Launches New Website

Last week, the Republican Party of Arkansas took a huge step forward when it launched its new website.  

While most of the conservative South has embraced the Republican Party, Arkansas has long been a one-party state.  Both of our US Senators and 3 of 4 US Representatives are Democrats, all of our state-wide constitutional officers are Democrats, and our legislature is dominated by Democrats.   In 2006, there were 30% more registered Democrats in the state than Republicans.  It’s long been known that candidates for local office rarely stood a chance of being elected if they ran as Republicans.  But, in spite of all of that, Arkansas’ electoral votes consistently go to Republican candidates for President.  Even in last year’s Democratic landslide, Arkansans voted Republican.

In the past, the RPA has failed to capitalize on Arkansans’ conservative bent.  For most of my life, it seemed they never even tried to break the Democrats’ stranglehold on the state.  But all that may be changing.  The website isn’t all that is new in the state party.  Now, RPA Chairman Doyle Webb is adopting social networking tools such as Facebook, YouTube, Flickr, and Twitter to generate a real grassroots network in the Natural State.  Webb says “We’re working hard in Arkansas by using new technology and good old-fashioned politicking as we move our state from a one-party state to a two-party state.”

How effectively they use these tools is yet to be seen, but the RPA is off to a good start with an attractive, user-friendly site.  Check it out and let us know what you think about www.arkansasgop.org.

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June 2, 2009 - Posted by | GOP | , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. A survey of 800 Arkansas voters conducted on December 15-16, 2008 showed 80% overall support for a national popular vote for President.

    Support was 88% among Democrats, 71% among Republicans, and 79% among independents.

    By age, support was 89% among 18-29 year olds, 76% among 30-45 year olds, 80% among 46-65 year olds, and 80% for those older than 65.

    By gender, support was 88% among women and 71% among men.

    By race, support was 81% among whites (representing 80% of respondents), 80% among African-Americans (representing 16% of respondents), and 68% among Others (representing 4% of respondents).

    see http://www.NationalPopularVote.com

    Comment by mvymvy | June 3, 2009 | Reply

  2. The major shortcoming of the current system of electing the President is that presidential candidates concentrate their attention on a handful of closely divided “battleground” states. 98% of the 2008 campaign events involving a presidential or vice-presidential candidate occurred in just 15 closely divided “battleground” states. Over half (57%) of the events were in just four states (Ohio, Florida, Pennsylvania and Virginia). Similarly, 98% of ad spending took place in these 15 “battleground” states. Similarly, in 2004, candidates concentrated over two-thirds of their money and campaign visits in five states and over 99% of their money in 16 states.
    Two-thirds of the states and people have been merely spectators to the presidential elections. Candidates have no reason to poll, visit, advertise, organize, campaign, or worry about the voter concerns in states where they are safely ahead or hopelessly behind. The reason for this is the winner-take-all rule enacted by 48 states, under which all of a state’s electoral votes are awarded to the candidate who gets the most votes in each separate state.

    Another shortcoming of the current system is that a candidate can win the Presidency without winning the most popular votes nationwide. This has occurred in one of every 14 presidential elections.

    In the past six decades, there have been six presidential elections in which a shift of a relatively small number of votes in one or two states would have elected (and, of course, in 2000, did elect) a presidential candidate who lost the popular vote nationwide.

    Comment by mvymvy | June 3, 2009 | Reply

  3. The National Popular Vote bill would guarantee the Presidency to the candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC).

    Every vote, everywhere, would be politically relevant and equal in presidential elections.

    The bill would take effect only when enacted, in identical form, by states possessing a majority of the electoral votes–that is, enough electoral votes to elect a President (270 of 538). When the bill comes into effect, all the electoral votes from those states would be awarded to the presidential candidate who receives the most popular votes in all 50 states (and DC).

    The Constitution gives every state the power to allocate its electoral votes for president, as well as to change state law on how those votes are awarded.

    The bill is currently endorsed by 1,777 state legislators — 829 sponsors (in 48 states) and an additional 948 legislators who have cast recorded votes in favor of the bill.

    In Gallup polls since 1944, only about 20% of the public has supported the current system of awarding all of a state’s electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the most votes in each separate state (with about 70% opposed and about 10% undecided). The recent Washington Post, Kaiser Family Foundation, and Harvard University poll shows 72% support for direct nationwide election of the President. This national result is similar to recent polls in closely divided battleground states: Colorado– 68%, Iowa –75%, Michigan– 73%, Missouri– 70%, New Hampshire– 69%, Nevada– 72%, New Mexico– 76%, North Carolina– 74%, Ohio– 70%, Pennsylvania — 78%, Virginia — 74%, and Wisconsin — 71%; in smaller states (3 to 5 electoral votes): Delaware –75%, Maine — 71%, Nebraska — 74%, New Hampshire –69%, Nevada — 72%, New Mexico — 76%, Rhode Island — 74%, and Vermont — 75%; in Southern and border states: Arkansas –80%, Kentucky — 80%, Mississippi –77%, Missouri — 70%, North Carolina — 74%, and Virginia — 74%; and in other states polled: California — 70%, Connecticut — 73% , Massachusetts — 73%, New York — 79%, and Washington — 77%.

    The National Popular Vote bill has passed 28 state legislative chambers, in small, medium-small, medium, and large states, including one house in Arkansas, Connecticut, Maine, Michigan, Nevada, New Mexico, North Carolina, and Oregon, and both houses in California, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, Maryland, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Vermont, and Washington. The bill has been enacted by Hawaii, Illinois, New Jersey, Maryland, and Washington. These five states possess 61 electoral votes — 23% of the 270 necessary to bring the law into effect.

    See http://www.NationalPopularVote.com

    Comment by mvymvy | June 3, 2009 | Reply

  4. I have to say I disagree mvymvy. The electoral college is the only thing that makes a small, largely rural state like Arkansas have any impact whatsoever in US presidential elections.

    I am vehemently opposed to diluting our influence by abandoning the current electoral system.

    Comment by John Allison, III | June 5, 2009 | Reply


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