Wednesday, May 31, 2006

Other Bloggers On Mike Huckabee

Here's a guy with a blog called Truth-Pain Emporium who thinks Mike Huckabee would be a perfect half of a Giuliani/Huckabee ticket, saying: "I just love the guy. The more I read his interviews, the more his mug is on C-Span, the more I think he would be the perfect foil. Southern Gentleman to Rudy's city slickness, ability to cover Rudy's right flank with the conservative base..."

Well, thanks for the interest, Truth-Pain but you're only half right!

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Friday, May 26, 2006

Huckabee, Clinton, Nickelodeon Launch Childhood Obesity Battle

Nick Announces Let′s Just Play Go Healthy Challenge - Preventing Childhood Obesity

Public Service Announcements Featuring Former President Clinton and Governor Mike Huckabee to Debut on Nickelodeon June 1.

The next installment of the Let′s Just Play Go Healthy Challenge, which focuses on four kids′ real life struggles and successes to make their lives healthier over a five month period, airs Sunday, June 4, 2006, 8:30 p.m. ET/PT on Nickelodeon. The 12 minute segment on June 4 will update viewers on the progress of 11-year-old Chris, the "Activist"; 13-year-old Bianca, the "Emerging Athlete"; 14-year-old Wes, the "Barrier Breaker"; and 11-year-old Ayesha, the "Health Warrior", as they take first steps towards a healthier lifestyle.

The role models will meet their local "challenge" coaches for the first time, who help guide each of the kids in their action plans towards healthier lifestyles. TurboNick, Nickelodeon′s online broadband video service available on Nick.com, will debut personal footage from the four role models personal video diaries on June 5, after the on-air update. This streaming content of the kids will take a deeper look behind-the-scenes of their daily challenges and conquests.

Across the country, kids have been inspired by the Let′s Just Play Go Healthy Challenge, a program by Nickelodeon and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation - a joint initiative of the American Heart Association and the William J. Clinton Foundation. In just three weeks time, almost 26,000 kids, from every state in the U.S., have signed up on www.Nick.com/letsjustplay to take the Let′s Just Play Go Healthy Challenge on their own.

More than 2 million total viewers tuned into the Let′s Just Play Go Healthy Challenge kick-off special on April 30 when the campaign launched, with almost 65,000 streams on TurboNick since the campaign launched. Beginning June 1, Nickelodeon will debut two new public service announcements (PSAs) on-air, one featuring President Clinton and another featuring Governor Mike Huckabee.

As part of Nickelodeon′s partnership with the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, President Clinton and Governor Huckabee participated in PSAs for the network that speak to kids about why it′s important to stay healthy and active, speaking about their personal experiences as kids. These will join the roster of PSAs already on Nick′s air, which focus on various health and wellness aspects such as the importance of breakfast, and the network′s "How to be Well" series.

Also in June, Nickelodeon and the Alliance for a Healthier Generation will begin to roll out a community activation plan surrounding the Lets Just Play Go Healthy Challenge. Aimed at building awareness among young people about the importance of eating well and being physically fit, and empowering kids and families to be agents of change in their communities, the plan will include partnering with local state officials, network affiliates, and campaign partners to instill the Challenge in their communities.

Local Let′s Just Play Go Healthy Challenge events will also take place during August and September. Nickelodeon magazine also features Let′s Just Play Go Healthy Challenge monthly activities and stories to inspire kids and encourage them to participate. The August issue will feature tips from both tennis superstar Serena Williams and skateboarding guru Tony Hawk about getting into a new sport, just like the "Emerging Athlete" in the Let′s Just Play Go Healthy Challenge.

The Let′s Just Play Go Healthy Challenge will culminate in a celebration of the kids on-air and all the kids around the nation who have taken part in the movement to get healthy with Nickelodeon's third annual Worldwide Day of Play on September 30, 2006. During Worldwide Day of Play, the network goes dark both on-air and online with only graphics telling kids to get up, go out side and play.

