Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Gov. Mike Beebe meets the press on election

Posted By on Wed, Nov 7, 2012 at 11:38 AM

RISE TO THE OCCASION: Gov. Beebe puts hopeful face on Republican takeover.
  • David Goins/Fox 16/via Twitter
  • 'RISE TO THE OCCASION': Gov. Beebe puts hopeful face on Republican takeover.

Gov. Mike Beebe's attempt to govern with a legislative majority belonging to the Republican Party will be interesting to watch.

He talked to press this morning. Saw these tweets:

Arkansas Business' Lance Turner

Mike Beebe expresses confidence that majority of the Legislature will ‘rise to the occasion’ and meet governing responsibilities.

“I knew all along it was going to be close,” Beebe says of state Legislature makeup post-2012

Talk Business' Roby Brock

Beebe says its easier to be in minority; harder to govern as majority. He's confident leadership in #arleg will "rise to occasion."

Beebe says grocery tax cut top priority. Says next week we'll see "progress" on Medicaid shortfall, but still won't close gap totally.

Beebe says both parties have to cooperate or will be punished at polls.

Channel 4's Jonathan Athens

"Arkansans are notoriously independent in their thought process."

I think I could predict that Republicans, particularly those smarting from Beebe-funded attack advertising, might see a little condescension in these remarks. They might expect the vanquished, not them, to "rise to the occasion." I do think a punishing Republican agenda — tax cuts primarily for the wealthy, cuts in government programs, summary dismissal of Beebe initiatives, express train approval of far-right social agenda items — holds the potential for voter backlash in 2014. By then, surely, Obama will mostly be old news in state politics. Surely.

Beebe spun that point and also downplayed the scope of the Tuesday night victory (overlooking, of course, the historic change of legislative control). Again from Roby Brock:

Beebe said Dems can do well in 2014 b/c Obama not on ballot and depending on how legislative session goes...

Beebe said 2012 not a GOP surge. 2010 was in Ark. He sees 2012 as an incremental advance for GOP.

Tags: , , ,

Favorite

Speaking of...

Comments (10)

Showing 1-10 of 10

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-10 of 10

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • An all-star open line

    Here's the Thursday open line and today's video roundup. Also a reminder to check this year's Arkansas Times Academic All-Star Team.
    • Apr 28, 2016
  • Critic asks Highway Department to tell truth: No park in 10-lane freeway plan

    A Little Rock developer and critic of the 10-lane freeway expansion for Interstate 30 says the HIghway Departemnt should make clear a park proposal it featured at a public hearing Tuesday night is only a pipe dream. It won't be part of their project.
    • Apr 28, 2016
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • Cotton makes ad buy to cover his vote against farm bill

    How does Tom Cotton counter criticism of his lone Arkansas vote against the farm bill? Easy. Use President Obama and people on welfare as red herrings.
    • Sep 18, 2014
  • Hot Springs firing range declared a "Muslim free zone" by its owner

    The owner of The Gun Cave Indoor Shooting Range in Hot Springs, Jan Morgan, announced yesterday that she is banning the presence of Muslims in her business. Her reasoning: "Why would I hand guns and ammunition to people whose religion commands them to kill me and my non-muslim patrons?" OK, let's get that lawsuit rolling.
    • Sep 29, 2014
  • The Senate race in Arkansas will come down — duh — to turnout

    The Pryor-Cotton race is very, very close. It's going to be decided by turnout and get-out-the-vote operations. Democrats have long been telling anyone who'll listen that this is their ace in the hole. They believe they have an unusually strong on-the-ground field operation. Of course, Democratic base voters often sit out mid-term elections. That's the big question in 2014 in Arkansas — can the Dems' GOTV machine flip that script?
    • Oct 8, 2014

Most Shared

  • Finalists named in UALR chancellor search

    The University of Arkansas System has announced the three finalists in the search for a successor to Joel Anderson as chancellor of the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.
  • Post found at Parkin at UA for dating

    A portion of a post unearthed last week by Parkin Archeological State Park archeologist Dr. Jeff Mitchem was taken to the University of Arkansas at Fayetteville over the weekend for studies to determine whether it is actually the remains of a cross erected by DeSoto in 1542.
  • The top 20: Segregation of the affluent

    Thomas Edsall writes about the segregation — by education, geography and other markers — of the people in the top fifth of the income scale in the U.S. He quotes from a recent academic research paper:
  • 2016 All-Star nominees

    Here are the students nominated to be Academic All-Stars. They are listed by their hometowns, as indicated by mailing addresses.
  • Low tactics every day: Walmart education

    State Education Commissioner Johnny Key fired Baker Kurrus as Little Rock superintendent last week because he ventured off the reservation when he presented data to the state Board of Education on the damaging impact of charter schools on the district, which the state now runs. Kurrus was questioning proposed expansions of two charter schools already draining easier-to-educate children from the LRSD.

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

Slideshows

 

© 2016 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation