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Lankford: IRS Lost Taxpayer Trust, Not Just Emails

Congressman James Lankford says the Internal Revenue Service has lost more than emails. He says it has lost the trust of taxpayers.

His comments came after a hearing into IRS operations. The hearing examined how the IRS can work better for the American taxpayers and examined potential IRS reforms to prevent future targeting of American taxpayers for their political beliefs.

“Details continue to surface about not only the supposedly politically ‘neutral’ IRS targeting groups seeking tax-exempt status based on their political beliefs, but also the lengths to which the agency has gone to prevent proper congressional oversight,“ said Lankford.

“The Oversight Committee today took the next step in our investigation to recommend solutions to ensure political targeting never happens again at the IRS. Specific recommendations include: lengthening the probation period for new federal employees, changing policies to prevent the IRS from asking irrelevant questions about free speech and protecting the right of organizations to shield their members and staff from IRS intrusion.

“The IRS has demonstrated it cannot securely and properly manage Americans’ personal information.  They ‘lost’ agency officials’ emails that could have assisted our investigation to hold agency wrongdoers accountable. The IRS also lost Americans’ trust to remain politically neutral and treat their tax information fairly and securely. Now, the Department of Justice refuses to appoint special counsel to investigate the potential corruption surrounding the IRS targeting.

“The recommendations in today’s hearing would help increase transparency, replace broken processes and remove the IRS from its role in implementing the unworkable Affordable Care Act. We will continue to seek accountability on behalf of American taxpayers and the groups specifically targeted by the IRS for their political views. We must ensure Americans’ freedoms are not infringed by highly placed individuals in federal agencies with a political agenda,” concluded Lankford.

To view the Oversight Committee’s staff report with suggested preventative solutions to ensure IRS political targeting never happens again, please click here.

Audio: Cleta Cleans The IRS Clock, Says It Is ‘Rotten, corrupt’

Washington attorney Cleta Mitchell of Norman tells Congress the Internal Revenue Service is a plague that must be eliminated. Then she really cuts loose: CletaMitchellRAW

Mullin Makes ‘Beautiful’ List

Rep. Markwayne Mullin has been named one of The Hill’s “50 Most Beautiful People” for 2014:

Senate Race: $5 Million-plus And Counting

Oklahoma’s 2014 Senate race has been marked by spending…lots of spending:

Douglas Draws Support From Mayors

Present and former mayors today announced their support for Corporation Commission Patrice Douglas in the Republican runoff in the 5th District.

Douglas is a former mayor of Edmond.

The mayor endorsing Douglas:

  • Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett
  • Edmond Mayor Charles Lamb
  • Bethany Mayor Bryan Taylor
  • Lawton Mayor Fred Fitch
  • Tecumseh Mayor Eddy Parker
  • Ponca City Mayor Homer Nicholson,
  • Former Oklahoma City Mayor Ron Norick
  • Former Edmond Mayor, Saundra Naifeh

In announcing his support for Douglas, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett commented, “As a former Mayor of Edmond, Patrice Douglas is the best qualified candidate to ensure Oklahoma residents have a voice in Congress. In Oklahoma City, there is no doubt that Patrice understands the responsibility and challenges in fostering a pro-growth environment that attracts good-paying jobs.”

Russell Adds Endorsements

Steve Russell has picked two more endorsements, from the National Association For Gun Rights PAC, and Support And Defend PAC, an organization of veterans.

Russell seeks the Republican nomination for Congress in the 5th District.

Support and Defend PAC is a coalition of veteran leaders focused on increasing veteran representation at the local, state and federal levels of government.  The group is particularly focused on advocating for the continued service of veteran leaders from Iraq and Afghanistan.

Slavonic Endorses Douglas In 5th District Race

Retired Rear Admiral Greg Slavonic today endorsed Republican Patrice Douglas in the Republican runoff for Congress in the 5th District.

In his endorsement, Admiral Slavonic praised Douglas’s business experience, work ethic, and dedication to conservative principles.

“I am proud to endorse conservative Republican Patrice Douglas for Congress in the fifth district,” said Admiral Slavonic. “As Mayor and Chairman of the Corporation Commission, she has a proven record of results, challenging the Obama administration’s intrusive EPA mandates and exposing fraud and abuse in the Obama Phone program. In Congress, Patrice will put Oklahoma’s families and small businesses first as she fights create jobs, repeal Obamacare, reduce spending, and bring commonsense solutions to Washington. Our veterans and our service men and women deserve a U.S. Representative that has the work ethic and business experience to stand up for our conservative principles and Oklahoma values. She displays the character, integrity, ethical behavior and exceptional leadership that Oklahoma needs in Congress.”

Cole: Boundaries Of Executive Power Must Be Defined

Congressman Tom Cole

As our founding fathers clearly described in Article I of the Constitution, “All legislative Powers herein granted shall be vested in a Congress of the United States.” Unfortunately, President Barack Obama has shown a consistent pattern of executive overreach throughout his time in office by repeatedly choosing to bypass Congress and unilaterally change laws on his own.

While there have been numerous instances in which the president has gone around Congress to change laws or implement them however he chooses, this unconstitutional behavior has been most obvious through his handling of Obamacare. Since implementation of the law began, the president has unilaterally changed the law more than 20 times. For example, the president twice delayed the business mandate but still required that individuals purchase health plans. Even though I agreed with the relief afforded to businesses, the president did not go through the proper channel.

In response to the recurring overreach related to the president’s signature piece of legislation, Speaker John Boehner recently revealed that he would lead the House in suing the president. Along with this announcement, the Speaker introduced a draft resolution for consideration “Providing authority to initiate litigation for actions by the president inconsistent with his duties under the Constitution of the United States.” This resolution to keep the president accountable to his own law was the topic of Wednesday’s hearing last week in the Rules Committee. As a member of the committee, I am supportive of this course of action by the House because it allows the courts to determine whether the president has acted within the powers designated to the executive branch.

While some have cried for impeachment, I do not believe that is an achievable goal nor is it constitutionally correct since we are not dealing with high crimes or misdemeanors. We are instead dealing with a president who clearly doesn’t understand the appropriate limits of his power. Furthermore, never have senators from either party voted to impeach a president of their own party. To put this in perspective, at least 22 Democrats would have to agree with the 45 Republicans in the Senate for impeachment to even move. That said, impeachment proceedings would clearly not be successful.

Instead, I agree that this lawsuit is the most appropriate venue for keeping the president accountable to the power designated to chief executive, starting with his implementation of the healthcare law. If the courts find that the House is correct in charging the president, which I believe they should, it follows that his previous orders should be nullified, forcing him to consult Congress.

Clearly, the president needs the boundaries of his power defined, and I think this lawsuit is a step in the right direction.

Al Snipes Named Russell Campaign Honorary Chair

alsLegendary Oklahoma City Republican leader Al Snipes has been named Honorary Chairman of the Steve Russell for Congress campaign.

“Al Snipes is the grandfather of the Republican Party in Oklahoma,” Russell says.  “We are humbled and honored that he has joined our quest to bring true conservative leadership to Washington.”
Al Snipes first registered with the Oklahoma Republican Party in 1948.  He is a World War II veteran, founder of the Oklahoma Young Republicans, served as the Oklahoma County GOP Chairman, and has been instrumental in the success of Oklahoma’s GOP for seven decades.
“I support Steve’s background more than anything else,” says Snipes.  “He’s strong on military issues, his accomplishments are astonishing, and if he can accomplish those things then he can get the job done in Washington.”
Snipes, a former Golden Gloves boxer, was profiled in a book written by his son, Marshall, and Bob Burke.

45 Mayors Endorse Inhofe’s Reelection

Today, Senator Jim Inhofe’s campaign released the endorsements of 45 mayors from cities and towns all over Oklahoma.  Endorsers include Mayor Mick Cornett of Oklahoma City, Mayor Dewey Bartlett of Tulsa, as well as mayors from all five of the state’s defense communities.

“As former mayor of Tulsa, I am honored to have received the support of so many mayors from across our state” said Senator Jim Inhofe.  I know first-hand the challenges of running a city, and I know that often times the federal government makes it even more difficult.  I have spent my time in the Senate trying to streamline harmful regulations, help our cities and towns meet their infrastructure needs, and to be helpful in times of crisis.”

“Senator Jim Inhofe has been a champion for Oklahoma City’s infrastructure needs,” said Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett.  “Inhofe has played an integral role securing funding for the I-40 Crosstown expressway, the Downtown Boulevard, and has fought against unfunded EPA mandates that put a strain on our city’s budget.”

“Since he was mayor of Tulsa, Senator Inhofe has fought to make our city a great place to live and do business” said Tulsa Mayor Dewey Bartlett.  “In the US Senate, Jim has sponsored and passed legislation like the Indian Lands Tax Credit that has directly led to job growth in Tulsa.  As a senior member of the Senate EPW Committee, Jim has improved our city’s roads and bridges and secured funding to maintain and grow the Port of Catoosa.”

“In the wake of last year’s tornadoes, Senator Inhofe and his staff have been very responsive to our community and its needs” said Matt White, Mayor of El Reno. “Jim was the first elected official to tour the damage after the storm, and I appreciate his work to ensure we received disaster assistance in a timely manner.”

Mayor Fred Fitch of Lawton said, “As mayor of a defense community, I appreciate Senator Inhofe’s commitment to our state’s military installations.  Jim understands that our bases not only contribute to our national security, but are significant drivers of our state and local economies.  Nobody works harder than Jim Inhofe to ensure the sustainability and growth of our bases and surrounding communities.  

Mayors Endorsing Sen. Inhofe

Mayor City
Seth Adams
Gary Alfred
Travis Ary
Curtis Baker
Jack Barrett
Dewey Bartlett
Doug Bonebrake
Ray Bowen
Mike Brown
Mike Burdge
Tyler Buttram
Mick Cornett
Greg Cummings
Joe Davis
Martin Dyer
Fred Fitch
Bill Flanagan
Marty Follis
Jack Fry
Daniel Gambill
Tom Gorman
Reg Green
Wes Hardin
Steve Harrison
Karen Hawkins
Gary Hayes
Charles Lamb
Brian Linley
Karl Nail
Homer Nicholson
Kim Peterson
Kevin Pisacka
Hank Ross
Rudy Schultz
Bill Shewey
Lonnie Sims
Ken Smith
Mark Spradlin
Bryan Taylor
Larry Thoma
Craig Thurmond
Jerry Tomlinson
David Webb
Matt White
Eddie Whitworth
Pauls Valley
Sand Springs
Midwest City
Elk City
Del City
Ponca City
Broken Arrow
El Reno


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