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Steelworkers union endorses Halter for governor

By Gavin Lesnick

This article was published February 22, 2013 at 10:20 a.m.

— The United Steelworkers union is backing former Lt. Gov. Bill Halter in his 2014 gubernatorial bid.

The group said in a statement that it is endorsing a candidate earlier than it usually does because Halter, a Democrat, has "earn[ed] it."

"Bill has stood up time and again for the working people of Arkansas," United Steelworkers District 13 Director Mickey Breaux said in the statement. "He was against the Wall Street bailout in large part because there was no accountability written into it. He has always maintained that our trade agreements be fair to American workers, not just free for global corporations."

Halter is the only Democrat to formally declare his candidacy for governor, but several others are thought to be considering a run. On the Republican side, former U.S. Rep. Asa Hutchinson and businessman Curtis Coleman have announced bids.

United Steelworkers represent about 850,000 workers in industries including glass-making, mining, steel, oil, service and health care.

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Ran2133 says... February 22, 2013 at 10:42 a.m.

The union support is one big reason not to vote for Mr. Halter! There may be others but, this would be number 1 for me!

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HalALouyah says... February 22, 2013 at 10:44 a.m.

Interesting; they claim they are endorsing a candidiate "earlier than usual" because he has earned it. I think we know exactly what they are doing, the timing is impeccable

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LevyRat says... February 22, 2013 at 12:45 p.m.

Yes, Bill Halter will "stand up for the working man" .......... LOL
He will bring you a new scratch off game ............. LOL

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edo1962 says... February 22, 2013 at 2:58 p.m.

Poor choice steelworkers

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HalALouyah says... February 22, 2013 at 7:01 p.m.

Boy this union is quite the conundrum for inquire. She loves the unions but these guys work in all of the industries that pollute our country.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... February 22, 2013 at 7:44 p.m.

There goes another 60 Million down the drain.

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HalALouyah says... February 22, 2013 at 9:27 p.m.

So what did you just contribute inquire? It is so much fun to just go post crap and watch you crawl into every discussion. You are worth the price of admission!

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HalALouyah says... February 22, 2013 at 9:43 p.m.

Oh yes the old inquire is back. Apparently you can call people SOB's and ignorant but that isn't insulting anyone. You have spawned a new word for entry into the dictionary; pathypocritical. That would be a pathetic hypocritical, which describes you.

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FreeSpiritMan says... February 22, 2013 at 10:15 p.m.

Arkansas is fifth most religious state in the US.
As of 2012, the child poverty rate in Arkansas was an average of 26.8 percent, and ranked as the second worst in the U.S.
Arkansas ranks 4th in Teen Birth Rate per 1,000 Population Ages 15-19, 2010.
As of 2005 Arkansas ranked 14th in infant mortality rate.
In 2011 Arkansas ranked 9th in adult obesity rates
The South has the highest percentage of people who are too heavy.
In 2007 Arkansas ranked 6th in the Nation of states with the most obese children, we tied with Texas.
Arkansas ranked 45th in 2011 on per capita income.
Texas ranked 32nd in per capita income.
Arkansas ranks 38th in spending per student at just more than $10,000
Ahead of Texas with $8,746.
Can you believe we beat Texas?
Arkansas ranks 6th out of the 10 states where the most people go hungary.
My Question is what are all these Christians doing to elevate these conditions?
Guess what 3 abortion bills, soon to be 4 gun bills

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Packman says... February 23, 2013 at 10:10 a.m.

A union supporting a liberal demorat.....Who could have ever guessed?

Hey inquire - I'm interested to hear how you reconcile support for this union with your support for protecting the environment against the development of steel mills? Cups makes an excellent point that deserves a reasoned response.

Hey BillSmith - HB 87328 sponsored by the Republican caucus will be filed next week. It decreases all the desk sizes in public elementary schools to make it more dificult for fat kids to sit, and encourage them to stand and burn calories. So there, the Republicans are doing something to address the issues you noted......

Or you can do yourself a favor and go to the arkleg website to see all the bills filed by numerous Republicans targeted at economic development and school improvement. Remember ArKidsFirst? A health care law for kids enacted under the leadership of a Republican governor (Mike Huckabee). Question asked and answered. You're welcome.

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