State of Arkansas secondary Archives: on Government Reform


Conner Eldridge: Rid the political system of secret, dark money

Conner Eldridge announced the endorsement of End Citizens United, a group committed to ridding the political system of secret, dark money through countering the disastrous effects of Citizens United and reforming the campaign finance system. "There is too much hidden, dark money in politics, which is at the root of why the system is broken and why Americans are so frustrated with government today," said Eldridge. "I fully support complete campaign finance reform and will aggressively work to get dark money out of politics, bring more transparency to the political process, and return power to the people. Time and again, my opponent has voted to protect secret, special interest money and defended Citizens United. Arkansans deserve better than a Senator who supports this institutionalized corruption. As a Senator, I will work tirelessly to overturn the current system and restore openness and integrity to our government."
Source: 2016 AR Senate campaign website ConnerForArkansas.com Apr 21, 2016

Nathan LaFrance: Protect the integrity of our election system

Q: Do you support or oppose stricter enforcement of the right to vote?

A: Support: I support voting rights for all American citizens, while also protecting the integrity of our election system.

Source: Email interview on 2014 AR Senate race with OnTheIssues Sep 24, 2014

Mark Swaney: Make it easier to vote; voter ID laws make it harder

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Stricter enforcement of voting rights"?

A: I do not support voter ID laws, I support making it easier to vote, not harder.

Source: E-mail interview on 2014 AR Senate race with OnTheIssues.org Aug 20, 2014

Frank Gilbert: Voting should not be limited by the government

Q: Do you support or oppose stricter limits on voting rights?

A: Oppose. Voting is an individual right and should not be limited by the government for other than mental defect or criminal acts.

Source: Email interview for 2014 AR Governor's race with OnTheIssues Aug 6, 2014

Mike Huckabee: Supports term limits for state legislators

Q Do you support the current two-term eight-year limit for Arkansas governors?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support two-term eight-year limit for Arkansas state senators?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support the three-term six-year limit for Arkansas house representatives?

A: Yes.

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Source: 2002 AR Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2002

Mike Huckabee: Limit campaign contributions, but no public funding

Q: Do you support limiting individual contributions to state candidates?

A: Yes

Q: For PAC contributions?

A: Yes.

Q: For Corporate contributions?

A: Yes.

Q: For Political Parties?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support requiring full and timely disclosure of campaign finance information?

A: Yes.

Q: Do you support imposing spending limits on state level political campaigns?

A: No.

Q: Do you support partial funding from state taxes for state level political campaigns?

A: No.

Source: 2002 AR Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 2002

Mike Huckabee: Term limits counter election skewed laws toward incumbents

I strongly advocate a constitutional amendment that would limit the terms of members of Congress. Election laws are skewed in favor of the incumbents. The power of incumbency is reflected in the franking privilege, the use of staff paid for by the taxpayers to do research, the advantage of media attention that is given to incumbents over challengers, and the ability of incumbents to come home at strategic times to announce various projects in order to continue the “aura” of the office. I would personally favor that no one be elected to the US Senate for more than two six-year terms, and that no one be elected to the Congress for more than three four-year terms.

As one who is attempting to challenge a long-term incumbent, it has become increasingly apparent that the current process is not adequate to remove members of Congress. Since we already limit the President to eight years, it seems ridiculous to give Congressmen and Senators long-term careers at taxpayer expense.

Source: Responses to Associated Press Questionnaire for AR Senate Nov 1, 1992

Mike Huckabee: Change House terms to 4 years, to avoid constant campaigning

Changing the House of Representatives’ term to four years from the current two-year term would give a Congressman more time on the job and less time having to campaign for reelection. It would also be possible to make the four-year terms of Congressmen fall in the middle of the presidential election cycle, which might be helpful in balancing the attention given to the various races taking place at any given time.
Source: Responses to Associated Press Questionnaire for AR Senate Nov 1, 1992

Mike Huckabee: Won’t vote for pay raise for myself as member of Congress

I would not vote for a pay raise for myself as a member of Congress as our incumbent has done on at least four occasions. There needs to be radical reform in the scandalous manner in which pay and perks are handled. With the enactment of a term-limitation act, the class of Congress that is ending its term should work with an independent commission to evaluate whether or not any adjustment in salaries should be considered for the next Congress.
Source: Responses to Associated Press Questionnaire for AR Senate Nov 1, 1992

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