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13 Nov
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Blaine Boyd: On President Obama’s Re-Election

As a member of the Millennial Generation, I have grown up in a time of terror, violence, and war. I was born during the Gulf War, witnessed the first attack on the World Trade Center, felt the shock of the Murrah Bombing in Oklahoma City, heard the shots at Columbine High School, saw commercial airliners rip into the World Trade Centers and the Pentagon, observed troops march back into Afghanistan and Iraq, and wept with those fired upon in a movie theater in Aurora, Colorado. My generation has every right to be pessimistic about the future of our world. We have seen the absolute worst of humanity. But in 2008, a single event, a single ballot, a single election, altered our lives and changed my view of the globe.

            Barack Obama took the stage on Election Night in a crowded park in Chicago, Illinois. The senator I had followed and supported throughout the election season stood behind a podium and spoke of the hope of a nation, the perseverance of a people, and the change a country so desperately needed. He inspired the masses and brought hardened adults to tears. This man of mixed African-American ethnicity, raised by a single mother and grandmother, who attended public schools, had risen to the highest peak of leadership in the entire world. The American Dream was there embodied and our country rejoiced.

            I watched our president throughout his first term quarrel with a Congress of naysayers and do-nothings. He battled with members of his own political party and even some in his inner circle, but determination reigned supreme. President Obama’s resolve served to fulfill his promises. He extended health insurance to forty million citizens through the passage of the Affordable Care Act. He kept countless jobs in America by saving the auto industry. He removed troops from hostile warzones, while still eliminating key targets essential to terrorist operations. He increased funding for public education, along with grants and scholarships so that more could attend college. He fought for the rights of women, signing legislation that required equal pay for equal work and put women’s health issues at the forefront. He pushed America to be more tolerant by ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” in our nation’s military.

            Through his actions, my generation has a renewed sense of vigor and optimism. We are inspired because we know that someday we will be called on to lead this great nation. We will not allow the grave actions of individuals set on destroying our peace-of-mind and eliminating our certain inalienable rights to force us into a state of fear and suppression. We will stand with a leader like Barack Obama and become the best students, best citizens, and best people we can possibly be, not only because we are responsible for ourselves, but also because we are responsible for this country. If it is not our generation, if it is not each one of us, if it is not me, then who will take the president’s place as a leader and as an inspiration to all those searching for purpose in our country?

             Tonight as I watched the polling numbers roll into the major news networks, I saw many across the nation, and even many of my friends, seeming dejected once again. Some citizens wanted a new leader, a change in command, but I knew the man from 2008 was lurking in the shadows. When President Obama was finally declared the winner and he took the stage with his trademark grin and confident stride, I knew a fire would soon ignite. He stood behind the podium once again in Chicago, this time speaking to a smaller crowd in an auditorium, but the nation and the world still watched. He delivered a speech on the successful future he envisioned, a future filled with prosperity and purpose. He spoke of unity within these United States and I was once again fueled.

President Barack Obama said tonight in his acceptance speech, “America’s never been about what can be done for us. It’s about what can be done by us.” This one statement explains every action he has taken, and every word he has spoken, and it will now guide my generation and me into a better tomorrow full of optimism and hope.

Blaine Boyd is the Chair of the Custer County Democrats and a student at SWOSU.

05 Nov
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OKLAHOMA ELECTIONS FOR SALE?

For Immediate Release
November 5, 2012
Contact: Trav Robertson
405.427.3366

 

 OKLAHOMA ELECTIONS FOR SALE?

Billionaire Koch Brothers Try to Secretly Buy Seat for Markwayne Mullin

Oklahoma City– The organization known as Americans For Prosperity, which is funded by Billionaire Republican brothers Charles and David Koch, has infiltrated Oklahoma and is trying to buy the open seat in Congressional District 2.

According to the Americans for Prosperity website: On November 1st, AFP asked for help in “educating” 30,000 voters in Oklahoma’s 2nd Congressional District with deceitful door knockers.

Republican candidate Markwayne Mullin has consistently shown a pattern of bad behavior and continues that trend by working with the Koch brothers to essentially purchase the seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

“They have billions of dollars at their disposal and so they try to solve problems with their money,” said Oklahoma Democratic Party Chairman Wallace Collins. “Markwayne Mullin and the Koch brothers would destroy rural hospitals, force smaller schools to close, and get rid of programs, like social security, that as citizens, we have earned our entire lives.”

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05 Nov
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Sen. Wilson asks A.G. to Investigate Problems with Online Ethics Commission Reports

Oklahoma State Senate
Communications Division
State Capitol
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73105

For Immediate Release: November 5, 2012

Sen. Wilson asks A.G. to investigate problems with online Ethics Commission reports

 

State Sen. Jim Wilson has asked Attorney General Scott Pruitt to investigate the removal of an original contribution report from the State Ethics Commission’s website and the substitution of a different report.
In a letter sent to Pruitt on Monday, Wilson notes the original report, which was dated October 30, 2012, had incorrectly listed the name of an organization contributing to Friends of Wayne Shaw for Senate 2012. Subsequently, a completely different document was substituted for the form. The new document deleted a contribution listing from the first form and shows an equivalent amount listed as contributions of $50 or less in the aggregate.
“First of all, any errors in the original report should have been corrected with an amended report. The ability to remove an actual report and replace it with a backdated ‘new’ original report implicates complicity from the Ethics Commission staff or at least a breach of security,” said Wilson, D-Tahlequah. “The second consideration is knowingly and falsely claiming the $500 amount came from aggregating contributions of $50 or less.”
Along with the letter, Wilson forwarded the original document as well as the “new” original report.
“I’m asking the Attorney General to investigate this because he is the chief law enforcement officer for the State of Oklahoma. Any explanation or justification by the Ethics Commission based on an internal investigation would be suspect,” Wilson said.
For more information, contact Sen. Jim Wilson at 405-521-5574.

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30 Oct
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Barresi Trades the Textbook for the Checkbook

For Immediate Release
October 30, 2012
Contact: Trav Robertson
405.427.3366

 

 BARRESI TRADES THE TEXTBOOK FOR THE CHECKBOOK

State Party Calls for Attorney General to Investigate Corruption

Oklahoma City– Janet Barresi, Oklahoma’s Republican Superintendent of Public Instruction, has been accused of using “slush funds” or private bank accounts by State Auditor Gary Jones. Her actions continue a pattern of bad behavior and hypocrisy from elected officials and candidates from the Oklahoma Republican Party.

The Oklahoma Democratic Party is calling on Attorney General Scott Pruitt to begin an investigation of these activities and for the release of records from the Oklahoma Foundation for Innovation. The Foundation for Innovation was “purportedly” the owner of these unofficial accounts.

“Her actions add her to a growing list of Republicans that have a history of bad behavior,” said Oklahoma Democratic Party Vice-Chair, Dana Orwig.

Allegedly, the funds for these accounts were raised by intimidating vendors that worked with the State of Oklahoma and who had business contracts worth millions of dollars that could have been taken away. 

“Where is the OK GOP Chairman Matt Pinnell?” asked Chairman Wallace Collins. “He continues to remain silent about the growing number of Republican candidates and officials that are tied to questionable activities. Does his Republican Party support this pattern of bad behavior?”

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29 Oct
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Incumbent Raises National Debt by $2.4 trillion in just two years!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 29, 2012

Contact: Tom Guild, Democratic Nominee for Congress in Oklahoma’s Fifth District

Phone: 405-921-3811

E-mail: tomguild@sbcglobal.net

Web: www.guildforcongress.com

Incumbent Raises National Debt by $2.4 trillion in just two years!

 

Read the recent AP article in the San Francisco Chronicle: http://www.sfgate.com/news/article/Economy-debt-dominate-Oklahoma-5th-District-forum-3984376.php

 

Edmond, Oklahoma– Tom Guild, Democratic Nominee for Congress in the Fifth Congressional District of Oklahoma, speaks to the fact that his opponent, James Lankford, has raised the national debt by $2.4 trillion in his two years in congress.

“The Declaration of Independence was signed in 1776.  In the 236 year period between 1776 and today, the United States has run up a debt of $16 trillion.  During Rep. James Lankford’s two years in the U.S. House, approximately $2.4 trillion has been added to the national debt!  $2.4 trillion is more than 1/8 of the entire national debt in the 236 year history of our great country!  Mr. Lankford promised voters that he is a deficit hawk and he would get federal budget deficits and the national debt under control.  As a member of the House Budget Committee, and as a member of the dominant ideological faction in the majority party in the house, he has utterly failed to keep this campaign promise.  He has made things worse!  The U.S. Constitution requires that all spending bills must originate in the house.  Without Mr. Lankford’s votes, and the votes of his colleagues who form the dominant faction in his majority party in the U.S. House, not one dime can be constitutionally spent,” said Guild.

Guild concluded, “There are good reasons that Mr. Lankford and his congressional colleagues have received the three lowest approval ratings in the history of the country!”

 

Fire Congress!  Hire Tom Guild As Your Next Congressman!  Vote Like Your Life and Health Depend On It–Because They Do!

 

Guild is the Democratic Nominee, currently running for the Congressional seat in the Fifth District of Oklahoma. For more information about Tom and his campaign, visitwww.guildforcongress.com

 

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