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Freda Deskin Wants Respect

Dr. Freda Deskin sent this email today to the news media:

We respectfully request as you continue to report accurate and fair information regarding the election of the new State Superintendent of Public Instruction, that you allow Democrat candidate Freda Deskin the same respect as her opponent John Cox in their short descriptors.

Recently in various articles, Freda Deskin has been referred to as “Charter school founder” and “Dean” whereas John Cox has been referred to as a “lifelong educator.” Freda Deskin is beginning her 44th year dedicated and working in Oklahoma schools as John Cox is beginning his 29th.

Please know members of the Deskin campaign are thoroughly appreciative of Oklahoma’s media sources and grateful for your understanding. In addition, as the Aug. 26 primary run-off approaches there will be many events you may be interested in attending. The Deskin campaign will keep you notified of events for your consideration.


Registered Voter Tally Up By 15,553

Nearly 2 million Oklahomans were registered to vote at the end of June, a net increase of 15,553 voters since January, Oklahoma State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said Thursday.

As of June 30, Oklahoma had 1,994,365 registered voters:

DEMOCRAT………………….883,289…….44.3 percent

REPUBLICAN………………..865,128……43.4 percent

AMERICANS ELECT……………….8……N/A

INDEPENDENT………………245,940…..12.3 percent

TOTAL……………………….1,994,365

The statistics show a net increase in registered Republicans and Independents since January, but a net decrease in the number of registered Democrats.

Democrats remain the largest percentage of Oklahoma voters at 44.3 percent, followed by Republicans at 43.4 percent and Independents at 12.3 percent.  In January, Democrats made up 44.8 percent of registered voters, followed by Republicans at 43.2 percent and Independents at 12.1 percent. Since January, Republicans have seen a net increase of 10,799 and Independents have seen a net increase of 7,070. There has been a net decrease in the number of Democrats by 2,320.

The State Election Board began recording statewide voter registration statistics by party in 1960.

YEAR                    DEM                      REP                        IND                        OTHER

1960                       82.0%                    17.6%                    0.4%                       N/A

1980                       75.8%                    22.8%                    1.4%                       N/A

2000                       56.7%                    35.0%                    8.3%                       *

TODAY                 44.3%                    43.4%                    12.3%                    *

*Registration for minor recognized parties or political organization was less than 0.0001 percent.

To view historical voter registration statistics or to download a voter registration application, visit http://elections.ok.gov. The deadline to register to vote for the Aug. 26 Runoff Primary election is Friday, Aug. 1, 2014


Poll: Reagan Best President Since WWII, Obama Worst

A new poll found President Ronald Reagan rated as one of the nation’s best presidents and President Barack Obama rated as the worst president in 75 years: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/jul/2/obama-worst-president-wwii-new-poll-shows/


Costello Backs Russell

Labor Commissioner Mark Costello today announced his endorsement of Steve Russell in the Republican runoff in the 5th Congressional District.

“There is only one candidate in the fifth congressional district race who has fought to defend our rights guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution and that person is Col. Steve Russell,” says Costello.  “When the Constitution called for combat duty overseas, Steve Russell answered the call. When duty called to serve as a citizen legislator, Steve Russell answered the call.  Steve Russell stands ready to provide the leadership, as our next Congressman, to meet the foreign perils abroad and economic challenges at home.”


Roll Call Examines Female Candidates

Roll Call has an examination of Republican female candidates for Congress that includes the 5th District’s Patrice Douglas: http://atr.rollcall.com/republicans-candidates-women-house-list-2014/?dcz


Immigration Reform This Year, Group Asks; Former GOP Official Disagrees

Today a group of current and former Republican elected officials sent a letter to the Oklahoma congressional delegation calling on Congress to pass immigration reform this year.

The former Tulsa County Republican chairman, however, says he’s against it and details his reasons in a comment attached to the bottom of this story.

Signatures include former Governor Frank Keating, former Speaker of the Oklahoma House Kris Steele, and former Oklahoma City mayors Ron Norick and Kirk Humphreys.  Additional signatures include two incumbent Oklahoma City city councilors and seven incumbent and former state legislators.

