Congressman James Lankford said today he has named Rear Adm. Greg Slavonic (U.S. Navy, Retired) as his new Chief of Staff effective October 1st. He succeeds Randy Swanson, who resigned to join an Oklahoma City firm.
“I am honored to bring Rear Adm. Slavonic’s background in strategic communications and leadership, earned through a distinguished 34-year career in the U.S. Navy, to our team,” said Lankford.
“Rear Adm. Slavonic will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Fifth District, as he leads our offices in Oklahoma City and Washington, D.C. and helps us complete the work remaining in the 113th Congress. His honorable service in the Navy will translate well as we provide assistance with federal agencies and shape conservative policy solutions in the U.S. House of Representatives. Like me, Rear Adm. Slavonic does not come from a political background, which gives him a real-world approach to finding efficient and effective solutions to the problems we face as a nation. His faith and integrity will undoubtedly complement the honest, hardworking team we have in place to serve central Oklahomans.
“I look forward to putting Rear Adm. Slavonic’s litany of skills to work for the Fifth District, and I hope the community will join me in welcoming him as he embarks on his new role,” concluded Lankford.
“I’m truly honored to be asked to join Representative Lankford’s team,” said Slavonic. “In the coming months, my goal will be to support him in accomplishing his vision for Oklahoma and for our great nation. The world remains a very dangerous place, and I want to provide him with any and all support in his efforts to ensure the U.S. remains safe and secure for all Americans.”
Originally from Kansas but raised in Oklahoma City, Slavonic earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University and upon completion of his undergraduate studies, enlisted in the Navy. He received orders to the aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CVA 64) and completed two western Pacific deployments in support of combat operations in Vietnam. In 1976, he earned a Masters degree from the University of Central Oklahoma.
Serving the Navy through several additional combat tours, including but not limited to Operation Desert Shield/Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom II, Slavonic served as the U.S. Navy’s Deputy to the Chief of Information in Washington, D.C. and Director of Public Affairs (Reserve) from June 2001 to 2005.
In this dual role, he served as deputy to the Chief of Information responsible for all aspects of the Navy’s Public Affairs Program and adviser on Strategic Communications issues. He established and maintained professional working relationships with Navy Secretariat offices, other Department of Defense commands and activities within the Pentagon and in the Washington Capitol Region. In addition, he was responsible for the training and readiness of more than 500 public affairs specialists assigned to 26 different units across the United States.
In his civilian professional life, he has many years of experience as Advertising Director for The Journal Record and senior account executive for NBC affiliate television station, KFOR-TV. He served as adjunct professor in the Communications Department as the University of Central Oklahoma.
Slavonic and his wife Molly currently live in north Oklahoma City. They have three grown children and five grandchildren.
Iconic photographs are those we remember…and here’s one I’m putting in my “Oklahoma Campaigns” folder.
Check it out: The candidate, in red and black. The sign, in black and yellow, typical rural Oklahoma welcome, complete with uncut grass/weeds growing underneath it. The backdrop, the name of the restaurant on the building with a “Ranch Burger” sign showing at top right. ~ Mike McCarville
Sep 14 2014 | Posted in General
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A recent release from Gov. Mary Fallin’s campaign proudly proclaims Fallin holds “an 18 point lead over Democrat opponent Joe Dorman.” But that poll also shows Fallin with a relatively low level of support for an incumbent GOP governor in a heavily Republican state. Fallin currently draws 50 percent, according to Sooner Poll. That’s only a modest improvement compared with three previous public polls that showed Fallin drawing between 44 percent and 49 percent. Her expanded lead in Sooner Poll is thanks to Dorman receiving just 32 percent when other polls showed him at 40 percent. No one really thinks Fallin is going to lose, but it is telling that the other major GOP candidates atop the ballot are performing far better. If she wants voter support to increase, Fallin would be better served to spend more time discussing a conservative agenda, and less time touting minor polling shifts.
Sep 13 2014 | Posted in General
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The National Rifle Association has endorsed Senator Jim Inhofe for a fourth term in the United States Senate.
Inhofe has voted against every measure to American’s restrict Second Amendment rights including additional restrictions for America’s gun manufacturers, hunters, sportsmen, and all lawful gun owners.
Sep 12 2014 | Posted in Congress
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Topline gubernatorial race results from the latest New York Times / CBS News / YouGov Battleground Tracker shows Governor Fallin with a substantial lead over Democrat Joe Dorman.
Sep 11 2014 | Posted in General
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Today the Susan B. Anthony List Candidate Fund, a national pro-life political action committee, announced its endorsement of Governor Fallin.
“A longtime champion of women and the unborn in Congress, Governor Fallin spent her first term championing the same pro-life, pro-woman policies she fought for while in Washington,” said SBA List Candidate Fund President Marjorie Dannenfelser. “In fact, Governor Fallin supported and signed into law every pro-life bill to reach her desk, including a compassionate limit on abortion after 5 months. The SBA List Candidate Fund is thrilled to once again endorse Mary Fallin’s candidacy for Governor of Oklahoma.”
Sep 10 2014 | Posted in Politics
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Some parts of our world have gone mad. Stark, raving, mad. Stone cold nutso.
Firefighters in Illinois are told by their chief to remove American flag decals from their helmets because they might be viewed as racist.
Ferguson, Missouri, is held hostage by “demonstrators,” some of whom have looted and burned.
A city orders a 2nd Amendment flag taken down but allows a Muslim flag to be raised.
