Archive for April, 2007

Gas Company Sets Sights on Washington

April 30, 2007

By Jim Snyder

Since opening for business in 1993, Chesapeake Energy has grown into a dominant player in the natural gas industry. Now the company is setting its sights on Washington.

In the process, it is making the traditional energy lobby, which tries hard to avoid infighting, nervous that the détente could be over.

Chesapeake’s push comes as Congress weighs global warming legislation, which could rearrange the country’s energy fuel mix.

The company is a charter member of the American Clean Skies Foundation, which will promote natural gas interests. The formation of a new coalition itself isn’t particularly newsworthy since several already exist. But Chesapeake’s CEO, Aubrey McClendon, who co-founded the company with $50,000, indicated in an interview with The Hill that the foundation would not be afraid to challenge Big Coal, despite that industry’s powerful backers on Capitol Hill.

“We will be an aggressive and forceful advocate of natural gas, and I should add, effective,” McClendon said.

The foundation will be run by Denise Bode, a member of the Oklahoma Corporation Commission with ties to Washington’s oil and gas lobby. Bode was once the president of the IPAA and is a former staffer to ex-Sen. David Boren (D-Okla.). Read more…

Istook-isms: "Lose Thousands of Dollars from Your Own Home In Your Spare Time!"

April 30, 2007

. . . and then thank Barney Frank

You can lose thousands of dollars every week — right from the privacy of your own home!

Thanks to the modern miracle of Internet gambling, you don’t have to plan ahead for a trip to a casino far-far away! Just imagine the gambling convenience:

  • No need to plan ahead!
  • No pre-set spending limits!
  • No distraction from family members wanting to share your vacation time!
  • Temptation is always as close as your keyboard.
  • A new federal law was passed just last year that prevents this, limiting your abilty to lose large amounts of money quickly and easily. Thanks to Barney Frank, the Massachusetts Congressman who now chairs the House Financial Services Committee, that law may be undone.

    If he succeeds, credit card companies and banks will once again be required to process payments of online gambling debts. Last year a new law gave you the right to refuse to pay online gambling debts financed through a credit card (just as you can protest improper bills). That’s akin to many state laws that make illegal gambling debts unenforceable (which is why bookies have their own “enforcers”). Read more…

    Oklahoma Consortium Bids to Land $450 Million Research Center

    April 30, 2007

    TULSA, Okla. (AP) A consortium led by Oklahoma State University hopes to land for the state a 450 million dollar research center for the federal Department of Homeland Security.

    Twenty-nine bids originally were made for the National Bio and Agro Defense Facility, and earlier this year, that number was trimmed to 14 after the first round of the selection process.

    A list of three to five finalists for the facility is expected to be released in June.

    Those who back the Oklahoma bid say winning the competition for the facility will be difficult, but that the state is one of the top contenders.

    The proposal would place the facility at a 67-hundred-acre U-S Agriculture Department research laboratory west of El Reno.

    Among Oklahoma universities, O-S-U, the University of Oklahoma, the University of Tulsa and Langston University are involved in the bid.

    The state’s two largest private research organizations, the Noble Foundation and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, also are part of the consortium.

    Loveless to Run For State Senate

    April 26, 2007

    April 25th, 2007

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact: Kyle D. Loveless

    405-640-0740


    3rd Generation of South-Side Oklahoma City Family Files for District 45 Seat

    Oklahoma City, OK – Today, Kyle D. Loveless, a third-generation South Oklahoma City native, made it official and announced his candidacy for State Senate District #45.

    The seat is currently held by Senator Kathleen Wilcoxson who is retiring due to term limits. The primary election will be held in the summer of 2008.

    “Senator Kathleen Wilcoxson and Senator Helen Cole leave a fine and honorable tradition of leadership that I hope to continue if elected,” said Loveless.

    “Oklahoma is heading into a new century, and we need a new brand of conservative leadership that is not afraid to take on the tough issues. Priorities must be made. Our state government needs to make hard decisions. I am the type of candidate who is not afraid to make the changes we need.”

    “For too long, the Oklahoma State Senate has been in the back pocket of the trial lawyers, and the state has suffered because of it. We need entrepreneurs with the pioneering spirit that our state was founded upon, not relics of the past.”

    To kick off the campaign, Loveless is inviting the public to a reception at his campaign headquarters:

    WHEN: May 24th, 2007

    6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

    WHERE: Loveless Campaign Headquarters

    4400 SW 21st Street

    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73108

    (Just east of SW 21st Street and S. Meridian intersection)

    Loveless — Conservative Leadership for a New Century

    Rep. Fallin "The HiIl" Interview

    April 26, 2007


    By Kelly McCormack

    If you could fire one lawmaker, who would it be?

    “I can’t think of anybody I’d fire. I have a great respect for [all lawmakers] even though I may differ. They are representing their districts.”

    If you could be one other lawmaker, who would you want to be?

    “[There are] many lawmakers that I have a great [amount of respect for]. They each have strengths in [their] various individual personalities. I can’t name one I’d want to be exactly like.”

    What five people, dead or alive, would you want to go to dinner with?

    “[Secretary of State] Condoleezza Rice. I really admire her. She’s smart, capable, savvy and has a good heart. Speaker [Nancy] Pelosi (D-Calif.). Although we come from different political parties, I respect her elevation as a woman to Speaker of the House. [House Minority Leader John] Boehner (R-Ohio). He’s got knowledge to share. Margaret Thatcher — one of the early women to work in a man’s world. First lady Laura Bush.”

    What’s your middle name?

    “Oh, don’t ask me that! My daddy’s name: Newt. Whenever I see Newt Gingrich I tell him that we have something in common.”

