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Coburn Leaves As He Came: Fighting

Senator Tom Coburn is leaving Congress just like he joined it…fighting it. Coburn, about ready to leave the Senate two years before his term expires, says the place is filled with spenders and he adds the federal government today is not what the Founders intended:

Douglas Announces Veteran Support

Republican Patrice Douglas today announced formation of the Veterans for Patrice Douglas Coalition.

The coalition is comprised of 25 high-ranking veterans from across the state including Retired Rear Admiral Greg Slavonic, Retired Major General Leo J. Baxter, Retired Brigadier General Ben T. Robinson, Retired Captain Lance Benham, Former NASA Astronaut Charlie Dry, Retired Commander Tucker McHugh and Retired Commander Charles (Chip) D. Kilburn to name a few. A full list of the coalition can be seen below.

“I am thrilled to have the backing of such decorated and respected military veterans,” Patrice Douglas said. “As a member of a military family, I know the importance of the military and a strong national defense. Our veterans deserve the very best and I will fight for their rights every day in Washington, D.C.”

“I totally support Patrice Douglas for our U.S. Representative for Congressional District 5,” retired Brigadier General Ben T. Robinson said. “Patrice has a strong background in small business operations, a clear understanding of local and state economic drivers and a grasp of national and international issues.  She has been an employer, a government decision maker and has held several executive level positions. The support she has from so many local retired senior military officers clearly indicates she understands the issues affecting our veterans and our national defense. We could do no better than to send her to Washington, D.C.”

“Patrice is tougher than she looks. She may not have wielded a gun in combat, but she knows how to charge and attack the most difficult issues,” Retired Captain Lance Benham said.

In a letter to fellow veterans, the coalition noted, “Patrice recognizes that our biggest national security threat is our economy and national debt.  In Congress, Patrice will fight to keep the federal government off the backs of Oklahoma’s small business owners and families… Patrice truly understands military core values and the need for a strong military.”

  1. Greg Slavonic, Rear Admiral, US Navy (Ret.)
  2. Leo J. Baxter, Major General, US Army (Ret.)
  3. Stanley A. Sieg, Brigadier General, US Air Force (Ret.)
  4. Donald J. Wetekam, Lieutenant General, US Air Force (Ret.)
  5. P. David Gillett, Jr., Major General, US Air Force (Ret.)
  6. Charlie Dry, NASA, US Army
  7. Ben T. Robinson, Brigadier General, US Air Force (Ret.)
  8. Lance Benham, Captain, US Navy (Ret.)
  9. Tucker McHugh, Commander, US Navy (Ret.)
  10. Jim Wilson, Captain, US Navy
  11. Brian Costello, Captain, US Navy (Ret.)
  12. John Keilty, Captain, US Navy (Ret.)
  13. Charles (Chip) D. Kilburn, Commander, US Navy (Ret.)
  14. Charles “Chuck” DeBellevue, Colonel, US Air Force (Ret.)
  15. Lloyd Hardin, US Marine Corps, (Ret.)
  16. Steven D. Kahne, Colonel, US Air Force (Ret.)
  17. Gene Douglas, Petty Officer 2nd Class, US Navy (FMR)
  18. Harold Dills, Airman 2nd Class, US Air Force (FMR)
  19. Russell A. Smith, M.Ed., Lieutenant Colonel, US Army (Ret.)
  20. Scott Ellis, Staff Sergeant, US Air Force (Ret.)
  21. Nate Webb, Airman, US Navy (former
  22. Bernie Pitcher, First Sergeant, US Army (Ret.)
  23. Brian Hackler, Corporal, US Marine Corps
  24. John Collison, US Air Force
  25. Brian Martin, US Marine Corps

Dorman Seeks Footing; Challenges Fallin To Debates

Joe Dorman, the underdog in the campaign to unseat Republican Governor Mary Fallin, has challenged Fallin to a series of debates. He says one isn’t enough.

Dorman wants six debates across the state. He said while he is glad Fallin has agreed to a debate on October 2nd in Stillwater sponsored by OSU, OETA and the League of Women Voters, more debates are necessary.

