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Thank you!

Monday, May 24th, 2010

Thank You!

First, I want to say Thank You for all your hard work and effort.  Remember, the path to liberty is not a sprint but a marathon.  With your enduring spirits, none of us are finished; we are only beginning.  Second, I’m sorry for not getting out a personal email sooner.  This has been the busiest week after an election, win or lose, that I’ve ever had.

Wednesday, sleep came at approximately 4:30am, as I’m sure was the same for many of you.  I awakened at 6:30am for an interview at 6:40am.  It went well.  After around 45 minutes, I managed to get back to sleep until around 9:30am.  We had Bible time and breakfast/brunch as Steffan and his crew took campaign signs away from the polling places.  I talked with many of you on the phone.  Joy filled my soul as I knew we had spread the truth and God was glorified.  Many of you shared you wouldn’t change a thing because you were more informed now than ever before.  We made a difference.  All expressed a concern wondering if we were ‘ok.’  I was extremely happy because I had ‘passed the test’ of dying to my will.  No frustration or anger, only peace was given to me.  And even though we learned that we didn’t make the runoff by one and a half percentage points (about 2,300 out of @ 138,000 votes cast), it was a great day.

We were at complete peace and then between five and seven in the evening I learned that Gunner DeLay was going to do a recount in the third district.  This could possibly change the outcome of our race and put us into a runoff.  The investigative process began.

Thursday:  We called the Secretary of State’s office the next morning early and Gunner DeLay and many others involved in the process; all the while, talking again with many of you and my opponents that had become our friends.  We learned much as we debated the law with many attorneys and previous people that had been through this process.  The law was vague, but to be sure we received a recount (and the price involved) we felt like we should request a recount by midnight, Thursday night.  We talked to MANY attorneys and several at ‘Pro-Bono,’ as late as 11:00pm.  We are grateful to them.  Somewhere between five to seven pm, I received a phone call from a large organization in the state that had reported many counts of voter fraud.  More investigation with attorneys and staffers ensued until around 12:30am and throughout the day on Friday.

Friday:  More of the same, trying to learn which would be better: a recount, a fraud lawsuit, both, or nothing.  Who will join us in these endeavors?  Is it even feasible?  Final reports need to be made.  Some want it to just be over with!  And yet they counter their own thoughts with, “It’s for freedom!  Give it everything you’ve got, Jim!”

We really believe we owe it to everyone involved to make sure that everything was done in order.  It was pretty close to make a runoff.  At this point, we are still waiting on some information so an informed decision can be made.  We cannot make a mistake on this one.  For example:  there is not only the legal and political aspect, but there is also the public perception aspect.  And believe me the media will hammer us if there looks like there is any ‘complaining’ or ‘whining.’  A banana from the bunch gets pealed.  That’s why we must have alliances in this one.  We ALL want fair elections and when it’s this close, machines can make mistakes in counting those ballots.

There is another group that has filed suit in defense of their First Amendment rights.  Other coalitions are being made as well.  We should have a meeting on Tuesday.  As soon as we know something definitively, I will inform you.

So I implore all of you to be praying.  Before we do anything, we must make absolutely sure we are right.  Then, if necessary, charge Hell with a water pistol.

Saturday we got up early and left to Union Town, Arkansas where my daughters were in a wedding of one of our dear friends.  We arrived back home around 5:30pm at which time we received more company and phone calls.  We also learned that our main pilot for the campaign, Jay Cole, JR’s Daddy, was coughing up blood and was rushed to the hospital and is there as I correspond with you.  Please pray for that family.  They are patriots that have been fighting this battle for freedom more years than I have and I appreciate them greatly.

There are many people who have joined in this cause for freedom.  And I know with the right perspective this endeavor has not made you weary.  I was personally more ‘burned out’ when I began this race than I am now.  I believe it is truly because I saw something for which I have prayed for years.  Something that I thought was dead and I didn’t know IF it could be rekindled – a desire for this nation and our children’s children to be free, to be responsible for ourselves, to be dependent upon God once again, not the government. Remember, the liberals NEVER let up. They keep coming year after year.  Should we do no less?

I love and admire you all.

Onward,

P.S.   I want to spend a great deal of time THANKING everyone for all their sacrifices of which I know.  You are heroes in a day that heroes are desperately needed.  If there is a story that you wish to tell me, I would like to put it into this ‘soon’ distribution so that others can see and be encouraged for we have truly just begun!

Stories of Sacrifice:  Ross Whitley and family gave up their vacation this year and maxed out in financial and time contribution.  They were truly an inspiration for others to stop talking and start doing.  They brought many people in the campaign and were truly good at ‘ABCing.’  They could always be counted on to put ALL ELSE aside for our freedom.

