Sent: Monday, March 01, 2010 9:09 AM
Subject: Blanche Lincoln


No more warning shots.

As of 7am this morning, Senate Healthcare Villain Blanche Lincoln has a Democratic primary opponent and it’s Arkansas Lt. Governor Bill Halter.

Blanche Lincoln is a Wall Street puppet for the insurance industry that has contributed over $2 million to her campaign. While over 56% of Arkansas voters wanted the choice of a public option, Lincoln vowed on the Senate floor she’d filibuster healthcare reform unless the public option was stripped from the bill. Senator Lincoln stood up and the insurance companies won.

Last year, we said Senators who stand against the America people — will stand alone for reelection. Today, we can prove it.


Bill Halter is a solid Democrat, an Arkansas progressive, and a populist leader. He’s fought for working men and women and delivered real change for Arkansas. His track record as Lt. Governor proves it.

“Washington is broken. Bailing out Wall Street, with no strings attached while leaving middle-class Arkansas taxpayers with the bill. Protecting insurance company profits instead of patients and lowering health costs. Gridlock, bickering and partisan games while unemployment is at a 25-year high. Enough is enough.” — Bill Halter announcement, March 1, 2010

Bill Halter gets it. Best of all, Bill Halter can win.


We told the Healthcare Villains we would not forget. We showed them how popular the public option was in their state and nationwide. We warned them not to choose insurance companies over the Americans people.

Now it’s too late for Senator Blanche Lincoln.

It’s time to take down the first Healthcare Villain and strike back at those who oppose real reform. Let’s make sure there isn’t a Democrat in Washington that doesn’t get the message.

Thank you for everything you do.


Charles Chamberlain, Political Director
Democracy for America

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  1. Wes Says:

    Halter Challenges Lincoln, Democracy Challenges Capitalism

    Since Blanche Lincoln started serving on Arkansas’ behalf on the Senate in the late 90’s 140 million American workers have been working harder and smarter raising their production per an hour steadily to keep this country running.

    Gains for the lower percentile of income earners have always fared worse under Republican administrations than Democrats but the 2000’s were the first cycle that the overwhelming majority of workers actually had less at the end than the beginning.

    How does Blanche Lincoln respond when she finally has a Democratic administration to work with?

    She sides with Republicans to obstruct. Opposing a strong public option in HCR, opposing EFCA and opposing Craig Becker’s nomination to the NLRB. Blocking efforts at every turn to shift policy away from a regressive, supply-side, dept funded consumption economy to a more progressive approach investing in real growth from the bottom up.

    Blanche Lincoln has apparently developed a connection to corporate contributors and their supply-side philosophy that she doesn’t believe is in her political interest to break.

    The real problem standing in the way of Americas progress and a sustainable economy with wide spread wealth are the senators like Blanche nestled in the big bucks of the consolidated status quo.

    We are fortunate to have a candidate like Halter ready to run. This will shape up to be a bell-weather race between Blanche Lincoln and Bill Halter for the fight among Democrats between a corporate, centrist or people-before-profits, progressive approach. And the larger debate about which should be driving economic policy; capitalism or democracy.

    Is our Senate working on behalf of regular folks, growing good paying jobs and the middle class?

    Or is our Senate working to prevent interference of wealth going unfettered straight to the top (small government), reserving the American dream for only those able to afford their own Senator.

    This will be an important contest that helps define the balance in the 21st century between democracy and capitalism, between consolidated wealth and grass roots people power.

    There’s no shortage of funding for Blanche and no shortage of will power from global industries headquartered in Arkansas to spend to defeat progressive policies that might interfere with there access to the profits of our productivity as their own personal ATM.

    Wall-Mart, Tyson and many, many others will spare no expense to defeat a pro labor, pro health care campaign. Needless to say I’m pleased to see this critical primary battle unfolding. I’m confident that Progressives will win as Arkansans struggle to pry our country out of the deadlocked grip of the status quo.

    Thanks Bill Halter for stepping up to the plate.

    Filed under: News , Capitalism, Challenges, democracy, Halter, Lincoln

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