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EXCLUSIVE (Pt 3): Candid Emails Reveal Depths of 1804 Repeal Conspiracy; Regarding Dirty Harry’s Notes

April 10, 2008

“One client is adamant that they want the guest worker -visiting worker -program as an option to raise immediate revenue.”

“We need to put our stuff in a bill with a friendly bill author.”

“If you need me to write any materials for you to use on this issue, please let me know.”

-Lobbyist Vickie Rankin

Click here to read entire emails.

“We can ‘play nice’ for a short while but we will soon have to decide if we wish to continue this tactic or just ‘go-for-broke’ and turn the Senate upside down. If Coffee does not change his attitude about this, that’s exactly what will have to be done. I don’t know what else we can use for leverage if all else fails. He is going to look really silly if he continues to fight with Tom.

“I think we have to just bring everyone in and say “folks, this is what’s coming down the tracks and it won’t be possible for you to just sit on the fence any longer.”

-Sen “Dirty Harry” Coates

“Well, this is a lot of fun, sort of.” – Lobbyist Otie Ann Fried

Click here to read entire emails


AN ANALYSIS

More insight for OKPNS readers today into the minds of the of the anti-1804 cabal, also known as “the gang who couldn’t shred straight.”

Out latest offering from the tip line provides more insight into the precise strategy of the anti-1804 campaign, and demonstrates just how deceptive the effort has been. Taken as a whole, it is clear to see that the so-called 1804 education effort, advanced by the pompous and self-important Chesapeake employee Tom Price, was nothing more than a bluff aimed at HB 1804 author Randy Terrill. Instead, the documents show that delaying implementation of some aspects of HB 1804 is where the anti-1804 campaign had placed all their eggs, as demonstrated by our revelations about the March 30th Flashpoint program.

More examination reveals some of the leading players in the inept and deceptive repeal campaign, and hand-written notes level some petty and nasty comments about other players in the failing effort. Lobbyist Jamie Longacre, who represents Spirit Bank CEO Kell Kelly, a very public 1804 foe, is seen to emerge as a major architect of the delay tactics.

Further, the documents reveal the recent Oklahoma Banker’s Association study, presented as an independent gauge of the alleged harm to the Oklahoma economy, was rather a public relations stunt staged in coordination with the anti-1804 campaign.

The notations in the margins provide much comic relief. For instance, the state chamber of commerce is ripped by the writer, who types “if they had done their job last year we wouldn’t be in this fight. Enough said”. The author then appears to misspell the word ‘looser” in the margin next to chamber boss Dick Rush’s name. Several other hand-written notes regarding the chamber appear all across the strategy document.

The author holds others out for contempt in varying degrees in typed and hand-written notes, including lobbyists and some organizations such as the Oklahoma Farm Bureau. But the most interesting aspect of this particular document is the attention given to Senate Co Pro Tempore Glenn Coffee. At one point the document’s author writes, “go to Glenn….see what it takes,” apparently in reference to Coffee. Later, the writer notes that Coffee is against delaying full implementation of 1804, and begins to script a campaign plan.

Other interesting items in typewritten text:

“The other question that comes to mind is whether I go to Glenn to see what his intentions are. If he plans to move forward with ‘English Only’ and will not commit to supporting the effective date delay and Task Force, then more drastic measure[s] may be considered. That will cause a real ‘fire-storm’ but if all else fails, I don’t see too many other options.”

Next, an examination of the handwriting just below that paragraph: “Glenn does not want to delay implementation.” Then, in the handwriting, the strategy and message are identified, which centers on using release of the banker’s study as leverage for a delay and subsequently a phony ‘task force.’

