Sunday, July 30, 2006

Huckabee to New Hampshire

Governor Mike Huckabee is headed back to New Hampshire where he'll be making the rounds. One of his stops is going to be particularly interesting. He'll be attending The Manchester Young Republicans Summer Social Cookout on August, 13 where, we are hearing he will be playing a concert with his band "Capitol Offense."

We can tell you now that the younger set is going to love Governor Huckabee, too.


Mike Huckabee on the Fight Against Cancer

Cancer is a very personal problem for Governor Mike Huckabee and his wife, Janet. When the couple were in their 20's, as newlyweds and while still in college, Janet developed a malignant tumor in her spinal cord. It was a very serious and very dangerous cancer. Their doctors told them Janet could easily be left paralyzed by the surgery that was required to save her life.

By the grace of God it went well. "If she had developed that tumor just 10 years earlier," Huckabee has said, "she would probably have died."

So Governor Huckabee considers cancer research very important. This week, the DesMoines Register asked all of the top 2008 candidates what their position is on cancer research.

Here is what Governor Huckabee said:

"Huckabee supports increasing federal spending to the National Cancer Institute, including restoring the $40 million cut proposed by the Bush administration. He also favors increased spending on prevention programs that target environmental and behavioral causes."

Friday, July 28, 2006

Other Bloggers on Mike Huckabee

Here's a blogger from New Hampshire who thinks Mike Huckabee's early efforts there are paying off there. "The Kid" at Race42008 says:
" your humble New Hampshire observer, please allow me to direct your attention to Governor Mike Huckabee. It’s been a few years since New Hampshire made a slightly more famous Arkansas Governor the “Comeback Kid,” but they might just be ready to do it again. Huckabee is owning New Hampshire right now."

There's more, so check out the link provided above.


Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Mike Huckabee: Inspiration to Others

Governor Huckabee, who lost over 110 pounds by completely changing his lifestyle and eating habits, who went from "couch potato" to marathoner in just two years, and who beat back diabetes through diet and exercise, has become an inspiration to millions of Americans who are battling obesity and poor health.

Today he will receive the IDEA "Fitness Inspiration of the Year Award" at the IDEA national convention in Las Vegas.

From U.S. Newswire:

LAS VEGAS, July 25 /U.S. Newswire/

Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will receive the IDEA "Fitness Inspiration of the Year Award" at 8:30 a.m. local on Wednesday, July 26 at the Hilton Las Vegas during the IDEA World Fitness Convention.
The inspiration award is presented each year to someone who has overcome considerable health challenges and now includes regular fitness activity in his or her life while providing inspiration to others.

More than 5,000 fitness professionals from around the world will attend the five-day convention.
Huckabee, who chairs the 50-state National Governors Association, says major health care reform is "critical to our Country's future" and is one of his top priorities.

For more information about the IDEA award, please visit:

Monday, July 24, 2006

Dallas Morning News on Mike Huckabee

Here's something interesting. Rod Dreher, editor of the Sunday commentary section of The Dallas Morning News has a blog at Dreher is also author of a book called "Crunchy Cons" which is about conservatives, most of them religious, whose faith and political convictions sometimes put them at odds with mainstream conservatives.

Here's what Dreher had to say on his blog about a recent visit by Governor Huckbee to The Dallas Morning News to "talk about his run for the GOP presidential nomination."

"[Huckabee]... came by the DMN today to talk to the editorial board about his
run for the GOP presidential nomination. I wasn't able to attend the meeting,
but my colleagues came out of it quite impressed."
"He's going to be one to watch, if only because win or lose the GOP nomination,
it will be fascinating to see if he becomes the standard-bearer for a new
generation of the Religious Right."

Mr. Dreher, we are not surprised that your colleagues came away from their meeting with Mike Huckabee "quite impressed." Virtually everyone who had the opportunity to meet and listen to him has the same reaction.

He will indeed be "one to watch."


Sunday, July 23, 2006

MSM: Huckabee Right on Illegal Immigration (UPDATED)

It was one year ago that Federal immigration officials raided a poultry processing plant in Arkandelphia, Arkansas, rounded up and deported over 100 undocumented immigrants.

