Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Latest Ad from Mary Fallin, GOP Candidate for OK Governor

NOTE:Please watch this ad from the ONLY Conservative in the race for Oklahoma Governor -- Mary Fallin who in our opinion is the most qualified candidate to ever run for Oklahoma Governor. Mary will stand up to the mandates placed on the State by those Democrats in DC who have no clue about State's Rights!


Ken Buck Interview with Ken Harwood, NY Times



Ken Buck is the Colorado grassroots candidate in Colorado who is supported by various conservative groups throughout Colorado. John Harwood, NY Times, attempts to do a gotcha interview on Ken Buck but it fails miserably as it gives Ken Buck a chance to get out the truth about what he has said and what he believes.  Very impressive interview. 

Rubio Continues to Hold an 11-point lead in FL; Ohio Going Red; OK Still VERY Red

One reason we chose Ohio and Florida to show the Rasmussen polling results for Governor and US Senate seats is that both went unexpectedly for Obama in 2008. These results are beginning to show the Obama win was an anomoly in both states in 2008 as people bought into 'Hope and Change' and have since discovered that the Obama 'Hope and Change' is not even close to what they wanted.  We also chose to highlight Oklahoma where voters went overwhelmingly against Obama with giving him only 34% of the vote.

Time to return Common Sense Conservatives to control of the Congress and to the Governor's Offices. These six Conservative Republicans have always walked the walk as conservatives and have not changed their conservative core values to get votes on November 2nd like the Dems have been doing.

Perfect example is Obama Supporter and liberal Democrat Jari Askins running for Oklahoma Governor putting up an ad that touts she is a 'conservative.' Give us a break! Oklahoma voters are on to Askins ploy as last Friday's Rasmussen report shows Mary Fallin picking up 60% support, while Askins, the state’s current lieutenant governor, earns 34% of the vote same amount as Obama in 2008. Between now and November 2nd we expect to see more ads now out of Governor's candidates like the one from Askins declaring they are 'really' a conservative.

One race the Democrat is having a hard time getting support is the Oklahoma US Senate seat where we are returning Dr. Tom Coburn to the US Senate seat to continue to fight Obamacare, pork, and earmarks for starters. Results from the Rasmussen Poll on 27 Sep show Coburn picking up 68% of the vote, while Rogers, who has run for the seat twice previously, earns 26% support. Rogers doesn't even get the 34% of the vote Obama got here in the State in 2008. Believe you can put the US Senate seat safely in the GOP category with zero hesitation.

Dems will say anything to win but voters have wised up since 2006 and 2008 when House Democrat candidates won on their mantra that they were really conservative, but the truth came out when they got to Congress as they voted liberal with Pelosi when she cracked her whip and only voted with the GOP when she said it was okay. In 2008, the Pelosi whip was cracked more as some Democrat Representatives who were moderate all of a sudden had liberal voting records. When Obama won along with the Dems picking up so many seats, Pelosi cracked that whip even more ramming bills without reading them through the House giving rewards to Dems for their votes or cutting them off at the knees if they went against her.

Only a few House Democrats didn't care what she said and voted the way their constituents wanted but even then they ALL voted for Pelosi for Speaker.   That is something voters need to remember.

These results from Florida, Ohio, and Oklahoma are good news but we need to keep pushing for wins until the polls close all across America on November 2nd.

Election 2010: Florida Senate

Florida Senate: Rubio (R) Holds Steady Lead Over Crist (I)

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Republican Marco Rubio continues to hold an 11-point lead over independent candidate Charlie Crist in Florida’s race for the U.S. Senate.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in Florida finds Rubio with 41% support, while Crist, the state’s current governor, picks up 30% of the vote. Democrat Kendrick Meek comes in third with 21%. Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided.

Source: Rasmussen

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Election 2010: Florida Governor
Florida Governor: Scott (R) Pulls Slightly Ahead of Sink (D)

Friday, September 24, 2010

Republican businessman Rick Scott has moved to a six-point edge over Democrat Alex Sink and has hit the 50% support mark for the first time in Florida’s gubernatorial race.

The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Scott with 50% of the vote, while Sink, the state's chief financial officer, earns 44% support when leaners are included. Six percent (6%) of voters prefer some other candidate in the race.

Source: Rasmussen Report

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Election 2010: Ohio Governor

Ohio Governor: Kasich (R) Keeps Lead Over Strickland (D)
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Republican John Kasich now holds an eight-point lead over Democratic incumbent Ted Strickland in Ohio’s gubernatorial race.

The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Kasich picking up 50% of the vote, while Strickland draws support from 42% with leaners are included Three percent (3%) prefer some other candidate, and four percent (4%) are undecided.

Source: Rasmussen Report

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Election 2010: Ohio Senate

Ohio Senate: Portman (R) Pushes Past 50%

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Republican Rob Portman now crosses the 50% mark for the first time in Ohio’s U.S. Senate race.

The latest Rasmussen Reports telephone survey of Likely Voters in the Buckeye State shows Portman with 51% support versus Democratic Lieutenant Governor Lee Fisher’s 42% when leaners are included. One percent (1%) prefer some other candidate, and six percent (6%) remain undecided.

Source: Ohio Senate Race

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Republican Leader John Boehner on Fox Sunday about "A Pledge to America" is "About Now"



What have we heard against the Pledge to America released by Republican members of the House?

Obama doesn't like it and intends to take it apart piece by piece -- Score one for the House Republicans because if Obama doesn't like it, must be a very good plan.

Pictures don't show enough blacks -- note the word is enough blacks and Huffington Post could only find one -- obviously didn't look at the Town Halls too hard or they would see more. What struck us is at the Town Halls were mostly senior citizens. Anyone concentrating on pictures instead of what was said in the document is laughable. Guess you cannot please everyone.

Nancy Pelosi: Pelosi Counters GOP Pledge, Says Democrats ‘Stand By’ Obamacare -- “Our members have stated where they are on it," said Pelosi. "They have voted for it. They stand by it, and they are great advocates for it.”

Harry Reid: Wanted to know if it was a campaign gimmick or a plan. Figures from a Democrat as almost everything with them during campaigning is a gimmick. Obama 'Hope and Change' was not a plan but a gimmick slogan that has turned into a disaster. Didn't expect much more out of Reid with a hard election fight for his Senate seat.

That's just a few of the many comments on The Pledge to America. Democrats don't like it, pollsters are asking if it is a plan or gimmick, and mainstream media is trying to downplay a lot of the plan which adds up to one very good plan for American taxpayers.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Air Force Flyovers for the NFL games -- Must See Ending!



Having just witnessed the flyovers at the OU/Air Force game here in Norman on 18 September, enjoyed seeing how they put the flyovers together but the best was the ending! A reminder to all of us!

NRA-PVF Endorses Mary Fallin for Governor Oklahoma

Must admit that this press release from the Fallin for Governor campaign gave a chuckle this morning.  This site took some heat when we said that Mary's opponent Jari Askins should not be endorsed by the NRA because of her stance on gun owner's rights.  We stood by the fact that Askins did not support concealed or open carry.  We did admit that she sponsors the Turkey hunt every year that Mary Fallin started as Lt Governor.  Guns for hunting are not the same as open and/or concealed carry which her office purposely seemed to not understand.  

Now with this endorsement the NRA has come down strong on the side of Mary Fallin showing there is only ONE person in the race who supports individual gun owner's rights -- Mary Fallin.  Askins should never have been considered by the NRA to get an A for her stance on guns when it only included guns for hunting.  Looks like the NRA got a wake-up call from Oklahoma gun owners.

***In Case You Missed It***

NRA-PVF Endorses Mary Fallin for Governor of Oklahoma

Fairfax, Va. – The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund (NRA-PVF) is endorsing Mary Fallin for Oklahoma Governor this November.

“The National Rifle Association Political Victory Fund supports Mary Fallin because she is a champion and staunch defender of the Second Amendment freedoms of law-abiding Oklahoma gun owners,” said Chris W. Cox, chairman of NRA-PVF. “As a Congresswoman, Mary has worked to preserve and protect our gun rights, and I know she is committed to continuing this work as governor.”

During her time in Congress, Mary Fallin has supported many pro-gun efforts, including signing pro-gun congressional “friend of the court” briefs in both the Heller and McDonald cases, stating that the Second Amendment guarantees a fundamental, individual right that protects all Americans. Fallin opposes any effort to reenact the Clinton semi-auto ban. She voted in favor of allowing law-abiding citizens to carry in national parks and wildlife refuges and voted to protect access to federally-owned or administered lands for hunting, fishing, trapping and recreational shooting.

Fallin’s voting record in Congress and her support for the Second Amendment have earned her an “A” rating and the endorsement of the NRA-PVF.

“On November 2nd, I urge all Oklahoma NRA members, hunters and gun owners to vote Mary Fallin for Governor,” Cox concluded.

Established in 1871, the National Rifle Association is America’s oldest civil rights and sportsmen's group. Four million members strong, NRA continues to uphold the Second Amendment and advocates enforcement of existing laws against violent offenders to reduce crime. The Association remains the nation's leader in firearm education and training for law-abiding gun owners, law enforcement and the armed services.

http://www.nrapvf.org/news-alerts/2010/09/nra-pvf-endorses-mary-fallin-for-governor-of-oklahoma.aspx

Friday, September 24, 2010

Rasmussen: Fallin Hits 60%; Now Up By 26 Points in the Race for Governor

This explains Democrat Jari Askins loaning $1M of her own money to her campaign. We can only imagine how negative her ads are going to be now on the TV with being behind by 26 points.

Oklahoma where every County was red in 2008 for Republican John McCain looks like it is going to be inaugurating our first female Governor Mary Fallin on January 10th, 2011, which will be a wonderful day for the Great State of Oklahoma as we start a new era of fiscal conservatism in State Government.
Rasmussen: Fallin Hits 60%; Now Up By 26 Points in the Race for Governor

Republican Congresswoman Mary Fallin has jumped to a 26-point lead over Democrat Jari Askins in Okahoma’s gubernatorial race.

The latest Rasmussen Reports statewide telephone survey of Likely Voters shows Fallin picking up 60% support, while Askins, the state’s current lieutenant governor, earns 34% of the vote. One percent (1%) prefer some other candidate, and five percent (5%) are undecided.

Read More at Rasmussen

Scott Hits 50 In Latest Rasmussen Poll, Leads Sink By 6 Points Among Likely Voters

Rick Scott hitting 50% this close to the election is great news.  We expect those numbers to climb as more people come on board for Scott/Carroll who have a 7-7-7 Plan to grow the economy of Florida.

Democrats in Florida are not energized as witnessed by their turnout for the primaries, but then maybe Mickey Mouse and his friends have decided not to vote this year. Those were some of the voter registrations turned in by ACORN in Florida in 2008. Florida like so many states is heavily registered Democrat but trends Republican -- a leftover from the days when the conservatives were southern Democrats throughout the south. Some of then have never reregistered but still vote Republican in the general election for the most part.