For those not reeling from the hilarious and inept planning musings, comic relief is just around the corner when you examine the comments about the state chamber, Agriculture Commissioner Terry Peach (“he said he will get out front on this”); the governor (“He needs to take a stand on something of substance, this is the right issue”); the Indian Affairs Commission (“it amazes me that they keep quiet on this when they were treated so poorly by the “first immigrants”). Further, the writer pens some unflattering remarks from what appears to be Dirty Harry include Lieutenant Governor Jari Askins (“not want to rock the boat”),

The writer also implicates more co-conspirators: including the Regents for Higher Education, (“Burns Hargis … is in agreement with our effort”), and state treasurer Scott Meacham (“Amy Sparks who is the Chief of Staff offered her help last week”).

Another e-mail exchange between Dirty Harry and lobbyist Jami Longacre clearly shows that Longacre is in charge of coordinating the messages.

Today’s latest post also shows more coordination of strategy and messages with lobbyist Vicki Rankin and healthcare advisors, lobbyist Otie Ann Fried and a senate staff mole, Lewis LeNaire.

One item we’ve uncovered discloses the existence of television commercials, which the anti-1804 group had scheduled to begin on April 2nd or 3rd.

But perhaps most disgusting is Dirty Harry’s comment about his fellow Republican, Coffee. “We can ‘play nice’ for a short while but we will soon have to decide if we wish to continue this tactic or just ‘go-for-broke’ and turn the Senate upside down. If Coffee does not change his attitude about this, that’s exactly what will have to be done. I don’t know what else we can use for leverage if all else fails. He is going to look really silly if he continues to fight with Tom.”

Unfortunately for the gang that couldn’t shred straight, there is someone looking silly, and it isn’t Senator Coffee. Clearly, the inept and treacherous gang of incompetents that constitutes the anti-1804 repeal gang didn’t take the original Dirty Harry’s advice, “A man’s got to know his limitations.”

Related:

AP: Missing e-mails lead to Senate Probe


Mike “Follow the Money” McCarville:
Harry Coates: Senate Investigation Underway Into Disappearance Of File From His Office (3 Posts in one day! Glad you could make it Mike!)

Mark Shannon:

“Interesting to note, TOM PRICE was never identified as Sr. VP for Chesapeake at any time during the show, according to a report on the OKPNS….Seems to me to be just another attempt to try and demonize the millions of Oklahomans who support 1804 and are glad to see the ILLEGALS forced out of the state, and the businesses who hire illegals held accountable for supporting them while they are here.” Read more…


EXCLUSIVE: Candid Emails Reveal Depths of 1804 Repeal Conspiracy; Ambush Planned for Rep. Terrill

EXCLUSIVE (Pt 2): Candid Emails Reveal Depths of 1804 Repeal Conspiracy; Is Sen. Coates Working for the People or Chesapeake Energy?

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While Rome Burns, Sen. Coates Hides In His Office

April 10, 2008
CALL SENATOR COATES AND ASK HIM WHO HE WORKS FOR

Eyewitnesses tell the Oklahoma Political News Service tonight that Sen. Harry Coates, (R)- Sell Out, literally hid out in his office today after our exclusive disclosure of this confidential email citing a list of potential supporters for the repeal of 1804. The list included top state officials Lt. Governor Jari Askins, Treasurer Scott Meacham, and Governor Brad Henry as potential supporters.

Sources say local media “camped out” in front of Sen. Coates office for an hour to no avail this afternoon. To encourage the press to go away, Coates told the waiting press he would hold a press conference tomorrow morning. As of this post, Sen Coates still has not sent out a press release giving the reason for the hastily called news conference.

Developing….

UPDATE:

From Mike “Follow the Money” McCarville: (His 1st post on the three day controversy!)

Coates To Address Leaked Emails, Hate Calls

“Senator Harry Coates said tonight he will meet with members of the press to discuss the leaking of private communications and hate calls to his office and family members because of his opposition to the state’s new immigration law.” Read more…

EXCLUSIVE (Pt 2): Candid Emails Reveal Depths of 1804 Repeal Conspiracy; Is Sen. Coates Working for the People or Chesapeake Energy?

