Congressman Tom Cole has a new television commercial that will begin airing on Monday:
Congressman Tom Cole has a new television commercial that will begin airing on Monday:
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
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
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.
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:
The Tulsa World and The Oklahoman have interesting stories today about Senator Jim Inhofe and Congressman James Lankford.
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.
An exclusive News 9 poll shows Republican Steve Russell continues to lead Democrat Al McAffrey in Oklahoma’s 5th District U.S. Representative seat, which includes Oklahoma City.
The latest survey of 423 likely voters in the district shows Russell leading with 49 percent. McAffrey gained seven points since News 9′s September poll, but stills trails with 37 percent. Independents Robert Murphy (2 percent) and Buddy Ray (1 percent) are also on the ballot. Eleven percent of voters are undecided.
Bill Shapard, whose company SoonerPoll.com conducted the poll, said the race is still open wide. He said although Russell, a Republican, has a double-digit lead in a district which favors Republicans and conservatives, there is an interesting situation that could help McAffrey.
Democrat Connie Johnson is running for U.S. Senate. Shapard said if Johnson can get black voters to turn out at a level that Barack Obama did in 2008 and 2012, it could help McAffrey.
“There’s a higher percentage of African-Americans in the 5th District as opposed to the state overall. So as they vote predominantly more Democrat, it will have an impact that they’re going in to vote for [Johnson] and they’re going in to vote for Al McAffrey as well,” Shapard said. “There’s a month left in the campaign, there’s a lot that remains be seen.”
The general election is Nov. 4.
The survey of 423 likely 5th Congressional District voters was conducted Sept. 27-29 by SoonerPoll.com and has a margin of error of +/- 4.76 percentage points. Results are weighted by age and sex, stratified to Oklahoma CD 5 likely voter demographics.
An exclusive News 9 poll shows Republican Steve Russell leads Democrat Al McAffrey in Oklahoma’s 5th Congressional District race.
The poll indicates 52.3 percent of likely voters would choose Russell and 29.9 percent would pick McAffrey.
The survey, conducted by SoonerPoll & News 9 on September 29th, would shows Russell winning with 58 percent of the vote after undecided voters are factored into the equation.
“Steve Russell has a substantial lead overall as well as a lead in key subgroups,” says Bill Shapard, president of SoonerPoll. “If the election were held today, he would be the next congressman. Currently, he is getting 1 in 6 Democrats but I expect that to increase as voters see he is the only conservative in the race.”
Congressman James Lankford has been endorsed by two national organizations.
Lankford, seeking Oklahoma’s second seat in the U. S. Senate, has been endorsed by the National Rifle Association and National Right to Life.
National Right to Life, one of the nation’s leading pro-life organizations, said, “The unborn child has no stronger defender than James Lankford,” said Carol Tobias, National Right to Life President. “He supports creating a culture of life in America and has consistently been a leader on important right-to-life issues in the U.S. House. Now Oklahoma needs him in the U.S. Senate to continue his strong advocacy on behalf of the most vulnerable members of our society.”
Lankford has a 100-percent lifetime pro-life voting record, and cites that our culture is at its best when we work together to protect those who cannot speak for themselves.
“America’s founders set the precedence when they identified our most basic rights given by God and not by mankind–one being the right to life,” said Lankford. “National Right to Life has been a champion of protecting innocent life for decades. It is truly an honor to be endorsed by a fellow partner who defends the sanctity and value of each life.”
Lankford has been widely endorsed among conservative leaders for his strong moral leadership and limited government policies. Lankford’s endorsements include Senator Rand Paul, Chairman Paul Ryan, Governor Mitt Romney, Governor Mike Huckabee, Ambassador John Bolton, Phyllis Schlafly of Eagle Forum, and Jay Sekulow.