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Monday, December 31, 2007 

Good Economic News to Start Second Century

By Senator Jay Paul Gumm, D-Durant
Happy New Year, everybody! As Oklahoma enters the first full year of its second century as a state, we received some very good news about our economy.
We learned last week that Oklahoma’s personal income grew faster than the national average during the third quarter of 2007. That increase was driven primarily by growth in the oil and gas industry, according to a report by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.
By driving around southern Oklahoma, you can see evidence of this good news in new drilling rigs and seismic crews all over the countryside. The result of the new gas exploration in our region is showing up in our state’s economy. We also see it with the creation of new energy jobs and the distribution of royalty checks across the area.
Oklahoma’s personal income grew 1.8 percent in the third quarter, topping the national rate of 1.4 percent. Oklahoma ranked fifth among the states in personal income growth for the third quarter. For a state whose income has lagged behind most of the nation, this is extraordinary news for our economic future.
The report showed that the largest increase in Oklahoma’s personal income came from the mining sector, which includes the oil and gas industry. The report noted that Oklahoma saw a 0.26-percent increase in that industry sector, compared to a national average of 0.03 percent.
That means the increase in personal income driven by the oil and gas industry in Oklahoma was more than eight times the national average. The good news, however, did not end with the energy industry. Read more...

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Posted at 12/31/2007 01:18:00 PM |

Loveless to Make "Major Grassroots Milestone Announcement"

From the Kyle Loveless for State Senate Campaign Newsletter:
In mid January, I will be proud to announce several things, which will separate my campaign from other Republicans in the field. Others have been talking a lot, but we have not seen much of anything across the district. From the time I announced, I am proud to have made so many new friends all across the district. From Mustang’s Positive Posse meetings, to Moore and Westmoore Football games, it has been so much fun, talking to people and there have been several things that I have learned.
First, people don’t expect much from their state government, however, they appreciate meeting me on their terms, and on their doorsteps.
Second, yes, I am a Loveless, like Loveless shoes. Some people that know me, know me from my political experience in different functions, but don’t know about the transformation and growth of my family business. It truly is a Oklahoma treasure that I am proud to continue that tradition. However, I have learned that small businesses here in Oklahoma really have a challenge in front of them and it seems that there are not that many people out there that understand what small businesses go through. I do and look forward to bringing change for all of us.
Finally, people want a true conservative. – I tell people, I am unabashedly PRO-Life, NRA Member, will help fight illegal immigration. I will help end the strangle hold liberal trial lawyers have had on the State Senate and the government of our great state. However, most importantly people don’t care usually what I have to say, they want to know that I will listen.

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Posted at 12/31/2007 11:05:00 AM |

Oklahoma Energy: Successful Past, Bright Future

By: Dana Murphy
In one hundred years Oklahoma has gone from being the new kid on the block to being a leader in energy. Most of us know the story of Oklahoma's oil boom in the early 1900s. Back then Tulsa was the place for all things oil. Getty, Skelly, Kerr, McGee, Tom Slick, Helmerich and Payne…the list goes on and on of famous oil men turning black gold into jobs, revenue and a future for our state.
A century later the boom has moved from oil to natural gas and throughout Oklahoma. Chesapeake, Devon, Newfield, SandRidge and many others are the newest kids on the block, bringing jobs, taxes, royalty income and prosperity through new, unconventional reservoirs. Oil and natural gas again rank number one economically in Oklahoma.
Oklahoma continues to lead on the national energy front. Based on 2006 data, Oklahoma ranked third in natural gas production and fifth in oil production in the United States.
Oklahoma State University, The University of Oklahoma and The University of Tulsa are among the elite universities educating tomorrow's energy leaders. The Noble Foundation and other groups are at the forefront of developing today's and tomorrow's fuels. Consumers have benefited greatly, as Oklahoma's energy prices consistently rank among the nation's lowest.
While the fuel on the shelf is still natural gas and oil, keeping that fuel readily available involves more advanced technology and significantly greater expense. Oklahomans and Americans must encourage further domestic oil and gas development, and make more efficient use of these precious resources in our vehicles, homes and businesses.
In an era of declining oil and gas resources, alternative fuels are becoming more vital to our future. Currently, we're developing wind power, solar energy, hydrogen power and bio fuels. Coal, once a staple of energy, is being reinvented through improving technology as a source of cleaner, increasingly efficient power.
Oklahomans have always been innovative, persevering and resourceful —a proud tradition which continues. With the potential to provide 10 percent of America's electricity needs, Oklahoma already ranks sixth nationally for wind farm capacity. OG&E, AEP/PSO, the Oklahoma Municipal Power Authority and a growing number of Oklahoma Electric Cooperatives are helping lead the way with wind power.
It's up to Oklahoma to advance and maximize fossil fuel extraction, while simultaneously cultivating new energy sources. We have the talent, the will and the knowledge to make Oklahoma a vital player on today's and tomorrow's world energy stage.
We must encourage our universities, energy companies and power providers to research, test and move to market, every form of viable, renewable energy possible
Government has a significant role to play through working with the public and private sectors to initiate, facilitate and provide the right incentives for research and development. According to former Secretary of Energy Bob Sullivan, a significant, untapped Oklahoma resource also lies in utilizing the knowledge of senior managers and retirees of energy companies to help move us forward.
Challenge and excitement lie ahead for the energy industry and consumers alike. We're watching the slow but steady addition of alternative fuels along with development of new unconventional reservoirs of oil and natural gas. Oklahoma, with its rich tradition of leadership in the energy industry, is poised to continue that greatness in the coming years.
The more we use power wisely and conserve, the more we lower our personal energy costs, protect our environment, maximize use of all energy forms and improve national security through reducing our dependence on foreign oil.
Working together, the people of Oklahoma and Oklahoma's energy industry can lead our nation and the world to a future with exciting energy opportunities.
Dana Murphy is a fifth generation Oklahoman who is a republican candidate for the Corporation Commission seat currently held by Jim Roth. Murphy is a geologist, an attorney and a former Commission administrative law judge.

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Posted at 12/31/2007 10:31:00 AM |
Friday, December 28, 2007 

State Complains of Revenue Shortage

OKPNS wasn't going to write about this at first but we would be remiss not too for our many readers. Governor Brad Henry and the state have complained that the state is short on revenue to fix our roads and to fund our schools. OKPNS suggests that these "State Leaders" get serious about ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION and its impact on our state. We would have more money to spend on these things if we didn't have any influx of illegals clogging up our school system and DMV. I mean have you been to the DMV lately? I have and let me tell you something it makes me appreciate Rep. Terrill even more! The DMV is filled with Illegal Aliens getting drivers licenses and we already know that our school system has to ear the brunt with the ESL classes. What irked me the most was the woman who asked in ENGLISH for a DMV Book in SPANISH. OKPNS suggest that our Governor get serious about this ILLEGAL Immigration issue and then we will have more money to put into education, infrastructure, and other things.

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Posted at 12/28/2007 10:29:00 AM |

John McCain 2008 Announces National Catholics For McCain Leadership Team

OKPNS has very mixed feelings about John McCain. I mean this is the same guy who supported the Presidents Immigration Reform bill. Since then he has said that he was wrong and he heard us loud and clear. I can respect a man who admits his mistakes and corrects them. Senator McCain is a very principled man and I think his service to our country has prepared him to deal with the tough issues facing our country. I mean you really have to admire someone who spent time as a POW and didn't break. Former Governor Frank Keating (R-OK), also National Co-Chair of Catholics for McCain said, "John McCain can uniquely appeal to Catholics with his strong, 24-year pro-life record, his stand for traditional values and school choice, his proven leadership in defending America, and his demonstrated ability to appeal to independent-minded voters. These are exactly the type of qualities that Catholic voters will be looking for in 2008."