About The Alliance for a Healthier Generation, The Clinton Foundation and the American Heart Association partnered in May of 2005 to create a new generation of healthy Americans by addressing one of the nation′s leading public health threats - childhood obesity. The initiative will focus on preventing childhood obesity and creating healthier lifestyles for children overall.

The Alliance aims to target several areas that the group hopes will spark change and slow the increasing rates of childhood obesity in the U.S., and encourage healthier lifestyles for young people. The effort will focus on four key areas: industry; schools, healthcare professionals and kids.

For more information on the Alliance for a Healthier Generation, please visit: www.healthiergeneration.org

Tuesday, May 23, 2006

Other Bloggers On Mike Huckabee

Daniel J. Mount of Conservative Culture had this to say about Mike Huckabee today:

"Romney is unacceptable. McCain is unacceptable. Allen is unacceptable. Who, then, should conservatives support?

Sam Brownback is a viable alternative, should he run. If he does not, who can conservatives choose?

Mike Huckabee is a viable alternative. He is considering running for President. He opposes abortion except when the life of the mother is endangered. All indications are that he makes the issue a priority. He supports marriage and opposes gay civil unions.

Like any Presidential candidate, he has a few political skeletons in his closet. He has irritated Club for Growth conservatives by signing a minimum wage increase bill. Yet he looks like superb alternative to Romney, Allen, and McCain.Mike Huckabee hails from Hope, Arkansas.

He is chairman of the national association of Governors. He has been a successful and popular Governor of the state. He is viewed as a promising dark-horse candidate for the Presidency.
And as a Washington outsider who gets the social conservative base fired up, he appears to be our best option to defeat Hillary in 2008 and undo the liberal Clinton legacy of the ’90s.
His campaign will be one to watch.

EDITOR'S NOTE: Thanks for the support, Daniel. Let us know when we can sign you up for Bloggers 4 Huckabee!

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Friday, May 19, 2006

Welcome Blogger For Huckabee #11

Please join us in welcoming Bloggers For Huckabee member #11, Virginia blogger Vincent of the blog Too Conservative.

Please pop on over and check out Vincent's blog HERE.

Welcome, Vincent!

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Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Mike Huckabee: Fiscal Conservative

Since becoming Governor of Arkansas nearly a decade ago, Mike Huckabee has worked hard to make Arkansas one of the more tax-friendly states in the nation. Under Huckabee's leadership, according to the latest report by The Tax Foundation, Arkansas' per capita tax burden ranks below the national average.

And it is about to get even better.

Governor Mike Huckabee has just announced that he intends to finish his final year in office "with a bang" by returning a significant portion of the state's projected $600 million surplus to the tax-payers.

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Vote For Huckabee

The Krusty Konservative, a great Iowa blog, has a 2008 poll up. Iowa is home to the first 2008 primary and Huckabee has been picked by several MSM media types as an "insurgent candidate" and even the eventual winner there.

Huckabee is in the lead at the moment, but Gov. Mitt Romney is not far behind. How about popping over to show your support for Huckabee?

To vote, click HERE.

Thanks, team!

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Washington Times: Huckabee 'Serious" About Presidency

Here's a great article from The Washington Times, written after attending a meeting with Governor Huckabee in Washington, DC yesterday. Because links to these articles sometimes disappear from the web after a while, we provide detailed excerpts for you here. To see the article in its entirety, click HERE.

Huckabee 'serious' about presidency

By Ralph Z. Hallow
THE WASHINGTON TIMES
May 17, 2006

Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee yesterday made it official -- sort of. He is "seriously" preparing a run for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination. He will devote full time to the task, however, only after he finishes his last full term this year by rebating to taxpayers a large part of the $600 million budget surplus that he expects the state to ring up come July.

"I want to finish my term with a bang, not a whimper," Mr. Huckabee, 50, told reporters.

Mr. Huckabee, a former Baptist minister, said he wouldn't mind being tagged in a presidential run as a "populist." "I have more in common with the people working in the kitchen than with those sitting at the head table," he said. The governor described himself as a conservative who welcomes immigrants, cares about the poor, respects the environment and thinks twice before committing the U.S. military to armed intervention abroad.

