Holt's Address:  Jim Holt Campaign, 2835 South 56th Street, Springdale, Arkansas 72762


Senator Holt Voted AGAINST all the Bills Below.  Senator Gilbert Baker Voted FOR all of them. Baker is presently the front runner in raising money among the  several  Republican candidates running against Lincoln  At this point Senator Holt has not entered the race.  Posted November 25, 09.  To see the actual voting record of these votes copied and pasted from the the Arkansas Legislative website, see this link:  http://www.wpaag.org/Gilbert%20Baker%20-%20Voting%20Record%20Documentation.htm


Does This Candidate Vote Your Values

(Running for US Senate Against Blanche Lincoln)

(Be sure to read the red font section at the end)


(1) Voted for the bill that resulted in $386 million tax to increase our sales tax to 6%.  Act 59 (SB42), 2003 Session


(2) Voted for the facilities bill that allowed the State to take over all school facilities in Arkansas in 2004 (Facilities Committee recommended 4.5 BILLION for next five years.) Schools can no longer build or remodel without permission of the state and according to state regulations. Act 90 (HB1009 by Pickett Second Extraordinary Session of 2003.  The following figures are documented in newspapers.  During the 2005 legislative session, $ 114 million was funded for facilities from the state revenue. During the April special session another $ 50 million was appropriated, Broadway said. The state’s share of public school construction costs increased from the $265 million reported in June to $277 million in 2006 and  $465 million in  07.


(3) Voted for the Omnibus bill that implemented a government controlled curriculum in every school in Arkansas that has resulted in numerous additional state department employees to oversee and control the implementation of that curriculum in the local schools.   By 2006, 61 schools had been put on probation for some minor infraction that which allows the State Department to consolidate the school, take over the administration and suspend or even oust local school board members.  Act 1467 (HB2697) 2003 Session


(4) Voted to give $107 million dollars to Arkansas Department of Education for 32 new employees, etc.  They supposedly consolidated the schools to save money by hiring fewer superintendents.   $22 million paid the salary for every superintendent in the state in 2003, but this $107 million gift to ADE would pay for 1,070 superintendents at $100,000 for a year. SB91 (Act  98), 2nd  extraordinary session, 2003.


(5) Voted for the bill that sent $456 million to facilities in 2007 from the surplus fund  (this is like hidden tax-taking money from surplus that could be used for other things people will be taxed on later.). SB833, 2007  House Bill 2501 and Senate Bill 833. $104 million was appropriated for facilities in 2005 and the state's share of facilities was $277 million in 2006. 


(6) Voted for every consolidation bill that went through the Senate, for closing schools with enrollment of 500 (which didn't pass); with enrollment of 350 (which did pass and closed 45 campuses by 2006);  for closing isolated districts (which put many  kids on the bus for 3 1/2 hours a day after voting for a bill the year before that got through on the basis they would not close isolated districts.  He also voted for countywide school districts (supposedly administrative only but the wording in the bill clearly gives authority for countywide school districts)   SB132 of 2005  (This bill did not get out of committee in the House) The consolidation resulted in more centralized government, and some of the main supporters of the bill admitted it would not save a penny.  There have been reports that it has costs the state and taxpayers more. 


(7)  Supported and voted for all the following bills:  The most powerful liberal Democrat Senator Argue (Senate Education Chair for several years)  gloated over the amount of money raised and spent, writing the following in a guest article in the Democrat Gazette May 15, 2005.  "In the current school year we’ve added $380 million to the school system. Next year we’ll add $170 million, and then in the 2006/07 school year, we will add another $98 million. In addition to these new operating funds, we’ve appropriated $104 million to begin our new school facilities program. This totals $752 million of new spending in our school system in the current and next two school years. Total K-12 spending is now 53 percent of total state general and dedicated revenues, an all time high." 


Note that  "K-12 Note that  "K-12 funding now accounts for 40 percent of the Colorado general fund budget."  http://www.ncsl.org/programs/fiscal/tels2005.htm 


For the state of education in Arkansas, since these bills passed, see red bulleted points in article at this link: http://www.wpaag.org/Test%20Score%20Scam%202009.htm


