Archive for the ‘Sen. Inhofe’ Category

DSCC Video: Oklahoma: On the Ranch (Road to Victory)

May 6, 2008

On her second day in Oklahoma, Ann Rubin (?????) joins Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate, Andrew Rice, on a trip to Rush Springs, Oklahoma where they visited a couple of ranches.

DSCC Video for Andrew Rice: "Oklahoma: Where the Wind… (Road to Victory)"

May 5, 2008

Day One of Amy Rubin’s (Who the hell is Amy Rubin????) Road to Victory trip to Oklahoma. The video is produced by the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.

Video: Jim Inhofe and Frank Keating on John McCain

April 29, 2008

McCain Fundraiser. April 25th 2008

Six Oklahoma Legislators Receive "Spirit of Enterprise Award"

April 14, 2008

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-OK) last week received the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s “Spirit of Enterprise Award” for his support of pro-growth legislation during the 110th Congress. Accepting the award, Inhofe said:

I am honored to receive the ‘Spirit of Enterprise Award’ from the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. This organization provides an invaluable service to businesses nationwide. I will continue to fight for legislation that helps grow our nation’s economy, keeping America’s businesses the most competitive in the world.

Dan Boren, the only Democrat in the entire House of Representatives to receive the award, said:

I am honored to receive this award. The small business community, energy industry, and other manufacturers are an integral part of Oklahoma’s economy. I am committed to doing everything I can in Congress to help them grow our economy and create additional jobs in Oklahoma.

Tom Donohue, Chamber president and CEO, stated:

Senator Inhofe has proven to be an effective ally to the business community, supporting legislation that helps grow the economy and creates new jobs for hardworking Americans. The Chamber is grateful for Jim’s commitment to these important issues and is proud to present him with this award.

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Representative Boren has proven to be an effective ally to the business community, supporting legislation that helps grow the economy and creates new jobs for hardworking Americans. The Chamber is grateful for Dan’s commitment to these important issues and is proud to present him with this award.

The Oklahomans who were honored were:

  • Sen. James Inhofe
  • Rep. John A. Sullivan (OK-1)
  • Rep. Dan Boren (OK-2)
  • Rep. Frank D. Lucas (OK-3)
  • Rep. Tom Cole (OK-4)
  • Rep. Mary Fallin (OK-5)

The U.S. Chamber is the world’s largest business federation representing more than 3 million businesses of every size, sector, and region. A complete list of the 2007 Spirit of Enterprise recipients is here.

Inhofe Bill to Repeal Damaging Energy Provision

April 8, 2008

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Ranking Member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and a senior member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, yesterday introduced legislation repealing section 526 of the Energy Independence and Security Act of 2007 (EISA) signed into law in December 2007. Section 526 prohibits federal agencies from contracting for nonconventional, or alternative, fuels that emit higher levels of greenhouse gas emissions than “conventional petroleum sources”:

I worked to include language in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 recognizing that unconventional fuels such as oil shale and tar sands developed in the U.S. and Canada are strategically important and necessary to develop to reduce the growing dependence of the U.S. on foreign oil imports. Section 526 of the 2007 energy bill, however, prohibits federal agencies from contracting for such fuels.

This misguided provision was surreptitiously inserted into the 2007 energy bill shortly before final passage. Despite the potential enormity of the provision’s consequences, no public hearings, discourse, or examination occurred before its inclusion. The scope of fuels that could be prohibited is left wide-open to interpretation, including fuels such as Canadian oil sands, E85 ethanol, and coal- and natural gas-to-liquids fuel, which has powered B-52H bomber aircraft at Tinker Air Force Base.

I’m particularly concerned that section 526 could limit the diversity and supply of fuel for our nation’s Air Force and other military branches. Our military could be forced to obtain a greater percentage of petroleum from unstable regions of the world, endangering our ability to quickly and economically obtain much-needed fuel to conduct operations vital to the defense of our nation.

The effects of this legislation could increase fuel prices for our military, thus reducing our ability to maintain, reset and modernize our forces. At a time when our troops are involved in two large-scale foreign conflicts, our military must have the flexibility to secure and develop alternative sources of fuel.

Impeach (Someone) Rally

March 20, 2008

A Tulsa Peace and Impeachment Candelight Vigil was held outside U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe’s office in Tulsa. The event was planned to coordinate with a national 5 Years Too Many protest,

…To mark the 5th anniversary of the U.S. invasion of Iraq in as powerful a way as possible. We believe that the activities United for Peace and Justice is organizing and supporting — the Winter Soldier hearings, mass nonviolent direct action in Washington DC, and local actions all around the country — have the potential to make a powerful statement … but only with your participation and support.

Protesters were instructed to bring comfortable clothes, candles and matches, signs (optional) and to expect lots of people of like minds, a giant puppet Cheney, a banner drop, and Impeach-me George.

According to the event sign-up page, and as of this morning, fifteen of the hoped-for 100,000 attendees registered…about twenty-five were present while OKPNS was there. The video below is also here on YouTube.