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Mike Huckabee: Hope For America

Governor Mike Huckabee is in Washington, DC where he met with a big group of MSM reporters for lunch today. The conversation ranged from his thoughts, as Chairman of the NGA, about President Bush's border control plans, the immigration debate in general, and his plans for 2008. You can read the entire account HERE.

Most interesting to us: During the meeting, Huckabee said that he is changing the name of his PAC from "Healthy America" to "Hope For America." This plays off of his shared hometown with Bill Clinton and is more accomodating to a multi-issue platform.

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Political Strategist: Huckabee The 'Cultural Candidate'

Arthur Finkelstein is one of the world's most successful and reknowned political strategists. He played a key role in Nixon's 1972 presidential campaign and, later on, his primary victory in North Carolina for Reagan's campaign proved to be a turning point in that election. Finkelstein has also been involved in numerous gubernatorial and Senate races and is recognized as a key strategist in creating the Republican majority in the Senate in the early 80s.

Now, check out what Finkelstein had to say about Mike Huckabee in this interview in the Jewish Ledger (5/11/2006):

"The battle inside the party is about which element is going to dominate. Are we going to be a party that makes personal freedom and liberty its priority or one that puts culture over all else? The party's nominee could be someone who has a stake in both sides. But right now people are mostly lining up on the cultural side and the surprise cultural candidate could be someone like Mike Huckabee, governor of Arkansas."

See? You don't have to take our word for it anymore. Those in the know know what's happening behind the scenes.

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Saturday, May 13, 2006

Welcome Blogger For Huckabee #10

A special welcome to our newest Bloggers For Huckabee member, Ohio For Huckabee.

Pay him a visit HERE.

Welcome, John G!

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Wednesday, May 10, 2006

Ohio For Huckabee

A gentleman called JohnG from Boardman, OH has just launched a new blog called Ohio For Huckabee. Be sure you jump on over to check it out HERE.

Welcome to the team, JohnG! We're looking forward to getting to know you.

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Tuesday, May 09, 2006

Huckabee Proposes Tax Cut For Arkansans

Governor Mike Huckabee of Arkansas, already one of the most tax-friendly states in the nation, is looking into cutting taxes in the form of a tax rebate for the state's residents. Concerned that high utility and gasoline costs will lead to a "rough summer" for many families, Huckabee has directed the Department of Finance and Administration to look at tax rebates recently implemented by other states.

Under Huckabee, Arkansas is experiencing one of the healthiest state economies in recent memory, with unemployment at historic lows and a budget surplus of more than $330 million.

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Monday, May 08, 2006

Other Bloggers On Mike Huckabee

Here's an interesting blog post from "Mike" at The Purple State:

"... every time I see the man, he makes me laugh, and then he makes me cry. Laugh, of course, because he's such a witty, likable guy; and then almost immediately cry, because his likability makes it altogether too easy to forget how far to the political right he really is ... I honestly think that Huckabee's rather unique combination of tremendous likability and tremendous conservatism has the potential to make him as dangerous to the left as the early-90s Bill Clinton was to the right. And that makes me nervous."

Mike, walk toward the light! Don't look back! Just walk toward the light!

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Beating The Obesity Epidemic

Here's a nice article from the Coshocton (Ohio) Tribune about the recent decision by soft drink companies to eliminate high-sugar, unhealthy beverages from the nation's school vending machines. The deal was brokered by the Huckabee/Clinton partnership to battle the national obesity epidemic among children.

Says the story's author: "While Democrats and Republicans in Washington have largely hunkered down in their partisan foxholes to lob verbal barrages at one another, Clinton and Huckabee have found a way to bridge this political divide. This nation can't maintain its dominant position in the world if it doesn't reverse the obesity trend. Generations of obese children will breed a nation of lethargic people who are robbed of their natural energy and are doomed to an early death. Clinton and Huckabee understand this. For this cause at least, they've put aside their political differences and joined forces to fight a greater threat to our national security than Osama bin Laden and his brood."