This analysis of the primary is striking:

“Turnout tells one potential story: Republicans, despite a 750,000-voter disadvantage in registration compared to Democrats, brought far more people to the polls. In all, 1.25 million Republicans cast ballots in the Republican Governor’s race, while fewer than 909,000 Democrats voted in the Democratic Senate primary — even though both races were heated and close in the final weeks.” (Cave, Damien, “Behind the Florida Primary Surprises, Turnout Tells a Tale,” The New York Times, 8/25/10)
It is also a reflection of what we have been finding in other primary states. Republicans are energized this time and cannot wait to vote on November 2nd. An example of how the Democrats in Florida are depressed is the Democrat Unity Tour:

More Candidates Than Grassroots Show Up For Democrats “Unity Event” “In a major show of force, the Democratic primary winners held a unification rally at UCF and attracted — 300 people. I do believe there were more candidates than party faithful. Now, if they were preparing to fight the Battle of Thermopylae and the 300 attendees were Spartans, they’d be good to go. But in the battle against Marco Rubio and Rick Scott, I don’t think so.” (Thomas, Mike, “Democrats rally?” Orlando Sentinel, 8/30/10)

“The Dems obviously have an excitement deficit. I believe their earlier rally in Tampa had a similar turnout. So if you added up both rallies, and multiplied the attendance by three, you would get the number of port-o-lets at Glenn Beck’s rally.” (Thomas, Mike, “Democrats rally?” Orlando Sentinel, 8/30/10)
No wonder we heard little about the Democrat Unity Tour while the Scott/Carroll Unity Tour attracted people like Jeb Bush to the events around the State. Turnout was awesome as Republicans joined together to start their campaign to win on November 2nd. They understand that Alex Sink is way too liberal to govern Florida and the good old boy system in Tallahassee would multiply if she was elected. Floridians know they need someone as Governor who will make the tough decisions to get the State back on the right track and actually has a plan to grow the Florida economy. There is only one choice for Florida and that is Rick Scott and Jennifer Carroll who have a plan for Florida!

Scott Hits 50 In Latest Rasmussen Poll, Leads Sink By 6 Points Among Likely Voters

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – In the latest Rasmussen Survey of likely voters out today, Republican gubernatorial nominee Rick Scott hit 50 percent and leads Obama liberal Alex Sink by 6 percent. The last Rasmussen poll on September 2 had Sink leading 48 to 47 percent when leaners were included. The other numbers in the survey are also bad news for Sink, with her favorability upside down. 46 percent of likely voters view former banker Alex Sink unfavorably while 45 percent have a favorable view, that’s a 20 point drop in her image from the September 2 Rasmussen poll. More troubling for Sink, Scott has a net favorable view among likely voters by a spread of 14 percent, 53 to 39 percent. That’s a ten point rise in his image since the September 2 Rasmussen poll. Scott also leads by a whopping 21 percent among the crucial swing voter group of unaffiliated likely voters.

Scott campaign spokesman Joe Kildea said, “With these new numbers showing support for Rick at 50 percent among likely voters it is clear that his message of economic growth and job creation is resonating with voters. Obama liberal Alex Sink is seen unfavorably by a plurality of voters because Florida voters reject her record of raising taxes, killing jobs, and mismanaging Florida’s pension fund. Voters are tired of ineptitude in Tallahassee and Rick will bring business experience and an honest plan to create 700,000 private sector jobs in the state.”

To see the results, please visit: Rasmussen

Background

Depressed Dems

“KING: Let's move over to Florida. Again, a midterm election Republican primary turnout in 2010 way up from 2006, the last midterm election four years ago, and Marco Rubio who had no real challenge in the Republican primary for Senate, well he received more votes, if you look at those numbers, than all of the votes cast in the Democratic primary for Senate. Republicans look at this, Paul, and they say that is proof that what you had, what the Democrats had in 2006 and 2008, giant intensity edge, turnout edge, people excited to vote that they have this time. BEGALA: And they do. I mean, the numbers don't lie. The -- right now, how many days did you say, 68 days -- KING: Sixty-nine days. BEGALA: Sixty-nine days out the intensity is definitely on the right.” (Begala, Paul, and King, John, “Primary Night Fallout,” CNN, 8/25/10)

Excerpt: Read more at Rick Scott for Florida.com

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Latest Video from Governor's Campaigns in FL, MI, OH, and OK

We decided to take a look at some of the ads and video from the Governor's campaigns starting today with FL, MI, OH, and OK.  It is interesting to see how the different campaigns are using ads and You Tube to get their message out to voters.  

Rick Scott for Florida Governor:



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Rick Snyder for Michigan Governor:



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John Kasich for Ohio Governor:



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Mary Fallin for Oklahoma Governor:


Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Fallin travels by train through western Oklahoma

This whistle stop tour takes you back to the days of Oklahoma statehood in the early 1900's when campaigning by train was done not only in Oklahoma but around the Country. It is nice to see a part of history brought back to life in the Governor's race.  

Today the New York Times gives Mary Fallin a 95.9% chance to become the next Oklahoma Governor with 55.3% of the vote. Voters know where Mary stands on issues as she has always been a conservative while her opponent, Jari Askins, pretends to be conservative while supporting liberal Obama and his agenda. That commercial of Askins saying she was a conservative still leaves us shaking our heads.

We have yet to figure out why Askins and Democrats question Mary's stance on standing up to Obama and the Democrats in Congress. Who do they think is putting unfunded mandates on the States?  We support Fallin 100% in her taking on the Obama Administration over Obamacare, enforcement of Federal Law on illegals, against the taxes on oil and gas industry and any other unfunded mandate the liberal DC democrats are putting on the States. Did Askins ever take a position on Obamacare? Last we heard she wasn't commenting what she would do -- typical Democrat non-committal response if it goes against the wishes of the voters. 

Guess her noncommittal response tells the voter that Askins is not willing to stand up to the President or any of the Democrats in DC for the State of Oklahoma.  That one item is a clear difference between Mary Fallin and Jari Askins and one that voters need to remember on November 2nd!   Mary Fallin will stand up for Oklahoma and Askins will not say what she will do -- wishy washy it sounds like to us waiting to be told what she should do! 

Fallin travels by train through western Oklahoma

From the Associated Press:

THOMAS, Okla. (AP) — U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin took her campaign for Oklahoma governor to the tracks Monday, touting her message of smaller government, lower taxes and pro-business polices on a whistle-stop train tour through several rural western Oklahoma cities.

In a throwback to old-school politics, the Fallin campaign leased a two-car passenger train with a caboose dubbed the “Washita Princess” adorned with American flags and red-white-and-blue banners. A professional fiddle player performed at each stop.

“We have a great appreciation for the values that Oklahoma brings, especially in rural communities,” the Republican nominee said from the back of the caboose outside the Wheeler Brothers Grain Company in Thomas. “We’re going to make government work for you, not you work for the government.”

Fallin also made stops in Clinton, Cordell and Hobart on Monday. Fallin will face Democratic Lt. Gov. Jari Askins in the November general election, with both women seeking to replace term-limited Democratic Gov. Brad Henry.

About 100 Fallin supporters and volunteers packed into the slow moving Farmrail train, which meandered across the open prairie of western Oklahoma on tracks usually reserved for freight trains carrying wheat, gypsum, fertilizer and oil drilling equipment.

“This may be the last whistle-stop train tour you see in Oklahoma,” said University of Oklahoma political science professor Keith Gaddie. “No one rides trains anymore.

“The modern whistle-stop tour is the tarmac.”

Fallin addressed supporters at the Route 66 Museum in Clinton, ending each stump speech with her tag line: “Nobody will work harder for Oklahoma, nobody.”

Fallin’s visit to small communities in western Oklahoma is an important way to let rural voters know she cares about them, said Clinton Mayor Allen Bryson.

“Western Oklahoma is often just a stop for travelers along Interstate 40,” Bryson said. “This kind of visit goes a long way.”

Western Oklahoma also has grown increasingly conservative, and Democratic state lawmakers have been losing seats there for years.

In Cordell, where Fallin delivered her speech from the Washita County Courthouse steps, her message of creating a business friendly environment with lower taxes and changes to the workers’ compensation system resonated with 68-year-old municipal worker Lydia Hall.

“We’re losing a lot of jobs out here,” Hall said. “A lot of the young people who leave our community don’t come back.”

After ending the daylong train trip in Hobart, Fallin planned to attend a fundraiser in Frederick.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Rick Scott Lays Out Tax And Insurance Plans To Town Hall In Miami

Rick Scott has plans for Tax and Insurance while Alex Sink is part of the status quo. Sending Scott to Tallahassee will help clean up Tallahassee and make it responsive to the people.Property taxes in Florida have been a problem for sometime as they rose dramatically as home prices rose but didn't fall in most counties when home prices fell.

Using the assessment calculator below on the Alex Sink State site brings out some interesting figures:
If you pay $1600 in insurance premiums on your home and $1200 on your cars, you would be assessed $243 for a 1 in 25 year hurricane; $1,523 for 1 in 100 years, and $3,124 for 1 in 250 years.
Even if the hurricane does not touch your property, you will be assessed to pay for those home/automobile owners who don't have insurance. Welfare state is alive and well in Florida.

To find out how much in assessments (taxes) you are already paying to cover costs for property insurance, even if you don’t own a home, please visit http://www.myfloridacfo.com/AssessmentCalculator/Consumers/AssessmentCalculator.aspx. This, coupled with the rising cost drivers that are a result of often fraudulent claims are costing all policy-holders and taxpayers. The impact these issues have on jobs and our economy is unacceptable.
No wonder new business doesn't want to relocate in Florida with their expensive insurance plans. Major insurance Companies have been pulling home owner's insurance out of Florida for some time due to property losses suffered from hurricanes which is driving up the rates. The insurance climate in Florida is bad for business. Something needs to be done to change the climate and also go after fraudulent claims.

Rick Scott Lays Out Tax And Insurance Plans To Town Hall In Miami

FORT LAUDERDALE, FL – The Rick Scott For Florida campaign released the following remarks on tax and insurance plans as prepared for delivery by Republican gubernatorial nominee Rick Scott.

To read the entire plan, please visit: http://www.rickscottforflorida.com/home/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Scott_Rick_TaxInsurance.pdf

“Today, I want to talk about taxes and insurance --two very important issues that must be addressed in order to put Floridians back to work and turn around our housing crisis. Politicians in Tallahassee like my opponent Alex Sink had an opportunity over the last four years to reduce property taxes and insurance, but instead made the problem worse.

“As an outsider who is not entrenched in the status quo or beholden to special interest, I have a plan that will lower property taxes for all homeowners in Florida who desperately need some tax relief, eliminate the business tax and address the insurance crisis.

“Florida is also in the top three states nationally in mortgage foreclosures and our economy has been crushed by housing price declines. 44% of our homes are underwater and property tax revenues have been growing faster than personal incomes. I will cut the state portion of property taxes by 19% for all homeowners in Florida helping to make their homes affordable again. And we will offset the cut with savings from my 777 plan.



“I will return citizens to the insurer of last resort, level the playing field so that solvent private insurers are allowed to compete with each other for business, not with the subsidized and financially unsound government run insurance company.

“Florida needs a thriving mitigation program that will incentivize homeowners to spend money to install features that harden their homes against hurricanes and will ultimately drive down cost. The fraud-based system that politics as usual gave us these past years was a failure.



“As Governor, I will make the following Tort reforms a priority: Bad Faith Reform, Product Liability & Crashworthiness, Disaster Recovery – Private Sector, Expert Testimony Reform, and Medical Related Reform.



“I proved them wrong on August 24th and we will again on November 2nd when voters a real choice between the failed policies of the past or the new solutions we need to turn our Sunshine State around. Our opportunities are too great, our future too bright for the old ways of government and the failed policies of the past. That’s why I invite you to join me in a completely different kind of campaign. Let’s shake up Tallahassee, turn our state around and get Florida growing again!”

Thursday, September 16, 2010

University of Oklahoma versus The Air Force Academy Football Game!


This weekend the University of Oklahoma is hosting the Air Force Academy on Saturday at 2:30 at Owen Field here in Norman.  Armed Forces Network will be broadcasting the game around the world.  We have been told there is going to be an AWESOME pregame and even a more SPECTACULAR halftime show as we host the cadets from the Air Force Academy.  It is our chance for OU Fans to say thanks to not only the cadets who have chosen to serve in the Air Force but to our many fans who have or are serving in the military. 

Family is coming in for the weekend for the game so unless something spectacular happens this will be the last post on DfS until late Sunday.  This is football weekend in Norman, Oklahoma!




