Progress reported on ethics law signature drive | Arkansas Blog

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Progress reported on ethics law signature drive

Posted By on Thu, Jun 28, 2012 at 6:12 AM

I got a canvassing report last night from Marie Mainard O'Connell, one of the mainstays of the Regnat Populus 2012 committee which is working valiantly on a short deadline to qualify an ethics improvement act for the November ballot. Their volunteer effort is apart from the Better Ethics Now Committee's effort to employ paid canvassers, so the addition of those signatures could make a winning whole.

Following is the Regnat Populus report, with some specifics on where signatures are needed to meet the initiative threshold of a minimum count in at least 15 counties.

EXCERPTS OF EMAIL FROM MARIE MAINARD O'CONNELL

We are so close, and yet so far—we desperately need you to turn in your signatures! We have another Notarizing/Payment/Turn in event this Thurday at 8pm at First Presbyterian Church, 800 Scott Street in Little Rock, when we'll have Terra's professional numbers to add to our own and KNOW exactly what we lack from which counties. It might be a drive for you, but can you come to Thursday's meeting?

I can't overstate it enought: we need your signatures in now. I've had lots of positive reports from the field, but not all of these reports have manifested into signatures in hand. Our physical tally shows that we've already nailed Randolph, Pulaski and Carroll Counties, but that's all we can prove at the moment!

I've REPORTS that we should have Desha Co, but as of this precise moment we're 9 short (horrors)! I've the same concern for Clay Co (reported cleared, but lacking 85 in hand), Faulkner Co (reported clear, but I need 600 to come in from the field), Hot Spring Co (reported clear, but coming in Thursday?), Jefferson Co (reported clear by Terra canvassers, but not confirmed yet), NEWTON and PRARIE (many of you have reported these sigs, but they aren't all yet accounted for—get them in please!). PERRY county, that bear, has all reported, but only 28 turned in. If you've got ANY, even one, signature from these counties, we need them yesterday—because as you can see WE ARE SO,SO CLOSE. Please mail notarized signatures to Regnat Populus P.O. Box 1087, Little Rock AR, 72203 or come by David Couch's office, 2nd floor of the Prospect Building, 1501 N University Ave, Little Rock, 72207.

In our remaining target counties, each need only these amounts:
Arkansas 156 Calhoun 64 Chicot 94
Cleveland 96 Conway 232 Dallas 96
Howard 117 Lafayette 82 Lawrence 114
Lee 118 Lincoln 119 Little River 61
Lonoke 550 Monroe 106 Nevada 96
Washington 1590 Woodruff Co 87
**Where can you go??

We'll know more Thursday, but here are some great events and location to canvass this week:
— TODAY Lady Antelbellum Concert at Verizon arena in North Little Rock, start canvassing surrounding parking at 5pm
— TODAY Movies in the Park at Litte Rock Riverfront Pavilion, start canvassing at 6pm
— 6/28-30 Red, White and Blue Festival in Mountain Home (Baxter Co needs 593 sigs—easy over 4 days)
— 6/29 Freedom Fest in West Memphis (Critenden Co needs 479)
— 6/29-7/1 Arkansas Big Bass Bonanza, Regional Park Pine Bluff (Jefferson Co needs
— 6/29-30 Purple Hull Pea Festival in Emerson (Columbia Co needs 279)
— 6/30 World Championship Annual Tiller Race in Emerson (and it's pretty awesome)
— 6/30 Farmers Markets Saturday: Little Rock Rivermarket, Hillcrest Little Rock, North Little Rock/Argenta, Fayetteville and lots of other places close to you!
— 6/30 Run for Veterans 7:00am, Veterans Memorial Park, Fayetteville
— 6/30-7/1 Little Rock Gun Show at the State Fairgrounds
— 6/30 Buckin in the Ozarks Rodeo, 6pm Fayetteville

** PLUS we just learned that a large number of Flash-Market/CITGO stations have given their permission for us to canvass there!

Tags: , ,


Sign up for the Daily Update email
Favorite

Comments (2)

Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

 
Subscribe to this thread:
Showing 1-2 of 2

Add a comment

More by Max Brantley

  • PS: Casino amendment includes sports betting

    A casino gambling amendment now cleared for the gathering of petitions to qualify for the ballot could bring sports wagering to casinos if approved.
    • May 24, 2018
  • An open line and daily news summary

    Here's the daily roundup of news and comment, plus your opportunity at an open discussion.
    • May 24, 2018
  • Let the debate challenges begin

    Democrat Josh Mahony challenges Thrid District Rep. Steve Womack to a series of debates beforre their November general election contest.
    • May 24, 2018
  • More »

Readers also liked…

  • The inspiring Hillary Clinton

    Hillary Clinton's campaign for president illustrates again the double standard applied to women. Some writers get it. They even find the supposedly unlikable Clinton inspiring.
    • Oct 16, 2016
  • Trump's strangulation of Obamacare

    If he can't kill it outright, Donald Trump will do all he can to cripple Obamacare. Vox has detailed reporting on deep cuts in federal spending that support nonprofit agencies that help people sign up for coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
    • Sep 18, 2017
  • UPDATE: Hutchinson moves to cover himself on cut to War Memorial Stadium

    Gov. Asa Hutchinson apparently felt the burn from KARK's exclusive Tuesday night on his plans to cut state support of War Memorial Stadium in half beginning July 1, 2018. He has a so-far secret plan to make the stadium self-sustaining. We bet that doesn't include state support.
    • Oct 20, 2016

Most Viewed

Most Recent Comments

Slideshows

 

© 2018 Arkansas Times | 201 East Markham, Suite 200, Little Rock, AR 72201
Powered by Foundation