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02 Jul
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CD5 Democratic Candidate, Tom Guild, Challenges Incumbent to Debates

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

July 2, 2012

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

Email: TomGuild@sbcglobal.net

Web: www.guildforcongress.com

 

Democratic Congressional Nominee Tom Guild Challenges Incumbent to Debates

             Edmond, Oklahoma– Tom Guild, Democratic Nominee for Congress in the Fifth Congressional District of Oklahoma, challenges Incumbent James Lankford to a series of five debates between now and the November 6, 2012 general election.

Guild and Lankford disagree on women’s health and reproductive freedom, Medicare, Social Security, firing employees based solely on status, reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act, the Affordable Care Act, extension of the George W. Bush tax cuts for the wealthy, the recent DHS policy initiative in the area of immigration, and many fundamental issues.  Debates are a way that voters will become familiar with both candidates positions on the issues, without the filter of a biased press, and enable voters in the Fifth District to make an informed decision in November.

“Since we disagree on women’s issues, Medicare, Social Security, campaign finance, employment discrimination, education, special rights for wealthy taxpayers, and many other issues, we need to debate and let the political chips fall where they may.  We owe it to the people of the Fifth District to give them the opportunity to observe both candidates demeanor and become informed on our views on the important issues of the day,” said Democratic Nominee Tom Guild.

We challenge the incumbent to five debates.  One debate should take place in July, August, September, and two in October (or early November) of 2012.  Neutral organizations (e.g. colleges and universities etc.) acceptable to both candidates should host or co-host the events and the moderator(s) should be agreeable to both candidates.

“The incumbent has a very poor, anti-middle class voting record, and has made many provocative and even radical statements on a variety of issues.  Let’s see where the voters land after a full and unfiltered exposition of that voting record and our positions on the issues,” Guild concluded.

Lankford has been notified of the debate challenge by his campaign manager Pam Paul by e-mail and in person at one of his town hall meetings, and by a reporter for the Edmond Sun.

Guild is currently running for the congressional seat in the Fifth District of Oklahoma. For more information about Tom and his campaign, visit www.guildforcongress.com

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

Phone: 405-921-3811 or Email: Email: TomGuild@sbcglobal.net

Web: www.guildforcongress.com

 

02 Jul
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General Wesley Clark Headlines CD2 Fundraiser!

For Immediate Release
July 2, 2012
Contact: Kenneth Corn
405-694-8339

General Wesley Clark to Headline CD2 Fundraiser!

Congressional District 2 Democrats Host “Being First by Keeping the Second!” Dinner

Oklahoma City – The 2nd Congressional Democrats will be hosting a fundraising dinner on July 21st with special guest, former Presidential Candidate, General Wesley Clark as the keynote speaker. The 2nd Congressional District has gained notoriety for the hotly contested race for Congressman Dan Boren’s seat. The race has become more interesting due to the runoff from both parties after the June 26 primary. Rob Wallace and Wayne Herriman are the two remaining Democratic candidates in the district.

Wesley Kanne Clark, Sr.  is a retired general of the United States Army. Graduating as valedictorian of the class of 1966 at West Point, he was awarded a Rhodes Scholarship to the University of Oxford where he obtained a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics, and later graduated from the Command and General Staff College with a master’s degree in military science. He spent 34 years in the Army and the Department of Defense, receiving many military decorations, several honorary knighthoods, and a Presidential Medal of Freedom.

Oklahoma Democratic Party Chairman Wallace Collins said, “We are happy to welcome General Clark to Oklahoma, and we look forward to this wonderful event.”

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Sponsorships are available!

You can purchase tickets online by clicking here.

