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Media Advisory: Minority Leader Greg Leding, AR Student Leader to Hold Press Call Urging Congressmen Crawford, Griffin to Stop Rate Hike

MEDIA ADVISORY

 

***MEDIA ADVISORY FOR JUNE 20th AT 10:00a.m. CST***

TOMORROW: Minority Leader Greg Leding, AR Student Leader to Hold Press Call
Urging Congressmen Crawford, Griffin to Stop Rate Hike.

On June 20th at 10:00a.m. CST (11:00am EST), Minority Leader Greg Leding will join Arkansas Young Democrats President Ezra Smith to hold a press conference call condemning Congressmen Crawford and Griffin for voting to make students pay more and urging Congressmen Crawford and Griffin to stop putting the broken politics of Washington over Arkansas students and act before July 1st to stop student rates from doubling.

 

Congressmen Griffin and Crawford voted for the “Students Pay More Act” which the Associated Press said will “cost students and families heavily.” Now, if Congress fails to act, loan rates will double for students on July 1st, and after that it could get worse: under the “Students Pay More Act” supported by Congressmen Crawford and Griffin, AR students and their families could see their loan rates spike as high as 8.5 percent.

 

WHAT:    Press call with Minority Leader Greg Leding and AR Young Democrats President Ezra urging Congressmen Crawford, Griffin to stop student loan rate spike.

 

WHEN:    June 20, 2013 at 10:00a.m.

 

WHO:     AR State House Minority Leader Greg Leding

AR Young Democrats President Ezra Smith.

 

DIAL IN INFO1.800.977.8002, conference code: 4549853#

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Griffin, Crawford Continue to Leave Arkansas Farmers Behind

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Griffin, Crawford Continue to Leave Arkansas Farmers Behind

Infighting Among GOP Congress Shows Inability to Get Farm Bill Passed

 

(LITTLE ROCK) Even after voting to take a taxpayer-funded vacation instead of working on a farm bill, Congressman Griffin and Crawford have done nothing to stop the political infighting of their own party and get something done on the Farm Bill, new information showed this week.

 

“Congressman Crawford said he was skipping the Republican National Convention to work on the farm bill while Congressman Griffin went to serve his own political interests by catering to the Romney-Ryan team that wants to end Medicare as we know it,” Candace Martin, communications director for the Democratic Party of Arkansas said. “Clearly, both of their actions have left Arkansas farmers behind while Crawford’s and Griffin’s own party continue to fight among themselves and refuse to get anything done on the Farm Bill. It’s time for Crawford and Griffin to stand up for Arkansas farmers and end the partisan bickering.”

 

Background

 

Republican members of Congress continue infighting as farm bill suffers. Speaker John Boehner seems “intent on running out the clock until after the election.” (Politico, “GOP infighting as farm bill suffers”, 9/12/12)

 

House Republicans Voted to Go on a Five Week Vacation. On August 2, 2012, Republicans voted to adjourn the House of Representatives. They were not scheduled to return to Washington until September 10, 2012. [S Con Res 56, Vote#556, 8/2/12; House Majority Leader’s House Calendar, accessed 8/2/12]

Congress bolts Washington with much left to do. “Members of Congress streamed out of the Capitol looking forward to five weeks of vacation and a fall fraught with decisions on the political and economic future of the country.” [AP, 8/3/12]

 

 

 

DPA Statement on Analysis of House Republican Tax Plan

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Democratic Party of Arkansas’s Statement on Analysis of House Republican Tax Plan, Which Echoes Romney Economics by Raising Taxes on the Middle Class and Cutting Services to Pay for Huge Tax Breaks for the Wealthiest Americans

 

(LITTLE ROCK) – Democratic Party of Arkansas spokesman Candace Martin released the following statement today after tax experts confirmed that the House Republican tax plan would hike taxes on hardworking, middle-class Arkansans and cut vital programs and services to pay for budget-busting tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires:

 

“Today’s analysis confirms what we’ve known all along: Congressional Republicans are pushing a failed economic agenda that would cut taxes for the wealthiest Americans, paid for by much larger tax bills for middle-class families and deep cuts to Medicare, Social Security, transportation, education and other critical programs.

 

“We’ve already seen how this approach plays out: just look at Massachusetts under Mitt Romney.  While Romney was governor, he cut taxes for millionaires and billionaires but raised more than 1,000 taxes and fees on small businesses and the middle class.  These fee hikes included everything from nursing homes to school bus rides to poultry inspections, and even fee increases for blind people and electricians.  And let’s not forget – under Mitt Romney, Massachusetts ranked 47th out of 50 in job creation and lost manufacturing jobs at twice the national average.

 

“Now House Republicans are taking the same backwards principles of Romney Economics and are trying to force them on all hardworking Americans.  But throwing the middle class under the bus to fund tax breaks for the richest Americans didn’t work in Massachusetts, and it won’t work now.”

 

You can read the full Washington Post article, “Middle class would face higher taxes under Republican plan, analysis finds,” here: http://www.washingtonpost.com/middle-class-would-face-higher-taxes-under-republican-plan/2012/06/19/gJQAD4auoV_print.html.

 

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News Release: Congressman Crawford Disastrous Record on Agriculture Cuts Threatens Farm Bill

Congressman Crawford Disastrous Record on Agriculture Cuts Threatens Farm Bill
(LITTLE ROCK) Even though Congressman Rick Crawford (AR-01) district received 63% of all subsides to Arkansas farmers, Crawford voted for over $30 billion in cuts to essential agriculture programs for Arkansas farmers which has threatened the prospect of this year’s essential farm bill. The USA Rice Association said that they were “troubled” by the proposed cuts and American Soybean Association called the proposal “worrisome.”
 “Congressman Rick Crawford put partisanship over hardworking Arkansas farmers when he voted for $30 billion dollars in devastating agriculture cuts,” said Candace Martin of the Democratic Party of Arkansas. “Although Republicans and Democrats have come together to support reasonable cuts in order to reduce our deficit, the farm bill and key agriculture programs could now be in jeopardy because of these extremely troubling cuts supported by Congressman Crawford. Arkansas famers deserve a Representative that will truly fight for the economic interests of the district and be a strong voice for the vital cotton, rice and soybean industries.”
Instead of playing partisan games with farmer’s livelihoods, Prosecutor Scott Ellington has pledged to make the farm bill a top priority in Congress. Ellington is committed to get our economy moving again and helping our farmers and small businesses succeed by cutting red tape and helping them acquire the credit and capital they need to grow.
Background

Crawford Voted for Bill Requiring $180 Billion in Farm Program Cuts. According to Fox News, “the GOP-led House sees farm and food aid as a prime source for deficit reduction, and the budget of Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., that cleared the House last month requires almost $180 billion in cuts from farm bill programs over the next decade.” [Fox News, 4/20/12; H Con Res 112, Vote #151, 3/29/12]
 Farmers Facing Uncertainty Because of Ryan Budget. “Farmers may face some uncertainty by harvest time as Congress grapples with rewriting the farm bill before it expires in September. On the table are big cuts in federal farm spending […] [The] road might be rougher than [House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas is] letting on, thanks to the House budget road map authored by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan.” The Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee said that the Ryan budget would “guarantee there will be no farm bill this year.” [National Public Radio, 4/9/12; Bloomberg, 3/20/12]
 American Soybean Association Critical of Proposal. Danny Murphy of the American Soybean Association said that “The cuts that Chairman Ryan proposes … are significantly higher than those agreed upon by House and Senate agriculture committee leadership during the ‘super committee’ process last fall, and that concerns us. Especially worrisome is (Ryan’s) emphasis on the federal crop insurance program as an area for reduction. Crop insurance serves as the main safety net for America’s farmers, and its integrity must be protected.” [Delta Farm Press, 3/21/12; American Soybean Association, 3/20/12]
Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Said Bill was Essential to Keeping Farm Economy Robust. In June 2012, Vilsack said, “We have to get this done [...] We have an extraordinarily robust farm economy, and if you want that to continue, you have to have certainty about policies going forward.” [Politico, 6/07/12]
Notion that Farm Bill Could Survive House was “Laughable.” “Republicans aren’t immune to the same farm pressures […] The notion that any lumbering farm bill could survive in a Tea Party-driven House seemed laughable to many just months ago.” [Politico, 6/07/12]
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Congressman Crawford’s Disastrous Record on Agriculture Cuts Threatens Farm Bill

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 Congressman Crawford Disastrous Record on Agriculture Cuts Threatens Farm Bill

This week, the House Agriculture Committee announced they will be holding hearings over the proposed 2012 Farm Bill, but the farm bill could be in jeopardy because of extreme cuts supported by Rick Crawford. Last month, Crawford supported the  House Republican budget which calls for over $30 billion in cuts to essential agriculture programs for Arkansas farmers even though his district received 63% of all subsides to Arkansas farmers. The USA Rice Association said that they were “troubled” by the proposed cuts and American Soybean Association called the proposal “worrisome.”

 

“Congressman Rick Crawford continues to fail Arkansas farmers,” said Candace Martin of the Democratic Party of Arkansas. “Although Republicans and Democrats have come together to support reasonable cuts to agriculture in order to reduce our deficit, the farm bill and key agriculture programs could now be in jeopardy because of these troubling cuts supported by Congressman Crawford. Arkansas famers deserve a Representative that will truly fight for the economic interests of the district and be a strong voice for the vital cotton, rice and soybean industries.”

 

Background

 

Crawford Voted for Budget with At Least $30 billion in Agriculture Cuts. According to Delta Farm Press, “the plan would cut agriculture spending some $30 billion over the next decade and those writing the next farm bill will have to adhere to those limits.” In addition, “the House Budget committee has specified FY 2013 reconciliations savings for six committees, including the Agriculture Committee to achieve $33.2 billion over 10 years (2012-2022). However, Chairman Ryan’s proposal says the six committees ‘will be responsible for determining how to meet their reconciliation instructions.’” [Delta Farm Press, 3/20/12; Western Farm Press, 3/21/12; H Con Res 112, Vote #151, 3/29/12]

 

 

Farmers Facing Uncertainty Because of Ryan Budget. “Farmers may face some uncertainty by harvest time as Congress grapples with rewriting the farm bill before it expires in September. On the table are big cuts in federal farm spending […] [The] road might be rougher than [House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas is] letting on, thanks to the House budget road map authored by U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan.” The Ranking Member of the House Agriculture Committee said that the Ryan budget would “guarantee there will be no farm bill this year.” [National Public Radio, 4/9/12; Bloomberg, 3/20/12]

 

American Soybean Association Critical of Proposal. Danny Murphy of the American Soybean Association said that “The cuts that Chairman Ryan proposes … are significantly higher than those agreed upon by House and Senate agriculture committee leadership during the ‘super committee’ process last fall, and that concerns us. Especially worrisome is (Ryan’s) emphasis on the federal crop insurance program as an area for reduction. Crop insurance serves as the main safety net for America’s farmers, and its integrity must be protected.” [Delta Farm Press, 3/21/12; American Soybean Association, 3/20/12]

 

USA Rice Association “Troubled” by Ryan Budget Proposal. “The USA Rice Federation is seriously troubled by the level of proposed budget cuts to agriculture programs included in the fiscal year 2012 budget resolution offered by House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan [….]The resolution proposes $175 billion in cuts over 10 years — a reduction of more than 20 percent to the budget baseline for agriculture and nutrition programs. ‘Agriculture is being asked to shoulder a hugely disproportionate share of deficit reduction relative to our impact on the federal budget,” USA Rice Federation chairman and Louisiana rice producer Jackie Loewer said. ‘We have already sustained significant budget cuts, and contributed $4 billion to deficit reduction in the SRA negotiations, yet we are being subjected to proposed cuts that would make crafting the next farm bill all but impossible.’” [Delta Farm Press, 4/6/11]

 

 

