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GOP Leader Touts SD5 Candidate Joseph Silk

asilkRepublican National Committeeman Steve Fair is among those touting the election of Joseph Silk of Broken Bow in the Senate District 5 race in southeastern Oklahoma.

Fair said today, “I am pleased to endorse Joseph Silk for State Senator from District 5. It is high time the people in eastern Atoka county, southern LeFlore county, Choctaw, McCurtain, and Pushmataha counties get strong, constitutional representation.

“We need leaders who will work to build economic prosperity in District 5 by stopping government interference with healthcare, with business and industry, and with farmers and ranchers. And, we need leaders who will stop government interference with ministers & churches. Joseph Silk believes it his duty to fight against the loss of freedom, and the moral decline of the country in which his children are growing up.

“I’ve observed Oklahoma politics for many years. Joseph Silk ranks among the best candidates I’ve seen because of his dedication to conservative principles. He is a Veteran who takes his oath to protect and defend our Constitution seriously. He’s also serious about defending Christian principles, as is evidenced by his campaign slogan, Faith, Family, and Freedom.”

Silk faces Democrat Curtis McDaniel of Smithville.


Fallin: Barresi ‘needs to accept the fact that she lost the election’

Nathan Thompson
Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise

Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin told the Examiner-Enterprise on Tuesday that the recent actions of State Superintendent Janet Barresi were not wise, but she will not ask her to resign.

Barresi has come under fire for the recent appointment of Larry Birney as an assistant superintendent overseeing accreditation and compliance for the Oklahoma Department of Education. Baressi created the position and hired Birney just weeks before voters go to the polls to select her replacement.

Birney, who has an extensive background in law enforcement, was the executive director for the Council of Law Enforcement Education and Training from 2008 until 2011, when he resigned following the creation of a panel to investigate his conduct. Birney is the husband of Barresi’s general council, Kim Richey.

“I think that Supt. Barresi needs to accept the fact that she lost the election,” Fallin said. “She needs to exit her job gracefully when the job ends. There are only a couple of months left. I don’t think it would be helpful at this point in time to have a vacancy (of State Superintendent). I think she can help with a smooth transition to whoever the next superintendent is, and to keep things peaceful and calm. I don’t think she should be hiring new positions.”

Barresi made the decision to hire Birney by using the powers that were given to the Superintendent of Public Education following the passage of House Bill 2139 in 2011.

The language of the bill allows the governor to make appointments to the state Board of Education, and modifies the terms of office for board members from a staggered six-year term to a four-year term that mirrored the election cycle.

The bill also created a new law, which empowered the state superintendent to organize and control the administration of the Department of Education — including the hiring of personnel, their appointment and their salaries.

Fallin said in light of Barresi’s actions, she would be in favor of allowing legislators to revisit the authority of the State Superintendent.

“I think it would be helpful if the Board (of Education) had more authority to be able to make decisions independently and also work with me as governor,” she said. “I think it is something we should look into this legislative session. I look forward to working with our legislators that helped draft that original legislation and see if we can make a way to improve upon the language.”

Fallin, Dorman To Debate

Governor Fallin and her Democrat opponent, Joe Dorman, face off Thursday night at Oklahoma State University in the only debate scheduled between the opponents for governor.

The two will meet at 7 p.m. Thursday in Stillwater and face a panel of journalists as well as each other. It will be broadcast on OETA. It also will be streamed online at www.oeta.tv.

The panel includes: Dick Pryor, OETA managing editor and deputy director; Rachel Hubbard, KOSU associate director and general manager; and Rick Green, The Oklahoman Capitol bureau chief. Brandon Lenoir, a visiting OSU assistant professor in political science, will serve as moderator.

State Ranked 11th Most Corrupt

A stufy finds Oklahoma is the 11th most corrupt state in the nation: http://www.okcfox.com/story/25932541/http%7Bcolon%7D%7Bslashes%7Dwww%7Bdot%7Dclaremoreprogress%7Bdot%7Dcom/local/x1736695010/Oklahoma-ranks-11th-in-corruption?zc_p=0

Animal Rights Group Targets Inhofe Pigeon Shoot

Tulsa World

The head of an animal rights group has asked for an investigation and charges following a fundraiser earlier this month for U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe where hundreds of pigeons were released and shot.

The animal rights group, Showing Animals Respect and Kindness, posted a video of the event which showed workers throwing birds into air and to be shot by those attending the fundraiser held in Kiowa County. Steve Hindi, SHARK president, alleges the animals were tame.