(8) Sponsored (and we presume wrote) SB 430 (Act 685)  in 2005 providing for a statewide election on issuing tax revenue bonds (Referred Question NO. 1) This bill if approved by voters would have left "Arkansas in debt for decades to come," according to newspaper articles. Citizens soon  learned that because of veiled language in the bill, the Highway Commission would have had power to re-issue bonds for maintenance of  highways  up to the $575 million cap as many times as it wanted without further voter approval. This  veiled language was a slick move to get around the wording of Amendment 20 to the Arkansas Constitution that guarantees the voters a right to vote on any state indebtedness.   The amount of interest and bonding fees would have been $217 million or 37%.  Fortunately citizens were educated through the work of dedicated opponents and voted it down 68% to 32%,  even though the bond issue was supported by the political establishment..  (Former Senator Holt fought this issue and issued a press release on it. A quote from a newspaper summed up those for and against this bond measure:   "Of the lieutenant governor hopefuls, Holt and political consultant Drew Pritt of Warren, a Democrat, oppose the measure. Rep. Doug Matayo, R-Springdale, former Republican U. S. Attorney Chuck Banks, state Sen. Tim Wooldridge, D-Paragould, and former state Rep. Mike Hathorn, D-Huntsville, support it.)


(9) Was quoted in newspaper article as saying on November 2009:  "Senator Gilbert Baker,  State co-chairman of the Legislature’s Joint Budget Committee, said he has no criticism about the growth in state government’s employee ranks."  This quote was made in the newspaper article that reported,  "In Beebe’s second full fiscal year as governor, 1,254 employees were added to the payroll, the second consecutive 1,000-plus increase under the Democratic incumbent and the fifth 1,000-plus increase in the past 11 years. ("State still hires, despite cuts" AR Dem Gaz by Wickline)


(10)  Was the sole co-sponsor of liberal Betty Pickett's HB2749 (ACT 1813) alcohol bill that has allowed the ABC Board to grant liquor licenses to numerous so called private clubs  in dry counties in Arkansas.    There have been approximately 133 liquor licenses issued to so called private clubs, mostly restaurants, since Baker got this bill passed.


(11)  Is the Arkansas senator given the highest rating in  (meaning he voted more liberal) by a liberal organization in Arkansas of any Republican in the Senate and received a higher score than 41 Representatives including several Democrats by this liberal group.  Information taken from this link,  page 42 & 43 Citizens First Congress  - a Liberal Group http://citizensfirst.org/resources/2009%20Vote%20Guide.pdf


(12)  Never sponsored an illegal alien bill in all the years he has been in the House or Senate or given any real support to the movement against illegal aliens when he was Republican Chair.    He was on the committee that tabled Senator Holt's bill in  to keep illegal aliens from getting benefits.  He did vote against Joyce Elliott's bill to give instate tuition and scholarships to illegal aliens.


(13)  Is so out of  touch with real conservatives that he relied on favorable quotes from John Brummett and the Arkansas Democrat Gazette in his fund raising letter, and a quote by John Brummett is the only quote from anyone he uses on his website in the article "About Gilbert Baker."  Everyone  knows that John Brummett is one of the most liberal journalists in Arkansas.  The  Democrat Gazette has in the past endorsed Senator Lincoln, Vic Snyder, and wrote puff pieces on two of the most liberal Democrats in Arkansas, Senator Jim Argue and Senator Joyce Elliott, as well as a puff piece on the first self avowed lesbian in the legislature, Kathy Webb.  In addition, this paper has blasted almost every true conservative legislator in recent years.


(14) Although he is conservative on social issues, he has rarely, if ever,  championed them in the legislature or filed significant bills in that direction. 


(15) Gilbert Baker voted for the Lottery Act HB1002, now Act 606.   Lt. Governor Bill Halter was successful in getting a lottery initiative passedHowever, Baker said  in an interview with Steve Barnes in February, 2009, that, " He [Halter] cast the amendment; he proposed the amendment; and he got it out there, but he wrote it in such a way that legislators are supposed to flesh the thing out.  He [Halter] understands that.  It is our responsibility to come up with the rules and the regs and hopefully he will have lots of input into that process, but at the end of the day it is the legislature that will vote and the Governor will sign the legislation that puts the process in place. Joyce Elliott was quoted as saying in the same interview, " It it is up to the legislature to get it right and set the rules and all of that."  Link to interview with G/Baker, Steve Barnes, and  Joyce Elliott, http://www.aetn.org/programs/legislativeupdate/archives/posts/february_13,_2009


Most Arkansans will agree that the legislature did not get it right.  The bill is a  compilation of bills from other states.  And rather than write a restrictive bill after the vote on the lottery by the people, the legislature wrote a bill that allows all kinds of  expansion of gambling with no or little oversight by the legislature. This 117 page  bill was written by  Democratic leadership, and yet Senator Gilbert Baker and other Republicans did not openly challenge the bill so the people would know what was going on.


(16)   In March, 2009,  a global warming [unproven science] climate change, cap and trade type Resolution  SCR12 was passed in the Arkansas legislature that would please Al Gore, President Obama, Nancy Pelosi, and Harry Reid. Senator Gilbert Baker, who repeatedly advocates the "conservative cause" in his campaign speeches, was a co-sponsor of that bill.  The title of the SCR12 Resolution is , " A Resolution Regarding Transitional Climate Change Policy."  This Arkansas resolution contains many of the same phrases and buzz words contained in the US House "cap and trade" bill that was passed about three months after the Arkansas resolution was passed.  The House "cap and trade" bill was so controversial that the Senate has not been able to pass it yet.  So how could co-sponsoring such a resolution fit in with the "controversial cause?"  http://www.arkleg.state.ar.us/assembly/2009/R/Bills/SCR12.pdf - text of Resolution and shows Baker as co-sponsor. (Baker now says he opposes "cap and trade" legislation in his speeches and and literature.  Then why didn't he oppose it last year?)


Obama himself  said, "Under my plan of a "cap and trade" system, electricity rates would necessarily skyrocket. Because I'm capping greenhouse gases, coal power plants, you know, natural gas, you name it…they would have to retrofit their operations. That will cost money. They will pass that money on to consumers."  http://eddriscoll.com/archives/014260.php "Obama Tells SF Chronicle He Will Bankrupt Coal Industry"


More to be added later.


Note:  This article was posted in November before Jim Holt entered the race.  Holt entered the race in January. 


Senator Gilbert Baker Voted FOR All The Bills Above

And is the one Described Where No Bill is Mentioned


Senator Jim Holt Voted AGAINST All The Bills Above

(Except  on the bills after 2006  after he had left the Senate.  Based on his past record, he would have voted against those as well. )


"Barring a remarkable turn of events in the fourth quarter, this Republican primary is over.  Mr. Baker is your nominee," Blake Rutherford reported on his blog after reporting the 3rd quarter fund raising for the candidates. Baker has  raised ten times the amount of money of any other candidate.  I, myself,  predicted as much last Spring. 


That remarkable turn of events could be former  Senator Jim Holt entering the race.  Holt is a proven experienced true conservative with a 100% conservative voting record in the Arkansas state House and Senate.    If just a little over 3% of the people had voted for Holt rather than Lincoln in 2004, he could have won.  Lincoln was not the least vulnerable in 2004 and spent about $6.5 million on her campaign - 37 times the amount of money Holt spent.   


Many people think Gilbert Baker can't win against Lincoln.  The independents, Tea Party people,  Secure Arkansas, and many others are still upset with the Republican establishment, and they are not going to support Senator Gilbert Baker with his voting record.


Many think an independent will enter the race if Gilbert Baker stays the front runner or wins the primary.  It would be much better for Senator Holt to run as a Republican who has a record and a reputation of actually voting the way the Republican base wants him to vote rather than splitting the conservative and Republican vote by an independent.  And Holt has the perfect voting record to please Tea Parties, Secure Arkansas, Independents and TRUE conservatives.


I don't think any of the others that are running can beat Gilbert Baker in the primary.  They don't have name recognition or enough money to do it.  I think Senator Holt has an excellent chance of beating him.  Senator Holt has far more name recognition in the state than even Senator  Baker does and has devoted supporters from the past.   And none of the others  have a voting record or legislative experience so none of us know how they will vote or if they will compromise under pressure.  Senator Holt has several  years of legislative experience and votes to prove he can take the heat. He has also had experience running a statewide campaign as well campaigns for the state House and the Senate.


This article can be found on line at this link:  http://www.wpaag.org/Gilbert%20Baker%20&%20Holt%20voting%20record.htm


See these links for other related article:


Liberals say Jim Holt will be in the Run Off for the Republican Nominee for US Senate



Liberal Organization in Arkansas gives Gilbert Baker highest rating of all Republican Senators and higher than 41 House members.



Gilbert Baker relied on John Brummett Quotes in fund raising letter and on his web:  http://www.wpaag.org/Gilbert%20Baker%20fundraising%20letter%20-%20Brummett.htm


Washington Examiner - GOP picking candidate too soon  http://www.wpaag.org/Gilbert%20B%20-%20GOP%20picking%20him%20too%20soon.htm


100% Conservative Candidate Needs Support



Sample of Senator Holt Voting Record in Comparison to Other Senators in the Race:



Why I Support Senator Holt for U.S. Senate



By: Women Action Group

posted November 25, 09










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