National Farmers Union: Congress Balancing Budget on Backs of Rural America. “National Farmers Union (NFU) President Roger Johnson said “Once again, we see that Congress is attempting to balance the budget on the backs of rural America. The proposed cuts to Agriculture spending would severely constrain the ability of the next farm bill to provide policy that protects against yield losses and when markets collapse […] Agriculture has been ready and willing to do its part in reducing the federal deficit, but Rep. Ryan’s budget proposes total cuts to farm bill spending of more than $155 billion. A cut of more than $33 billion to the safety net over the next ten years is too much. This is $10 billion more than the agreement reached late last year in a bipartisan, bicameral manner by the House and Senate Agriculture Committees.” [National Farmers Union, 3/20/12]

 

Ryan’s Cuts So Deep It Would Dismember Bi-partisan House and Senate Bill.  “Published comments by Congressman Rick Berg, R-N.D., about a new farm bill seem to be at odds with his voting record in the U.S. House. An enthusiastic supporter of the so-called Ryan budget proposal, Berg also said he supports the U.S. Senate’s farm bill. That’s curious because farm bill provisions in Rep. Paul Ryan’s, R-Wis., budget plan are far different and far less generous than those in the Senate’s version […]What is not perfectly clear, however, is Berg’s vote for the Ryan budget as it relates to farm legislation. The Ryan ax slashes about $180 billion over 10 years in farm, conservation and nutrition funding. However, House and Senate agriculture committees agreed to cut $23 billion from the same farm bill programs. The difference is significant, to say the least […] The bill proposed by House and Senate ag committees makes major cuts in farm program spending, which are necessary. But the bipartisan Senate bill does not sacrifice a market-based safety net for producers. Nor does it scuttle a better USDA/private insurer crop insurance partnership. Ryan’s cuts are so deep they likely would dismember both.” [InForum Fargo Editorial, 4/17/12]

 

ICYMI: Congressman Crawford Flip Flops On Yet Another Position

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Congressman Crawford Flip Flops On Yet Another Position

Crawford Embraces Pork After Signing No Pork Pledge

 

Each day seems to bring another flip flop from Republican Congressman Rick Crawford. Whether it’s on tax policy, pork spending, or programs important to the people of the First Congressional District, Crawford reverses his position, causing Arkansans to question just where exactly does Crawford stand on the issues.

 

This weekend, Crawford embraced the need for pork spending, despite signing a “no pork pledge” when campaigning for office in 2010.

 

Read news coverage below.

 

Crawford gives ‘pork’ a rethink: Earmarks have place, he says

By Alex Daniels, Arkansas Democrat Gazette

Arkansas Republican U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, who took a “no pork pledge” as a candidate, said Friday that budget earmarks, often derided as “pork-barrel spending,” should make a comeback.

He said he’s not worried that the practice will increase the federal deficit and described using earmarks as a way to ensure that spending decisions are left to members of Congress familiar with their districts instead of “Washington bureaucrats.”

As a candidate in the 2010 race, Crawford was one of many Republicans who signed a “No Pork Pledge,” promoted by Citizens Against Government Waste, a Washington group that advocates for a smaller federal budget.

In the pledge, Crawford affirmed that he would not request any “pork-barrel earmark.”

The Arkansas Democratic Party said Crawford has “flipflopped” on the issue.

Candace Martin, the party’s spokesman, said Crawford also reversed himself in March when he proposed raising taxes for upper-income earners on the condition that Congress pass a balanced-budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

“This is another example to add to the list of broken promises,” she said. “Arkansans don’t know where he stands.”

Read the full article here. http://www.arkansasonline.com/news/2012/apr/08/crawford-gives-pork-rethink-20120408/

First CD News & Rick Crawford’s Broken Pledges

By Michael Cook, Cook’s Outlook

Incumbent Congressman Rick Crawford made some news over the weekend, and by doing so made it clear to voters his word is now officially mud.

In his 2010 campaign, Crawford signed two pledges: a “No Tax Hike Pledge” and a “No Pork Pledge.”

As you recall, Crawford recently proposed a new tax, thereby breaking his word, and one could reasonably argue that he lied to First District voters by breaking his pledge which said he would oppose ANY tax increase.

In Sunday’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Crawford said he was now reconsidering his position on the signed “No Pork Pledge” created by the Citizens Against Government Waste, where he promised not to request any “pork-barrel earmark.”