For Tickets Contact: Brenda Calahan
P: 918.916.0947
E: brendacalahan@gmail.com

29 Jun
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Rob Wallace Challenges Herriman to Debate

For Immediate Release                                                     
Contact: Kyle Gott
June 29, 2012                                                        
Phone: (918) 913-9209 

Rob Wallace Challenges Herriman to Debate

Herriman has yet to debate the issues in OK-02

Muskogee, OK – Today Rob Wallace, a candidate for Congress, challenged Wayne Herriman to debate the issues important to the voters of the 2nd District.  In two previously scheduled debates, Rob Wallace discussed his vision for Oklahoma’s future while Herriman was absent.

Rob Wallace sent a letter to Wayne Herriman asking him to join him in the debate hosted by Rogers State University that is scheduled for mid-August as well as a challenging him to other debates to be scheduled.

In the letter sent to Herriman, Wallace said, “It is an important part of our democracy to discuss and debate the issues.  It is unfortunate the people of the 2nd District have been denied the opportunity to hear where the candidates stand on the issues thus far.”

Wallace continued, “Please do not disappoint the voters of the 2nd District by not accepting my challenge.  Open debate is what makes our country so great.”

Earlier this year Rogers State University hosted a debate among all the Republican candidates.  It is time for the Democratic candidates to share their views in a similar setting.  To date, there have only been two debates among the Democratic candidates; however, Herriman has skipped both.

Rob Wallace for Congress Campaign Manager, Kyle Gott said, “It is a shame the voters of the 2nd District have not been able to hear where Wayne Herriman stands on the issues.  He has yet to release any plans on how to create jobs.  He has yet to mention issues in his television ads, and he has yet to debate the issues.  It is time Herriman comes out of hiding.  It’s time for him to discuss the issues and show the people of the 2nd District he is qualified to serve in Congress.”

“Rather than debate and discuss the issues, Herriman would rather hide behind misleading attack ads.  That’s wrong and the voters deserve better. ”

 

A copy of the letter sent to Herriman is attached and copied below.

Dear Mr. Herriman:

As candidates for Congress, we owe the voters of the 2nd District the knowledge on where we stand on the issues.  While we have both made many public speeches over the last several months, we have not had the chance to have an open debate on the issues.  I have attended both debates that were scheduled during the primary despite your absence.

It is an important part of our democracy to discuss and debate the issues.  It is unfortunate the people of the 2nd District have been denied the opportunity to hear where the candidates stand on the issues thus far.

That’s why I am challenging you to a debate. I will accept the debate offered by Rogers State University on either August 15th or 16th.  I also challenge you to more debates.  I will debate you anytime, anywhere.  Please do not disappoint the voters of the 2nd District by not accepting my challenge.  Open debate is what makes our country so great.

You may reach me at 918-913-9209 to work out further details.  I look forward to hearing from you, and I look forward to discussing the issues that are important to our district.  The people deserve to hear our stances and our vision for our future.

 

Sincerely,

Rob Wallace

 

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29 Jun
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Democratic Nominee Tom Guild to Attend “Bring Back Jobs Rally”

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

June 29, 2012

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

Email: TomGuild@sbcglobal.net

Web: www.guildforcongress.com

 

Democratic Nominee Tom Guild to Attend Bring Back Jobs Rally

               Tom Guild, Democratic Nominee in the Fifth District of Oklahoma, will be available to speak with members of the press during the Bring Jobs Back to America Rally on July 2, at 5:00pm.

Community and faith leaders will speak out at a Bring Good Jobs Back to America rally at the closed Dayton Tire manufacturing plant on Monday, July 2, at 5:00pm, on the different ways to create good jobs and rebuild local communities hit hard by the recession.

“The focus of US law and the US Congress should be to bring jobs back to America, rather than sending them overseas. That’s a major difference between Congressional Democrats and Republicans, Democrats want to protect jobs for our citizens, and Congressional Republicans protect and defend tax breaks and incentives for their well-connected friends and big corporations to maximize their profits, even if that means shipping American jobs overseas,” stated Guild.

Guild concluded, “During these trying economic times it is critical we work to strengthen the middle class by rebuilding our American workforce and bringing American jobs back home to the United States.”

