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Friday, November 30, 2007 

The Federal Government's Role In Education Today Is Far Too Intrusive and Counterproductive

by Senator Tom Coburn

The federal government's role in education today is far too intrusive and counterproductive. I believe our Constitution empowers parents, teachers and local communities — not federal bureaucrats — to manage our children's education. Congress should do everything in its power to limit the federal role in education and return education dollars and decisions to local communities.

America became a great and prosperous nation in part through strong local education that was controlled by parents, families, faith-based groups and community organizations. I do not believe it is a coincidence that as the federal government's role in education has greatly expanded test scores across our country have stagnated or declined. The bureaucratic administration of education in Washington, D.C., has resulted in widespread waste and duplication among more than 760 different federal education programs with virtually no benefit to our children.

Congress needs to reconnect our children's education with the local resources and caring individuals who will make a difference in their lives. The education tax dollars we are sending to Washington would be better spent if they were controlled and managed by our local communities.

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Posted at 11/30/2007 10:14:00 AM |

U.S. Rep. Fallin To Speak To First Responders At Seminar

EDMOND, Okla. - Hundreds of Fire, Law Enforcement and Emergency Managers from a three state area are expected to attend the Minnesota Bridge Collapse Seminar, hosted by the Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism (MIPT), to be held November 30 at the Nigh University Center on the University of Central Oklahoma campus from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin (R-Oklahoma City), who sits on the U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, will open the seminar with remarks to the first responders on infrastructure and preparing for emergencies as part of the day long event.

The seminar is the first of its kind since the eight-lane bridge for I-35W collapsed into the Mississippi River on August 1, 2007.


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Posted at 11/30/2007 09:59:00 AM |

More Support Needed To Bring Troops Home For Holidays

BancFirst, along with Gov. Brad Henry and state military and veteran affairs leaders, are supporting the statewide initiative “Operation Holiday Homecoming,” which aims to bring home National Guard troops for the holidays. Donations will allow members of the 45th Infantry Brigade, training at Fort Bliss, Texas, to be transported home for the holidays, all expenses paid, before the troops’ deployment to Iraq in January.

BancFirst is the official depositor of the project, and donations can be made at any BancFirst location to the “Operation Holiday Homecoming” account.

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Posted at 11/30/2007 09:36:00 AM |

Quote Of The Week

“The fastest-growing parishes in Catholicism are non-English speaking, and a good portion of them are illegal aliens. . . . So while I think what they’re doing is noble, it’s misguided.” - State Rep. Randy Terrill Read More

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Posted at 11/30/2007 09:17:00 AM |

'Super Highway' Would Infringe On State's Rights, Senator Says

by Bob Campbell Midland Reporter-Telegram An Oklahoma state senator said Thursday that he led opposition to a plan like the Trans Texas Corridor this year because it would have surrendered his state's sovereignty to the federal government. Sen. Randy Brogdon, R-Owasso, said at a morning news conference at the Rohill Building at 3100 N. "A" St. that Oklahoma House Bill No. 1819 would have helped create a "NAFTA super highway" by waiving Oklahoma's 11th Amendment right not to be sued in federal court.

He told participants in a Thursday night program offered by the Midland Business and Professional Chapter of the John Birch Society that the road would be regulated under international law.

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Posted at 11/30/2007 09:03:00 AM |
Thursday, November 29, 2007 

Dear OUR: told you so in ‘88

From Tulsa Today:
By David Arnett, Publisher
Editorial: In the June 17, 1988, issue of the Independent Student News, students at Tulsa’s Oral Roberts University voiced concerns about the financial standing, administrative competence, and righteousness of leadership in administration of the school. It was the first of many articles and a long effort to defend the voices of the students.
If it was a battle, the students lost; those who fought are long gone to more productive daily struggles. Oral and Richard Roberts always got their way. They abused everyone to accomplish whatever ego-driven mission they had in mind – not once, but repeatedly. Sunday, the Tulsa daily newspaper headlined, “ORU alumni support sought,” but should anyone rally to save the school? Been there, tried that – when many of us were students.
In the 1988 piece, students defended professors, writing, “The average salary for a professor at ORU is approximately $18,000, compared to the national average of $35,000.” They listed the desperate public calls for money from the Robertses, including, but not limited to: 1985 – $15 million to construct a healing center, 1986 - $8 million to “save” Oral’s life and send medical missionaries to the world, 1987 – $2.5 million to “adopt-a-student” – and yet no student ever got a check.”
This cartoon of Oral and Richard by a local artist was first published by the Tulsa Independent News April 19, 1989.
Where was the money going, they asked? Students answered their own question by listing the private jet, the $500,000 parsonage, the Palm Springs home, the Beverly Hills home, the country club memberships, the luxury apartments atop the City of Faith, and Oral’s own $94,000 tax-free salary. They asked, “If there is so much money floating around at ORU, why do professors have to sell their homes, have their utilities shut off, pull their children out of college, and literally starve to death, while ORU’s fearless leader sits atop his golden tower?”
Students at the time also tried to work within the system to help their professors, but the administration refused to allow the student senate to collect an offering for struggling faculty members at chapel. The administration offered to “give professors a one-time pay raise (of 6 percent) if they collect up to 70 percent of student delinquent accounts”... and sign an employment contract without knowing what benefits they were to receive. Read more...


Posted at 11/29/2007 12:48:00 PM |

Wilson Research Strategies Surveys Edwards Ad

‘Politics of Parsing’ Web ad a hit, survey says
By Aaron Blake
Former Sen. John Edwards’s (D-N.C.) attempt to label Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-N.Y.) as a parser was a hit across the board, according to a survey of political insiders by Wilson Research Strategies.
Edwards’s Web video, titled “The Politics of Parsing,” features clips of Clinton saying apparently contradictory things at a presidential debate in Philadelphia in late October.
As might be expected, Republicans scored it highest — a 7.9 on a scale of zero to 10. But Democrats and independents both scored it 6.6 or higher, which is well above the average for the survey. Read more...


Posted at 11/29/2007 12:30:00 PM |

There's Joy In Secular Progressive Land Today

From the Mother Jones Blog:
God Does A Flip-Flop—Tells Richard Roberts To Resign From ORU
Richard Roberts resigned as president of Oral Roberts University today. He did so against his will, because, he said, God told him to do it. According to Roberts, the son of ORU founder Oral Roberts, God has been waffling lately with regard to Roberts' future.
A lawsuit accuses Roberts of lavish spending while the university faced more than $50 million in debt. According to the suit, he went on shopping sprees, bought a stable of horses, and sent his daughter to the Bahamas aboard the university jet. Referring to the three former professors who filed the suit as his "persecutors," Roberts said that God had originally instructed him to deny all allegations, but on Thanksgiving Day, did a turnaround and told him to resign his post. Read more...


Posted at 11/29/2007 12:17:00 PM |
Wednesday, November 28, 2007 

Law-Breaker Lawmaker?

Oklahoma Republican Party
Contact: Gary Jones 405-528-3501
OKLAHOMA CITY (November 28, 2007) Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman Gary Jones commended Fort Sill officials today for their quick response to an inquiry regarding a political fundraising golf tournament scheduled and advertised in the Lawton Constitution by Rick Wolfe, who has announced his candidacy as a Democrat for Senate District 31.
Jones, a Comanche County resident himself, said he has attended numerous charitable golf tournaments at the Fort Sill golf course but in over 30 years of attending such events had never once heard of a political fundraiser being held at the course.
"It is common knowledge that political fundraisers are strictly prohibited on federal property and when this was brought to the officials at Fort Sill they were quick to investigate and take measures to cancel the event," said Jones.
Jones asserted that he was told someone other than Wolfe scheduled the event, and that it was not represented as a fundraiser for Wolfe.
"Fort Sill is a tremendous asset to Southwest Oklahoma and has been gracious to work with the community and its civic organizations to help raise much needed funds to help causes benefiting the areas children and needy.
If Rick Wolfe has aspirations of becoming an Oklahoma lawmaker and replacing Senator Don Barrington who has done a wonderful job representing the citizen’s of Southwest Oklahoma he might start by following the law himself," concluded Jones.


Posted at 11/28/2007 11:55:00 AM |

Faith Based Programs Get OK from Ayatollah Edmondson

“This is a real victory for the important reform of offering faith-based solutions to the problems that we face in society today,” said Cargill, R-Harrah.”

These faith-based programs can make a real difference in a person’s life in a way that no big-government program ever could,” he added.

In his ruling, Attorney General Drew Edmondson noted that the Legislature had required the Department of Corrections “to actively solicit faith-based and secular providers” for a prisoner re-entry program that would review policies and identify gaps in service.

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Posted at 11/28/2007 11:26:00 AM |

Mint Unveals Design Of Oklahoma Quarter

by Jim Meyers The U.S. Mint announced the state quarter designs Tuesday for Oklahoma and four other states, marking the end of the most popular coin program in U.S. history. Oklahoma's quarter will kick off the final five and is expected to be available in late January. Its design features Oklahoma's state bird, the scissortail flycatcher, in flight with its distinctive tail feathers spread as it soars above the state wildflower, the Indian blanket, and a field of similar wildflowers. The coin also will bear the inscriptions "Oklahoma" and "1907." "It's fitting that Oklahoma's commemorative quarter has been unveiled during this year of our centennial," Gov. Brad Henry said. "I want to thank the tens of thousands of Oklahomans who took part in the voting process and made their voices heard." Read More

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Posted at 11/28/2007 11:03:00 AM |

Touched By An Angel.........or can we say a Millionaire

Days after Richard Roberts steps down as President of the scandal ridden Oral Roberts University, the flood gates have opened and the blessings are being poured out on the University. If this is reminiscent of Malachi 3:10 then there really is a God who sits high and looks low.
Oklahoma City businessman Mart Green said Tuesday that he planned to donate $70 million to the debt-ridden university.

Green, founder of Mardel, a Christian office and educational supply store chain, said he decided to help after watching media reports about the school, which recently revealed that it was more than $50 million in debt. He never attended the university and does not know the Roberts family, he said. Read More

OKPNS hopes that the Board of Regents at ORU, which includes a whose who of prosperity pimps...oops I mean men of Greed...oops what I meant to say was preachers, learn their lesson. No longer can you proclaim to be a man or woman of God and live a lavish life on the backs of the helpless and needy students and parishioners for that matter. ORU needs a new leader that will take the university to a higher dimension of leadership. This can only be done when the students are put first and foremost. Related news: Accountant Sues TV Evangelist's Son.

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Posted at 11/28/2007 10:43:00 AM |
Tuesday, November 27, 2007 

Oil & Taxes

Trying To Stop Property Taxes From Increasing
By Rep. Jason Murphey
During the last few days, chances are that you received your property tax bill. I would also guess that this bill reflects a 5% increase in your assessment over last year. This is the time of year when my office receives calls from citizens experiencing the challenge of coming up with a larger than ever property tax payment. Second only to the issue of road improvements, I believe the issue of higher property taxes is the one I hear about the most. I believe the property tax to be the most unfair form of taxation. This tax punishes a person for simply daring to own something and taxes them over and over again for the same property. In 2007, I co-authored a bill by Oklahoma City State Representative Guy Liebmann which would have decreased the 5% assessment increase cap to 3% or the increase in the consumer price index, whichever is lower. Liebmann's bill passed in the House but, unfortunately, has been held up in the Senate. It is my hope that the Senate will take action on the bill this year, as it is clear that people are getting more and more frustrated with the increases they are experiencing. As property taxes continue to rise, more citizens are being priced into buying a house beneath what they could otherwise afford. Others are faced with the dilemma of whether to sell their property or pay the high tax rate. The challenges faced by individuals with fixed incomes is forcing the legislature to make exceptions to the number of people who have to pay increased rates. These exceptions place the burden of paying property tax onto a shrinking base of property owners. Read more...
Deep Drilling Tax Credit Making Difference in Economy

By Sen. Jay Paul Gumm, D-Durant

Hello again, everybody! Two years ago this week, several extreme left-wing activists from Oklahoma City passed out leaflets across our area attacking my support for a particular bill.
The bill, which I carried on the Senate floor, was a tax incentive benefiting companies that drill deep gas wells. These are the very gas wells being drilled all across the Senate district I represent and much of southeastern Oklahoma. These wells might not have been drilled except for the incentives I support and these activists oppose.
The drilling is happening in what is called the Woodford Shale formation. This is not a new gas discovery; geologists have known for some time this formation likely contained a great deal of natural gas. Even though everyone was confident the gas was there, it had to be financially feasible to get or it would stay locked in the ground.
The deep drilling necessary to reach this gas is among the most expensive and financially risky. The tax credit helped make the drilling more attractive for the drilling companies. Read more...

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Posted at 11/27/2007 12:20:00 PM |

Video: Former Political Prisoner Discusses Edmondson Indictment

Sam Adams Foundation senior advisor and term limits champion Paul Jacob discusses his politically-motivated indictment in Oklahoma and the potential criminalization of politics. Our Constitutional rights of free speech, association and the right to petition are in jeopardy. Find out more at and

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Posted at 11/27/2007 11:53:00 AM |

Son Of A Bill...1804 That Is

After passing one of the most taxpayer friendly bills in the nation, Rep. Randy Terrill is coming up with yet another sweeping reform. This time the bill will focus on making ENGLISH the official language as well as denying birth certificates to the children of Illegal Aliens. If the blues artist Chick Willis is right, it's a whole lot of fun being the Son.
"I'm calling this bill the 'Son of 1804,' " said Terrill, the House author of House Bill 1804, the sweeping immigration reform measure passed last session. The centerpiece of Terrill's new legislation will be making English the official language of Oklahoma, he said, although he is considering other proposals. Terrill said he would like to find a way to stop the state from issuing birth certificates to the Oklahoma-born children of illegal immigrants. Instead, he said, the state could acknowledge the birth by sending a notice to the country where the parents are citizens. Read More

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Posted at 11/27/2007 11:29:00 AM |

ORU Leaders Meet To Discuss Robert's Resignation

The Oral Roberts University board of regents is meeting to begin selection of a new school president, after Richard Roberts resigned from the top post. Meanwhile, some faculty and students say they still have concerns. Read More

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Posted at 11/27/2007 11:16:00 AM |

Quote Of The Day

"I don't hear a drumbeat that 'We're not effective and I don't like it here anymore,' " said National Republican Congressional Committee Chairman Tom Cole (Okla.). Read More

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Posted at 11/27/2007 11:04:00 AM |

