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14 Aug
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The Guild for Congress Campaign Continues to Make Strides in Its Aggressive, Grassroots Campaign

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 13, 2012

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

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

Web: www.guildforcongress.com

 

The Guild for Congress Campaign Continues to Make Strides in Its Aggressive, Grassroots Campaign

The Guild for Congress Campaign continues to make strides in its aggressive, grassroots campaign in the area of campaign finance, voter contact, and endorsements.

The campaign has raised approximately $62,000 to date. The vast majority of the donations have come from grassroots, middle class donors, who donate from $5-$100. The Guild Campaign is a modest, respectable middle class campaign, not dependent on wealthy donors, or on political action committee donations. It is a sharp contrast with the million dollar campaign of the fifth district incumbent and his large cache of PAC money and high dollar contributions.

“We have visited 9,000+ households to leave our literature, have made 2,500+ phone calls, have put up 700+ yard signs, and have erected three billboards on supporters’ property. We have 75 volunteers and a dedicated core of 30 volunteers who canvass or call for our campaign weekly,” states Guild.

Guild continues, “We have been endorsed by the Brennan Society, Change Oklahoma, the Oklahoma State American Federation of Teachers, the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Freedom, the American Federation of Government Employees, the Oklahoma AFL-CIO, and hundreds of individuals in the fifth congressional district.”

“We are proud that we are running a middle class, grassroots financed and powered campaign for Congress. If we are going to take back our government and break the gridlock and dysfunctional congressional paralysis, we are going to have to do it from the grassroots level and not from the top down, as has been the recent common practice, leading to unsatisfactory results for our people,” concluded Tom Guild.

Tom Guild is the Democratic Nominee for the Fifth Congressional District of Oklahoma.

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12 Aug
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Press Release: Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan – The Go Back Team

August 11, 2012
Contact: Trav Robertson
405.427.3366

Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan: The Go Back Team

 

Oklahoma Democratic Party Chairman Wallace Collins said, “Paul Ryan wants to hurt Oklahomans by eliminating Social Security and he has a history of not supporting women’s issues. He is the perfect fit for Romney as the Go Back Team because they want to take America back to the 1950s.” In naming Congressman Paul Ryan, Mitt Romney has chosen a leader of the House Republicans who shares his commitment to the flawed theory that new budget-busting tax cuts for the wealthy, while placing greater burdens on the middle class and seniors, will somehow deliver a stronger economy. The architect of the radical Republican House budget, Ryan, like Romney, proposed an additional $250,000 tax cut for millionaires, and deep cuts in education from Head Start to college aid. His plan also would end Medicare as we know it by turning it into a voucher system, shifting thousands of dollars in health care costs to seniors. As a member of Congress, Ryan rubber-stamped the reckless Bush economic policies that exploded our deficit and crashed our economy. Now the Romney-Ryan ticket would take us back by repeating the same, catastrophic mistakes.

 

The Romney-Ryan top-down budget plan would weaken the economy:

 

  • Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney both support trillions in budget-busting tax cuts for millionaires paid for with tax hikes on the middle class and deep cuts in education and other investments we need to grow. Ryan’s extreme budget plan, which Mitt Romney has embraced, would make deep spending cuts now to pay for tax cuts for the wealthy, which would weaken the recovery and cost the economy jobs.

 

  • According to Harvard economist Jeffrey Liebman, based on Mitt Romney’s own projections on the impact of deep spending cuts on the economy, Paul Ryan’s budget plan could cost the U.S. more than 1 million jobs.

 

The Romney-Ryan plan would end Medicare as we know it

 

  • The Romney-Ryan extreme budget would end Medicare as we know it, turning it into a voucher program that would increase seniors’ health costs by $6,350 a year. Ryan has also proposed a plan that would have privatized Social Security, subjecting seniors’ retirement security to the whims of the stock market.

 

The Romney Ryan plan would raise taxes on the middle class and cut taxes for the wealthy

 

  • The Romney-Ryan extreme budget includes a tax “reform” plan that would make the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy permanent, and give millionaires an additional tax cut worth more than $250,000 a year. Paying for these tax cuts for the most fortunate families would require higher taxes on the middle class, gutting investments in our future, and ending Medicare as we know it.

 

  • Just like Mitt Romney’s tax plan, middle-class families could pay thousands of dollars more a year in taxes to help fund tax cuts for millionaires. Ryan would cut or eliminate middle-class tax deductions like mortgage interest, charitable contributions and health premiums.

 

The Romney Ryan plan would gut middle-class investments

 

  • To pay for tax cuts for the wealthiest, Paul Ryan would gut investments critical to middle-class security.

 

  • This includes cutting Pell Grant scholarships for nearly 10 million students; kicking 200,000 kids out of Head Start; significantly cutting clean energy investments, which would make America more dependent on foreign oil; and would even key investments in veterans’ health care by 19 percent.

 

Like Romney, Paul Ryan is severely conservative

 

  • Like Mitt Romney, Ryan’s severely conservative positions are out of touch with most Americans’ values. He would take us backward on women’s health and equal rights.

 

  • Ryan cosponsored a bill that could ban in-vitro fertilization, as well as many common forms of birth control, including the pill. It could also ban all abortions, even in cases of rape or incest. He supported letting states prosecute women who have abortions and doctors who perform them.

 

  • Ryan voted against the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act, which helps women fight for equal pay for equal work. He voted against repealing the discriminatory policy of “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and supports writing discrimination into the Constitution by amending it to ban gay marriage.

