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13 Oct
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MULLIN USES FEDERAL STIMULUS MONEY TO SEND FELONS INTO CUSTOMERS’ HOMES?

For Immediate Release
October 13, 2012
Contact: Trav Robertson
405.427.3366

 

MULLIN USES FEDERAL STIMULUS MONEY TO SEND FELONS INTO CUSTOMERS’ HOMES?
“jeopardizes customers to line his own pockets…”

 

Oklahoma City – While defending his position against E-verify, a free service provided by the Department of Homeland Security, Markwayne Mullin stated, “but we run a very strong background check, we’re required to run a background check that costs me over $125 per employee because we work in customers’ houses…” Timothy Saylor, a twice convicted felon, was arrested while working for Mullin’s plumbing company.

The Mullin campaign claims, “All Mullin employees are subjected to a background check. No individual with any felony conviction is hired to make home service calls.” (Washington Times, June 20, 2012)

“What audacity, to criticize the President who is trying to create jobs and then use our tax dollars to endanger the people of Oklahoma. If he didn’t do a background check on his employees, why did he lie about it? At some point Mr. Mullin needs to come clean and be honest with the people,” stated Vice Chair Dana Orwig.

Saylor, hired by Markwayne Mullin to work at his plumbing business has been convicted of two felonies. One of Saylor’s charges was “threaten crime with the intent to terrorize”. Mullin has also hired at least two other individuals with felony backgrounds – David Hawley, who has numerous drug convictions, and Cory Gunckel, a man with convictions involving drugs, stolen vehicles and weapons.

“Markwayne Mullin received almost $370,000 in tax dollars to build his business and sends convicted felons into the homes of customers…I shudder to think what could have happened to our mothers, sisters, and daughters. If he can’t protect his customers how can he be trusted to protect our country?” concluded Oklahoma Democratic Party, Chairman Wallace Collins.

 

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10 Oct
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Shelton Criticizes Political Posturing on A-F Grading System

State of Oklahoma

House of Representatives

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

October 10, 2012

 

Representative Mike Shelton

State Capitol Building Rm. 539

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma  73105

Contact: Valorie Owens

405-962-7604

                             

Shelton Criticizes Political Posturing on A-F Grading System

 

OKLAHOMA CITY (October 10, 2012) The fiasco that has occurred over the state Department of Education’s A through F grading system is mired in controversy, and today one lawmaker called attention to the timing of key players who appear to have flip-flopped in their support of school grade cards.

“Although I applaud the decision to delay the release of grades for school districts, given their flawed methodology, I find it hard to believe that anything other than political pressure is influencing this turnabout to reasonable thinking,” said Representative Mike Shelton, D-Oklahoma City. “We knew back in April of this year that the rules were not weighted fairly and were oppositional to public schools, but the Board of Education and Governor Mary Fallin bullied those who questioned the rules. Now, just a few weeks from Election Day, Superintendent Barresi’s anti-public education policies are proving disastrous to Republican races, and there’s this sudden change of heart and delays are being placed on the release of A-F grades.”

Rep. Shelton noted that this past legislative session he attempted to disprove the administrative rules adopted by the Board of Education for the A-F grading system, and this resolution (HJR 1125), passed out of the House Administrative Rules & Government Oversight Committee by a bipartisan vote of 9-1.

However, in response to and shortly following the committee vote, Gov. Fallin that same day issued a press release that she had approved the administrative rules.

Rep. Shelton stated that despite his efforts and the advocacy of educators and concerned citizens alike, Republican House leadership refused to allow the resolution to be heard on the House floor.

“The actions of Governor Fallin reflect the intent to distance the Republican Party from Superintendent Barresi and her poor public policies, at least until after the votes are cast on November 6th,” said Rep. Shelton. “She has proven to be an albatross for their party, and she continues to disrespect and defy all those who disagree with her, even her newly-appointed and hand-picked Board of Education!”

Yesterday, following the state Board of Education’s unanimous vote to delay the release of new A-F school grades, Governor Fallin stated that she thinks the board made the right call in delaying this release.

However, later in the day, Superintendent Barresi authorized her staff to inform all Oklahoma school districts that they may publically release these grades.

With this action Rep. Shelton called Superintendent Barresi’s judgment into question, given she circumvented the will of the board and authorized the release of grades that were inaccurate and uncertified.

“The last minute scrambling of Republicans to distance themselves from Supt. Barresi and the A-F grading system are nothing more than political posturing. It was Republicans alone who voted this grading system into law – and it is Republicans who are currently championing the efforts to consolidate our rural schools, close our public schools in favor of privately-run charter schools, and who support taxpayer dollars being diverted to provide vouchers for private schools. I hope Oklahomans remember that when they’re at the ballot boxes in November.”