The problem was that they left all the immigrants' children stranded in the United States without their parents.

We knew from sources on the ground that the majority of the local community of Arkadelphia, a tiny town in Southwest Arkansas, was very upset by the raid because the people who were rounded up and deported were not a problem in the community, but rather an important part of it. They were friends at church, their kids were friends at school, they played baseball, football and soccer together, and the immigrants filled important jobs in the community and paid taxes, rented housing from local landlords and shopped in locally-owned businesses.

Now a year later the Los Angeles Times has done us the favor of publishing a great follow-up article that really gets to the heart of the immigratation problem in America. We at the blog see it this way... it is very much like the old line about Congress. Ask anyone what they think of Congress and they'll say its is a mess. But ask them what they think about their own Congressman, and they'll say "Oh, he's great."

We think that is what is happening with the immigration debate. People make 'they sky is falling' predictions about the proglem illegal immigrants represent for America, but when it comes to actually rounding up and deporting the immigrants in their own communities, it's a different story.

Governor Mike Huckabee, a former Baptist minister, a conservative, and a strong Christian leader, is able to look past all the rhetoric to see that we cannot simply round up and summarily deport more than 12 million illegal immigrants. Not only would that be logistically impossible, but it would also rip the heart out of thousands of communities all over the country -- and U.S. citizens won't stand for it.

Bear in mind that Gov. Huckabee is against illegal immigration and wants our borders secured. What he insists upon, however, is that once the immigrants have made it here we must treat them like human beings -- with dignity and consideration for their children and for their communities. It is a complicated problem that requires leadership -- not just blind, heartless enforcement.

Realizing that hard-liners will never be won over on this subject, it is up to the rest of us to make sure America does not do something here that we one day regret.

We highly recommend that you read our original posts on this subect (click HERE) and then hop on over to the Los Angeles Times' follow-up story (click HERE).


Friday, July 21, 2006

David Yepsen (DesMoines Register) on Mike Huckabee

Here's a great column by David Yepsen, Political Columnist for the Des Moines Register. It illustrates, I think, why the left is so terrified of Huckabee.

An excerpt:

“My faith means I can’t ignore the poorest kid in the community. Sometimes maybe that confuses Republicans who are only concerned about how we preserve wealth, but I’ve also got to be concerned about preserving people at the bottom end of this country.

“Faith makes me think about the young mother who is getting battered. You can’t ignore her. Faith makes me think about that elderly couple that’s deciding how they’re going to cut their medicine in half to make it last all month, or the young couple struggling with debt for things they can’t afford.”

Huckabee adds: “I earn the right to push for a strong pro-life agenda only by making sure I’m concerned about poverty, hunger and homelessness. If I don’t care about those issues, then my faith is incomplete.”

Those aren’t exactly the traditional themes GOP candidates use when they work religious conservatives, but Huckabee said “for me, as a true evangelical, it’s grossly inadequate to say faith is just about abortion and gay marriage.”

He gets passionate about it. “Do you care about a kid who is hungry? Do you care about a family that lives in a shack without running water and a sewer that runs out the back of their house? If I don’t care about that, I don’t have the right to care about abortion. I’ve not earned the right to talk about the structure of the family.”

Huckabee admits this concern for economic justice causes him trouble with some Republicans. “At times people in my party scratch their heads and say, 'Why are you dealing with inadequate housing?’ I say, 'How can you ignore that? Can you say as long as a kid didn’t get aborted, heck, we don’t care where he lives? Or as long as a kid didn’t get aborted, we don’t care if he gets an education? As long as we didn’t abort the child, we don’t care if he has access to health care?’”

“I want to push those in the Christian community who are involved in politics to realize their faith has to embrace a great deal more than one or two issues. It really has to cover a much broader spectrum. If it doesn’t, then I understand the resentment of the left” toward religious conservatives.

"Interesting," says Yepsen. "This is certainly a new way of courting the religious right. While it may give pause to some social conservatives, it just might be appealing enough to attract votes in a presidential campaign."

