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Arkansas representative switches parties, giving GOP supermajority in House

By John Moritz

This article was published November 22, 2016 at 11:08 a.m.


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State Rep. David Hillman

State Rep. David Hillman of Almyra announced his switch to the Republican Party on Tuesday weeks after being re-elected to his third term as a Democrat, solidifying the GOP's "supermajority" control of Arkansas' lower house.

Republicans picked up nine seats in the 100-member House on Election Day and then padded their lead the next day when then-Democratic Rep. Jeff Wardlaw of Hermitage announced his party switch.

With Hillman's announcement, Republicans now control 75 seats in the House and have the three-fourths majority needed to pass appropriations bills without any support from Democrats. The Democrats narrowly avoided having Republicans pick up a supermajority in the Senate, where they control 24 of the 35 seats after picking up two on Nov. 8.

“After much prayer, thought, and consultation (and a few sleepless nights) in order to better represent the changing political views of the people in our district, I have decided to change my party affiliation to Republican," Hillman said in a statement.

Read Wednesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for full details.

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skeptic1 says... November 22, 2016 at noon

Wise move and one made probably after realizing that the parties have realigned with the Republican party returning to the party of Lincoln. The Democrats used to be for the working man and woman, strong national defense, small government, and low taxes, Kennedy was very conservative. The 1960s and LBJ moved the party to the far left and now to the point where their base is comprised of welfare recipients, illegal aliens, and anyone looking for handout instead of a job, and is run by self-proclaimed intellectual elites.

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BigSweetie says... November 22, 2016 at 1:01 p.m.

He should not be allowed to keep the office because he misrepresented himself to the voters of his district. They thought they were voting for a DEMOCRAT not a Wolf in Sheep's Clothing.

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Boathouse says... November 22, 2016 at 4:33 p.m.

So he gets elected under false pretenses and then "after much prayer, thought," he turns his back on those that elected him...what a fraud.He should not be allowed to take office...

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mrcharles says... November 22, 2016 at 7:01 p.m.

Prayer interfered with free will. Did he gear voices in his head? Did G-D talk to him on his being on the job? Is that allowed to be influenced by the G-D of Israel?

Was he going against G-D when he was a Democrat?

Lobotomust did G-D talk to you too? Or as I suspect belzabub himyself when he made you insane. You make a statement then as if it from some deity, follow up with pronouncements as if all the reason & logic has already been done.

Yes the illegal aliens, many who voted 6 times are the base.

Self proclaimed , intellectual elites. My my, perhaps your mirror has been broken.

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reddrumjay says... November 22, 2016 at 7:23 p.m.

So the views in his district have changed so much that he was able to run unopposed as a Democrat. There wasn't a Republican who even wanted to bother running against the Democrat in the district.

Nice bait and switch. Deceptive.

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waw0063 says... November 22, 2016 at 8:40 p.m.

Sounds like collusion; "solidifying the GOP's "supermajority" control of Arkansas' lower house""

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Hemptwister says... November 23, 2016 at 7:53 a.m.

What does this mean? As an old white man this should be good for me, right?

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longhaul says... November 23, 2016 at 8:10 a.m.

What a Richard Head he takes money from one group to represent them then turns his back on them he's a sorry SOB and should be run out of state

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TimberTopper says... November 23, 2016 at 8:30 a.m.

Those that voted for him should get a class action suit against him for false advertising! One good lawyer needed!

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Pearl1975 says... November 23, 2016 at 11:35 a.m.

This sounds like a "bait & switch" tactic to me & should not be allowed - by any party! He was voted in as a Democrat! Crooked politicians - this is why we don't trust you!

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