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Coburn Hits Federal Spending With New Silly List

Senator Tom Coburn is out with his final list of absurd spending by the federal government: http://newsok.com/synchronized-swimming-by-sea-monkeys-makes-latest-wastebook-from-oklahoma-sen.-tom-coburn/article/5358919


U. S. Chamber Endorses Lankford

Today the U.S. Chamber of Commerce endorsed Congressman James Lankford.

U.S. Chamber Senior Vice President and National Political Director, Rob Engstrom announced the Chamber’s endorsement at a meeting of top business leaders in Oklahoma City this morning.

“James Lankford is the right voice for job creators in the United States Senate. James Lankford’s 92% lifetime rating with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce demonstrates his commitment to our job-creating entrepreneurs and the American Free-Enterprise system. He understands that too much taxation, litigation and regulation is the wrong prescription to fix our ailing economy.  A vote for jobs is a vote for James Lankford for U.S. Senate,” Engstrom said.

“I am honored to be recognized by the U.S. Chamber,” Lankford said. “We must take real steps to get the federal government out of our daily lives and turn our economy around.”

“Our tax code is entirely too long, too complicated and it redistributes wealth instead of creating equal opportunity and encouraging growth. With partners like the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, we can reform the tax code, balance the budget and win back the American people’s trust in their government,” Lankford concluded.

Along with strong support from voters across Oklahoma, Lankford has culminated a long list of endorsements from conservative leaders and groups including The National Federation of Independent Business, Concerned Women Political Action Committee, Phyllis Schlafly of Eagle Forum PAC, Governor Mike Huckabee, Governor Mitt Romney, Senator Rand Paul, Chairman Paul Ryan, Chairman Darrell Issa, Governor Bobby Jindal, Ambassador John Bolton and Jay Sekulow among others.


Video: New Lankford TV Commercial

Congressman James Lankford’s newest U. S. Senate campaign television commercial stresses  the family:


Video: Cole TV Spot, ‘We Are Oklahoma’

Congressman Tom Cole has a new television commercial that will begin airing on Monday:


Contributions Flow To Congressional Delegation

Members of the congressional delegation report substantial donations to their campaigns: http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/government/congressmen-report-third-quarter-fundraising/article_807dc909-2234-5a7f-901f-337788d36e61.html


Russell’s Fundraising Takes Flight

Winning the Republican nomination for Congress in the 5th District gave wings to Steve Russell’s fundraising: http://newsok.com/oklahoma-republican-steve-russells-fundraising-in-race-to-fill-lankfords-seat-gains-steam/article/5357213


Computer Glitch Snarls Mullin FEC Report

The Oklahoman

Freshman Rep. Markwayne Mullin filed an amended campaign finance report Thursday afternoon after a software glitch led many of the contribution and expenditure numbers to be erroneously inflated.

A report filed by Mullin’s campaign on Wednesday, covering the period from July 1 through September 30, showed donations that were well above the legal limit. It also reflected aggregate contribution and spending amounts that made no sense given the numbers reported earlier this year.

Read it all at www.newsok.com.

 


Video: Democrat Billy Coyle Endorses Steve Russell

It’s rare when a Democratic nominee for office breaks party ranks to endorse a Republican, but it has happened in the 5th District congressional race as former 5th District nominee Billy Coyle supports Steve Russell:


Inhofe, Lankford Profiled

The Tulsa World and The Oklahoman have interesting stories today about Senator Jim Inhofe and Congressman James Lankford.

http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/2014_elections/u-s-sen-jim-inhofe-s-political-career-continues-to/article_b2ea1c33-c199-5fc5-9e35-551be054c186.html

http://newsok.com/falls-creek-runs-deep-oklahoma-rep.-james-lankfords-first-campaign-relied-on-faith-connections/article/5352989


Lankford, Johnson Cover Issues

Randy Krehbiel
Tulsa World

STILLWATER — Marriage equality, marijuana and the role of government were the defining issues in Tuesday night’s U.S. Senate debate at Oklahoma State University between Democrat Connie Johnson and Republican James Lankford.

Those may not be the most important issues in the Nov. 4 election to choose a successor to U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, but they were the issues that most clearly marked the differences between Lankford and Johnson.

Reform of drug laws, especially as they apply to marijuana, are a major element of Johnson’s campaign, and she said she “celebrated” Monday’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court not to hear seven cases overturning same-sex marriage bans in five states, including Oklahoma.

Lankford panned legalized pot, saying he has “seen first-hand the damage done by drugs.” He also repeated his criticism of the Supreme Court regarding it non-action on same-sex marriage.

“The United States Constitution is clear,” he said. “Marriage is left to the states. For 200 years, the Supreme Court has said that it is a state issue.”

Lankford was asked later if he saw any parallels between the current situation and a 1967 U.S. Supreme Court decision that threw out state laws banning mixed-race marriages.

“I don’t,” he said. “I hear that a lot, but that was still about one male and one female. It corrected something that should never have been. This is a redefinition of what marriage is.”

Johnson put her support of same-sex marriage in a broader context.

“Everybody has a conundrum about the role of government,” she said following the debate. “While we’re denouncing the Supreme Court on marriage equality, we celebrate Supreme Court decisions like Citizens United, which allows corporations to put unlimited money into campaigns, and a decision that strikes down half of the Voting Rights Act.

“Government ought to provide the things we can’t do as individuals. … The state should have no business in who people want to be with.”

In somewhat the same vein, Johnson said her advocacy of drug law was about fairness and making cannabis available to those who need it for medical purposes. She did not say she advocated total legalization.

The debate was low-key, but Lankford did get slightly worked up about the Ebola outbreak in Africa and the attention given a single patient with the disease in Dallas.

“We have one person with Ebola in the United States, and he is in isolation,” Lankford said in response to a debate question. “There are 7,500 people in west Africa with Ebola. If something isn’t done, there may be a half-million. It will spread if the United States does not engage in the crisis.”

Other issues covered during the debate included the Islamic State, the use of military drones, campaign finance reform, the Senate’s advice-and-consent duties, health care and immigration.

As he has before, Lankford urged immigration reform on several levels.

“Those who say, ‘Just build a fence’ ” are taking an unrealistic approach to the problem,” he said. The U.S. needs to revamp its work visa programs while making it clear that those who come to this country illegally will be sent home, Lankford said.

Johnson more or less agreed, saying “our policies are in need of repair.”

Independent Mark T. Beard will join Johnson and Lankford on the Nov. 4 ballot. The winner will complete the final two years of Coburn’s current term. An election for the full term will be held in 2016.


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