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Tipline: Bunny Chambers & Lynn Wyndel Not Seeking Re-election

December 8, 2007

OK GOP national committee members Bunny Chambers and Lynn Wyndel both have said they are not running for re-election next April. So, in what would have been another ho-hum convention, should now be a rather contentious event.

It’s About the Kids. Yeah, Right.

October 8, 2007

Message from Chairman Jones:

Last week in downtown OKC there was a small rally in support of a bill that would expand the State Children’s Health Insurance Program (SCHIP). The rally was held in front of Rep. Mary Fallin’s office. Nathaniel Batchelder, speaking for the groups behind the rally, said, “we need Rep. Fallin to override Bush’s veto and stand up for our kids.”

It seems like everyone’s motto these days is “it’s about the kids.” If this SCHIP program were really about our kids’ future, however, we wouldn’t expand government spending and put our children further in debt.

As Congresswoman Fallin put it: “ I don’t know of anyone that doesn’t agree with the basic premise that poor children should have access to quality medical care… the conflict is over how great an expansion of SCHIP the federal government can responsibly sustain.”

The real facts back up Fallin’s stance:

The proposed SCHIP expansion would allow and strongly encourage States to provide government health coverage for children in families making 300% of the Federal poverty level, or almost $62,000 for a family of four. Furthermore, Congress’ bill would enable SCHIP to cover children in some households with incomes of up to 400% of the Federal poverty level (about $83,000 per year).

Of the 5.8 million enrollees Congress’ legislation would attract by 2012, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) projects that 2.0 million would drop private insurance to enroll, moving us closer to a nanny-state government that Democrats envision.

Democrats would like to point the finger at Republicans and make the outlandish claim that we are against children if we don’t support this bill. Unfortunately for Democrats, the facts just aren’t on their side.

Related:

Community Action Project: SCHIP Issue Brief

The Collegian: SCHIP veto a democratic disaster

Henry’s Three-Hour Tour

October 1, 2007

Message from Chairman Jones

We learned last week that Governor Brad “Blackjack” Henry is on a Brazilian fishing trip with some of Oklahoma’s most prominent trial lawyers. On the current trip are a member of the Oklahoma Judicial Nominating Commission and two former members, and three past presidents of the Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association.

So does Henry’s three-hour tour signal a future third tort reform veto?

After promising Oklahoma taxpayers Texas-plus tort reform, Henry proceeded to veto tort reform legislation last session…twice. Seems like Henry’s trial lawyer buddies are getting a good return on their investment.

In Henry’s first campaign for governor in 2002, Lawyers accounted for over 27% of Henry’s receipts, far outpacing his second most lucrative source, a category referred to as “Self.” In 2006, trial lawyers came through again, with 20% of his contributions, outpacing the number two category – healthcare – by an almost 4-1 margin.

“For him to be vacationing with the leaders of the Trial Lawyers Association just tends to show that he is way too close to that organization,” said State Senator James Williamson, the author of the tort reform bill vetoed by the Governor just five months ago. “He should show impartiality in this issue and there’s a standard of trying to avoid even the appearance of impropriety.”

With Henry chummy as ever with Oklahoma’s most powerful trial lawyers, it looks as if we are set for another tort reform showdown next legislative session. Republican lawmakers shouldn’t back down from this fight, but Henry’s current schmooze-cruise doesn’t make the fight any easier.

Henry’s Three-Hour Tour

October 1, 2007

Message from Chairman Jones

We learned last week that Governor Brad “Blackjack” Henry is on a Brazilian fishing trip with some of Oklahoma’s most prominent trial lawyers. On the current trip are a member of the Oklahoma Judicial Nominating Commission and two former members, and three past presidents of the Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association.

So does Henry’s three-hour tour signal a future third tort reform veto?

After promising Oklahoma taxpayers Texas-plus tort reform, Henry proceeded to veto tort reform legislation last session…twice. Seems like Henry’s trial lawyer buddies are getting a good return on their investment.

In Henry’s first campaign for governor in 2002, Lawyers accounted for over 27% of Henry’s receipts, far outpacing his second most lucrative source, a category referred to as “Self.” In 2006, trial lawyers came through again, with 20% of his contributions, outpacing the number two category – healthcare – by an almost 4-1 margin.

“For him to be vacationing with the leaders of the Trial Lawyers Association just tends to show that he is way too close to that organization,” said State Senator James Williamson, the author of the tort reform bill vetoed by the Governor just five months ago. “He should show impartiality in this issue and there’s a standard of trying to avoid even the appearance of impropriety.”

With Henry chummy as ever with Oklahoma’s most powerful trial lawyers, it looks as if we are set for another tort reform showdown next legislative session. Republican lawmakers shouldn’t back down from this fight, but Henry’s current schmooze-cruise doesn’t make the fight any easier.

