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Arkansas voters deciding not only local races but three Constitutional amendments

Friday, October 29, 2010

Along with voting for their candidates on Nov. 2, Farea Arkansas voters will also be deciding the fate of three proposed Constitutional Amendments.

Proposed Constitutional amendment 1 would amend the Arkansas Constitution to provide for a constitutional right to hunt, fish, trap and harvest wildlife.

Any regulation of this right by the State of Arkansas must be consistent with the promotion of sound wildlife conservation and management practices and Amendment 35 of the Arkansas Constitution. Amendment 35 became effective in 1945 and established the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission (AGFC). If passed, the amendment would not affect any powers of the autonomous AGFC or any common laws or statutes relating to trespass, private property rights, eminent domain, public ownership of property, or firearms unrelated to hunting.

The proposed amendment also establishes that public hunting, fishing and trapping shall be a preferred means of managing and controlling nonthreatened species. Finally, it allows for citizens to use traditional methods for harvesting wildlife.

Twelve states have language in their state constitutions to protect citizens' rights to hunt and/or fish. This year, citizens in three additional states -- Arizona, Tennessee and South Carolina -- will vote on similar rights to hunt and fish initiatives.

Unless a specific date is placed in the language of a ballot initiative, measures put before the voters, if approved, become effective 30 days after the election.

A "FOR" vote means you support changing the Arkansas Constitution to provide residents the right to hunt, fish, trap and harvest wildlife in the state.

An "AGAINST" vote means you do not support changing the Arkansas Constitution to specify a constitutional right for residents to hunt, fish, trap and harvest wildlife in the state.

Proposed Constitutional Amendment 2 would provide constitutional provisions setting the maximum lawful rate of interest on bonds issued by and loans made by or to governmental units are repealed; the maximum lawful rate of interest on loans by federally insured depository institutions shall remain at the rate resulting from the federal preemption effective on March 1, 2009; establishing that the maximum lawful rate of interest on any other loan or contract shall not exceed seventeen percent per annum; authorizing governmental units to issue bonds to finance energy efficiency projects and allowing such bonds to be repaid from any source including general revenues derived from taxes; providing that any federal laws applicable to loans or interest rates are not superseded by the amendment; and repealing Article 19, 13, and the interest rate provisions of Amendment Nos. 30, 38, 62, 65, and 78 of the Arkansas Constitution.

The proposed Amendment would:

* Remove all interest rate caps on bonds issued or loans made by governmental entities in the state of Arkansas;

* Remove state imposed interest rate limits on loans made by FDIC-insured institutions. These institutions are subject to federal regulations which set the maximum rates of interest that may be charged;

* Keep 17 percent as the maximum annual interest rate that may be charged on other loans or contracts, but eliminate the cap of 5 percent above the federal discount rate; and

* Give constitutional authority to all governmental entities in Arkansas to issue energy efficiency project bonds, subject to laws to be adopted by the General Assembly. Real estate transaction in which an owner finances a portion of the contract price.

The proposed amendment, if approved, would go into effect on January 1, 2011.

A "FOR" vote means you favor changing the Arkansas constitution to eliminate all state imposed interest rate restrictions on loans, contracts and bonds (except the 17 percent interest rate cap on non- government and non-FDIC insured loans and contracts) and permit all governmental entities to issue bonds for energy efficiency projects, subject to conditions imposed by the Arkansas General Assembly. Also, the Arkansas General Assembly would have the authority to enact the interest rate limits for governmental debt.

An "AGAINST" vote means you are not in favor of making the proposed changes to the Arkansas constitution.

Proposed Constitutional Amendment 3 would amend Amendment 82 of the constitution of Arkansas to authorize the General Assembly to establish criteria before authorizing the issuance of bonds for prospective employers planning an economic development project.

The Amendment would amend section (d) of Amendment 82 of the Arkansas Constitution to remove limits on the size of economic development projects that could be supported through the issuance of general obligation bonds.

Under Amendment 82, the State of Arkansas can currently only issue bonds for the purpose of providing infrastructure and other needs to attract prospective companies that plan to invest a minimum of $500 million dollars and hire a minimum of 500 new employees.

If passed, this ballot initiative would remove the threshold limits in Amendment 82 required to qualify for receipt of state bond based government support.

It would also empower the Arkansas General Assembly to establish criteria for determining the financing eligibility for economic development.

