Well, the Democratic Party had its little bipartisan rally to show support for Gov. Mike Beebe’s 56-cent-a-pack tobacco tax to pay for a variety of health programs.
Two Republicans joined the effort, but neither is a current Republican officeholder. One was former Republican Rep. Mary Beth Green of Van Buren and Richard Bearden, former executive director of the Republican Party of Arkansas and now a lobbyist whose clients include a Memphis hospital that would participate in the trauma system that would be financed by the tax.
Another blogger had speculated Green’s husband, Rep. Rick Green of Van Buren, might join the effort. Close.
Tobacco industry shill Dick Armey will be in town tomorrow and tax proponents have some counter-demonstrating planned, including a debate challenge from Arkansas Surgeon General Joe Thompson.