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Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Other Bloggers On Mike Huckabee

We've been telling you for months that Governor Mike Huckabee is making serious inroads into Iowa, building a powerful network of support for 2008. But you don't have to take our word for it.

Matt Lewis, a conservative commentator, consultant, and political trainer posts the following today on his blog (excerpt):

"My sources on the ground tell me Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee is making major inroads in Iowa. ... I'm hearing his compassionate conservative message resonates well ... Lastly, it appears the Iowa press can't get enough of him. I'm told his press coverage in the state has been spectacular."

There's much more, so check it out HERE.

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UPDATED: Clinton/Huckabee Alliance Scores Victory For Childrens' Health

Back in February we told you about Governor Mike Huckabee serving as co-chair of an alliance with former president Bill Clinton to battle childhood obesity. Today, the Clinton Foundation has announced a major victory for that alliance.

According to CNN, the nation's largest beverage distributors have agreed to halt nearly all soda sales to public schools. Under the agreement, the companies have agreed to sell only water, unsweetened juice and low-fat milks to elementary and middle schools, said Jay Carson, a spokesman for the alliance. Diet sodas would be sold only to high schools.

The deal follows a wave of regulation by school districts and state legislatures to cut back on student consumption of soda amid reports of rising childhood obesity rates. Soda has been a particular target of those fighting obesity because of its caloric content and popularity among children.

"It's a bold and sweeping step that industry and childhood obesity advocates have decided to take together," Carson said.

Governor Huckabee agreed to co-chair the alliance with Clinton because its mission dovetailed with his own efforts in the battle against the obesity epidemic in America. Huckabee, as chairman of the National Governor's Association, is leading the Healthy America initiative to improve the state of health in the United States.

UPDATE: Check out the NY Daily News blog about the press conference Mike Huckabee and Bill Clinton held in New York today to announce this agreement. Our favorite quote: "Huckabee, who is formerly fat and makes it a central part of his pitch, and Clinton are an impressive duo; Clinton folksy and larger than life, Huckabee folksy and life-sized in a way that's strangely impressive."

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Tuesday, May 02, 2006

UPDATED: Huckabee On Comedy Central's Colbert Report

Welcome, visitors from Wonkette. Since the editors of Wonkette have not seen fit to grant us the ability to respond to their sometimes one-sided commentary about Governor Huckabee, we hope you will spend some time learning all the facts and truth about many of the things they've discussed there. But hey, we know its all in good fun and Huckabee has the sense of humor to be able to laugh at himself, so we don't mind. Check our sidebar.

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Governor Mike Huckabee, known for his quick mind and sense of humor, appeared Tuesday, 5/2 on Comedy Central's Colbert Report. The show's host, Stephen Colbert, and Huckabee were hilarious together. This is a fun opportunity to catch Huckabee in a relaxed, fun environment.

UPDATE: Check out video of the interview HERE.

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Huckabee Pushes For State Health Programs

From the Associated Press:

NEW YORK - A national campaign by the states' governors is using everything from bike rides with the South Carolina governor to anti-smoking statutes to try and get Americans to eat and smoke less and exercise more.

"Across 50 states, you have innovations taking place that are changing the discussion," Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee, this year's chairman of the National Governors Association, said Monday. "The health issue is beginning to eclipse the health care issue."

Huckabee, who has explored the possibility of a presidential run in 2008, is visiting with a national advertising group in New York this week to talk about ways to get the message out. Later, he'll travel to Tennessee, where he and Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen will take part in a televised discussion about health with students.

Huckabee has been a driving force behind the governors' effort to target obesity and unhealthy behavior, a campaign that's been funded in part by companies including Kraft Foods, PepsiCo and Wal-Mart.

The effort has varied from state-to-state. A new Arkansas law bans smoking in nearly every workplace, and in any car where a child under 6 is traveling.

"It's a matter of helping a lifestyle, a mindset, begin to develop," said Huckabee, a Republican who can make a personal argument for changing behavior. After being diagnosed with diabetes, he changed his diet, began to exercise and lost 110 pounds.

He and more than two dozen other governors have dubbed the first week of May "Healthy America Week."