Wednesday, July 19, 2006

Gov. Mike Huckabee May Pardon Keith Richards

From the “You Just Can’t Make This Up” department, Governor Mike Huckabee may be soon issuing a pardon to Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards for a 1975 reckless driving conviction in the tiny town of Fordyce, AR. Richards was arrested at Fordyce on July 5, 1975, as he and fellow Stones member Ron Wood traveled from Memphis, to Dallas.

A Fordyce officer saw the car swerve — Richards said later he bent to adjust the radio — and stopped the vehicle. Richards was charged with reckless driving and possession of a concealed knife, while the fan was charged with possession of a controlled substance. The knife charge was dropped, and Richards pleaded guilty to the reckless driving charge — a misdemeanor — and paid a $162.50 fine.

Governor Huckabee, (pictured here) is himself a guitarist in his own band called “Capitol Offense.” He decided to try to do something about Richards’ “record” in Arkansas after hearing Richards mention it to the crowd during a recent Rolling Stones concert in Little Rock.

Richards asked if anyone in the audience was from Fordyce. "I used to know the chief of police there," he told the crowd.

Capitol Offense, for which Huckabee plays bass guitar, is the only rock band in America led by a sitting governor and has earned a reputation as a “rock-the-house” band. They have opened for Willie Nelson and Dionne Warwick, and have played with the Charlie Daniels Band, Grand Funk Railroad and others. They have played at the Republican National Convention and during both inaugural ceremony events for President George W. Bush.

Huckabee said that Richards’ remark during the concert made him realize that Richards' impression of Arkansas was marred by a misdemeanor traffic stop. “I wanted to clear his 'record' in Arkansas as a goodwill gesture," the governor said.

Monday, July 17, 2006

Huckabee Headed to South Carolina

South Carolina, like Iowa and New Hampshire, is a very important early primary state. Often called the "first Southern primary," South Carolina is considered by some to be an early indicator of where the whole Southern bloc is headed.

We've learned Governor Huckabee is headed there in early August to lend support to South Carolina's marriage amendment campaign. Huckabee is a leader on this issue, having successfully led Arkansas in passing a marriage amendment in 2004 and is also an advocate of Covenant marriage.

Governor Huckabee, a former Southern Baptist minister as well as a social and fiscal conservative, will be widely loved in heavily Baptist South Carolina.

You heard it here first!


Other Bloggers on Mike Huckabee

Iowa blogger Bob Waters of Watersblogged saw Yepsen's column in the Des Moines register (we blogged about it yesterday here) and has this to say:
"David Yepsen, political editor of the Des Moines Register, offers this
interesting piece
on Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee-a column which does a good job of explaining why Huckabee is on my short list for 2006.It's about time Christians recognized that social justice for all Americans, and not only for the unborn, is an ethical concern we are obliged to carry with us into the public square."

To see the post on Watersblogged, click here.

Thanks, Bob!


Sunday, July 16, 2006

Welcome C-SPAN Viewers

A special welcome to you C-SPAN viewers who have been watching Governor Mike Huckabee's recent Iowa trip on Road To The White House. We're glad you are interested in learning more about the amazing leader and wonderful Christian, Mike Huckabee. Please see our side bar for a wealth of information and, as always, feel free to ask questions or make comments.


Win Rockefeller, Arkansas' Lt. Governor Has Passed Away

I was just reflecting in a post earlier this morning about a conversation I had with Win Rockefeller on the day Governor Huckabee took over as governor in Arkansas. We knew he was gravely ill, and now we have received the news that he has lost his battle with a rare blood disorder.

God bless you, Mr. Rockefeller. Our prayers are with you and your family.


Mike Huckabee: How It All Began

It was almost exactly 10 years ago that Mike Huckabee convinced me he is a remarkable and special leader. I, like hundreds of other Arkansans who were anxious to see the national embarrassment of the White Water scandal behind us -- and to see a Republican in the Governor's office-- showed up at the state Capitol to be present for the swearing in of Mike Huckabee.

Huckabee was the Lt. Governor, ascending to the Governorship with the resignation of Democrat Jim Guy Tucker, who had been convicted of a Felony in the White Water investigation.

Well, we thought he was resigning, anyway.

