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"Colonel Conrad Reynolds" Just Filed For Congress

“Colonel Conrad Reynolds”

Just a few minutes ago, Conrad Reynolds filed to run for Congress. I guess it would be more precise to say: Colonel Conrad Reynolds filed to run for Congress. Apparently, he has officially changed his name to “Colonel Conrad Reynolds,” and that name will appear on Republican ballots in the Second Congressional District.
Why? Presumably because voters are more likely to vote for candidates with titles. I imagine that’s why his opponent, Rep. Ann Clemmer, specified her legislative affiliation on the ballot. Although a candidate is allowed to use his or her elected-official title on the ballot, a candidate is not allowed to use his or her military rank there. But Reynolds isn’t doing that: to repeat, he has officially changed his first name to “Colonel.”
Is he allowed to do that? Sure. You can change your name to just about anything you want in Arkansas — as long as you’re not doing it for a fraudulent purpose — and you have every right to run for office under your new name. It is a simple process to change your name in Arkansas; essentially, all you have to do is appear before a judge and request permission. I can’t see how changing your first name to Colonel is in any way fraudulent — especially if you really are, or really have been, a colonel.
I think Reynolds’s name change is a little weird, but I also think it’s a little brilliant. If you’re the kind of person who thinks that a military resume serves as a good preparation for Congress, I suppose you might be more likely to vote for Colonel Conrad Reynolds. I doubt it will move that many votes in the Republican primary, but I’ve been wrong before.

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4 thoughts on “"Colonel Conrad Reynolds" Just Filed For Congress

  • dan cathey

    I will salute to that, we need more Military in politics. I am tired of the scumbag cockroaches that go get educated to some liberal crap or think inheriting the from there family is good. If I am going over a cliff I had rather do it with a Comrade in Arms than some lame ass liberal dickhead. In fact I think you should not be to hold an office in DC,state,county,district or city, unless you serve your Country and I ain’t talking about no community organizer. Not even the trash-man.
    dan’o 101st Airbourne

  • John Johnson Jr.

    Please check this out..
    This is my question. My motives are based solely on a dislike for tricks and schemes to get votes. Regardless of what person or party uses it.
    I wrote this as a response / question on the subject
    Where are the terms of this give away?
    What happens if the winner turns out to be a person that can not legally possess a firearm?
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    John Johnson Jr.
    April 16, 2014 at 10:33 am
    Ok, I found it. I wonder if this could be considered a “lottery”. I am not an attorney nor do I want this to come across as legal advice. I am merely asking a question. Hopefully, someone with knowledge can answer this question. If I read this correctly a lottery is based on chance, consideration and a prize. I wonder if requiring the person to obtain a special “wooden nickel” could be deemed”consideration” since it requires a person to do something in order to obtain it?
    5-66-119. Lottery — Promotion through sales.
    (a) (1) Any person who in this state, directly or indirectly, sets up, promotes, engages in, or in any manner participates in any plan, scheme, device, or other means, either alone or in concert with any other person, firm, or corporation, either within or without the State of Arkansas, in which goods, property, or any other thing of value is sold to any person, firm, or corporation for any consideration, either cash or otherwise, and upon the further consideration that the purchaser agrees to obtain one (1) or more persons to participate in the plan, scheme, device, or other means by making a similar purchase and a similar agreement to secure one (1) or more other persons to participate in the plan, scheme, device, or other means in the same manner, each purchaser being given the right to obtain money, credits, goods, or some other thing of value, depending upon the number of persons joining in or participating in the plan, scheme, device, or other means, is declared to have set up, promoted, engaged in, or participated in a lottery, which is declared to be unlawful.
    (2) The promotion, engaging in, or participation in the plan, scheme, device, or other means described in subdivision (a)(1) of this section is punishable as provided in this section.
    (b) (1) Upon a complaint filed by any interested person, on relation of the State of Arkansas, the Attorney General, or any prosecuting attorney of any county where a plan, scheme, device, or other means described in subdivision (a)(1) of this section is proposed, promoted, operated, engaged in, or participated in, the circuit court of the county where the plan, scheme, device, or other means described in subdivision (a)(1) of this section is set up, proposed, operated, promoted, engaged in, or participated in may enjoin the further operation, promotion of, engagement, or participation in the plan, scheme, device, or other means.
    (2) Any injunction under subdivision (b)(1) of this section may be granted without bond furnished by the plaintiff, and the circuit court may make further orders touching upon the subject matter as it may find necessary and desirable.
    (c) (1) The General Assembly recognizes that:
    (A) The present laws relating to lotteries are vague in certain areas and, although designed to prohibit the operation of lotteries in the state, may be interpreted to prohibit even the printing of lottery tickets by companies in this state for distribution in other states where lotteries are legal;
    (B) There are companies in this state that print various types of tickets, stamps, tags, coupon books, and similar devices and that may be interested in printing lottery tickets for states where lotteries are lawful; and
    (C) It is the intent and purpose of this subsection to clarify the present law relating to lotteries to specifically permit businesses in Arkansas to print lottery tickets for use in states where lotteries are lawful.
    (2) (A) The printing or other production of lottery tickets by a business located in Arkansas for use in a state where a lottery is permitted is declared to be lawful.
    (B) Nothing contained in this section and § 5-66-119 or any other law shall be construed to make printing or production of lottery tickets described in subdivision (c)(2)(A) of this section unlawful.
    (d) Any person who violates a provision of this section commits a Class D felony.
    HISTORY: Acts 1961, No. 49, §§ 1-3; 1975, No. 928, § 10; A.S.A. 1947, §§ 41-3285 — 41-3287; Acts 1987, No. 835, §§ 1, 2.

  • Tracy Garstka

    Please remove your campaign sign that you just put up yesterday near the tornado disaster area! It is poor taste and disrespectful!


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