Civil Rights For O.K

Last November, as Republicans across the country suffered a sweeping defeat, voters in the blue state of Michigan gave conservatives at least one reason to celebrate by passing the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, a ballot measure to abolish racial preferences in public education, public employment, and public contracting. Buoyed by their success in California, Washington. and Michigan, opponents of preferences, led by the American Civil Rights Institute, are moving forward on their most ambitious project yet: a drive to pass similar ballot initiatives in five states in 2008. Of course, they face organized and entrenched opposition in all five states. But surprisingly, they face a uniquely difficult set of challenges in the red state of Oklahoma, where institutional and political forces conspire against those who would put ballot measures directly before the people. Oklahoma’s initiative and referendum process is among the most onerous in the United States. If a citizen or group wants to put a measure on the ballot, they only have 90 days to gather over 165,000 signatures (only Massachusetts limits petitioners to a shorter time frame). In addition, only residents of Oklahoma can circulate petitions, so out-of-state groups are limited to an advisory and/or fundraising role. Other states have similar residency requirements, but Oklahoma is unique in that a recent Oklahoma court decision interpreted the law to mean that only people who intend to be “permanent” residents of the state can gather signatures. Anyone who moves to Oklahoma temporarily to help put an initiative on the ballot does so at his peril. Read More

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Posted at 11/27/2007 10:47:00 AM |
Monday, November 26, 2007 

Blogging Baptist Pastor Censured by Southern Baptist Convention

From Alternative Tulsa:
Wade Burleson, a Baptist minister and blogger from Enid, has been censured by the Southern Baptist Convention for his public disagreement with the congregational leadership.
According to a story in the Nov. 21 issue of the Oklahoma Gazette, Burleson was censured by the trustees of the congregation's International Mission Board because he has continued to criticize some of the trustees' actions. Read more...


Posted at 11/26/2007 03:05:00 PM |

Cut Spending, Not Raise Taxes

The great ancient philosopher Plato is said to have told one of his pupils, "give me a man of experience over a man of theory." Professor Hochenauer over at Okie Funk illustrates today in a post why the wise philosopher probably believed this:
"There is no argument over the fact the wealthiest people in Oklahoma and the country have seen under state and national tax cutting initiatives over the last several years. Meanwhile, middle class people have been stuck with stagnant wages, rising health care and energy costs, and skyrocketing college tuition increases." Read more...
Like most idealistic liberals in academia, Mr. Hochenauer has probably never conceived an idea for a business, put together a business plan, implement it, and watch an enterprise that started out as an idea in your head eventually grow and prosper. Most wealth in the United States is garnered in one of two ways; you either inherit it or its self made. It is a fact that the "old money" fortunes have declined in their percentage of the wealth of this nation. Most wealthy people today became wealthy because of what we described above, not because they're lucky, have a favored skin color, or because they have had their taxes reduced. A reduction in your taxes is not the government giving you money from the treasury, it is the government letting you keep more of what you lawfully earned! Unfortunately, the socialist/collectivist mindset shared by Mr. Hochenauer and his minions will never understand this most basic of economic principles.
Related: Red Stater: Okie Funk Calls for Second Hole to Drain Boat

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Posted at 11/26/2007 10:42:00 AM |

"Rep. Terrill, How Dare You Make Me Be Responsible!"

Looks like the next in line of legal - and illegal - Oklahomans who won't be able to stand Rep. Randy Terrill will be the irresponsible people who allow their driver's licenses to expire. This piece in the Alva Review Courier, details all the "hardships" one will have to endure after passage of HB 1804, the tough illegal immigration bill sponsored by the Moore, Oklahoma legislator. Of course, the paper chose the most extreme case to illustrate their point:
If your license expires, you will not be able to renew it at the local tag agency as before. Instead, you will be required to present your documentation to a certified driver’s license examiner – more often than not in northwest Oklahoma that’s going to mean a 70-mile trip to Enid. The examiner only visits Alva on alternating weeks – if nothing (like a holiday) interferes with the schedule. In cases like happened this week where the computer crashed and the officer couldn’t complete the necessary paperwork, that means a 2-week wait for renewal or a trip to Enid.
OKPNS regrets that the open borders crowd - and a few irresponsible people - are upset that Rep.Terrill believes in secure borders and Oklahoma jobs for Oklahoma citizens.

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Posted at 11/26/2007 09:54:00 AM |

Richard Roberts Resigns As President Of ORU

By Randy Sly
A campus not unused to controversy must weather another storm as Richard Roberts steps down as president of the 5,700 student university. Washington DC. (Catholic Online) – Yesterday, Richard Roberts resigned, effective immediately, as president of Oral Roberts University amid allegations of financial misappropriation, that he utilized school funds for personal use. Richard is son of the universities founder, Televangelist Oral Roberts, 89, who began ORU in 1963. Concerns about the financial management by Roberts surfaced when, on October 2, three ORU professors filed a lawsuit against ORU charging wrongful dismissal and alleging inappropriate use of influence and university funds by President Roberts and his family. They alleged that he had used the university aircraft for personal trips and had spent school funds to buy horses for his children, according to John Swails, one of the plaintiffs. Read More

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Posted at 11/26/2007 09:41:00 AM |
Friday, November 23, 2007 

Oklahoma U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe's Democratic Opponent Befriends CAIR

From zTruth blog: It looks like Oklahoma Senator Jim Inhofe's pre-primary Democratic opponent, State Senator Andrew Rice (D), is befriending a group that has a troubling history, the Council of American Islamic Relations. What is striking here is Rice's brother, David Rice, was killed in the World Trade Center attack on 9/11. One has to wonder why Rice was in the company of CAIR who is or was tied directly to the Muslim Brotherhood and its offspring, Hamas. The Muslim Brotherhood's goal is to create a world under Islamic rule. Hamas seeks the destruction of Israel. These facts cannot be denied. Did Rice not do his homework? The press release for the CAIR banquet can be found on Islamonline an Islamic website in the Middle East! Not surprisingly, Rice doesn't mention he attended this event on his website. In September, I found a press release on this same website about CAIR OK and a presentation about Islam they said they did to the Oklahoma State School Boards Association. The OSSBA denies that CAIR did this presentation. Why the interest in Oklahoma over in the Middle East? Read more...

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Posted at 11/23/2007 04:09:00 PM |

Dec 8 Ward 7 Candidate Forum - OKC Non-Partisan Race‏

Ward 7 Candidates Forum, Saturday, December 8, 2007, 3:00 PM-5:00 PM. The event will be held at the McFarland Branch of the YWCA, 1701 N Martin Luther King, Blvd, OKC. Presenting candidates running for Ward 7 City Council Seat, vacated by Willa Johnson. Candidates include William Hollis Jr., Ronald "Skip" Kelly, Ebony Muhammad and John A. Pettis. Free to the Public.


Posted at 11/23/2007 10:49:00 AM |
Thursday, November 22, 2007 

Paul Jacob Indictment Dismissed

According to the website Ballot Access News, the indictments against Paul Jacobs and two other defendants have been dismissed. The Oklahoma indictment against Paul Jacob, Susan Johnson, and Rick Carpenter, for allegedly conspiring to bring out-of-staters to circulate an initiative petition in Oklahoma in 2006, has been dismissed. However, it is likely to be re-filed. The original indictment apparently suffered from a legal flaw relating to the composition of multi-county grand juries. If there is to be a new indictment, it will be brought directly by Oklahoma’s Democratic Attorney General, Drew Edmondson.

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Posted at 11/22/2007 01:51:00 PM |

More Blessings Right Around the Corner

By Senator Jay Paul Gumm, D-Durant Hello again, everyone! Thanksgiving is a time my thoughts turn to my late mother, Harlene Taylor Gumm. It was the most special of all the holidays for her because she had one of her prayers answered over Thanksgiving Weekend 1963. Just like Deena and me, my parents were told they could never have children. All that changed on Thanksgiving Weekend 1963, and this story is one that gave Deena and me hope during our struggle to become parents. Bear in mind that this happened when medical science was not as advanced as it is today. My parents had been married for three years, and mom taught home economics at Calera High School. Doctors told my mother she could not bear children. Despite every effort known to medical science at the time, Mom was given the same prognosis Deena and I once heard: "You cannot have children." In early 1963, my mother started feeling unwell. Countless trips to doctors followed and several series of tests were inflicted upon her. Specialists in Dallas and Oklahoma City were stumped. Mom thought she might be expecting, but every test available at the time came back "negative." Read more...

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Posted at 11/22/2007 01:39:00 PM |
Wednesday, November 21, 2007 

Did You Know?

More than 80 percent of the Oral Roberts University faculty do not want Richard Roberts to continue as president of the evangelical school, a new survey shows. Read More

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Posted at 11/21/2007 10:54:00 AM |

This Sounds Very Familiar

A spokeswoman for the Poultry Community Council said it is “unfortunate that the state’s top law enforcement official has resorted to scare tactics and exaggerations in his latest legal maneuver against poultry producers.” Read More

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Posted at 11/21/2007 10:42:00 AM |
Tuesday, November 20, 2007 

Quote of the Day

The Stillwater NewsPress asked a few legislators this question last week. "What would be the biggest challenge if you were a legislator 100 years ago?' Sen. Mike Morgan, D-Stillwater brought us this gem which is our quote of the day. “Thinking about my ancestors, it was adjusting to wearing shoes.”

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Posted at 11/20/2007 03:32:00 PM |

Tip Line: McMahan to Take Plea Deal?

"I was told that Jeff McMahan was going to take the deal and plead guilty to one felony count. He told someone he was given till the end of November or both he and his wife were both going to be charged. Word is his wife told him if he didn't take the deal she was going to testify against him. She was worried that both might end up in prison leaving no one to take care of the kids. Also things are very tense at the auditor's office as they think there is a mole. Someone from the office testified to the Grand Jury and has been providing information. Also I was told that more than 20 employees were questioned about a state ethics investigation into McMahan."


Posted at 11/20/2007 03:24:00 PM |

Mayor Mick Cornett Discusses the Success of Centennial Events on News 9

Monday, November 19, 2007 

Paying Oklahoma Politicians

By Rep. Jason Murphey Recently, the board that functions as the oversight authority for how Oklahoma's Senators and Representatives are compensated, made the controversial decision to provide part-time legislators with the same health benefits that full-time state employees receive. This equates to an approximate twelve thousand dollar per year raise for Oklahoma legislators. The decision reminded me of when I was in grade school and our principal told us the story of how at the Constitutional Convention, Benjamin Franklin spoke in opposition to paying a salary to the President. Franklin stated, "There are two passions which have a powerful influence on the affairs of men. These are ambition and avarice; the love of power, and the love of money. Separately each of these has great force in prompting men to action; but when united in view of the same object, they have in many minds the most violent effects. Place before the eyes of such men a post of honour that shall be at the same time a place of profit, and they will move heaven and earth to obtain it." My principal felt that Franklin's point of view was correct and his story instilled in me the belief that is important for public service to be a sacrifice and not an occupation. I believe another important principle felt by our founding fathers is that of the "citizen legislature." Instead of having a government that is run by professionally paid politicians, the government should be overseen by a group of citizens who are "sacrificing" a few years of their lives to do their duty as citizens. Once that duty is performed, those citizens will return to the populace to live under the same laws they helped to make. Read more...

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Posted at 11/19/2007 05:05:00 PM |

Edmondson Trying to Intimidate OKPNS?

In the post below, we excerpted and linked to an Arkansas newspaper article that detailed Drew Edmondson using fake FBI agents to serve a summons to a local chicken farmer. Later, we received this email from the editor of the paper. We're taking bets that someone from the AG's office contacted this editor and told her we were using their "copyrighted" material. Iran's president Ahmadinejab would be proud Drew! From: Sent: Fri 11/16/07 7:46 PM To: Cc: The story on your site at the following URL is copyrighted by the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette in Little Rock Arkansas and cannot be used online for any reason. The maximum linkable text to our copyrighted text is one sentence and one headline. Please remove our copyrighted material from your site and contact me at or 501-399-3664 for details. If I do not receive an email or call by Wednesday and if this content is not removed, it will be assumed you are refusing to honor our copyright, We will proceed to defend our copyrighted material by other legal means. Please contact me as soon as possible. Thank you, Jeff Lindsey News Editor ArkansasOnline 501-399-3664 Related: WSJ Online: Oklahoma's Most Wanted

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Posted at 11/19/2007 09:15:00 AM |

"Ayatollah" Edmondson Condemns Legislators Who Refuse Qurans

Attorney General Drew Edmondson - who has come to typify arrogance of power and tin ear political instincts - had the sheer audacity to add his name recently to a group that is criticizing legislators who refused to accept Centennial Qurans a few weeks ago. Following in the fine tradition of oppressive Islamic governments around the world, Mr. Edmondon routinely intimidates chicken farmers trying to provide for their families, jails ordinary citizens attempting to petition their government, and disregards the law to achieve his objectives. Way to go Drew!

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Posted at 11/19/2007 08:39:00 AM |

Gov. Keating: "I Was Against the Estate Tax Before I Became the Life Insurance Industry's Chief Lobbyist"

Commentary from the Washington Examiner: The American Council of Life Insurers (ACLI) spent $9.6 million on lobbying last year and is on pace to spend more than $10 million this year — and that’s on top of the lobbying efforts by its individual members, the life insurance companies. Why? One life insurance industry lobbyist estimated last year that the industry gets about 10 percent of its business through estate planning. Frank Keating is ACLI’s president, and he lobbies Capitol Hill on tax issues. When he was a Republican governor of Oklahoma, Keating wrote a piece for the newsletter of Americans for Tax Reform that read, in part, “I believe death taxes are un-American.” He tied the death tax to “failed collectivist schemes of the past” and praised President Bush’s plan to abolish the federal estate tax. As head of ACLI, he changed his tune and began supporting the death tax, telling the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, “I am institutionally and intestinally against huge blocs of inherited wealth.” But ACLI is hardly a Republican institution. One of Keating’s lobbying colleagues at ACLI is Kimberly Dorgan, wife of Democratic Sen. Byron Dorgan, who supports the estate tax. Also, since Keating has taken over — and since permanent repeal of the estate tax has been a recurring theme on the Hill — ACLI has shifted its donation pattern. Read more...


Posted at 11/19/2007 08:03:00 AM |

Health-Insurance Scams; Holland Quoted in WSJ

By M.P. MCQUEEN Small employers and individuals searching for affordable health insurance increasingly are falling victim to scams and misleading offers. More than 200,000 businesses and individuals in the U.S. have purchased phony insurance since the decade began, and victims have been left with hundreds of millions in unpaid medical claims, according to Mila Kofman, an associate professor at Georgetown University who has studied the issue. The bogus insurers collect premiums, but they don't pay claims. Targeting Seniors In the newest twist, telemarketers are selling fake Medicare prescription-drug plans and Medicare Advantage policies to seniors, says Kim Holland, insurance commissioner of Oklahoma. Some fraudulent telemarketers are also using the calls as a pretext to glean confidential information for identity theft, she says. Read more...


