Americans for Tax Reform, the national taxpayer advocacy organization led by Grover Norquist, has offered endorsements of twin income tax reduction proposals introduced last week by a group of Oklahoma legislators. Story here: http://www.atr.org/oklahoma-set-up-tax-cuts-session-a8078
Senate Bill 1849 and House Bill 3291, authored by Sen. David Holt, Reps. Leslie Osborn and Tom Newell, along with seven other Oklahoma legislators, would reduce Oklahoma’s penalty on work — the state income tax rate — to 4% by 2018.
The proposals aim to keep pace with ongoing income tax reductions in Kansas, which has scheduled its rate to drop to 3.9% by 2018.
Ervin Yen, a local physician, announced today that his campaign has raised more than $105,000 in his bid for the Republican nomination for the open Senate District 40 seat.
“Money is an unfortunate necessity for a successful campaign, so I am very thankful for the great number of Oklahomans who helped us not only meet our aggressive fundraising goal, but far exceed it,” said Yen.
When Yen began his campaign in early October, he set an ambitious goal to raise $100,000 in 100 days. Thanks to the generosity of 140 contributors who believe in Dr. Yen’s message, he exceeded this goal with $105,595 raised by January 18th, the 100th day of the campaign. The total includes $5,000 from Yen.
Yen said he was particularly proud of the support that hes gotten from his future constituents, with over a third of his contributions thus far coming from residents of Senate District 40.
“I am very grateful for the generosity of so many who have already expressed their support for my conservative message of economic growth, better health care and improved education,” Yen said. “I look forward to taking that message out to the voters of Senate District 40.”
The District 40 seat is currently held by Senator Cliff Branan, who is not running again due to term limits. The Republican primary is June 24th.
For more information on Dr. Yen and his campaign, visit www.yen4senate.com.
Governor Fallin has appointed Bill Burgess, Jr., of Lawton, to the University of Oklahoma Board of Regents, her office announced today.
Burgess is the chairman of the board at Vortex, an investment corporation; publisher of the Lawton Constitution; and is a senior partner of Burgess & Hightower Law Firm. He currently serves as civilian aide to the secretary of the Army, as chairman of the Oklahoma Business Roundtable, as a trustee for the Communities Foundation of Oklahoma and Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, and vice chair of the Oklahoma Heritage Association.
“Bill Burgess is a long-time public servant who brings a unique skill set to the board,” Fallin said. “As a successful businessman and a former regent, he knows what it takes for students to succeed in today’s competitive economy. Bill is going to work hard to ensure OU students are getting the great education they deserve and expect.”
Burgess has been inducted into the Oklahoma Hall of Fame, and previously served as chairman of the Citizens’ Commission on the Future of Oklahoma Higher Education as well as chairman of the State Chamber of Oklahoma. He also served as a regent with the Oklahoma State Regents for Higher Education for 18 years, from 1993 to 2011.
Burgess received a bachelor’s degree from Cameron University and a law degree from the University of Oklahoma. He is replacing Rick Dunning and will serve a seven–year term beginning in March. Confirmation from the Oklahoma Senate is required for his appointment.
Oklahoma City Councilman and mayoral candidate Ed Shadid held a campaign event this week exclusively for atheists, The McCarville Report has been told.
The Tuesday night event was held in conjunction with an organization called Atheists of Oklahoma, whose motto is “A Non-Prophet Organization.”
Shadid is challenging incumbent Mayor Mick Cornett in an election scheduled for March 4th.
The campaign event was called “A Disbelief Discourse with Mayoral Candidate Dr. Ed Shadid,” and was staged in Edmond on the campus of the University of Central Oklahoma. The Oklahoma Atheists website reported that “49 atheists” were expected to attend. The invitation described Shadid as “a member of the Oklahoma City Council and a community organizer.”
Shadid has courted atheists before in his campaign, as reported previously by The McCarville Report (http://mccarvillereport.com/archives/15237).
In his campaign, Shadid has been critical of Christians in Oklahoma City for making atheists and non-Christians feel unwelcome. He told the Red Dirt Report in November that Oklahoma City has a national reputation for having a “lack of tolerance” (http://www.reddirtreport.com/red-dirt-politics/chat-mayoral-candidate-dr-ed-shadid-part-2).
Shadid told the Red Dirt Report:
“Are we tolerant?” asked Shadid. “Are we tolerant of diversity here? Is that the message we’re sending out to the rest of the country? Is that the message we’re sending out to our own populace? If you’re Sikh or Hindu or Buddhist, or – God forbid – Muslim, or – God forbid – you don’t believe in a religion, I mean, how comfortable do you feel? Do you feel you might have reprisals at work? Or does everybody just basically get judged on their job performance?”
When challenged about that comment at an appearance in front of the High Noon Club in November, Shadid responded that if Oklahoma City would prioritize attracting atheists and non-Christians to the city, it would lead to economic development, according to a report by The Okie (http://www.theokie.com/shadid-admits-marijuana-addiction-declines-to-reject-abortion-agenda-21-principles/).
According to his Facebook page, Mayor Mick Cornett made an appearance Monday night at Putnam City Baptist Church. Cornett’s campaign web site says, “Mick attends Skyline Church and Crossings Community Church Bible study.” In the online video announcing his re-election campaign, Cornett called Oklahoma City “a faith-based city that works hard and dreams big.”
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Governor Fallin today announced these appointments to the Oklahoma Accountancy Board, University Hospitals Authority, Environmental Quality Board, and Oklahoma Turnpike Authority. All of the appointments require confirmation from the Senate.
