ATTENTION BASHERS, Just for the record, Huckabee record in Arkansas mostly praised

“…55 percent of Arkansas voters last year said they still liked Huckabee — 10 years after he first took office.”

The truth is that Mike Huckabee encourages everyone to look at his record, while Mitt Romney hopes everyone can forget all about his – that’s the basis for the relentless misleading attacks, otherwise people may actually inspect his record and ask “what in the world is this guy doing running as a Republican?” 

Now for the article….. 

By Mike Madden (text highlights are my own)
Gannett News Service

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. — Mike Huckabee may have been an unknown commodity to most of the country until a few weeks ago, but not here.

As governor for more than 10 years, Huckabee kept a high profile in Arkansas, whether he was pushing for highway improvements or exhorting his fellow citizens to lose weight. As lieutenant governor, the Republican Huckabee moved up in July 1996, when Democratic Gov. Jim Guy Tucker resigned after a fraud conviction. Huckabee then won two terms of his own.

 

He left the statehouse in January and started what looked like a long-shot presidential campaign. Now, propelled by support from evangelical Christians in Iowa, Huckabee leads polls there and is second to former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani in most national surveys.

For those who knew him here, Huckabee’s sudden rise in the GOP presidential campaign mirrored his career in Arkansas politics, where he blended social conservatism with economic populism and used his quick wit and roots as a Southern Baptist preacher to win over voters.

“The fact is that he placed himself squarely where most Arkansans are,” said Janine Parry, a political science professor at the University of Arkansas, who runs the school’s Arkansas Poll.

Parry noted that 55 percent of Arkansas voters last year said they still liked Huckabee — 10 years after he first took office.

“(That’s) pretty respectable, especially for anyone who’s served more than six to eight years in public life,” Perry said.

On the campaign trail, Huckabee, 52, talks frequently and proudly about his accomplishments here — how he pushed for badly needed improvements to the state’s highway and road infrastructure; how he expanded ARKids First, the state’s health insurance program for children in poor and working-class families; how he championed school reforms that consolidated some rural districts, though he disagreed with the Democratic Legislature over the final shape of that plan.

He was occasionally more liberal than his campaign positions are now. On immigration, he pushed to allow in-state tuition for some illegal immigrant kids who graduated from Arkansas high schools, though he lost that fight. He recruited the Mexican government to open a consulate in the state, and he opposed a Republican bill in the Legislature that would have denied health care for illegal immigrants.

But throughout his tenure, Huckabee was a Republican governor in a Democratic state, with a constitution that limited the power he could wield on his own. That left him with a narrow margin to operate from in the state.

“He was a pragmatic conservative, not an ideologue, and I saw that as his strong point,” said Rex Nelson, Huckabee’s spokesman for most of his gubernatorial term and a former Arkansas political journalist.

Some of Huckabee’s pragmatic politicking infuriated the Republican base in Arkansas, especially his support for a variety of tax increases that helped fund some of the improvements he advocated. Huckabee campaigned aggressively for diesel and gas tax hikes to pay for road projects, for a sales tax increase to improve state parks and for a tax on nursing homes to cover Medicaid shortfalls. Though his campaign frequently touts the 90 taxes he cut overall, the state’s tax revenues increased during his tenure by almost $500 million.

“He thinks about government as running a business, and he needs more revenue to run his programs, and he doesn’t think twice about increasing those taxes,” said Patrick Briney, head of the Arkansas Republican Assembly, a conservative group that has been loudly critical of Huckabee’s tax record.

The Club for Growth, a national anti-tax organization, also has blasted Huckabee’s tax policy, buying hundreds of thousands of dollars of advertising in New Hampshire and other key early primary states to attack him.

In debates and in stump speeches, Huckabee’s jokes and one-liners have helped him attract attention on the presidential trail. He also employed wit during his days as governor. But critics said he frequently took disagreements personally and that he could flash a temper that, so far, hasn’t appeared much in his national campaign.

He once ordered his press office to take the Arkansas Times, a Little Rock alternative weekly paper, off the list for news releases, and called conservative Republicans who differed with him on financial issues “Shiites,” implying they were radicals.

“If you did not agree with him on a policy issue, he took it personally,” said Randy Minton, of Ward, Ark., a former GOP lawmaker who was one of Huckabee’s critics during his four years in the Legislature. Minton campaigned for Huckabee during elections in the 1990s but split with him on taxes.

Huckabee mostly shrugs off such attacks, saying the taxes were necessary to pay for popular programs.

His allies point out that Minton and other critics are so conservative that they’re marginalized in Arkansas politics, a point analysts agree with.

“This is the scrutiny that I’ve been going through since I first put my name on the ballot in 1992, and for me, it’s sort of like, ‘Gosh, do they not have anything new?'” Huckabee said last week while campaigning in Iowa.

And among Arkansans, the affable nature that Huckabee displays on the campaign trail mostly helped keep him popular.

“He’s like a common guy,” said Ron Platzer, 65, a boat salesman from Hot Springs, Ark.

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On the issues: Hillary Clinton on Abortion

Do we really want our next Commander-in-Chief to have this kind of philosophy and voting record? What kind of character does this candidate portray with a record like this?

