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Mullin Poll Claims Lead In 2nd District Race

A poll taken for the Markwayne Mullin campaign shows him leading in the six-way Republican primary, his pollster said today.

Pat McFerron of Cole Hargrave Snodgrass And Associates said Mullin leads the field by a wide margin, more than doubling the support of his closest competitor. At 30% overall and 45% of decided voters, Mullin is poised to finish in a strong first place.

“The real battle at this point is for second place,” McFerron wrote in a memo to the Mullin campaign, ”While George Faught currently is in second place, three other candidates are within striking distance. Faught is at 15%, Wayne Pettigrew at 7% and both Dustin Rowe and Dakota Wood are at 6% each.”

The poll found that Mullin has a favorable to unfavorable ratio of better than 13 to 1 (54% favorable vs. 4% unfavorable). This is the best ratio of any of the six candidates in the race.

Mullin’s lead is wider among key constituencies such as the 34% who have participated in all five of the most recent primaries (33% Mullin; 15% Faught; 7% Pettigrew; 6% Rowe; 6% Wood) and the 7% of voters who express familiarity with all of the candidates in the race (39% Mullin; 18% Faught; 0% Pettigrew; 7% Rowe; 11% Wood).

Study tbe entire poll at Brushfire_Memo.pdf.


State Senate Staff Says, THUNDER UP!

THUNDER UP!  Oklahoma State Senate Staff shows their support for the Oklahoma City Thunder heading into game one of the NBA finals Tuesday.


DHS Commission Chair Steps Down

Peter J. Rudy
Oklahoma Watchdog

During a heated meeting of the Oklahoma Human Services Commission Tuesday which included a motion on a vote of no confidence for Chairman Brad Yarbrough, it was announced that Yarbrough would be stepping down as Chair – but remaining a member of the commission – effective at the end of the meeting (you can read Yarbrough’s letter here).  Yarbrough said he’s been thinking about stepping down since February or March, but waited until after the legislative session was over.

Read Peter’s entire story at http://oklahoma.watchdog.org/3168/dhs-commission-chair-steps-down-during-contentious-meeting/.

The Gadfly: Like Mother, Like Son

Mike McCarville

Never much of a fan of pro basketball, I was startled some years back to learn of the passion my sainted Mother McCarville had for the game.

She was in her 80s when she turned avid NBA fan. I don’t know what it was that attracted her, but she was a diehard fan as I discovered one night when I called her to visit and she quickly told me she couldn’t talk and I should call back. I was concerned that something was wrong, so in 15 minutes or so, I called back. Michael, she said, the Bulls are playing. Call me later. And she hung up.

I told my sisters that if anyone had ever told me our Mother would become an ardent fan of five black guys playing basketball, I’d have said that person was nuts.

Mother had Chicago Bulls fever. Michael Jordan could do no wrong.

I recall fondly the joy in her voice and on her face when the Bulls won. I watched a game with her one night during a visit to central Arkansas; to say she was an “avid” fan is an understatement. She played every possession. Shouted at the refs. Cheered good plays. Grimaced at bad ones.

She was depressed when the Bulls became…well, not the Bulls she loved anymore. But she remained an NBA fan and watched games regularly right into her 98th and final year.

I thought it was typical of my Mother that she’d adopt something like a pro basketball team; she always had a penchant for picking the unexpected.

I didn’t really understand her zeal until the New Orleans Hornets relocated to Oklahoma City. I soon became a fan. When the Hornets went back to NOLA, I missed having a team to cheer for.

Then came the Thunder. Initially, I wasn’t too impressed. But as I got to “know” the team, read about the players and watch games, I found myself an NBA fan and I often chuckle about how Mom would love it.

Kevin Durant slowly replaced Chris Paul as my favorite player. Durant’s humility, lack of (visible) tatoos, and incredible ability impressed me.

Now, a few seasons later, I plan my entire evening schedule around Thunder games. Don’t call me during a game; I’ll pull a Mother McCarville and tell you to call back later.

And here we are in the NBA Finals with a team that has become the darling of the city and the state and much of the nation. I wish Mother McCarville could see this team.


The Future Is Now…And It Begins Tonight

Firearm-friendly Idaho Hits The Bullseye

Fox News

Detroit is known for cars, Los Angeles for its stars, now small towns in  Idaho are trying to become gun towns. But it’s not exactly a return to the Wild  West: The goal is to get people working again.

“It’s gonna create some jobs,” says David Brown, mayor of Potlatch, Idaho. “We can stay here, our kids can stay here and live and work.”

Potlatch, in western Idaho, for generations was a mill town. In 1906, it  boasted the world’s largest pine saw mill. Its lumber built cities all over the  United States. But in 1981, with its mill obsolete, Potlatch Lumber Inc. closed  the mill and, with it, the town’s identity.

PNW Arms, a high-tech ammunition company based in Seattle, was recently  looking for a new home. Tired of the long drives to the shooting range to test  their products and the laundry list of government regulations on weapons makers,  PNW Arms settled on Potlatch.

“We have a welcoming environment,” says William Lyon, vice president of sales  and marketing at PNW Arms. “We’re able to bring on staff that is familiar with  our kind of work, and our supply chain is a lot closer.”

About 58 companies that make either guns or ammunition are currently based in  Idaho, and government officials throughout the state are targeting more. The  Commerce Department calls it ‘Rec-Tech’. The state legislature is gun-friendly,  passing a law that shields weapons makers from liability when their products are  involved in tragedies. The goal is to poach gun makers from states where the  industry is heavily regulated.

Read more: http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/06/11/firearm-friendly-town-in-idaho-lure-gun-makers/#ixzz1xYuAMKC7

Dutcher: Blocking The Schoolhouse Door

Brandon Dutcher
Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs

It was 49 years ago today that Alabama Gov. George Wallace stood in the schoolhouse door to block the entry of two students.

Sadly, government officials in Oklahoma are still blocking the schoolhouse door.

The deficiencies of Oklahoma’s government-run education system are such that a black market has sprung up in this state. For example, some parents are so desperate to get a better education for their children that they will lie about their place of residence. This is why some suburban public schools, for example, require parents to present a June or July utility bill before they can enroll their children.

Some school officials take even more extreme measures. In the Tulsa Union district, for example, bureaucrats in marked security vehicles perform “residency checks” to make sure students actually live where they say they live — even to the point of asking to see a 12-year-old girl’s bedroom and personal belongings. (Education reporter Mike Antonucci rightly calls this “the creepy school district border patrol.”) And it’s all done in an attempt to keep some folks out.

As the liberal Berkeley law professor John E. Coons has observed: “We still arrange education so that children of the wealthy can cluster in chosen government enclaves or in private schools; the rest get whatever school goes with the residence the family can afford. This socialism for the rich we blithely call ‘public,’ though no other public service entails such financial exclusivity. Whether the library, the swimming pool, the highway, or the hospital — if it is ‘public,’ it is accessible. But admission to the government school comes only with the price of the house.”

Oddly enough, even as Union is blocking the schoolhouse door to keep some students outside, it is simultaneously blocking the schoolhouse door to keep other students trapped inside. The district has sued the parents of special-needs children who chose to take advantage of a new law granting them private-school scholarships. (In an excellent editorial last week, The Oklahoman decried the “Jim Crow-era measures” used against private-school scholarships.) The litigation is on its way to the Oklahoma Supreme Court — though law professor Andrew Spiropoulos isn’t even sure there’s a real case and controversy here.

To his credit, George Wallace repented for his past. Oklahoma officials who trap bullied children like Phylicia need to do the same.


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