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Friday, April 18, 2008

Political courage test

Posted By on Fri, Apr 18, 2008 at 8:41 AM

Arkansas legislative candidates, and candidates everywhere, are poor examples of the system in which they participate when they won't answer legitimate questions on public policy issues.

And they get away with it.

So here's a plug for candidates to demonstrate a little courage and answer the questionnaire prepared by the voter information effort, Project Vote Smart. It develops surveys for all states and has distributed them to Arkansas legislative and congressional candidates since 1996. Typically, only about one in five candidates responds.

So far this year, a measly four Arkansas legislative candidates have responded to the Vote Smart survey for Arkansas. They still have two weeks to submit answers. So if your candidate isn't Yancey Kyle, Barbara Nix, Tom Raley or Brandon Woodrome, the only respondents so far, tell them to get with it. It's a non-partisan effort. You'll see if you click the link that it covers topics ranging from abortion to taxes.

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