Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Donald Trump Jr headlining Lamb fundraiser next week


Donald Trump, Jr. to Appear at Lamb Campaign Event
President’s Oldest Son to Offer Support

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, April 25, 2018 – President Donald Trump’s oldest son, Donald Trump, Jr., will appear at a campaign rally and fundraiser May 2 on behalf of Republican gubernatorial candidate Todd Lamb. The event will be held at the Renaissance Waterford Hotel in Oklahoma City. Trump, Jr. and Lamb developed a friendship in 2016 when Trump, Jr. was a special guest at the Lt. Governor’s Turkey Hunt, an annual economic development and business networking event hosted by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce.

“Donald Trump, Jr. and I forged a relationship two years ago when he attended the turkey hunt,” Lamb said. “I was impressed with his deep knowledge of both federal and state issues, particularly issues related to commerce and the economy. Like his father, our nation’s 45th President, he understands what it takes to grow an economy and create jobs. I very much enjoyed our time together then, and I am honored he is taking time from his family and busy schedule to attend my campaign event and offer his support.”

1889 Institute calls for end to most social worker licensing


1889 INSTITUTE CALLS FOR END TO MOST SOCIAL WORKER LICENSING
Risk to the public is non-existent 

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (April 25, 2018) – The 1889 Institute, an Oklahoma state policy think tank, has published “Social Worker Licensure in Oklahoma.” It finds no public interest justification for the continued licensure of social workers who are not clinical social workers. Very few social workers practice their trade outside of some level of supervision. Most states, like California, do not require social workers with only a bachelor’s degree, especially those who work under supervision, to have a license the way Oklahoma does.

This latest short study, or Policy Prescription, from the 1889 Institute explains that neither of two conditions that must simultaneously exist to justify occupational licensing are present for social work. These are, first, that there must be real, significant risk for patrons, and, second, there must be little or no market and legal incentives for service providers to take proper precautions.

“While social work has become a valued profession now that corporations and government have taken on the work of family and charity, we never needed priests and family to be licensed when they did the same sort of work,” said Dr. Byron Schlomach, economist, Director of the 1889 Institute, and co-author of the report.

The 1889 Institute has produced several other publications regarding occupational licensing, including “The Need to Review and Reform Occupational Licensing in Oklahoma” and “Policy Maker’s Guide to Evaluating Proposed and Existing Occupational Licensing Laws.” These two previous reports lay out, in detail, the intellectual and policy justifications for eliminating many of the occupational licensing laws in Oklahoma and other states.

About the 1889 Institute
The 1889 Institute is an Oklahoma think tank committed to independent, principled state policy fostering limited and responsible government, free enterprise and a robust civil society. The publication, “Social Worker Licensure in Oklahoma,” and other reports mentioned, can be found on the nonprofit’s website at http://www.1889institute.org/licensing.html.

Keating endorses Lamb for Governor

Todd Lamb's gubernatorial campaign is releasing an endorsement for each of the last 77 days of the primary ("77 Endorsements in 77 Days"). One of the recent endorsements was former Governor Frank Keating:


“Twenty-three years ago today Todd Lamb was by my side during the darkest day in Oklahoma history. From that experience to his tenure in the United States Secret Service, Todd understands how important it is to have a detailed plan. He is a committed and proven conservative with a detailed plan to implement the reforms necessary to advance Oklahoma to the level our citizens deserve and expect. I am proud to endorse his candidacy.” – Former Oklahoma Governor Frank Keating

Additional noteworthy endorsements so far are former State Rep. Pam Peterson, former OKGOP National Committeeman Lynn Windel, former Oklahoma Secretary of Transportation Gary Ridley, and former State Rep. Lisa Billy.

Rafael Cruz endorses Hern for Congress


Pastor Rafael Cruz Endorses Kevin Hern For Oklahoma’s 1st Congressional Seat

Tulsa, OK – Kevin Hern today received the endorsement of Pastor Rafael Cruz. Hern is a conservative Christian businessman running for Oklahoma’s 1st Congressional district in the June 26th primary.

“Kevin Hern is a man of true Christian faith. I am confidant that Kevin's business experience and conservative values have prepared him to be a highly effective Congressman. He is best prepared to fight for our faith, families and freedoms. I believe that Kevin Hern will be a constant defender of the Constitution and a strong advocate of our conservative principles in Washington. I am proud to add my name to his list of endorsements, and I strongly encourage conservatives to support Kevin Hern.”

Rafael Cruz is a Cuban-American Christian preacher, public speaker, and father of Texas U.S. Senator and former presidential candidate Ted Cruz.

“I am humbled and proud to have received the endorsement of Rafael Cruz in my race for Congress,” said Hern. “Pastor Cruz travels across the country sharing the message of our founding fathers and the Christian principles our country was founded upon. The Declaration of Independence proclaims that all Americans have rights endowed to us by our Creator: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness. Our rights do not come from a big government, but from a big God. As a free-market conservative and business owner, I will stand for the Constitution and limited government; I will stand for life - I will stand for the 2nd Amendment - I will stand for our religious freedoms. It is time to put God first in our country and reverse the course we take this nation."

As the owner of KTAK Corporation, Kevin leads the operations that own ten McDonald’s restaurants that employ over 400 people in the Tulsa area. Kevin has served in various regional and national leadership positions within the McDonald’s Franchise System. Most recently, he served 5 years as the CFO for over 3,000 franchisees that own all 15,000 restaurants across the entire country. Kevin and family are members of the Church at Battle Creek.

State Senate approves $7.6B FY'19 budget


Oklahoma Senate approves FY’19 budget giving education, mental health, criminal justice reform significant increases

OKLAHOMA CITY - The Oklahoma Senate on Wednesday approved a $7.6 billion general appropriations bill for Fiscal Year 2019 that gives significant funding increases for common education, mental health services, child welfare programs, and criminal justice reform.

“For the first time in years, we have a budget in which no agency receives a cut. The budget contains a 19 percent increase for common education, more than $24 million for the Department of Human Services to fully fund the Pinnacle Plan, and $11 million for multiple criminal justice reform measures,” said President Pro Tempore Mike Schulz, R-Altus. “This budget puts additional resources toward core services like education, mental health, child welfare services, and public safety. And early approval of this budget increases the likelihood the Legislature can adjourn early, saving the additional costs of a few more weeks of session.”

“In this budget, Oklahoma Senate Republicans undeniably have demonstrated our commitment to education. This budget contains $365 million for a $6,100 on average teacher pay raise, $52 million for support staff raises, $33 million for textbooks, and $17 million in new funding for the school funding formula. We also secured $7.5 million in funding for concurrent enrollment. Education is important to the success of our state which is why Senate Republicans worked so hard to secure significant increases for our students, teachers, and schools in this budget,” Schulz said.

Senate Appropriations Chair Kim David, R-Porter, said, “After years of economic recession in Oklahoma that led to massive cuts to the state budget, our state has finally turned the corner and this year’s budget reflects that. The fiscal year 2019 budget has $260 million in growth revenue due to policy changes and growth in the economy. That growth means our budget is on more stable financial footing because it has greatly reduced our reliance on so-called ‘one-time money.’ It’s a great feeling to have no agency budget cuts, and instead have a budget that puts significantly more money toward education, mental health services, and public safety.”

Highlights of the FY’19 budget:

- $7.6 billion budget

  • Approximately $745 million increase over FY’18$365 million for teacher pay raises
  • $54 million for state employee raises
  • $260 million in growth revenue
  • No cuts for any agency

- $2.9 billion for common education, a 19 percent increase

  • $6,100 teacher pay raise, on average
  • $52 million for support staff raises
  • $33 million for textbooks
  • $17 million in new state-aid funding formula
  • $7.5 million increase for concurrent enrollment

- $24.6 million funding increase for Department of Human Services, fully funding Pinnacle Plan

  • 7 percent increase for Medicaid Advantage waiver, Developmental Disability and Group Home rate increases
  • 5 percent increase on foster care and adoption rates
  • $2 million increase for the Developmental Disabilities Services Division (DDSD) wait list

- $11 million in criminal justice reform initiatives

  • $5 million to Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services
  • $1.1 million to Oklahoma Indigent Defense System (OIDS)
  • $1 million to District Attorney’s Council

- $2 million for agency performance audits conducted by Agency Performance and Accountability Commission

- $4.8 million to Department of Corrections to implement electronic offender management system

- $4 million to Office of Emergency Management for disaster relief

- $400,000 to Department of Agriculture for rural fire fighters

Senate voting on $7.5B FY2019 budget bill

The State Senate is hearing SB1600 (the FY2019 budget bill) right now. It appropriates $7.54B, an increase over FY2018 of 10.92%. Word is that after passing the budget this week, the Legislature will try to adjourn next week -- nearly four weeks early.



You can follow proceedings and legislative action by watching the Senate video feedHouse video feed, or following this Twitter feed (includes House proceedings as well):

Poll: Lamb and Stitt at 19%, Cornett 17%, Richardson 12%

Magellan Strategies released a brand new poll today on the gubernatorial race, showing the biggest shake-up yet:


Oklahoma 2018 Governor Republican Primary Election Survey Release
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Today Magellan Strategies released the findings of an automated voice recorded survey of 644 likely Republican primary voters in Oklahoma. The interviews were conducted on April 18th, 19th and 22nd, 2018. This survey has a margin of error of +/- 3.86% at the 95 percent confidence interval. The results were weighted to reflect the voter turnout demographics of past Republican primary elections in Oklahoma.

Survey Findings

Our first survey looking at the Republican primary election for Oklahoma Governor finds a three-way tie. Among all respondents, 19% support Lt. Governor Todd Lamb, 19% support businessman Kevin Stitt and 17% support former Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett. Among the second tier of candidates, U.S. Attorney Gary Richardson has 12% support, former State Representative Dan Fisher has 5% support, State Auditor and Inspector Gary Jones has 5% support. Twenty-three percent of respondents are undecided.

In reviewing the ballot test by voter subgroup, we can see each candidate’s current strength and opportunities to build support. Among the all-important senior voter subgroup, (which constitutes 45% of likely voter turnout) we find Mick Cornett and Kevin Stitt in a tight battle with Todd Lamb close behind and 24% undecided. Among self-identified Trump Republicans and Evangelical Republicans, Kevin Stitt leads his opponents by 7 points and 5 points respectively. However, among self-identified traditional Republicans Mick Cornett leads Todd Lamb by 5 points and Kevin Stitt by 23 points. Looking at the ballot test by Congressional District, it is no surprise to see former Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett’s support is coming mostly from CD-5 (which contains Oklahoma City). In contrast, both Todd Lamb and Kevin Stitt have broader geographic support across the state.

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Oklahoma Governor Republican Primary Candidate Image Ratings

Among the three front-runners, Todd Lamb is the most well-known candidate at this time with 94% of respondents having heard of him and 60% having an opinion of him. The Lt. Governor also has a net-positive image rating with 35% of respondents having a favorable opinion of him and 25% having an unfavorable opinion. About 80% of Republican primary voters have heard of Kevin Stitt and Mick Cornett. Sixty-two percent of respondents have an opinion of Mick Cornett and 47% have an opinion of Kevin Stitt. Kevin Stitt’s image rating (28% favorable/19% unfavorable) is slightly more positive than Mick Cornett’s (33% favorable/29% unfavorable).

For more from the Magellan Strategies poll, including approval ratings and survey questions on teacher pay, go to this link.

Jim Olsen running for State House District 2


Jim Olsen Announces Candidacy for State Representative

Small Business Owner and Realtor Jim Olsen filed candidacy papers to run for State House District 2, to replace outgoing State Representative John Bennett. Olsen, a conservative Republican, will be on the November 6th ballot to represent Sequoyah County residents.

Jim Olsen has a diverse business background from developing trade skills in farm and factory jobs, to working his way up to operations management and business ownership. This experience has given him a broad understanding of challenges facing Oklahoma small business operators, which account for 97% of Oklahoma businesses open today.

Olsen's business acumen developed from a strong interest in learning, which positioned him to excel in studies and graduate from the State University of New York (SUNY) in Albany, with a degree in Business. Olsen also pursued additional courses of study, including Spanish language courses, Theology, and Liberal Arts studies. He has an additional interest in Constitutional Law, studying the Founder's Intent as they were wiling to sacrifice fortune and self for the potential of freedom to flourish. Those rights and freedoms carefully handed down from generation to generation are to be treasured, defended, and upheld in legislation and in leadership today.

As a businessman and avid researcher of history, Jim Olsen knows that country after country has proven that prosperity does not come as a result of taxation. As Oklahoma's economy is largely dependent on oil & gas, agriculture, and small businesses, we must do all we can to encourage more business opportunities to come to Oklahoma and broaden job opportunities and increased wage potential for Oklahomans.

Jim Olsen also has a strong commitment to education, with one daughter a certified teacher, and a second daughter serving as a teacher's assistant, both at Brushy Public School. He believes, as the Bible states, that workers are worthy of their hire. We must continue to advocate for money to reach the classroom and improve education outcomes and state rankings. In order for our children to be ready for 21st century job opportunities, we must insist on a strong foundation of quality education.

He also believes that government is not in existence to be the answer for all needs.  A standard of belief and following the commandments of the Bible shows that first and foremost, one is responsible for their own actions. His intent in service is to work for the people, balance the budget, defend the Constitution, and advance responsible legislation that puts the state back on track to manage core government services. Government's role should, just as importantly, seek to roll back its overreach and involvement in unnecessary pursuits that do nothing but damage the free market and limit innovation and ingenuity.

Jim Olsen operates from a core set of beliefs, based on Biblical principles. These values include: the protection of innocent and unborn life, support for traditional marriage, defending the Second Amendment, insisting on fiscal responsibility and audits to ensure that a manageable budget is created, advance local control of education and higher pay for teachers in a sustainable and fiscally responsible way, support the Rule of Law and fight against sanctuary cities, and fight against bureaucratic overreach and excessive regulations to encourage businesses to open, and stay open, in our community.

A committed Christian, Jim Olsen also serves as a Sunday School teacher at Watts Holiness Church in Sallisaw, OK. He and his wife Becky are parents to seven, three son-in-laws added to the family, and they are blessed with three grandchildren.

For more information, please visit facebook.com/olsenforok.

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

Lamb Campaign Releases Second Television Ad


Lamb Campaign Releases Second Television Ad
Primary Election - June 26

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, April 24, 2018 – Oklahomans for Lamb unveiled today its second television advertisement in support of Republican gubernatorial candidate Todd Lamb. The 30-second ad features Lamb’s daughter sharing her thoughts about her dad. In February the campaign released its first television ad highlighting Lamb’s career as a United States SecretService Agent. During his USSS career Lamb protected two U.S. presidents and investigated financial crimes nationally and internationally.

Watch the ad below:


“Nothing is more important to me than my family, and I am thankful they are so helpful on this campaign,” Lamb said. “This campaign is about all Oklahoma families, and if elected governor, I will commit each and every day to advancing opportunities and creating a culture that our children can flourish. As a proven conservative, my RENEW Oklahoma plan is the only detailed plan that does not increase taxes or use funny math to fund core government services. As I have stated many times, I will have a daily plan as governor to advance Oklahoma across many critically important spectrums, including the budget, education, the economy, corrections, public safety, human services and transportation infrastructure.”