In a joint statement, Governor Keating and Senator Brownback added: "In this election, with so much at stake, we need a leader who will help transform history to extend and uphold the rights and dignity of each and every child of God. John McCain is that leader."

John McCain expressed his appreciation and stated: "I am very pleased to have the support of this distinguished coalition of Catholic leaders. I am proud to stand side-by-side with Catholics on many of the most critical issues of our day: defending the sanctity of human life, upholding traditional marriage, expanding educational choice, and defending America from the threats that we face around the globe. I have fought my entire life to protect religious freedom and human rights around the world. I look forward to working with these Catholic leaders in the weeks and months ahead as we take our shared values to the White House."

Catholics for McCain will play an active role in educating and communicating with fellow Catholics about why John McCain is the best candidate to successfully promote Catholic values in the upcoming election.

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Posted at 12/28/2007 10:20:00 AM |

Mary Fallin Introduces Legislation To Exempt Overtime Pay From Income Taxes

Washington, DC — U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin, R-Oklahoma City, introduced legislation yesterday that would exclude overtime pay from gross income, making it exempt from the federal income tax. The bill immediately attracted several cosponsors and has been endorsed by Americans for Tax Reform.

After the bill’s introduction, Fallin released the following statement:

“This bill would help to ensure that those who work the hardest get taxed the least. Exempting overtime pay from the federal income tax will reward hard work and help families save money. At a time when Americans are struggling to cope with rising gasoline prices and spiraling healthcare costs, the need to reduce their tax burden is obvious.

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Posted at 12/28/2007 02:06:00 AM |

One-Man Gridlock: Meet Tom Coburn, Senate’s ‘Dr. No’

Oklahoma Conservative Specializes in the ‘Hold’; Stopping 90 Bills in 2007 By SARAH LUECK

WASHINGTON — On Tuesday afternoon, when most senators were preparing to leave Washington for the holiday recess, Tom Coburn was declaring his intention to stick around.

“The floor’s going to be open,” said the 59-year-old Oklahoma Republican. “I’m going to have to be here…to try to stop stuff.”

Stopping stuff is Sen. Coburn’s specialty. In a Congress that has had trouble passing even the simplest legislation, Sen. Coburn, who proudly wears the nickname “Dr. No,” is a one-man gridlock machine. This year, the senator, who indeed is a medical doctor, single-handedly blocked or slowed more than 90 bills, driving lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to distraction.

He blocked a ban on genetic discrimination by health insurers. He thwarted a bill to set up a program to track patients with Lou Gehrig’s disease. Also nixed: an effort to promote safe Internet use by children and a resolution to honor the late environmentalist Rachel Carson on the 100th anniversary of her birth. [Tom Coburn]

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Posted at 12/28/2007 01:59:00 AM |

Legislative recap for 2007: More laws

By Jaclyn Houghton CNHI News Service Thomas Jefferson once said: “Laws made by common consent must not be trampled on by individuals.”
But some issues, like many of those discussed and passed by Oklahoma legislators in 2007, did not receive the consent of all legislators. The legislative session became part of history. The Senate ended up with a 24-24 tie between Democrats and Republicans. The leaders of both parties devised a power-sharing agreement to deal with the situation that never previously occurred in Oklahoma history. Several leaders were surprised at how well the process worked. Read More

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Posted at 12/28/2007 01:45:00 AM |
Thursday, December 27, 2007 

US Senator Tom Coburn Seeks a More Conservative Senate

As a citizen legislator, Dr. Coburn has pledged to serve no more than two terms in the Senate and to continue to care for patients. He is a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee, the Indian Affairs Committee and the Committee on Health, Education, Labor and Pensions. Prior to his election to the Senate, Dr. Coburn represented Oklahoma's Second Congressional District in the House of Representatives from 1995 through 2001. He was first elected in 1994, then re-elected in 1996 and 1998, becoming the first Republican to hold the seat for consecutive terms. Dr. Coburn retired from Congress in 2001, fulfilling his pledge to serve no more than three terms in the House. During his tenure in the House, Dr. Coburn wrote and passed far-reaching legislation. These include laws to expand seniors' health care options, to protect access to home health care in rural areas and to allow Americans to access cheaper medications from Canada and other nations. Dr. Coburn also wrote a law intended to prevent baby AIDS. The Wall Street Journal said about the law, "In 10 long years of AIDS politics and funding, this is actually the first legislation to pass in this country that will rescue babies." He also wrote a law to renew and reform federal AIDS care programs. In 2002, President George Bush chose Dr. Coburn to serve as co-chair of the President's Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). Read More

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Posted at 12/27/2007 08:51:00 AM |

Update: Boy Wonder Is Not Even Close!!!!!!

It was the greatest thing reading the Tulsa World poll this morning. State Senator Andrew Rice the Democrats Lone Ranger is just that, alone in his bid to unseat our states senior Senator. Who would have imagined Senator Inhofe trouncing over the Boy Wonder? Who would imagine nearly half of the Democrats polled voting for Senator Inhofe? Well the Rice campaign sure didn't think so. OKPNS knows that Senator Inhofe no matter how much liberals hate him, stands up for the ordinary man and woman.

Results from Oklahoma pollster released this morning in the Tulsa World show Senator Inhofe in a strong position in the 2008 election.

“Sixty percent of those surveyed favored Inhofe over Rice, with just 19 percent going for the young Democrat and 21 percent undecided. Inhofe was the pick of three of every four Republicans surveyed and nearly half the Democrats.

Rice, meanwhile, had the support of only 28 percent of his own party. “


Primary Election Possible: A steady drumbeat of internet forums and blogs have carried the message that State Senator Andrew Rice, right now the lone Democrat opponent to Senator Inhofe, is potentially facing a primary challenge. Many outspoken Democrat party insiders believe a primary is wise so a more moderate candidate who appeals to a larger segment of Oklahomans can win the nomination. As the Tulsa World story indicates, Rice would be very vulnerable to a serious primary challenger: “Rice, meanwhile, had the support of only 28 percent of his own party.”

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Posted at 12/27/2007 08:06:00 AM |

Good Economic News to Start Second Century

By Senator Jay Paul Gumm, D-Durant Happy New Year, everybody! As Oklahoma enters the first full year of its second century as a state, we received some very good news about our economy.
We learned last week that Oklahoma’s personal income grew faster than the national average during the third quarter of 2007. That increase was driven primarily by growth in the oil and gas industry, according to a report by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis. By driving around southern Oklahoma, you can see evidence of this good news in new drilling rigs and seismic crews all over the countryside. The result of the new gas exploration in our region is showing up in our state’s economy. We also see it with the creation of new energy jobs and the distribution of royalty checks across the area. Read More


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Wednesday, December 26, 2007 

Exposing Pork

By Rep. Jason Murphey
(I)believe one of the greatest problems created by big government is the ease with which it redistributes wealth. This occurs when one group of people use the power of the government to take money from the average taxpayer and give it to special interests.
One of the most offensive mechanisms used to raid the treasury and redistribute money is that of "earmarking." This is the process through which an influential politician essentially cuts a check from the treasury for some pet program or organization.
US Senator Tom Coburn has experienced increasing success in exposing this policy in federal government. By doing so, he is turning up the heat on politicians and making it uncomfortable for them to continue maintaining the big government status-quo. In state government, politicians will insert an earmark into an appropriations bill with just a few days left in the legislative session. This earmark is then voted on as part of a bigger appropriations bill that is not allowed to be amended. If a legislator dares to vote against the bill, then that legislator may face controversy for appearing to vote against justifiable appropriations in the same bill. Read more...

