Saturday, November 04, 2006


Ethics Complaint Filed Against Daniels

A last minute ethics complaint has been filed against Charlie Daniels in his race for re-election to the Secretary of State's office. Mary Mann, campaign manager for Jim Lagrone, filed the ethics complaint after hearing some suspicious commercial spots in Fayetteville. A little research and she knew something was amiss.

She sent out a message to everyone on the Jim Lagrone mailing list, informing them of the action. Below is a copy of the complaint she filed with the ethics commission.

Statement of Complain Against Charlie Daniels Filed with the Arkansas Ethics

Commission 11/3/06

On Friday, Oct. 27, 2006 at approximately 11:20 a.m. I heard a 30 second (HAVA) radio spot run on KFAY-AM radio in Fayetteville. It was immediately followed by a 30 second Charlie Daniels campaign spot. As an experienced campaign media buyer I knew that this specific station only sells radio spots in 60 second increments of time. No 30 second spots are available. I was immediately curious as to how a HAVA spot (non-political in nature) that touts the benefits by a disabled man of voting on the new electronic voting machines, could possibly run together with a campaign spot promoting the re-election of Charlie Daniels as Secretary of State.

I called my sales rep at that station and asked how those spots could run together. After investigating, she called back to say that "spot" was sent as a 60 second "package"from ARN radio in Little Rock. I then called a contact at ARN who investigated and called back to say he was told that it was a coincidence the spots ran together. This didn't make sense, as I knew that could not be the case and my sales rep said the spots were ordered together as a package.

I did find out that the spots were paid for separately. The HAVA spots were purchased by a media firm in Little Rock and Charlie Daniels' spots were paid for by a media firm in Georgia. At that point, I let the issue drop because ARN kept insisting it was a "coincidence"and I had no proof otherwise. They also insisted that the Oct. 27th play was the only time those two spots ran together.

On Thursday, Nov. 2 at 3:30 p.m. I heard the same exact two spots run again on KFAY as one 60 second package. I called my sales rep again, who said she had a log order (see attached) that instructed these spots to always run together in a 60 second package. I called ARN again. My contact talked with the production manager at ARN, who told him the two 30 second spots were produced and sent to ARN as one 60 second spot and ordered to always run together as one 60 second spot.

My complaint is that Charlie Daniels is using his position as Secretary of State, and his control over HAVA funds, to deliberately violate Statute 21-8-304 Sec. 3 and Statute 7-1-103.Byec 3. By using the commercials - which are non-political and paid for with government HAVA funds - to positively influence voters in his favor.

These 60 second radio spots have been running statewide through the ARN network for over 10 days and have provided him a distinctly unfair advantage in this race. He should not be able to use his position as Secretary of State, and someone who has access to HAVA funds, to influence the outcome of this election.

Daniels has had a history of ethics complaints filed against him for one thing or another - hiring family, deciding on ES&S over a company that was recommended by his own committee, etc. This time it appears to be something that will stick. This is a flagrant violation of campaign ethics. Let's make sure that he is not in office when the Ethics Commission finally gets around to ruling on this matter.

Thursday, November 02, 2006


Avoid the Bad Weather - Vote Now

Has anyone looked at the weather predictions for Arkansas on election day? I know with all of the political info to peruse and our daily lives, weather is kind of wake up and look. However, it is looking more and more like it will be raining on Tuesday - at least in western and northwestern Arkansas.

For that reason, everyone who hasn't already, GO VOTE NOW!!!

Republicans have traditionally voted heavier in the early voting time period than Democrats. This year, if we increase or lead in that area, then we can shoot for broke on Tuesday. Democrat turnout is lower on election days when it is raining. Combine those two facts with having outstanding statewide candidates = Republican sweep.

So, grab a friend, a family member, or any other like-minded Republican and go vote Friday or Saturday. It will be raining Monday and Tuesday, so don't take a chance.

Also, voter turnout is expected to be at an all time high. For that reason, the voting schedule has been changed. Republicans are to vote on Tuesday. Democrats are instructed to show up to vote bright and early Wednesday morning.

Monday, October 30, 2006


On Stem Cell Research

The fiasco over Michael J. Fox's appeal for support in Missouri for stem cell research has largely been misrepresented in the media. To read the reports, Republican are opposed to stem cell research and the Democrats are in support.

Nothing could be farther from the truth.

The liberal left and their willing accomplices from Pravda have disingenuous posed the argument of "for and agin" when it should focus on the different types of research.

What most conservatives oppose would be government sponsored embryonic stem cell research. Two words to focus on there are "government" and "embryonic."

There is a whole world of research involving stem cells that are sponsored by government grants which do not involve embryos. No citizen should be forced to pay for something such as embryonic stem cell research when they find it morally and religiously reprehensible. That is just what government sponsorship does.

I find it myopic and selfish for Mr. Fox, or anyone else for that matter, to ask me to pay for something that I believe involves the murder of one innocent human being for the sake of other equally innocent human beings.

This is not to say that I would be opposed to privately funded embryonic stem cell research. In that case, I can personally boycott the individual or business that contributes. They are not forcing me to pay for something I oppose and they have the option to continue their funding if their business is not weakened by my individual boycott.


