State Senator Missy Irvin of Mountain View, Arkansas is the first woman and the first Republican to represent her area. She defeated State Rep. Curren Everett (D) in a 2010 upset, and has had significant impact in the past two years. The Senator donates her entire salary to charity.
She is a former news editor for KATV Channel 7, and an adjunct professor at Hendrix College.
She is from one of the pioneer families of the Arkansas GOP. Her mother is the former president of the Arkansas Federation of Republican Women, and at age 10, Missy was stuffing envelopes in the Reagan headquarters.
One of her five brothers was a GOP Congressional candidate, and she was his campaign manager. She was also Finance Director for a GOP gubernatorial candidate.
Irvin, 41, attended the University of Reading and Oxford University in England, and her undergraduate degree is from Randolph-Macon. She is the mother of four children and is married to a medical doctor.
One of her most memorable experiences was watching the collapse of USSR. She was in the Soviet Union in 1989, and “I witnessed firsthand how a communist, socialist society, without freedom stifled individuals’ self expression, joy for life, and ability to dream for themselves and for their families. There was no expression of color, just shades of gray. The Soviet Union was a stark contrast to America.”
The Senator is a solid conservative and has been helping to change the GOP by bringing in more women, blacks and Hispanics. She has no tolerance for racial jokes or attitudes, and has reprimanded people who have been condescending to minorities. “I’ll just be frank,” Irvin says, “some people in my district are racists.”
She was shocked when parents would not participate in integrated soccer games. She says Arkansas is part of the New South, but unfortunately a few people still have segregationist attitudes of 50 years ago.
Irvin went public to explain why she would not participate in a “patriot group” rally in Stone County. There was no way the Senator would appear on stage with an avowed KKK leader. She also has a low tolerance for Ron Paul supporters who oppose the Civil Rights Act and vaccinations.
She dismisses their concerns about fluoride in drinking water. Her husband’s medical practice has encountered severe health issues among children because of bad oral hygiene.
Irvin says “I believe government must get out of the way to allow the private sector to create jobs.
“We do this by lowering taxes and reducing government regulations. I believe we must work to attract jobs to rural Arkansas. I’ve seen to many people’s children and grandchildren have to move away because there are no jobs. Rural Arkansans know the value of hard work, and are an asset to any business.”
You can read more about the contest rules and background at: The 45 Most Admired Republican Women Under 45
Teresa Crossland-Oelke of Rogers has been the Arkansas State Director of Americans for Prosperity since 2009, and under her leadership this active chapter has expanded rapidly. She has brought many well known conservative leaders to Arkansas and has organized successful events across the state.
She was working with Herman Cain well before anyone had heard of him. (Cain is standing next to Teresa in this cropped photo. They had just completed a radio program).
Her group is especially effective because their reports on state issues are professional, well researched and contain specific policy recommendations.
She has taken several state issues to national experts who have helped her with the development of policy alternatives. One report called for reduced spending and changes in the state’s tax policy.
She said “This overview isn’t about what we do wrong, but offers ideas being used in other states to rein in government growth. Arkansas families have been tightening their belts and it’s time for state government to follow their example.”
The CEO of Delta Trust Bank praised her work by saying “All budgets require periodic independent review. Such scrutiny often reveals significant opportunities for savings and increased productivity. I commend Americans for Prosperity for undertaking the hard work of a close review. Taxpayers deserve it.”
This also explains why she was elected to the Board of Directors of the state Chamber of Commerce. She previously served as Speaker Tim Shallenburger’s chief of staff in the Kansas House of Representatives, and was Director of Administration in the Kansas Treasurer’s Office. Teresa has been married for 16 years and is the mother of three sons.
When asked about the role of women in politics she said “I don’t consider my gender or the fact that I am a mother as something that hinders me. The Tea Party movement is made up of moms and grandmothers because Washington has messed up the future for our children. When you mess with the baby bears, you get the Mama Bear.”
You can read more about the contest rules and background at: The 45 Most Admired Republican Women Under 45
Reviewed by Gregg Hilton
This is an important and thought provoking book. The author is a professor of history at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, and her effort resulted in the Harry Truman Book Award from the Truman Presidential Library. She is a liberal but there is no bias in her account of this period.
The Dixiecrats (or southern Democrats) were predominantly conservative, but the movement also included many racists. She accurately quotes them and that was enough to prove her point. Her account begins with Franklin Roosevelt’s election in 1932, but as she readily acknowledges, the Democratic Party’s Solid South really began with the end of Reconstruction in 1877. Continue reading
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Congressman John Boozman (R) has a significant lead over Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D).