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Posted at 12/26/2007 12:55:00 PM |
Monday, December 24, 2007 

It’s Time to Evaluate Rep. Fallin’s Record

By Mickey Hepner
(The Edmond Sun)
EDMOND — The U.S. Congress wrapped up its 2007 business this week when members headed home for the holidays. Since this is the end of the year, and the end of Congress’ business for the year, this is a natural time for us to evaluate the work of our member of Congress, U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin.
Fallin is now midway through her first term in office after having won election in 2006 with just more than 60 percent of the vote. Previously, she had served three terms as Oklahoma’s lieutenant governor and two terms as a state representative. However, being a member of Congress has required Fallin to consider different issues than those she confronted in her previous roles. Now, after her first year representing us in Washington, we voters should begin to consider whether she is representing us well.
So, this week, we discuss Fallin’s record on four of the most important issues facing this country — the Iraq War, immigration reform, the number of uninsured children and the national debt. Read more...
Rep. Fallin Speaks on Hate Crimes Bill Rep. Fallin Supporting Troop Surge

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Posted at 12/24/2007 03:05:00 PM |

Video: President Burns Hargis Open Forum

Before being unanimously approved by the Oklahoma A&M Board of Regents as OSU’s 18th president, V. Burns Hargis held an open forum with OSU faculty, staff and students at the Student Union Theater. Hat tip: The Daily O'Collegian


Posted at 12/24/2007 02:51:00 PM |
Friday, December 21, 2007 

Lewis Given Deferred Sentence In Stolen Trailer Case

Hat tip:You can hear it all...Thru the GRAPEVINE!
From the Tecumseh Countywide News & Shawnee Sun:
The case of the stolen campaign trailer was laid to rest Tuesday when a City of Tecumseh employee pleaded no contest to a charge of concealing stolen property and was given a deferred sentence.
The charge against Justin Lewis of Macomb will be dismissed if he successfully completes the five-year deferred sentence, including two years of supervised probation, $1,808 in restitution, 100 hours of community service and some court costs.
District Judge Doug Combs went against the recommendation of District Attorney Richard Smothermon in granting the deferred sentence. Smothermon, who handled Tuesday's appearance himself, said he had, “from day one, recommended a three-year suspended sentence if he would disclose who actually did it.” Read more...

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Posted at 12/21/2007 10:23:00 PM |

WSJ Piece on the "Senate's Dr. No"

Oklahoma Conservative Specializes in the 'Hold'; Stopping 90 Bills in 2007
By Sarah Lueck
On Tuesday afternoon, when most senators were preparing to leave Washington for the holiday recess, Tom Coburn was declaring his intention to stick around.
"The floor's going to be open," said the 59-year-old Oklahoma Republican. "I'm going to have to be try to stop stuff."
Stopping stuff is Sen. Coburn's specialty. In a Congress that has had trouble passing even the simplest legislation, Sen. Coburn, who proudly wears the nickname "Dr. No,'' is a one-man gridlock machine. This year, the senator, who indeed is a medical doctor, single-handedly blocked or slowed more than 90 bills, driving lawmakers on both sides of the aisle to distraction.
He blocked a ban on genetic discrimination by health insurers. He thwarted a bill to set up a program to track patients with Lou Gehrig's disease. Also nixed: an effort to promote safe Internet use by children and a resolution to honor the late environmentalist Rachel Carson on the 100th anniversary of her birth. Read more...

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Posted at 12/21/2007 10:05:00 AM |

W.A.D. Tells Tulsa World: "I'm No Grinch"

“It seems like stating the obvious, but I would like people to remember that there is no accuracy filter on the Internet. My second message — merry Christmas.” - W. A. Drew Edmondson
W. A. D. Edmondson's favorite "accuracy filter" the Tulsa World gave him a few paragraphs this morning to answer a question we asked him yesterday - "Is he a Grinch?" sent us an email yesterday with a link to a Washington examiner article that claimed W.A.D's office had issued a recommendation banning the word Christmas at Southwestern Oklahoma State University. W.A.D. claimed our posting of the Redstate email prompted 125 calls to his office. (we actually heard it was about double that) W.A.D. says his office never offered any advice:
"The group was "attacking me for advice I never gave, on an issue for which we were never consulted," he said. Furthermore, the school is not advised by the Attorney General's Office, Edmondson said.
Brian Adler, director of public relations at Southwestern Oklahoma State University, said Thursday that the information was false and that there is no ban on Christmas at the school. Read more...
Related: More phony arguments from AG Edmondson

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Posted at 12/21/2007 09:24:00 AM |

Vice President JC Watts?

Californians for Mitt Ronmey:
"Besides winning our Vice Presidential poll question 3 times, there are many reasons for the Romney-Watts ticket. In the classical political sense, Watts helps Romney get votes he otherwise wouldn't get. Watts allows Mitt to run with a former Baptist preacher (not named Huckabee), and gives him a running mate with rock solid conservative credentials. He also brings in what is likely to be an unprecedented percentage of the black vote for the GOP, forcing the Dems to spend money in places they otherwise wouldn't have to. After he's in office JC would be the natural person to put in charge of Romney's education reform policies that include: school choice vouchers, more testing, and more emphasis on math and science.

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Posted at 12/21/2007 09:18:00 AM |

Follies of the FHA; Coburn Criticizes Bailout

By John Berlau
“How could they have been so stupid?” That’s the million-dollar question being asked as mortgage defaults have increased on loans that carried much more risk then lenders, borrowers, and investors anticipated.
But this question may be overtaken by one with a multibillion -dollar price tag years from now. That may be, “How could our elected representatives have been so stupid?” Despite the valiant efforts of fiscal hawks such as Sen. Tom Coburn (R., Okla.), and several House members in the conservative Republican Study Committee, both bodies of Congress have passed bills to put taxpayers on the hook for more risky loans from the Federal Housing Administration (FHA).
The Senate’s chief fiscal hawk, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma, was so concerned about the effects of both bills on taxpayers and the mortgage market that he put one of his famous “holds” on the Senate legislation to slow down its passage. “This bill only creates more opportunities for borrowers to receive government-backed loans, increasing the liability on American citizens, but not preventing the possibility of delinquency or default,” Coburn said in a statement. Read more...

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Posted at 12/21/2007 09:00:00 AM |
Thursday, December 20, 2007 

W.A.D. Edmondson A Grinch?

Email we received today from

Dear RedState Reader,

Drew Edmondson is the Oklahoma Attorney General. Recently he rounded up conservative activists and threw them in jail for circulating petitions to get conservatives on the ballot.

Now, however, Oklahoma Atty Gen. Drew Edmondson has done something even nuttier. He has issued an advisory opinion from the Attorney General's Office directing universities and public employees in Oklahoma to refrain from using or writing the word "Christmas."