Visited the Air Force Academy this summer while in Colorado -- this picture is taken from an overlook as you drive in the north entrance to the Academy.  What a beautiful place to put the Academy at the foothills of the Rocky Mountains. 


NOTE: Don't forget to stop by the Mary Fallin for Governor tent near the corner of Lyndsey and Jenkins on Game Day!


BOOMER SOONER!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Ten Reasons Why Oklahomans Should not Vote for Jari Askins

We are going to take this one step further from the original title -- these are the reasons that Oklahomas should not vote for Jari Askins. We are a conservative state and Jari Askins no matter what she says is NO Conservative. These votes point that out. Even Oklahoma voters who are moderate on some issues and conservative on others would feel the same away about not supporting someone who voted no or didn't vote on some of these issues. When the facts are brought to light, it is obvious that Askins is another bait and switch liberal like Obama -- say one thing and do another after elected.

TEN REASONS WHY CONSERVATIVES
SHOULD NOT VOTE FOR JARI ASKINS!

By Steve Fair

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REASON #10- HB #3120- LIMITED LIABILITY REFORM- Todd Hiett, (R-Tulsa), author 3/15/2006- Passed 58-41- ASKINS VOTED NO!
Vote to pass a bill that sets limits on attorney’s fees or claims. The bill also sets limits on punitive damages that can be awarded based on the net worth of the defendant, including not more than $20 million if the defendant’s net worth is more than $1 billion and not more than 4 percent of a defendant’s net worth is $50 million or less. The bill also specifies that food manufacturers and producers are not liable for weight gain, obesity or health conditions due to long-term consumption of their food product. Additionally, the bill prohibits product liability action against manufacturers or retailers if the product caused harm ten years or more after the original sale, unless the warranty by the manufacturer specifies a longer safe life in writing.
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REASON #9- HB 3120- RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION BILL- Odilia Dank, (R-OKC)- author 3/7/2006 Passed 70-25- ASKINS VOTED NO!
Vote to pass a bill that allows public school students to leave school during regular hours to attend religious instruction once a week for up to an hour and still receive credit for attendance in school; providing that the religious instruction does not advocate violence and the school does not provide transportation to and from this instruction. The bill also prohibits any teacher from participating in religious instruction during school hours.
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REASON #8- HB 2496- ABORTION INFORMATION BILL-John Trebilcock, (R-Tulsa)- author 2/23/2006- Passed 78-13-ASKINS DID NOT VOTE!
Vote to pass a committee substitute bill that stipulates 24 hours prior to an abortion that is at or past twenty weeks of gestation, women must be provided with information regarding potential fetal/unborn child pain experienced during an abortion.
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REASON #7-HB 3119-ILLEGAL IMMIGRATION-Randy Terrill, (R-Moore)- author
3/14/2006- Passed 63-24- ASKINS DID NOT VOTE!
Vote to pass a committee substitute bill that requires individuals to provide proof of U.S. citizenship or legal residency when applying for identification documents or when registering to vote. The bill also requires any agency, school or institution issuing identification documents to report the names of individuals who failed to provide proof of U.S. citizenship or residency to the Oklahoma Attorney General and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Additionally, the bill prohibits scholarships, financial aid, or resident tuition to individuals who are not U.S. citizens or have legal U.S. residency.
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REASON #6- HB #1792- ACHIEVING CLASSROOM EXCELLENCE- Odilia Dank, (R-OKC)- author 4/5/06- Passed 54-32- ASKINS VOTED NO!
Vote to pass a bill that creates the Achieving Classroom Excellence Steering Committee to assists the State Board of Education in implementing student assessment requirements. This bill also authorizes federal law to administer referenced tests based on the availability of state and federal funds. These tests shall be administered to grades 3rd, 4th, 6th, and 7th in the subjects of reading and math, and geography in 7th grade. The bill also authorizes the Board of Education to create and administer end-of-instruction tests in the subjects of English III, Geometry, and Algebra II. The end-of-instruction tests shall be implemented for the 2007-2008 school year. In addition, this bill states that any person of 18 years wishing to apply for a driver’s license or motorcycle license shall have satisfactory mathematic skills that are equivalent to an 8th grade level.
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REASON #5- HB 1657- CIVIL PROCEDURE- Todd Hiett,(R-Tulsa)- author4/27/10- Passed 54-30-ASKINS VOTED NO
Vote to pass a committee substitute bill that caps noneconomic damage awards at $300,000. Determines that defendants are only liable for the amount of damage caused, and exempts schools and their educational employees from lawsuits if they discipline students. The bill also exempts volunteer workers from civil action if they were acting in good faith and within the scope of their volunteer duties for a charity or nonprofit organization.
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REASON #4-SB1337- CLEANING UP WEEDS & TALL GRASS- Mike Thompson, (R-OKC)- author 5/24/10- passed 60-41- ASKINS VOTED NO!
Vote to pass a bill authorizing municipalities with populations in excess of 500,000 to remove any trash or weeds from property zoned for agricultural use if the trash or weeds pose a fire hazard, or are within 10 yards of a paved public right-of-way used for vehicle travel. The bill authorizes the municipality to bill the property owner for the cost of removal of the trash or weeds.
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REASON #3- SB 2022- INCOME TAX RATE ADJUSTMENT-Scott Pruitt, (R-Broken Arrow)- author 4/10/2006- Passed 64-34-ASKINS VOTED NO!
Vote to pass a bill that changes the calculation of income tax for individuals and married couples not deducting federal income tax. The bill also reduces the percentage taxed on the remainder of income above $10,000 for individuals or married couples filing separately and above $21,000 for married couples filing jointly to 6.25 percent for 2006 and to 4.9 percent for 2007 and after.
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REASON #2- HB 2842- MEDICAID REFORM- Kris Steele, (R-Shawnee)- author
3/13/2006- Passed 81-17- ASKINS VOTED NO!
Vote to pass a bill that eliminates certain State-mandated benefits in the State Medicaid program in favor of a system that encourages commercial insurers to offer varying benefit packages, all of which would include the federal minimum package of mandatory services. The Oklahoma Health Care Authority will formulate average costs per individual and provide choice counseling, as well as a grievance-resolution process for Medicaid recipients and healthcare providers.
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And the #1 reason for not voting for Jari Askins for Governor……..
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REASON #1-SB 1550- Reporting to the Employment Security Commission for small business- Charles Laster, (D-Shawnee)- 2/25/08- Passed 25-24 after LT. GOVERNOR ASKINS BROKE THE TIE IN THE STATE SENATE FROM THE CHAIR
Vote to modify and add requirements for certain reports to the Employment Security Commission and the New Hire registry relating to certain performance of labor or services.
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Laster’s bill(SB#1550)added unnecessary paperwork and burden on small home based businesses. Askins didn’t stand up for business- she toed the Party Line and voted with the Democrats. The talk of bi-partisanship is just that. Don’t vote based on personality, but on position! The future of Oklahoma is at stake!