 

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07 Aug
0

David Boren Endorses Rob Wallace for Congress

For Immediate Release
Contact: Kyle Gott

August 7, 2012
Phone: (918) 913-9209

David Boren Endorses Rob Wallace for Congress

Says Wallace has the moral courage and integrity needed in Congress

Muskogee, OK – Former Oklahoma Governor and U.S. Senator David Boren today endorsed Democrat Rob Wallace in the second district race for the U.S. House of Representatives. Boren served as Governor of Oklahoma from 1975 until 1979 and U.S. Senator from 1979 until 1994.

Boren said, “I have known Rob Wallace and his fine family for several years. I have also closely observed his record in public office. He has a strong and proven background in prosecution and law enforcement. He has demonstrated a sincere desire to serve others and the moral courage and personal integrity needed by a member of Congress. With these qualities and his deep ties to Oklahoma, I am personally convinced that he would make an outstanding representative for the people of eastern Oklahoma in the Congress.”

Rob Wallace was honored to receive the endorsement of such a well-respected figure in Oklahoma. Wallace said, “Boren’s endorsement is another testament to the coalition of support my campaign is building. I am honored to receive his endorsement and support in my bid for Congress. Boren’s support means a lot to me and my family. I am sure it will mean a lot to the voters of the 2nd District too.”

Boren emphasized that he was speaking as a private citizen and not on behalf of any institution.

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07 Aug
0

Statement from Oklahoma Democratic Party Chairman Wallace Collins on Passing of Dr. Teena Nations

August 7, 2012
Contact: Wallace Collins
405.427.3366

Statement from Oklahoma Democratic Party Chairman Wallace Collins on Passing of Dr. Teena Nations

 

(Oklahoma City)- The sudden and tragic death of Dr. Teena Nations has left us all stunned!  Having been long time friends and acquaintances of both Dr.Teena Nations and her husband Dr. Bill Nations, the sad news struck us especially hard.  Teena spent her life working in education, for the betterment of all children.  Her accomplishments were many, as were her honors and accolades.  However, she was not one to rest on her many laurels, she was still working on projects that ultimately were positive and supportive for children and youth.

 

During my tenure in the State Legislature, I had the honor of being a seatmate with Teena’s husband Bill.  We were neighbors in the State House, and were neighbors in the districts we represented.  I also had the honor and privilege of giving the nominating speech for Representative Nations’ bid to become Speaker of the House of Representatives. It always seemed to me that Teena was very proud of the accomplishments of her husband.  All these things and more have endeared me to Teena and Bill.  Also, during various campaigns, we would talk and discuss strategies.  Plainly, we have all suffered a great loss with Teena’s untimely passing.

 

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Bill and his family and friends, as I know we were all sadly surprised to learn the news about Teena.  She was a great friend to many, and especially to her husband Bill, and family.  She will be sorely missed!
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06 Aug
0

Tom Guild Explores Incumbent James Lankford’s Record to Date

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

August 6, 2012

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

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

Web: www.guildforcongress.com

 

Tom Guild Explores Incumbent James Lankford’s Record to Date

 

          Tom Guild, the Democratic Nominee for Congress from Oklahoma’s Fifth Congressional District, explores Incumbent James Lankford’s record to date.

–more than two trillion has been added to the national debt (his top priority is reducing the debt) and his actions may worsen future budget deficits and debt by insisting that the Bush tax cuts for the wealthy be extended past January 1, 2013, thus adding a projected $866 billion to the national deficits and debt in the next ten years

–he voted for a law creating a super committee in Congress, requiring the sequester or automatic budget cuts of more than a trillion dollars, causing the possible loss of 16,000 jobs in Oklahoma

–the unnecessary drama by House Republicans over raising the debt ceiling, allowing the country to pay the bills Congress racked up, led to the downgrade of the U.S. credit rating for the first time in history

–he voted over and over and over…33 times to repeal the affordable care act to no avail, it is still the law of the land…too many show votes and not enough serious work getting done

–he has drawn a full $174,000 salary and gone to work  (the house has been in session in 2012) about 62% of the time available Monday through Friday starting on January 2, 2012 and this percentage will drop to approximately 50% of the available work days for ordinary Americans (after his current five-week vacation ends)

–he stated his opinion on film that sexual orientation is a choice, sparking nationwide controversy and unfavorable attention, although his view is contrary to health professionals and official statements of the AMA and APA

–he also drew nationwide negative attention by stating repeatedly that he thinks it should remain legal to fire workers simply based on their sexual orientation

–he wants to privatize, thus weaken, and likely destroy Social Security

–he voted to end Medicare and “replace” it with a voucher program by voting for the Ryan Budget in the house

–he opposes the new DHS policy allowing children of undocumented parents to stay in the country and work for two years in a program to be finalized this month

–he co-authored a personhood bill, that threatens women’s health, by making contraception illegal and threatening the future of in vitro fertilization clinics

–he wants to take away citizenship from children born in the U.S. of undocumented parents (although this violates the 14th amendment)

–he opposed the Senate version of the Violence Against Women Act, and voted for the watered down House version, leading to the failure to reauthorize the law to protect women who are the victims of domestic abuse

“It is outrageous that Congress is taking a five-week vacation while the country faces uncertainty and an economic crisis.  The House has not passed any of its appropriations bills to date, with an October 1 deadline looming.  The post office is in a crisis that was caused by Congress, and the incumbent congressman is on vacation, which reminds many of Nero fiddling while Rome was burning.  It is small wonder that Americans hold Congress in such historically low esteem that some polls have their approval rating in single digits,” states Guild.

Enough is Enough!  Replace Lankford!  Fire Congress!

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