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Archive for: January 13th, 2012

Inhofe, Lankford Applaud Behenna Court Decision

From Press Releases

Senator Jim Inhofe and Congressman James Lankford reacted to today’s decision by the U.S. Army Court of Appeals to hear the appeal case of 1LT Michael Behenna.

Inhofe said, “We must ensure the rights of our service men and women are protected which includes the right to appeal.  I support decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces to ensure his trial was fair and included all the evidence.”

Lankford said, “The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces has the discretionary authority to review cases like 1LT Michael Behenna’s.  I’m grateful they took this opportunity to provide 1LT Michael Behenna with the due process he deserves.  We continue to provide encouragement to Michael and the entire Behenna family, who have prayed and worked so hard as they stand by their son through this process.”

Fallin Names Joy Hofmeister To Education Board

Governor Fallin today announced the appointment of Joy Hofmeister to the State Board of Education.

She will serve on an interim basis pending Senate confirmation. Hofmeister replaces Philip Lakin, Jr., who resigned. She will serve the remainder of Lakin’s term through April of 2015 as a member from Congressional District 1.

“Joy has spent her entire adult life working in the field of education,” Fallin said. “She is a teacher with hands-on classroom experience, an executive with private sector experience, and a researcher with a passion for finding ways to improve our schools and boost student performance. Her experience, dedication and passion for reform will serve her well on the State Board of Education.”

Hofmeister is a former public school teacher who currently serves as the CEO of Kumon of South Tulsa, a local franchise of the international firm that provides math and reading enrichment to children. She serves on the board of directors for the Jenks Public Schools Foundation, is participating in the Jenks Select Committee for Study of School Finance, and has previously worked on the Math Textbook Adoption Committee, also for Jenks Public Schools. Hofmeister has significant experience working with Special Education teams and students on an Individual Education Plan (IEP); and has also participated in the Trends in International Math and Science Study (TIMSS) research testing.

“I’m thrilled to be part of a community and team that is dedicated to improving the quality of our schools and giving Oklahoma students the tools they need to succeed,” Hofmeister said. “Nothing is as important to the future of this state as ensuring our children maximize their potential through a quality education that prepares them to be globally competitive.”

Hofmeister has a bachelor’s degree in Education from Texas Christian University, as well as teaching certificates in English and Elementary Education. She lives in Tulsa with her husband, Gerald Hofmeister. They have four children.

Armed Forces Appeals Court Agrees To Hear Behenna Case

The Court of Appeals of the Armed Forces (CAAF) will hear the case of Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna, now serving 15 years at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, in the death of an al-Qaida operative in Iraq.

The CAAF, which hears only a handful of the cases it is asked to review, gave Behenna’s defense attorney 30 days to file his brief; the military prosecutors have 30 days after that. Then the case will be heard.

Behenna’s case has drawn national attention. His defense team alleges prosecutorial misconduct on the part of Judge Advocate General attorneys, who failed to disclose information favorable to Behenna during his court martial.

Behenna, the son of retired OSBI agent Scott Behenna (now an FBI analyst) and federal prosecutor Vicki Behenna, was a platoon leader in Iraq with the 101st Airborne.

The CAAF exercises worldwide appellate jurisdiction over members of the armed forces on active duty and other persons subject to the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The Court is composed of five civilian judges appointed for 15-year terms by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate.

Cases on the Court’s docket address a broad range of legal issues, including constitutional law, criminal law, evidence, criminal procedure, ethics, administrative law, and national security law. Decisions by the Court are subject to direct review by the Supreme Court of the United States.

Dorman Plans Waste Product Proposal

Under legislation Rep. Joe Dorman plans to file next week, companies that take a waste product and turn it into a new, usable product would qualify for the Quality Jobs program.

“The chairman of the task force looking at tax credits has praised the Oklahoma Quality Jobs program again and again and I think we should expand it to include companies involved in business-side recycling and remanufacturing,” Dorman, D-Rush Springs, said. “These businesses reduce trash, which is a major headache for government entities at all levels. They also create a product and jobs. Businesses must produce jobs to qualify, so taxpayers are ensured a return on their investment.”

Dorman said the Oklahoma Department of Commerce has helped him to ensure his legislation narrowly defines the type of company that would qualify. The Oklahoma Quality Jobs Act currently applies only to manufacturing jobs and other specific targeted sector.

Terrill, Moore, Shortey Defend Doak After Democrat Criticism

Reps. Randy Terrill and Lewis Moore and Senator Lewis Shortey today defended Insurance Commissioner John Doak after Democrats criticized him over child-only insurance policies.

Terrill issued the following statement after Democrats attacked Doak’s efforts to address the problems facing families needing child-only insurance policies:

“The Democrat’s (sic) healthcare policy has been an utter failure, and rather than grandstanding in the press they should be apologizing to the thousand’s (sic) of Oklahoma families they’ve hurt with their misguided healthcare initiatives.

“No one disputes that it was Democratic President Barack Obama’s healthcare legislation that completely killed child-only insurance in Oklahoma. Likewise, no one disputes that the former Democratic Governor and the former Democratic Insurance Commissioner stood idly by and offered no solutions while our state’s children were left unprotected and uninsured. For this state’s Democrats to now come out of their holes to criticize the remarkable gains made by Insurance Commissioner Doak is the height of hypocrisy and maybe a little case of sour grapes.

“Regardless, our state can hardly afford another Democrat ‘solution’ to our healthcare problems. The simple fact is that Commissioner Doak has succeeded where his predecessor had failed to even try, and in one short year he has repaired 95 percent of the damage caused by the Democrats when they destroyed the ability of many Oklahoma families to get insurance for their children. In my opinion we should clearly continue to let Commissioner Doak take the lead on insurance reform until we have completely recovered that final bit of the market that is still lost.”

Moore and Shortey echoed Terrill’s remarks.

CNN Chronicles Clinton’s Dalliances

From Politico ~ Although Bill Clinton’s reputation as a statesman has long since recovered in most quarters  following personal scandals in the 1990s, a new, four-hour documentary portrays  the arc of his career as one littered with sexual dalliances and foibles.

That’s doubly surprising when you consider the source: not a conservative  production company but PBS.

“Clinton” is the latest installment in PBS’s “American  Experience” series and is set to air in February. A half-hour sneak peak is  being previewed Thursday evening at the National Press Club.

The film covers Clinton’s life in its entirety — from his childhood in  Arkansas to his first runs for office to his election as governor of Arkansas to  his presidency — but almost a full hour of the documentary focuses on Clinton’s  personal struggles with fidelity, coupled with harsh, blunt language from many  of his colleagues and chroniclers. In fact, the film’s introduction, a quick  summary of the entire documentary, opens with the Monica Lewinsky scandal.

Read a lot more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0112/71382.html#ixzz1jKgz8L1E.

Keystone XL Pipeline Could Have Big Impact On Oklahoma Oil Producers

From The Oklahoman ~ Supporters of the Keystone  XL pipeline have long touted its job creation potential, but the man  responsible for shepherding the development of the $7 billion pipeline project  says it could have an even bigger impact on the region’s oil producers.

photo - The first phase of the Keystone pipeline project, which extends from Canada to Illinois, was put into service in June 2010.

The first phase of the Keystone pipeline project, which  extends from Canada to Illinois, was put into service in June 2010.
Keystone Pipelines Vice President Robert  Jones estimated the new pipeline connecting the Cushing storage hub with  refining centers on the Gulf  Coast could increase the price of locally produced oil by about $10 a  barrel.
Mike  Cantrell, president of Domestic Energy Producers Alliance, said there is no  way to know how the Keystone XL pipeline would affect oil prices at Cushing, but  he maintains the project is a vital one.

“America needs this pipeline. We need it in the short run to alleviate the  glut of oil piling up at Cushing,” Cantrell said. “We need it in the long run  because Canada  is a reliable and secure source of oil for decades to come.

“This pipeline makes the transfer of that oil more efficient, which means  more affordable energy for Americans.”

Read more: http://newsok.com/keystone-xl-expected-to-boost-oil-prices-at-cushing/article/3639841#ixzz1jKapP2Cl.

Gallup: Romney Has Solid Lead

From The Los Angeles Times ~ If history is any guide, Mitt Romney is a sure thing to win his party’s nomination for president.

Romney has opened up the widest advantage to date over his Republican rivals in a nationwide Gallup survey, and for the first time has the support of more than a third of GOP voters.

Romney leads Rick Santorum 34-15%, with Newt Gingrich at 14% and Ron Paul at 13% in the survey, conducted from Jan. 7-11 among a nationwide sample of 1,188 Republican registered voters.


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