Posted at 11/19/2007 08:00:00 AM |

J.C. Watts: Congress Turns a Blind Eye to the Financial Elephant in the Room

By Hon. J.C. Watts I’m proud to call Oklahoma home because my homefolks may just lead the nation in common sense. I give you the following letter to the editor written by Marguerite in Weatherford, Oklahoma, in one of the statewide newspapers. Marguerite noted a story about a U.S. senator who “wants to check out all the ‘big’ televangelists to see if they’re spending donor money correctly. We (the public) donate to whomever we choose and if (the senator) wants to check out anything, it should be congressional spending habits! Our tax dollars are confiscated from us and he wants to make sure we’re getting our money’s worth from free donations? What a crock! Heartland common sense. Kudos to Marguerite. The arrogance of Congress never ceases to amaze me. I’ve yet to see a call for an investigation of Congress when a member of Congress falls, be it financially, morally or otherwise. Not once have I heard of a call for every member of Congress to bring forth their financial statements or campaign statements in response to the actions of one bad apple. I’m a little bit perplexed how Congress is so quick to stick its nose into different places. Televangelists driving expensive cars and living in fabulous homes may seem incompatible to some peoples’ interpretation of the scriptures. But I suspect this is more about Uncle Sam not getting what he perceives is his fair share of the offering plate. This is puzzling for several reasons. These ministries might be misusing parishioners’ tithes or offerings. But while we can all speculate on what is or isn’t going on in the faith world, we don’t need to speculate on what’s happening in financial world. Congress is sticking its nose into speculation of some evangelists’ matters, while everyone in Congress has the facts lying before them regarding the financial shenanigans of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. Read more...

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Posted at 11/19/2007 07:58:00 AM |
Friday, November 16, 2007 

Exclusive Video: Oklahoma Petition Circulator Being Harassed

Recently, an Oklahoma petition circulator was accosted by a opponent who harassed and intimidated her while she was collecting signatures to support the Oklahoma Civil Rights Initiative. The circulator was supporting the Oklahoma Civil Rights Initiative, a straight forward initiative to amend the Oklahoma constitution. The gist of the initiative is as follows: This measure seeks to add a new section to Article 2 of the Oklahoma Constitution. The new section prohibits discriminating against or granting preferences to any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in public employment, public education, and public contracting by the state or any of its agencies, institutions, or political subdivisions. The new section will not prohibit qualifications based on sex that are reasonably necessary to the normal operation of public employment, public education, or public contracting. The new section will not prohibit any action necessary to obtain federal funding for the state. The new section will not conflict with any currently existing court order. The new section will only apply to actions taken after the section is approved by the people. Unfortunately, the opponent of the Oklahoma Civil Rights Initiative continued shouting, name calling, and generally intimidating the circulator who was doing nothing other than exercising her first amendment right to petition the government. This is a disgusting example of an advocate of race preferences trying to silence Oklahomans that believe that the government should not discriminate or give preference to any individual or group on the basis of race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in public employment, public education, and public contracting by the state or any of its agencies, institutions, or political subdivisions.


Posted at 11/16/2007 04:07:00 PM |

OKPNS Flashback: Burns Hargis to Oklahoma State University Is a "Done Deal" (7/13/07)

Sources tell OKPNS that Burns Hargis to Oklahoma State University is a done deal. The sources say mega-bucks OSU Godfather T. Boone Pickens has signed off on the deal and Hargis will indeed become OSU's next President as soon as he is eligible. The former regent must wait for a period of one year before he is technically eligible to be the president. So what happens to KFOR's Flashpoint program? Hargis has been the rock on which the program was built, always having to pull fat pant-load Mike Turpin along. Hargis is always entertaining, but Turpin is one of the most disliked television personalities in Oklahoma history. While the show could easily withstand Turpin's exit, it will be much harder to find an entertaining replacement for Hargis: there are no good television-ready Republican replacements currently living in Oklahoma. The program failed in Tulsa, and the cheap New York Times company, which has put KFOR up for sale, has been losing money on the show for years. It's not even the most watched political show in Oklahoma: KWTV's "Your Vote Counts" segment, which is faster and more entertaining, draws twice as many viewers. So enjoy the current format: whether or not KFOR tries to save the show or not, it's curtains for either entertainment or Flashpoint altogether.


Posted at 11/16/2007 01:03:00 PM |

Ron Black: "Speaking of Televangelism, What Will Be The Fate of ORU?

"The sharks are circling, smelling blood in the evangelical waters and are ready to devour Christian-based educational institutions because they are, well, Christian. While not being a fan of Oral Roberts or his style of 'blab-it-and-grab-it' message, I would not at all rejoice in seeing ORU crumble as a result of a handful of bad apples. Oral Roberts, Richard Roberts, Robert Tilton, Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggart, Rod Parsley, Benny Hinn, Paul Crouch and the rest of the modern-day Johann Tetzels are at the bottom of the spiritual food chain as far as I'm concerned but it is tragic to see an Oklahoma university fail because of poor (spiritual, not financial) leadership." Read more... AP: Oral Roberts Provost to Resign if School's President Stays

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Posted at 11/16/2007 12:52:00 PM |

Mrs. Miftah Responds to Islamic Society of Tulsa Press Conference

From I received an e-mail from Nageena Shahnaz Miftah, the wife of Jamal Miftah, responding individually to the seven people who spoke at the recent "press conference" (really a rally) held at the Islamic Society of Tulsa for the purpose of denouncing State Rep. Rex Duncan and other legislators who declined to receive a Koran from the Governor's Ethnic American Advisory Council. The seven speakers were there to condemn Duncan and the others as intolerant and bigoted. Jamal Miftah was confronted at IST's mosque in a threatening way, called anti-Islamic, and then expelled from the Islamic Society of Tulsa's mosque, all because of an op-ed piece he wrote condemning those who commit terrorist acts in the name of Islam. The incident took place a year ago Saturday on November 18, 2006. Read more...


Posted at 11/16/2007 11:39:00 AM |

Report: State Not Transparent Enough

Can this be a surprise when the Governor promises "a government of complete openness and transparency," yet he still hasn't revealed where he went on his vacation back in March? From The Journal Record: By Marie Price OKLAHOMA CITY – A national report released Thursday gives Oklahoma, 26 other states and the District of Columbia an overall “F” for required, accessible disclosure of corporate tax breaks and other economic development subsidies, procurement contracts and lobbying activities. Good Jobs First ranked Oklahoma 30th among the states, but noted with approval the recent enactment of the new Taxpayer Transparency Act and a tax-break and government-spending disclosure Web site set to go online Jan. 1. State Sen. Randy Brogdon, R-Owasso, was the principal Senate author of the measure, Senate Bill 1, from the 2007 legislative session. It is modeled after legislation backed by U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn at the federal level. Brogdon said data on tax credits may not be available for four-to-six months after the Web site goes live in January. “The reason for that is the way that our fiscal year doesn’t line up with the calendar year,” he said. “It’s going to be a little bit behind on some of those.” Brogdon said that ultimately the site will offer access to data such as Quality Jobs incentives, as well as tax credits. The senator said he recently spent time with the staff at the Office of State Finance, which is administering the Web site. Read more...


Posted at 11/16/2007 09:02:00 AM |

Rep. Fallin Commemorates Oklahoma's Centennial

Wednesday, November 14, 2007 

Quote of the Day

“America has to lead the ‘’ revolution. Those states that lead will reap the advantages. Renewables like wind and solar alone will not solve the problem. Only when combined with clean-burning natural gas, whose supply forecast is up 18 percent over just two years ago to 120 years supply in North America, do you really have a clean and practical solution for the future.”

Denise Bode, CEO of the American Clean Skies Initiative

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Posted at 11/14/2007 03:36:00 PM |

Gays and God Can Get Along Says Documentary

Former Minority Leader Dick Gephardt's (D-MO) daughter films pro homosexual documentary From The Collegian - Independent Newspaper of the University of Tulsa By Casey Lowry Christianity and homosexuality have a long-standing tradition of incompatibility. Many fundamentalists use the Bible to condemn gay people and their way of life, and some commit horrible acts of violence in God’s name. “For the Bible Tells Me So” examines whether being gay really is a sin in the eyes of God, coming to the conclusion that biblical scripture and homosexuality can indeed be reconciled. Featuring respected religious leaders such as Bishop Desmond Tutu, the Rev. Jimmy Creech, Harvard’s Peter Gomes, and Orthodox Rabbi Steve Greenburg, this documentary reveals that typical Church-sanctioned anti-gay bias is the result of significant misinterpretation of the Bible. It mentions that when people use the argument that the Bible “says” homosexuality is wrong, the reality is that the Bible “reads” that way. Any passage in the Bible can be interpreted in completely different ways when taken out of context. Read more...


