State of Arkansas Archives: on Principles & Values

Tim Griffin: Supports Supreme Court nominations in election year

President Donald Trump has the constitutional authority to nominate a justice for the Supreme Court, and the Senate has the same authority to advise and consent. Those powers don't change simply because it's an election year. It's that simple. The rest is politics. President Trump is right to fill the vacant seat with a qualified nominee.
Source: Lt. Governor press release for 2022 Arkansas governor race Sep 25, 2020

Tom Cotton: Slavery was necessary evil upon which union was built

On colonial America: "We have to study the history of slavery and its role and impact on the development of our country because otherwise we can't understand our country. As the Founding Fathers said, it was the necessary evil upon which the union was built, but the union was built in a way, as Lincoln said, to put slavery on the course to its ultimate extinction," he said. Instead of portraying America as "an irredeemably corrupt, rotten and racist country," the nation should be viewed "as an imperfect and flawed land, but the greatest and noblest country in the history of mankind," Cotton said.
Source: Arkansas Democrat-Gazette on 2020 Arkansas Senate race Jul 26, 2020

Ricky Dale Harrington: Libertarian for those unhappy with Democrats AND Republicans

The Libertarian Party of Arkansas nominated Harrington, Jr., 34, of Pine Bluff, to run for the U.S. Senate seat now held by Republican Sen. Tom Cotton. If you have supported Democrats or Republicans in the past and are unhappy with the way things are going in our country's government you now have another choice. Bad or worse are no longer the only choices in the election. There is an alternative. The Libertarian Party.
Source: 2020 Arkansas Senate campaign website Dec 14, 2019

Ricky Dale Harrington: Converted from Blue-Dog Democrat; married with three kids

Harrington, a father of three, is the LPA's first African-American candidate. The party first began contesting elections in Arkansas in 2012.

He was a member of the White County Democratic Party, though he called himself a "blue dog" or conservative Democrat. He spent two years doing Church of Christ missionary work in China with his Chinese-born wife, Emily, whom he met while they were students at Harding University. He taught in universities and did health care consulting in China. He was there during the 2016 campaign and was dismayed watching the condition of American politics from afar.

Harrington also was inspired to run because of his displeasure over Act 164's higher threshold requirements to qualify for the ballot.

Source: on 2020 Arkansas Senate race Oct 27, 2019

Mark West: No religious viewpoint should be publicly imposed

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Keep God in the public sphere"?

A: No religious viewpoint should be publicly imposed using government force, nor should religious viewpoints be prevented using government force.

Source: OnTheIssues interview of 2018 Arkansas governor candidate Apr 28, 2018

Frank Gilbert: Christian Libertarian & believes in Non-Aggression Principle

Q: Briefly describe your spiritual beliefs and values.

Gilbert: I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and the only path for me to attain forgiveness and thus salvation. I do not know what path others may have to follow to attain such blessings.

Q: Considering all issues (social, economic, national security, etc.), which political philosophy best describes you?

Gilbert: I am a libertarian, reflected in my membership in the Libertarian Party. As a libertarian I believe in the Non-Aggression Principle (NAP). That means that every individual has the right to live his or her life in any way they choose, so long as they don't initiate force or practice fraud. The government has no authority to restrict individuals' actions if they are not practicing aggression. This leads to political positions that appear conservative in matters of economics and liberal in matters of individual rights and privacy.

Source: 2016 AFA Action iVoterGuide on 2016 Arkansas Senate race Nov 8, 2016

Mark Pryor: AdWatch: I believe in God; and only God has all the answers

Sen. Mark Pryor (D-Ark.) is hitting back at Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) in a new ad for questioning his faith. The spot, first shared with The Hill, is aimed at touting Pryor's religious conviction in the heavily religious state--and undercutting months of work Cotton's campaign has put in to bolster his own image with positive ads.

Cotton said last week that Pryor thinks "faith is something that only happens at 11 o'clock on Sunday mornings" in response to the Hobby Lobby Supreme Court decision over the health care law's contraception mandate. Pryor demanded an apology, but none was forthcoming, and the controversial comments got plenty of local attention.

Pryor's new ad features local news coverage the kerfuffle, interspliced with the Bible verse, "Do not judge, or you too will be judged."

"I'm not ashamed to say that I believe in God, and I believe in His word. The Bible teaches us no one has all the answers, only God does," Pryor says in the ad. "This is who I am and what I believe."

Source: The Hill AdWatch on 2014 Arkansas Senate race Jul 8, 2014

Tom Cotton: Served in military, academia, and as management consultant

Ben Sasse and Tom Cotton have a lot in common: Republican candidacies for the Senate, Ivy League advanced degrees--a Yale PhD for Sasse, a Harvard law degree for Cotton--and a tour of duty in the white-shoe world of management consulting. One more thing: They are running as common-man conservatives from the heartland under the banner of the Tea Party.

The resumes of Sasse (R, NE) and Cotton (D, AR) do not exactly fit the profile of populists. That is especially true for the lines dedicated to the Boston Consulting Group and McKinsey & Company, firms that advise corporations on strategy, efficiency and ways to increase profitability.

Most of Cotton's adult life has been in academia and the military, and he has spent a year in Congress. His time at McKinsey was also barely more than a year, during which time his group leader immersed him in the intricacies--and the value--of the Affordable Care Act.

Source: N.Y. Times on 2014 Arkansas Senate race May 17, 2014

Tom Cotton: Fastest male in Congress; has finished 11 marathons

Rep. Tom Cotton retained his title as the fastest male in the 113th Congress, running the 3-mile course of the 33rd Annual ACLI Capital Challenge in 18:29. Cotton ran the course in 17:55 in 2013. Former Rep. Bart Gordon (D-TN) holds the record for the House: he finished in 16:59 in 1995.

Unfortunately for Cotton, his other big race--the heated Arkansas Senate campaign against Sen. Mark Pryor--has taken a toll on the congressman's workout regime. "I do have to work harder to get my runs in each morning," Cotton said. Proceeds from the event went to the Fidelco Guide Dog Foundation, which helps provide guide dogs to wounded veterans.

The congressman took up running as part of his Army training in 2005, and discovered he enjoyed the sport. Cotton has since run 11 marathons. If Cotton beats Pryor and runs the race as a senator in 2015, he has a better chance of breaking a record. The Senate record belongs to former Sen. Max Baucus (D-MT), who ran the 1981 Capital Challenge in 18:15.

Source: Roll Call's Gossip Blog on 2014 Arkansas Senate race May 1, 2014

Mark Pryor: Campaign theme: Pryor is responsible, Cotton is reckless

A Pryor campaign memorandum passed is summarized below. It is, of course, partisan, but it's loaded with plenty of worthy specifics: