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John Sullivan Votes Against Working Class Neighborhoods

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The Neighborhood Stabilization Act of 2008 authorizes the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) to issue $7.5 billion in grants and $7.5 billion in no-interest loans to states for the purchase, sale, and rehabilitation of vacant foreclosed homes. The legislation allocates funds based on the percentage of foreclosures in a state during the last four calendar quarters and the number of subprime loans that have been delinquent in the state for more than 90 days.

Each state must submit a plan to HUD that outlines how it will disburse the federal grants and loans to government, non-profit, and for-profit agencies, giving preference to activities that serve the lowest-income families for the longest period and that serve homeowners whose mortgages have been foreclosed.

The bill mandates that homes purchased under the act be sold to families with incomes below 140% of the local median income and that housing purchased for rental be available to families whose incomes are less than or equal to the local median income. At least half of the grant money must be targeted to families with incomes below 50% of the local median income and at least half must be targeted at families with incomes below 30% of this income. The bill authorizes the federal government to recoup up to 50% of any appreciation that a property owner gains from resale.

The measure was approved by the House, but Rep. John Sullivan (RWR OK CD 01) voted against saving neigborhoods in his district.

Johnny-Boy is out-of-touch and come November will be out of a job.

Inhofe Loves War — Not Vets

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Our far right extremist senator, James Inhofe is known mostly as a Climate Change Denier but that barely scratches the surface of what’s wrong with Inhofe. For someone who is so aggressively pro-war, he’s incredibly anti-veteran and anti-service member.

Here’s some facts:

1. The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America looked at his voting record and gave him a D-.

2. Inhofe cast the deciding vote against the bipartisan Health Care for Veterans Amendment in October 2005.  This killed a bill that had passed in the House 398 to 19.

 

Or this,

A month later, Senators Chuck Grassley and Barbara Boxer co-sponsored a bill to get desperately needed funds for counseling, mental health, and rehabilitation services for veterans diagnosed with mental illness, post-traumatic stress disorder, or substance abuse. Again, Inhofe voted against our military veterans.Jim Inhofe votes against our veterans but always falls in line to support outrageous tax cuts for millionaires and Wall Street cronies.

But vets aren’t the only people Inhofe has consistently short-changed. His voting record on active duty military personnel is abysmal– the worst in the entire U.S. Senate. Of the 14 roll calls involving the welfare of our fighting men and women since May, 2003, Inhofe has voted against them a breathtaking 14 times.

Most Oklahomans don’t support the Bush/McCain occupation of Iraq and can force James Inhofe into retirement from the US Senate this November.

Our Man Dan

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PhotobucketIn Thursday’s edition (May 15) of the Tulsa World, there’s a story about Oklahoma’s privileged son, U.S. Rep Dan Boren, appointment to the Board of Directors of the NRA. That puts him right in the pantheon of advocates of “campus-carry” laws and unrestricted firearms sales.

Boren is quoted, “I harvested my first buck at age 9 and have taken one every season since.”

Rep. Boren must have a problem using the word “killed.”

Then there’s this…..

Today, our Congressman Dan Boren will join Governor Steve Beshear, Karl Rove, Ollie North, Governor Mike Huckabee, Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison, Ambassador John Bolton, Navy Seal Marcus Luttrell, Governor Mitt Romney, and Senator Mitch McConnell to speak at the NRA’s Celebration of American Values Leadership Forum.

Last year, rocker Ted Nugent was caught on video screaming to the same cheering crowd at the NRA convention:

* “Hey, Obama! [holds up machine guns] You might want to suck on one these you punk…Obama, he’s a piece of s–t!”

    * “Hillary! [holds up machine guns] You might want to ride one of these into the sunset, you worthless b—h!”

    * “Hey Diane Feinstein! [holds up machine guns] Ride on these you worthless whore!”

Here’s the video.

Does this represent Dan Boren’s American Values?

 

Vote For Change in Tulsa

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From Joy Whitman:

We had a very successful VOTE FOR CHANGE kickoff event Saturday morning in Tulsa on the Civic Center Plaza. Photobucket

About 100 volunteers turned out, many of them from other cities in Oklahoma.  David Phillips, VOTE FOR CHANGETeam Coordinator and Ken Byrd, Data Coordinator prepared packages for volunteers each one including 25 voter registration forms, information on voter registration laws and maps of Tulsa areas to be targeted.  