Joe Dorman’s Voting Record:

“Governor Fallin accepted this one debate invitation, but it’s simply not enough for Oklahoma voters. She and I have very different views about how to lead Oklahoma over the next four years. Voters will not be adequately informed about our differences on the issues with only one debate, nor will enough voters see the debate.”

“When Fallin ran for lieutenant governor twenty years ago, she said her opponent was avoiding debates and ‘we are beginning to wonder what she has to hide.’ I say the same thing to Fallin today — are you afraid to debate me?” said Dorman. “By refusing to commit to any more debates, Fallin has flip-flopped on yet another issue. Apparently a generation in public office has made her too timid to lead Oklahoma.”

Dorman called for an additional five debates before the election, each in a different quadrant of the state and in different formats.

“Oklahomans deserve opportunities to hear our positions on the issues without traveling long distances. By having more debates across the state, we can ensure Oklahomans are equipped with the necessary information when heading to the voting booth,” said Dorman. “I would also like to see one debate geared towards social media to reach concerned Oklahomans who are active online and cannot travel in person to a debate because of physical or financial limitations.”

Dorman said Oklahomans have clear choices this November and should understand the ramifications of their votes.

“With Governor Fallin, Oklahoma will continue failed ‘Fal-esi’ policies, such as one size fits all standards and tests, flawed A-F school grading, a lack of respect for teachers, inadequate education funding and underfunded classrooms,” said Dorman.

“If I am elected, Oklahomans will have a strong leader who has a real plan to increase education funding and implement standards that actually use the expertise of Oklahoma educators. I am the candidate who is in touch with Oklahoma values and understands the everyday concerns of our citizens. We do not have that with Mary Fallin. Oklahomans deserve better, and we can do better this November,” said Dorman.

Fallin Emails Count Russell As ‘Soft no’ On Obamacare

Newly released emails from Governor Mary Fallin’s administration may have an impact on the upcoming Republican runoff primary for the 5th District.

The new public documents reveal an internal “whip count” of Republican senators, outlining their position on the issue of whether to accept $54 million in federal money to establish a state health care exchange as outlined in the Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare.

Staff for the governor was sent to poll each Republican senator and ask them if they were yes, no, or undecided on whether to support the heath care exchange bill.

Russell told the governor’s staff (their description) that he was a “soft no,” which the governor’s staff thought to be surprising. The notes said Russell “may be persuadable down the road.”

Here’s the language used in the staff email recap of senatorial positions: “Russell, he’s a surprising ‘soft no.’ Understands the situation. May be persuadable down the road.”

This is the second time during the runoff where Russell’s record in the Senate has come under scrutiny.

The Patrice Douglas campaign recently called on the former senator to explain his vote in favor of Common Core, leading to an article in The Oklahoman where Russell said he did not know what Common Core would become when he and other Republicans cast votes in favor.

The runoff election will be held on August 26.

SPR: ‘Fallin In Trouble’

analysis1Hastings Wyman
Southern Political Report

Gov. Mary Fallin (R-OK) has been rated a shoo-in for months and the race has been on nobody’s “watch” list, until the past several weeks, when voter survey after survey showed her in serious trouble with the Oklahoma electorate. Her favorability rating dropped from 73% last September to 52% in June, a 19-point drop, according to

Joe Dorman’s Voting Record:

Moreover, despite being a state legislator with only 35% name ID, Fallin’s Democratic challenger, state Rep. Joe Dorman, is showing up surprisingly strong. In head-to-head polls released in recent weeks, Fallin consistently ran below 50%, a danger sign for incumbents. Fallin led Dorman by 45% to 40% in a Rasmussen Reports poll; 44% to 31%, according to Sooner Survey taken by Cole Hargrave Snodgrass and Associates (R); and led 49% to 40% in a CBS/New York Times poll, Fallin’s best showing, though it pushed “leaners” to make a decision, which may have helped Fallin. Moreover, Dorman’s 35% name ID suggests that as he becomes better known, he has room to improve.

