Texas, Georgia & Arkansas
June 15, 2012 —
Texas:Cornyn calls for investigation of Russian arms purchase. US Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX) has called for aSenate investigation into the Pentagon's purchase of helicopters for use in Afghanistanfrom Rosoboronexport, an arms export firm owned by the Russian government. Thefirm is also selling helicopters - over US objections - to the Syriangovernment, presumably for use in its civil war. The situation is eerilyreminiscent of US Sen. Gerald Nye's (R-ND) hearings in the 1930s on the"Merchants of Death." The more things change, the more they stay the same.
Georgia:Deal defends sales tax advocacy. Gov. Nathan Deal (R-GA) struck back at criticswho are contending his support for a sales tax for transportation violates hisAmericans for Tax Reform pledge that he "would oppose and veto any and allefforts to increase taxes." At a rally of corporate fundraisers, Deal said, "Inever signed a pledge to give away my First Amendment rights. to advocate whateverI see fit." He also defended his record on tax cuts.
Arkansas:McDaniel announces for 2014 governor's race. State Attorney General DustinMcDaniel announced Wednesday that he will be a candidate for the Democraticnomination for governor in the 2014 election. Under Arkansas law, he can file and begin raisingfunds two years before the primary. McDaniel is the only candidate to announceso far. Incumbent Gov. Mike Beebe (D) is term-limited.