Archive for October, 2006

Bode’s Money Plea Has Some Seeing Red

October 31, 2006

From The McCarville Report Online:

A letter from Corporation Commissioner Denise Bode, asking recipients to help her pay herself back the balance of the $345,174 she put into her losing campaign for the 5th District seat in Congress, has some Republicans seeing red.

GOP sources say the campaigns of Ernest Istook and Todd Hiett, in particular, are ticked about the letter because both their campaigns have been cash-strapped and donors will only give so much. Read more…

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Bode’s Money Plea Has Some Seeing Red

October 31, 2006

From The McCarville Report Online:

A letter from Corporation Commissioner Denise Bode, asking recipients to help her pay herself back the balance of the $345,174 she put into her losing campaign for the 5th District seat in Congress, has some Republicans seeing red.

GOP sources say the campaigns of Ernest Istook and Todd Hiett, in particular, are ticked about the letter because both their campaigns have been cash-strapped and donors will only give so much. Read more…

Askins’ Pro-Abortion Stance

October 31, 2006

Jari Askins’ liberal record continues to come to light in the final days of the campaign. Following close on the heels of Jari Askins’ liberal stance on gay marriage during a town hall meeting last week — there’s new information about Askins’pro-abortion stance.

Askins has repeatedly tried to represent herself as a conservative. However,last week during a KFOR town hall forum debate, she avoided making a clear statement on the gay marriage issue — now a more relevant issue than ever with last week’s New Jersey Supreme Court decision.

Now new information has come to light showing Askins’ pro-abortion stance. Records show clearly that Askins and other House Democrats rejected an attempt to pass a partial birth abortion ban in Oklahoma in 1997. In a floor vote on HB 2175 during the 1997 legislative session, amendments were offered to ban the barbaric practice of partial birth abortions in Oklahoma.

Democrats, who controlled the state House at the time, voted along party lines 59 to 41 to advance the bill without hearing the amendments. Askins was one of those Democrat votes — effectively supporting partial birth abortions and snubbing attempts to stop this heinous procedure.

Just how pro-life can Askins be when she votes like this? By contrast, Todd Hiett and House Republican leaders in just two years advanced and passed two years of pro-life reforms that Senate Democrats were forced to accept, and Governor Henry was forced to sign, including parental consent and informed consent.

Askins’ Pro-Abortion Stance

October 31, 2006

Jari Askins’ liberal record continues to come to light in the final days of the campaign. Following close on the heels of Jari Askins’ liberal stance on gay marriage during a town hall meeting last week — there’s new information about Askins’pro-abortion stance.

Askins has repeatedly tried to represent herself as a conservative. However,last week during a KFOR town hall forum debate, she avoided making a clear statement on the gay marriage issue — now a more relevant issue than ever with last week’s New Jersey Supreme Court decision.

Now new information has come to light showing Askins’ pro-abortion stance. Records show clearly that Askins and other House Democrats rejected an attempt to pass a partial birth abortion ban in Oklahoma in 1997. In a floor vote on HB 2175 during the 1997 legislative session, amendments were offered to ban the barbaric practice of partial birth abortions in Oklahoma.

Democrats, who controlled the state House at the time, voted along party lines 59 to 41 to advance the bill without hearing the amendments. Askins was one of those Democrat votes — effectively supporting partial birth abortions and snubbing attempts to stop this heinous procedure.

Just how pro-life can Askins be when she votes like this? By contrast, Todd Hiett and House Republican leaders in just two years advanced and passed two years of pro-life reforms that Senate Democrats were forced to accept, and Governor Henry was forced to sign, including parental consent and informed consent.

South Oklahoma City Lawmaker Under Criminal Investigation for Illegal Campaign Tactics

October 31, 2006

A state lawmaker from South Oklahoma City is under criminal investigation by local law enforcement officials for sending out illegal anonymous mail pieces to voters, attacking his opponent.

State Rep. Al Lindley is running for re-election in State House District 93 against retired Oklahoma State Trooper Mike Christian.

The mail pieces are illegal because they do not display who paid for them, a violation of state law. However, each piece is labeled with the same bulk rate permit number Lindley is using on mail pieces advertising his candidacy.

“We’ve worked hard in this campaign to stick to the issues,” Christian said. “But it appears my opponent has chosen to take the low road by attacking my personal life and my family, and he’s twisting his own voting record to make it sound good. And since he’s not saying who’s paying for these attacks, he’s breaking the law.”