Mark Tapscott with the Washington Examiner has the details. Mark notes, "Edmondson issued an advisory opinion to officials at Southwestern Oklahoma State University in Weatherford advising them that the word "Christmas" should not be spoken by any employee of the state school, not written in any official holiday decorations."

Attorney General Edmondson can be reached at 405-521-3921. Please call and wish him a Merry Christmas and ask why he banned Christmas.

All the best and

Merry Christmas to you,

Related: Southwestern Oklahoma State University Bans the Word 'Christmas'

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Posted at 12/20/2007 02:05:00 PM |
Wednesday, December 19, 2007 

Video: Ed Kelley - Inhofe Interjects

Courtesy of Conium
Ed Kelley, editor of The Oklahoman, comments on the recent decision by Senator Inhofe to "interject" himself into the standoff between the Attorney General and the poultry industry.

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Posted at 12/19/2007 03:46:00 PM |

Video: Randy Terrill vs Rev. Miguel Rivera on CNN


Video: State Rep. Charles Key Endorses Ron Paul


Coburn Seeks Probe of Coconut Road Earmark, May Opt to Hold Up Legislation

By Susan Crabtree
Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) is threatening to withhold support for legislation making technical corrections to the 2005 highway bill if it does not require a “full and open” investigation into the now-notorious Coconut Road earmark.
Coburn wrote a letter to Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) Tuesday informing him that he would object to any effort to “hotline” the technical corrections bill if it did not include language calling for the appointment of a select committee to probe an unorthodox change to an earmark made after both chambers passed the highway bill but before it reached President Bush’s desk. Read more...
Related: Controversial Earmark From Two Years Ago Rears Its Head Again in Congress The GOP Should Stand Behind Senator Tom Coburn

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Posted at 12/19/2007 08:07:00 AM |

Bully Pulpit Gone Wrong

The Illegal Immigration lobby is at it again attacking a man who stood up for America and Oklahoma to stop ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. Apparently Senator Morgan does not believe in following the law. If Mr. Massey is running a tight ship, a performance audit shouldn't be a problem. However, most lawmakers who do their homework know just the opposite.
From By State Sen. Mike Morgan
We have a new bully in town in state Rep. Randy Terrill, propped up only by publicity and talk show attention. He is primarily driven by his single-minded, over-the-top rhetoric about illegal immigration. All the publicity and talk show attention has gone straight to his head, so much so he lambastes anyone who dares to criticize his ideas on the subject, including members of his own party and prominent business leaders.
Continuing his ego trip and bullying ways, Terrill recently moved on to lashing out at a volunteer member of the state Regents for Higher Education for discussing changes made to the Oklahoma's Promise scholarship program. He threatened to use a performance audit to silence the objections Regent John Massey voiced over recent legislative changes to the program. I authored the bill, which provided a dedicated funding source for Oklahoma's Promise as well as the legislative changes with which Massey disagrees. I welcome any comments, criticisms and suggestions he or anyone else might have over the bill.
Reasonable debate and discussion is what makes our democratic process strong and what our Founding Fathers envisioned for a strong, secure and free nation. But for reasons I do not comprehend, Terrill attacked John Massey's critical review of the legislation and even threatened Massey's "griping” would lead the regents right into a performance audit. Does Terrill not understand Oklahoma has laws governing how audits are initiated and conducted? He apparently intends to warp an audit into his own instrument of retaliation. This will not happen.
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Posted at 12/19/2007 07:52:00 AM |
Tuesday, December 18, 2007 

Quote Of The Day

“President Bush was wise to challenge Congress to scale back what has become known as the ‘earmark favor factory’ in Washington. Special interest earmarks divert billions of dollars from higher priority needs and undermine public confidence in Congress, which is at an all-time low. President Bush should veto this bloated spending bill and force members of Congress to sacrifice some of their pet projects for higher priorities. For instance, few Americans would support spending $213,000 for olive fruit fly research in France ahead of spending that same sum to support our troops, repair dangerous bridges or provide health care for kids,” Read more...

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Posted at 12/18/2007 11:38:00 AM |

Putting The Government On Television

By Senator Jay Paul Gumm, D-Durant
Merry Christmas, everybody! The week of Christmas is always among the busiest of the year.
Getting ready for the holiday and preparing for the challenges of a new year can consume our time and wear away at our patience. No matter how busy we get this time of year, it is important that we remember the meaning of Christmas: the birth of our Lord and Savior and what His life and His sacrifice gave to us. Read more...
Putting The Government On Television
By Rep. Jason Murphey
During recent weeks, State Representatives have been required to meet several deadlines regarding submission of new legislation. This is a time of opportunity for us to advocate for legislative efforts important to our constituents.
One issue I campaigned for and about which I feel strongly, is requiring state government to televise its proceedings so people can see what is really going on. I have observed that without televised proceedings, it is more difficult for citizens to view legislative events in their proper context. The number of procedural votes and other complicating issues create a cloud of confusion that sometimes allow politicians to take public positions on controversial issues that they in actuality are voting to sabotage. Read more...

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Posted at 12/18/2007 11:10:00 AM |
Monday, December 17, 2007 

Picture of the Day


Inhofe Suggests Mediation In Poultry-Waste Squabble

U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe says an amendment that he proposed addressing the issue of poultry waste in Oklahoma has been included in a key piece of farm legislation. The Tulsa World reports from its Washington bureau that the Oklahoma Republican says he hopes his amendment will help the parties involved in an ongoing dispute over the issue to find common ground.
The $286 billion farm bill passed yesterday on a 79-14 vote, with both Inhofe and Oklahoma's other senator, Republican Tom Coburn, voting for the bill. The bill now goes to a House-Senate conference committee. President Bush has threatened to veto the legislation, saying it costs too much.
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Posted at 12/17/2007 10:09:00 AM |

New SLIME Inductee: Mayor Kathy Taylor and the Tulsa Police Department

OKPNS is sad to announce our new SLIME Inductee is none other than Mayor Kathy Taylor and the Tulsa Police Department. Since the passage and enactment of HB 1804 Mayor Taylor's police department hasn't made a single arrest related to ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION. OKPNS knows that it isn't hard to find an Illegal either.
"We are continuing to work with the Hispanic community to get this information out and let them know that even though some people believe we are making wholesale 1804 arrests, the TPD has made no 1804 arrests in the 30-day period following the enactment of the law."
Why Not?
Crime victims protected: One misconception is that illegal immigrants who are victims of crime will automatically be deported if they notify authorities. That's not true, Albin said. He cited as an example a case that led Tulsa deputies to arrest two illegal immigrants, Pedro and Rosalio Morin, last month on complaints alleging that they sexually assaulted a female relative, who is 11. The girl -- who told detectives that she had been molested since she was 7 -- and her family are also in this country illegally, he said. Charges have not yet been approved against the Morin brothers, who remain in custody. If charges are approved, county detectives and ICE agents can start considering what they can do to help the girl and her family obtain legal status while the case progresses through the courts.
With Illegal Immigrants like this entering our Mayor and her police department should be ashamed for not up holding the law and ridding our state and country of this type of trash. The biggest argument that the Illegal Immigration lobby has is, "These people just want to work". The law enforcement community should be ashamed of its self for not making any arrest. The best way to spot an Illegal is the same way you spot a duck. If it looks like a duck and quacks like one, then its got to be a duck. If the person can't speak English and they have no proof of Citizenship or an ID then its an Illegal. So as a part of our SLIME Hall of Shame we welcome Mayor Kathy Taylor, Tulsa's worst. OKPNS encourages its readers to please send names to OKPNS for SLIME Nominees.
Stan Geiger: Wealth, Rank and Privilege?