Unless a specific date is placed in the language of a ballot initiative, measures put before the voters, if approved, become effective 30 days after the election.

A "FOR" vote means you support the removal of language in the Arkansas Constitution that limits the size of economic development projects supported by issuance of economic development bonds.

An "AGAINST" vote means you support keeping the current size restrictions for economic development projects currently specified in Amendment 82.

Moving on to the candidates, in Fulton County, several city's will be electing new mayors. In Mammoth Spring, incumbent Independent candidate Jean Pace is facing Independent Sonny Brown. In Horseshoe Bend, incumbent Independent candidate Robert H. "Bob" Barnes is facing three challengers: Independent James I. Davis, Independent Michelle Muncie and Independent Steven W. Boyer. In the city of Hardy, incumbent Independent candidate Nina A. Thornton is facing off against Independent candidate and local business owner Greg Bess. In Ash Flat, incumbent Independent candidate Danny Traw is running against two other Independent candidates for the post, Kelly Newcom and Jason Hale. Two mayors are running unopposed in the election, Gary Clayton, Mayor of Salem and Lowell "Jackie" Estes, Mayor of Viola.

Two Fulton County Justices of the Peace are facing opponents on Nov. 2, Incumbent JP District 3 Democratic candidate Jim Bicker is facing Independent challenger Gene McBride. Over in JP District 4, incumbent Democrat candidate Michael Barnett is facing Republican candidate Hugh D. Browning.

The following Justices of the Peace are running unopposed in this election: JP Dist. 1, Cris Newberry; JP Dist. 2, Lynn Guffey; JP Dist. 5, Michael Roork; JP Dist. 6, Marjorie Rogers; JP Dist. 7, David Cunningham; JP Dist. 8, Jack Haney; and JP Dist. 9, Jimmy Marler.

Horseshoe Bend will also be voting on Alderman Ward 1 Position 1, with Independent candidate David Seibert facing off against Luther Yancey.

Cherokee Village will be voting on a Recorder/Treasurer position, with incumbent Independent candidate Phyllis J. Endrihs facing off against Independent challenger Lana Hamilton.

Cherokee Village will also be voting on an Alderman, Ward 1 Position 2, with three Independent candidates vying for the post: incumbent Tom Thone, Pamela Rowland and Ron Evance.

In Hardy, voters will determine several Alderman positions. For the Alderman Ward 1 Position 1 seat, they will choose from the following Independent candidates: Melanie Dietsche, Amy Hussung and Greg Jones.

For the Alderman Ward 1 Position 2 seat, they will choose between Independent candidates David Lee Clayton and Margaret Harness.

For the Alderman Ward 2 Position 2 seat, the choice will be between Independent candidates Sherri L. Groves and Louie Seibert.

In Sharp County: For Judge incumbent Democrat Larry Brown faces Republican Phillip Hood.

For Sharp County Sheriff: Democrat Mark Counts goes against Independent James T. "Jim" Estes.

Justice of the Peace District 6: Democrat Bartus Allen and Republican Everett McGurire. District 7: Democrat David Croft; Republican Dave Dougherty and Independents Bart Schulz, Joe Adam, Marvin Cossey and Jimmie Don Kunkel.

For Constable District 1: Democrat Mike Zeiger and Republican Scottie Runsick.

For Constable District 6: Democrat Clint Madison and Independent Dennis L. Black Hawk.

There are also several contested mayoral races in the county. Below is a list of Sharp County cities and those seeking offices in each.

Sidney: Mayor, Justin Davis, there are no candidates for recorder/treasurer. Alderman: Position 1, Wendell Turner; Position 2, Colby Martin; Position 3, Michael Arnold; Position 4, Glen Schoon; and Position 5, Alex Moody.

Williford: Mayor, Glenda Baskin and Wayne Lester; Alderman Position 1, Jimmy D. Russell and Chris Baskin; Position 2, Dereck Couch; Position 3, Leonard Wiles and Linda D. Benson; and Position 4, Ambie D. Lester, and Jessie J. Couch.

Ash Flat: Mayor, Danny Traw, Kelly Newcom and Jason Hale; Alderman Ward 1, Position 1, Jerrell Lesley; Ward 1 Position 2, Thomas A. Rigsby; Ward 2, Position 1, Mary Sue Ross; Ward 2 Position 1, Marty Goodwin; Ward 3, Position 1, Stacy Bratcher; and Ward 3, Position 2, Annete Wolverton.