According to Oklahoma statutes, it is illegal for anyone to distribute “a statement, circular, poster, or advertisement” intended to influence voters in an election without prominently displaying “the name and address of the person who paid for the communication” on the materials.

If an organization paid for the communication, the name and address of at least two officers of the organization must be prominently displayed on the materials.

In the past few weeks, voters in House District 93 have received at least six mail pieces attacking Christian. None of the pieces indicate who paid for them, but all of the pieces are labeled with the same bulk rate permit number as Lindley’s.

Some of the mail pieces were sent anonymously, while other pieces feature the names and return address of Lindley’s campaign chairman and her husband.

Each mail piece is labeled with the same bulk rate permit number Lindley is using on mail pieces advertising his candidacy. A bulk rate permit number is often printed on a piece of mail in place of a stamp and is used by the post office to track the piece’s origin. According to postal officials, if two different pieces of mail share the same bulk rate permit number, they were sent by the same individual or company.

Some of the pieces falsely speculate on Christian’s marital and family history, while others attempt to defend Lindley’s voting record while in office, particularly on legislation relating to immigration, education and taxes.

“Mr. Lindley has not only stooped to the lowest form of gutter politics, attacking my personal life and issues involving my child, he has used illegal means to do so,” said Christian.

Christian filed a police report with the Oklahoma City Police Department on Monday, Oct. 30, regarding the illegal attack mailers.

Quick Political Update

October 31, 2006

By Kyle Loveless

I think the Oklahoma GOP is not going to have to weather the anti incumbent fever that is rising in different parts of the country. Bush still has a mid to high 50’s approval ratings here in Oklahoma, even though national topics are not on the ballot in Oklahoma this cycle.

Every down ticket Republican is in the fight for their political lives except for Bob Anthony. His race is getting tighter with Cody Graves, but I believe Graves will come up short. I do question Graves attacking Anthony, especially after Bob Anthony received an award from the FBI regarding his integrity and his help in rooting out corruption. Graves better ask Kirk Humphreys if he wants to go negative on Anthony.

The Labor Commissioners race is always tight, and for some reason the Dems think they can take Brenda Reneau out. I will have to wait and see on this one. Reneau telling Lloyd Fields to “shush” on the Verdict was not the best way to look like you know what you are doing. Yes, I agree he was out of line interrupting her. Quick note, when given the opportunity to close a debate on why you deserve another term – give reasons – not shots at your opponent.

I think Kim Holland is dead. The luckiest guy in Oklahoma right now????? Bill Case. She may win, even with all of the questions surrounding her, but I think it will come down to Bill Case scraping enough money to get on TV. If he can, he wins. If not, she wins.

Jeff McMahan is in hiding from Mike McCarville and the press. If Gary Jones can raise enough to buy tv in two media markets, he can win. My suggestion would be to divide his buys between cable and major tv. I hear that McMahan is up in the Lawton and Sherman / Ada markets, so we shall see if that pays off.

Bill Crozier, who is running against Sandy Garrett, made a video recently on how students could use old think school books to STOP A BULLETT if a Columbine type of shooting occurred. And that is where the saying died, there is no such thing as bad publicity, sheesh.

Finally, it is my prediction that all of the naysayers will be proved wrong. It seems that whenever all of the prognosticators and experts agree, it makes me think they are missing something. I think they are missing something here in Oklahoma. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t think every Republican will win, but I believe it will be better than most people expect. We will do pretty well overall.

I predict there will be a tie in the State Senate and new Senate Pro Tem Todd Hiett will be breaking the ties. We will hold the House (lose a couple of seats) but still retain the majority. Mary Fallin will be our newly elected Congressperson.

I am stil studying the others races.

*Read Kyle’s new OKPNS column: “Where Oklahoma Should Be?

Please give Denise Bode… an English lesson

October 30, 2006

In her failed congressional campaign, Corporation Commissioner Denise Bode pumped in $345,174 of her own money, according to Federal Election Commission records. The wounds haven’t healed and the mortgage payments are mounting, and now the would-be federal legislator wants her donors to ante-up once more.

“This letter went out and every oil executive within five hundred miles cringed,” said a source close to the 5th District primary campaign this year. “All of a sudden they’re going to start saying no to Oklahoma’s own Tom DeLay? She’s got four years left as Corporation Commissioner and a mortgage to pay.”

“Even funnier, though is that either a drunken fourth grader wrote this letter, or quality control has taken a dip down on Denise’s campaign team,” the OKPNS tipster who sent us the letter wrote. “Extra punctuation, paragraphs that randomly aren’t indented, words that repeat from one sentence to the next…”

For example, the letter opens, “I want to once again, thank you…” In another example, there is one sentence in between two paragraphs; six commas in a two sentence paragraph.