Clint Branham Jr. left a high paying technical job at a ‘mega-church,’ to fight this cause of freedom.  Whenever we needed something, night or day, Clint was there, working around the clock.  He maxed out in financial and time contribution.  He was extremely good at working in adverse circumstances without complaining.

Debbie Pelley – Even though she was not officially part of the campaign, she helped with advice and I consider her one of the heroines of the state for her research and tireless tenacity.  She did a great job of supplying the voters with legislator’s records on key votes.  She as well, maxed out on time and money, and she has since 2004. She is a retired school teacher, but I’m not going to tell you her age.  She’ll have to do that.  I’ll tell you this.  When you learn her age and learn of the hours she puts in, you’ll shake your head in disbelief.

May the Lord bless ALL of you a hundred fold for your faithfulness.  I will write more about other sacrifices.  Mrs. Green just told me of theirs on Wednesday.  All in this campaign were literally amazing and the most educated of ANY campaign.  We are so blessed!!!

Wait until you hear about the initiative of Ken Tate and his availability as well…. You’ll be encouraged.

Talk with you soon… I miss you all, already.

Holt calls for ‘Politics Unusual’

Monday, May 17th, 2010

JIM HOLT FOR U.S. SENATE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, May 17, 2010
CONTACT: Dwayne Andregg (479) 790-7743
dwaynea@jimholt2010.com

Holt calls for ‘Politics Unusual’

SPRINGDALE, AR — As we come into the final hours of the Arkansas primary, an opponent of Jim Holt has attacked and tried to defame Holt’s character through a robocall accusing Holt of “distorting” his opponent’s record.

“First of all, our campaign didn’t even compile the voting records The Women’s Action Group did the research and published them.  I believe all the members are retired school teachers.” Said Holt.  “We asked them if we could reproduce them and hand them out and they said, yes. We are grateful for their willingness to inform the public.  Thomas Jefferson said that whenever the people are well informed they can be trusted with their own government.” Elaborated Holt.

“I think everyone would agree that we’re tired of negative campaigning. It’s sad really.”  Holt said.  “I know the person that did the robocall is a friend of Gilbert’s but I also think the people of Arkansas would be disheartened to know he is a registered lobbyist – this is a documented fact.”  (Source: http://www.sos.arkansas.gov/filing_search/index.php/filing/save_pdf/10390) “This proves what everyone in-the-know, already knows:  Gilbert is another establishment candidate that has raised over a million dollars with the help from lobbyists.  We haven’t received one penny of lobbyist or D.C. money.  I believe this puts our campaign in the best position for what people are really looking for: someone who doesn’t cater to the special interests and ‘insider’ politics.  People are tired of establishment candidates running campaigns the same ol’ way. They’re tired of politics as usual. It’s time to stick to the truth and documented facts,” said Holt. “I am the U.S. Senate Candidate that has the most anti-establishment, anti-tax, anti growth in government record there is – period! And I have the record to prove it.  I can’t take the credit though.  That goes to my upbringing, my accountability partners and God’s grace.  I thank the Lord for that.  I want people to look at my record.  How many people do you know want you to ‘look under the hood?’  I do.”

Dwayne Andregg, Holt campaign manager said, “We have nothing to hide and nothing to be ashamed of. We invite Arkansas voters to uncover the truth by reviewing Jim’s record and comparing it with his opponent’s by visiting www.jimholt2010.com/record.  These are documented facts”.

“We will not slander or use negative campaign tactics or adjectives that would put a political ‘spin’ on the issues.  We know people don’t want politics as usual.  They want politics Unusual.  They want politics done with honesty and documentation to empower, ‘We the People.’  That’s why we have so many people fired up and helping in our campaign.”  Holt said.

Andregg said “The only ‘Documented Facts’ contained in the call are the statements that Holt lost to both Lincoln in ’04, and Halter and ’06. But even this is not giving all the facts. Lincoln was at 70% in approval rating and she spent 6.7 million to Jim’s 148,000.  Now her approval is at approximately 27%. The seat was not a ‘targeted race in ’04, it is now.  Whoever the nominee is, they will be funded.  In ’06, there was a wave of negatives from Bush; this election President Obama has extremely high negatives.  Jim Holt is also the best to contrast the establishment.  Boozman or Baker have insider ties that the democrats will use against us in the fall – you can bet on it.  Jim Holt doesn’t.”

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Election Night Watch Party at Fast Lane Entertainment!!

Friday, May 14th, 2010

Election Night Watch Party at Fast Lane Entertainment!!

7:00 – 11:00 pm, Tuesday May 18th (Election Day).

Join us for a night of activities for the whole family. Big Screen TVs will keep us ‘up to the minute’ on the election results.

1117 South Dixieland Road
Rogers, AR 72758

(South of Walmart on the Pleasant Grove Exit. Take Dixieland South.)