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Posted at 12/17/2007 09:30:00 AM |

Who’s Afraid of Competition?

by Tom Coburn As this year’s congressional session comes to a close, the American people should pay special attention to not just what was added at the last minute, but what was taken out. While Congress was siphoning billions of dollars from accounts that train and equip our troops to fund billions of dollars of their own pet projects, members were simultaneously, and behind closed doors, gutting an amendment that I offered to the Defense Authorization Bill (which the Senate accepted) that would force competition for earmarked no-bid contracts and grants. In a time of war, our troops deserve the best equipment, which isn’t necessarily the equipment a politician in Washington thinks will create jobs in his or her state. My amendment would have helped ensure that defense dollars were allocated on the basis of merit, not political connections. Read More

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Posted at 12/17/2007 09:22:00 AM |

Spending Hikes: A Guide To The Gimmicks

by Ernest Istook Good football teams use misdirection--because it works. One trick is to fake a quarterback kneel-down in the last seconds of a half, then throw long. The same trickery happens in politics. As this year's Congress winds down, Democrats have announced they are lowering their planned spending to the $933 billion that President Bush insists is the maximum for appropriations. The headlines read, "Dems cave on spending"[1] and "Democrats Yield on Spending Impasse."[2] This is political misdirection. The omnibus appropriations bill exceeds the advertised $933 billion figure because it is stuffed with billions more in budget tricks and gimmicks.[3] Tricks and Gimmicks Ample time to review this bill is a necessity, because it's massive, complicated, and still being revised.[4]But early analysis by the conservative House Republican Study Committee concludes that congressional trickery will add an extra $23 billion to that $933 billion. Read More

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Friday, December 14, 2007 

Quote Of The Day

"Conservatives are looking for a Republican presidential candidate anxious to stand-up and reject global warming alarmist's claims advocated by liberal elites like Al Gore and his friends in Hollywood." Senator Jim Inhofe on global warming and the Republican base

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Posted at 12/14/2007 07:18:00 AM |

House Bill 1804: Legal vs. moral?

By Tony Waggoner Staff Writer
It has been more than a month since a strict immigration bill went into effect in Oklahoma, and members of the community are speaking out on both sides of the fence. The legislation, House Bill 1804, has created a bitter battle over whether its provisions are morally sound. Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson recently stated he believes the bill is legally sound, but fears it may be immoral. Tillie Sewell, of Enid Hispanic Council, said the law has made many Hispanics more reserved and reclusive within the community. “They now feel that they don’t need to draw attention to themselves,” Sewell said. “Many feel that they can’t be active in the community. They are turning to the church for sanctuary.” Read More Related News: Judge Dismisses HB 1804 Lawsuit

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Posted at 12/14/2007 07:13:00 AM |

Illegals Lose Medicaid Coverage....Mostly White

Well it seems as though Rep. Terrill's bill is working. Now some of you may call me a cold hearted b*stard, but the fact of the matter is people knew the law was going into effect on December 1. Ignorance of the law is no excuse in this day and age. Maybe people will get serious about complying with the law and stop whining and show proof of citizenship. If its good for the goose, its good for the gander too. OKPNS can prove that it is an actual citizen can you? OKLAHOMA CITY -- Almost 6,000 Oklahoma residents -- most of them white and most of them children -- lost Medicaid coverage on Dec. 1 because of a failure to prove citizenship, the Oklahoma Health Care Authority said Thursday. The OHCA said 5,841 people were dropped from SoonerCare -- Oklahoma’s version of Medicaid -- because they failed to meet federal proof-of-citizenship requirements. Of those, 58 percent are white, 18 percent black, 13 percent American Indian, 10 percent Hispanic and 1 percent Asian. Sixty-two percent of those losing coverage were children, according to an OHCA press release. Read More

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Posted at 12/14/2007 02:14:00 AM |

Federal Spending Site Launched,Thank You Tom Coburn

This is a win for every Oklahoman and American. With leaders like Senator Tom Coburn leading the charge against pork barrel spending, maybe we can get our country on track.

Sen. Tom Coburn and the Office of Management and Budget this morning announced the launch of a new government website that will provide Americans with easier access to federal spending data.

"This is a website that will ensure our liberty, because it will give us more transparency," Coburn said at a press conference to announce the launch of the site, which he fought for in the Senate along with Barack Obama. "An informed public is a free public, and a public that can hold us all accountable."

Coburn said that bloggers were the "key group" who helped spearhead this effort, and he said he hopes now that it is operational they will use the site ( to expose Congress. "I think this is going to be a wildfire," he said.

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Posted at 12/14/2007 02:08:00 AM |

Update: Boy Wonder Plans On Using The McCaskill, Webb, Tester Model

State Senator Andrew "Boy Wonder" Rice the lone announced Democrat challenger to Senator Jim Inhofe discussed his 77 County strategy for beating Senator Inhofe.
We have a 77 county strategy like the national 50 state strategy....we have counties that will be tough to win, but we can increase our numbers in those counties, like Webb, MaCaskill, and Tester did in 06. We can and are raising the money. - State Senator Andrew Rice

The liveblog was nothing more than a bunch of pot smoking tree huggers (Mostly out of state and in San Fransisco) patting the Boy Wonder on the back as a fellow liberal and imbecile.

Most Oklahomans can see that A) Global Warming is a hoax B) We have two of the best Senators in the country C) Andrew Rice is wasting a lot of peoples hard earned time and money. Andrew Rice represents the worst of the Democrat party and it would be a detriment to Oklahoma if he is elected to the US Senate. Could you imagine a world with Hillary Care or Obama Care? What sense does it make to tax cigarettes if that is being used to pay for SCHIP? This is the type of logic that the Boy Wonder represents. He is nothing more than a Nancy Pelosi Democrat. Just take a look below at why Andrew Rice shouldn't be elected and why we should keep Jim Inhofe.

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Posted at 12/14/2007 01:39:00 AM |
Wednesday, December 12, 2007 

Boy Wonder to liveblog on Daily Kos

State Senator Andrew Rice, the lone challenger to our Senator Jim Inhofe is slated to blog on Daily KOS tomorrow at 3pm. In an effort to try and raise funds for this liberal Democrat the DSCC sent Sen. John Tester and Sen. Blanche Lincoln in to raise funds for the boy wonder.
When will the Democrats get that Andrew Rice is no John Tester or Jim Webb. He is a Bleeding heart liberal who like most in the Daily Kos crowd hate God, Freedom, and America.
Andrew you are too out of touch with Oklahoma and you should go back to doing what you do best, NOTHING.