Posted at 11/14/2007 03:16:00 PM |

Should Private Companies Be Allowed To Own Our Roads?

By Rep. Jason Murphey As a member of the House of Representative's Transportation Committee I was able to closely observe one of the most controversial issues of the past legislative session. At issue is Oklahoma's membership in a group known as the North America SuperCorridor Coalition (NASCO), the desire of big corporations to enhance the movement of Chinese-manufactured goods throughout North America, the possible privatization of new state and federal highways, NASCO's desire to deploy sophisticated tracking devices along I-35 and clear attempts towards the creation of a closer economic and political union between Canada, the United States and Mexico. The depth of this subject matter is nearly overwhelming and because of it's complexity I only have time to talk about a small segment of it in this update. I take the duty of informing my constituents of these events very seriously and thus look forward to continuing to update you on these issues in the future.

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Posted at 11/14/2007 03:10:00 PM |
Tuesday, November 13, 2007 

House of Praise

From The Parish: KFOR, our local NBC affiliate, did a piece during the 10 o'clock news last night about the homes of high profile OKC pastors. This is a direct fallout from the ORU scandal, wherein people are finally becoming aware of how Oral, Richard, and Lindsay Roberts have been spending donor money for a long time. (Side note: this is no surprise to anyone familiar with the movement. A tell-all book was written right after Lindsay joined the family many years ago.) Again, it's funny to me how people outside the church are able to see through the bullshit to the heart of the matter. The high profile pastors lived in houses with values ranging from 95,000 (People's Church, Assembly of God) to 987,000 dollars (Crossings Community Church, Church of God, Anderson). For those of you not living in Oklahoma, you need to know that property is cheap here. Here's a rough example. My wife and I live in a 2100 sq. ft, 3-bedroom, 2 1/2 bath, 1-year old house on one acre for which we paid 235,000 dollars. The homes of these pastors, at least the ones above a half million dollars, ranged in size from 5000 to 8000 sq. ft. Do the math for Colorado and California to see what the local equivalent would be. I'm guessing we're looking at 3-5 million easy. Read more... Related: KFOR Video Report: "The Divine Dollar"


Posted at 11/13/2007 12:49:00 PM |

Steve Forbes: "Has North Korea Annexed Oklahoma?"

An extraordinary incident unfolded in the state of Oklahoma on Oct. 2. Three individuals were arrested, shackled and arraigned. Their crime: trying to curb the spending excesses of Sooner State politicians. They were accused of violating an arcane and certainly unconstitutional law that imposes restrictions on who can circulate petitions in the state. Paul Jacob--president of the pro-initiative group Citizens in Charge and a senior fellow at the Sam Adams Alliance, a grassroots political organization--and colleagues Susan Johnson and Rick Carpenter incurred the wrath of Oklahoma's Soviet-minded political establishment for trying in 2005 to get an initiative on the ballot to limit state spending. The three could get as many as ten years in prison. Back in 2005, despite organized harassment from unions and other pro-government forces, Jacob and other activists--with the help of a professional petition-signing firm--managed to collect the required number of names to get the antispending item on the ballot. In a tantrum worthy of an Iranian ayatollah the pro-political class Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled the petitions invalid. Read more...

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Posted at 11/13/2007 12:40:00 PM |

Video: Brent Rinehart Attends Hearing

Friday, November 09, 2007 

Technical Difficulties

Dear Readers: We apologize for the light posting and for the lack of spacing in our recent posts. We are changing our format from Blogger to Wordpress, and as usual when it comes to these type of things, it has not been a smooth transition. We hope to have the kinks worked out by Monday. Thank you for you support and patience!


Posted at 11/09/2007 03:56:00 PM |

Lucas: Farm Bill needs a miracle

By Jaclyn Houghton
OKLAHOMA CITY — Jon Leeds will tell you weather is a farmer's greatest adversary. “That ranges from drought to fires to floods to tornados,” said Leeds, a corn, soybeans and wheat farmer in Webbers Falls. This year, weather won the battle over Leeds’ wheat crop. “When times are good, do your best and not slack off,” he said. “It’s been very tough between flood and drought.” He lost his entire wheat crop this year and said he has insurance to cover the cost of the seeds and fertilizer, but not the cost of what he would have made by selling the crop. Leeds does not depend heavily on federal commodity programs to provide a boost for farmers but does depend on another federal program that helps when crop prices drop. The new Farm Bill — which is designed to help farmers, enrich conservation and feed low-income population through food stamp and nutrition programs — is stalled in the U.S. Senate and may not meet its 2007 reauthorization deadline if senators don’t act quickly, one legislator warns. May take a miracle U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas, R-Okla., is a member of the House Agriculture Committee and a farmer and rancher in the state’s 3rd District. He played a role in drafting the House version of the Farm Bill, which is reauthorized every five years. He said this year’s House version is similar to the 2002 Farm Bill, except that House Democrats inserted a tax increase. He agrees with the content of the bill but not the tax increase, so he voted against the bill. Read more...

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Posted at 11/09/2007 03:48:00 PM |

QA With Sen. Tom Coburn, the Earmark Foe

By Danielle Knight As the Senate hammers out next year's spending bills, Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Oklahoma is on high alert. The physician turned lawmaker has become known on Capitol Hill as the chief fiscal whistleblower, irritating Republicans and Democrats alike when he holds up bills he deems wasteful. Several weeks ago, he embarrassed Democrats by removing a $1 million spending earmark from the Labor appropriations bill that would have gone to a performing arts center in New York that included a tribute to the 1969 Woodstock festival. The senator recently spoke in his office about why he's so fired up against pork barrel spending. How did you become the spokesperson against earmarks? Earmarks is the symptom of the disease. What's the disease? The disease is a comparison of us versus what's best for our country. When I ran, what I said is that the biggest problem in our country was the culture of Congress because the culture is the thing that limits the Congress from doing what is best in the long term for the country. The people up here are good people. But they are human, and their desire for themselves oftentimes gets in the way of the desire for the best interest of the country. Earmarks cause us to think short term about, "How do I satisfy the desires of people from my state?"... Earmarks really aren't about helping your state. They're really about helping you look good in your state. And if it is about helping you look good in your state, then it is about you, which means it's about your next election, not what's in the best long-term interest of the country. Read more...


Posted at 11/09/2007 03:35:00 PM |

Terrill, Morrissette Lock Horns Over Immigration Law

Red Dirt Report: OKLAHOMA CITY -- The principal author of the state's new immigration law and one of the measure's chief critics debated the new law Thursday during a meeting of the state's political scientists. Speaking at the annual conference of the Oklahoma Political Science Association, state Reps. Randy Terrill, R-Moore, and Richard Morrissette, D-Oklahoma City, spent the better part of Thursday afternoon arguing the pros and cons of House Bill 1804 -- the state's new immigration bill. The event, billed as a roundtable discussion, also included Linda Allegro, a professor from the University of Tulsa, and Carol Helm, a representative of the group Immigration Reform for Oklahoma Now. The discussion drew a full crowd to the House of Representatives chamber and was, at times, tense. Read more...