Ernestine Dillard opened the event with her incredible solo “God Bless America”.  It was awesome to hear her beautiful voice ring through downtown Tulsa. Senator Tom Adelson,keynote speaker and our Obama surrogate, is a national convention delegate for Senator Obama from Oklahoma. Martha Mattes, Volunteer Coordinator, really got the word out to the volunteers in attendance via email to Obama groups and Oklahoma pods of grassroot supporters.

Greg Bledsoe, First District Vice Chair for the Oklahoma Democratic Party and Emmanuel Lewis trained volunteers on do’s and don’ts for registering voters.

Greg explained our strategy in targeting key Tulsa county districts where voter registration is low and the need for Democrats to vote in the upcoming Oklahoma Democratic primary on July 29 for candidates including Andrew Rice, Jim Roth, as well for one of the Democratic candidates running for State Representative in House District 72.

Our awesome resource team including Mark Skinner, Victoria Marrs and Vance Reed worked together to sign in every volunteer and gave out VOTE FOR CHANGE stickers and we had plenty of food and beverages available.  The results we hoped for in registering voters were achieved as we registered 50 people and most volunteers kept their packets to keep registering voters as we approach the general election.  We are planning our next event as a celebration following the Democratic nomination.  

Senatorial Backbone

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Today the Democratic Senators in the Oklahoma Legislature showed they do have a backbone, after all. They voted to effectively kill Senate Bill 1150, known as the Voter ID bill.

This is the last term of the session with a 24- 24 split among Democratic and Republican Senators. Under rules negotiated at the beginning of this session last year, a bill must receive 25 votes to be approved. Democratic leader Danny Morgan (Stillwater) did not vote, relieving Lt. Governor Jari Askins of breaking a 24 – 24 tie vote. The measure failed 23 to 24.

The Voter ID Bill is a 21st century version of the infamous ‘Poll Tax’ that was used to deny blacks the right to vote in the South decades ago.

From Wikipedia:

“A poll tax, in the sense of a discrimination tax which was a pre-condition of the exercise of the right to vote, emerged in some US states in the late 19th century. After the right to vote was extended to all races by the enactment of the Fifteenth Amendment, many Southern states enacted poll tax laws which often included a grandfather clause that allowed any adult male whose father or grandfather had voted in a specific year prior to the abolition of slavery to vote without paying thetax. These laws achieved the desired effect of disfranchising African and Native Americans as well as poor whites who immigrated after the year specified.”

Sometimes these people make me proud.

“Never separate the lives you lead from the words you speak.” — Paul Wellstone

 

The Straw that Stains

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Many years ago I lived and worked in northwest Arkansas. This was during the Clinton years in the Arkansas Governor’s mansion.  I was proud of all the things both Bill and Hillary did for the state.  Bill Clinton and Winthrop Rockefeller did more for the state of Arkansas than all the other governors, added together.  I was always vociferous in my defense of these two and was proud to be FOB by “two degrees.”

But…..

today, the Associated Press quoted Bill Clinton saying,

“The great divide in this country is not by race or even income, it’s by those who think they are better than everyone else and think they should play by a different set of rules,” he said. “In West Virginia and Arkansas, we know that when we see it.”

This not-so veiled slap at Barack Obama is the last straw for me.  

Bill and Hillary Clinton have totally destroyed the faith and admiration I have felt for them for more than twenty years. I say this in all sobriety.  In an attempt to destroy someone else to sate their manical egos, they have dashed the respect I held for them and put another unseamly stain on their place in history.

For me, they have ‘soiled’ their political pants.

TABOR Tantrum

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In a press release Monday, State Senator Randy Brogdon threw a TABOR Tantrum by attacking Attorney General Drew Edmondson personally, for a multi-county grand jury’s indictment of three of his cronies.  Brogdon chose to berate Edmondson rather than the grand jury who actually issued the indictments. Maybe it’s safer to attack an elected Democrat, than the decent Oklahomans who made up the grand jury.

The case involves the petition drive to put to the vote of the people, a measure to limit the growth of state spending, commonly known as TABOR.  The petitions were invalidated by the Oklahoma Secretary of State and Supreme Court because they were collected fraudulently and Brogdon’s cohorts were indicted for “conspiring to defraud the state,” and willfully “filing a false and fictitious petition.”

Senator Brogdon goes on to accuse the Attorney General of action that “has cast the state in a negative light and has been criticized by publications read throughout the nation and world.”  Many Oklahomans remember that the editorial writers of The Wall Street Journal and Forbes magazine also highly praised Enron’s “Kenny Boy” Lay and WorldComm’s Bernie Ebbers.  Lay died before going to prison and Ebbers got 25 years in the slammer.