State of Arkansas Archives: on Budget & Economy


Mike Ross: AdWatch: Voted for $7 trillion in new debt and bailouts

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mike Ross is the target of a new ad in the Arkansas governor's race. The ad comes from the Republican Governors Association. Its script:
Source: Arkansas Matters AdWatch on 2014 AR gubernatorial race Feb 24, 2014

Asa Hutchinson: AdWatch: Worked for lobbying firm after leaving Congress

The Democratic Governors Association said a group affiliated with it, "Jobs and Opportunity," has made a six-figure ad buy. The ad claims former Rep. Asa Hutchinson has a history of "wheeling and dealing" while the Democratic candidate, former Rep. Mike Ross, displayed common sense & fiscal responsibility during his term. "D.C. lobbyist Asa Hutchinson has forgotten what Arkansas values look like," a spokesman said.

Hutchinson's campaign criticized the Democratic group's new ad. "This ad is misleading and hypocritical. They need to check their facts. Asa was practicing law in Arkansas while Mike Ross was voting for these very bills in Washington."

The ad says Hutchinson and the firm where he worked after leaving Congress benefited from the stimulus program. "While Hutchinson and his lobbying firm were cashing in on a stimulus bill and the Wall Street and Detroit bailouts, Mike Ross was fighting for a balanced budget amendment and voting against congressional pay raises," a Ross spokesman said.

Source: Miami Herald AdWatch on 2014 Arkansas gubernatorial race Feb 18, 2014

Mike Ross: AdWatch: Trillions of things in common with Pelosi & Obama

The Republican Governors Association unveiled a six-figure advertising buy for television and radio commercials that claim Ross is too closely aligned with President Barack Obama and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi to lead Arkansas effectively. It specifically mentions the president's 2009 stimulus package. "Obama, Pelosi and Ross. Trillions of things in common. All of them wasted," the narrator says in the GOP ad. "That's the real Mike Ross."

Ross is the only Democrat to announce a run for governor, while Hutchinson, who lost the 2006 governor's race to Mike Beebe, who is term-limited, is running against Little Rock businessman Curtis Coleman for the GOP nomination. The filing season opens next Monday.

Over the last two election cycles, the GOP has made gains by tying Democratic Party candidates to Obama and Pelosi, who are unpopular in Arkansas. In 2012 the GOP won control of the state Legislature for the first time since Reconstruction

Source: Miami Herald AdWatch on 2014 Arkansas gubernatorial race Feb 18, 2014

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