April 9, 2008

Since billion dollar Chesapeake Energy Company is too cheap to hire Americans and would rather hire unskilled – and probably illegal – workers from Mexico, we suggest the above cost effective shredder for their future document destruction needs. And it’s American made!

With all the time Sen. Coates is putting in to the scheme to repeal 1804, we wonder what time does he have to address his constituents concerns?

Below are a few choice excerpts from the Coate’s email. We’re sure after reading our story today, a few of these folks will be leaving Sen. Coates off their Christmas card lists this year.

Sen. Harry Coates (R) Sell Out

Indian Affairs Commission“It amazes me they keep quiet on this when they were treated so poorly by the first immigrants!”


Regents for Higher Education – “Have discussed it with Burns Hargis and he is in agreement with our effort, don’t know if he would go on record though.”


Treasurer’s Office –“Amy Sparks who is chief of staff offered to help.”

State Chamber – “If they [Dick Rush or Mike Seney] had done their job last year, we would not be in this fight, enough said.”

Secretary of State – I have heard she [Susan Savage] is support (sic) but that may be as far as it goes, may not take a public position.

Governor’s Office –“[Brad Henry] needs to take a stand on something of substance, this is the right issue.”

Click here to read entire email.

There’s little wonder why Oklahomans are turning to the OKPNS tipline to pull back the cloak of deceit surrounding the campaign to repeal Oklahoma’s immigration reform law: OKPNS has time and time again been the only organization with the guts to take on the powerful and corrupt. And time after time the Oklahoma media has ignored the evidence presented by OKPNS.

Now, OKPNS is revealing the blueprints of the campaign, the players, the research and those engaging in outright deception, and we’d like to help the Oklahoma media as well. If you’re in the Oklahoma media, we’ll post a special section for journalists so they can peruse the findings of our special report. With today’s revelations, the media can ignore the truth no more and we’re glad to help the weak and vacillating Oklahoma media grow up!

Related:

EXCLUSIVE: Candid Emails Reveal Depths of 1804 Repeal Conspiracy; Ambush Planned for Rep. Terrill

Lazy OK Press Follows OKPNS Lead

February 18, 2008

The Tulsa World attempted to reclaim some journalistic pride for the mainstream OK press. The World ran a story this morning (that was obviously motivated by our report last week that exposed the open borders crowd and the business lobby with their pants around their knees) that says that the business lobby will attempt to repeal or modify 1804 this legislatives session. Here’s an excerpt from the story:

“But I can tell you this is not something the business community or any of the major chambers of commerce are going to be able to not engage in.”

Kelly laid out two major issues with the new law: “man’s inhumanity to man” and the “absolute Draconian effect” it has on the state’s economy.

“Without legislative action, there will have to be some sort of public awareness campaign that brings to light the very Draconian and insidious nature of this legislation,” he said.

In order for this issue to be fully understood, it will require a public information campaign,” said Kell Kelly, CEO of SpiritBank, who explained he could not confirm that such an effort already was under way. Read more…

“Man’s inhumanity to Man??” I haven’t heard that phrase since high school English class!

I agree with Rep. Terrill when he said:

“If illegal aliens making the modern equivalent of slave labor wages are critical to their vitality, it makes me very, very concerned about the future of those companies.

“Cliches and platitudes are passed around so cavalierly in politics these days, that astute observers ususally don’t pay much attention to them any more. For example, we’ve all heard within the political discourse the notion that companies are greedy and are only moving jobs overseas and hiring illegals to fatten their profit margins.

I thought I was in the astute catgegory until we got wind of the “Rob Peter to pay Paul” scheme 1804 opponents are trying to foist on the public. I’m still amazed, that first, they still haven’t talked to Rep. Terrill. And second, with the backlash from the amnesty bill the Congress tried to pass last year, these titans of Oklahoma industry are still going to try to have 1804 repealed.