State of Arkansas Archives: on Homeland Security


Dan Whitfield: Invest in the VA: education on bases for soldiers' children

22 veterans commit suicide every day in America, this issue should be at the top of all headlines. The VA does not work. We need to have both Veterans and Doctors come together to find a way to make sure our soldiers get the care they need when they come home. The funding for schools on military installations comes from the Department of Defense. If we can spend $740,000,000,000 a year on the military, we can afford to make sure our soldier's children are getting the best education possible.
Source: 2022 Arkansas Senate campaign website DanWhitCongress.us Dec 6, 2020

Mark West: Military expansion results in international police

Q: Do you support or oppose the statement, "Expand the military"?

A: Oppose; our military can remain the strongest force in the world without being expanded. Our military expansion always results in our troops being the international police at our expense and has also led to the militarization of our police forces.

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

Conner Eldridge: Ensure stable military and VA funding

Conner's plan to support our Veterans and military families
Source: 2016 Senate campaign website, ConnerForArkansas.com Aug 31, 2016

Curtis Coleman: AdWatch: Boozman voted to curtail civil liberties; I won't

Senate candidate Curtis Coleman launched a new video going after Sen. John Boozman. Coleman is a Republican challenger seeking Boozman's U.S. Senate seat.

In his video, Coleman attacks Boozman's voting record and calls it one of the "worst on record." He ties a number of Boozman's votes to President Barack Obama's agenda and said he "voted to curtail civil liberties."

"John is an incredibly nice person, but we don't need someone to go to the Senate to be Barack Obama's best friend. We need someone to be Tom Cotton's wingman," Coleman said.

Coleman mentioned in his video that Boozman got an "F" on his liberty score from Conservative Review. Wrapping up, Coleman said that if he gets elected, he'll be Arkansas' "pro-civil liberties" senator.

Source: Arkansas Matters AdWatch on 2016 Arkansas Senate race Nov 20, 2015

Curtis Coleman: Oppose unconstitutional activities by the NSA

4th Amendment and Privacy Rights: I will be a champion of our rights to privacy in the Senate. I will oppose unconstitutional activities by the NSA which invade our privacy and limit our rights.
Source: 2016 Arkansas Senate campaign website, CurtisColeman.com Nov 11, 2015

Nathan LaFrance: Meta-data collection of phone records is unconstitutional

The US Constitution is clear--Americans have a right to privacy that cannot be violated by the federal government except upon probably cause resulting in a warrant describing the person, place or things to be seized.

Revelations about current NSA domestic spying programs, being run under the direction of the Obama Administration, have shown an almost complete disregard for our Constitutional rights.

Contrary to administration claims, large-scale meta-data collection of Americans' phone records is a violation of privacy. Through this meta-data, the federal government has access to a tremendous amount of personal information on innocent Americans, including who we speak to, how often we speak with people, where we are located when we make or receive calls and the duration of our calls.

New details continue to emerge on other NSA programs, such as email and internet monitoring. As Americans, we must stand NOW and fight for our rights. Nathan LaFrance will fight to reign in the NSA.

Source: 2014 Arkansas Senate campaign website, LaFrance2014.com Sep 30, 2014

Tom Cotton: AdWatch: No sense of entitlement from serving in military

NBC News asked Pryor whether he thought Cotton's two combat tours in Iraq and Afghanistan were a qualification for running for the Senate. Pryor responded "no" but added, "I think that's part of this sense of entitlement that he gives off, almost like, 'I served my country, therefore let me into the Senate.' That's not how it works in Arkansas."

Cotton denied having any "sense of entitlement" from serving in the military, saying, "I certainly didn't learn one chasing after cattle on the farm. And the last thing my drill sergeant taught me was a sense of entitlement." Cotton said he joined the military after the Sept. 11 attacks and is a strong advocate for veterans, praising the intangible skills of vets like leadership to employers.

In attack ads, Pryor has accused Cotton of being too extreme, which Cotton countered with Pryor's support of the healthcare law: "The only that's extreme is casting the decisive vote for ObamaCare five years ago and still standing by it today," he said.

Source: Washington Times AdWatch on 2014 Arkansas Senate race Mar 10, 2014

Blanche Lambert Lincoln: Seniority concerns shouldn’t outweigh intelligence decisions

LINCOLN: Reform of intelligence gathering, Lincoln said, “was not a battle between Democrats and Republicans as much as it was an argument over seniority. People in Congress who’d built up seniority over agencies in the committee system don’t want to see it changed.” In Iraq, Americans are going to have to accept the decisions Iraqis make themselves if they want Democracy to work there, Lincoln said.

HOLT: Holt said he trusts Bush’s decisions and recommendations when it comes to homeland security.

Source: AR Senate Debate in Arkansas News Bureau Oct 29, 2004

Jim Holt: Trust Bush’s homeland security decisions and recommendations

LINCOLN: Reform of intelligence gathering, Lincoln said, “was not a battle between Democrats and Republicans as much as it was an argument over seniority. People in Congress who’d built up seniority over agencies in the committee system don’t want to see it changed.” In Iraq, Americans are going to have to accept the decisions Iraqis make themselves if they want Democracy to work there, Lincoln said.

HOLT: Holt said he trusts Bush’s decisions and recommendations when it comes to homeland security.

Source: [Xref Lincoln] AR Senate Debate in Arkansas News Bureau Oct 29, 2004

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V.P.Joe Biden (D-DE)
Mayor Mike Bloomberg (I-NYC)
Gov.Steve Bullock (D-MT)
Mayor Pete Buttigieg (D-IN)
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Secy.Julian Castro (D-TX)
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