However, Crawford said Sunday, “Constituents expect their congressman to bring back as many federal dollars as they can.  I’m only one voice in a very large geographic area. We’ve kind of hit a brick wall without the ability to earmark projects.”

Translation:  Bring on the pork!

Crawford’s actions have taken the game of signing campaign pledges off the table for 2012.  For example, if one candidate attacks another for not signing some pledge, the attacked candidate can just point out Congressman Crawford’s broken pledges, how silly they are and not worth the paper they’re printed on.

Rick Crawford has shown he has no core principles and is willing to break his word at the drop of a hat.  Moreover, Crawford has just given the eventual Democratic nominee more fodder for negative ads on how Washington has changed him.

Read the full story here. http://talkbusiness.net/2012/04/first-cd-news-rick-crawfords-broken-pledges/

What is Rick Crawford Thinking?

By Jason Tolbert, Tolbert Report

For the second time in the last month, Arkansas conservatives are scratching their heads and asking: what is Congressman Rick Crawford thinking?

Fast forward to this weekend, when Crawford is quoted in an article in the Arkansas Democrat Gazette saying he is rethinking his position on earmarks.

The problem for Crawford once again is that this policy shift is inconsistent with his “no pork” pledge he made during the 2010 campaign.

The pledge by an organization called Citizens Against Government Waste states that Crawford “will not request any pork-barrel earmark, which is defined as meeting one of the following criteria: requested by only one chamber of Congress, not specifically authorized, not competitively awarded, not requested by the President, greatly exceeds the President’s budget request or the previous year’s funding, not the subject of congressional hearings, or serves only a local or special interest.”

You will note that I have said Crawford’s two policy shifts are inconsistent with his pledges.  He has pointed out in a most awkward manner that he has technically not violated his no tax pledge as he has not yet voted for his own proposal.  He can and probably will also argue that this does not violate his pledge as he has not yet put in a request by merely explaining that he now sees the benefit for earmarks – but only with reforms – for a rural district such as the First Congressional District.

I am not sure if Crawford fully realizes the political fire he is playing with in these arguments.  It defies common sense to make a distinction between advocating for a plan or policy and the casting of the actual roll call vote.  It is like arguing over what the meaning of the word “is” is.

 

Read the full article here. http://talkbusiness.net/2012/04/what-is-rick-crawford-thinking/

 

Fact Check: Crawford’s Disastrous Record on Agriculture Issues

FACT CHECK: Crawford’s Disastrous Record on Agriculture Issues

 

Today, the House Agriculture Committee will be holding a hearing in Jonesboro, Arkansas to discuss the upcoming Farm Bill, and while Congressman Rick Crawford may claim that he is working for Arkansas farmers, he has a disastrous record on agriculture issues.

 

Just yesterday, Crawford voted for the House Republican budget which calls for over $30 billion in cuts to essential agriculture programs for Arkansas farmers. Even Republican House Agriculture Frank Chairman Lucas, signaled “he is not on board” with these extreme agriculture cuts.

 

This Congress, Crawford has consistently voted to cut agriculture payments for Arkansas farmers and federal crop insurance although his district received 63% of all subsidies to Arkansas. Unfortunately, this is what we have come to expect from Congressman Crawford – voting to gut critical support programs that help Arkansas and then attempting to run from his disastrous record.

 

Background

 

Crawford Voted for Budget with At Least $30 billion in Agriculture Cuts. According to Delta Farm Press, “the plan would cut agriculture spending some $30 billion over the next decade and those writing the next farm bill will have to adhere to those limits.” In addition, “the House Budget committee has specified FY 2013 reconciliations savings for six committees, including the Agriculture Committee to achieve $33.2 billion over 10 years (2012-2022). However, Chairman Ryan’s proposal says the six committees ‘will be responsible for determining how to meet their reconciliation instructions.’” [Delta Farm Press, 3/20/12; Western Farm Press, 3/21/12; H Con Res 112, Vote #151, 3/29/12]

 

