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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?

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!

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

Alliance for Oklahoma’s Future: "Tax Incentives, Rainy Day Fund Must Be on Table"

February 19, 2008

David Blatt, Chair of the Alliance for Oklahoma’s Future, issued the following statement in response to the new revenue estimate certified by the State Board of Equalization showing that the Legislature will have $195 million less revenue for the coming fiscal year than initially estimated.

“It is unfortunate, but not surprising, that the revenue reductions resulting from the tax cuts of recent years are fully kicking in just as the state’s economy is showing some initial signs of weakness. The revised revenue numbers, certified today by the Board of Equalization, are a clear and sobering indication that this is going to be an extremely difficult budget year that will strain the state’s capacity to keep schools, prisons, roads and hospitals properly funded.”

“The recertification numbers create the strong likelihood of targeted and even across-the-board budget cuts in the coming year. When so many of our critical public services already lack adequate funding, further budget cuts would have a real and damaging effect on Oklahoma’s citizens, communities and economy. In order to keep basic programs and services operating, legislators will have to be open to exploring all options for balancing the budget. This must include carefully scrutinizing the tax system for unnecessary and unintentional loopholes and exemptions, as well as reviewing and prioritizing existing spending programs and tapping into the Rainy Day Fund where appropriate.”

Don’t Fall for "Unclaimed Funds" Scams

February 6, 2008

Scott Meachum, the Oklahoma State Treasurer, is advising Oklahomas to visit the OK treasury department directly to find out about unclaimed funds, rather than going through websites that might charge for the service:

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Treasurer Scott Meacham issued a warning to Oklahomans today about official-looking web sites that offer to help find unclaimed property for a fee. Meacham also has asked the Consumer Protection Division of the Attorney General’s office to determine whether the web sites are perpetrating fraud.

“My warning to Oklahoma consumers is don’t be fooled by these web sites,” said
Meacham, administrator of Oklahoma’s Unclaimed Property Program. “Our web address is www.treasurer.ok.gov, but several of the fake web sites have addresses similar to our official web site and could easily trick people into paying money for a service that we offer for free.”

To find out whether you have unclaimed funds or property, visit the state’s interactive website here.

Meacham-Cargill Race in the Works

January 17, 2008

State House Speaker Lance Cargill and State Treasurer Scott Meacham are often mentioned as candidates for the 2010 Oklahoma governor’s race. Both are far from making such an announcement but the handwriting is beginning to appear on the Capitol walls.

Mr. Meacham, who also serves as the state’s finance director, says it appears the available growth revenue amounts to about $32 million. Mr. Cargill told a Tulsa audience the figure is closer to $300 million but didn’t provide specifics as to how he arrived at that total. Read more…


Quote Of The Day

January 11, 2008

“As with all unclaimed property, we will hold the money for the rightful owners until they come forward to make a claim,” state Treasurer Scott Meacham said. “Our service is always free and, especially with tax refund checks, making a claim is quick and easy.”

Read More

Lawmakers should be ‘prudent’ with spending, tax cuts, Meacham says

January 7, 2008

OKLAHOMA CITY — State lawmakers should be conservative in their spending and in their plans to additionally reduce taxes, the state’s top budget official said Sunday.

State Treasurer Scott Meacham — who also serves as Gov. Brad Henry’s cabinet secretary for revenue and finance — urged lawmakers to hold the line on spending increases and new tax cuts during the upcoming legislative session until officials know how the latest round of tax reductions and spending will affect the state’s revenue picture.

The Oklahoma Legislature reconvenes in February.

“Our rate of growth has slowed significantly,” Meacham said. “And prudence dictates we don’t make a lot more commitments; both on revenue reduction and expenditures in this environment.”

Read More

It’s Not So Easy Anymore

January 3, 2008

From The Tulsa Beacon:

The news from Oklahoma City has been remarkably quiet lately. Governor Brad Henry and Treasurer Scott Meacham don’t seem to be taking credit for the good times like they used to. After all, tax collections are off as much as 13 percent from a year ago, Creighton University reports Oklahoma’s economy is headed for trouble and all those new monies from the lottery, gambling and tobacco sales have not materialized.

Florida’s investment pool, according to the Wall Street Journal, owns more than $2.3 billion of the same downgraded and defaulted debt that sparked a run on its investment pool for local governments. “The unthinkable and the unimaginable have just happened here in Florida,” said Hal Wilson, Chief Financial Officer of Jefferson County School District, which kept its entire $2.7 million of cash in the state fund. “What we just experienced here is a classic run on the bank meltdown.

Today, Oklahoma’s Capitol is silent. Could it be that State Treasurer Scott Meacham is hiding the fact his office is as incompetent as those in Florida, Montana, Connecticut and Maine? We may well find out this happened to Oklahoma in the name of chasing a 2 percent greater return with unlimited risk. Well, not quite unlimited. Read more…

State Complains of Revenue Shortage

December 28, 2007

OKPNS wasn’t going to write about this at first but we would be remiss not too for our many readers. Governor Brad Henry and the state have complained that the state is short on revenue to fix our roads and to fund our schools.

OKPNS suggests that these “State Leaders” get serious about ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION and its impact on our state. We would have more money to spend on these things if we didn’t have any influx of illegals clogging up our school system and DMV. I mean have you been to the DMV lately? I have and let me tell you something it makes me appreciate Rep. Terrill even more!

The DMV is filled with Illegal Aliens getting drivers licenses and we already know that our school system has to ear the brunt with the ESL classes. What irked me the most was the woman who asked in ENGLISH for a DMV Book in SPANISH.

OKPNS suggest that our Governor get serious about this ILLEGAL Immigration issue and then we will have more money to put into education, infrastructure, and other things.

Cut Spending, Not Raise Taxes

November 26, 2007

The great ancient philosopher Plato is said to have told one of his pupils, “give me a man of experience over a man of theory.” Professor Hochenauer over at Okie Funk illustrates today in a post why the wise philosopher probably believed this:

“There is no argument over the fact the wealthiest people in Oklahoma and the country have seen under state and national tax cutting initiatives over the last several years. Meanwhile, middle class people have been stuck with stagnant wages, rising health care and energy costs, and skyrocketing college tuition increases.” Read more…

Like most idealistic liberals in academia, Mr. Hochenauer has probably never conceived an idea for a business, put together a business plan, implement it, and watch an enterprise that started out as an idea in your head eventually grow and prosper. Most wealth in the United States is garnered in one of two ways; you either inherit it or its self made. It is a fact that the “old money” fortunes have declined in their percentage of the wealth of this nation. Most wealthy people today became wealthy because of what we described above, not because they’re lucky, have a favored skin color, or because they have had their taxes reduced. A reduction in your taxes is not the government giving you money from the treasury, it is the government letting you keep more of what you lawfully earned! Unfortunately, the socialist/collectivist mindset shared by Mr. Hochenauer and his minions will never understand this most basic of economic principles.


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