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Saturday, July 26, 2008

'Electric' GOP meet

Posted By on Sat, Jul 26, 2008 at 4:53 PM

The Republican State Convention today was scintillating, said Chair Dennis Milligan. Release on the jump.

I see no mention in the platform of ethics reform -- such as making it illegal to charge lobbyists to meet with Republican legislators, as at a recent GOP conference.

GOP NEWS RELEASE

Little Rock, AR (July 26, 2008) – The Republican Party of Arkansas (RPA) held their biannual State Convention today at the Embassy Suites in Little Rock, AR.  There were over 300 Republican Party members in attendance.  The members heard from various speakers including former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee – speaking on behalf of presumptive Republican Presidential nominee John McCain, Princella Smith – spokeswoman with American Solutions’ “Drill Here, Drill Now, Pay Less” initiative, Jody McAnally – speaking on behalf of Congressman John Boozman, and various Arkansas State Legislators and legislative candidates.

Throughout the convention delegates certified the slate of Republican candidates for office, elected electors to the Electoral College, ratified Arkansas’ State Committeemen and Committeewomen, and ratified the 2008 RPA Platform.  Those certified to the Electoral College are as follows:  Jim Burnett, Reta Hamilton, Governor Mike Huckabee, Phyllis Kincannon, Steve Lux, and Kermit Parks.

Among reaffirming the Republican Party of Arkansas’ support of pro-life legislation, protection of the 2nd Amendment, lowering taxes, and protection of private property rights, convention delegates considered and affirmed the following changes to the to the 2008 RPA Party Platform:  support of a super majority requirement to raise taxes, eliminating the remainder of the sales tax on groceries, greater restrictions on the use of general improvement funds, an increase in the exemption on retirement income from state income tax, reformation of the Grand Jury system that allows voters to petition the Circuit Courts for convening a grand jury, and permitting the Arkansas State Police to be trained in immigration enforcement practices allowed under current Federal law.

“The energy of this convention was electric,” said RPA Chairman Dennis Milligan. “The support for our future President, John McCain, and the support for our legislative candidates is unmatched.  We are looking forward to these last 100 days and getting our message – the message that represents all Arkansans – out.”

For more information on the State Convention please contact Elizabeth Aymond at (501) 766-3660.

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