GOP Agriculture Chairman Frank Lucas Resisted Plan. “House Agriculture Committee Chairman Frank Lucas (R-Okla.) signaled Tuesday that he is not on board with the $33 billion in cuts to farm subsidies from House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan. (R-Wis.). Lucas backs a compromise cut of about $10 billion less over 10 years that also includes an expanded crop insurance program. Ryan in a press conference Tuesday suggested cutting crop insurance.” [The Hill, 3/20/12]

 

Crawford Voted to Cut Funding for the Delta Regional Authority and Called Those Cuts “Reasonable.” In February 2011, Crawford voted for a budget that would have cut $7.3 million from the Delta Regional Authority’s budget compared to 2010 enacted levels. Crawford called the cuts a “reasonable goal.” [HR 1, Vote #147, 2/19/11; Arkansas-Democrat Gazette, 2/19/11]

 

Department of Agriculture Announced a Number of Closures in Arkansas Due to Cuts from Congress. “USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack announced plans to close 259 offices […] The National Farmers Union said today that Congress is to blame for the ‘painful cuts’ because lawmakers have voted to reduce USDA’s discretionary spending levels by 12 percent since 2010 […] The USDA plans to shut 131 FSA offices in 32 states, with largest number of closures in Arkansas, Tennessee and Texas.” [Arkansas News, 1/10/12]

 

Crawford Voted for Budget that Included $30 Billion in Agriculture Cuts Because “Farmers Understand that Everybody Has to Chin the Bar.” In 2011, Crawford voted for a Republican budget that cut farm spending by $30 billion over 10 years. The cuts were targeted at agriculture direct payments and federal crop insurance. Crawford said, “Farmers understand that everybody has to chin the bar […] To the extent that this is fair, OK, we understand that we have to cut.”[H Con Res 34, Vote #277, 4/15/11; Reuters, 4/05/11; Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 4/15/11]

 

Crawford Voted for Free Trade Deal with South Korea That Excluded Rice After He Said it “Set Terrible Precedent.” In 2011, Crawford voted to implement the South Korea Trade Agreement, even though it excluded rice. Prior to the vote, Crawford said, “The exclusion of rice I believe sets a terrible precedent that will haunt U.S. negotiators in future deals […] Rice is one of the most important import sensitive foods around the globe.” [CQ Congressional transcripts, accessed 2/23/12; HR 3080, Vote #783, 10/12/11]

 

1st District Accounted for 63 Percent of Arkansas’ Total Subsidies. In 2010, Arkansas 1st Congressional District accounted for 63 percent of Arkansas’ total subsidies. Arkansas received $1.8 billion in direct farm payments from 1995 to 2009. [Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, 4/15/11]

 

ICYMI: Congressman Rick Crawford Reverses Tax Positions Yet Again

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Congressman Rick Crawford Reverses Tax Positions Yet Again

Further Proving to Arkansans that Crawford Just Can’t Be Trusted

 

Notorious flip-flopper Congressman Rick Crawford is now trying to hide his record in Congress to protect tax breaks for millionaires and big corporations while raising taxes on the middle class.

 

In his first year in Congress, Crawford supported the House Republican budget to end Medicare while cutting taxes for millionaires and big corporations, called a bi-partisan deal to extend a $1,000 payroll tax break for 1.5 million Arkansans “irresponsible” and opposed a surtax on millionaires only three months ago. Congressman Crawford’s attempt to mislead Arkansas voters is as doomed as his record in Congress pushing an extreme and out of touch agenda that gives tax cuts for billionaires, but not the middle class, ends Medicare, and fails to create jobs.

 

Arkansans continue to see that Republican Congressman Crawford simply cannot be trusted.

 

Read news excerpts below.

 

AR-01: Running Scared, Crawford Flip Flops on Raising Taxes on the Wealthy

 

 

It’s telling that he’s (Crawford) has gone from where he was last year to here.  Crawford, of course, is facing tough competition in a more Democratic district thanks to redistricting and has failed miserably at defining himself and reaching out to his constituents.

 

This is actually Crawford’s third major flip flop where he’s thrown his fellow Republicans under the bus. The first (and biggest) was when he changed his position and decided that we shouldn’t repeal all of that scary Obamacare after all.  The second was his laughably sudden shift on the payroll tax cut compromise, going from calling it irresponsible to telling the leadership to compromise with the President that his own website couldn’t keep up with him.  This is smacking of desperation and I don’t think faux compromises and such pathetic pandering are going to win Crawford too many votes.