Excerpt: Read More at Fair and Biased Blog

Askins says she is for small business owners but her votes say otherwise. Makes you think she went to the Rahm Emmanuel school on how to fool voters into thinking you are a conservative when you are a liberal. After elected, then you can go back to be your liberal self.

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

"Snyder Invites Bernero to Town Hall" -- Michigan Governor's Race

This is actually pretty funny as the Democrat Candidate Virg Bernero showed up at a Rick Snyder Town Hall with a letter in hand to meet to discuss the debate schedule. The Bernero publicity stunt turned into Snyder inviting him to join the Town Hall. Been around politics a long time and have to admit have never seen anything like this but kudos to Rick Snyder for thinking on his feet and turning this into a positive for him.

In Case You Missed It. . .

"Snyder Invites Bernero To Town Hall" - From MIRS

Sept. 13, 2010

(WESTLAND) -- Democratic gubernatorial nominee Virg BERNERO showed up at the Hawthorne Country Club this evening to crash Republican Rick SNYDER's 59th town hall meeting to personally urge him to meet one-on-one to renegotiate a debate schedule.

Instead, Snyder invited Bernero into his town hall meeting and the two engaged in a congenial, 30-minute debate on Proposal A, seniors and other questions posed by an excited audience of a couple hundred spectators.

Without handlers and on the fly, Snyder gave his 18-minute stump speech, followed by Bernero who talked for about another 10. During the Q&A, neither hogged the microphone. They each took turns. They each complimented each other.

Neither attacked the other. They worked out a two-minute closing statement in about five seconds. By the time the exchange was over, the audience was thrilled, talking amongst themselves about how well behaved the candidates were.

After the debate, Snyder committed to reading Bernero's debate letter, but that was about it.

"The Mayor gave me a letter and I'll read the letter, but now is not the time to get in all of the debate stuff. There's been enough debate on debates for the day," he said.

Asked specifically if he wanted to debate Bernero, he said, "We made that offer -- to do three televised debates."

Bernero said he thinks today's forum shows that he "doesn't bite."

"I hope he sees that this wasn't that painful. It was kind of fun, so let's hope we can do three televised debates so more people can be a part of it," Bernero said. "It was great for the people who were here, but so many people are excluded from the process."

Bernero showed up at the 5:30 p.m. event with a letter in hand that suggested "neutral Michigan television stations" set up the debates or that the two sit down without negotiators, political consultants and attorneys and figure out a debate schedule over coffee.

Here's how the impromptu happened.

As the Bernero fielded questions from the media in the Hawthorne County Club lobby about how he wanted to debate Snyder, the Republican, running mate Brian CALLEY and some consultants in tow, cut through the crowd. The exchange was as followed:

Bernero: I appreciate you coming out. I didn't want to disrupt your meeting . . .

Snyder: No, no, come on in.

Bernero: I want you to do your thing . . .

Snyder: No, you can come in. We can take some turns doing questions.

Bernero: I appreciate it.

Snyder: (walking toward the town hall room): Come on in . . .

Bernero: I'd love to do that. But I wanted to give you this letter. I'm hoping we can agree to some debates. I basically wanted to ask you if we could sit down for 20 minutes or so over coffee . . .

Snyder: Virg, you said any place, any time and you turned me down. So let's go do this.

Bernero: Let's do it.

Bernero sat in the front row and listened to Snyder give 18 minutes of stump speech.

Snyder stressed the need to "reinvent Michigan" by setting measurable outcomes for state government as opposed to using such prestigious events as the State of State as "cheerleading sessions" filled with "happy talk." He said he has the vision and the 10-point plan to fix the broken culture in Michigan.

"We've been beaten down for so many years, we've got our heads down too much, we've become too negative and we've lost that fire to believe in doing extraordinary thing," Snyder said. "The key to our success is to reignite that fire."

Bernero took the microphone and started with, "Well thank you for coming to Rick and Virg for Michigan."

Bernero reiterated that he wanted to rekindle debate talks and presented Snyder one more time with to sit down to coffee with him, to which Snyder said, "I'm happy to have coffee and we can talk about a lot of things."

Bernero held his own against an initially chilly crowd. At one point in his statement, one heckler burst out with a, "We came to see Rick!" But Snyder stood up and said Bernero could have the floor until it was time for the audience to ask questions.

At times, the response for Bernero's applause lines and attempts at jokes resembled crickets at the beginning, but near the end, the crowd of mostly Republicans cracked a laugh and gave him a courtesy clap.

The two did not engage in any attacks. Bernero never mentioned "Gateway" or outsourcing, instead focusing on his accomplishments as Mayor and the need to focus on bringing back advanced manufacturing and "Main Street" as opposed to letting "Wall Street" make it's money overseas at the expense of working men and women.

He said that Michigan has some of the most productive workers in the country and that's something that should be invested in.

"Manufacturing is not passé. It's not antiquated. It's not a thing of thing of the past," he said, adding that Lansing is in the running for a new $200 million GM plant.

The two each had some notable one-liners. In closing up his opening statement, Bernero gave his web address so members of the audience could check out his web page. Then he quipped, "I know you're all going to rush home and check that out."

