Delta Grassroots Caucus to feature high-profile speakers


LITTLE ROCK — This week’s fall conference of the Delta Grassroots Caucus will feature appearances by a slate of dignitaries including the Republican and Democratic candidates for the 1st District

congressional seat.

The Delta Conference on Jobs and Civil Rights, being held for the first time in Arkansas instead of the nation’s capital, will take place Tuesday and Wednesday at Mid-South Community College in West Memphis.

Retiring 4th District Congressman Mike Ross, D- Prescott, and Beverly Robertson, president of the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, are scheduled to speak Tuesday.

Speakers Wednesday will include 1st District U.S. Rep. Rick Crawford, R-Jonesboro; Jonesboro prosecutor Scott Ellington, the Democratic challenger to Crawford; Republican U.S. Sen. John Boozman; Attorney

General Dustin McDaniel; Bob Nash, former senior White House aide to Bill Clinton; Democratic U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen of Tennessee; Memphis Mayor A.C. Wharton; and Delta Regional Authority Federal Co-Chairman Chris Masingill.

Gov. Mike Beebe is scheduled to address the conference by video.

The conference also will include a session on whether President Barack Obama or Republican challenger Mitt Romney would be better for the region’s economy.

Pine Bluff Mayor Carl A. Redus Jr. will argue in favor of Obama and state Sen. Missy Irvin, R-Mountain View, will argue for Romney.

There will also be a condemnation of what the caucus considers bigoted remarks made by three Arkansas politicians.

Pine Bluff Mayor Carl A. Redus Jr. will argue in favor of Obama and state Sen. Missy Irvin, R-Mountain View, will argue in favor of Romney.