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Posted at 11/09/2007 03:21:00 PM |

Corporation Commission Candidate Dana Murphy "Energized by Early Support

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jaylynn Richardson, 405-607-6677 OKLAHOMA CITY) Since I launched my campaign last week, I have been overwhelmed with support from across the state. It is a humbling feeling to have many Oklahomans already encouraging and supporting me. Oklahomans need to know that I am an agent of change, someone who will look out for everyday Oklahomans and can be trusted to make decisions which are fair and for the highest good of all citizens; someone who understands both rural and urban areas and the impact of energy on both family and business budgets and ways of life. With energy costs chewing a hole through the pocketbook like never before, we must develop Oklahoma resources in new and different ways to provide today and tomorrow's affordable power. Oil and gas will always be important, but we must advance the use of wind, hydro, bio-fuels, solar and other evolving fuel sources in Oklahoma. Experienced, honest, visionary leadership is a must if we are to grow our state in reaching its energy potential. As a geologist, oil and gas attorney and former OCC Administrative Law Judge, I am ready to step up and help lead the charge to make Oklahoma an energy innovator in the U.S. and the world. For more information about my campaign for Corporation Commission, please visit ..
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Posted at 11/09/2007 03:13:00 PM |

Rep. Cole on National Public Radio

Rep. Tom Cole (R-OK) talks with Robert Seigel yesterday on the All Things Considered radio program about looking ahead to 2008, what does this mean for the Republican Party and its effort to win back Congress?

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Posted at 11/09/2007 03:03:00 PM |
Thursday, November 08, 2007 

Paul Jacob Discusses the Criminalization of Politics Part 1 & 2


Dunn: Politicians Fighting People’s Will on Term Limits

Yes on Term Limits Chairman James Dunn says a flurry of news coverage this week shows that entrenched politicians are frightened of term limits, and that there is no line some won’t cross to stop the will of the people. “News reports indicate two Tulsa-area Democrats are crafting measures to thwart the people’s will when it comes to term limits,” says Dunn. “It is a fact that nearly 80% of Oklahomans want term limits, and no matter how hard Senator Easley and Representative Shumate work to deny that wish, the people’s will on this issue will prevail,” says Dunn. Easley wants to repeal term limits on state legislators, and Shumate wants to make it harder for citizens to petition their government. “It’s a fine bit of rhetorical nonsense, but no matter how you slice it or pretend to be fighting voter “fraud,” there are entrenched political forces dedicated to criminalizing the process by which voters can petition their government. We’re beginning to see the plan our opponents will use to try and stop term limits: obfuscation, bogus legislation and indictments. We intend to fight these anti-democratic measures and allow the citizens to regain control of state government,” Dunn says. Dunn says if the entrenched politicians want to truly fight corruption, they will support, not fight, term limits. “Yes for Term Limits believes the best antiseptic for limiting the power and corrosive nature of unlimited terms of office is to return power to the people and enact term limits on statewide office holders. The political bosses and their allies in the press and the courts will say and do anything to stop the will of the people, but we will not stop working until the will of the people is manifested in the law. Related: Tulsa World term limits poll

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Posted at 11/08/2007 04:41:00 PM |

Pay your dues or lose in Nov., Tom Cole says

By Jackie Kucinich House Republican leaders called on rank-and-file members Tuesday to step up their contributions to the National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) or face life in the minority for many cycles to come. During a closed-door meeting, NRCC Chairman Tom Cole (Okla.) told members that donations to the campaign committee should be a major priority, according to sources in the room. Republican Conference Chairman Adam Putnam (Fla.) said it is normal for leaders to nudge members to part with some of their campaign funds since many have a natural tendency to be stingy. “[Cole] was encouraging members to meet their obligations to the committee, attend dinners and regional events,” he said, adding that it was common to have speeches such as Cole’s when Republicans were in the majority as well. “Members work hard to raise money, and it is a lot harder [in the minority],” he said. “They can get a little tight-fisted.” Read more...

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Posted at 11/08/2007 02:00:00 PM |
Monday, November 05, 2007 

Video: Oklahoma's Closed Democracy: Ballot Access Reform

Hat tip: Oklahomans for ballot Access Reform Oklahoma voters were the only Americans restricted to only two choices for president in 2004. This is because Oklahoma has the nation's most restrictive ballot access laws, keeping voters from having more choices with third party candidates. An effort is preparing an initiative petition so Oklahoma voters can decide if they want an open democratic process.

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Posted at 11/05/2007 11:49:00 AM |

Republican Leader Dana Murphy Announces Candidacy for Corporation Commission

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Jaylynn Richardson, 405-361-2992 (OKLAHOMA CITY) Conservative Republican leader Oklahoman Dana Murphy announced her campaign for the Oklahoma Corporation Commission today. She pledges to use common sense conservative principles to ensure consumer protection and fundamentally fair regulations for regulated entities while helping advance Oklahoma into the future. Murphy is running for the seat vacated by former Commissioner Denise Bode earlier this year. Her judicial experience at the Commission as an Administrative Law Judge, professional experience in the oil and gas industry as a geologist and attorney, and voluntary service as Vice Chair of the Oklahoma Republican Party, along with her Oklahoma background, make Murphy one of the most uniquely qualified individuals to serve as a Commissioner. For her outstanding public service at the Commission for almost 6 years, Murphy received the 2001 Commissioner’s Public Servant Award. “I was fortunate to grow up in a large family devoted to Oklahoma farming, ranching and the energy business, so I learned early on the importance of a strong work ethic, committed service to others and care for our land and resources.” “From my service at the Commission, I know first-hand the Corporation Commission directly impacts our daily lives. Every time we flip a light switch, adjust the thermostat, and pump fuel into our cars, we have been affected by the Corporation Commission. As an Administrative Law Judge, I presided over more than 5,000 cases at the Corporation Commission. I’m ready and prepared to hit the ground running to do what’s right and tackle the challenging and often complex issues faced by the Commission. “I’m running because I believe Oklahomans deserve a commissioner who has a great balance of academic, legal and business credentials to best serve the State. In the constantly changing regulatory and market conditions impacting Oklahoma consumers and businesses, it is extremely important to elect the best qualified and most knowledgeable individuals.” She also believes that by encouraging energy development and innovation, advancing conservation and promoting energy efficiency in the workplace and at home, the Commission can help lead Oklahoma into a brighter future. “I’ll be a watchdog for Oklahomans at the Commission. Too often, citizens are overlooked in favor of a narrow special interest group that puts its interests ahead of what’s best for the people of our state. I pledge to work my hardest to make Oklahoma a place of bustling commerce and fair deals for the ratepayers,” she adds. A fifth generation Oklahoman and Woodward native, Murphy now lives in Edmond where she owns and operates an oil and gas legal practice. She graduated in 1983 from Oklahoma State University with a degree in geology. After working for 10 years as a geologist, she earned her law degree cum laude from Oklahoma City University in 1993. For more information about Dana Murphy’s campaign for Corporation Commission, please visit .