The Honorable Jim Bridenstine

The Honorable Tom Coburn

The Honorable Tom Cole

The Honorable Jim Inhofe

The Honorable James Lankford

The Honorable Frank Lucas

The Honorable Markwayne Mullin

As current and former Republican elected officials, we are writing to urge you to pass immigration reform this year. The current system is broken, and the United States cannot afford to wait any longer to fix it.

The system is broken for the business owners who are unable to grow their businesses due to workforce shortages. These shortages affect both high-skill and low-skill industries alike. When these industries are stifled, so is job creation for all Americans.

The system is broken for farmers who are producing below their capacity when they cannot meet their labor demands.  According to the Partnership for a New American Economy (PNAE), labor shortages in the agriculture industry are causing a loss of over $3 billion in GDP and over $1 billion in farm income.

Not only can we no longer economically afford to wait, but there is also broad support, including Republican voters, for fixing the broken U.S. Immigration System. Recently, the Tea Party Express, Americans for Tax Reform and PNAE released a poll showing that 71% of “Tea Party” aligned Republican primary voters believe it is important to pass reform this year.

We personally understand how difficult it can be to pass complicated legislation, but it is necessary. On behalf of those farmers, ranchers, businesses and individuals in our state supporting reform, we ask that you work with your colleagues to finalize legislation that can be passed into law this year.

Sincerely,

Frank Keating

Governor of Oklahoma

1995-2003

Curt Roggow

State Representative, Enid

1998-2006

David Greenwell

City Councilor, City of Oklahoma City

2011 – present

Shane Jett

State Representative, Shawnee

2004 – 2010

Ron Peters

State Representative, Tulsa

2000 – 2012

Kris Steele

Speaker of the Oklahoma House, Shawnee

2011 – 2012

Meg Salyer

City Councilor, City of Oklahoma City

2008 – Present

Kirk Humprheys

Mayor, City of Oklahoma City

1998 – 2003

Ron Norick

Mayor, City of Oklahoma City

1987 – 1998

Don Armes

State Representative, Lawton

2002 – current

Lee Denney

State Representative, Cushing

2004 – current

Lisa Billy

State Representative, Purcell

2004 – curren

State Representative, Blackwell

2002 – current


Video: Lankford Discusses Hobby Lobby Case On CNN

Congressman James Lankford discusses the Hobby Lobby decision on CNN:


Libertarian Party Names Officers

The newly elected officers of the Oklahoma Libertarian Party (OKLP) have officially taken office.

According to the by-laws of the OKLP, although elected at their state convention which was held in March, they do not take their offices until the national convention convenes.

The following individuals are the new officers of the Libertarian Party of Oklahoma: Steve Long, Chair; Marven Goodman, Vice Chair; Zachary Knight, Secretary; John Gleason, Treasurer.

A news release says “in the past, the Oklahoma Libertarian Party has focused its efforts solely on getting ballot access. While ballot access is still important to the party in providing the voters of Oklahoma another choice in the election process, I feel that it is equally important for the organization to increase its presence among Oklahomans in regards to political activity and getting the message of liberty to the people of Oklahoma.”

 


The 2014 Legislature: OCPA’s Bond Examines It

Dave Bond of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs examines the last session of the Legislature: http://www.ocpathink.org/articles/2749


FPIO’s Tardibono Praises Court Action

tardibonoWith the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in favor of religious liberty and the Green family in the Hobby Lobby case, Timothy Tardibono, President of the Family Policy Institute of Oklahoma, released this statement:

“As Oklahomans, we know that the Greens run their family business in ways that benefit our communities with great wages, good benefits and numerous programs to improve the lives of its employees.  This is the kind of business that should be encouraged to grow, not stifled by government coercion.

We are encouraged that the U.S. Supreme Court affirmed the 1st Amendment in finding that American families like the Greens don’t give up their freedom when they open a business.  The exercise of religious liberty is not confined only to Sunday morning but extends to the deeply held religious convictions lived out by family business owners.

We hope this case will further clarify the vital role religious liberty plays in a free and diverse society and reinforce the protection of conscience enshrined in the 1st Amendment.”


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