A 3rd grader who bites a piece of food into the shape of a pistol is suspended and sent home for three days.
The race (?) for governor of Oklahoma so far is a yawner. Democrat Joe Dorman is digging for traction, but the arrows he’s shooting aren’t hitting the target, much less the bullseye. Dorman and his supporters are throwing mostly wild punches in a mad dash to cut Fallin’s lead.
Panera Bread bans law-abiding citizens and their firearms, joining other retailers who have done the same. What…only bad guys with guns now allowed?
A 1st grade boy who kisses a female classmate on the cheek is suspended for sexual harassment.
Why does a 2-hour examination and treatment at a hospital ER cost $1,200?
How can our president declare to the world that we have no strategy for dealing with an international situation? If George Bush had said that, the media would have pummeled him without mercy and painted him as wearing a dunce cap.
From Detroit: An army officer is told he can’t enter his daughter’s Metro Detroit high school this morning because he’s wearing his uniform.
Nebraska’s Lieutenant Governor Lavon Heidemann announced his resignation, both from office and as running mate to a GOP gubernatorial candidate, after a judge granted a restraining order against him to his sister after he attacked her.
When 11-year-old Grace Karaffa was told she couldn’t use ChapStick at her Virginia elementary school, the girl — who’d been prohibited from using it for years to treat her dry, bleeding lips — decided she’d had enough. The fifth-grader at Stuarts Draft Elementary School created a petition and presented her case before the Augusta County school board last week, arguing that a ban on the most commonly used remedy to treat chapped lips was “inappropriate,” her father said.
A Republican governor and Republican Legislature spends tax dollars like there’s no tomorrow…forgetting it was just yesterday that promises to cut taxes and cut spending is, in part, what propelled them into office. Nutso.
Oklahoma Republican Party
Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman Dave Weston today suggested Democrat gubernatorial candidate Joe Dorman is a hypocrite on the issue of marriage.
In a recent interview with The Gayly — a paper that describes itself as “keeping the FABULOUS south-central United States informed on current news and events affecting Lesbians, Homosexuals, Bi-sexuals & Transgenders” — Dorman criticized Gov. Mary Fallin for her moral stance on traditional marriage stating, “When you have a standard set in place, especially like that handed down from the federal government, you have to apply that [marriage rights] equally.”
He appeared to apologize to The Gayly staff for his vote in support of a House resolution to reaffirm Oklahoma’s support of traditional marriage. When asked how he could “support equality” while also voting to uphold traditional marriage Dorman said:
“Different situations. I serve House District 65 and I try to serve my constituents to the best of my ability… They have, I think, a different point of view when it comes to policies like that.”
The Gayly adds: “Dorman said he voted the way he felt his district wanted him to vote.”
Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman Dave Weston pressed Dorman to tell the people of Oklahoma whether he supports redefining marriage and why.
“It sounds like Joe Dorman meets with voters in Rush Springs and tells them he’s a conservative Democrat who opposes a reclassifying marriage,” said Weston. “Then he tells The Gayly staff in Oklahoma City that’s not really what he thinks and proceeds to criticize Governor Fallin for holding the same position that he previously told his constituents he believes.”
Weston continued, “If Dorman thinks Oklahoma should redefine marriage, he should say so and explain exactly why. If he opposes redefinition, he should have the courage to tell the Gayly why he voted the way he did. Instead, he’s pandering for votes to different audiences by telling them what he thinks they want to hear. This is not how a leader should act; it’s merely evidence of a losing campaign by a perennial candidate, one who is only running for governor because the clock ran out on his time in the legislature.”
Weston pointed out that the article brought into question Dorman’s views on a number of other issues. The Gayly writes: “When asked about adoption, hate crimes and federal benefits for non-traditional couples, Dorman said, ‘I want to find a way to address all these issues. I think all the laws should be applied equally and fairly…’”
“So Dorman wants to find a way to address these issues?” Weston fired back, “We are less than two months away from the election, and a thinking leader would already have answers to these questions. Oklahomans deserve an honest answer.”
“I believe everyone should be treated equally and fairly under the law, too,” said Weston. “But each of us should have the freedom to develop our own opinions, and I don’t believe we should redefine marriage and thus establish preference that will open the door for the prosecution of people for ‘hate’ because they believe in upholding traditional morals. This is exactly what has happened in countries like Canada, and I commend Governor Fallin for acting to preserve a foundation that is central to promoting our posterity and traditional marriage.”
“Where does Joe Dorman stand on this issue? My guess is he’ll continue the hypocrisy by trying to ignore the matter and continue speaking with a forked-tongue,” Weston concluded.
Sep 10 2014 | Posted in General
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Senator Dan Newberry announced a fundraising event in Oklahoma City on September 18 at Wiley Post Airport. All proceeds from the event will benefit Republican State Senate Candidates. To view the invitation and to purchase your tickets visit NewPac’s website NewPacOK.com.
The fundraising event will have a number of vintage WWII era aircraft on display, including the only flying B-29 Superfortress. There will be a live band playing 1940s music and opportunities to enter a raffle to fly in one of the vintage airplanes. Members of the Republican State Senate Caucus will be in attendance. Food and beverage are included in the price of admission.
Sep 9 2014 | Posted in General
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Newsbusters has studied the use of poll data by television news operations during the Bush era and during the Obama era. It is pretty clear: http://newsbusters.org/blogs/rich-noyes/2014/09/08/mrc-study-tv-buries-bad-news-obamas-collapsing-polls
Sep 9 2014 | Posted in General
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