Saturday, August 23, 2014

Today, Asa likes teachers — some of them, anyway

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click to enlarge ASA LIKES THESE TEACHERS: Hutchinson at Capitol today.
  • ASA LIKES THESE TEACHERS: Hutchinson at Capitol today.


Asa Hutchinson
, the Republican candidate for governor, held a news conference at the state Capitol today with a group of teachers who support him. You'll remember that Asa had nasty things to say about teachers when the Arkansas Education Association endorsed Democrat Mike Ross, after Hutchinson had interviewed for the group's endorsement.

The teachers with Asa today are presumably not liberal union goons who put their interests ahead of children, as Asa characterized the thousands of good people in the AEA.

He's going to cut taxes and improve education, Hutchinson said. He noted his wife had been a substitute teacher. He repeated his vow to have a computer science course at every high school. He's also going to work on the teacher insurance problem. No specifics offered. THAT won't be very easy to fix if Hutchinson whacks taxes by $100 million in his first year in office, plus does away with the Medicaid expansion. As yet, he's refused to commit to keeping the tens of millions in federal aid that has helped balance Arkansas's budget thanks to the Obamacare Medicaid expansion.r next paycheck is going or if they can afford reliable health care.”

Teachers Kayla Davidson of Jonesboro and Cindy Allen of Fort Smith were named co-chairs of "Teachers for Asa."

The Democratic Party responded to the media event:

"Congressman Hutchinson still hasn't apologized to Arkansas teachers when he insulted them after seeking their endorsement and not getting it - and he still owes them an apology today. Teachers endorsed Mike Ross because he's running to be the 'Education Governor' and because Congressman Hutchinson has called increasing access to pre-k the ‘wrong direction’ for Arkansas, voted to cut college aid when he was in Congress and even proposed watering down academic standards in Arkansas. Arkansans know they can’t trust Congressman Hutchinson to improve education in order to create good-paying jobs of the
future."

THESE NOT SO MUCH: Mike Ross with AEA member teachers at earlier endorsement.
  • THESE NOT SO MUCH: Mike Ross with AEA member teachers at earlier endorsement.

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