I'll never forget that day, and it brings to mind how much things can change in just a decade. It was really, really hot that July day on the lawn of the Capitol. I scrunched myself into a tiny bit of remaining shade beneath an old Magnolia tree on the lawn and found myself standing next to Win Rockefeller, who is now Arkansas' Lt. Governor and is in the hospital gravely ill as I write this.

(Our prayers are with you and your family, Mr. Rockefeller)

It was not long after that that the crowd began to sense something was wrong. Our new Governor had not come out to address the crowd on schedule and nobody seemed to know what was going on. Some people began to leave but others of us surged inside the Capitol, sensing that history was being made.

We were right.

The Arkansas News Bureau has published a great re-cap of those events today (excerpted below):

A decade after the madness, Mike Huckabee reflects

Sunday, Jul 16, 2006
By James Jefferson
Arkansas News Bureau

LITTLE ROCK - A day for the Arkansas history books is only an afterthought a decade later for the man who was at the epicenter of the madness. On July 15, 1996, the state faced near constitutional crisis when a governor convicted of federal charges reneged on a promise to resign quietly. Backed by powerful Democrats in the Legislature, the Republican lieutenant governor of 18 months countered with a threat of impeachment.

Today, almost a decade to the day later, Mike Huckabee positions for a possible run for the Republican presidential nomination. Along the way, he has confounded friends and foes with a self-styled mix of Christian conservatism and social moderation.

Huckabee, who is term-limited and will leave office in January after the third-longest gubernatorial tenure in state history, reflected on his 10-year adventure in a recent interview with the Arkansas News Bureau.

He was settling into his announced run for the U.S. Senate in May 1996 when then-Gov. Jim Guy Tucker was convicted of fraud in the Whitewater investigation. Tucker announced he would step down as governor, effective July 15. With the Democratic governor's resignation, Huckabee would become Arkansas' second Republican chief executive in 25 years and only its third since Reconstruction.

Huckabee was minutes away from taking the oath of office in the packed House chamber at the state Capitol when Tucker informed his would-be successor that he'd decided to stay put while appealing his federal court conviction on grounds of jury bias. Tucker's announcement set in motion a chain of events that brought state government to the brink of a crisis that was averted by the end of the day when Tucker relented in the face of threatened impeachment.
"It's one of those things that it was not in my plan. But I've always said that
often God's plans for us are better than our plans for ourselves," he said. "If
we'll just not be too resistant to the detours we take in life, they often take
us down a better path to a more desirable destination than where we intended to

Thus began the administration of Arkansas' 44th elected governor. Now, after two years as Arkansas' "unelected governor" and nearly two full terms of his own, Huckabee said he rarely thinks about his tumultuous rise to power unless someone brings up the subject. "It's interesting how many people can remember the details of that day, and if they were in Arkansas, it's one of those things where people remember where they were and what they were doing," he said.

"I'm not sure if I thought 10 years ago I would have gone through two terms," said the Baptist preacher and former pastor who stepped out of the pulpit and into the political arena. "But it didn't take long into those early months and certainly the first year or so that I realized that this was a wonderful job and a great opportunity, and that I could serve more effectively and, frankly, with a greater level of fulfillment than had I been elected to the U.S. Senate."

One longtime Democratic operative attributed Huckabee's political staying power to the goodwill he engendered among Arkansans with the handling of the change of authority, his religious background and the force of his public persona. "Arkansas is a very religious state, and a lot of voters saw him as a good man," said Ron Maxwell, a currently the state Democratic Party's chief operating officer. "As we see so often, voters don't necessarily support the party, it's the personality of the candidate involved that is a significant factor in who actually wins elections."

The politics of personality played a huge role in the continued election of Democrats David Pryor, Dale Bumpers and Bill Clinton, he said. Both Pryor and Bumpers served two terms as governor and had long tenures in the U.S. Senate. Clinton won five gubernatorial elections and carried his home state in two successful presidential races.

Huckabee acknowledged that the outpouring of support he received after Tucker resigned "was a great boost," even from "people who I know who had never voted for me or wanted me to be governor." "But people have short memories," he added. "They're very impatient. I think you have to earn people's respect and support every day."

After a decade in office, "On many fronts, there's a great sense of satisfaction," he said.

