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Tom Cotton / U.S. District 4 / Republican

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Rick Crawford / U.S. District 1 / Republican

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Joshua Drake / U.S. District 4 / Green

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As Arkansans we must develop a more future focused approach to problem solving and planning. One of the ten key values of the Green Party is a Future Focus and Sustainability. The Iroquois indians considered the interests of the seventh generation equal to those of the present. We must reclaim our future for our children and ourselves. Our current focus has us drilling the earth dry of all the oil and gas we can find, poisoning our water and our oceans in the process causing irreparable harm to our earth and our environment. We are spending our grandchildren's money in order the fight wars that are about protecting oil company profits.

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As a member of Congress I will fight for future generations as hard as I fight for us and our children. I will endeavor to make sure we consider the long term effects of everything we do and every law we make. I will fight to make sure those profiting and exploiting our hard work are required to pay their fair share to protect our environment and to make sure our future is bright.

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I hope protect our most precious resource, our clean water supply. Future wars will be fought not over oil, but over clean water. Corporations are allowed to poison our drinking water supply while searching for oil and gas. I hope to move America toward clean energy, hydroelectric, wind and solar. I will endeavor to help this nation catch up with the most successful nations of the world by establishing health care for all citizens as a human right guaranteed to all citizens. Education of our future generations will be a priority was will the protection of equal rights for all citizens as guaranteed by our Constitution.

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Scott Ellington / U.S. District 1 / Democrat

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Tim Griffin / U.S. District 2 / Republican

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My focus remains the same as it was when I first ran for office: pursuing policies that encourage private sector job creation to put Arkansans back to work. With national unemployment still above eight percent and Arkansas unemployment above seven percent, it is critical that government not be an obstacle to job growth through overregulation and a complicated tax code. We must enable businesses and our workers to lead and compete in America's economic comeback.

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I will continue my fight to change Washington at its core by voting for responsible budgets that stop mortgaging our children's futures, for fundamental tax reform, and to ease the burden on hardworking taxpayers. I will continue to create certainty for private sector job creators by eliminating overly burdensome regulations, a good example being my recently-passed H.R. 4078, the Red Tape Reduction and Job Creation Act. I will also continue my fight to repeal the president's health care law with its tax hikes on middle class Americans and the regulatory and financial headwinds affecting small businesses.

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I will continue fighting to get our unsustainable spending under control and move us toward a balanced budget so we don’t continue to burden our children with crushing debt. I will also continue my push to reform federal entitlements to save them and adopt fundamental tax reform for individuals, families and businesses to encourage job creation.

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Chris Hayes / U.S. District 2 / Libertarian

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Jacob Holloway / U.S. District 1 / Green

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Gene Jeffress / U.S. District 4 / Democrat

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Rebekah Kennedy / U.S. District 3 / Green

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The most important issue facing Arkansas is the same as the most important issue facing the United States and everyone else with whom we share this small planet. It is our dependence on fossil fuels. All significant economic activity on this planet, from transportation to industry to agriculture, depends upon burning a single resource billions of times faster than it can be replaced. We do not have a plan for maintaining our economies or feeding our people when this resource is inevitably exhausted. In order to put off that day and to deal with the economic pressures created by a resource we do not know how to live without, we are using increasingly more desperate and dangerous means of obtaining fossil fuels, including leveling mountains, deep ocean drilling, arctic drilling and fracking. If burning fossil fuel were entirely safe and had no environmental impact, our infinite reliance on this finite resource would still be the defining crisis of our times. However, the sad truth is that we are not running out of fossil fuels fast enough. The process of burning this fuel creates gasses, including carbon dioxide, which are steadily raising the temperature of the entire Earth. We have now raised the average surface and atmospheric temperatures of our planet to levels that have not been seen for over ten thousand years. As a result, climate and whether around the world are becoming increasingly destabilized, leading to historic draughts, floods and extreme weather events of all kinds. The price of food has already risen globally and here in Arkansas, in part as a result of these climate changes and in part because of the rising price of fossil fuels themselves. If this process continues unchecked until all of the available fuel is burned, we will so damage our atmosphere that agriculture as we know it (the only significant source of food for the Earth’s six billion people) may become impossible and will certainly become more difficult and less productive. An ever worsening scarcity of food and fresh water will lead to economic and political instability, including wars and possibly nuclear wars. We must reduce our use of energy and find new sources of energy so that we, the people of the Earth, can live within our energy means without laying waste to our only home. This is the most important issue facing Arkansas because it is the most important issue facing humanity.

