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    Arkansas trying to create Hispanic VOTING DISTRICT!

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    Representative Collins to Create Hispanic District

    Dear Friends,

    Following is a letter that it appears has gone out from Charlie Collins (R-Fayetteville) to all our Arkansas representatives. This letter was sent to us by a Secure Arkansas supporter in Northwest Arkansas.


    July 4, 2011

    Governor Mike Beebe
    Attorney General Dustin McDaniel
    Secretary of State Mark Martin
    Arkansas Board of Apportionment


    We are writing to express our support for creating a Hispanic majority House district in Northwest Arkansas. The majority Hispanic House district proposal is consistent with the Voting Rights Act and the principles established in Arkansas with regard to minority majority House districts over the years. We believe the application of the law in Arkansas to date (e.g. African American majority districts) has served the state well, by expanding representation to include ever more of our citizens. Since we have successfully established this approach in Arkansas, it is only appropriate and fair that we continue it by creating a Hispanic majority House district following the latest census where this group now includes 6% of our state's population.

    The time is now because this 6% population share is sure to grow over the coming decade and beyond, as Hispanics are the fastest growing ethnic group in the state. The actions we take now will apply for the next 10 years. While our past and present NWA House members take seriously our charge to represent all of the people, creating this seat takes on special significance, because the representative from this district will likely be the first Hispanic elected to the Arkansas House of Representatives. This Representative will have a unique voice that will give access to views and ideas important to a distinctive community of interest among Arkansans. The Representative from this new district will be able to share what he or she learns by directly participating in the legislative process not just their constituents, but also with other minorities across the state;
    potentially inspiring a new generation of Arkansans to public service.

    Thank you for taking note of our point of view. We are, of course,
    happy to discuss this further with any of you or your staff members.

    Charlie Collins (R- Fayetteville)
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    (Click here to read a great article on this from the Springdale Morning News.) ... TE=DEFAULT

    (Click here to read a great article on this from the Springdale Morning News.)

    If you are concerned about this issue, you will need to contact Representative Charlie Collins and your own representative this evening, as soon as possible, because he is going to present this at a meeting TOMORROW, Wednesday. Charlie Collins' cell phone number is 479-283-9303 and his email is

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    Meeting set about NW Ark. Hispanic House district

    The Springdale Morning News

    SPRINGDALE, Ark. (AP) -- Hispanic leaders are set to meet Wednesday with state officials in Little Rock to discuss creating the state's first Hispanic-majority House district in Northwest Arkansas, but not all local leaders are in favor of the district.

    Former Walmart executive Adam Arroyos, who heads an organization of Hispanic professionals, said he worries a Hispanic-majority legislative district may create divisiveness among political and ethnic groups in Northwest Arkansas.

    "We need to start talking as one community," Arroyos said of groups in Washington and Benton counties. He is national director of the Association of Latino Professionals in Finance and Accounting. The organization now is known only by its acronym, ALPFA, because it includes members from professional fields other than finance and accounting, Arroyos said.

    Mireya Reith, executive director of Rogers-based Arkansas United Community Coalition, and seven other Hispanic leaders are to meet at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday with staff members representing the Arkansas Board of Apportionment's three elected officials, she said. The board is comprised of two Democrats, Gov. Mike Beebe and Attorney General Dustin McDaniel, and Republican Secretary of State Mark Martin.

    The meeting will occur in the office of the board's staff member, Joe Woodson Jr., who also will attend, Reith said. It will center on creating a majority-Hispanic House district to include parts of Rogers and Springdale east of U.S. 71B, she said.

    The population in Springdale is 35.4 percent Hispanic, and the population in Rogers is 31.5 percent Hispanic, according to the U.S. Census Bureau.

    Reith said no Hispanic person in Arkansas has been elected to a state office. Beebe appointed Reith on Thursday to the state Board of Education.

    "The Hispanic community doesn't always feel involved in the political process," she said.

    Kathy Jaycox, a Springdale City Council member, said the creation of a Hispanic-majority district might be viewed as favoring one group over another. Northwest Arkansas is trying to work as a region in promoting the area's interests, she said.

    "To create a district for a particular group doesn't seem to be in the best interest of the area," Jaycox said.

    Reith said Arroyos and Jaycox have not expressed their concerns to her.

    "As in any community, there are always different views," she said.

    The Board of Apportionment is redrawing Arkansas' 100 House and 35 Senate districts to reflect population shifts shown in the 2010 U.S. Census. Fast-growing Washington and Benton counties are slated to gain one Senate and three House districts. South Arkansas is expected to lose seats.

    Woodson said the board probably would create a Hispanic-majority House district before creating a Hispanic-majority Senate district. The ideal size of each new Senate district is 83,312, while the ideal size of each new House district is 29,159. It is easier to fill a smaller House district with the number of residents required to make it majority-Hispanic, he said. The ideal sizes are determined by dividing the state's population of 2.9 million by 100 House or 35 Senate districts.

    The Board of Apportionment website notes districts should be drawn to preserve communities of interest.

    Woodson said state officials complying with judicial rulings over the years have created 13 House and four Senate districts with a majority of black residents. Most of those districts are in the central and southern parts of the state, but some are in east Arkansas, he said.

    The governor and attorney general will release their proposed redistricting maps July 19, Woodson said. The maps will be posted on the Board of Apportionment website. Martin's proposals are on the website.

    The board will conduct a public hearing in Little Rock on July 25, and then vote July 29. The new districts would take effect 30 days after the board approves a map, according to its website.

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    FYI, the three largest enablers and sponsor of illegal aliens from Mexico in the United States are:




    The GOP Sponsors The Mexican Invasion

    (make sure you rewind this to the start, it has a tendency to begin in the middle)
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    Representative Charlie Collins (R-Fayetteville) July 6, 2011

    Your request for a Hispanic political district in NW Arkansas is not only outrageous, but also an affront & insult to all American citizens.

    If those people are in our country legally, then they are supposed to acculturate…you know, as in the old melting pot. Their ethnicity is supposed to have nothing to do with citizenship and it would not be important to them as law-abiding American citizens.

    If they are here illegally they would have an interest in keeping their failed philosophies, mores, 3rd world customs, etc. alive and thriving. Are we now to go about redistricting according to ethnicities which will do battle for their own interests and to hell with the rule of law and our Constitution?

    This is pandering of the worst sort. If it was your idea you have no business representing lawful citizens, if you were put up to it, you have no business representing citizens. The very idea that you want to aid & abet law-breakers…both their employers & the illegals…is evil enough, but according federal law 8 USC, it is a felony and you could be fined and imprisoned. If you are unaware of that, you would be well advised to research it…that is if you care that you are breaking the law.

    Multicultural political correctness is killing this country and you are doing your part in the murder. Unless you want to continue to be an accomplice you would be well advised to back off from this seditious effort.

    Kindest regards,
    ~ Barbara & Joe McCutchen
    Fort Smith

    Cc: citizens everywhere
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