In giving the closing statements Snyder asked Bernero if he'd like to go first and then said, "You go so fast, you could probably do three times as much as I can."

Texas Governor Rick Perry's Ad -- "Open for Business"

With the Texas economy continuing to grow just maybe Obama should have spent time talking to Rick Perry instead of snubbing him when Obama visited Texas. Evidence shows that Perry knows a lot more than Obama about how to help the economy.



First general election television spot
The campaign has launched its first television spot of the general election, called "Open for Business." The spot highlights the economic success Texas is experiencing because of the leadership and pro-growth policies put into place by Governor Rick Perry, including low taxes, less regulations, sweeping tort reform, and record job-creation. Texas has created far more private-sector jobs than all other states since 2005!

Texas Leads in Economic Recovery
The Dallas Fed has documented continued economic growth in Texas over the most recent six weeks. Texas is indeed open for business, and the nation's number one business climate under Gov. Perry continues to buck the national trend. Read more at RickPerry.org

Bill White's Metro-gate Disaster

Last week, Bill White's hand-picked metro leadership came under fire for breaking federal law and possibly costing taxpayers $900 MILLION. Bill White tried to ignore the issue, claiming he was not involved, but recently discovered mayoral calendars show he had numerous meetings with the agency while they were trying to circumvent federal law. Read more at LiberalBill.com

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Full Steam Ahead: Fallin to Embark on Historic Western Oklahoma Whistle Stop Tour

Oklahoma became the 46th State of the Union on November 17, 1907, which means we celebrated our Centennial less than two short years ago. Now we have an historic race for Governor between two women vying to become the first woman Governor of Oklahoma. Mary Fallin we believe has has more credentials to become Governor than any candidate for Governor in  recent years.  Serving as a pro-active Lt Governor for 12 years along with her four years in Congress has given Mary the background she needs to become the first Woman Governor of Oklahoma. 

Without Mary Fallin and her many supporters we wouldn't have Right to Work in Oklahoma.  Many of us remember when she took to the podium of the OK Senate in order to get the issue on the ballot.  Democrats turned off the power and did everything they could to stop her but she didn't quit, the issue made the ballot, and we became a Right to Work state. 

What has Jari Askins done as Lt Governor?  Not sure most people of the state even knows who she is or what she is doing to promote Oklahoma.  Mary traveled the Country promoting Oklahoma bringing in business and jobs to our state as Lt Governor.  Askins?  Who knows what she is doing most of the time.

Mary comes from rural Oklahoma and understands what it means in small towns to have a Governor who will listen and visit their communities. She is now bringing her campaign to rural Western Oklahoma via the train:

Full Steam Ahead: Fallin to Embark on Historic Western Oklahoma Whistle Stop Tour

September 9, 2010

Oklahoma gubernatorial candidate Mary Fallin (photo and bio attached) will be embarking on a historic “whistle stop” train tour of Western Oklahoma on Monday, September 20, taking her message of job creation and fiscal responsibility to six towns during a dawn-to-dusk day of campaigning. Mary will be visiting Thomas, Clinton, Cordell, Hobart, Snyder and Frederick by train, stopping in each town to meet residents and talk about her goals for the state (A detailed itinerary will be released early next week). The train she will be riding can seat over 100 passengers and seats are quickly filling up. A limited number of tickets to ride on the train and participate in this historic event are available and can be requested from the Fallin for Governor campaign by calling 405-778-8900.

Fallin said that Western Oklahoma represents a key area in her campaign for governor, and the whistle stop tour gives her an opportunity to talk in person to as many voters as possible.

“I’m looking forward to spending this exciting day in Western Oklahoma, listening to people there, and talking about my plan to move this state forward,” said Fallin. “When it comes to bringing jobs and prosperity to Oklahoma, we need a governor who will take us full steam ahead!”
This trip by Mary on a train in Western Oklahoma reflects our Western Heritage and is something the people in these towns won't forget. It harkens goes back to the first days of Oklahoma as state when we sent our first representatives to Washington and elected our first Governor and Legislature. Campaigning in those days was by rail as they traveled around Oklahoma. Unlike some Eastern States, Oklahoma has kept their rail system which is vital to our state to move our agriculture products.

The first Governor of Oklahoma, Charles Nathaniel Haskell, came from Ohio and took office on November 16, 1907. Since those days we have had 24 more Governors including one Democrat impeached within his first year in 1923.

We have had three Republican Governors with Henry Bellman, the first Republican elected serving from 1963-1967 and elected again to serve from 1987-1991, Dewey Bartlett was in office from 1967-1971, and Frank Keating served two terms from 1995-2003 with Mary as his Lt Governor.

After the last eight years of Democrat Brad Henry as Governor who supports Obama and is now looking for more handouts from the Federal Government, it is time to elect a Conservative Republican to the Governor's Office who understands those handouts Henry wants are OUR tax dollars.

All we have heard since moving to Oklahoma in January 1997 is how bad our roads and bridges are. How did they get that bad? Through years and years of Democrat dominance of the Oklahoma Government especially legislature by the Democrats neglecting infrastructure.  Now the OK Democrats led by Brad Henry and Jari Askins want the Federal Government to bail us out after Obama announced another infrastructure 'handout' this week which will add to the federal deficit. Like typical Democrats they act like the Federal dollars grow on trees instead of coming out of our pockets. When looking for money, how about starting with our bloated State Government to find the dollars first? What has been done with money that comes to Oklahoma every year for roads and bridges from the Federal Government? Obviously a lot has been spent on other things or our bridges would not be in such sad shape and roads going down to gravel in some places. Where has the money gone?

In 2008, Republicans for the first time in history controlled both Houses of the Legislature in Oklahoma. With the election of Mary Fallin to be Governor, Oklahoma will not only have its first female Governor but for the first time in history Republicans will be in charge of the Governor's Mansion and the Legislature at the same time.  Henry has had out the veto pen this year on bills that came to his desk so we will see a new era dawn in January 2011.  He even vetoed a bill requiring voters to show identification which we will never understand but it will be on the ballot in November.  What is with Democrats like Henry and Askins not wanting identification shown to vote?