House Bill 1456, which directed the Board of Education to create an A through F grading system, passed on fourth reading on May 2, 2011 by a vote of 59-31; no Democrats voted in support of this measure.

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08 Oct
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Did Candidate Commit Voter Fraud?

For Immediate Release
October 8, 2012
Contact: Trav Robertson
405.427.3366

WHAT DID CLEVELAND PLEA?
DID CANDIDATE COMMIT VOTER FRAUD??

 

Oklahoma City – Republican candidate Bobby Cleveland needs to tell the voters what he pled to in order to receive a deferred prosecution, when he was caught voting twice in the same election, which is a felony under Oklahoma law. In order to receive a deferred sentence like he did, he would have had to submit a plea to the court.

“As a candidate he needs to be responsible to the voters in Oklahoma and tell them the truth,” said Oklahoma Democratic Party Chairman Wallace Collins.

Bobby Cleveland is the Republican candidate in the State House race for district 20 which covers parts of Cleveland, Garvin, McClain, and Pottawatomie counties.

“What kind of sweetheart deal did he make with the Republican District Attorney?” Chairman Collins continued, “Oklahoma Republican Party Chair Matt Pinnell needs to clarify his candidate’s criminal record in House District 20.”

Citizens that have been convicted of a felony are not allowed to run for the state legislature according to Oklahoma statutes.

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04 Oct
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Candidate Hides Criminal Activity

For Immediate Release
October 4, 2012
Contact: Trav Robertson

 

BOBBY CLEVELAND HIDES CRIMINAL ACTIVITY
FELON CANDIDATE PROCLAIMS TO REGISTER VOTERS

 

Oklahoma City – In a recent news article Republican candidate Bobby Cleveland was quoted as saying “I registered close to 100 people” to vote. “Did he register the same person 100 times?” asked Oklahoma Democratic Party Chairman Wallace Collins.

According to prosecutor’s records, Bobby Cleveland has admitted to committing a felony by illegally voting twice in a special election. According to records, he voted once by mailing a ballot in by absentee and then showed up to the polls and voted in person.

Chairman Collins stated, “How can we trust Bobby Cleveland to tell the truth when he was already caught red-handed at the ballot box?”

It is considered a felony to vote twice in Oklahoma. If he committed a felony, is he eligible to run for the legislature? Cleveland is the Republican candidate for Oklahoma State House District 20.

“This continues a pattern of bad behavior with the Oklahoma Republican Party and hiding criminal activity,” said Chairman Collins.

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03 Oct
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Rep. Morrissette Has Huge Problem with A to F School Grading Idea

State of Oklahoma

House of Representatives

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Rep. Richard Morrissette, District 92

(405) 557-7404

 

Rep. Morrissette Has Huge Problem with A to F School Grading Idea

 

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Richard Morrissette said today there are major problems with the A-F Grading system for public schools rolled out by the Oklahoma Department of Education and that the issues need to be corrected before the grading system causes serious damage to the public education system.

“The political leadership in both parties knows there is a huge problem with the roll out of state school ratings, and it’s time for the governor and legislative leadership to intervene in this bizarre process before irreparable damage is done,” said Morrissette, D-Oklahoma City.

The veteran Oklahoma City lawmaker says Republican leaders need to be speaking publicly about the problems relating to State Superintendent Janet Barresi’s roll out of the state’s new school grading system.

“In recent days, I’ve seen a great deal of concern expressed in news stories and editorials about the questionable and partisan manner in which the implementation of the grading system is being conducted,” said Morrissette. “My Republican friends have the same reservations, but too few are speaking out. It’s time for the legislative leadership to express publicly what they are saying privately about the questionable manner in which the process is being conducted.”

According to news reports, the state department’s preliminary grade calculations have been vague and error-filled, while the inadequate staff at the department has been slow to provide supporting data and clarifications. A ‘tool-kit’ sent to schools to provide guidelines and ‘scoring’ information was a failure, and communication between schools and the state department of education is worsening.

Rep. Morrissette says one aspect of the roll out is especially objectionable: the secretive manner in which the scoring roll out is being prepared. “The ineptitude is one thing, but the lack of transparency is something that should give pause to any Oklahoman, regardless of party affiliation. I hope Republicans will join me in demanding complete transparency in this most important effort.”

“I believe that every legislator wants to make Oklahoma’s education system the finest in the nation. But a vindictive roll out designed to place public education in a bad light could harm our state’s economic development efforts and make our military bases more vulnerable in any upcoming BRAC hearings.  Now is not the time to look the other way just to maintain the appearance of Republican unity,” the Representative says.

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