Arkansas Democrats gathered Saturday night for their annual Jefferson-Jackson Day event. They raised $600,000 and heard former Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm expand on the jobs theme candidates Mike Ross and John Burkhalter pushed earlier in the day. Gov. Mike Beebe and other speakers also worked on the theme.

Jobs. Will that message trump another cycle in which rising Republicans remain focused on the foreign black man in the White House, the evils of universal health care and taxes and government and the usual array of social issues?

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Democratic Party news release follows. Also a release from Will Bond who injected a note of Democratic style inclusiveness in the course of listing big financial contributors. In the new dissent-intolerant world of the Republican legislative majority, you can bet they WILL be noted. And punished. Or shaken down for greater tribute.

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