In a letter to District Attorney John Wampler and Kiowa County Sheriff Bill Lancaster, Hindi said the event violates state animal cruelty statutes. He said the event involved about 1,000 pigeons.

“The senator is at the heart of this whole thing,” Hindi said Tuesday. “He is the person for whom the fundraiser was held. But as far as the animal treatment, everyone who was shooting was part of that.”

Read the entire story at www.TulsaWorld.com.

Fallin Comments On Obamacare Ruling

Governor’s Office

Governor Fallin today released the following statement regarding U.S. District Judge Ronald White’s ruling in favor of a 2012 lawsuit filed by the state of Oklahoma. The suit challenges the constitutionality of provisions within the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

“For years, I have argued that Obamacare represents bad policy, irresponsible spending, an outrageous expansion of federal authority into the private sector, and unconstitutional law. Since 2012, the state of Oklahoma has been fighting the implementation of the ACA, both to protect our citizens from the negative effects of this law – including devastating cuts to Medicare — and to stand up for Constitutional principles.

“Today, Oklahomans won a major victory, as a United States District Court ruled in favor of Oklahoma’s lawsuit challenging the implementation of Obamacare. My thanks go out to Attorney General Scott Pruitt and his team who have relentlessly continued the fight to defend Oklahomans from federal overreach and unconstitutional mandates.”

Who Is Printing Fake Barresi Signs?

Lots of Republicans are asking today about yard signs with Schools Superintendent Janet Barresi’s name and photo.

The signs have been popping up, mostly in the Muskogee area. The photo was snapped by blogger Jamison Faught (MuskogeePolitico.com).

Some accuse unnamed Democrats of crafting the signs, others say it’s the Democrats who want to take control of the Department of Education in the November election.

Barresi, elected in 2010, was soundly defeated in the GOP primary, finishing third with less than 30 percent of the vote.

Pruitt Hails Obamacare/IRS Ruling

Attorney General Scott Pruitt hailed the state’s victory in its lawsuit challenging the implementation of the Affordable Care Act. In September 2012, Oklahoma was the first to challenge the legality of an IRS rule that caused billions in illegal subsidies to be paid out, despite Congress having never authorized those payments. On Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Ronald White ruled in favor of the state’s lawsuit challenging that IRS rule.

“Today’s ruling is a consequential victory for the rule of law. The administration and its bureaucrats in the IRS handed out billions in illegal tax credits and subsidies and vastly expanded the reach of the health care law because they didn’t like the way Congress wrote the Affordable Care Act. That’s not how our system of government works,” Attorney General Pruitt said. “The Obama administration created this problem and rather than having an agency like the IRS rewrite a law it didn’t like, the administration should have done the right thing and worked with Congress to amend the law. Oklahoma was the first to challenge the administration’s actions and today’s ruling vindicates what we recognized early on and that is the administration can’t rewrite the Affordable Care Act by executive fiat.”

Oklahoma’s lawsuit challenges an IRS rule from May 2012 that called for 1) tax subsidies to be issued in states like Oklahoma without a state-based health care exchange and 2) assessed “large employer” penalties in states that did not establish state health care exchanges. Both parts of the rule contradict the language of the ACA, which plainly states that tax subsidies can only be issued and tax penalties are only to be assessed in states that established state-based health care exchanges.

The ruling in the Eastern District of Oklahoma can be appealed by the Department of Justice to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver. Click here for a copy of the judge’s order.

“Today’s ruling is a huge win for Oklahoma, but it’s just a first step. Since Oklahoma filed the first lawsuit in 2012, others have followed our lead and made similar claims in other jurisdictions. It’s likely this issue will ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. We look forward to making our case and continuing the effort to hold federal agencies accountable to their duty to enforce the laws passed by Congress,” Attorney General Pruitt said.

Attorney General Pruitt expressed thanks to the attorneys in the AG’s Office who worked on this case.

“I want to thank Solicitor General Patrick Wyrick and the attorneys in our federalism unit for their dedication and outstanding legal work on this important case,” General Pruitt said.

Voter Turnout? Trend Is Disturbing

Despite a larger population, Oklahoma voter registration roles are not keeping pace, number show: http://newsok.com/oklahoma-voter-turnout-trends-are-cause-for-concern/article/5345955

Politico: Politicians Shift Away From Tax Cut Talk

There’s a shift in this year’s election talk: http://www.politico.com/story/2014/09/republicans-shift-away-from-tax-cutting-mania-111359.html?hp=t1


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