All this information can be found at ontheissues.org as well as http://christiansandpolitics.townhall.com

Lift ban on stem cell research to cure devastating diseases

Source: Take Back America 2007 Conference Jun 20, 2007

Fought for years to get “Plan B” contraceptive on the market

Source: 2006 intro to It Takes A Village, by H. Clinton, p.301 Dec 12, 2006

Prevention First Act: federal funds for contraception

In 2006 Hillary teamed up with nominally pro-life Senate Minority Leader Harry Reid and pushed to increase federal funding to abortion providers such as Planned Parenthood in order to “increase awareness” about unintended pregnancies.

Source: Vast Right-Wing Conspiracy, by Amanda Carpenter, p. 96-97 Oct 11, 2006

Late term abortion only if life or health are at risk

Source: Senate debate in Manhattan Oct 8, 2000

Hillary Clinton on Voting Record

    Hillary’s votes all echo the liberal line in the Senate

  • She opposed the ban on partial birth abortions
  • She came down against criminalizing harm to a fetus during an attack on the mother
  • She opposed a travel ban to Cuba
  • She opposed a constitutional amendment banning gay marriage
  • She backed extending the ban on assault rifles for 10 years
  • She was against Bush’s tax cuts
  • She opposed repealing the estate tax
  • She opposed limits on class action lawsuits.

Source: Condi vs. Hillary, by Dick Morris, p. 85-86 Oct 11, 2005

Voted YES on expanding research to more embryonic stem cell lines.

Allows federal funding for research that utilizes human embryonic stem cells, regardless of the date on which the stem cells were derived from a human embryo, provided such embryos:

  1. have been donated from in vitro fertilization clinics;
  2. were created for the purposes of fertility treatment;
  3. were in excess of the needs of the individuals seeking such treatment and would otherwise be discarded; and
  4. were donated by such individuals with written informed consent and without any financial or other inducements.

Reference: Stem Cell Research Enhancement Act; Bill S.5 & H.R.3 ; vote number 2007-127 on Apr 11, 2007

 

Voted NO on notifying parents of minors who get out-of-state abortions.

This bill prohibits taking minors across State lines in circumvention of laws requiring the involvement of parents in abortion decisions.

Reference: Child Interstate Abortion Notification Act; Bill S.403 ; vote number 2006-216 on Jul 25, 2006

 

Voted YES on $100M to reduce teen pregnancy by education & contraceptives.

A YES vote would:

  • Increase funding and access to family planning services
  • Funds legislation that requires equitable prescription coverage for contraceptives under health plans
  • Funds legislation that would create and expand teen pregnancy prevention programs and education programs concerning emergency contraceptives

Reference: Appropriation to expand access to preventive health care services; Bill S.Amdt. 244 to S Con Res 18 ; vote number 2005-75 on Mar 17, 2005

Voted NO on criminal penalty for harming unborn fetus during other crime.

 

 

Bill would make it a criminal offense to harm or kill a fetus during the commission of a violent crime. The measure would set criminal penalties, the same as those that would apply if harm or death happened to the pregnant woman, for those who harm a fetus.

Reference: Unborn Victims of Violence Act; Bill S.1019/HR.1997 ; vote number 2004-63 on Mar 25, 2004

Voted NO on banning partial birth abortions except for maternal life.

Vote to pass a bill banning a medical procedure, which is commonly known as “partial-birth” abortion.

Reference: Bill S.3 ; vote number 2003-51 on Mar 12, 2003

Recommended by EMILY’s List of pro-choice women.

Clinton is endorsed by EMILY’s list, a pro-choice PAC:

EMILY’s List operates as a donor network, recommending pro-choice Democratic women candidates to its members, who contribute directly to the candidates they choose. In the 1999-2000 election cycle, EMILY’s List members contributed $9.3 million to pro-choice Democratic women candidates. In its 16-year history, EMILY’s List has helped to elect four women governors, eleven women to the United States Senate and 53 women to the U.S. House of Representatives. “Women continue to be the power players in Democratic politics,” said Ellen R. Malcolm, president of EMILY’s List. “In 2002, redistricting could result in as many as 75 open seats, creating multiple opportunities to recruit and elect pro-choice Democratic women.” Source: Press Release on Diane Watson (CA-32) victory 01-EL1 on Apr 11, 2001

Rated 100% by NARAL, indicating a pro-choice voting record.

Clinton scores 100% by NARAL on pro-choice voting record

For over thirty years, NARAL Pro-Choice America has been the political arm of the pro-choice movement and a strong advocate of reproductive freedom and choice. NARAL Pro-Choice America’s mission is to protect and preserve the right to choose while promoting policies and programs that improve women’s health and make abortion less necessary. NARAL Pro-Choice America works to educate Americans and officeholders about reproductive rights and health issues and elect pro-choice candidates at all levels of government. The NARAL ratings are based on the votes the organization considered most important; the numbers reflect the percentage of time the representative voted the organization’s preferred position. Source: NARAL website 03n-NARAL on Dec 31, 2003

Expand embryonic stem cell research.

Clinton signed a letter from 58 Senators to the President Source: Letter from 58 Senators to the President 04-SEN8 on Jun 4, 2004

All the information on this page and more can be found at ontheissues.org right here