Longtime Oklahoma commentator Mike McCarville says, “Fallin has been going through a pretty rough time,” but points out that Dorman “doesn’t have the base or the money” to defeat her. As of August 8, Dorman had $60,000 in his campaign fund to Fallin’s $1,547,000. Whether Fallin’s recent weakness in the opinion polls will bring money into Dorman’s campaign remains to be seen. He did start television ads last week, focusing on education issues, precisely where Fallin is weak, especially due to her vacillating stance on Common Core standards.

Sooner Poll’s Bill Shapard told the Tulsa World that Fallin’s education agenda, specifically her support for the Common Core education standards, changing to opposition, hurt her with Republicans. Common Core “had problems on the left and the right,” says University of Oklahoma Professor Keith Gaddie, “then somebody on the radio called it “Obamacore,” and that was the end of it.” Says McCarville, “She was for then against Common Core. It confused people.”

In the Republican Primary, the current Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi, who supported Common Core, was defeated by an overwhelming 57% to 21% by a foe of the national standards. Dorman “has been hanging Barresi around [Fallin’s] neck,” says one source. In his first TV ad, Dorman says, “Mary Fallin has flip flopped and failed on education.”  In addition, some of her vetoes on education issues have been overridden by the legislature, even though both chambers are more than 70% Republican, suggesting Fallin has problems working with lawmakers even from her own party.

Fallin, however, got good marks in crisis management when tornados ripped the state last year. But in the aftermath, she declined to support building storm shelters in public schools, citing the cost. It’s an issue that Dorman cites on his website.

There is also a feeling that Fallin has no “signature issue,” as one source put it, to point to. While she campaigned on tax cuts and did sign a major tax cut bill, the legislation may not survive a court challenge. She has also been criticized for her opposition to expanding Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, aka, “Obamacare.”

Dorman, who is term-limited this year, has been in the legislature for 11 years and has a reputation for working across party lines. He has been the research director for the Democratic Legislative Campaign Committee in Washington and also worked with the collegiate mock legislature in Oklahoma, so he has a network of politically-minded young people who may be an asset for him. Despite being a Democrat, he is a member of the National Rifle Association and is pro-life. His most whimsical legislative achievement was to get the watermelon named the state’s official vegetable. It seems the state already had a state fruit, but he wanted to put the spotlight on watermelon, because the annual watermelon festival is held in his district.

The Democratic Party is working to undermine Fallin, filing an ethics complaint claiming that her spokesperson in the governor’s office is working on her campaign on government time, thus at taxpayers’ expense.

The economy is a major plus for Fallin; the state’s jobless rate was only 4.5% in June, compared with a national rate of 6.1%, and a full percentage point lower than the state’s 5.5% in June 2013. Moreover, Oklahoma moved from 31st to 12th among the states in job growth over the past year.

Moreover, Dorman’s party affiliation won’t help him in the nation’s reddest state (Romney received 67% and carried all 77 counties). In one poll, 55% of voters have a “very unfavorable” opinion of President Obama. McCarville says that Dorman “is a capable guy,” but that “throughout his career he has been so aligned with Obama and the East Coast wing of the Democratic Party.”

Despite the shaky poll numbers, Fallin is still the favorite. Said pollster Shapard in the Tulsa World, “I don’t see a scenario where Joe [Dorman] could win.”  Says commentator McCarville, Fallin “has plenty of room to recover, and I think she is recovering.”

In any case, there is a race. Stay tuned.

Pulido Endorses Russell

russellpolidoSteve Russell was endorsed today by fellow combat veteran Major Ed Pulido.

Russell, retired Army lieutenant colonel and former state senator, faces a primary runoff with Corporation Commissioner Patrice Douglas.

Pulido is a combat veteran amputee who serves with several veterans causes including Folds Of Honor Foundation and is the founder of Warriors For Freedom.  He has been awarded with the Bronze Star with Valor, Purple Heart, Meritorious Service Medal, and Joint Service Commendation & Achievement Medals.

“I’ve known Steve Russell for years. He is a man of great character, will, and integrity,” says Pulido.  “When our country needed him, his family sacrificed at home while he sacrificed for our freedom.  He led his troops in combat from the front, earning the unwavering loyalty of his troops.  When our state needed him, Steve Russell answered the call, faithfully serving a full term in the State Senate, passing major reforms, and earning legislative awards as a constitutional conservative.”