Here, at, OKPNS, we, always, like, to, share, with, our, readers, the, very, best, of, what, our, elected, officials, are, sending, to, the, voters. Enjoy.

Click here to read the Bode letter in its entirety.

Jim Roth Picks a Petty Argument (With Me?)

October 28, 2006

From ModernPatriot.net:

By Craig Dawkins

I’m never surprised when petty bickering breaks out at Oklahoma County between elected officials. Whether it’s John Whetsel calling Brent Rinehart names or Leonard Sullivan talking trash against Rinehart, or Carolynn Caudill breaking out in a screeching episode against whomever, it’s kind of business as usual.

But I must admit that I was quite surprised today when Oklahoma County Commissioner Jim Roth walked up to me today and asked me an odd and rather insulting question. First let me describe the setting. The setting was an ACCO building in Oklahoma City. ACCO stands for Association of County Commissioners of Oklahoma. The purpose of the meeting today was to award full-time workers in the Oklahoma County Commissioner districts safety awards. It is my understanding that these awards are for those were accident free for the year.

The people who were there from commissioner offices were there in support of their districts. So I tagged along for that purpose. I attended the event during my lunch break. After the event, Jim Roth walked up my table and asked me and another coworker a question regarding whether we were being paid today to attend the meeting. Not really understanding his question, I answered that I was being paid today. The question seemed rather odd to me. Why?
Read more… (3rd article)

Prater Fabricating Police Endorsements?

October 28, 2006

Next to money of course, endorsements are an integral component to any winning campaign. An endorsement from a credible individual or organization can literally make or break a campaign; the reason politicians work so hard to get them.

Oklahoma District Attorney candidate David Prater – obviously realizes this political fact as well – as he runs an underdog campaign against current D.A. Wes Lane. Prater is airing commercials suggesting, “police organizations are working against Lane.” That would be a mighty powerful endorsement for any district attorney candidate. The only problem – it’s not true!

Larry Grant, President of the Oklahoma County’s Sheriff Office: Fraternal Order of Police, released this letter asking Prater to “respectfully..take the ad down.” Mr. Grant cites in the letter “By state law, both the Oklahoma State Bureau of Narcotics and the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation cannot endorse any candidate for public office.” One would think a candidate running for district attorney would at least know the laws of Oklahoma.

Prater is later admonished by Grant in the letter by describing the ad as “disingenuous” and “[plays]politics with the men and women of law enforcement”. Grant writes that Wes Lane is a “man of integrity” and “cares passionately” for the citizens of Oklahoma County.

Rest assured, the Oklahoma political News Service will continue to investigate this matter as it unfolds.

Specialty Hospital Lobbyist Girds For Battles

October 27, 2006

By Janice Francis-Smith
The Journal Record
10/26/2006

OKLAHOMA CITY – A lobbyist for specialty hospitals stands ready to do battle again in 2007. Lobbyist Patrick Gaines represents the Independent Medical Providers Action Council of Oklahoma Inc., also called IMPAC. Members include about 15 of Oklahoma’s 140 specialty hospitals, medical facilities that focus only on specific procedures, such as heart surgery.

In Oklahoma and nationwide, the proliferation of specialty hospitals has raised concern among some health care officials, particularly advocates of large general hospitals. Some analysts find general hospitals increasingly lose lucrative procedures like heart surgeries to specialty hospitals. General hospitals use such revenue to offset money lost providing emergency care for people with little or no health insurance.

On the other hand, specialty hospitals often rate higher in patient care and customer service surveys.

A temporary federal moratorium lifted this year had prevented construction of specialty hospitals for nearly two years as health care professionals studied the impact such facilities had on the industry. With that moratorium ended, analysts foresee construction of more specialty facilities in the near future.

Gains expects some industry leaders will seek both federal and state legislation to slow that growth.

In past years, Oklahoma legislators failed to pass bills requiring specialty
hospitals provide a mandated level of charity care for the uninsured or underinsured. The last one considered proposed both specialty and general hospitals pay into a fund to leverage federal Medicaid dollars. Specialty facilities opposed the measure on principle, said Gains, since the fund would primarily benefit general hospitals.

On the federal level, some have called for reinstating the moratorium.

“Congress can talk about something for years and never do anything about
it,” said Gaines. “We hope it stays just talk.”