    Have you ever had a near-death experience?

    “No, not to the point of being injured. I came close in car wrecks. Last year, [I was on a flight that] almost had a midair collision [with another plane]. I haven’t had any injuries.”

    What do you do to stay in shape?

    “I like to walk, work out and lift weights. It’s very important for one’s health and alertness, [especially] working the congressional hours that we do. My mom became ill at 73 and was bedridden. [It’s important] to enjoy life in the golden years.”

    OCRI-homa!

    April 26, 2007


    By John J. Miller

    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma – The Oklahoma Civil Rights Initiative is moving ahead with plans for a November, 2008 ballot measure banning government-sponsored race and gender preferences in the state.

    The Oklahoma Civil Rights Initiative will be part of a ‘Super Tuesday for Equal Rights’ campaign that will offer citizens of several states the chance to end such practices in public employment, public education and public contracting. Similar measures have already passed in three other states, all by overwhelming margins.

    “We believe the people of Oklahoma are fair and believe in equal treatment under the law,” said Rep. Randy Terrill. “Ward Connerly and his organizations have done excellent work exposing policies that divide us and now we are delighted to have his support in pursuing the Oklahoma Civil Rights Initiative,” Rep. Terrill continued.

    First Democratic Presidential Debate Watch Party

    April 26, 2007

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:
    Mike Workman, DFA Tulsa, 918-743-8165 h/o

    Watch a live 90-minute broadcast of the First-In-The-Nation Democratic Presidential Debate in Orangeburg, SC, on MSNBC in our two reserved rooms with seating for 105 people. All eight Democratic presidential candidates have confirmed for this debate.

    Afterwards, representatives of their local campaigns will address us and a straw poll will be taken! Come learn more about the strong field and support your favorite Democrat! Space may be limited to the first 105 online RSVPs!

    Event Date: Thursday, April 26, 2007

    Event Time: 5:30-8:00 PM Central

    Mazzio’s Pizza, meeting room
    5119 S. Sheridan Rd., Tulsa, OK 74145

    OU Donates to Soldier’s Angels

    April 25, 2007

    The Oklahoma Political News Service would like to recognize the University of Oklahoma for recently donating items to the Soldiers Angels organization. Those items will be sent to Oklahoma soldiers overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan. Thank you University of Oklahoma for not only remembering our troops overseas but doing something to let them know they are remembered and appreciated.

    Soldiers Angels has been supporting our nation’s military men and women since 2003. On their website, they state their mission is to “provide aid and comfort to the military and its families, provide immediate response to hard situations, and make sure no soldier feels unloved.”

    SA send thousands of letters, care pacakges, and comfort items to our deployed. They also help their families here at home as requested. No matter how one feels about the war, our troops deserve our support, and financially supporting Soldier’s Angels is a great way of showing your support.

    OU Donates to Soldier’s Angels

    April 25, 2007

    The Oklahoma Political News Service would like to recognize the University of Oklahoma for recently donating items to the Soldiers Angels organization. Those items will be sent to Oklahoma soldiers overseas in Iraq and Afghanistan. Thank you University of Oklahoma for not only remembering our troops overseas but doing something to let them know they are remembered and appreciated.

    Soldiers Angels has been supporting our nation’s military men and women since 2003. On their website, they state their mission is to “provide aid and comfort to the military and its families, provide immediate response to hard situations, and make sure no soldier feels unloved.”

    SA send thousands of letters, care pacakges, and comfort items to our deployed. They also help their families here at home as requested. No matter how one feels about the war, our troops deserve our support, and financially supporting Soldier’s Angels is a great way of showing your support.

    Williamson Vows to Continue Effort to Override Henry Veto of Pro-Life Bill

    April 25, 2007

    SB 714 author disappointed by Senator Laster’s flip-flop on abortion issue

    The evenly divided Oklahoma Senate fell one vote short today of the 32 votes needed to override Gov. Brad Henry’s veto of a pro-life bill after Democrat Senator Charles Laster of Shawnee flip-flopped by voting against an override motion after voting 3 previous times in favor of the legislation this session – once in committee and twice on the Senate floor.

    But Senate Bill 714’s author, Sen. James A. Williamson of Tulsa, said he will press on with future attempts to override Henry’s veto.

    “Today’s vote is just the beginning. Our fight on behalf of unborn Oklahomans will continue for as along as necessary until we override this veto,” Williamson said.

    “Sen. Laster’s flip flop on this life-and-death issue is surprising and disappointing. Sen. Laster will likely be hearing from many pro-life Oklahomans in the coming days. There will be a lot of prayers that he will have a change of heart on the next override vote,” stated Williamson.

    “Sen. Laster’s explanation for changing his vote on SB 714 involves the same arguments that were used against this bill during every previous vote, yet Sen. Laster still voted for the bill every time until today,” he said.

    Senate Bill 714 is a pro-life bill that prohibits the use of state funds, facilities, and employees to perform abortions. It also requires abortionists to file paperwork with the state showing they are following laws requiring informed consent of patients and the notification of minors’ parents before abortions are performed.

    Williamson noted that Democrat Sen. Nancy Riley of Sand Springs, who switched parties in 2006, has also changed positions on the abortion issue.

    “In the past, Sen. Riley consistently voted pro-life as a Republican. She never told pro-life supporters that rape and incest exceptions were important to her. As a Democrat, she even voted for SB 714 in committee before opposing the bill on the floor,” Williamson said. “Sen. Riley’s waffling on the issue of life is extremely disappointing.”

    Williamson said he will continue to bring up his motion to override Henry’s veto of SB 714 “as many times as necessary” until the end of next year’s legislative session.