The Republican Party of Arkansas is holding its 2019 summer state committee meeting this weekend, on Saturday, June 8.
The event is being held at the Rockefeller Republican Center, located at 1201 W. 6th Street, in Little Rock. The event will begin at 9:30 am.
Doyle Webb, six-term chairman of the Republican Party of Arkansas,, will be leading the committee meeting as the first speaker, as well as delivering his chairman’s report.
The meeting features a wide array of prominent Arkansas Republican figures who will be speaking, including House Majority Leader Marcus Richmond and Senate Majority Leader Bart Hester, who will each deliver reports from their respective caucuses. Also of note in the schedule of events are Iverson Jackson speaking on the African American Coalition, Chairman Jamie Barker reporting on young Republicans, and Chairman Will Teeter on college Republicans. Each of these demographics are ones that the Republican Party as a whole, not just in Arkansas, would like to find stronger support from more consistently.
The business of the morning will also include three proposed rule changes, the most significant of which being a change to the 2020 Arkansas delegate selection process. Under this new rule, candidates seeking to become a Republican delegate in 2020 must pledge support for a specific Presidential candidate at the time of application, and are bound to vote for that candidate at the Republican National Convention. This is not necessarily a “feet to the fire” rule, as there will more than likely only be one Republican candidate to choose from – the incumbent President, Donald J. Trump.
However, were something to happen between now and then, Arkansas delegates would be locked into voting for him at the Convention, no matter what.
Other proposed rule changes include amendments to the delegate selection process as a whole, and a new Convention of Counties rule that is applicable when selecting a nominee to fill a vacancy in a state legislative position where the district encompasses more than one county.
Those wishing to attend the event may register online at the Arkansas GOP website. Members may pre-register for $25, or pay $35 to register at the door on the day of the event. Non-member guests may register to attend for $10.