Hillary Gets Pandering Lesson from Chairman Jones

August 9, 2007

OKLAHOMA CITY (August 8, 2007) With Democratic Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton visiting Oklahoma this upcoming Saturday evening, Gary Jones and the State Republican Party have created a handy “Pandering Guide” for her convenience.

“Hillary has a long and painful history of pandering to people she knows nothing about,” said Jones. “So for her visit to Oklahoma, we thought it would be a nice gesture to provide her some pandering guidelines for our great state.”

Oklahoma Pandering Guide 101:

Number 1: Don’t wear our crimson and cream or orange, black and white
You may have gotten away with wearing a Yankees hat when you campaigned in New York, but it’s not going to work here in Oklahoma. Stick with what you know: liberal east coast elitistism.

Number 2: Please don’t try the southern drawl again
Your southern drawl that you pulled out on your stop in Selma, Alabama was more than a little embarrassing. Oklahomans can tell real quick if you aren’t from around here. So you probably should keep that in your back pant suit pocket.

Number 3: Speaking of pant suits

You’ve been criticized on the campaign trail for some of your pretentious pant suit ensembles. Let me stop you before you even think about entering Oklahoma in a pair of Wranglers and a cowboy hat.

Number 4: Your love for tax increases
We know you want to raise taxes on everything from businesses to personal income. However, that stance isn’t going to score you any points in Oklahoma. We want our tax burden to be lower, not higher. That’s why all 77 counties in Oklahoma went for George W. Bush in 2004, and why even Oklahoma’s lone Democrat Congressman Dan Boren predicted you won’t win Oklahoma.

Number 5: Last, but certainly not least, socialized healthcare
We’ve heard you are still pursuing a step-by-step plan to achieve nationalized Health Care. As always, you and your liberal colleagues are advocating another government boondoggle, not a private enterprise solution, and we don’t want the government in our doctor’s offices. So steer clear of discussing this dangerous policy.

“We feel if you stick to our guidelines you may just get out of Oklahoma unscathed. As far as the election, however, I’m afraid you won’t be so lucky,” concluded Jones.

Message from Chairman Jones

July 17, 2007

Green Country GOP Delegation Step Up

By Gary Jones

Most of the time we don’t see a leader’s true grit until a tragedy or crisis hit. Well, Oklahoma has been hit with a crisis, and I’m proud to say our leaders stepped up to the plate.

Over the last few weeks, thousands of Oklahomans have been displaced or evacuated from their homes due to record-breaking flood conditions across Oklahoma. Northeastern Oklahoma has been the most heavily effected area of the state. Washington County has sustained significant damage and has already been approved for individual assistance by President Bush. State Senator John Ford and State Representatives Steve Martin and Earl Sears, who represent the majority of the affected areas, have stepped up to the plate, worked with first responders and emergency officials and showed true leadership exactly when residents needed it the most.

“I am so pleased to serve with Rep. Steve Martin and Rep. Earl Sears in Washington and Nowata Counties,” said Senator Ford. “We have worked closely together during this disaster with the local, state and Federal government agencies to help the victims receive the necessary services to start the recovery process.

“People have lost so much and this disaster has affected our communities deeply,” said Ford. “I will be working with Representatives Martin and Sears to ensure that all available resources are dedicated to helping protect the Washington and Nowata County area residents, and that the area is included in any forthcoming disaster declarations.”

OKGOP Chairman: "Special Prosecutor Needed to Probe Campaign Contributions"

June 25, 2007
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Gary Jones
June 25, 2007 405-528-3501

This Wednesday Steve Phipps is scheduled to plead guilty as part of a plea agreement with the United States Government in connection with an FBI investigation of political corruption in Southeast Oklahoma. His estranged business partner, former Democratic State Senator Gene Stipe, will be back in court Thursday for a probation revocation hearing. Stipe, who is in the midst of a 5 year-probation sentence for illegal campaign activities, appears to be facing the judge in connection to similar charges of illegally funneling contributions to Congressman Dan Boren’s 2004 congressional campaign.

The federal investigation into the corrupt political shenanigans of Gene Stipe has sparked a grassfire of additional illegal activities and has grown to include a number of high level Democrats. While the federal government is doing its job, the same can not be said of the State of Oklahoma. While federal prosecutors are handing out indictments for federal crimes, justice will not be served without a state investigation and charges sought at that level. The feds have filed charges in connection with donations to Boren, but what about more than a hundred thousand dollars in contributions to State Auditor Jeff McMahan, Attorney General Drew Edmondson and Governor Brad Henry? To add insult to injury it appears that it was our own state tax dollars illegally funneled into these campaigns.

