The following is a press release from a partnership of statewide faith leaders and community leaders.
COMMUNITY LEADERS TO HOST GUBERNATORIAL CANDIDATE FORUM
LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS— All three candidates for Arkansas Governor have confirmed that they will attend a gubernatorial community forum in North Little Rock on Monday, August 13 at 6:30 p.m.
The forum, which will focus on issues important to families and the future of Arkansas children, is sponsored by a combination of statewide faith leaders in partnership with the Arkansas Out of School Network and other community groups.
“As faith leaders we feel it is important for us to come together and be advocates for our children and those who can not speak loudly for themselves due to lack of resources or lack of access”, explained New St. Hurricane Baptist Church Pastor Derick Easter of Pine Bluff.
The 90-minute forum, which will allow community members to become more informed about the candidates and their platforms, will be held at New Hope Baptist Church, 1821 Edmonds Street, beginning promptly at 6:30 p.m. Doors for the event open at 6 p.m. Incumbent and republican candidate Asa Hutchinson, democrat candidate Jared Henderson and libertarian candidate Mark West will discuss pre-established questions from topics such as afterschool and summer programming, health care and economic development.
“Afterschool and summer learning programs are a vital resource for families across Arkansas”, said AOSN Network Coordinator Laveta Wills-Hale. “They keep kids safe and healthy while preparing them for the future.”
Some supporting partners for the event include the Arkansas Out of School Network, Regular Arkansas Baptist State Convention, Consolidated Missionary Baptist State Convention of Arkansas, Arkansas Family Council, Faith Voices of Arkansas, Arkansas First Jurisdiction Church of God In Christ and Full Gospel Baptist Church Fellowship.
Early voting begins October 22 for the gubernatorial election, which will be held on November 6.
For further information about this free community event contact: Derick Easter 870-536-8337 or 501-590-4589 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Yesterday the Connecticut Legislature passed a bill awarding the state’s electoral votes to the presidential candidate who wins the nationwide popular vote.
The bill makes Connecticut the newest member of the National Popular Vote Compact. The compact becomes binding once states representing at least 270 electoral votes join the agreement.
Under the compact, a state gives its electoral votes to the presidential candidate who receives the most votes nationwide. That means Connecticut’s electoral votes would go to the winner of the national popular vote rather than to the presidential candidate that most voters in Connecticut supported.
Family Council helped defeat a similar proposal in the Arkansas Legislature in 2009.
Under that proposal, Arkansas’ six electoral votes would have gone to the candidate who received the most votes from the rest of the nation instead of the candidate that most Arkansans voted for.
The measure effectively would have disenfranchised Arkansas voters and made Arkansas’ presidential votes irrelevant.
If you’re curious why the Electoral College is important and why we should not elect the president via a nationwide popular vote, here’s a short video explaining some of the strengths of the Electoral College:
Special elections are coming up in state Senate Districts 16 and 29 and House District 83. Voter’s can find a special voter’s guide produced by Family Council Action Committee at www.ArkansasReport.com.
Candidates were asked how they would have voted on key pieces of legislation from the past legislative session. Their responses are provided on the voter’s guide.
To request free printed copies of the guides to distribute in your area, call 501-375-7000.