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Coates On Probation In Texas

Former Senator Harry Coates continues to pay the price for a Texas DUI arrest: http://newsok.com/former-oklahoma-state-senator-is-on-texas-probation-for-dwi/article/5397258


McCarville: The Book Of Negroes

Mike McCarville

History intrigues me. Most of my television viewing, other than Thunder games or NASCAR races, involves history.

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Recently, scanning channels, I stumbled upon a Black Entertainment Channel fictionary (based on a novel based on fact) that looked interesting, so I watched it. As it turned out, every compelling second of it.

The Book of Negroes.

It is an epic account of the life of protagonist Aminata Diallo, who was captured in her teens and spent most of her life in the States as a slave. Having spent most of her life in captivity, she longs to return to her homeland of Mali, which becomes a pivotal part of her character’s story.

Aunjanue Ellis portrays Diallo in convincing flair. She is kidnapped as a child, sold into slavery (as is her daughter), starved, beaten, raped. She witnesses the murders of most of those close to her, including her best friend and her husband. She is brutalized by blacks, whites, colonists and the British.

She also is protected by blacks, whites, colonists and the British.

Ellis is a marvelous actress. The supporting cast includes Louis Gossett, Jr. and Cuba Gooding, Jr. Stellar actors.

There are parts of this series that are depressing, reflecting the depravity of which man is capable; there are other parts that are uplifting, reflecting the goodness one would hope to find in all.

If you have the opportunity, watch it.


Fallin Names Stansberry To Regional University Regents

stansburyGovernor Fallin today announced the appointment of Mark A. Stansberry, of Edmond, to the Regional University System of Oklahoma (RUSO) as a member of the Board of Regents. He succeeds Richard Ogden, who resigned. Stansberry will serve the remainder of Ogden’s term, which expires in June 2019. The appointment requires Senate confirmation.

Stansberry previously served on the board of the RUSO from 2001 to 2010; from 2006 to 2007 he served as chairman.  He was appointed by then-Governor Frank Keating.

Stansberry is founder and chairman of The GTD Group, a company that works to help American businesses expand into international markets by providing services related to international trade and investment, technology management, research and development, government relations, educational consulting, energy consulting and environmental consulting.

He currently serves on the board of trustees at Oklahoma Christian University and the University of Central Oklahoma Foundation, where he has been honored with an annual endowed scholarship in his name for his role in supporting higher education in Oklahoma.

“Mark Stansberry is a long-time champion of higher education in the state of Oklahoma,” Fallin said. “He is a successful entrepreneur, author and philanthropist who knows what it takes for students to be successful during and after college. I look forward to working with him as we move towards the goal of increasing educational attainment and improving our workforce in the state of Oklahoma.”

 

Stansberry also served as a board member for The Fund for American Studies and is presently chairman-elect for Oklahoma Heritage Association, Gaylord–Pickens Museum.

He previously served on the board of regents for the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma, where he was appointed by Governor Henry Bellmon. He also served on the board of visitors at the School of Public Policy at Pepperdine University; and the board of advocates for the Stephenson Cancer Center at the University of Oklahoma.

Stansberry served as chief executive officer and chairman of People to People International, a Kansas City based nonprofit that works to promote world peace through culture, education and understanding.

He and his wife, Nancy, have three grown children and six grandchildren.

Stansberry is a graduate of Oklahoma Christian University and is a member of the Western Oklahoma Hall of Fame.


Newberry Explains OEC Audit Report

UPDATE: Senator Newberry says there is no audit and that Coffee was retained to defend him against Democratic Party allegations.

The original story reported that former Senate President Pro Tem Glenn Coffee apparently had been retained by Newberry to prepare for an Ethics Commission audit. That conclusion was reached because of the wording on Newberry’s OEC report.

Here is the senator’s response to our story:

newberry“1) Glen Coffee has not been retained to prepare for an investigation. He was retained to defend against erroneous allegations made during the 2014 election cycle. The allegations were filed by the Democrat party.

“2) The ethics commission reviewed all campaign records and found no violations. The case was dismissed by the Ethics Commission with a  vote of 5 – 0 on 10/10/2014.  A copy of the letter of dismissal from the ethics commission is attached below for your review.”

On his most recent filing, the Tulsa Republican showed an expenditure to Coffee for $3,906.25 for “prepare for OEC Audit” on October 31st of last year.

Here is the official entry on his Ethics Commission filing:

Oct 31, 2014 Professional Legal Services Glenn Coffee And Associates, PLLC
P. O. Box 14785
Oklahoma City, OK 73113-0785
Prepare for OEC audit $3,906.25

Tulsa Chamber’s McNeil Criticizes Legislature

mcneilThe Tulsa Regional Chamber of Commerce has unleashed its Republican face and former state lawmaker Skye McNeil, now the Chamber’s spokesman, to criticize the Republican-led Legislature.

McNiel says Oklahoma is getting a black eye due to controversial measures such as efforts to ban AP History and to target gays and lesbians.

However, the Tulsa business chamber’s staff is loaded with known Democrats who frequently promote controversial diversity programs that have been at times under fire from the state’s GOP congressional delegation.

Tulsa Chamber President Mike Neal was criticized last year by the state’s delegation after he held a fundraiser for Democrat U.S. Senate candidate Mary Landrieu while Republicans were seeking to win the U.S.
Senate.

Some state lawmakers often scoff when the Tulsa Chamber staff has promoted Democrat initiatives such as the expansion of Medicaid.

The article in the Tulsa World details McNiel’s complaints:
http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/capitol_report/controversial-bills-giving-oklahoma-a-black-eye-tulsa-regional-chamber/article_cb1d19c5-0388-5cc1-8f95-a2b21ad73fe2.html


Pruitt Featured On CPAC Panel

pruittAttorney General Scott Pruitt will be a featured panelist on Saturday at the national Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in the Washington, D.C., area.

Pruitt will discuss Oklahoma’s role in preserving the authority and role of the states during a panel discussion titled, “Dusting Off the 10th Amendment: The Future of Federalism.”

“Today, we see a federal government that’s more willing than ever to displace the states and the authority and role granted states in our system of government. Oklahoma is a leader on so many fronts in holding the federal government accountable, from our lawsuit challenging the unlawful implementation of the Affordable Care Act to our efforts to stop the president’s unlawful executive actions on immigration and the EPA’s harmful regulatory proposals. States have rights that, in many cases, are being directly and knowingly subverted. I’m honored to again speak at the annual CPAC convention and to highlight Oklahoma’s leadership in challenging federal overreach.”

Speaking on the panel with Pruitt will be Kansas Governor Sam Brownback and Virginia Congressman Bob Goodlatte. The annual CPAC meeting is a project of the American Conservative Union and each year brings together students, elected officials, policy experts and citizens to discuss conservative solutions to the issues and policy challenges facing our nation.


Former GOP Officials Endorse Pollard

pollardThree former Republican Party officials today endorsed Pam Pollard in her bid to become Republican State chairman.
The three are former National Committee members Lynn Windell, Bunny Chambers and Mary Rumph.
“Pam Pollard is a proven leader who has served the party at nearly every level,” says Windel, National Committee member from 1996-2008.  “She will do the best job at recruiting and raising money for candidates to elect conservatives. She has been successful at every other level of the party, she will do an excellent job as Chairman.”
“Pam truly believes in the grassroots of our party, and will do the best job of building and activating our volunteer base to elect conservatives,” said Chambers, also a former National Committee member.  “When Pam was in charge of our Victory Program she turned out a higher percentage of Republican voters than any other election in our history. I trust Pam to lead our party.”

Senate Approves Budget Reform Bill

The full Senate has given its approval to a bill that will reform the budgeting process to align resources with state priorities and measurable outcomes. Senator Ron Sharp, R-Shawnee, and Rep. Dennis Casey, R-Morrison, are the principal Senate and House authors of Senate Bill 189, the Performance Informed Budget and Transparency Act of 2015, which was approved on Wednesday.

“We appropriated funds in 2012 for software to lay the groundwork for this new process,” said Sharp, R-Shawnee.   “Senate Bill 189 will implement the new system with the goal of ensuring dollars are appropriated based on priorities and programs that have resulted in positive outcomes for Oklahoma.”

Governor Fallin and her cabinet have worked with the Office of Management and Enterprise Services the last few years on creating the Performance Informed Budgeting system. Part of that process included creation of the website OKStateStat.ok.gov, which features 160 key, measurable objectives for state government. Once fully implemented, Oklahoma will become the first state in the nation to develop a comprehensive budgeting system that ties spending to measurable goals and outcomes.

“The current challenges we are facing simply underscore the need for meaningful reform in the budget process.  From the initial certification by the State Board of Equalization in December to the final certification this month, we saw the shortfall more than double to some $611 million,” Sharp said.  “This is a tool to better assist us as we strive to make state agencies as efficient as possible, and make sure all of the programs and services we fund really do merit continued support,” Sharp said.

SB 189 now moves to the House of Representatives for further consideration.


Lankford Says Ethanol ‘Upgrade’ Will Hurt Economy

U.S. Senator James contends the Environmental Protection Agency will hurt the national economy if it proceeds with a mandated upgrade from E-10 to E-15 ethanol.

Speaking in Washington, D.C. at the CQ Roll Call policy forum “The future of Advanced Biofuels and the Renewable Fuel Standard,” he argued, ‘We have a mandate and there’s a perpetual push to say let’s use more gallons—it’ll be fine. It won’t be fine according to the manufacturers. We have a problem.”

The freshman Republican Senator told the crowd gathered at the National Press Club the average car in the U.S. is nearly eleven years old for the vast majority of Americans. “If you put E-15 into their cars, all of those manufacturers will tell you, the warranty is toast.” He said if you ask a manufacturer about using E-15, they will tell you it will void your warranty on an eleven-year old car.

“I have to tell you, I’m not opposed to ethanol,” continued the Senator. “I get it all the time, people always say ‘you’re opposed to ethanol.’ I’m not! I Just think the mandate is anachronistic for us. Let’s give Americans the choice. Let’s give them the option.”

Lankford said the nation wants fuel diversity. ‘But we don’t need a set of mandates that will actually drive us into doing strange things that only the government would do—when it’s trying to catch up with a policy that did not work.”

His remarks were the keynote speech at the forum which focused on the record of biodiesel and other advanced biofuels under the Renewable Fuel Standard as the energy industry expects the Environmental Protection Agency’s announcement of new volume requirements. Lankford already feels the EPA has a poor performance in announcing standards in a timely manner since the renewable fuel standards were created in 2005. The EPA has been consistently behind schedule for the announcements and has not met the deadline since 2009.


Senate Rules Committee Passes Three Holt Election Measures

The Senate Rules Committee has advanced three of the proposals introduced by Sen. David Holt, R-Oklahoma City, to modernize Oklahoma’s election system and increase rapidly declining voter participation.

“The three proposals approved in committee represent a great start to this important effort,” Holt said.  “I want to thank Rules Chairman Ron Justice for hearing these three bills, and the members of the committee for advancing them.  The bills address significant contributing factors to our current low voter participation.   Consolidating local elections will help turnout by minimizing voter fatigue.  Allowing online registration will have great appeal to millennials, and probably voters of all ages.  Allowing a voter to apply for permanent absentee status cuts out an unnecessary procedure.”

In 1992, over 70 percent of eligible Oklahomans participated in the presidential election, but by 2012, that percentage had plunged to only 52 percent, third-worst in the nation.  In 2014, less than 30 percent of eligible voters participated in the statewide general election. A third of eligible Oklahomans are not even registered. There were fewer registered voters in 2014 than there were in 1988, even though the state’s population has grown 22 percent.

The three pieces of legislation advancing to the Senate floor are:

Senate Bill 312 (passed 11-0) – This consolidates all local candidate elections to one cycle in the spring or one cycle in the fall.  Currently, for example, in Oklahoma City this year, school board and career tech board elections were held in February, but city council elections will be held in March.

Senate Bill 313 (passed 11-0) – This allows eligible citizens with a driver’s license to securely register to vote online. Over half the states offer this modern accommodation. Over a third of eligible Oklahoma voters are not registered to vote. Younger voters especially are not used to a world where such tasks cannot be accomplished online. This legislation is co-authored by Minority Leader Randy Bass, who led an interim study on the issue last year.

Senate Bill 315 (passed 9-0) – This allows voters to request to be placed permanently on the absentee voter list, rather than the current practice of requiring an unnecessary application each year.

Holt authored an additional seven election reform measures which will be eligible for consideration in the 2016 legislative session.


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