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Assistant AG’s Bad Advice Has Consequences

Bad legal advice by an assistant attorney general has cost him his job:

Deskin Appears On The Verdict

Dr. Freda Deskin, Democrat seeking to become schools superintendent, is Sunday’s guest on The Verdict.

She’ll be questioned by Kent Meyers and Mick Cornett.

The show airs Sunday at 9 a.m. on Cox 7 and 703. It repeats Monday at 9:30 a.m., Tuesday at 10:00 a.m., and Wednesday at 10:00 a.m.

Natural Gas Facility Planned For Grady/Stephens County Area

A new plant projected to process 200 million cubic feet of natural gas per day is coming to the Grady/Stephens county area and local legislators say it will provide an economic boost.

In the announcement from ONEOK partners, the company revealed this new facility would focus on obtaining natural gas from the south central Oklahoma Oil Province, or the SCOOP shale play. The company announced the facility would be completed by the end of 2016.

“This is a tremendous announcement for our part of the state,” said Rep. Scott Biggs, R-Chickasha. “This plant will increase the state’s ability to obtain natural gas from the SCOOP play, which is a massive bed of gas right under out feet here in south central Oklahoma. The citizens of Grady and Stephens counties will benefit from the new operation going on here and I’m proud that ONEOK is increasing its presence in this part of the state.”

The facility, known as the Knox plant, will see heavy investment in its operations. Between $365 million to $470 million will be spent over the course of the next two years to construct the facility, create infrastructure for the facility and the building of natural gas pipelines and compression stations for the operation.

“This announcement is another example that pro-growth policies enacted by the Legislature are paying dividends for Oklahoma,” said Senator Corey Brooks, R-Washington. “I’m very excited about ONEOK’s plans to increase their investment in our corner of the state. This facility will bring high-quality, high-paying jobs to our district, and be a tremendous boost to the local economy. It is critical that we continue our support of policies that encourage companies like ONEOK to grow their business within our state, employ Oklahomans, and leverage our tremendous natural resources to further our economic momentum.”

“I am excited to hear the announcement of ONEOK’s investment in our state,” said Senator Ron Justice, R-Chickasha. “This is further evidence of their commitment to and confidence in the future of the industry and our State. This is a tremendous investment that will be a benefit to this area as well as to our state for many years.”

Once the Knox plant becomes fully operational, it is expected to increase the company’s natural gas processing in the region to 900 million cubic feet per day.

NRA Endorses Steve Russell

The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund today endorsed Steve Russell in the Republican runoff for Congress in the 5th District.

Russell, retired Army officer who owns Two Rivers Arms in Oklahoma City, faces Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas in the runoff.

In a letter to Russell, NRA Federal Affairs Director James Baker says, “Based on your leadership on Second Amendment issues in the Oklahoma State Senate, you have earned an ‘A’ rating from the NRA-PVF.  Throughout your career, you have consistently opposed all attempts restrict gun rights and have been a strong advocate of the Second Amendment.”

“This is a tremendous honor from an organization which millions of Americans hold in the highest esteem,” says Russell.  ”As a life member of the National Rifle Association, I admire the way the NRA leads the fight to defend the Second Amendment so I cherish this endorsement.”
Russell is the only Congressional candidate in the country to use a rifle to save his life, to author NRA-sponsored bills into law, and who also owns a rifle manufacturing company.

Lankford: IRS Lost Taxpayer Trust, Not Just Emails

Congressman James Lankford says the Internal Revenue Service has lost more than emails. He says it has lost the trust of taxpayers.

His comments came after a hearing into IRS operations. The hearing examined how the IRS can work better for the American taxpayers and examined potential IRS reforms to prevent future targeting of American taxpayers for their political beliefs.

“Details continue to surface about not only the supposedly politically ‘neutral’ IRS targeting groups seeking tax-exempt status based on their political beliefs, but also the lengths to which the agency has gone to prevent proper congressional oversight,“ said Lankford.

“The Oversight Committee today took the next step in our investigation to recommend solutions to ensure political targeting never happens again at the IRS. Specific recommendations include: lengthening the probation period for new federal employees, changing policies to prevent the IRS from asking irrelevant questions about free speech and protecting the right of organizations to shield their members and staff from IRS intrusion.

“The IRS has demonstrated it cannot securely and properly manage Americans’ personal information.  They ‘lost’ agency officials’ emails that could have assisted our investigation to hold agency wrongdoers accountable. The IRS also lost Americans’ trust to remain politically neutral and treat their tax information fairly and securely. Now, the Department of Justice refuses to appoint special counsel to investigate the potential corruption surrounding the IRS targeting.

“The recommendations in today’s hearing would help increase transparency, replace broken processes and remove the IRS from its role in implementing the unworkable Affordable Care Act. We will continue to seek accountability on behalf of American taxpayers and the groups specifically targeted by the IRS for their political views. We must ensure Americans’ freedoms are not infringed by highly placed individuals in federal agencies with a political agenda,” concluded Lankford.

To view the Oversight Committee’s staff report with suggested preventative solutions to ensure IRS political targeting never happens again, please click here.

Polls Used To Shape Public Opinion

Robert G. Holland

Never let it be said that Common Core (CC) entirely lacks educational value.

By exercising even a little of the critical thinking the pushers of these national standards claim to want mandated in all classrooms, consumers can learn a big, valuable lesson about polling that seeks to shape public opinion rather than honestly gauge it.

The one constant in the spate of polls being taken as CC heats up as a political issue is that a sizable portion of the population still knows little or nothing about how these curricular guidelines were developed or what they do. To some prominent pollsters, the knowledge gap is an opening to feed respondents an entirely positive portrayal and then ask them leading questions likely to elicit pro-CC responses.

A recent example was a Wall Street Journal/NBC News poll done June 11–15, purporting to find support exceeds opposition to Common Core by almost a 2–1 margin. But first, the pollsters found almost half their participants said they had seen, read, or heard zilch about the national standards. So then WSJ/NBC “educated” them with the following description:

“The Common Core standards are a new set of education standards for English and math that have been set to internationally competitive levels and would be used in every state for students in grades K through 12.”

That is a grossly misleading description. It utterly ignores serious scholarly findings about weaknesses of the math and English standards and their lack of comparability to the best in the world. Furthermore, it fails to acknowledge heavy Obama administration pressure to get states signed up, or the growing number of states now bailing on CC testing and CC itself.

In a June 18 Cato at Liberty blogpost, Cato Institute education analyst Neil McCluskey likened the WSJ/NBC approach to failing to tell people that pufferfish are poisonous, then telling them “pufferfish are delicious and nutritious,” then finally asking, “would you like to eat some pufferfish?”

The first week of May, a survey by Republican pollster John McLaughlin used similar pufferfishy questioning to convert an almost equal split of opinion on CC (35 percent approval, 33 percent disapproval, 32 percent don’t know) to a whopping two-thirds level of support, by feeding respondents what it called a “simple, neutral” description. Again, it was anything but objective. It was CC puffery.

The political takeaway from McLaughlin was that Republicans should beware of opposing Common Core, because national standards will have a big upside with swing voters in the general election. Scribes from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute, a nominally conservative think tank, then sought to drive home that point with commentary warning Republican candidates that criticizing Common Core is a losing issue.

It would have been reasonable for media reporting on all this to have noted the McLaughlin Poll was commissioned by the Collaborative for Student Success, recipient of heavy funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which has spent hundreds of millions of dollars both creating Common Core and now purchasing support for it. And Fordham also does PR for the Gates people.

Someone might ask Oklahoma state school superintendent Janet Barresi how much being a red-hot supporter of Common Core in a deep-red state helped her. Despite reportedly putting more than $1 million of her own money into her campaign, she lost in a landslide to CC opponent Joy Hofmeister in the June 24 GOP primary. In fact, Barresi finished third with just 21 percent support.

Here and there, some polls are beginning to reflect the growing anger of citizens over undemocratically imposed nationalized standards they like less the more they find out about them. A little-noted University of Connecticut poll conducted the last week of April found just that: Opposition was highest among people who said they were most highly informed about CC.

Now, one of the polling heavyweights, Rasmussen Reports, has done a straightforward survey (June 21–22), using no leading or trick questions, and finds support for Common Core plummeting among parents with school-age children. Only 34 percent of those parents favor schools nationwide having to meet the so-called Common Core State Standards, a drop of 18 percentage points since a Rasmussen survey last November.

Citizens should closely scrutinize all public-opinion surveys for embedded bias. A critical assessment of the accumulating data indicates a growing proportion of parents who have brought themselves up to speed independently on Common Core—as opposed to being pollster-led—oppose this top-down imposition of shoddy, one-size-fits-all standards and subjective testing on their children.

Robert Holland ( is a senior fellow for education policy with The Heartland Institute.

Cleta Mitchell, Mary Fallin On 2013 List Of 25 Influential Women Of The GOP

NewsMax published a list of “25 Influential Women Of The GOP” last year and two Oklahomans are on it: Attorney Cleta Mitchell, former member of  the Oklahoma House, and Governor Fallin.

Fallin Embraces Hofmeister

Governor Fallin today embraced the new Republican nominee for school superintendent, Joy Hofmeister, and said they’ve already started working on an agenda for stronger schools.
Hofmeister was overwhelmingly elected by GOP primary voters over the incumbent Janet Barresi.
This, from Fallin’s campaign website:

Governor Mary Fallin and candidate for Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister are working together on an agenda to strengthen Oklahoma public schools and produce better outcomes for Oklahoma students. Mary and Joy know the path forward requires:

  • A commitment to producing strong, Oklahoma-based academic standards to replace Common Core
  • Supporting our teachers by getting more funding for K-12 education
  • Focusing on accountability in spending – additional funds need to go to the classroom!

“Joy Hofmeister is a teacher, small business owner and a mother who cares deeply about public education in Oklahoma, which is why I was proud to appoint her to the Oklahoma State Board of Education. I know Joy will work tirelessly to unite parents, teachers, employers and lawmakers as we work to support and improve our schools. I am proud to support her in her race for superintendent.” – Governor Mary Fallin

Joy Hofmeister“Governor Fallin has always said that improving education is the most important thing we can do to support the long term growth and prosperity of our state. She should be applauded for highlighting the importance of public education, not just in the individual growth of our students, but for Oklahoma’s long term economic well-being. I encourage Oklahomans to get behind Governor Fallin to ensure we have a pro-education governor for the next four years.” – Joy Hofmeister

Sooner Survey: Fallin 44%, Dorman 31%

Pat McFerron
President, Cole Hargrave Snodgrass and Associates, Inc.

Mary Fallin currently holds a 13-point lead over Democratic challenger Joe Dorman (44% Fallin vs. 31% Dorman), despite having seen her numbers fall slightly in the last four months.

The other three candidates who will appear on the ballot garner support from 4% of the voters.

In April, Fallin had a 15-point advantage, 52%-37%. Today, Fallin has a wide lead among men (48% Fallin vs. 26% Dorman) and narrowly leads among women (40% Fallin vs. 35% Dorman).

Republicans are more united behind Fallin (67%

Fallin vs. 9% Dorman) than Democrats are behind

their nominee (24% Fallin vs. 52% Dorman). Among

Democrats with an unfavorable impression

of President Obama – the key swing group in

general elections in Oklahoma – Fallin has a

12-point advantage (42% Fallin vs. 29% Dorman).

Interest areas in this election show voters

have aligned their electoral preferences with their

topics, for the most part. Among the 13% of voters

focused on moral issues, Fallin has a commanding

lead (70% Fallin vs. 12% Dorman). The same can

be said for the 19% whose focus is on efforts to stop

federal intrusion (65% Fallin vs. 10% Dorman). In

contrast, the 28% intent on societal issues like health

and education opt for Dorman (16% Fallin vs. 53%

Dorman) by a better than three-to-one margin.

The second largest voter bloc, those interested

in economic issues like taxes and jobs (22% of

voters) are evenly split (36% Fallin vs. 40% Dorman).

The ideological bases are also aligned with

candidates. Among the 32% of voters who consider

themselves supporters of the Tea Party, Fallin leads

72%-7%. Among the 32% who disagree with the

Tea Party, Dorman has a sizeable lead (11% Fallin

vs. 66% Dorman). Among the 30% neutral toward

the Tea Party, Fallin leads Dorman by a two-toone

measure (46% Fallin vs. 23% Dorman). While

some on the left may try to say those neutral toward

the Tea Party are in play, by almost any standard,

these voters are conservatives. This “middleground”

in Oklahoma opts for the Republican

over the Democrat on a generic ballot by 19 points

(46% Republican vs. 27% Democrat) and are

very negative toward President Obama (18%

favorable vs. 71% unfavorable), with 58% saying

they have a “strongly unfavorable” impression.



Key Facts

• Republicans are

more united than are

Democrats, but are

not as united as they

have been in recent

election cycles.

• Expect Republican

unity to rebound as the

national tide becomes

a referendum on

the President – the

historical trend during

the sixth year of a


• Fallin has a

commanding lead

among the critical

swing groups in


• Fallin leads among


Democrats 42%-29%.

• Fallin leads among

those “neutral” toward

the Tea Party 46%


Governor Election Survey Question

1. If the election for Governor were held today, would you be voting for:


Mary Fallin, the Republican……………………………….. 44%

Joe Dorman, the Democrat………………………………… 31%

Richard Prawdzienski, an Independent……………… 1%

Joe Sills, an Independent……………………………………. 1%

Kimberly Willis, an Independent…………………………. 2%

Undecided (vol.)………………………………………………… 22%

Audio: Cleta Cleans The IRS Clock, Says It Is ‘Rotten, corrupt’

Washington attorney Cleta Mitchell of Norman tells Congress the Internal Revenue Service is a plague that must be eliminated. Then she really cuts loose: CletaMitchellRAW


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