Group discount!
Door admission will Include:

  • Pizza & Drinks
  • Shoe Rental
  • Bowling

Fast Lane Entertainment is a large facility housing arcade games, go-carts, and laser tag which may be enjoyed at an additional cost.

$10 per person, $5 for ages 3-5, Children 2 and under FREE.

Join the Excitement and Celebrate with Jim Holt and his Family!

Please call or email for more information:

(479) 790-7743
Dwayne Andregg
jim@jimholt2010.com

or

www.jimholt2020.com/donate

Please come and enjoy the evening with us.

Senate Race Still Headed for HOLT/Boozman Run-Off

Friday, May 14th, 2010

JIM HOLT FOR U.S. SENATE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, May 14th, 2010
CONTACT: Dwayne Andregg (479) 790-7743
dwaynea@jimholt2010.com

New Daily KOS Poll – U.S. Senate Race Still Headed for HOLT/Boozman Run-Off

With just six days before the Arkansas primary elections, the new May 13 Daily KOS poll still indicates that the eight man race for the Republican nomination may well be coming down to a two-man race — John Boozman and Jim Holt.

The Daily KOS poll released yesterday, May 13, still shows no candidate winning the majority necessary to avoid a run-off election. Not only is Jim Holt 2nd in the poll but also has moved up two percentage points since the last poll and moved up from six percentage points to seven percentage points above Senator Gilbert Baker. And the front runner, Congress John Boozman, polled two percentage points lower than in the last Mason Dixon poll conducted May 6. (See links to the poll at end of this Press Release)

This Daily KOS poll includes much more information than the Mason Dixon poll did. It ranks all the candidates favorable and unfavorable ratings by all demographic groups. In today’s poll Jim Holt’s favorable rating is very close to that of Congressman Boozman’s. Among likely Republican primary voters Boozman’s favorable rating is 72% and his unfavorable rating is 15%. Jim Holt’s favorable rating is 67% and unfavorable 11%.

Boozman’s unfavorable rating is actually 4 percentage points higher than Holt’s among likely Republican primary voters. That is quite astounding considering all the positive media coverage Boozman has received and the hundreds of TV ads he has run, and the lack of coverage and/or negative coverage of Jim Holt’s race and with no TV ads. And Holt is on the way up according to the poll and has the momentum on the campaign trail. Holt has run a few radio ads this week and will be running more in the next few days.

Not only is Holt seven percentage points above Senator Baker’s in this poll, but his favorable ratings are also six percentage points better than Baker’s among likely Republican primary voters. And Baker’s unfavorable ratings are six percentage points higher than Holt’s. Again, this is astounding considering Baker has raised a million dollars and has been running TV ads for some time now.

“The grass roots are truly amazing,” Jim Holt said, “We are so very grateful for all the work our supporters have done and continue to do. And if elected, we will work for them and their interests just as they are working for us in this campaign.”

“We’re pleased that we are second in the poll, Holt continued. “We realize it is an uphill battle, but our supporters are fired up! We hope and pray the supporters of the other six candidates will rally behind us when we make the run-off. Once people see our voting record of less government control and spending, we’ll win by a landslide! It’s not even close.”

Rasmussen reports that seventy-four percent (74%) of Republican voters say their party’s representatives in Congress have lost touch with GOP voters nationwide over the past several years. Congressman Boozman would fit in that category since he has been in Congress for the past nine years now.

While trailing Boozman, Holt polled seven points ahead of Gilbert Baker who has raised more money than all six of the other candidates combined (excluding Boozman). Holt leads the rest of the field by double-digits. If the poll results hold true, Boozman and Holt could very well meet in a run-off election on June 8.

“If we can get in the run-off, we will have these next five days and three more weeks to get a comparison of Boozman’s and my voting record out across the state”, Holt said.

Boozman voted for the deficit-exploding TARP bailout legislation and has become a Beltway fixture when it comes to voting to raise the federal debt ceiling. He also has been a strong proponent of the “No Child Left Behind” legislation that has undermined state and local control of school districts.

“Blanche Lincoln is the incumbent Democrat running for the U.S. Senate seat in Arkansas,” Holt said. “But John Boozman is as much an incumbent as Blanche Lincoln. His voting record should be examined just as closely as Lincoln’s.”

Holt noted his gratitude for Boozman’s service as the lone Republican representing Arkansas in those nine years. He added that Boozman has been a “shining light” on social issues. But, he said, people are just now discovering Boozman’s record on fiscal issues and on increasing government control.

“I hate to be the one to point it out,” Holt said, “but the Democrat opponent in the Senate race will point out again and again that our national debt rose from $5.7 trillion to $10.5 trillion from 2001 to 2008 — when the Republican administration was in power. And John Boozman voted with the party 97% of the time. He will be painted as part of the problem – and not the solution.”

On the other hand, Jim Holt has a 100% conservative voting record on both social and fiscal issues.

