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Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter visits with supporters at his Jonesboro, Ark., headquarters Monday, May 17, 2010. Halter is challenging incumbent U.S. Sen. Blanche Lincoln, D-Ark., in the May 18 primary election. (AP Photo/The Jonesboro Sun, James Byard)
Received this e-mail from one of our favorite Democrats, Former Lt. Governor Bill Halter (D. AR), who is running for Governor:
It's working.

For the past few months, we've been working hard to build a campaign of big ideas -- like a promise to Arkansas's high schoolers that if they work hard enough, we'll send them to college, tuition paid, without raising taxes.

Guess what? People are getting the message.

Two op-eds ran in Arkansas newspapers this week that show that our momentum is growing:

Take five minutes to read the op-eds, then help us keep our momentum going by chipping in $5 or more today:

In his syndicated column, Roy Ockert notes that Arkansas ranks 49th out of 50 states in the percentage of our workforce with a college degree -- ahead of only West Virginia. That's why, he writes, "The central idea in [Bill's] campaign" -- the Arkansas Promise -- "should be a subject for major debate in the 2014 gubernatorial election."

And in an Arkansas Democrat-Gazette op-ed, Rex Nelson thanks Bill for "focus[ing] a major part of the discussion in this landmark governor's race on the critical need to produce far more college graduates in Arkansas."

"Regardless of whether you have a college degree or not and whether you plan to vote for a Democrat or a Republican for governor, we should all be able to agree that Arkansas simply must produce far more college graduates," Nelson writes. "Let's begin the public policy debate on the best approach for achieving that goal."

You can help us keep driving this discussion forward. Pitch in now:



Bud Jackson
Bill Halter for Arkansas

Halter is going up against Blue Dog Mike Ross in the primary.  Lets help him keep up the momentum to win:

Originally posted to pdc on Thu May 16, 2013 at 09:30 PM PDT.

Also republished by In Support of Labor and Unions and The Democratic Wing of the Democratic Party.

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