Although a self-proclaimed fiscal conservative, he counts among his major accomplishments passage of a 1996 conservation tax that has financed restoration of the state parks and the 1997 ARKids First program, an extension of Medicaid to provide basic health insurance coverage for the children of Arkansas' working poor.
He also cites Arkansas' first general tax reduction and an overhaul of the state's car-tag renewal process.

Near the end of his first legislative session, the heavily Democratic Legislature overrode Huckabee's veto of more than a dozen bills, including a $3 million appropriation for an obscure program to provide legal advocates for children whose parents were embroiled in custody battles. After disclosures that some legislators and their connected friends benefited from the program, Huckabee initiated a broad review of state contracts and installed a toll-free hotline to field reports of suspected government corruption. Findings were turned over to state and federal officials who had launched an investigation into the attorney ad litem program, and a wide-ranging federal indictment eventually led to convictions and prison terms for two former state senators. Others, including two former state education directors, admitted wrongdoing and cooperated with authorities to avoid jail.

Most every year since, Huckabee has immersed himself in a big project: In 1999, he spearheaded a successful drive for public approval of a $1 billion reconstruction of hundreds of miles of interstate highways in the state. In 2000, he led a push for passage of a ballot initiative to earmark all proceeds from Arkansas' $1.6 billion tobacco settlement for public health programs. In 2003, a law he championed gave the state more authority to take over public schools in academic and financial distress. In 2004, after his year-long campaign for wholesale school consolidation to address a state Supreme Court edict to improve public education, the Legislature adopted the first statutory school merger law among sweeping public education reforms. During a special legislative session in April, the governor supported an increase in school funding, raising the state minimum wage, and adoption of a statewide ban on smoking in the workplace.

Through the years, Huckabee said, he grew into the office. "I'm more seasoned, experienced, the obvious things. I'm more knowledgeable about state government and how things work, and more patient even, much better understanding and patient in the legislative process," he said.

Whatever road he takes, Huckabee's options have been enhanced by a twist of fate and a singular opportunity to govern.

"It's one of those things that it was not in my plan. But I've always said that often God's plans for us are better than our plans for ourselves," he said. "If we'll just not be too resistant to the detours we take in life, they often take us down a better path to a more desirable destination than where we intended to go."

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Huckabee on C-SPAN's Road To The White House

Here's another opportunity to see Governor Huckabee in action. His recent trip to Iowa will be aired on C-SPAN's "Road to the White House" on Sunday, July 16th at 5:30 pm CDT, 8:30 pm CDT and 11:30 pm CDT.

Friday, July 14, 2006

Mike Huckabee: Education Reformer

Anyone who knows Governor Mike Huckabee know that he cares deeply about the lives of young people. He cares about their families, their health, and their future opportunities --particularly through education. When he became governor almost a decade ago, he began immediately making reforms in Arkansas' poorly-ranked education system.

Now, ten years later, these reforms are credited with the most dramatic, remarkable -- even stunning--improvements in the quality of Arkansas' educational system ever achieved and, most importantly, in improvement of students' academic performance. You can read about it here, here, and here.

Because of his concern and actions related to education, Governor Huckabee was named Chairman of the Education Commission of the States. Today he is attending the commission's annual meeting in Minneapolis where he is chairing a national forum on education policy, which is known as "the premier event for state policymakers and education leaders to share ideas and discuss problems and solutions to the most pressing education issues."

They'll do well to listen carefully to Mike Huckabee.


Tuesday, July 11, 2006

Mike Huckabee on Property Rights

Huckabee would have signed Iowa property rights measure


ANKENY (Iowa) — Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee said if he were Iowa’s governor, he would likely have signed into law a measure slapping new restrictions on the ability of local governments to seize property for economic development efforts. Huckabee, who was in Iowa on Monday testing waters for a potential presidential run in 2008, said eminent domain is ‘‘one thing if the government is taking land after a very thorough process to build something of public interest.

‘‘When government takes private property for the benefit of private entities and individuals that is really a threshold that once we cross we have a hard time getting back, and I think there’s a lot of angst I hear about it,’’ he said.