Inhofe: Look . . . This Is What We’ve Done In Oklahoma, and You’re Going to Have All These States Doing It’

March 7, 2008

The Tulsa World is reporting that U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK) is using Oklahoma’s HB 1804, anti-illegal immigration legislation, as a lever in Washington D.C.:

First of all, I think it should not be done locally…It should be done at the national level, but their (Oklahomans’) action is helping to force us into action.

KTEN.com also reports:

Inhofe and other Republican senators are proposing 15 individual bills ranging from making English the national language to mandatory sentences for people in the country illegally and setting a deadline to build a fence on the nation’s border.

Inhofe is apparently not swayed by naysayers like Dan Boren, who believes the bill will be irrelevant after the presidential elections, like Tom Price, who wants to show Oklahomans “A Better Way,” like the U.S. and OK State Chambers which are suing based on the Constitutionality, or like citizens of Oklahoma and neighboring states who are disappointed with the lack of enforcement and lack of results seen so far since the legislation has become law.

Inhofe, says, as quoted in the McCarville Report yesterday, he believes the doubters should wait, and “at least give us a chance.”

Tar Creek Buy Out

February 25, 2008

Recently, the Federal Government announced 18-month moratorium on federal loan payments for Picher and Cardin in the Tar Creek community.

According to U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-OK), the EPA is now planning to buy out homes in the Tar Creek community:

The new plan would apparently end the need for asking for more money each year to allow the EPA to continue buying out homes in the area. Last year money was held up because of debates over passing spending bills in Congress.

The Tulsa World reports:

Oklahoma’s existing trust [will be used] to complete the voluntary buyout for residents of the Tar Creek Superfund site and estimated the costs of that three-year goal at $42 million.

That put the total price tag for what has been termed the final cleanup plan for Tar Creek at about $167 million, which is on top of the nearly $150 million already spent at the site in Ottawa County.

The Joplin Globe quotes Inhofe:

This announcement marks landmark progress for the people living in the area of the Tar Creek Superfund site. The EPA’s latest remediation plan not only addresses necessary clean up of soil and water contamination from chat piles and wastes at the site, it also announces the completion of relocation assistance for the residents living in the Tar Creek communities.

Feds give Tar Creek a Break

February 13, 2008

The Tulsa World is reporting:

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe on Tuesday announced an 18-month moratorium on federal loan payments for two Tar Creek communities whose ability to make the payments is being hampered by the ongoing buyout.

The Oklahoma Republican said the moratorium should relieve pressure on Picher and Cardin to make the monthly payments on the water infrastructure loans.

Inhofe said the moratorium was approved by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Office.

According to information provided by the senator’s office, Picher’s loan is for $800,000…Cardin’s USDA loan is for $300,000. more)

Brad Henry is pleased:

Many families who had lived in danger now have a chance on a new life in a safer place, thanks to this unprecedented federal-state project…We’ve made dramatic progress in a very short time, but we will not rest until our work is completed.

Slatecard: A Republican Fundraising Answer to Democrat ActBlue

February 11, 2008

ActBlue has been the online clearing house for Democratic fundraising since 2004. Through this service,

ActBlue is a Federal PAC that enables anyone — individuals, local groups, and national organizations — to fundraise for the Democratic candidates of their choice.

Launched in June 2004, ActBlue created and deployed the next generation of online fundraising technology, and has raised over $37 million for Democratic candidates and committees.

Now, there is a Republican counterpart, called Slatecard. I had an opportunity to watch a Slatecard demonstration by co-founder, David All this weekend at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington D.C., and found the service very easy and actually fun to use.

Slatecard…acts as a “conduit” to raise money online to help Republican candidates for federal office in compliance with the Federal Election Campaign Act (FECA).

It is no secret that Democrats are far ahead of Republicans in converting their online presence to offline support. One website which the Left has used effectively since 2004, is ActBlue.com (ActBlue PAC), a site which provides a tool for activists and committees to raise funds for the candidates and causes they support. In fact, millions of dollars have been raised through the site since 2004.

It is our hope that Slatecard will level the playing field for Republican candidates and causes by providing an innovative platform for use by the Right kind of activists.

Future plans include:

Our utility is available for use by all candidates running for a Republican federal office and we hope to make this service available to state and local candidates where possible in the near future.

Using a commercial vendor to handle our transactions, we are leveraging some of the lowest available rates on the market, which means that by contributing to candidates through Slatecard.com PAC, a larger percentage of the donation will actually end up going to the candidate. Soon, we will work to integrate with PayPal to offer more options to our users.

There is even a new “Causes,” section.

To see how this works in Oklahoma, I went to the “directory,” then filtered by “Senate,” and “Oklahoma.”

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As you can see, Senators Inhofe and Coburn are just getting started on this site. Eventually, Slatecard plans to have pages for the State House and Senate and City officials as well.

To find out more, go to Slatecard, or visit the Slatecard Blog.