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Posted at 12/12/2007 01:02:00 PM |

OK Legislators' Blog: Immigration & Pro Life

Immigration Reform Part 2
By Rep. Jason Murphey
One concern I recently heard about from District 31 has been that of the attempt to reverse last year's successes in implementing immigration reform.
When the Governor signed House Bill 1804 earlier this year, it appeared as if most of the debate surrounding illegal immigration would come to a close. However, in the last few weeks, it has become obvious that this is not the case and the issue will again be significant in the upcoming legislative session.
Known as the Oklahoma Taxpayer and Citizens Act, HB 1804 provided a clear series of reforms to the illegal immigration problem and made Oklahoma the leader in the application of immigration reform. Read more...
An Extension of My Unshakeable "Pro-Life" Belief

By Senator Jay Paul Gumm, D-Durant

Hello again, everybody! As we prepare for the 2008 legislative session, it appears that one of the most contentious issues of 2007 will return.
During consideration of the new state law to try to handle what really is a federal problem – illegal immigration – poisonous rhetoric took the place of reasoned debate. It went so far that the discussion veered away from what the bill would do and toward veiled and not-so-veiled threats against individuals for their positions on it.
As we grappled with this difficult issue, some decided grabbing headlines was more important than finding a real answer to illegal immigration. The rhetoric around the issue continues to be laced with venom, anger and fear. Read more...

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Posted at 12/12/2007 12:54:00 PM |

New Study Released on Video Game Rating

Tis the season for politicians to renew calls for rejiggering an entertainment ratings system - various presidential candidates have even called for a heavy-handed ratings system. But a new report from the Competitve Enterprise Institute explains why politically imposed rating schemes –whether for video games, radio, film, television, and comic books – prove a poor substitute for the free market.
The United States , alone among major industrial nations, relies almost entirely on the market for the distribution and rating of entertainment media, and the market-based ratings system works.
Even if the First Amendment allowed it, the study argues that parents simply don'’t need politicians to dream up a heavy handed ratings system.
Rather than push for Congressional involvement in rating video games, parents should try to involve themselves more closely with the games their children play.
Oklahoma Politician Who Authored Video Game Law is Now ESRB’s Pal.


Posted at 12/12/2007 12:25:00 PM |

Brace Yourself Oklahoma

It's a cold, but quiet beginning weatherwise today in Oklahoma, but forecasters say another round of winter weather is bearing down on the southern Plains. The National Weather Service says heavy precipitation is expected within the next 24 hours over southeastern Oklahoma, which was spared from the recent ice storm. Most of the anticipated precipitation should be rain. Read More


Posted at 12/12/2007 12:12:00 PM |
Tuesday, December 11, 2007 

Legislators Need To Be Careful Changing HB 1804

Some state legislators seem to be suffering from buyer’s remorse in the wake of criticism of House Bill 1804, an illegal immigration bill that has been touted as one of the toughest in the nation. Many lawmakers are backing away from their original support of the law, and they cite worrying side effects, such as a lack of employees for lower wage and labor jobs. Some legislators also are now worrying about the effects of denying health coverage or pre-natal care to illegal aliens. The new law, which took effect Nov. 1, denies driver’s licenses and public services to illegal immigrants and criminalizes transporting, concealing and harboring illegal immigrants from detection or in reckless disregard of their citizenship status. It still appears too soon to know for sure just exactly what the long-term effects of this new immigration law will be. We suspect perhaps some of the coverage coming out recently about possible ill effects of the bill and waning support among legislators may be to slow down the crafting of a follow-up bill by HB 1804’s author Randy Terrill. Read More

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Posted at 12/11/2007 11:12:00 AM |

Benny Hinn and Creflo Dollar lose clout on ORU board

Creflo Dollar resigned from the regents, and Benny Hinn is now a “regent emeritus” with no voting power. The evangelist Creflo Dollar has resigned from the Oral Roberts University board of regents, and another evangelist, Benny Hinn, has lost his status as a voting member of the board.

ORU’s spokesman Jeremy Burton confirmed Wednesday that Dollar had resigned and that Hinn had been named a “regent emeritus” without a vote on the board. Both refused last week to respond to a Senate inquiry into lavish spending by evangelists.

A Canadian businessman, Richard Pearson, has been named to ORU’s board of business regents. Pearson, who operates a bus company, was formerly on the nonvoting portion of the board.

Burton had no comment on the reasons for the changes.

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Posted at 12/11/2007 11:07:00 AM |

Bad Weather Hits Oklahoma

OKPNS would like to take this moment to send our prayers to the many Oklahomans who have been affected by the Ice Storms.

The National Weather Service strongly discouraged travel in the areas covered by ice storm warnings, noting that downed power lines and fallen tree branches could pose dangers to drivers. In the event driving is necessary, people should keep an extra flashlight, food and water in the vehicle in case of emergency, the weather service advised.

Freezing rain was also forecast for southeast Kansas into central Missouri Friday and was expected to hit Interstate 44 by late Friday afternoon, the National Weather Service said.

Ice up to three-quarters of an inch will be likely by Saturday morning, and some parts -- including the metropolitan St. Louis area -- could see ice accumulations of an inch and a half by Sunday, all of which could mean widespread power outages, the weather service said.

In the week ahead, parts of Oklahoma will have highs in the 20s and lows in the teens and possibly single digits, CNN meteorologist Sean Morris said.

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Posted at 12/11/2007 10:52:00 AM |

The Buck Stops Here

by Ryan Grim - The Politico

A typical bill moving through the Senate has a number of institutional hurdles to clear: subcommittee, committee, leadership and Coburn. It’s that last one that you won’t find in a textbook.

Tom Coburn, an Oklahoma Republican, has long been known as the Senate’s gadfly, crusading against wasteful government spending. In the last year, however, this gadfly has gone through a metamorphosis and is now more of a scorpion: If you’re not careful, he’ll kill your bill.

For that reason, Senate aides on both sides of the aisle now take legislation directly to Coburn’s office before moving forward to make sure he has no objections — whether he’s on the relevant committee or not. If he does, they often swallow their pride and make the changes he’s asking for.

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Posted at 12/11/2007 10:34:00 AM |
Monday, December 10, 2007 

How Long Will It Be Before They Go to Jail Drew?

For Immediate Release Contact:
Brett Farley
Cell: 918-504-4577
Oklahoma Civil Rights Initiative Submits Petitions “Citizens want to vote to end race and gender preferences”
(Oklahoma City) – At 3pm today, the Oklahoma Civil Rights Initiative (OkCRI) turned in 22 boxes of petitions to the Secretary of State to amend the state constitution by ending the use of race and gender preferences in public employment, public education and public contracting.
“Oklahoma voters finally have the opportunity to end the use of race and gender in public employment, public education and public contracting. Our state should never judge anyone based on the color of their skin,” said OkCRI proponent, W. Devin Resides.
“For too long America has been plagued by a system of preferences and discrimination based on race and gender. The language of the ballot initiative mirrors the 1964 Civil Rights Act will be a major step toward a colorblind government. Oklahomans believe in the fundamental American idea that all people should be treated equally regardless of skin color,” said Resides.
The operative clause of the proposed constitutional amendment reads: 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.
During the upcoming weeks, the Secretary of State will conduct a count of the signatures. After the Secretary of State finishes the count, she will submit the results of her count to the Oklahoma Supreme Court. The Supreme Court will then certify the numerical sufficiency of the petitions.
The Oklahoma Civil Rights Initiative (OkCRI) is dedicated to giving the people of Oklahoma the opportunity to end preferential treatment based on race, gender, ethnicity, or national origin by state or local governments. OkCRI will make Oklahoma a place of equal opportunity for all, not a state that uses discrimination as a tool to create “diversity.” Achieving “diversity” should never be an excuse to discriminate!