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Posted at 11/05/2007 09:15:00 AM |

Sen. Gumm Honors Veterans

Jay Paul Gumm Senator, District 6 To Readers of the Legislators' Blog: This weekend, Americans will stop to honor the men and women who secure the freedom we enjoy as a birthright. Veterans Day is a special holiday, and while this is an addition to my regular "Senate Minute" blog, I wanted to share my Veterans Day Address from the 2006 Durant Veterans Day Ceremony with regular readers of the Oklahoma Legislators' Blog. (view video)

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Posted at 11/05/2007 08:10:00 AM |
Saturday, November 03, 2007 

'Cash-Us Clay' tries to KO Seattle fans

Graphic courtesy of From By Jim Caple It's official. Art Modell, Robert Irsay, Donald Sterling and Jeffrey Loria are off the hook. The worst owner in sports history is Clay Bennett. I know, I know. There is a lot of competition for that distinction. Why, to even achieve the honor of worst owner in Seattle sports history you have to beat out Ken Behring, George Argyros, Jeff Smulyan and Howard Schultz. But Bennett, or as my friend Rod calls him, "Cash-Us" Clay, accomplished it in a little more than a year. Just consider his most recent move. The minute he was welcomed as an NBA owner in 2006, Clay Bennett, (center), started asking for a new arena. Showing all the public relations and marketing savvy that has marked his tenure as owner so far, Bennett formally announced his intention to move the Sonics to Oklahoma City less than a day after the tip-off to the team's home opener. "Welcome to the 2007-08 season, Sonics fans! And will the owner of a Prius hybrid please move your car -- you're blocking the owner's U-Haul vans." Cash-Us Clay released a statement declaring he will move the team as soon as he can break his lease at Seattle's KeyArena or when he next sheds his skin, whichever comes first. "From the beginning," Bennett says in the release (we assume with a straight face), "it has been my absolute hope and expectation that we would be able to secure the necessary governmental commitments to build a successor venue to KeyArena." This would sound a lot more convincing had his partner and minority owner, Aubrey McLendon, not already revealed to an Oklahoma paper earlier this year that: "We didn't buy the team to keep it in Seattle; we hoped to come here." (McLendon, by the way, was a big donor to the Swift Boat Veterans for Truth, which gives you some idea of this group's tactics.) Read more...


Posted at 11/03/2007 12:13:00 PM |
Friday, November 02, 2007 

Dems Wishful Thinking

OKLAHOMA. While Republicans initially chuckled about State Senator Andrew Rice's (D) challenge to US Senator Jim Inhofe (R), they are now seemingly taking his challenge more seriously. How else to explain the rather desperate attack site launched by the Oklahoma Republican Party: The heavy-handed GOP site accuses Rice of being everything from an ACLU'er, to a Sierra Club supporter, to being "supported by ... Jeanine Garofalo", to Rice possibly even being an "Italian Communist" (trust me, I'm not making this up!). In circa 1950 style, the site also features a communist hammer-and-sickle flag flying above Rice's head. So, why are they viciously attacking someone they've spent months saying is "no threat" to Inhofe? Read more...

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Posted at 11/02/2007 09:47:00 AM |

Coburn: Deficit Spending is Bigger Moral Issue Than Abortion

By Mike Soraghan Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said Congress’s deficit spending has become a moral issue surpassing abortion because it saddles future generations with massive debt before they’re born. “The greatest moral issue of our time isn’t abortion, it’s robbing our next generation of opportunity,” Coburn told reporters at a breakfast meeting Thursday at the National Press Club. “You’re going to save a child from being aborted so they can be born into a debtor’s prison?” The conservative Republican also criticized his own party, saying voters bounced the GOP from office for their hypocrisy. “It’s not a bad thing power changed last year,” said Coburn, who also criticized President Bush for not doing enough to curb spending. “He hasn’t been the ideal president when it comes to limited federal spending,” Coburn said. Read more... Related: Coburn Says Spending Eclipses Abortion Concerns Video: Sen. Coburn Awarded for Pro-Family Activism

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Posted at 11/02/2007 09:17:00 AM |
Thursday, November 01, 2007 

Gambling With The Choctaw Nation

From the Red Stater blog: Swimming Upstream: Retrograde- A blogging friend is going through some tough times. Without getting into too many details, lets just say that he was basically punished for having opinions and for expressing those opinions online. Oh sure, they used the fact that he has had medical problems which took him away from his job a day here and a day there...(waiting in line at government run hospitals) they always find a "professional" reason for firing what they consider to be "an insubordinate", however if he had been on the left side of things... he would probably be known as a "whistle blower" and held up as a hero and champion of all things good. Instead he finds himself on the outside looking in for daring to criticize the once great and powerful Choctaw Nation. (I'm part Cherokee, so I can get away with saying that) His reaction to losing his job and income? "When God closes one door, another is always waiting to be opened". Like most conservatives, he isn't a whiner or crybaby, he didn't go running to the local press, a lawyer or the ACLU, but instead accepts the personal responsibility for his actions, meets the challenges head on... with gusto and anticipation for what the future brings. Read more...


Posted at 11/01/2007 03:42:00 PM |

Daily Kos: The Crazy Radical Andrew Rice"

Gasp. The Oklahoma Republican Party has just blown this race away by exposing State Sen. Andew Rice's (D) connection to the most radical of radical organizations. The most leftest of leftist groups. We're talking shit so far out of the mainstream, that I have the vapors just thinking about it. What groups can these be? Well, please sit down before you click over to see. It's groups like: Sierra Club ("Global warming alarmists") Twenty-First Century Democrats ("ultra-liberal [...] leaders from Planned Parenthood and labor unions") ACLU ("Civil Libertarians") MoveOn ("Betrayus") Some group called "Hollywood" ("Jeanine Garofalo") Democracy for America ("They share the same values and vision as Howard Dean") Stonewall Democrats ("Gay agenda") The Communist Party (he is a Democrat, after all) And don't get me started on the Progressive Alliance Foundation. "Rice founded The Progressive Alliance Foundation. Its goal is to convince Oklahomans that anti-war, pro-gay liberal values are actually our values. The group’s slogan is "Progressive Values, Mainstream Values, Oklahoma Values." Imagine the horror! Damn it -- Oklahoma values are all about war mongering and gay-bashing! You know, good, and wholesome values like that! But there's more! Read more... Related: Okie Funk: GOP, Inhofe Will Not Run On Record Red Stater: Run Andrew Run... Run Away

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Posted at 11/01/2007 09:26:00 AM |

"Reagan21" Introduced Today

Today, a bicameral group of Senators and Congressman presented a positive alternative to the current majority in Congress. Members of Reagan21 are committed to the advancement of a new and invigorated Republican Party fighting for Reagan’s principles of liberty and a 21st Century vision for America, including individual freedom, free enterprise and common-sense values. The Partnership’s goal is to give Americans a positive choice in public policy by advancing the integrity and optimism of the Republican Party. Senator Tom Coburn: “At a time when Congress’ approval rating is at an all-time low, it is vital that elected officials regain the trust and confidence of the American people. Reagan21 provides a way for members of Congress to commit themselves to a clear set of common sense principles about freedom and limited government that are not merely Republican values, but American values.” Read more... Related: London Telegraph: Coburn Rated United States' 43rd Most Conservative Politician


Posted at 11/01/2007 09:10:00 AM |

The Sky is Not Falling

By Senator Jay Paul Gumm, D-Durant Hello again, everybody! As children, we all read the fable of Chicken Little, a frightened little bird who ran around yelling, “The sky is falling!” While a children’s fable, it fits modern politics; it is easier to cause panic with wild charges than to engage in thoughtful discussion of an issue. Chicken Little jumped to mind when I read a column by the president of the Oklahoma Municipal League (OML) in a recent issue of “The Daily Oklahoman.” The OML president wrote my proposal to end the grocery tax would harm cities and counties. He asserted that because local sales tax ordinances are tied to state law, cities and counties can only charge sales taxes on those items the state taxes. He said if the state stops collecting the grocery tax, they would have to as well. That is no more accurate than Chicken Little saying, “The sky is falling.” My proposal allows local jurisdictions to continue collecting their grocery tax. At most, they would have to make minor changes to ordinances to keep taxing groceries. Read more...

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Posted at 11/01/2007 08:59:00 AM |

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