 

Read the full post here.

 

Grover Norquist: Rick Crawford Tax Plan ‘Strategically A Mistake”

Grover Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, said voting for a surtax on millionaires would violate a pledge legislators signed to oppose any tax increases, and he called an Arkansas lawmaker’s plan to propose that surtax “a mistake.”

On Thursday, U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Ark., said he would introduce legislation on Monday that would require passage of a federal balanced budget amendment in exchange for a 5 percent surtax on individual incomes exceeding $1 million a year.

Crawford’s plan goes against his party’s opposition to raising taxes and would violate a pledge, written by Norquist, that he and other Republicans signed to oppose any new taxes.

But Norquist said he believed Crawford pitched the idea more as “teaching moment” than a serious effort.

“I think what he’s doing is strategically a mistake,” Norquist said.

Read the full article here.

 

Congressman Rick Crawford Proposes Millionaire Tax For Balanced Budget Amendment

 

First District Congressman Rick Crawford (R-Jonesboro) proposed legislation Thursday (March 15) that would trade a 5% surtax on millionaires in exchange for a balanced budget amendment.

 

 

TEA PARTY OPPOSITION
Conservative Republicans were quick to pounce on Crawford’s proposal, particularly Tea Party members who helped boost Crawford to a surprise, historic victory last November.

They were quick with their criticism.

“As the 112th Congress begins to mature, it’s becoming painfully clear that not everyone in the ‘Tea Party freshmen class’ is much of a tea partier.  In fact, some of them would fit in more with the coffee party,” wrote Daniel Horowitz on the conservative Redstate.com blog.

“In 2010, we were largely focused on turning over the House from Democrat to Republican. To the extent that we focused on intra-party battles, it was primarily in the Senate races.  Consequently, we nominated many sleeper progressives in conservative districts to win back the House.  One such member is Rick Crawford (Progressive AR-1),” Horowitz added.

The blog post noted that Crawford scored “a failing 58% from Heritage Action and 53% from the Club for Growth,” two ultra-conservative think tank groups.

The blog also noted that Crawford had no primary opponent this year.

“We are stuck with a progressive OWS [Occupy Wall Street] congressman from a conservative state for another 2 years,” Horowitz said.

Read the full article here.

ICYMI: Republican Congressman Rick Crawford Named Loser This Week

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Republican Congressman Rick Crawford Named Loser This Week

 

Republican Congressman Rick Crawford was named as one of the losers in fourth quarter fundraising by the Washington Post, after having been significantly outpaced in fundraising.

 

When a sitting Congressman does so poorly in a fundraising cycle leading into election year, it shows public support is waning and a base that is unmotivated for Congressman Crawford, particularly after he has flip-flopped on several issues.

 

After public polling late last year showed that both Crawford and Griffin are vulnerable, the poor fundraising report from Crawford does not bode well for his chances in 2012.

 

See an excerpt from the Washington Post story below. The full story can be read at http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/post/fourth-quarter-fundraising-winners-and-losers/2012/02/01/gIQAeAH8hQ_blog.html.

 

Fourth quarter fundraising winners and losers

By Aaron Blake, Washington Post

We’re digging into the just-filed fourth quarter fundraising reports over here at The Fix.

And as usual, that means winners and losers time.

Here’s our initial take on who won and lost for the period spanning October through December.

 

Winners:

 

 

Democratic challengers: The Patriot vs. Frontline comparison aside, many vulnerable Republican House members were outraised. They include: Reps. Charlie Bass (N.H.), Scott Tipton (Colo.), Rick Crawford (Ark.), Dan Lungren (Calif.), Reid Ribble (Wis.), David Rivera (Fla.), Brian Bilbray (Calif.), Dan Webster (Fla.), Judy Biggert (Ill.), Steve King (Iowa), Joe Walsh (Ill.) and Scott Rigell (Va.). Democratic challengers have something to be proud of as the party aims to reclaim the House.