We expect to see conservative Government at work starting in January.  The Legislature has to stop passing all those bills at the last moment with legislators not having time to read the bills. Let the people of Oklahoma see what is happening with State Government and become confident they are spending our tax dollars wisely. With Mary as Governor, we expect to see major changes in how our State Government does business.





Mary's opponent, Jari Askins, is also an Obama supporter so what makes anyone think she would be different from Brad Henry or Barack Obama who thinks nothing of tax and spend as the way to run Government. Both are nice people but are extremely liberal for this State which is Conservative as witnessed by Presidential elections since LBJ has gone to the Republican. Twice every county in our State has gone for the Republican -- first for Pres Bush in 2004 and last time for John McCain in 2008.

Voters of Oklahoma have a chance to send a message that we want Conservative Government at the Capitol in Oklahoma City open to the people when we elect Mary Fallin as our next Governor and return a Republican controlled legislature to the Capitol.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB/Oklahoma) Endorses Mary Fallin For Governor

Cong Mary Fallin has always been a huge supporter of Small Business in Oklahoma and has been touting Oklahoma for years as a state who is very friendly to small business. It is great to see this organization reward Mary for her hard work on behalf of small business in the State of Oklahoma.

***In Case You Missed It***

NFIB/Oklahoma Endorses Mary Fallin for Governor

OKLAHOMA CITY– The state office of the National Federation of Independent Business, the nation’s leading small business association, has endorsed Mary Fallin in her campaign for governor of Oklahoma.

“Mary Fallin clearly understands the problems facing small business owners, and her commitment to solving them resonates with Oklahoma’s entrepreneurs and family-run companies,” said Benny Vanatta, state director of NFIB/Oklahoma.

“Mary Fallin has demonstrated her leadership as lieutenant governor and, since 2007, as a member of Congress,” Vanatta said. “She has shown our members that she understands the challenges and concerns facing Oklahoma and the state's small businesses.”

“It’s important that we elect a candidate who understands the critical roll small businesses play in Oklahoma’s economy—someone who will make it easier for entrepreneurs and small businesses to lead our state out of this recession and create jobs,” Vanatta said.

“As governor, I will focus like a laser beam on job creation and economic recovery,” Fallin said. “That means helping small businesses, which provide the vast majority of employment opportunities in Oklahoma. It also means standing up to Washington and its job-killing ‘tax and spend’ policies.

“I know Oklahoma has the potential to be one of the best places to do business in the country and in the world,” she said. “But first we need a leader who is going to fight for the kind of pro-business, common-sense reforms that create jobs and spur investment. I’m ready to be that leader, and I’m proud to have the support of the NFIB in my campaign for governor.”

NFIB’s political support is based on the candidate's position and record on small business issues. The endorsement comes from the NFIB/Oklahoma Save America's Free Enterprise Trust, the political action committee for NFIB/Oklahoma’s membership.

Today's endorsement puts the considerable grassroots support of the state's small businesses behind Fallin’s campaign. Small business owners and their employees vote in high numbers and are known for recruiting friends, family members and acquaintances to vote. According to NFIB polling data, small business owners and their employees make up 43% of registered voters in America.

NFIB will encourage its 3,111 members in Oklahoma to help turn out the influential small business voting bloc on Election Day.

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Meet John Kasich for Ohio Governor; Mary Taylor for Lt Governor







Since our family left Ohio in 1981,  Ohio has changed dramatically from a state that was growing to a state where taxes have grown along with business and people moving out of the state. With high taxes and insurance, plus lack of jobs, it is time Ohioians gave this Republican duo a chance to govern because the Obamacrat Governor Strickland is only making matters worse with the Obama tax and spend philosophy which has also included some Republicans at the State House in recent years. Time to say NO! to higher taxes.

Ohio started their downhill spiral when Democrat leadership embraced the unions running everything which was a prescription for disaster. Ask the people of Dayton which was a very union town with union high salaries what happens when those auto industry jobs start disappearing. Dayton was home to innovation for years and then the UAW took over. That began the flight of white collar jobs in Ohio to more friendly tax states to be replaced by more and more blue collar workers. NCR moved to the Carolinas because of the tax structure of Ohio and the unions. Ohio needs to pass Right to Work but we have our doubts if the unions would permit it in Ohio.

The best chance to get Ohio moving forward again is to elect the Kasich/Taylor ticket. John Kasich is a former Congressman and the one thing we have always admired is his upbeat attitude which is sorely needed in Ohio. He is also not afraid to make the tough decisions that need to be made and to advance ideas for the good of the people of Ohio. Kasich has always been a listener to someone with good ideas.  In fact, you can offer your ideas to Kasich/Taylor at My Idea to Fix Ohio

This new ad from the Kasich/Taylor campaign tells the truth about what is happening in Ohio:




Why did it take so long to elect an accountant to be the auditor? Seems like it would be a prerequisite for the position:

On November 7, 2006, voters made history by electing Mary Taylor the first certified public accountant to serve as Auditor of State and she has provided the type of leadership Ohioans expect from their elected officials. She is making the same decisions in her office that families are making in their homes to reduce spending and become more efficient to help ensure long-term financial stability.

The Columbus Dispatch calls Mary Taylor "intelligent" and "articulate." Her hometown newspaper says, "After more than two years in office, Taylor's record as state auditor is virtually spotless with not even a hint of scandal."Mary Taylor got where she is today because she lives her life much like she governs: by doing the right thing. It's what she learned from her father growing up and it's a lesson he never fails to remind her of every time he sees her.
VOTE for Kasich/Taylor on November 2nd to get
Ohio moving forward again!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Alaska Gov Sean Parnell and Mead Treadwell (Lt Gov candidate) News Conference

Republican Unity in Alaska as Governor and Lt Governor candidates tour the state. We look forward to seeing Gov Parnell elected to a full four-year term as Governor.