Find out more →

Get unlimited access. Become a digital member!

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Linda Tyler goes head-on against opponent

Posted By on Tue, Oct 16, 2012 at 8:33 AM

Rep. Linda Tyler of Conway, in one of the year's hottest state Senate races, is going head-to-head against opponent Jason Rapert, the extremist Republican who moved his address to Conway from Bigelow to better make the race in a redrawn district (not to change districts as I originally wrote). Head-on is the only way. He and the Koch Bros and other "independent" groups have been savaging Tyler, generally dishonestly.

It is one of those "clear choice" races. Its outcome might well serve as the defining illustration of whether Arkansas voters continue to prefer a middle-of-the-road or extremist right-wing approach to governance.

TYLER NEWS RELEASE

CONWAY, ARKANSAS — Representative Linda Tyler launched a new television ad starting this week called “Which Way.” The ad presents the clear choice between a vote for Linda Tyler and a vote for her opponent, Jason Rapert.

The ad highlights Tyler’s record of leadership in the Arkansas House of Representatives working alongside Governor Mike Beebe.

Tyler has voted to cut taxes, including continuing the grocery tax cut. She voted for balanced budgets every year, making Arkansas one of only four states to begin the last three years with no deficits and balanced budgets. Tyler has supported efforts that have created 27,000 new jobs, including the Governor’s Quick Action Closing Fund, which helped attract HP to Conway. She also has championed legislation to improve our public schools, now ranked fifth in the nation by Education Week.

“I am proud of my record in the Arkansas House, working with Governor Beebe to keep Arkansas on the right path,” Tyler said. “Conway, and surrounding areas, have seen tremendous growth in recent years because this is a great place to live and because we have put policies in place that have made this a more attractive place to start and grow a business and raise a family.”

Despite attempts to cover up his record, Jason Rapert has served as an obstacle to Governor Beebe, standing against Beebe’s priorities.

In 2012, Rapert voted against Beebe’s balanced budget,1 a vote that would have denied funding to public schools, colleges like the University of Central Arkansas, the state Economic Development Commission and other important priorities, had legislators like Linda Tyler not succeeded in passing the balanced budget.

Rapert was no where to be found when a bureaucratic rule change threatened to saddle Conway High School with a $500,000 bill for job-training programs currently offered to students.

Linda Tyler successfully fought against the rule change, saving this important program for Conway students.

Rapert has benefited from advertisements and mailings, many of which have falsely attacked Tyler’s record, paid for by out-of-state special interest groups with little connection to Arkansas besides paid operatives.2

“There is a clear choice in this election, and our new commercial presents that case very clearly,” said Tyler.

Tags: , ,

Favorite

Speaking of Linda Tyler, Jason Rapert

Comments (3)

Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • Suspect identified in Texas shooting at Muhammad cartoon contest

    Dallas Morning News has comprehensive coverage on the shooting of two men outside a Muhammad cartoon contest held in a Garland, Texas, public school building. The FBI reportedly has confirmed that one of the men killed was Elton Simpson of Arizona, who'd previously been investigated for terrorism ties.
    • May 4, 2015
  • Piranha caught in Lake Bentonville; not to worry

    A piranha was caught last week in Lake Bentonville, KATV reports, but a state Game and Fish Commission spokesman says it's no cause for alarm.
    • May 4, 2015
  • More »

Most Shared

  • Clinton rules return

    As a professional matter, I've been halfway dreading Hillary Clinton's presidential candidacy. The 2016 Democratic nomination appears to be hers for the asking. Democrats enjoy a strong Electoral College advantage. And yet it's hard to imagine how she can overcome the unrelenting hostility of the Washington media clique.
  • Gene Lyons gets to the heart of 'Clinton Cash'

    Gene Lyons gets to the heart of the "Clinton cash" so-called scandal, a Whitewater-style investigation so far that has been long on innuendo but short on damning facts.
  • Bass Pro opens megastore in Memphis' Pyramid

    Brass Pro Shops opened a new megastore and hotel today in the former Pyramid arena in Memphis. Kat Robinson and Grav Weldon are providing photo coverage.
  • Asa's talk is cheap

    Asa Hutchinson seems so much nicer about his belief in legal discrimination. But the result is more dangerous. You can be falsely lulled, as the national press has been, into believing Hutchinson is a moderate.
  • Christian soldier

    When he announces next week that he is again running for president, Mike Huckabee will tap into one of the world's great traditions of political combat: religious fear.

Most Viewed

  • State Board of Education to hold special meeting tomorrow concerning LRSD waiver

    Something's up. This afternoon, the State Board of Education announced a special meeting at 2 p.m. tomorrow (Tuesday, May 5). The lone agenda item concerns a request for waiver of state law regarding the Little Rock School District
  • City steps up police presence in Centennial Park

    The Little Rock Police Department has assigned an extra patrol to the Centennial Park area after a complaint by a property owner got Mayor Mark Stodola's attention. Paul Dodds, who lives on West 17th Street and Park and whose company Urban Frontier LLC has fixed up 10 properties for sale and rent and owns several more, emailed Stodola, the city board of directors and the police chief on Sunday. Stodola today directed City Manager Bruce Moore to increase "directed patrols" in the park area and "have Entergy light this place up like it is daytime. With summer break upon us we need to stifle this activity before it gets worse."
  • Cotton's tactics on Iran bill backfire

    Sen. Tom Cotton's unforced error ends up sinking GOP strategy on Iran bill. Cotton apparently getting comfortable with the idea of being Ted Cruz 2.0.
  • The slow Monday open line and video

    Here's an open line.
  • An Arkie in Miami: Scottie Pippen real estate in headlines

    A Sunday morning open line from Miami Beach, along with a report on Scottie Pippen's difficulty in selling his Fort Lauderdale mansion.

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2015 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation