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World Poll: Republicans Divided On GOP Candidates

Randy Krehbiel
Tulsa World

OKLAHOMA CITY — The hearts and minds of Oklahoma Republicans are pulling them in different directions as the state’s GOP presidential primary approaches.

Survey results released Tuesday by SoonerPoll.com show that Oklahoma Republicans think former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney has the best chance of beating Democratic incumbent President Barack Obama but that Newt Gingrich is a stronger leader and more experienced.

But they like former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum.

Seventy percent of those surveyed had a favorable opinion of Santorum, with only 14 percent unfavorable.

He rated first among the four Republican candidates for honesty and trustworthiness and as the candidate who best understands the problems of average Americans.

Gingrich edged Romney as the strongest leader among the four and had a big advantage in the leadership area.
Romney, though, was identified as the person most likely to beat Obama. Forty-three percent said Romney would be the best candidate if victory in November is the primary objective, compared to 23 percent for Santorum and 19 percent for Gingrich.

Ron Paul, the only one of the four whose unfavorable rating (49 percent) was higher than his favorable rating (36 percent), did not top other candidates in any category.

“What we’re seeing from Santorum is kind of lateblooming,”said Republican consultant Karl Ahlgren. “A lot of Oklahomans didn’t know a little-known … senator from Pennsylvania.”

Sheryl Lovelady, a former Democratic consultant, said that “I think it’s interesting when ‘Beat Obama’ is a characteristic across the board that remains very high.”

“I don’t think it’s sustainable,”she said. “Voters want to be for something, and not just against something.”

University of Oklahoma political science professor Keith Gaddie said GOP hopefuls shouldn’t box themselves in by veering too far right during the nomination fight.

“The Republican Party appears to be at war with, basically, the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries in this process,”said Gaddie. “They are going back to pre-industrial perspectives on some aspects of morality and the relationship between the nation and the states, (and that is) going to create real problems for them with voters who have more contemporary concerns.”

At the same time, Gaddie said, survey results showing both Romney and Santorum leading Obama by 40 percentage points in Oklahoma are “deeply, darkly troubling”for state Democrats.

Obama, he said, is likely to get a smaller share of the state’s vote than his 34 percent in 2008.

All three panelists said Santorum is likely to win Oklahoma, but they tempered that with caution. They said none of the four remaining GOP candidates seems to have been enthusiastically embraced by state Republicans.

“There is no clear consensus,”said Lovelady. “There’s no one candidate breaking away.”

“The up and down of these candidates is driven by the fact that none of them is a satisfactory candidate for the Republican voters out there,”Gaddie said.

Ahlgren agreed, noting that Herman Cain appears to remain popular among Oklahoma Republicans despite personal issues that caused him to drop out of the race.

The Obama Energy Policy…

Opinion: Most-Hated Organization Strikes (Out) Again…And Conduct Unbecoming


^The nation’s most-hated government organization, the Internal Revenue Service, has taken action that will only underline its reputation.

The IRS has targeted some Tea Party units, demanding information that goes beyond what the law allows them to gather.

The timing of the demands, in the midst of an election year in which the Tea Party as a whole is poised to influence the election of the next president, stinks to high heaven.

Abuses by the IRS are legendary; this action affirms the view many have of it.

^Senator Judy Eason McIntyre has embarrassed herself, the Senate and the State of Oklahoma by posing with an obscene sign at the Capitol. The sign, complete with the “F” word, was meant to make a point; it did. The senator is guilty of conduct unbecoming a state official.

Gingrich Names Oklahoma Steering Committee

From Newt 2012

The Newt 2012 campaign added to its Oklahoma leadership today by announcing a strong political steering committee.

The leadership team includes:

  • Former Republican Majority Leader Tad Jones (Claremore)
  • State Representative Todd Thomsen (Ada)
  • State Representative Mike Jackson (Enid)
  • Former State Representative Robert Worthen  (Oklahoma City)
  • State Senator Rob Johnson (Yukon)
  • Former Cleveland County Republican Party Chairman Aaron Curry
  • Former Oklahoma County Republican Party Chairman Steve Curry
  • State Senator Bryce Marlatt (Woodward)
  • State Representative Leslie Osborne (Chickasha)
  • State Representative Don Armes (Faxon)
  • State Representative Dan Kirby (Broken Arrow)
  • State Senator Greg Childers (Del City)
  • Norman City Councilman Hal Ezell
  • State Senator Kim David (Wagoner)
  • State Representative Colby Schwarz (Yukon)

State Chairman J.C. Watts and State Director Chad Alexander have put together a strong grassroots effort in Oklahoma, recruiting some of Oklahoma’s most powerful leaders.

“We have organized an outspoken team of political leaders who can deliver a win for Speaker Gingrich on Super Tuesday,” said Alexander.

Newt echoed that sentiment praising the group “for their commitment to the cause of conservativism.  We need bold solutions and strong leadership to lower the price of gasoline to $2.50 per gallon, create jobs and defend America. I am honored that these leaders have joined in the fight.”

Open Carry Bill Clears House Committee

House Media Division

Oklahomans could soon have the right to openly carry a firearm under legislation approved by a House committee today.

House Bill 2522 would allow any individual who obtains a license to carry a firearm under the Oklahoma Self Defense Act to carry the weapon either openly or concealed.

State Rep. John Bennett, who co-authored the legislation, said it addresses many of the concerns raised when the open-carry issue was debated last year.

            “This is a great open-carry bill that answers the concerns raised by both sides of the aisle,” said Bennett, R-Sallisaw. “My constituents have overwhelmingly stated they want an open carry law, and I am pleased to see this common-sense measure receive such strong support today.”

            House Bill 2522 would allow an Oklahoma citizen to carry a loaded firearm for any legitimate purpose on his or her own private property. The bill prohibits a business from implementing policies that prevent citizens from having ammunition in a locked motor vehicle in a parking lot.

Under the bill, the lawful open carrying of a handgun pursuant to the Oklahoma Self Defense Act could not be designated by any municipality or other political subdivision as disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace or a similar offense against public order. 

(No) Hope And Change…

Howard Dean’s Return Chided By Pinnell

Oklahoma Republican Party

Oklahoma Democrats are set to welcome Howard Dean’s ultra-liberal “Democracy for America” (DFA) back to Oklahoma for the second year in a row. The Tulsa County Democratic Party will host a “Campaign Academy” presented by DFA this Saturday and Sunday in Tulsa.

“I’d like to welcome DFA back to the reddest state in the country,” said OKGOP Chairman Matt Pinnell. “From siding with radical environmentalists to the promotion of articles from leftist organizations- the Oklahoma Democratic Party continues to move further and further to the left. Now they’re welcoming back Howard Dean to train Democrat activists.”

Democracy for America’s stated goal is to work “to earn the nomination of grassroots, progressive Democrats over entrenched, conservative Democrats.”

“With the hard left turn of the Oklahoma Democratic Party (ODP) over the past several years, Oklahoma Democrats can no longer attempt to fool voters by running as “conservatives”. The ODP has clearly decided to cast their lot with the far-left liberals in Washington DC as opposed to putting forth an agenda to appeal to Oklahoma voters.”

Pinnell noted the Democrat candidate for the upcoming special election in House District 71 is scheduled to attend Saturday’s training.
“While Dan Arthrell is getting his marching orders from Howard Dean’s cronies this weekend,” said Pinnell, “the Republican candidate – Katie Henke - will be out knocking doors and talking with Oklahoma families about the challenges they face and our conservative solutions to turn this country around.”

Outrage: IRS Targets Tea Party Organizations

By Perry Chiaramonte
Fox News

  • Tea Party Express in Searchlight

Tea  Party chapters around the nation are blasting the Internal  Revenue Service after the federal agency sent them letters demanding  information about their politics, contributors and even family members.

In letters sent from IRS offices in Cincinnati  earlier this month, chapters including the Waco (Texas) Tea Party and the Ohio  Liberty Council were asked to provide a list of donors, identify volunteers,  financial support for and relationships with political candidates and parties,  and even printed copies of their Facebook  pages.

“Some of what they (the IRS) asked was reasonable,  but there were some requests on there that were strange,” Toby Marie Walker,  president of the Waco Tea Party told FoxNews.com. “It makes you wonder if they  do this to groups like ACORN or other left-leaning groups.”

Read  the complete letter sent to the Waco Tea Party by the IRS

The chapters that received requests were registering  for nonprofit status as a 501(c)4 organizations. The classification mainly  differs from 501(c)3 groups in that donors cannot deduct their contributions  from their taxable income.

The tax code places fewer restrictions on 501(c)4  groups, allowing them to lobby in furtherance of their organizations’ mission.  They are also permitted to engage in political activity like endorsing  candidates and donating money and time to specific campaigns, though it cannot  be their primary activity.

The more tightly controlled, but more heavily  subsidized 501(c)3 groups may not participate in specific campaigns at all.

Tea Party leaders say they were particularly  offended by demands that they name donors and volunteers, which is required by  law, but were also asked to list any political ambitions of board members or  their relatives.

Colleen Owens, spokeswoman for the Richmond (Va.)  Tea Party claims that her chapter had a similar letter sent to them just two  weeks before they were to hold a local convention in which they were asked to  provide nearly 500 pages in documents.

They were required to return the requested documents  two days before the start of the convention.

“Most of these groups are not wealthy and they’ve  had their applications for 501(c)4 status since 2010,” Owens said. “We only had  two weeks to gather everything. The timing was suspicious.”

“When determining whether an organization is  eligible for tax-exempt status, including 501(c)(4) social welfare  organizations, all the facts and circumstances of that specific organization  must be considered to determine whether it is eligible for tax-exempt  status.  To be tax-exempt as a social welfare organization, they must be  primarily engaged in the promotion of social welfare,” said a spokesman for the  IRS.

“Career civil servants make all decisions on  exemption applications in a fair, impartial manner and do so without regard  to political party affiliation or ideology.”

Experts contacted by FoxNews.com agreed the timing  of the letters was problematic, though the information requests are not  particularly sinister.

“These are standard inquiries,” said Ellen Aprill, a  professor who teaches tax law at Loyola Law School in Los Angeles. “If they (the  Tea Party chapters) do nothing but campaign intervention, then they have to file  as a 527 organization.”

But Tom Zawistowski, of the Ohio Liberty Council, a  Tea Party chapter, called questions about donors, volunteers and members’  relatives “intelligence gathering.”

“This has nothing to do with tax status,”  Zawistowski said. “It has to do with political affiliation. The questions are  too close to home.”

“It’s very intimidating and people are scared,”  Owens said

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2012/02/28/numerous-tea-party-chapters-claim-irs-attempting-to-sabotage-non-profit-status/?test=latestnews#ixzz1nl8KdbJM.

‘Personhood’ Demonstration Draws Women

Hundreds gathered Tuesday on the north steps of the Capitol to protest  legislative efforts to declare personhood at conception. They were loud,  enthusiastic and, at times, off color.

Read more: http://newsok.com/hundreds-of-women-gather-at-the-oklahoma-capitol-to-protest-personhood-bill/article/3653334#ixzz1nmUgDKvr


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