WHAT: Bring Good Jobs Back to America rally

WHEN: Monday, July 2, 2012, 5:00 p.m.

WHERE: S.W. 25t h and Council Road, Oklahoma City (former Dayton Tire plant)

Guild is currently running for the congressional seat in the Fifth District of Oklahoma. For more information about Tom and his campaign, visit www.guildforcongress.com

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28 Jun
0

Brown: State to Suffer due to Governor and GOP’s Inaction on Health Exchange

June 28, 2012

Representative Mike Brown
State Capitol Building Rm. 545
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  73105
Contact: Valorie Owens
405-962-7604

                                                           

Brown: State to Suffer due to Governor and GOP’s Inaction

on Health Exchange  

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (June 28, 2012) The Supreme Court’s landmark ruling on health care reform will have a profound effect on hard-working, middle class families who will be protected from insurance company abuses, such as having unchecked power to cancel policies, deny coverage, or charge women more than men.  

“This was a case of David versus Goliath, in which Goliath was the deep-pocketed insurance industry, and David was the 129 million people with pre-existing conditions and millions of middle class families who lacked any security of affordable health coverage,” said Rep. Mike Brown, D-Tahlequah.

“I am very pleased that pressure from special interests was not able to take the slingshot out of David’s hand, and that the Supreme Court made their ruling based on the Constitution, not electoral politics.”

Rep. Brown noted that Chief Justice John G. Roberts, Jr., appointed by former President George W. Bush, ruled in favor of upholding the Affordable Care Act. 

With this ruling, however, Rep. Brown has concerns given the blasé attitude Republican leadership has had towards implementing a state exchange by the November deadline. If this deadline is not met, Oklahoma will automatically be absorbed into the federal system. 

Rep. Brown pointed to the initial acceptance, then rejection, of $54 million in federal money by Governor Mary Fallin to set up the state change. 

With no new revenue source, he now questions which core services will be cut in order to replace the forfeited $54 million in federal grants. 

“For purely political purposes, Gov. Fallin flip-flopped on her decision to accept federal dollars for the state exchange, which at the time she said we were lucky to receive. She refused these dollars and refrained from making any other effort to be in federal compliance. So here we are now – our state is short $54 million and Gov. Fallin has egg on her face.”

“Like the saying goes, ignorance (or refusal to acknowledge) the law, excuses no one.”

“Gov. Fallin and Republican leadership gambled that the Supreme Court would overturn the Affordable Care Act, and did nothing in the meantime, which in my opinion amounts to a dereliction of duty to the people of Oklahoma.”

 

Provisions of the Affordable Care Act

 

  • Preventive care will be covered free of charge by insurance companies–including mammograms for women and wellness visits for seniors.
  • Soon, no American will ever again be denied care or charged more due to a pre-existing condition, like cancer or even asthma.
  • By August, millions of Americans will receive a rebate because their insurance company spent too much of their premium on administrative costs or CEO bonuses.   
  • Many seniors will continue to save $600 a year on their prescription drugs. 
  • Millions of young adults will still be able to stay on their family’s plan until they’re 26.

 

The Security of Affordable Coverage – Benefits & Protections By the Numbers:

 

  • $10.7 billion has been recovered by cracking down on waste, fraud, and abuse in Medicare all while securing and protecting the benefits seniors have earned.
  • 86 million Americans have benefitted from free preventive services like mammograms for women or wellness visits for seniors.
  • 17 million children with pre-existing conditions can no longer be denied coverage.
  • 12.8 million Americans will benefit from rebates because their insurance company spent too much of their premium dollars on administrative costs or CEO bonuses.
  • 6.6 million young adults have the security of coverage until age 26.
  • 5.3 million Americans on Medicare have saved an average of $600 on their prescription drugs.
  • 70,000 Americans with pre-existing conditions now have the security of coverage.

 

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