Oklahoma Accountancy Board
Marc Delametter, of Tulsa, is a certified public accountant and is the vice president of QuikTrip. He has been with the company for 27 years holding various positions including: corporate tax manager, general accounting manager, assistant controller and controller. Delametter is a member of the Financial Accounting Standards Advisory Council and the Oklahoma Society of Certified Public Accountants. He serves as a board member and treasurer at Tulsa Tough and Oktoberfest Tulsa. Delametter also serves on the advisory council for the Tulsa University Conference of Accountants. He received a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma State University. Delametter is replacing Vicky Peteete and will serve a five-year term beginning in July.
University Hospitals Authority
Michael Samis,of Oklahoma City, is the owner of Samis Investments, a firm that handles private investments in real estate, oil and gas, manufacturing, health care and entertainment. He is the former President, chief executive officer and chairman of the board of Macklanburg Duncan Co., and CEO and chairman of the board of its successor company, M-D Building Products, Inc. Samis currently serves on the boards of Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation; Dean A. McGee Eye Institute; Presbyterian Health Foundation; Oklahoma Health Center Foundation; OU Health Sciences Center; and Committee of 100. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Oklahoma and a master’s in business administration from Southern Methodist University. Samis is being reappointed and will serve a three-year term.
Environmental Quality Board
Daniel Blankenship, of Stillwater, is the director of utilities for the city of Stillwater. He also serves as the president of the Municipal Electric Systems of Oklahoma; a committee member of the Oklahoma Municipal Utilities Providers; and a member of the City Managers Association of Oklahoma. Blankenship received a bachelor’s degree from Colorado State University. He is replacing Anthony Dark and will serve a five-year term.
Tracy Hammon, of Bartlesville, is the manager of industrial hygiene and toxicology for Phillips 66. She previously worked as the senior toxicological risk assessor for the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. Hammon is a member of the Society of Toxicology and the Society of Chemical Hazard Communication, and is on the management team of the Oklahoma Special Olympics. Hammon received a bachelor’s degree in microbiology and a master’s degree in environmental health from Colorado State University and a doctorate in environmental science from Oklahoma State University in Tulsa. She is being reappointed to the board and will serve a five-year term.
Oklahoma Turnpike Authority
Gene Love, of Lawton, is the chief executive officer of Millennium Solutions Group, a defense consulting company; owner of Gene Love Enterprises, a defense and real estate investment company; and partner at Investments Unlimited, a real estate investment company. He previously served in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers as a survey coordinator in Vicksburg, Miss., and as readiness group commanding officer at Fort Sill. Love currently serves on the board of trustees for the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs and the board of directors at the Lawton-Fort Sill Armed Services YMCA. He received a bachelor’s degree from Ouachita Baptist University in Arkadelphia, Ark. Love is being reappointed for an eight-year term.
Insurance Commissioner John Doak of Tulsa is being considered a possible candidate for Congress in the 1st District if Congressman Jim Bridenstine opts to make the U. S. Senate race.
Friends of Doak are circulating an email touting his electoral history in Tulsa: “Doak won 70% of votes in Tulsa County in 3 separate elections – 2010 during the primary, runoff, and general elections. Doak is leading the fight against Obamacare in Oklahoma and nationally, where he has presented at the Heritage Foundation and other national groups. Obamacare is arguably the number 1 issue in 2014. Doak is a proven fundraiser which makes him possibly a front runner when discussing scenarios for the cd-1 seat if Bridenstine seeks the Senate.”
We’ve asked Doak for his reaction.
Some Democrats are urging former Corporation Commissioner Jim Roth to seek his party’s nomination for Congress in the 5th District.
Postings on Facebook and other social media urge Roth to run. A Facebook page has been established: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Recruit-Jim-Roth-for-Congress/565171016907586
Roth became the state’s first openly gay official when he was appointed to the Corporation Commission by Governor Brad Henry in 2007. At the time, Roth was an Oklahoma County commissioner.
In a reelection attempt, Roth was defeated 52%-48% by Republican Dana Murphy.
Apparently inclined to make the race is Democrat Tom Guild of Edmond, who lost in the primary in 2010 and to Lankford in 2012 by a wide margin.
Former State Senator Steve Russell told The McCarville Report today he will enter the race for the Republican nomination for Congress in the 5th District.
Russell, a retired Army officer, author and businessman, is a popular speaker before military and veteran support groups across the country.
Local Tea Party leaders are out today with criticism of Congressman James Lankford, who announced Monday he will seek the Republican nomination for the U. S. Senate to replace Tom Coburn.
Their news release says that Lankford’s recent statement that the criticism of his votes are only coming from Washington D.C. prompted the criticism.
“While he may have only been in Washington D.C. for a few years, Lankford has sure learned to do the ‘D.C. two-step’ pretty well,” said Matthew Vermillion, President of OKforTEA and Oklahoma State Coordinator for Tea Party Patriots. “Rather than answer for his liberal record, he tries to deflect the criticism by saying only people in Washington have a problem with his record. Nothing can be further from the truth.”
Vermillion then spoke about Lankford’s repeated votes to increase the federal debt limit: “Lankford is slowly bankrupting our country rather than making the tough fiscal decisions to bring our financial house in order.”
Ronda Vuillemont-Smith of the Tulsa 9.12 Project addressed Lankford’s support for amnesty for illegal immigrants: “I have been receiving calls across the state from Oklahomans who are worried about Lankford’s voting record, including his support for amnesty for illegal aliens. So yes, I think the concern for Lankford’s liberal record isn’t just isolated in Washington.”
David Tackett of Oklahomans for Liberty commented on Lankford’s support for the NSA bulk collection of phone records: “Lankford’s vote for a NSA program that clearly violates our 4th Amendment rights shows that the Congressman is out of touch with the people of Oklahoma.”
Tackett continued, “Lankford’s liberal votes shows us that he is not the person to carry the conservative mantle long held by Dr. Coburn.”