WASHINGTON, DC – Momentum from the historic “WALK ON WASHINGTON” rally has fanned the flames for passing the PAST ACT making possible the dramatic progress toward ultimate victory achieved so far this week.
Republican Congressman Paul Cook (R-CA) on Tuesday became the 111th Republican to co-sponsor the bill. Elected to Congress at the age of 70, Cook is a career U. S. Marine officer, and Vietnam War vet.
This raises the total number of U. S. Representatives sponsoring the PAST ACT to 295, which is 68% of the U. S. Congress.
There is no question that the dedicated intense grassroots effort by persons from all over the United States for “WALK ON WASHINGTON” has set the stage for this final push for victory. Newly elected House Majority leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is poised to play a large role in this outcome. Many shoulders are pushing at the wheel to make this possible.
The historic “WALK ON WASHINGTON” brought the PAST ACT issue before the National Media. It has raised questions about who is providing the money for elected officials Mitch McConnell, Lamar Alexander, Hall Rogers and Marsha Blackburn to try and block this “Animal Cruelty” bill.
Reaping the benefit of the momentum generated by the “WALK ON WASHINGTON”, the lobbying team of Marty Irby, Press Secretary for U. S. Congress and IWHA official Donna Benefield have been effective so far this week following up with key Congressmen. Irby and Benefield were also productive last Fall in securing co-sponsors for the bill. While Celebration Chairman David L. Howard’s sore Big Lick crowd was distracted by “THE POLL” by TWHBEA VP Pat Stout which foretold the National and International support for the PAST ACT, Irby and Benefield went largely unnoticed in their lobbying efforts. Approximately 50 co-sponsors for the PAST ACT were obtained during this time.
FORMER TWHBEA PRESIDENT LOYD “BUSTER” BLACK RESURFACES LAST NIGHT LIVING IT UP AT WASHINGTON, DC AMERICAN HORSE COUNCIL SOIREE’
Arguably, by far the worst President of the Tennessee Walking Horse Breeders and Exhibitors Association in its 78 year history, Loyd “Buster” Black, is a Georgia small claims court judge. He is shown here last night “living it up” at an American Horse Council Soiree’. Black masqueraded as “Sound”, but then revealed his true colors in his 2013 campaign for Georgia TWHBEA Director when he put in writing that the only reason he didn’t show the sore Big Lick horse was due to health reasons.
“Buster” Black was TWHBEA President when Pat Stout decided to poll the TWHBEA membership on the PAST ACT question in September 2013. President Black is largely responsible for the confusion surrounding The Poll. Loyd Black refused to return telephone calls regarding The Poll, and refused to allow TWHBEA VP Pat Stout an opportunity to explain The Poll.
Then TWHBEA President Loyd “Buster” Black failed to come to Lewisburg, Tennessee on September 27, 2013, for the fateful lynch mob Executive Committee meeting. At this meeting, an attempt was made by angry sore Big Lick supporters to excommunicate Pat Stout from TWHBEA membership. A sworn magistrate judge, Black presided “by telephone” over this meeting during which Pat Stout was not afforded the procedural safeguards to which a TWHBEA member is entitled when there are allegations of wrong doing.
TWHBEA Corporate Rule and By-Laws require than any Complaint against her be filed in writing. No Complaint was filed. Veteran attorney/Judge Loyd Black knew the Corporate Rules and chose to ignore them. Worse, it appears that Mr. Black conspired with Celebration Chairman David L. Howard and others to deprive Pat Stout of a fair hearing in accordance with TWHBEA Rules and By-Laws.
Then before The Poll results could be counted and announced, President Black abruptly submitted his resignation on October 14, 2013, as TWHBEA President, citing personal health reasons. Then Mr. Black, reelected as a TWHBEA Director from Georgia in October 2013 fled the TWHBEA headquarters building never to be seen again. Black didn’t show up to represent Georgia at the December 2013 Annual Meeting, nor did he attend the May 2014 TWHBEA Mid-Year meeting.
“Buster” Black was totally missing in action until he resurfaced last night in Washington, DC, libation in hand, attending the annual convention of the American Horse Council. While Black was President of TWHBEA, the Celebration Chairman David L. Howard kicked TWHBEA out of its building on the Celebration grounds it had occupied since 1970.
Nephew Eugene is firmly convinced that the “WALK ON WASHINGTON” organized by the All American Walking Horse Alliance will be regarded as the pivotal “Game Changer” when it comes to Passing The Past Act.