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The first and most important thing I plan to do to address this issue is to speak of it loudly, often, honestly and in public. Although understanding of the existence and magnitude of this problem is growing, we have not yet reached the point in this country where the people or our representatives in government have shown the resolution or the will to act aggressively to solve it. We are still behaving as if this were one of a long list of relatively more or less important issues that we might or might not address, time permitting, alongside other priorities. In realty, all of the historic struggles of our nation pale in comparison to the challenge we now face. It may as well be the first week of December, 1941. We are a nation asleep. If you send me to Washington, I will sound the alarm to the best of my ability and lead others in Washington to do so. I will support all practical steps, however large or small, that can be taken by the federal government and by international organizations of which the United States is a part to develop new sources of energy, encourage the use of already existing sources of sustainable energy and increase energy conservation. This would include using tax incentives and federal regulation to encourage energy efficiency in homes and industry, increased use of solar and wind energy and increased availability and use of more energy efficient means of transportation, such as rail and river transportation, as well as public transportation of all kinds. I look forward to the day when no one will board a flight from Fort Smith or XNA to Dallas or St. Louis because they can always get there faster, safer, and cheaper by train and when an ordinary Arkansan can hold down a job without driving a car every day. The state of Oklahoma already produced 12% of its energy on wind farms, yet they have only begun to scratch the surface of their wind energy potential. The aggressive use of wind farming in much of the central U.S., including Arkansas could be one of the most important pieces of the new energy puzzle. It could also creature new and better jobs for Arkansans. Additionally, the United States in general and Arkansas in particular set at a near ideal latitude for the use of solar energy. I would support legislation aimed at both improving the state of the art in clean energy technology and incentivizing the use of that technology by government, industry and consumers.

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I hope to accomplish many things while in office. I hope to provide all of the people of the Third District of Arkansas with responsive, open, accountable, proactive representation and constituent service in Washington. I hope to provide one dependable vote in the interest of the ordinary citizen and in the interests of the country as a whole on all of the legislation that comes before Congress during my term, particularly when our interests conflict with those of the corporate power elite. I hope to raise awareness and catalyze action to end our dependence on fossil fuels and to mitigate the environmental and economic harm that fossil fuel use has caused and is causing. I hope to be a voice for a renewed culture of support for civil liberties and the rule of law in this country despite the fear that has lead our people to trade freedom for the promise of security in the years since 9-11. Most of all, I hope to give the people of Arkansas hope that their votes can bring about real and positive change in the world and that democracy can still work if we work at it.

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David Pangrac / U.S. District 3 / Libertarian

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Jessica Paxton / U.S. District 1 / Libertarian

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Herb Rule / U.S. District 2 / Democrat

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Jobs--permanent, good-paying jobs for Arkansans.

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When elected to Congress,I will ---      ....designate a staff member to work full time,     and then some, to work with local and state     governments, educators, employers and job-seekers     in the 2d District to help match all people with     available jobs, direct people to help to start their     own business, and pave the way to other help     available;      and....be sure that government agencies are operated     in a helpful and cost efficient way to find meaningful     work for Arkansans to support themselves and their     families. 

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I will collaborate with people of all different views     to break the stalemate in Congress so that it      protects Medicare and Social Security all have     earned; reduces unemployment; fosters creation of     small businesses and provides high quality, cost     efficient medical care for all citizens;     ....reduce the deficit by cutting underperforming     programs and making sure all citizens pay their     fair share to support our defense, education system     and the infrastructure improvements needed to make     America great again; and     ....fight for 100% of Arkansans to get their share     of the bounty our country can provide.

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Bobby Tullis / U.S. District 4 / Libertarian

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balancing the federal budget and paying off debt.

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budget cuts.

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balance budget within two years.

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Barbara Ward / U.S. District 2 / Green

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It's the economy. In the 21st century we have three basic economic models to look at...Marxist,Jeffersonian and Keynesian. The Keynesian economics of the last two decades finds most Arkansans still waiting for the infamous "trickle-down" effect that we were promised. We need to return to a Jeffersonian system. The one that built this country. Levi-Strauss,Whirlpool and countless others have moved factories overseas to take advantage of labor that's often available for three dollars a day. something may be trickling down on us...but it's not what we barganed for.

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By making small business loans more available for manufacturing. You'll have a hard time finding a simple tee-shirt or countless other things that were once made here. Reviving the manufacturing sector wouls have a major impact on the economy. reviving the When people are given the option to "Buy American" they will.

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I suppose I could make a wish-list a mile long,but my answer is reviving the economy and making offshore "shell companies" fully accountable,transparent and taxable.

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Steve Womack / U.S. District 3 / Republican

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