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Mole's Progressive Democrat

The Progressive Democrat Newsletter grew out of the frustration of the 2004 election. Originally intended for New York City progressives, its readership is now national. For anyone who wants to be alerted by email whenever this newsletter is updated (usually weekly), please send your email address and let me know what state you live in (so I can keep track of my readership).

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I am a research biologist in NYC. Married with two kids living in Brooklyn.

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  • Thursday, March 03, 2011

    Arkansas 3rd Congressional District Focus

    This is the Congressional district I was born in...and that means something to me. I feel a real affinity to the place I lived the first year of my life. It also was where one of my grandmothers died. So this district is one I feel close to.

    From the Arkansas AFL-CIO: (fighting yet more right wing attacks on working class Americans)

    HB1324 and HB1325: Worker Misclassification Bills

    WHAT IS WORKER MISCLASSIFICATION? The misclassification of a worker occurs when a worker is treated as contract labor when the law does not allow for such classification. The misclassification of workers as independent contractors continues to be a serious and growing problem. In 2000, the Labor Department found that 10-30% of employers audited in nine states had misclassified workers. The Labor Department concluded that the most significant reason for misclassifying workers as independent contractors was to avoid paying workers' compensation premiums and not being subject to workplace injury and disability-related disputes. In addition to avoiding workers' compensation issues, employers may also misclassify their workers to avoid taxes, insurance costs, and payroll deductions such as unemployment insurance and Social Security, which are required by law.

    WHY DOES IT MATTER? According to a 2009 report by the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration, the IRS's most recent estimates of the cost of misclassification are a $54 billion underreporting of employment tax, and losses of $15 billion in unpaid FICA and Unemployment Insurance taxes. In addition to what appears to be billions in lost revenue, worker miscalssification is also unfair to honest businesses. Responsible, law-abiding employers are at a competitive disadvantage and are unable to compete with those who drive down their operating costs by tax evasion. Misclassification abuse involvs many crimes: tax evasion, mail and insurance fraud, grand theft, wage and hour violations, and money laundering.

    THE ARKANSAS DEPARTMENT OF WORKFORCE SERVICES HAS RECOGNIZED THAT MISCLASSIFICATION IS OCCURRING WITHIN ITS UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE PROGRAM. They have published literature on worker misclassification that can be found here: http://www.dws.arkansas.gov/Employers/WorkerMisclassification.htm

    HB1324 & HB1325 have been assigned to the House Committee on Public Health, Welfare, and Labor. It is important that these Representatives support these bills. The Contact information for the members of that committee can be found below.

    BILLY GASKILL: no email address found - 870-239-4383

    BUTCH WILKINS: butch.wilkins@arkansashouse.org - 870-972-5503

    CHAROLETTE WAGNER: charolette.wagner@arkansashouse.org - 870-561-4600

    BUDDY LOVELL: buddy.lovell@arkansashouse.org - 870-358-4104

    MARK PERRY: mperry@windstream.net - 501-982-4561

    BARRY HYDE: bhyde@hydco.com - 501-371-0255

    CLARK HALL: clark.hall@arkansashouse.org - 870-829-3382

    JAMES WORD: jword@aaasea.org - 870-536-4657

    SHEILLA LAMPKIN: Sheilla.Lampkin@arkansashouse.org - 870-367-6349

    JEFF WARDLAW: jeff@jeffwardlaw.com - 870-460-2814

    GARRY SMITH: no email address found - 870-574-1792

    FRED ALLEN: FredAllen99@comcast.net - 501-225-4979

    LINDA TYLER (CHAIR): linda.tyler@arkansashouse.org - 501-329-8664

    TRACY PENNARTZ: tracy.pennartz@arkansashouse.org - 479-285-4800

    GREG LEDING: greg@gregleding.com - 479-422-8099

    ANDY MAYBERRY: andymayberry@windstream.net - 501-888-3522

    ANDREA LEA: andrea.lea@arkansashouse.org - 479-967-4992

    STEPHANIE MALONE: stephanie.malone@arkansashouse.org - 479-629-5119

    JON WOODS: woods.arkansas@gmail.com - 479-200-3100

    BRYAN KING: bryan.king@arkansashouse.org - 870-438-6434

    IF YOUR REPRESENTATIVE IS NOT ON THIS COMMITTEE, THEIR CONTACT INFORMATION CAN BE FOUND HERE:http://www.arkansashouse.org/ OR may call the Arkansas House of Representatives at: 501-682-6211

    If you wish to read more about Worker Misclassification, here are two links to articles from Missouri and Texas: www.labor.mo.gov/news_center/news_releases/2011/jandirectorsspotlight.asp


    GREEN BUSINESS IN FAYETTEVILLE: (from GreenAmerica.org)

    NewMarket Naturals, Inc.
    Water filtration systems from countertop and shower filters to whole-house systems. Manufactures replaceable filters, not throw-aways. Wholesale prices and distributorships available. Phone orders only.
    Phone: (800)873-4321
    Fax: (479)442-0104
    275 Huntsville Rd.
    Fayetteville, AR 72701-6134

    I notice there are no NAACP chapters that I can find in this part of Arkansas. If anyone is interested in starting an NAACP chapter in the 3rd district, please contact me or this phone number (501.376.2227) if you are interested in starting an NAACP chapter in the 3rd Congressional district in Arkansas.