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Posted at 12/10/2007 02:07:00 PM |

USS Oklahoma Dedication (Video)


Single Senator Blocking Cold-Case Bill

We have always applauded Sen. Coburn for his aggressive exposure of pork spending in the federal government. It is admirable that there are still a few politicians willing to stand up to the special interests. But in this case, Sen. Coburn will lose the public relations battle in his principled war against wasteful spending. In this age of hyper political correctness, questioning spending that pertains to investigations of murder cases from the civil rights era, is a definite no win situation.

by Jerry Mitchell

One U.S. senator is holding up legislation that would create a cold-cases unit to track down unpunished killers from the civil rights era.

"The idea that one senator can hold up important legislation like this is outrageous," said Richard Cohen, president of the Southern Poverty Law Center in Montgomery. "It is incredible to me that our government can be held up at the whim of one man."

Despite support from the Bush administration, the Justice Department, the House, which passed Bill 422-2, and most senators - including Mississippi's Thad Cochran and Trent Lott - U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, a Republican from Oklahoma, put a hold on the legislation, effectively killing it on the Senate side.

He said he objects to the legislation because of its price tag of $13.5 million a year, believing only $1.6 million is needed. His Web site contains links labeled "Stop Secret Spending" and "Pork Busters."

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Related: One Man Stands In The Way of Lynching Bill

Emmitt Till Blog: One Senator Blocks Emmett Till Cold Case Bill

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Posted at 12/10/2007 10:01:00 AM |

CAP: New Revenues from “Sin Taxes” Erased by Tax Cuts; Long-Term Funding Gap Widening

(Tulsa, OK) - The three new “sin taxes” that Oklahoma voters approved in the fall of 2004 to boost funding for education and health care have generated less revenue than was initially anticipated, according to a new report released today by Community Action Project (CAP). Moreover, the revenue gains from the new funding streams have been nullified by revenue losses from tax cuts enacted in recent years.
“We feel it is important for policymakers and the public to have a more complete and accurate picture of the impact of the lottery, gaming compacts and increased tobacco taxes that were approved three years ago,” said David Blatt, the report’s author and CAP’s Director of Public Policy. “In particular, we believe that this an opportunity to examine these new funding streams in the context of other revenue decisions of recent years.”
The report shows that the state collected $241 million in the last fiscal year from the lottery, gaming compacts, and increased tobacco taxes. At the same time, the major tax cuts approved between 2004-06 decreased last year’s state revenues by some $333 million. Over time, this gap will widen to the point that by FY 2010, the lost revenue from tax cuts will more than double the additional revenues from lottery, gaming and tobacco.
“The net impact of increasing sin taxes while cutting the income tax is to make the tax system less able to fund essential public services and achieve the collective goals Oklahomans care about in the areas of education, health care and public infrastructure,” stated Blatt. “Voters may be more inclined to support “sin taxes” than broad-based revenue increases, but this is not a sustainable or responsible approach to funding services. With structural budget deficits looming on the horizon, it will be up to policymakers, advocates and ordinary citizens to propose and support better policy choices if we are to avert a major fiscal train wreck.”
In addition to weakening the adequacy of the revenue system, swapping sin taxes for income taxes puts more of the responsibility for funding public services on those who are less well off, since lower-income households spend a greater share of their income on tobacco and gambling than upper-income households.
Among the report’s main findings are that:
* The lottery generated $71.4 million in FY ’08, while gaming compacts brought in $56.8 million;
* While lottery and gaming revenues did generate new funds for education, the share of state appropriations for the major education agencies has fallen in recent years. Common education, in particular, has received a declining share of total state appropriations in recent sessions, as legislators have shifted General Revenue dollars to other priorities;
* Collections from the new tobacco taxes totaled $112.4 million in FY ’07, some $38 million below what was projected when the measure was approved. Most of the shortfall is attributable to a shift of tribal tobacco sales to the lowest cigarette stamp rate of 5.75 cents.
Community Action Project is a Tulsa-based anti-poverty agency that conducts policy analysis and advocacy on behalf of low-to-moderate income Oklahomans. The full report, titled “Three Years Later: Gambling and Tobacco Taxes Provide Small Boost to Revenues but Fail to Close Long-Term Funding Gap”, along with 1-page factsheets on each of the new revenue sources is available on CAP’s website at:
Related: Minimal budget growth seen for fiscal year 2009

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Posted at 12/10/2007 09:51:00 AM |

NBC Decides to Air "Controversial' Ad Thanking Troops; Lt. Col. Steve Russell Featured

NBC originally refused to air the above commercial yesterday on their Meet the Press program with Tim Russert. NBC said that airing the spot would violate the network's prohibition on "controversial issue ads." How sad. The war has been so politicized, that now it is deemed "controversial" to ask Americans to thank our brave soldiers who are serving thousands of miles away during the Christmas season?" From the website:
"As we celebrate the holidays, it is important to remember the sacrifices these brave men and women stationed throughout the world make each day to defend our freedom. Freedom’s Watch is honored to support their services and say thank you."

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Posted at 12/10/2007 09:03:00 AM |
Saturday, December 08, 2007 

Oklahoma 3 Are Re-indicted!

Free Paul Jacob:
Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson has re-indicted the Oklahoma 3—Paul Jacob, Rick Carpenter and Susan Johnson. His outrageous prosecution now continues, after the AG had, several weeks ago, quietly dismissed the grand jury indictment against the three.
Paul Jacob made the following statement regarding his re-indictment: Read more...
A mash-up video, about the Oklahoma AG's attack on "The Oklahoma 3".

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Posted at 12/08/2007 10:36:00 PM |

NewsOk Video: Rule of Law Rally


Is This the Beginning of SLIME in the Illegal Immigration Battle?

Sen. Jeff Rabon (top) Sen. Harry Coates (center) Rep. Shane Jett (Bottom)
One dedicated OKPNS reader has suggested the moniker SLIME (State Legislators for illegal Immigrant Exploitation) for an organization that out-of-touch legislators can join in their battle to undermine the nation's and state's immigration laws.
"Let SLIME lead the way in undermining the rule of law," our reader says. "Announce that SLIME has formed, and be sure to refer to SLIME whenever these legislators work to save us from any restraints on the flow of illegals into our country and state.
Thank goodness SLIME is on the job! I'm sure Sen. Harry (don't ask, don't tell) Coates, Sen. Jeff (one more for the road) Rabon and Rep. Shane (all wet) Jett will be charter members. So for those legislators working on behalf of criminal lawbreakers, I hope that they get SLIMED!"

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Posted at 12/08/2007 12:32:00 PM |

Tax Hike Plan Surprises Voters

Hat Tip: The Wynn Blog
By John M. Wylie II, Editor
Copyright 2007, Oologah Lake Leader
Northeast Technology Center wants an annual 400% tax increase - $4.4 million a year - but has tried to keep next week's election on the issue a secret.
Voters in Rogers and seven other counties are scheduled to take part in a special election next Tuesday, Dec. 11, to decide on the proposed increase in NTC's building fund levy and to decide whether to make the increase permanent.
But until the Leader began an investigation Monday, the election was a well-kept secret - even from top county officials and AEP-Public Service Co. of Oklahoma, which would face a $308,000 hit in Rogers County alone from the higher tax.
PSO customers could eventually pay twice, because such taxes are a factor in setting utility rates.
The NTC board voted on Oct. 1 to call the election but issued no public notice until Nov. 28, school spokesman Gary Fox confirmed Tuesday.
The only announcement made last week was a legal notice in the Pryor Daily Times - the smaller of the two legal newspaper in Mayes county. Neither it nor its larger weekly competitor, The Paper, makes any claim to be a regional newspaper (such as the Tulsa World or The Oklahoman). Read more...


