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  Letting Mark [Pryor] be Mark
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Last EditedDFWDem  Jul 05, 2007 03:20pm
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News DateThursday, July 5, 2007 09:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionBy David Sanders

U.S. Sen. Mark Pryor has ensured his re-election. Not that he's ever been in any real danger.

Hardly an ideologue or partisan, his independence-marked first term has served him well with the voters back home while at times making his party's vote counters nervous.

He voted Friday to block the "comprehensive" immigration bill, siding with the Senate's most conservative Republicans against the Democratic leadership's unqualified support.

Earlier, he sided with pro-labor forces on a bill that would have required businesses to recognize unions if their organizers could convince more than half of workers to put their names on union authorizations cards, as opposed to requiring a secret ballot. Pro-business groups, which he rebuffed, fear efforts to convince workers to sign the card might more resemble coercion.

And as Sen. Hillary Clinton made her way back Arkansas to raise funds for the state Democratic Party, Pryor endorsed her presidential candidacy. This was a surprising move for Pryor, who at times is the state's most cautious and noncommittal Democrat.

Pryor can explain all of it.
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