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Shannon: $807,952 Raised

Rep. T. W. Shannon raised $807,952 for his U. S. Senate campaign in the first quarter, his report to the Federal Election Commission, online today, shows,

Shannon reported cash on hand of $503,000, reflecting $305,000 spent on advertising and overhead in the same period.

Congressman James Lankford’s report is not yet posted on the FEC website.

Randy Brogdon reported he raised $115,000.

The reports are filed on paper with the Secretary of the Senate, then to the FEC. In congressional races, they are filed electronically and thus are available immediately after the April 15 filing deadline.

Holder Cancels Speech

UPDATE: Ernest Istook will air the protest rally live on his show on KZLS-1640AM, www.kzlsam.com.

Channel 2, Tulsa

U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder has canceled plans to deliver a speech to a group of Oklahoma City police cadets amid a planned protest by conservative lawmakers and organizations.

Oklahoma City Police Department Capt. Dexter Nelson confirmed Thursday that Holder’s appearance had been canceled. U.S. District Judge Vickie Miles LaGrange will speak to the 42 graduating cadets instead.

Holder’s planned visit to Oklahoma City drew the ire of several conservative lawmakers, including two-term U.S. Rep. James Lankford, who said Holder’s visit was “incredibly inappropriate.”

Republican Rep. Mike Turner of Oklahoma City was among several GOP legislators who planned to attend a protest downtown.

The protest rally will be held as planned, with numerous legislators scheduled to speak.

Nelson said he was unaware why Holder’s planned visit was canceled, but said additional security personnel will remain in place because of the protest.

Claremore Businessman Alleges Turner FEC Violation

A Claremore businessman, Chad Choat, has filed a complaint with the Federal Election Commission aimed at 5th District congressional candidate Mike Turner.

Writing on his Facebook page, Choat writes, “Yesterday I filed a complaint with the Federal Election commission regarding Mike Turner’s violation of campaign finance law. As of March 31st Mr. Turner had failed to create a legal campaign committee. …To date, all of Mr. Turner’s campaign activities have been conducted outside of the FEC legal framework. Failing to adhere to the rule of law at worst disqualifies him as a candidate and at the very least raises serious questions about his viability as a candidate for congress, and leaves no confidence amongst the public that he will be a reformer when he fails to submit himself from day one to the same rules that apply to everyone else. This should cause all Oklahomans to ask why he failed to file proper paperwork and has not been transparent about the source of his campaign funds.

“Some may ask why a business owner from outside the fifth congressional district would file a complaint with the FEC. We as Oklahomans say that we want to reform how Washington does business. That starts with obeying the law. There is an unfortunate habit in Congress of people exempting themselves from the regulations that apply to everyone else. If our candidates can’t obey the law while they are running for office how can we expect them to change Washington? I look forward to the findings of the FEC and I would encourage all voters to be well informed as we seek what is best for the future of this great nation.”

Lankford Bases Funds Appeal On Survey Showing ‘Us in a very close race’

Congressman James Lankford has based a fund-raising appeal on a new survey that shows him trailing opponent T. W. Shannon in the Republican primary for the U. S. Senate.

In an email sent yesterday, Lankford wrote, “A new survey released today shows us in a very close race.

“I need your help now more than ever. It is critical that we get our message out and that we are clear about what is at stake in this election.

“Oklahoma is not for sale, we must raise the necessary funds to counter the DC-based superPACs who are on the attack against me, we need to raise $33,170 in the next 24 hours.

“I cannot thank you enough for what you have done for me in the past, but I really need your help on this occasion.

“Please consider contributing anything you can afford here: JamesLankford.com/Donate/

“I am eternally grateful for your help and prayers.

“Together, we can ensure that Tom Coburn’s conservative agenda continues in the U.S. Senate.

“In God We Trust,

“Congressman James Lankford
“Chairman of the Republican House Policy Committee”

Lankford previously downplayed an earlier survey showing Shannon gaining on him. The new survey, conducted by a firm hired by a Shannon support group, showed Shannon leading Lankford, 42-32 percent.

Bingman: Income Tax Proposal ‘Fiscally responsible’

President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman issued the following statement after the House voted to approve SB 1246.  Bingman is principal author of the income tax cut legislation, which now goes to Governor Fallin for her consideration.

“This plan represents a fiscally responsible way to lower Oklahoma’s income tax rate, fulfilling a commitment we made to our citizens last year.  It’s going to bolster our ongoing efforts to help Oklahoma better compete for high pay jobs that will help our citizens, communities and state prosper.  With the House giving its final approval, we look forward to Governor Fallin signing this tax relief measure into law.”

“When fully implemented, this bill will provide Oklahoma taxpayers with $200 million in tax relief.  This is good legislation for the citizens of our state.” –Senator Mike Mazzei, R-Tulsa.

SB 1246 will reduce the state’s income tax rate from 5.25 percent to 5 percent beginning with tax year 2016, if certified revenues for FY 2016 at least equal the certification level for FY 2014.   The legislation would further reduce the state’s top income tax rate no sooner than two years later to 4.85 percent if there is sufficient revenue growth to fund the reduction.

Coffee Talk


~ Congressman James Lankford has praise for Kansas Governor Sam Brownback after he signed state bill H.B. 2553, which allows Kansas to join the Health Care Compact. Lankford recently introduced H.J. Res 110 in the U.S. House of Representatives to provide the required congressional approval for Member states to enter into the Health Care Compact.

~ Language is needed to clarify the intent of the right to bear arms in the Oklahoma Constitution, according to the author of a constitutional amendment approved in the Senate. House Joint Resolution 1026, by Rep. Dan Fisher and Sen. Greg Treat, was approved 37-6. Written in 1907, the Oklahoma Constitution, Article II, Section 26, reads: “The right of a citizen to keep and bear arms in defense of his home, person, or property, or in aid of the civil power, when thereunto legally summoned, shall never be prohibited; but nothing herein contained shall prevent the Legislature from regulating the carrying of weapons.”

The legislation would allow voters to change Section 26 to read: “The fundamental right of each individual citizen to keep and to bear (that is, to carry) arms in defense of his home, person, or property, or, including handguns, rifles, shotguns, knives, nonlethal defensive weapons and other arms in common use, as well as ammunition and the components of arms and ammunition, for security, self-defense, lawful hunting and recreation, in aid of the civil power, when thereunto legally lawfully summoned, or for any other legitimate purpose shall never not be prohibited; but nothing herein contained shall prevent the Legislature from regulating the carrying of weapons infringed. Any regulation of this right shall be subject to strict scrutiny.”

The constitutional amendment would also add two subsections to Section 26: “This section shall not prevent the Legislature from prohibiting the possession of arms by convicted felons, those adjudicated as mentally incompetent, or those who have been involuntarily committed in any mental institution.”

“No law shall impose registration or special taxation upon the keeping of arms, including the acquisition, ownership, possession, or transfer of arms, ammunition, or the components of arms or ammunition.”

The proposal will now appear on the November ballot.

~ The full Senate has approved legislation that will ultimately increase public school funding by $600 million annually. Senators Jim Halligan, R-Stillwater, and John Ford, R-Bartlesville, are Senate authors of House Bill 2642, the Securing Educational Excellence Fund (SEEF).  The measure was approved unanimously on Wednesday.

“We recognize the need for additional resources for Oklahoma schools.  This plan is a fiscally responsible way to generate an additional $600 million annually that will go directly into the school funding formula,” Halligan said.  “This bill is an important step in helping Oklahoma students get the quality education they need to compete and to succeed.”

HB 2642 directs a dedicated appropriation of $30 million in fiscal year 2015, which begins on July 1, 2014.  That amount would then increase by $30 million each year through FY ’18.  In FY ’19, the ROAD Fund will reach its statutory maximum of $575 million, freeing an additional $60 million which can then be dedicated to SEEF.

In order to address concerns about an additional off-the-top earmark, the plan includes triggers for the specified increases:

  • FY ’16 – ’18 funds would only be added if there is growth of at least one percent in General Revenue (GR).
  • FY ’19 – GR growth of one percent would trigger $30 million, two percent would trigger the full $60 million.
  • If GR funds decline, there will be no additional allocation to SEEF until the previous high in GR is exceeded.

In addition, the measure has safeguards that will prevent SEEF funds from taking the place of additional appropriations—Halligan noted that had occurred with the lottery funds that were supposed to have dramatically increased education funding.  HB 2642 requires the State Board of Equalization to find that the funds are not supplanted, meaning they can’t take the place of previous appropriations.

~ The president of Transportation Revenues Used Strictly for Transportation (TRUST) commended the state Senate for protecting the Oklahoma Department of Transportation’s eight-year highway and bridge construction plan by not including a committee substitute to HB 2642 which would have diverted 50% of funding from the Rebuilding Oklahoma Access and Driver Safety (ROADS) Fund. HB 2642 passed the Senate today. Neal McCaleb said, “On behalf of the members of TRUST, I commend the leadership of the state Senate and its members for their commitment to continue the tremendous progress made over the past few years to rebuild and modernize Oklahoma’s transportation infrastructure.  By not diverting monies from the ROADS fund, senate members have made a strong statement for improved public safety and economic development all across Oklahoma.”

Tea Party Activists Weigh In On Senate Race

Some Tea Party activists and others have weighed in on the U. S. Senate race: http://www.muskogeepolitico.com/

New Survey Shows Shannon Surges Past Lankford, 42-32%

shannon9lankfordfullPublic Opinion Strategies, a survey research firm working for a group backing Senate candidate T. W. Shannon, says its new survey shows Shannon leading Congressman James Lankford by 10 percent.

The firm’s Glen Bolger provided the results, which shows that a non-stop advertising blitz by Shannon has propelled him from underdog to frontrunner.

The survey also shows no movement by Randy Brogdon, who remains at 7 percent support.


DATE: APRIL 23, 2014
 Key Findings
T.W. Shannon has vaulted into the lead in the last month.
The ballot movement in this race has been nothing short of dramatic:
Feb  9-11 March 11-16 April 21-22
Shannon Margin -35  -9 +10
T.W. Shannon1 6% 28% 42%
James Lankford 51% 37% 32%
Randy Brogdon NA  7%  7%
All others 1% 2% 3%
Undecided 32% 26% 16%
This represents a 45 point net swing in Shannon’s favor since the race began. Republican primary voters in Oklahoma have really responded to Shannon’s campaigning, including the relentlessly upbeat, positive conservative-focused ads that have been run. Shannon now leads by double digits among key groups in a GOP primary:
Among base Republicans who are very conservative, Shannon leads 47%-28%.
Among strong Tea Party supporters, Shannon leads 45%-29%.
Religious conservatives back Shannon 44%-31%.
Among voters whose top issue is “stopping Obamacare,” Shannon leads 42%-30%. The issue of “stopping Obamacare” is the top priority among the GOP primary electorate.

Lankford: Was Holder Involved In IRS Targeting Of Tea Party Groups?

Was Attorney General Eric Holder involved in the IRS targeting of Tea Party groups?

Congressman James Lankford tells the Radio Oklahoma Network’s Jerry Bohnen that emails have been found showing how former IRS official Lois Lerner got advice from the Justice Department.

Lankford is a member of the House Oversight committee and is sending a letter today demanding answers from Holder, who is due in Oklahoma City tomorrow to speak to a police officer cadet graduating class. Lankford has spoken out against the appearance.

Testing Failure Brings Pointed Fingers

This week’s failure of a school testing system has fingers being pointed: http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/education/oklahoma-state-superintendent-barresi-blames-test-vendor-but-others-point/article_523920d5-1086-537e-8fa0-7385ad63003a.html


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