The Oklahoma officials normally responsible for investigating and prosecuting state related crimes have been implicated and may very well be involved themselves. It is imperative that Governor Brad Henry name a special prosecutor to pursue charges in this corruption ring. Attorney General Drew Edmondson has made comments that state charges may be pursued. However, he himself has been caught up in the straw donor scam along with the state auditor, not to mention the Democrat Leader of the Oklahoma Senate, Mike Morgan.

It’s time for an independent state investigation. It’s time for Governor Henry to show leadership and name a special prosecutor. We need someone to investigate these crimes and stop those who are abusing our state and our citizens. Sadly, political corruption has been a part of our past hundred years. It need not be tolerated in our future.

Related

BUBBAWORLD dot NET:Big Week for Gene Stipe”

OK GOP E-News: Week of 6-4-07

June 4, 2007

Well one thing we can say about new/old OKGOP Chairman Gary Jones, the weekly email has gotten a hell of a lot better. We actually look forward to receiving it now. Before, it was about as entertaining as watchng paint dry! The commentary is more insightful and this week, Jones even adds a little humor.

Gene “Bosshog” Stipe Legacy Keeps Growing

The federal investigation into Gene Stipe and his alleged corruption in SE Oklahoma just keeps growing, with Senate Co-President Pro-Tem Mike Morgan now coming under fire.

A Sunday story by the Oklahoman shows some Oklahoma colleges used non-traditional private financing to build housing projects, and students at several Oklahoma colleges are paying higher housing costs because of it.

Morgan, who’s a Stillwater attorney, was paid more than $230,000 as the acting attorney on some of the projects…all in his Senate district. Reporters Tony Thornton and Randy Ellis also report that huge sums were paid to a title company co-owned by—you guessed it—former State Senator Gene Stipe.

The shady funding method, called off-balance-sheet or no-recourse financing, results in higher interest rates and higher fees paid to underwriters, banks and various attorneys, because the schools bypass competitive-bidding to streamline construction projects. The Oklahoman confirmed that the schools’ financing method is drawing FBI scrutiny.

We’ve made the point here before that the arrogance of power, the corruption that follows and the unquenchable thirst to spend taxpayer dollars has been the trademark of Oklahoma Democrats during their time in the majority, and it’s the mark Stipe has left on the Democratic Party.

With Mike Morgan term-limited, it is uncertain if he will simply slip off into the shadows or if these charges will be pursued further. What is more clear however, is that this cloud of corruption may damage Morgan’s popularity in his own Senate district and could hurt the Democratic nominee who will look to replace Morgan next November.

Quick, Hide the Women & Children; OKGOP Allegedly Engages in Political Parody

May 7, 2007

The so called Oklahoma Independent Media Center researchers seem to have too much times on their hands. How else to explain them having their panties in a bunch over the alleged scandal of the OKPGOP using a photo shopped picture of Speaker Nancy Pelosi on their website recently.

OIMC says on their website:“We are a grassroots, community-based collective striving to provide universal access to news media without corporate filtering. This is a progressive outlet committed to amplifying the voices of everyday people and especially those working for justice and equality in Oklahoma and around the world.”

Isn’t progressive code word for liberal Democrat? Read below an excerpt from their “expose”:

The front page of the Oklahoma Republican Party’s web site presents an image of the Speaker of the House, Democrat Nancy Pelosi, which they accurately refer to as “disturbing”.

But the disturbing aspect of the image is its relationship to reality and its use on the website of a supposedly reputable organization of mature adults to disparage its subject in a not-so-subtle fashion. The image is clearly digitally distorted (“Photoshopped“)in order to present the Speaker as old, haggard and ugly, with heavily rouged cheeks, sloppy lipstick and lines, bulges and veins that do not actually exist on the Speaker’s face.

First, If you want to investigate real political bias in the Oklahoma media, here’s a link for you. Second, we’re not so sure the photo has been altered. The pictures were clearly taken at different times. Speaker Pelosi has been in public life a long time, maybe the first picture is more recent.

OK GOPers Would Sooner Wait

April 19, 2007



Special Report
By Michael D. Bates

OKLAHOMA CITY — Delivering his post mortem for the 2006 mid-term elections, Sen. Tom Coburn told delegates at Saturday’s Oklahoma Republican Convention that the voters lost confidence in Republican integrity, not Republican ideas:

“If Republicans will stand on ideas and have courage to back up those ideas, the courage to challenge the status quo, then the Republican Party both in Oklahoma and this country will be very successful in the future.”

As Coburn took a breath, a woman in the crowd cried out, “Tom for President!” It was the biggest applause line of the day.

Oklahoma boasts the most conservative Senate delegation in the nation — both Coburn and his senior colleague Jim Inhofe have a perfect score from the American Conservative Union — and every county went red in 2004.

Most of the convention’s 900 delegates are waiting to find a candidate like Coburn to back in a bid for the White House — someone with integrity who can confidently articulate conservative ideas. None of the candidates already in the race has captured their hearts. Read more…