Huckabee spoke at a news conference as he wrapped up a three-day swing through Iowa, where precinct caucuses traditionally launch the presidential nominating season. Gov. Tom Vilsack vetoed a measure putting restrictions on property seizure, arguing that it would interfere with local economic development efforts. The Legislature has called itself back into special session on Friday to attempt to override that veto, and Huckabee said he ‘‘heard a lot about it over this weekend.’’ Asked if he would have vetoed the measure, Huckabee said ‘‘I doubt that I would have’’ while conceding ‘‘I have not read the bill specifically.’’

The issue hasn’t arisen in Arkansas, he said, but a U.S. Supreme Court decision last year may put it on the political agenda there. Ruling a Connecticut case, the high court in a 5-4 decision said local governments can use the power of eminent domain to seize private property for economic development efforts. In that case, private homes were taken to be converted to hotels, resorts and other facilities designed to boost the local economy. Throughout the country, state legislatures have scrambled to erect new property rights protections, and Iowa was no exception.

Huckabee said there’s been no reason to deal with the issue in Arkansas, in part because of a strong tradition of property rights. ‘‘I know that is a very sensitive issue in Arkansas and most places,’’ he said. ‘‘We haven’t had to do anything because we’ve never had a situation that I’m aware of where we’ve taken private property for a private development.’’

The high court’s decision could change all that, Huckabee conceded. ‘‘When the Supreme Court came out with that ruling there was a lot of anxiety, there was a sense that there may have to be legislation drafted to make sure it doesn’t happen,’’ he said. Huckabee, who is leaving office next year, is spending time testing the waters for the potential of seeking the Republican presidential nomination.

Note: Special thanks to the Times-Republican.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

An Open Letter to the People of Arkansas

Note: The following commentary is the opinion of BSR and is not endorsed by Governor Huckabee, his staff, or anyone associated with Governor Huckabee.

An Open Letter to the People of Arkansas

Dear Arkansans,

You are among the kindest and most generous people anywhere. The most recent proof of this fact came when Hurricane Katrina ravaged your neighbor to the South, Louisiana. You were quick to open your hearts, homes and wallets to help tens of thousands of people in need.

Unfortunately, not all Arkansans are as generous as you.

Things are good in Arkansas today. The economy is strong, jobs are plentiful and salaries are increasing. As a result, the state has collected far more taxes from you than they were expecting--$402 million more. And by this time next year, it is estimated that the surplus will exceed $600 million.

Governor Mike Huckabee wants to do the right thing. He wants to give your money back to you. But your Democratically-controlled legislature doesn't want to give it back.

Imagine for a moment that a young man estimates he can fix an old woman's porch steps for $20, but when he finishes she accidentally pays him with a $50 bill. He knows she can't see well, and that he could easily keep the overpayment for himself. He also knows she is living on a fixed income and needs her money for things like food, prescriptions, and electricity. He also knows she is having to help raise her grandkids, who need braces for their teeth.

What would YOU do if you were this young man? You would give it back, of course.

This is what has happened in Arkansas. Your Democratically-controlled legislature estimated the cost to provide services to you. But you overpaid them for those services--a lot.

Now your legislature has a choice. Do they do the right thing and give your money back, as Governor Huckabee wants them to do? Or do they keep it, knowing full well that many, many Arkansans struggle every day to make ends meet?

Maybe they'll listen to Governor Huckabee and do the right thing. But if they don't, every Arkansan should remember that when they vote in November.


Thursday, July 06, 2006

UPDATE: Huckabee Writing Book on Policy & Governing


Governor Mike Huckabee said on his monthly radio call-in show in Arkansas yesterday that he is writing another book that will come out next year, after he leaves and (we hope) begins running for President full-time.

We've now learned from a very good source the working title for the book. We won't reveal it here because the Governor is not ready to do that yet, but lets just say it involves the word "Hope" and it is exciting to us because if its implications about his future plans.

A national book tour will be a great platform from which to reach the American people with his message.

His previous books are:

Quit Digging Your Grave With a Knife and Fork

Living Beyond Your Lifetime: How to be Intentional About the Legacy You Leave

Character IS the Issue: How People With Integrity Can Revolutionize America

Kids Who Kill: Confronting Our Culture of Violence

By they way, Character IS the Issue, pictured here, is highly recommended reading.