Posted at 12/08/2007 12:31:00 PM |

Tipline: Bunny Chambers & Lynn Wyndel Not Seeking Re-election

OK GOP national committee members Bunny Chambers and Lynn Wyndel both have said they are not running for re-election next April. So, in what would have been another ho-hum convention, should now be a rather contentious event.

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Posted at 12/08/2007 12:30:00 PM |
Friday, December 07, 2007 

Congress To Scrap CDC Ombudsman; A Year After Its Creation, Lawmakers Say Morale-boosting Office Is A Waste Of Money, But Others Say It's Needed


The new ombudsman's office at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was once considered critical to fixing the Atlanta-based agency's poor employee morale and distrust of senior leadership.

The office was the cornerstone effort by CDC Director Julie Gerberding to address concerns --- by members of Congress and five former agency directors --- that the turmoil inside the CDC was putting public health at risk.

Now the ombudsman's office, created in October 2006, is slated for elimination. It hadn't even yet hired permanent staff. Some members of Congress consider it a waste of money and have put language in a pending 2008 federal budget bill prohibiting any future funds from going to it.

"I think the proposed congressional action is very unfortunate," said Dr. David Sencer, one of five former CDC directors who have expressed concern about the agency's morale problems. Hiring an ombudsman to help independently address staff concerns was a key recommendation of the former directors.

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) said he inserted language to eliminate the ombudsman's office because it's a waste of taxpayer money.

"My colleagues in Congress agreed with me that CDC doesn't need a morale-boosting CDC ombudsman that costs over $1,000 a day and over $2,500 per employee visit," Coburn said. "This money can be better spent."
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Posted at 12/07/2007 12:25:00 PM |

Enforcing and Upholding The law Is Not Racist

It is a sad day in America and in Oklahoma when a State Senator suggests that upholding and enforcing the law is racist. I am talking about Senator Harry Coates comments in regards to the Taxpayers Best Friend, Rep. Randy Terrill. Rep. Terrill did something that goes beyond partisan politics and political jockeying. He actually had the balls to do something our Federal government has yet to do and it is working. Senator Harry "Turn" Coates OPKNS suggests that you grow the political balls to do the right thing by Oklahomans. We are tired of footing the bill for millions of ILLEGAL ALIENS that invade our state and nation. OKPNS supports any effort to curb the number of Illegal Immigrants in our state and nation. Rep. Terrill you have our support!

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Posted at 12/07/2007 11:01:00 AM |

Roth Says He Wants To Keep Commissioner Job

by Erin Boeckman Corporation Commissioner Jim Roth announced Tuesday that he will campaign to retain the seat Gov. Brad Henry appointed him to this year. "One year from now my name will appear on Oklahoma's statewide ballot," Roth said in a news release.

Henry appointed Roth to the Corporation Commission position left vacant by Denise Bode in May 2007. She left to serve as chief executive officer of the American Clean Skies Foundation. Roth was sworn in on June 1, joining commissioners Bob Anthony and Jeff Cloud.

"I love my job," he said in a news release. "Every day I go to work energized and excited that I have the opportunity to serve Oklahoma and try to make a positive difference for our state. The Corporation Commission has an awesome responsibility. As the public body that regulates oil and gas drilling, utilities and certain areas in telecommunications and transportation, the commission has a huge impact on our state's economy and our citizens' lives. I want to make sure that impact is positive for our future."

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Posted at 12/07/2007 10:45:00 AM |

ORU Plans Leader Search

By APRIL MARCISZEWSKI World Staff Writer Oral Roberts University stands at a "moment of destiny" as it begins to search for a new president and considers offers of help that would shape the college, board Chairman George Pearsons said Thursday. ORU leaders are "taking it one day at a time," addressing pressing tasks and "working diligently to make sure the future is ensured," he said. They are not in a hurry to choose a new president, following Richard Roberts' resignation Nov. 23. "We want to make absolutely sure that we take the necessary time that it takes to make sure it's the right choice for ORU," Pearsons said. Read More


Posted at 12/07/2007 10:27:00 AM |

Tell Me Something I Don't Know

Senator Inhofe vows to defeat the Global Warming bill that was introduced by Senators John Warner (R-VA) and Joe Lieberman (I-CT). Read More

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Posted at 12/07/2007 10:11:00 AM |
Thursday, December 06, 2007 

Regent' Stands Ready to Help Oral Roberts University

By STEVEN G. VEGH, The Virginian-Pilot Regent University "stands ready" to help Oral Roberts University, but the struggling Oklahoma school can recover on its own, Regent President Pat Robertson said Wednesday. Regent sent a team to ORU this week after a director there asked Robertson "if there was anything we at Regent University could do to assist them during this difficult time," Robertson said in a written statement. The team included several administrators and Regent's former divinity school dean. Regent is based in Virginia Beach. ORU is dealing with more than $50 million in debt and the resignation of its president, Richard Roberts, amid allegations of fiscal impropriety, according to media reports. Read More

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Posted at 12/06/2007 10:43:00 AM |

Incomplete Immigration Solutions

The controversy continues with House Bill 1804. Attorney General Drew Edmondson has recently come under fire by many lawmakers for calling the proposed "Son of House Bill 1804" cruel. "I think if he wants to start establishing state policy, then he needs to quit his job and become a legislator because we set the policy. It's his job to enforce it," says state Rep. Mike Reynolds, R-Oklahoma City. But the arguments don't end there. State Rep. Shane Jett, R-Tecumseh, is proposing putting in a work visa program. It's a system that would give an ID to illegal immigrants working here. It would require them to pay a penalty for entering illegally and then they would have to pay taxes. Read More

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Posted at 12/06/2007 10:39:00 AM |
Wednesday, December 05, 2007 

Morality is Not One of Drew's Attributes

Oklahoma Attorney General "W.A.D." Edmondson
From the "Fair and Biased" blog:
mo·ral·i·ty (m -r l -t , mô-) NOUN: pl. mo·ral·i·ties 1. The quality of being in accord with standards of right or good conduct. 2. A system of ideas of right and wrong conduct: religious morality; Christian morality.3. Virtuous conduct. 4. A rule or lesson in moral conduct.
“It was my obligation to defend this (HB 1804).” “I only have to argue the legality of it.” “I’ve very grateful I do not have to argue the morality of it.” Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson in 12/4 edition of The Oklahoman
Drew Edmondson, Oklahoma AG, is between a rock and hard place. He says he has to legally argue for a law that he believes is immoral. Edmondson is an attorney, so it’s difficult to believe he hasn’t faced these dilemmas before. It's a good thing Drew doesn’t have to argue the morality of HB #1804- or any law for that matter.
Edmondson’s morals and ethics have been questionable for years. Consider the following examples:
In November 1998, Edmondson and seven other state A.G.s announced they had negotiated a historic settlement with big tobacco. The settlement imposed sweeping bans on tobacco advertising, stopped the tobacco companies from targeting children, allocated funding for tobacco education efforts and pays the states about $206 billion in recovery funds. But Edmondson benefited from the Tobacco Settlement by reaping major campaign contributions from the lawyers who got big fees in the tobacco suit.
In 2000, Edmondson involved the state of Oklahoma in a U. S. Supreme Court case by supporting a New Jersey court decision ordering the Scouts to reinstate a homosexual scout leader. Read more...
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