The election is 19 days away but in Arkansas the result of the U.S. Senate race is already apparent. Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D), the Chairman of the Agriculture Committee, will be defeated in her bid for re-election by Rep. John Boozman (R). Continue reading
Senator Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) has been running behind in her re-election campaign all year. No one expects her to be re-elected, but in a poll out today she is losing by an astronomical 65% to 27% margin. Lincoln has not committed any crime and she is not among the top Senate liberals. She has not made any serious errors, but organized labor and liberal activist groups spent over $10 million on a primary campaign to defeat her.
The message from Arkansas is that Blanche Lincoln was defeated on the day Barack Obama was elected. The President is radioactive in Arkansas and his approval rating is now at a dismal 31%. The GOP now has one Congressional seat but they are expected to capture 75% of the House delegation in November. Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) is more liberal than Lincoln and he is very pleased that he does not have to face the electorate until 2014.
Lincoln inflicted a major wound on herself the day she became the deciding vote on ObamaCare. If she voted no, it meant risking defeat in a primary, but by voting yes she sealed her doom in the general election. Prior to the health care vote she was considered a competent centrist. Once she voted for ObamaCare the tide turned swiftly and devastatingly against her.
When the story of the 2010 election is written, ground zero for the Obama backlash will be in Arkansas. Republicans will do well in other states, but anger directed toward the President and the liberal Congressional leadership is particularly intense in the Ozarks. Continue reading
PHOTO: This ad from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce praises Sen. Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) for opposing the union card check legislation. Lincoln describes herself as a moderate blue dog Democrat.
On Tuesday, Blanche Lincoln (D-AR) may become the third U.S. Senator this year to be defeated for renomination. Senators Arlen Specter (D-PA) and Bob Bennett (R-UT) have already been rejected by their political parties.
A Research 2000/Daily Kos survey poll out today shows Lincoln, the Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, losing to Lieutenant Gov. Bill Halter by a 49% to 45% margin. The same firm had the race tied a week ago, and this was the third poll which gave Halter the lead. Lincoln was ahead of Halter on primary night three weeks ago, but she was forced into a run-off because a third candidate received 13%.
The turnout on Tuesday will be far lower than on primary night, which will be an advantage for Halter because the most committed voters want a change. During the past two months, labor unions and members of liberal activist groups have spent more than $5 million backing Halter.
Groups such as Moveon.org, Progressive Change, Daily Kos and Democracy for America have provided over 60% of Halter’s budget and Moveon.org alone has raised $2.1 million for the liberal Lt. Governor.
Labor unions spent more than $5 million in the primary, and so far they have spent $2,405,745 in the runoff. This does not include hidden expenditures for mail, phones and other GOTV efforts. Lincoln provided the final vote to pass Obamacare, but that is not good enough for labor and the liberals.
They are blaming the Senator for killing the health care public option (she promised to lead a filibuster to stop it), as well as cap and trade. The liberal groups refer to Lincoln as “Bailout Blanche” and as a DINO (Democrat in Name Only).
Moveon.org claims Lincoln is protecting corporate interests and her vote in favor of TARP is frequently mentioned. They call TARP a “massive no-strings attached bailout for Wall Street,” and claim Lincoln “is stopping the Obama agenda.” However, President Obama fully supports Lincoln and has recorded a TV ad for her.
Former President Clinton visited the state on her behalf. Labor is upset because Lincoln will not support the union card check legislation, and the Service Employees International Union responded to the Obama endorsement with a point by point rebuttal.
If Lincoln does win on Tuesday her prospects this November are dismal according to a survey by the Markham Group. No U.S. Senator has ever been re-elected with similar poll numbers. Lincoln has a 34% job approval rating and 56% disapproval. Her favorability is even worse, at just 32%, compared to 57% unfavorable.
Her favorability and approvals are down eight and seven points, respectively, from the same poll just three months ago, while her unfavorables and her disapproval each rose by 11. That’s a net loss of nearly 20 points on each rating, and the rising negatives are particularly notable. President Obama’s approval in the poll is 37%, versus 61% disapproval. In 2008, Obama received only 39% of the Arkansas vote.
The bottomline is that this Democratic seat is now listed as “Safe Republican” by every political rating agency. Rep. John Boozman (R-AR) has been on Capitol Hill for a decade and has at least a 15 point lead over both Democrats. If Halter does win the primary, Boozman says he would be an even easier target in November.
As of now, Halter performs better than Lincoln in the head to head match ups with Boozman, but the main reason is because Halter’s views are not well known. Boozman would receive 66% of the vote against Lincoln and 60% against Halter.
However, many voters do not realize Halter is significantly to the left of Lincoln, and is definitely out of step with the current Arkansas viewpoint. Halter is emphasizing his strong support of Obamacare, but it is opposed by 72% of Arkansas residents. There are four congressional districts in the state and three of them are represented by Democrats. Republicans have an excellent chance of capturing three seats, and they could possibly gain all four.