State Treasurer Race

In case you were wondering who was running for State Treasurer, here is an article from the Arkansas News Bureau on the treasurer race.
Martha ShoffnerFormer lawmaker, gubernatorial aide vie for treasurer's office
Sunday, Oct 29, 2006
By James Jefferson
Arkansas News Bureau LITTLE ROCK -
Martha Shoffner says she's driven more than 70,000 miles crisscrossing the state, and the campaign day is just beginning when the regular workday ends for Chris Morris - the candidates trying to persuade Arkansans they can be trusted with state money as treasurer.
Democrat Shoffner, a former three-term state legislator, and Republican Morris, an aide to Gov. Mike Huckabee seeking his first elected office, face off in the Nov. 7 general election for the open seat being vacated by retiring Treasurer Gus Wingfield.
Shoffner defeated Mac Campbell in the May Democratic primary. Morris signed up to run for the office on the last day of the filing period and did not draw a primary opponent.
The state treasurer's office receives most state funds and accounts for all money received and disbursed for more than 400 state accounts representing the fund equities of more than 200 state agencies. It disburses funds by redeeming warrants drawn on the state treasury.
The office serves as custodian and safekeeping agent for a dozen state systems with an average balance of more than $600 million. It manages and invests cash funds, and distributes county and municipal aid averaging $191 million annually.
Both candidates said they would work closely with the state's banking community to distribute state fund deposits fairly while getting the best possible rate of return.
Both said they would not practice nepotism in office. Wingfield drew criticism for hiring and promoting relatives in office.
A real estate agent, Shoffner, 61, of Newport, worked in the state auditor's office prior to her election to the state House of Representatives in 1994 and ran unsuccessfully for auditor in 2002 after serving six years in the Legislature.
She said she wants to use her state government experience - she served on the Joint Budget Committee and the Joint Committee on Public Retirement and Social Security Programs - to run an office that essentially is the state bank. Not having banking experience is not an issue, she said.
"I know the system and I love the political process," Shoffner said. "I'll go in with knowledge of state government and how it works. It's very important knowing the government experience."
Morris, 34, of Little Rock, says it's time for changes in statewide office. If elected, he would be the youngest of the state constitutional officers and the first black statewide officeholder since Reconstruction.
He is a 1996 graduate of Philander Smith College in Little Rock with a bachelor's degree in political science.
"I will bring a fresh face, new ideas, diversity to the table," he said.
He has maintained his full-time job, working 8 a.m.-5 p.m. as adviser to Huckabee on boards and commissions, executive clemency, extraditions and constituency services.
"After 5, I'm on the road campaigning. Weekends I'm hitting it pretty hard," Morris said. "I'm traveling the state, attending meetings, whether its a Lincoln Day dinner or speaking engagement, putting signs out. I'm intimate with my relationships. I'm not making a phone call to say 'do it,' I'm doing it myself.
"In heavily black districts, primarily in eastern Arkansas, Morris supporters have distributed leaflets criticizing Shoffner's legislative voting record on minority issues, including her "present" vote on 2001 legislation to establish the Daisy Gatson Bates Holiday Committee in honor of the late civil rights leader who was mentor to nine black students who integrated Little Rock Central High School in 1957.
Besides their constitutional duties, both candidates said they would be advocates as state officers. Shoffner said she would champion women's issues. Morris said he would promote a program to encourage home ownership.
NAME: Chris Morris
AGE: 34.
Born in Little Rock on Dec. 27, 1971
HOMETOWN: Little Rock
OCCUPATION: Advisor to Gov. Mike Huckabee on boards and commissions, executive clemency, extraditions and constituency services.
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree in political science from Philander Smith College.
POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Adviser to Gov. Mike Huckabee on boards and commissions, executive clemency, extraditions and constituency services.
FAMILY: Single
NAME: Martha Anne Shoffner
AGE: 62.
Born in Weldon (Jackson County) on July 10, 1944
OCCUPATION: Real estate agent.
EDUCATION: Attended Memphis State University, Arkansas State University
POLITICAL EXPERIENCE: Three terms in state House of Representatives, 1997-2003.
FAMILY: Single

Copyright © Arkansas News Bureau, 2003 - 2006

Sunday, October 29, 2006


Just For Kicks And Grins - Write-In

I voted the other day. In Sebastian County, it looks like it may be a decent turnout for a mid-term election if the early voting is any indication.

Something I noticed - I probably should have thought about this a few months back, like in mid-March - is that there are no Republicans running for Land Commissioner this year. So, I started thinking. Why not start a write-in campaign at the last minute.

I know it sounds stupid to start something this late in the game, but what the heck. Our only choice is between someone beholden to the leftwing tree huggers or a real leftwing tree hugger. Either way we are screwed.

When you go in to vote, carry a little scrap of paper with my name on it - Steve Friery. Check the ballot to make sure you can write in someone's name in the Land Commissioner position. If not, ask the people running the voting station how to do a write-in. Hey, that's part of their job description anyway. Put my name in the write-in location for Land Commissioner.

Let's at least have some fun with this position. Who knows, we might get more write-ins than the Green Party gets votes.

Now would that be something?

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