Senate candidate canvasses for ethics signatures | Arkansas Blog

Monday, June 18, 2012

Senate candidate canvasses for ethics signatures

Posted By on Mon, Jun 18, 2012 at 9:50 AM

The ethics news just keeps coming.

Zac White, a Heber Springs Democrat who's running for state Senate, says he'll be hitting courthouses and civic clubs in his district to gather signatures on petitions to put the ethics reform initiative on the ballot.

Maybe his Republican opponent, Sen. Missy Irvin, could round up a posse with Lt. Gov. Mark Darr, Rep. Nate Bell (fresh off a concealed carry permit class) and other foes of stronger ethics laws to trail White and discourage signers — a la the Chamber of Commerce intimidation campaaign against the gas severance tax petitions.

NEWS RELEASE

Heber Springs resident and local state senate candidate William “Zac” White will be petitioning voters to sign the Ethics Reform ballot initiative today at the Stone County Courthouse and tomorrow at the Cleburne County Courthouse. In addition, White will be attending local civic group meetings to also circulate the petition to gather
signatures. After joining the bipartisan effort to place a sweeping ethics reform initiative on the November ballot in Arkansas, White has actively talked to voters all across his north central Arkansas district to raise public
awareness to bring about campaign finance and lobbying reform for elected officials in the state of Arkansas.

“I believe in honest and transparent government, which is why it is important we get this ethics reform bill on the ballot come November,” said White. “I’m proud to be part of a committee comprised of former Senator
Dale Bumpers, former Congressman John Paul Hammerschmidt, and former Lieutenant Governor Bill Halter.”

White was the first announced candidate for state office to be on the committee and to publicly support the ethics reform ballot initiative. He is running to represent the people of State Senate District 18, which includes
nine north-central Arkansas counties: all of Cleburne, Stone and Searcy; south Baxter and Marion; western Fulton and White; east Van Buren; and, northern Faulkner counties.

“If you believe our elected officials should be listening to the people who elected them – not accepting gifts and campaign contributions from special interest groups trying to buy their votes, I ask that you come on down to the county courthouse and sign this petition.”

White is helping lead the statewide effort to obtain roughly 60,000 signatures of registered voters required to put the ethics initiative on the statewide ballot for voters to consider. The group has until the first week of July to gather the necessary signatures.

The ethics reform bill would create greater transparency of campaign finances by banning direct corporate and union contributions to state campaigns; requiring a two-year removal from office before a legislator could become a lobbyist; and, prohibit lobbyists from providing any gifts to legislators.

“We simply want to get ethics reform on the November ballot and let the voters decide whether or not to hold our election officials to a higher standard,” said White. “I decided to run for the State Senate to give the people of north-central Arkansas a voice and to fight for them in Little Rock. Even though I’m only a candidate, I still want to do everything I can to make our state government more transparent and more effective. It’s time for the people to take back their government from lobbyists and special interests, and I’m proud to help lead this bipartisan fight to do just
that.”

Those interested in more information about the ethics reform bill can visit www.betterethics2012.com. White said he will also have information about the initiative on his website www.whiteforsenate.com.

Tags: , , ,

From the ArkTimes store

Favorite

Comments (3)

Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-3 of 3

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

Readers also liked…

  • Super Bowl line

    Over to you.
    • Feb 7, 2016
  • Sabin's subterfuge in the race for mayor has roots in rigged city government

    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reports that an ethics complaint has been filed saying that the exploratory committee Rep. Warwick Sabin created to prepare for a run for Little Rock mayor was a subterfuge to avoid the city ordinance that doesn't allow campaign fundraising to begin until five months before the November 2018 election.Of course it is.
    • Aug 10, 2017
  • In Little Rock, Marco Rubio sells American exceptionalism

    This is Rubio's axiomatic answer to Donald Trump's insistence that he and he alone will Make America Great Again: America is the greatest, always has been.
    • Feb 22, 2016

People who saved…

Most Shared

  • ASU to reap $3.69 million from estate of Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn

    Arkansas State University announced today plans for spending an expected $3.69 million gift in the final distribution of the estate of Jim and Wanda Lee Vaughn, who died in 2013 and 2015 respectively.
  • Bad health care bill, again

    Wait! Postpone tax reform and everything else for a while longer because the Senate is going to try to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act one more time before September ends and while it can do it with the votes of only 50 senators.
  • Sex on campus

    Look, the Great Campus Rape Crisis was mainly hype all along. What Vice President Joe Biden described as an epidemic of sexual violence sweeping American college campuses in 2011 was vastly overstated.
  • The inadequate legacy of Brown

    LRSD continues to abdicate its responsibility to educate poor black students.

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Blogroll

 

© 2017 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation