Archive for the ‘Rep. Fallin’ Category

Will Brad Engage? Or Will He Fiddle While Largely African American N.E. OKC Goes Down the Tubes?

June 1, 2008

While officials like Shelton, Congresswoman Mary Fallin, Mayor Mick Cornett and County Commissioner Ray Vaughan are aggressively publicly opposing the casino, at least two officials are conspicuous in their silence: Gov. Brad Henry and County Commissioner Willa Johnson.

The controversy surrounding the proposed Shawnee Tribe’s casino in northeast Oklahoma City is heating up.

It’s rumored that there will be a Tuesday night town meeting of citizens whose homes and businesses in the area surrounding Remington Park will be harmed if construction of the casino is allowed to move forward. Remington Park, who most observers believe will go bankrupt if the casino begins operation, sits in State Rep. Mike Shelton’s house district 97. Shelton is publicly calling on citizens to voice their concerns to the BIA before the Friday deadline.

While officials like Shelton, Congresswoman Mary Fallin, Mayor Mick Cornett and County Commissioner Ray Vaughan are aggressively publicly opposing the casino, at least two officials are conspicuous in their silence: Gov. Brad Henry and County Commissioner Willa Johnson.

Henry is rumored to be meeting with agricultural interests regarding the track this week. When the casino becomes operational, the subsequent bankruptcy of Remington Park will kill the horse breeding industry in Oklahoma according to a report filed by News9’s Rusty Surrette Friday. The race track says 25,000 Oklahoma jobs will be lost.

The BIA’s 30-day comment period closes Friday, and Henry’s painfully slow reaction to take a position, given his chummy relationship with a key Shawnee Tribe official, has given rise to speculation the governor will either sit this issue out or intervene on behalf of the tribe, which will enrage Oklahomans and elected officials from both parties. If Henry were to go on record in opposition to the casino, it would carry great weight with the BIA, and insiders tell OKPNS that business leaders and other officials are steamed at the governor, who always goes to great lengths to avoid taking positions on tough issues.

Developing…….

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The Casino and Mr. Chicken

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Sources: Fallin to Run for Governor in 2010

May 27, 2008

Sources tell OKPNS that Congresswoman Mary Fallin, R-Oklahoma City, is making aggressive moves in what appears to be the beginnings of a campaign for governor in 2010.

The former three- term Lt. Gov and two-term state legislator was elected to the 5th District seat in 2006 and has announced she will run for re-election for another congressional term this year. She is expected to easily win re-election. Observers say Congresswoman Fallin is already putting together a team designed for but one thing: a run for governor.

Fallin’s move comes as talk of Congressman Tom Cole’s name as a potential gubernatorial candidate is being floated. Cole is currently head of the National Republican Campaign Committee (NRCC), but is being roundly criticized, some say unfairly, for recent GOP loses in some key special elections. If the GOP suffers significant losses in the fall elections, Cole will receive blame, unfairly or not, and some observers can see the Congressman coming back to Oklahoma to run to succeed two-term Gov. Brad Henry. Fallin’s moves could be designed to head off a Cole challenge.

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The Casino and Mr. Chicken

May 25, 2008

While Oklahoma City’s Mayor and, according to reports, all of the state’s congressional delegation, are aggressively opposing a proposal by promoters to put a tribal casino in Oklahoma City fronted by a tribe located 200 miles away, Oklahoma’s timid governor is attempting to run and hide on the issue.

This time, Gov. Brad Henry, is attempting to avoid involvement on the casino project that most observers say would put Oklahoma City’s Remington Park into bankruptcy.

The Shawnee tribe, which is located in Miami, Oklahoma, has been “reservation shopping” and has selected a parcel of land less than two miles from Oklahoma City’s “Adventure district,” putting many businesses at a distinct disadvantage.

While Mayor Mick Cornett, Congresswoman Mary Fallin and other members of the congressional delegation have courageously and publicly opposed this outrageous distortion of tribal gaming statutes, the faint-hearted Henry, who has privately voiced his opposition to the casino, is publicly ducking for cover, primarily since he is buddies with the Shawnee Tribe’s economic development chairman, Greg Pitcher.

One insider sums up the governor’s lack of backbone this way: “He’s gutless. He knows the proposal is wrong, but he’s spent six years avoiding this kind of controversy, so why would we think he’d engaged now?”

Henry’s name is being drawn in the controversy because the Bureau of Indian Affairs is seeking public comment on the proposal until June 9th. Most believe the governor’s opposition would carry considerable weight with the BIA.

Observers tell OKPNS the whole deal is very suspect, and that today’s story by Oklahoman reporter Tony Thornton just scratches the surface of the proposed stinky deal.

Developing….

NewsOK.com Video: Greg Pitcher, chairman of the Shawnee Tribe’s economic development arm

Rep. Fallin to Present Medals During Memorial Day Ceremony

April 25, 2008

Rep. Mary Fallin has a post today on The Hill Newspaper’s Congressional Blog reminding us that one of America’s most solemn holidays is almost upon us. Fallin writes:

“As our Memorial Day weekend approaches, I believe it is important to pay tribute and honor to the men and women in the military who have served our country…It will be our great honor to present medals to our deserving military veterans in a special ceremony May 23rd at the Oklahoma History Center.”

Memorial Day has always had special meaning for me. I was born on May 30th, the original day that was set aside for the holiday. As a child, my parents always reminded me on my birthday that I was enjoying my presents and freedom that day, because someone else gave their life in defense of this country. Rep. Fallin reminds us what Memorial Day is really all about.

Quote of the Day: "You Couldn’t Beat Mary Fallin With a Baseball Bat"

March 7, 2008

Probably not the best metaphor Congressman Cole could have used to describe how difficult it will be to defeat Congresswoman Fallin:

Oklahoma Republican Rep. Tom Cole, chair of the NRCC, shows no concern about the Democrats’ fundraising lead. “Most of our freshmen, frankly, are not in vulnerable seats,” he says. “They won in an awful year. You couldn’t beat Mary Fallin [an Oklahoma Republican] with a baseball bat.” Read more…

Video: Rep. Fallin Check Presentation

February 25, 2008

Congresswoman Mary Fallin presented last week a $3 million check to representatives of the Wave Technology group.

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Video: Sen. Inhofe’s "Super Tuesday" Watch Party

February 6, 2008

Congresswoman Mary Fallin & State Senate Co-President Glenn Coffee at the Bricktown Brewery rallying the troops for Sen. Inhofe’s re-election bid.


OKPNS founder Chris Arps & Congresswoman Mary Fallin

Podcast: Mary Fallin Expresses Support for Bush Speech

January 29, 2008

After President Bush’s State of the Union Address, Mary Fallin (R5-OK) details how she supports each of the reforms the President calls for.

Energy Group Offers Scholarship In Fallin’s Name

September 28, 2007

Tecumseh Countywide News & Shawnee Sun:

The Energy Advocates, a not-for-profit organization based in Oklahoma, has announced it will provide student scholarships in the name of Oklahoma Fifth District Congresswoman Mary Fallin.

Fallin responded to the announcement, saying “I am deeply grateful this fine organization has chosen to honor me in such a way.”

“The Energy Advocates membership is committed to raising public awareness of all aspects of the energy industry.” Read more…

Energy Group Offers Scholarship In Fallin’s Name

September 28, 2007

Tecumseh Countywide News & Shawnee Sun:

The Energy Advocates, a not-for-profit organization based in Oklahoma, has announced it will provide student scholarships in the name of Oklahoma Fifth District Congresswoman Mary Fallin.

Fallin responded to the announcement, saying “I am deeply grateful this fine organization has chosen to honor me in such a way.”

“The Energy Advocates membership is committed to raising public awareness of all aspects of the energy industry.” Read more…