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Friday, August 7, 2009

Sen. Lincoln waters the lawn UPDATE

Posted By on Fri, Aug 7, 2009 at 2:16 PM

Sen. Blanche Lincoln will nourish political roots next week. She has a busy round of public appearances during the congressional recess. (That is not the same thing as a busy round of appearances open to the general public, however.)

UPDATE: On the jump Paul Barton reports more critical political analysis about Sen. Lincoln. Then her schedule will follow.

By Paul Barton



WASHINGTON – Officials at Public Policy Polling, the firm that caused a stir in Arkansas when it released an early poll showing some possible weakness in Sen. Blanche Lincoln’s political standing, still believe Lincoln could be vulnerable next year.


On their website - - they compare Lincoln to Elizabeth Dole, the former Republican senator from North Carolina who was thought to be in control of her re-election until the bottom dropped out of her campaign last summer.


Many pundits are already speculating about 2010 as a possible bounce back year for the GOP.


“She [Lincoln]  could get caught in a national tide,” Tom Jensen, spokesman for the North Carolina polling firm, said in a telephone interview.  And what would qualify as such a tide? At least 25 House seats and five Senate seats switching to the Republicans, he said.


Lincoln got a 45 percent approval rating when the company polled Arkansas in March. It was considered by many to be a surprising low score for a two-term incumbent.


Since then, “there has been a huge change in the national political landscape since March,” Jensen said, referring to some of President Obama’s shrinking numbers in several polls.


It will be interesting to see how change’s in Obama’s approval correlate with new numbers of Lincoln, he said, adding that the firm will be polling Arkansas again soon, probably sometime in the next month or two.


Anti-Republican feeling in general caused the tide in North Carolina to turn against Dole in July-August 2008. She was ultimately defeated by a Democratic state senator, Kay Hagan.


“The Democrats could have put anybody out there who didn’t make a fool of  themselves and won,” Jensen.


Without naming names, however, the North Carolina pollster acknowledged that some of Lincoln’s prospective GOP opponents in Arkansas “have not passed the-don’t-make-a fool-of-yourself test.”


Washington – U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln will travel across Arkansas next week during Congress’ annual August work period.
“After working to advance health insurance reform in the Senate so that we can lower costs and improve quality of care for all Arkansans, I am looking forward to being home and meeting with my fellow Arkansans,” Arkansas’s senior senator said.  “I continue to hear from constituents concerned about our recovering economy.  Rebuilding our nation’s economy and putting 98,000 jobless Arkansans back to work is my top priority.  It is important to keep in mind that our economic situation was not created overnight, nor will it be solved overnight.  As health care premiums continue to rise for Arkansas’s families and our nation continues to spend one of every six dollars on health care costs, reforming our health insurance system is an essential part of getting our economy back on track.” 
Lincoln will travel the state throughout the annual congressional work period.  The following is Lincoln’s schedule of events around the state for August 11-15:
Tuesday, August 11—Little Rock, Malvern
9:10 a.m., Keynote address, Arkansas State Chamber of Commerce/Associated Industries of Arkansas Seminar, “Connecting Your Business with China.”  Lincoln will join the State Chamber/AIA, Arkansas Economic Development Commission, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Arkansas World Trade Center, and business and community leaders to welcome the Chinese Ambassador to the United States.  Capital Hotel, 111 W. Markham Street, Little Rock.
10:00 a.m., Veterans Health Care Roundtable with U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric Shinseki.  Lincoln will welcome Secretary Shinseki to Arkansas at an event at the John L. McClellan Memorial Veterans Hospital, 4300 West 7th Street, Room 7E101, Little Rock.  The roundtable on veterans’ health care issues and other services will include a telemedicine demonstration and conclude with Q&A.
12:00 p.m., Speak, Lions Club of Malvern.  Western Sizzlin Steak House, 621 Martin Luther King Boulevard, Malvern.
Wednesday, August 12—Little Rock
9:00 a.m., Speak, “Jobs for Arkansas” Business Aviation Forum at Dassault Falcon Jet.  Lincoln will join Governor Beebe, Senator Pryor, Dassault Falcon employees, and other community and business leaders to discuss the importance of Arkansas’s aviation industry. Dassault Falcon Jet Company, 3801 East 10th Street, Little Rock.
Thursday, August 13—Springdale, Hot Springs, Benton, Little Rock
9:30 a.m., Speak, Association of Arkansas Counties.  Northwest Arkansas Holiday Inn & Convention Center, Salons D & E, 1500 South 48th Street, Springdale.
12:00 p.m., Speak, Mental Health Council of Arkansas Conference.  Hot Springs Convention Center, 134 Convention Boulevard, Hot Springs.
2:15 p.m., Saline County Economic Development Meeting.  Lincoln will join Senator Shane Broadway; Eddie Black, Chamber of Commerce Director; Representative Dawn Creekmore; Representative Ann Clemmers; Mayor Rick Holland; Former Representative Lamont Cornwell, Benton Economic Director.  205 East Street, Benton. 
5:30 p.m., Pulaski County Democratic Women, Democratic Party of Arkansas headquarters, 1300 West Capitol Avenue, Little Rock.
Friday, August 14—Little Rock, Pine Bluff
10:15 a.m., Tour, Center for Healing Hearts & Spirits.  The Center for Healing Hearts & Spirits is a project of the Women’s Council on African-American Affairs, Inc.  Its mission is to promote and nurture individuals in areas of education, economic and community development, healthcare issues, public safety and race relations.  The center was created to assist victims of violent crimes and terminal illnesses and their affected families to improve the quality of their economic and social environment, transition back into the workplace and to provide for self-sufficiency.  2416 S. Chester Street, Little Rock.
11:50 a.m., Tour, SEARK College.  Lincoln will tour the campus, including the new library and nursing program, and meet with SEARK board members.  1900 S. Hazel Street, Pine Bluff.
1:30 p.m., Reach Out and Read, Flowers Pediatric Clinic.  Lincoln has been a champion of the Reach Out and Read (ROR) program, which is a national nonprofit organization that promotes early literacy by giving new books to children and advice to parents about the importance of reading aloud in pediatric exam rooms across the nation.  Arkansas is home to 19 ROR sites.  Flowers Pediatric Clinic, 316 W. 5th Avenue, Pine Bluff.
Saturday, August 15—Rogers
4:40 p.m., Featured Speaker, Benton County Democratic Committee Political Rally.  1211 Samaritan House, W. Hudson Road, Rogers.

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