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Inhofe Airs First General Election Commercial

Senator Jim Inhofe’s campaign is now airing his first television commercial of the general election campaign:

Lankford Video: When Do We Want To Fight…And That Website Cost How Much?

Congressman James Lankford, speaking at a Tulsa event, poses a tough question and then asks another that answers itself:

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“Though this Administration touted it would be the most transparent in history, its leaders clearly don’t agree with that mantra. From DOJ, to GSA, to EPA, to IRS and beyond, this Administration has obfuscated and obstructed wherever possible to ensure Congress cannot conduct proper oversight as an equal branch of government. Congressional investigations are simply efforts to ensure effective government by the people, for the people. When federal agency officials send heavily redacted documents, refuse to testify and then turn around and give exclusive, informative interviews to the press, they lose the trust of those they serve. It remains a mystery why the IRS thinks it can speak to the press and remain silent to Congress at the same time.” ~ Congressman James Lankford

NFIB Honors Lankford


Congressman James Lankford issued the following statement today after he was awarded the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) Guardian of Small Business award.

Dan Danner, President and CEO of NFIB, presented the award to Rep. Lankford for his strong voting record on behalf of small business in the 113th Congress.

“I am honored to do what I can to protect and preserve the thousands of small businesses I represent in the Fifth District of Oklahoma,” Lankford said. “On an almost hourly basis, this Administration attempts to stifle entrepreneurship and innovation with regulatory burdens and excessive mandates. But, in spite of the challenges stacked against them, hardworking American business owners and families work together to create the engine of the American economy. I remain committed to fighting against federal overreach to ensure American businesses can continue to flourish and support our families.”

To view NFIB’s “How Congress Voted” report, click here.

Rand Paul Endorses Lankford

Senator Rand Paul today endorsed Congressman James Lankford’s bid for the open Oklahoma Senate seat.

Paul’s endorsement joins a wave of other major endorsements for Lankford this month, including Chairman Paul Ryan, Governor Mitt Romney, Ambassador John Bolton and Phyllis Schlafly of Eagle Forum PAC.

Paul released the following statement endorsing Lankford in his bid for United States Senate:

“As we strive to retake the majority in the United States Senate, it is critical that we elect principled conservatives who will stand for the values of liberty that Oklahomans and Americans across the country hold dear. James Lankford has already shown leadership in Congress, holding the President accountable for Obamacare and the IRS Scandal. I am proud to endorse and stand with James and I look forward to the addition of his powerful voice for limited government and individual freedom on the Senate floor. I urge everyone to support James Lankford.”

“I am honored to have Senator Paul’s endorsement. I look forward to working with him in the fight for government accountability and reform in the United States Senate,” Lankford said.

Lankford Names Slavonic Chief Of Staff

Congressman James Lankford said today he has named Rear Adm. Greg Slavonic (U.S. Navy, Retired) as his new Chief of Staff effective October 1st. He succeeds Randy Swanson, who resigned to join an Oklahoma City firm.

“I am honored to bring Rear Adm. Slavonic’s background in strategic communications and leadership, earned through a distinguished 34-year career in the U.S. Navy, to our team,” said Lankford.

“Rear Adm. Slavonic will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the Fifth District, as he leads our offices in Oklahoma City and Washington, D.C. and helps us complete the work remaining in the 113th Congress. His honorable service in the Navy will translate well as we provide assistance with federal agencies and shape conservative policy solutions in the U.S. House of Representatives. Like me, Rear Adm. Slavonic does not come from a political background, which gives him a real-world approach to finding efficient and effective solutions to the problems we face as a nation. His faith and integrity will undoubtedly complement the honest, hardworking team we have in place to serve central Oklahomans.

“I look forward to putting Rear Adm. Slavonic’s litany of skills to work for the Fifth District, and I hope the community will join me in welcoming him as he embarks on his new role,” concluded Lankford.

“I’m truly honored to be asked to join Representative Lankford’s team,” said Slavonic. “In the coming months, my goal will be to support him in accomplishing his vision for Oklahoma and for our great nation. The world remains a very dangerous place, and I want to provide him with any and all support in his efforts to ensure the U.S. remains safe and secure for all Americans.”

Originally from Kansas but raised in Oklahoma City, Slavonic earned his Bachelor of Science degree from Oklahoma State University and upon completion of his undergraduate studies, enlisted in the Navy. He received orders to the aircraft carrier USS Constellation (CVA 64) and completed two western Pacific deployments in support of combat operations in Vietnam. In 1976, he earned a Masters degree from the University of Central Oklahoma.

Serving the Navy through several additional combat tours, including but not limited to Operation Desert Shield/Storm and Operation Enduring Freedom II, Slavonic served as the U.S. Navy’s Deputy to the Chief of Information in Washington, D.C. and Director of Public Affairs (Reserve) from June 2001 to 2005.

In this dual role, he served as deputy to the Chief of Information responsible for all aspects of the Navy’s Public Affairs Program and adviser on Strategic Communications issues. He established and maintained professional working relationships with Navy Secretariat offices, other Department of Defense commands and activities within the Pentagon and in the Washington Capitol Region. In addition, he was responsible for the training and readiness of more than 500 public affairs specialists assigned to 26 different units across the United States.

In his civilian professional life, he has many years of experience as Advertising Director for The Journal Record and senior account executive for NBC affiliate television station, KFOR-TV.  He served as adjunct professor in the Communications Department as the University of Central Oklahoma.

Slavonic and his wife Molly currently live in north Oklahoma City.  They have three grown children and five grandchildren.

NRA Again Endorses Inhofe

The National Rifle Association has endorsed Senator Jim Inhofe for a fourth term in the United States Senate.

Inhofe has voted against every measure to American’s restrict Second Amendment rights including additional restrictions for America’s gun manufacturers, hunters, sportsmen, and all lawful gun owners.

Video: Mullin Touts Regulatory Overreach Act

Congressman Markwayne Mullin praised House passage of H.R. 5078, Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act, of which he is an original cosponsor.  The bill aims to uphold the federal-state partnership to regulate the Nation’s waters by preserving existing rights and responsibilities with respect to “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act.

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The legislation is in response to the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) newly proposed rule, which would redefine “waters of the United States” under the Clean Water Act (CWA).  The proposed rule would give the EPA and the Army Corps of Engineers administrative authority to regulate navigable waters, originally designated as the primary responsibility of state governments.

The rule would also expand the scope of waters covered by the CWA.  Consequently, farmers and ranchers could be required to apply for CWA Section 404 permits in order to use the land on which they are currently operating.

Congressman Mullin, who is also a rancher, has taken particular notice of the permitting restrictions the agencies’ interpretive rule could place on Oklahoma’s agricultural community.

“What we’re seeing is an unprecedented land grab attempt by our federal government that has the potential to drastically limit agricultural practices across the country,” said Mullin. “For Oklahoma farmers and ranchers, this could mean they have to request permission or permits to operate the same way they have for years on their own land.  Personally, I’m appalled by the idea, especially since our state government has successfully regulated our waters for decades now.”

“By passing this legislation today, we’re standing with rural America and against this government overreach,” ended Mullin.

H.R. 5078 passed by a vote of 262-152 and will now be sent to the Senate for approval.

Paul Ryan Endorses Lankford

Congressman Paul Ryan, one of the most powerful members of Congress, has endorsed Congressman James Lankford’s bid for Oklahoma’s U. S. Senate seat being vacated by Senator Tom Coburn.

Ryan, chairman of the House Budget Committee, recognized Lankford for “his work and integrity.”

Ryan said, “James Lankford is a family man and a man of faith. We need him in the U.S. Senate to hold Harry Reid and the President accountable. James is one of the most earnest, dedicated, and hardworking leaders I have had the privilege of working with. James will be a reliable, consistent conservative in the Senate, and I am proud to support his campaign.”

Cole: War On Terror Is Ever-Present

colepoliticoCongressman Tom Cole

Thirteen years ago this week, our nation was devastated when 2,996 innocent lives were prematurely taken during the September 11th terrorist attacks. Our world was shaken and our sense of security was shattered by those who sought to destroy us. The terrible nightmare united us as a country, but it also forced the nation to face the chilling reality that terrorism exists, can reach our own shores and will remain a very real threat in the foreseeable future.

Following the attacks, America immediately displayed strength and commitment to winning the war on terror, which included a strategy to track down and kill those responsible for attacking us and dismantle their infrastructure. This mission was carried out by the brave men and women who volunteered to protect our nation. We will forever remember those who gave their last full measure of devotion in the fight to ensure the lives of millions more, and we are eternally grateful. Because of their commitment and sacrifice, we were able to send a clear message telling the world that America will stand up and defeat any act of aggression against our people and our homeland.

It’s been over a decade years since those first al-Qaeda attacks and only two since the terrorist attack on our consulate in Benghazi. But today, in light of the rise of ISIS and Hamas, we are reminded that the war on terror is ever-present. Savage acts of terrorism cannot be allowed to stand, and it is critical that America never backs away from that basic belief and conviction. When America buries its head in the sand and ignores evil acts and actors, terrorism will eventually win.

Over the last several months, ISIS and Hamas have become ever more brazen in their acts of brutality and with little notice or reaction from the Obama Administration. Despite the group’s short lifespan, ISIS poses a threat far beyond the region in which it currently operates, intending to claim territory in which to build an Islamic caliphate. In light of the brutal, senseless murders of two American journalists, James Foley and Steven Sotloff, this administration should be painfully aware of the atrocities and dangers of which ISIS is capable.

Like ISIS, Hamas is a Sunni Islamist party that has also shown a shocking disregard for human life. The group’s unprovoked and unwarranted rocket attacks on Israel—a valuable American friend and ally in the Middle East – clearly demonstrate disinterest in peace or harmonious co-existence in the Gaza Strip. As seen in repeated violations of cease fire agreements, continued construction of tunnels through which to wage war against Israel and use of its own women and children as human shields, there is no question as to the character and motives of Hamas. As such, its members pose a serious threat to America and our allies around the world.

As in past days, diffusing the threat of terrorism requires an unrelenting and calculated response from the United States—a clear strategy. The longer we allow terrorists to feel empowered, the more quickly they will mobilize and gain influence, which already includes ISIS recruiting amongst our own citizens. Recent reports reveal that more than 100 Americans have joined ISIS fighting forces in Iraq and Syria.

We must demonstrate to our allies and enemies alike that our nation is united and strong in its response to terrorism and violence at home and abroad. We cannot allow the sacrifice already offered by countless men and women to be squandered. The American people expect and long for the president to offer a clear strategy for combating terrorist groups and diffusing their influence, and I am pleased that he has expressed intention to do so this week. But he would be wise to involve Congress in molding and approving any such plans to defeat ISIS.

Time is ticking. More days of inaction signals weakness and puts our nation at much greater risk, both at home and abroad.


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