    Benton County Democrats:

    Regular meetings are held the 4th Monday of every month except August and December when we plan special events.

    Registration begins at 11:15 a.m. with buffet lunch served at 11:30 followed by meeting at 12 noon. Meetings are held at the Clarion Hotel & Convention Center, 211 S. Walton, Bentonville.

    The public is invited, but reservations are required for the $12 lunch and can be made by contacting Carole Westby at 876-2178 or westby@cox.net.

    Carroll County Democrats:

    For more info contact:

    Chair: James “Levi” Phillips (870) 423-6365
    Vice-Chair: Margaret Fancher (870) 423-6446
    Secretary-Treasurer: Missy Jackson (870) 423-7056

    Joe GoForth (870) 545 3470
    Missy Jackson (870) 423 9010

    Crawford County Democrats:

    923 C. East Main St.
    Van Buren, AR 72956
    (479) 471-5442

    Boone County Democratic Central Committee
    Date: 1st Tuesday of each month
    Time: 7:00 P.M.
    Location: Senior Center, 1516 Rock Springs Road, Harrison

    1302 Hwy 62-65 N.
    Harrison, AR 72601
    (870) 204-6308
    (870) 365-0908

    Marion County Democrats:

    Central Committee Officers
    Chair: Harry Meyer (870) 449-8726
    Vice Chair: Lucy Mothershead (870) 453-1854
    Secretary: Dennis Sheehy (870) 391-1982

    Representatives to State Committee
    Samuel Pasthing (870) 453-3514
    Marcia Richardson (870) 436-8218
    John Richardson (870) 436-8218
    Mary Jo Layton (870) 449-4617

    Washington County Democrats:
    101 W Mountain St.
    Fayetteville, AR 72701

    Central Committee Meeting:
    Date: 3rd Monday of each month
    Time: 6:00 P.M.
    Location: County Courthouse, Fayetteville

    Madison County Democrats:
    Central Committee Officers
    Chair: Jack Robertson (479) 738-2784
    Vice-Chair: Patti Shinn (479) 738-6804
    Secretary/Treasurer: Billy Allred (479) 665-2239

    Representatives to State Committee
    Jack Robertson (479) 738-2784
    Patti Shinn (479) 738-6804
    Faron Ledbetter (479) 456-2896
    Ginger Ledbetter (479) 456-2896

    Newton County Democrats:
    Central Committee Meeting
    Date: 3rd Friday of each month
    Time: 7:00 P.M.
    Location: Newton County Courthouse, 100 East Court Street, Jasper
    Contact: Donald Haddock (870) 434-5918

    Franklin County Democrats:
    Central Committee Officers
    Chair: Bob Bond (479) 667-2973
    Vice-Chair: Betty Brown (479) 667-3208
    Secretary: Lonnie Turner (479) 667-2155

    Representatives to State Committee
    Bob Bond (479) 667-2973
    Betty Brown (479) 667-3208
    Lonnie Turner (479) 667-2155
    John Hillard (479) 667-2551

    Johnson County Democrats:
    Central Committee Officers
    Chair: Gene Raible (479) 754-8637
    Vice-Chair: Michelle Frost (479) 754-3967
    Secretary-Treasurer: Melody Reasoner (479) 754-5842

    Representatives to State Committee
    Kerry Taylor (479) 754 6374
    Ron Taylor (479) 885-6374

    Pope County Democratic Headquarters - Russellville
    510 S. Arkansas Ave.
    Russellville, AR 72801
    (479) 968-2088

    Central Committee Meetings
    Date: 2nd Monday of each month
    Time: 7:00 P.M.
    Location: Pope County Courthouse, 100 West Main Street, Russellville
    Contact: Olin Cook (479) 968-4203

    Sebastian County Democratic Headquarters
    221 Garrison Ave.
    Fort Smith, AR 72901
    (479) 434-3009

    Central Committee
    Date: 4th Monday of each month
    Time: 5:45 P.M.
    Location: Headquarters @ 221 Garrison Ave, Fort Smith

    Democratic Women
    Date: 2nd Monday of each month
    Time: 5:45 P.M.
    Location: Headquarters @ 221 Garrison Ave, Fort Smith

    For more information contact Janie Lewis at (479) 782-3469

    Here are some biodiesel stations in the Fayetteville area. Biodiesel is less polluting and has a smaller carbon footprint than regular diesel, and is produced right here in the USA. Biodiesel can be used in almost any diesel engine. Up to B20 (a 20 percent blend) any diesel engine, whether car or 18 wheeler or whatever, can use it. Above B20 some older engines may have problems, but newer engines should be ok.

    Fuel Xpress 1501 N College Ave Fayetteville, AR 72703, 479-521-6513 Offers B5 (good in any diesel engine), CREDIT CARDS OK 24 HRS

    Frost Oil Co. 1100 East Main Street, Clarksville AR 72830, 479-754-2840 Offers B10 (good for any diesel engine) CASH OR CHECK 7AM-5PM M-F

    Bills Short Stop 3825 Jenny Lind Rd Fort Smith AR 72901, 479-646-0268. Offers B20 (good in any diesel engine), CREDIT OK 7AM-10PM

    Bill's Short Stop, 3825 Jenny Lind Road Fort Smith AR 72901, 479-646-0268 Offers B20 (good in any diesel engine), CASH ONLY/8:00 A.M TO 8:00 P.M.



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