Arkansas Republican Party Aims to Appeal to All Voters


KNWA is your local election headquarters and Saturday the Republican Party of Arkansas met to approve the Party’s platform.
This election season, the party is still strongly pro-second amendment, pro-life, and for smaller government and fewer taxes, but many said the party is focusing on improving these policies to clearly benefit to common good.

Republican Strategist Princella Smith calls herself a walking contradiction to every Republican stereotype.

“I’m not white, I’m not male, and I’m not rich,” Smith said.

But she said she sees the bigger picture. One that includes every Arkansan.

“It’s an American Dream, it’s not a dream for a certain sector of America.”

An American Dream Smith said isn’t being communicated effectively.

“Arkansas’ platform is directly in line with the common worker,” she said.

That’s why state representatives told us the party is continuing to focus on jobs:

“Every decision you make can create or hinder job growth.” Mathew Pitsch State Representative for District 77 in Fort Smith said. “Today we’re at 3.8%, lowest on recorded unemployment history.”

Keeping our families safe:

 “It’s real important we have local, well funded, police forces, well-trained that are able to deal with those things as if nothing else that a deterrent from being a target,” Bob Ballinger State Representative for District 97 in rural Northwest Arkansas said.

arkansas Party Chairman Doyle Webb said that includes keeping an eye on incarceration rates.

“Looking at inmates to determine who we’re really afraid of and who we’re just mad at and customizing the punishment in accordance with that.” Chairman Webb said. “People can have a second chance,” Webb said.

And Smith said getting Arkansas voters on board with the Republican vision starts with making the party look American.

“Everybody that we elect doesn’t need to be white and male,” Princella Smith Republican Strategist  said.

This is the first time the state convention has been held in Northwest Arkansas.

Party Chairman Doyle Webb told us Benton County has been a base for republicans for a very long time.

The Republican Party Of Arkansas also voted to remove support of pre-k funding from its 2016 platform.

There are more than 25,000 children enrolled in a pre-k program in Arkansas.

Yet portions of the state’s pre-k budget have been stagnant for years, while other areas like the state’s prison system saw a $4 million increase in its budget this year.

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