Cave City: Mayor, Daniel Wilson and Kathy Wooldridge; Alderman, Ward 1, Position 1, Ronald C. Burge; Ward 1, Position 2, Jonas Anderson; Ward 2, Position 1, Ed Turnbough; Ward 2, Position 2, Brandon Mize; Ward 3, Position 1, Richard Hawkins II; Ward 3, Position 2, Paul Wayne Johnson, Ward 4, Position 1, John Abels; Ward 4, Position 2, Dale King.

Cherokee Village: Mayor, Lloyd Hefley; Recorder Treasurer, Phyllis Endrihs and Lana Hamilton; Alderman, Ward 1, Position 1 has no one running; Ward 1, Position 2, Rona Evance, Thomas W. Thone and Pamela Rowland; Ward 2, Position 1 has no contestants; Ward 2, Position 2, Curtis L. Bratcher; Ward 3, Position 1; no contestants; Ward 3, Position 2, Verna Mae Newman; Ward 4, Position 1, no contestants; and Ward 4, Position 2, Gerald "Jerry" Adams.

Evening Shade: Mayor, Richard C. Huff and Martha (Guinnip) Aberholden; Alderman, Ward 1, Position 1, Melinda Kunkel; Ward 1, Position 1, uncontested; Ward 2, Postion 2, Sharon Kunkel; Ward 2, Position 2, Patty Lou Sample; Ward 3, Position 1, uncontested; Ward 3, Position 2, Dwight W. Sharp.

Hardy: Mayor, Nina A. Thornton and Greg Bess; Alderman, Ward 1, Position 1, Melanie Dietche, Gene Jones and Amy Hussung; Ward 1, Position 2, David Lee Clayton and Margaret Hartness; Ward 2, Position 1, Nathan Circle; Ward 2, Position 2, Louie Seibert and Sherri L. Groves; Ward 3, Position 1, Raymond Hicks; Ward 3, Position 2, Sue Taylor.

Highland: Mayor, Richard A. Smith and Clyde L. Fisher; Alderman, Ward 1, Position 1, Mary Jo Clark; Ward 1, Position 2, W.W. Pardue and Lynda L. McGuire; Ward 2, Position 1, Danny Taylor and Russell Truitt; Ward 2, Postion 2, Nathan Ty Casey; Ward 3, Position 1, David M. Harris; Ward 3, Position 2, Joe Black; Ward 4, Position 1, Lawrence H. Allen; Ward 4, Position 2, Jack Kimbrell.

One State Supreme Court Associate Justice, Position 6, will be decided on between Court of Appeals Judge Karen Baker and Judge Tim Fox.

For the hotly contested State Representative District 82 seat, Democrat Robert Hutchison is facing Republican Lori Benedict.

In the State Senate District 10 race, Republican Missy Thomas Irvin is running against State Representative Curren Everett, Democrat.

In other state races, U.S. Senator Blanche Lincoln, Democrat, faces three challengers for her seat: Republican Congressman John Boozman, Independent Trevor Drown, and Green Party candidate John Laney Gray, III.

For the District 1 Congressional seat, voters can choose from Green Party candidate Ken Adler, Democrat Chad Causey and Republican Rick Crawford.

Democratic Governor Mike Beebe faces competition from two challengers: Republican Jim Keet and Green Party candidate Jim Lendall.

In the Lieutenant Governor race, Democratic Senator Shane Broadway is running against Republican Mark Darr.

For Attorney General, Incumbent Democrat Dustin McDaniel is facing Green Party candidate Rebekah Kennedy.

For Secretary of State, Democratic candidate Pat O'Brien is facing Republican Representative Mark Martin.

In the race for State Treasurer, incumbent Democrat Martha Shoffner faces Green Party candidate Bobby Tullis.

For Auditor of State, Democrat Charlie Daniels is running against Green Party candidate Mary Hughes-Willis.

For Commissioner of State Lands, Democrat L.J. Bryant is facing Republican John M. Thurston.

For additional information about the upcoming election, visit the State's election Web site online at www.votenaturally.org.

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If anyone's interested - here's a link to today's (11/29) Arkansas' Secretary of State's report on voter turnout by county:


-- Posted by HDucker on Fri, Oct 29, 2010, at 7:09 PM

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