“Unlike some of the other candidates, I consistently vote the actual Republican platform of smaller government and fewer taxes,” Holt says. “My principle for voting has always been simple: If it empowers the government, I vote against it. If it empowers the individuals and encourages personal responsibility, I vote for it.”

The evidence is in his voting record. Except for a minor beer tax, (which when brought back in two more sessions, Holt voted against it and tried to kill it) Holt voted against the increase in sales tax in Arkansas and every other tax when he was a state legislator for six years. He even voted against his own legislative pay raise — every time.

Many people have noted that Boozman may be the weakest GOP candidate against Blanche Lincoln, the likely Democrat winner of the primary.

Boozman is the only candidate of the eight who can’t use the $700 billion bailout against Lincoln (or have it used against him if Halter wins the Democratic primary).

Boozman can’t use the Washington insider aspect against Lincoln, but it can be used against him if Halter wins.

Boozman has been given very low scores by the Club for Growth because of his multiple earmarks, and the media has already hammered Boozman on the fact that he took more trips around the world at taxpayers’ expense than any Democrat in the state.

Boozman is financed by the corporate world much like Lincoln.

But Jim Holt’s campaign is grassroots all the way. Most of his work is done by volunteers. Jim Holt said, “I owe nothing to the corporate world, the lobbyists, or the establishment; I will be able to truly represent the people and their interests in Washington as I did in the Arkansas legislature. I think that is what people have been looking for and they will become more aware of it when the voting records become more public.

If we can get our voting record out to the people — and I think we can — we’ll win this race for the U.S. Senate… in a landslide.”

The voting records can be found at Record at http://www.jimholt2010.com/record. They were compiled independently by the Women’s Action Group and we are thankful for their diligence to inform the public.

Links to most recent Daily KOS poll: May 13

http://www.dailykos.com/storyonly/2010/5/13/12462/7480

Link to the Mason Dixon poll May 6, poll: http://arkansasnews.com/2010/05/06/poll-lincoln-leads-halter-boozman-leads-both-democrats/

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Boozman Touts Less Government Spending – Astounding!

Wednesday, May 12th, 2010

JIM HOLT FOR U.S. SENATE

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Wednesday, May 12th, 2010
CONTACT: Dwayne Andregg (479) 790-7743
dwaynea@jimholt2010.com

Congressman John Boozman Touts Less Government Spending – Astounding!

Congressman John Boozman has stated in his speeches that he has not raised any taxes. That is an astounding statement since he voted for the $700 billion TARP bailout bill, the Prescription Drug Plan with a ten-year cost of $350 billion, for the first $150 billion dollar stimulus bill in 2008, and voted for increased budgets and spending bills by the billions time after time during his nine years in office.

Boozman also voted to increase spending for foreign aid; education, welfare, food stamps, United Nations, Aid to Mexican military, and many others, billions at a time. Yet Boozman says he has not raised taxes.

“Then where is the money coming from, John, “if you are not raising taxes? Holt asks.

“We don’t like negative campaigning at all, but we don’t feel it’s negative campaigning if we talk about the voting records of current legislators. We are running against Blanche Lincoln because of her voting record in the US Senate. Most Politicians are likeable (except Bill Halter). Blanche Lincoln and John Boozman are two of the nicest people you would meet, but we are running against them because they have both spent our country into oblivion and it is TIME TO STOP!”

In his latest email to voters Boozman’s campaign manager touts “John’s message of lower taxes, less government spending, and his continued fight against the President’s big government polices.”

“Boozman may be able to say technically that he did not raise any taxes since he probably did not actually vote for increased taxes, and can possibly say that he has a message of (talks about) less government spending,” Holt said. “But if the voters don’t begin to look behind what the definition of “is” is they are going to be sending the same big spenders back to Washington.”

Washington and Arkansas politicians have cooked up a new scheme whereby they can spend like drunken sailors but can still say they did not vote for increased taxes. In Washington they just spend us into economic disaster by increasing the national debt, laying the burden on the backs of our children, and decreasing the value of the dollar. Then they can come back home and individually say they did not vote for new taxes. That way they keep their voters happy and onboard. “Adding to our national debt and laying the burden on the backs of our children is just as immoral as raising our taxes,” Holt said. “And decreasing the value of the dollar has the same effect as increasing taxes.”

In Arkansas some legislators actually vote for the bills that increase spending on various things and then vote against the bill that appropriates the funds for it and contend that they have not voted for new taxes.

“If the voters across the state actually knew the amount of spending Boozman and Baker voted for,” Holt said, “we would win in a landslide.”

“I think we have done a better job,” Holt continued, “of bringing those voting records to the attention of the people and educating them about the deceptive tactics used by candidates than any other campaign has done in the past. We think that will make a difference not only in this race but also in political races to come.”

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