Monday, July 03, 2006

Mike Huckabee To Assist Iowa Senate Candidates


WEST DES MOINES, Iowa – Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee will appear at events on behalf of state Senate candidate Larry Noble in Ankeny and speak at a Nevada, Iowa, event with state Senate candidate Jim Kurtenbach on Monday, July 10.

Huckabee and former Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad will appear at a private fund-raiser for Noble in the home of Rep. Carmine Boal and her husband, Steve Boal. Following that event, Huckabee and Noble will tour Accu-mold, Corp., 1711 SE Oralabor Road, Ankeny, and hold a 9:00 a.m. news conference to discuss economic development issues.

Huckabee will join Kurtenbach and Jim Hallihan of the Iowa Games for a noon event at the Story County Medical Center, 630 Sixth St., Nevada, highlighting the topics of health and health care reform. For additional information about either event, contact Joel Smits at 515-226-0291.

Noble is a 29-year veteran of law enforcement who served as acting commissioner of the Iowa Department of Public Safety and retired at the rank of major in the Iowa State Patrol. Kurtenbach, an associate professor at Iowa State University, is a two-term state representative who was recently nominated at a special convention as the GOP candidate for the Senate District 5 seat being vacated by state Sen. Stew Iverson.

Huckabee has served as the chairman of the National Governors Association since last July. That term ends this month. Time Magazine has named him one of the five Best Governors in the Nation. His leadership on national Medicaid reform and education were among the reasons Governing Magazine named Huckabee as a "Public Official of the Year” and AARP presented him with a national "Impact" award.

Huckabee became governor in July 1996 when he moved up from lieutenant governor following the resignation of Gov. Jim Guy Tucker. He became Arkansas' 44th elected governor after winning the November 1998 election with the highest percentage of votes ever received by a Republican gubernatorial nominee in Arkansas. He was re-elected in November 2002.

Huckabee's efforts to improve his own health have received national attention. Diagnosed with Type II diabetes in 2003, he lost 110 pounds. In March 2005, Huckabee completed the Little Rock Marathon. The Road Runners Club of America named him its Southern Region Runner of the Year, and he was named USA Track & Field's Athlete of the Week for the country. Huckabee's fourth book, "Quit Digging Your Grave With A Knife And Fork," was released by Time Warner Book Group last May to favorable reviews.

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The Case Against Deportation

There are a lot of reasons deportation is not an option in dealing with America's illegal immigrant problem -- 12 million-plus reasons.

While deportation is the preferred choice of many conservatives, the fact is they have just not thought about the implications of this course of action. There are three major issues that would have to be addressed:

  • Enforcement - how would the U.S. physically round-up, process and transport millions of people? Many (perhaps most) would actively avoid being caught. And on top of that, there would be massive legal and social issues trying to sort out the tangle of blended familes consisting of illegal parents with children who are legal citizens, and the like. It would take decades, a force of immigration officers larger than the U.S. military, a legion of attorneys, doctors, nurses and bureaucrats, hundreds of thousands of vans, busses, and aircraft and all the people to provide support. And what about border issues? Has anyone considered the possibility the home countries of these people might not want them back?

  • Financial - all this would cost billions upon billions of dollars. How would we pay for it?

  • Political - Remember Elian Gonzales? During the Clinton administration, the forced deportation of just one little boy caused massive international outcry and embarrassed Americans from coast to coast. Just imagine the image you see above being repeated millions of times over. That's NOT America.

The solution to the illegal immigrant problem is not going to be easy. Mike Huckabee knows that. He also understands the enormous problems associated with dealing with a deportation scenario. It can't be done. We don't have the manpower or money. And most importantly, we don't have the will as a nation to execute a gestapo-style round-up and deportation of millions of frightened and crying men, women and children.

The best possible solution: 1) Real border security. We must stop the in-flow. And 2) A system whereby those who are already here are required to pay a penalty and become legal citizens over a period of time. Some call that "amnesty" but it isn't. Amnesty is a free pass. By requiring the payment of a fine and going through the legal process of citizenship and naturalization, amnesty is off the table.