Fallin Releases Contested Emails

Governor Fallin today made public 100 pages of emails she previously had refused to release:

Star Parker Featured By GOP Women

The Oklahoma Federation of Republican Women through their Oklahoma’s First Ladies Program is hosting a special dinner,  ”An Evening of Inspiration” with guest Star Parker  on Friday, August 15th, 2014, 7:30 pm at the historic Skirvin Hotel in downtown Oklahoma City.
Star Parker was a single mother living on welfare with 2 small children. She realized the government was providing her food, clothing and shelter and after hearing from conservative leaders and some members of her church she worked hard to make a new life for herself and her children.
She is the founder of C.U.R.E, Coalition on Urban Renewal and Education, a non-profit which focuses on building awareness that a conservative agenda of faith, freedom, and personal responsibility is of the greatest marginal benefit to low-income Americans. C.U.R.E works in the media, in poor communities, and on Capitol Hill to promote social policy that protects unborn life; and market-based public policy that transitions poor Americans from government dependency to economic independence.
Tickets for this dinner are $75/person and table sponsorships are available which will provide scholarships to conservative minorities that would otherwise not be able to attend an event of this quality.
Confirmed special guests include Governor Mary Fallin, Congressman James Lankford, Congressman Jim Bridenstine, State Auditor Gary Jones, Corp. Commissioner Dana Murphy, Sec Veterans Affairs Rita Aragon as well as many State Senators and State Representatives.

To make a reservation visit our website to download the registration form and mail to the PO Box below or email Anita DeToy,,  You can pay online by visiting our event page on

Click on the link below to pay online

Tea Party ‘Blame Game’ Follows Losses

With losing candidates, the Tea Party is preoccupied with the “blame game,” it is being reported:

Democrats Say Women Ignored

Randy Krehbiel
Tulsa World

Call it feminism. Call it women’s rights.

Call it what you will. It doesn’t get much attention in Oklahoma politics.

From health care to reproductive services to financial well-being, Oklahoma women are being ignored, a panel at Friday’s Tulsa County Democratic Party monthly luncheon agreed.

“To women under 30, I want to say, ‘Run as fast as you can,’ ” said state Rep. Jeannie McDaniel, D-Tulsa. “Of course, I don’t do that.”

Several questions to the four panelists concerned abortion rights, but all four said the issues are broader than that.

“It’s not just about choice,” said Tamya Cox of Planned Parenthood. “It’s not just about abortion rights. We have seen a threat on birth control. We have seen a threat on emergency contraception. We have seen a threat on entities that never, ever provide abortions but do provide reproductive health services.”

“It’s about control of women or women’s rights,” said McDaniel.

And not just our reproductive rights … but our rights in general.

“Women’s health in Oklahoma is getting worse. Overall, longevity for women in Oklahoma has gone down. We are at rock-bottom of the 50 states on women’s health issues,” she said.

Income is more often a problem for women, which in turn can be linked to poor health and domestic violence.

“If a woman feels like she has no opportunity outside of that (abusive) relationship, she’s going to keep coming back,” said Kim Schutz of the Tulsa Campaign to Prevent Teen Pregnancy.

The state government’s resistance to the federal Affordable Care Act also has implications for many women, Cox said.

“Because of the ACA, we have so many women who come into the clinic for basic health services that we never would have otherwise,” she said.

Only 20 of Oklahoma’s 149 legislators are women, which is one of the lowest percentages in the nation.

McDaniel, who first ran for office 10 years ago after retiring from the city of Tulsa, said it is difficult to find women with the time and resources to make a commitment to the Legislature.

“I just think a lot of women are working,” she said. “They have jobs and families. They can’t take 12 years (the maximum years of legislative service allowed with term limits) out of their lives.”

Legislative service requires a flexible schedule and a certain amount of financial freedom. One of the few women in the Legislature with children at home, Rep. Skye McNiel, R-Bristow, decided not to seek re-election this year in part because of the strain of being a mother and a lawmaker.

Men, it seems, hardly ever have that problem.

“I don’t think women are highly regarded in this state,” McDaniel said. “I used to not think that, but I’ve had to change my mind.”

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