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Halter files papers to run for Arkansas governor

By The Associated Press

This article was published January 30, 2013 at 5:25 p.m.

— Former Arkansas Lt. Gov. Bill Halter has made his bid for the Democratic gubernatorial nomination next year official.

Halter on Wednesday filed articles of incorporation papers with the secretary of state's office to allow him to organize and finance his campaign for the state's top office. Halter announced Friday that he was running for governor, the same day Attorney General Dustin McDaniel announced he was dropping out of the race for the Democratic nomination.

Halter is the only announced Democratic candidate. Other Democrats considering running include Highway Commissioner John Burkhalter and state Sen. Keith Ingram of West Memphis.

Former Congressman Asa Hutchinson is the only announced Republican candidate.

Halter was elected lieutenant governor in 2006 and unsuccessfully sought the Democratic nomination for the U.S. Senate four years later.

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DEMOCRATREPUBLICAN says... January 30, 2013 at 6:43 p.m.

Please, another Democrat beat this idiot.

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Populist says... January 30, 2013 at 6:55 p.m.

Halter is no IDIOT. We need his considerable business skills.

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... January 30, 2013 at 7:32 p.m.

If this all the Dems have to offer, get ready for a Republican Gov.

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aimee says... January 30, 2013 at 10:42 p.m.

Political positions
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The economy
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Halter supports investment in clean energy, making broadband accessible to all Arkansans and raising the minimum wage. He opposes trade deals that "send Arkansas jobs abroad and undermine American businesses by undercutting American workers by not requiring the same working conditions as American businesses have to meet."
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Education
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An influential supporter of the scholarship lottery, which has helped 28,000 families afford higher education without raising taxes, Halter supports making loans and grants more affordable. He has criticised Blanche Lincoln's support for the big banks that profit from student loans. Halter supports the Student Aid and Fiscal Responsibility Act which would expand federal Pell Grants and end federally-subsidized private loans, using all federal student loan funding for direct loans and cutting the deficit by $87 billion over 10 years. Halter has criticised Lincoln for opposing the act.
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Health care
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Halter backs President Obama's efforts to reform health care, saying that although the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act could have been better, he supports it because it provides 450,000 uninsured Arkansans with health care. He has criticised Lincoln for watering down the act, saying that she has "sided with the insurance companies and HMOs who gave her campaign more than $800,000."
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Farming and rural communities
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Halter has made agriculture one of his "top priorities", pledging to support farmers, not corporate agribusiness. He believes that too much money is given in subsidies to those who don't need it, whilst failing to provide support for family farmers.
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Consumer protection & financial reform
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Halter has repeatedly criticised Congress' close relationship with special interests and lobby groups. He has said that banks that take taxpayers' money should be held to account. He supports reforms that get banks lending money to Main Street and small businesses whilst preventing a repeat of the financial crisis. Halter supports the creation of an independent watchdog agency, an end to sky-high corporate compensation, and better checks and balances on financial industry practices.
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en.m.wikipedia. org/wiki/Bill_Halter#section_4
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Jackabbott says... January 31, 2013 at 8:21 a.m.

Halter would make a good governor. He has the skills and temperament to handle the job.
We desperately need economic growth in Arkansas and a steady, experienced and assertive governor that is not tied to the past or the radical in the governor' s office.
Unless someone else emerges, Halter is the best choice.

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DEMOCRATREPUBLICAN says... January 31, 2013 at 9:05 a.m.

Aimee, put the pipe down. It is clouding your mind.

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DEMOCRATREPUBLICAN says... January 31, 2013 at 9:07 a.m.

@jackabbot. Beebe is no radical. I think he is the best governor the state has had in a very long time. I wish he was not term limited.

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aimee says... January 31, 2013 at 10:26 p.m.

D-R:
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I don't think Jack is saying Beebe is a Radical. Quite the contrary. I think he is saying that he is tied to the past - in other words "a conservative"..

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