Lamb’s RENEW Oklahoma plan focuses on five primary initiatives:

  • Reform Government
  • Education
  • Neighborhoods
  • Economic Growth
  • Work

Monday, April 23, 2018

Lt. Col. Barry Niles running for HD31


Lt. Colonel Barry Niles  (Ret.) Announces Candidacy for State House, District 31

Decorated veteran and third generation Oklahoman, Lieutenant Colonel (Ret.) Barry Niles, USAR, announces his candidacy on the Republican ticket for State Representative, District 31, an area that encompasses Guthrie, Cashion, Cedar Valley, Cimarron City, and Edmond. Niles and his wife Debra have lived and raised their 8 children in the South Logan County area for over 35 years.

Niles is a veteran of both the U.S. Army Reserve and the Oklahoma City Police Department. Niles performed 30 years of military service, and was deployed to active duty with a tour of Iraq in 2007. Niles was named Chief of a Military Transition Team, serving as Senior Adviser, 1st Brigade, 6th Iraqi Division of the Kadahmiyah Security District, Baghdad. He was tasked with training the Iraqi Army and coordinating with local and national police to provide security for the people of Baghdad, and working with other US government agencies and Iraqi government authorities to repair and rebuild major infrastructure problems and failures.

“This assignment allowed me to go into a devastated region, deconstruct the processes that were flawed, develop a plan to correct, and then work with other groups to ensure that we assisted in the creation of a successful foundation for future growth. This experience prepared me with a unique skill set to face the ongoing challenges in our Oklahoma government, to find the areas that are not serving our state well, and develop a tactical plan to course correct. Oklahoma desperately needs people in government who can identify challenges, and then come forward with real solutions to ensure that our neighbors have stability and certainty in expectations of services, infrastructure, healthcare, education and a business positive approach to encourage free market growth,” Niles said. “I ask for your vote and your trust - I am ready to get to work to get our own state back on track."

Several area business leaders welcomed the announcement of Barry Niles’ entrance to the race. Trey Ayers, COO of the Dominion Group, stated, “I know Barry Niles to be a man of integrity, faith, and good Oklahoma know-how. I am pleased to support his endeavors in supporting my district - Barry Niles possesses strong leadership that will serve Oklahomans well.” The command positions held during Niles’ military service and his duties as a police officer, Detective and Internal Affairs Investigator, equipped Niles to identify failures, ask the hard questions and make the hard decisions required to tackle mismanagement, deconstruct failed systems, and rebuild with workable solutions that Oklahomans expect and deserve from their representatives.

In 36 years of service to the Oklahoma City police department, Niles worked his way up to Sergeant from a uniformed patrol position, serving a 10 year assignment in the Domestic Violence Unit, then Burglary Unit service, and then as an Investigator in the Office of Public Integrity (Internal Affairs).  Niles was a conscientious investigator; he worked hard to uncover corruption, expose fraud and bring criminals to justice while bringing closure to victims and their families.

Locally, in the course of his law enforcement career, Barry Niles’ varied assignments gave him a unique exposure to understanding dynamics in troubled areas. Niles has a strong commitment to youth, education, veterans, public safety, infrastructure, and mental and physical health. He knows that in order for Oklahoma to improve on state rankings in all of those categories, we must have transparency, accountability, restoration of a strong foundation, and a sustainable plan created and implemented so businesses and economic growth is encouraged.

Barry Niles is a graduate of the University of Central Oklahoma.  Barry and his wife Debra are faithful members of St. Mary Church. Three of their eight children are completing their career education, while others have already embarked on successful careers in carpentry, information technology, automotive industry, and co-owner of an electrical company. Their eldest daughter is a homemaker proudly raising a fourth generation of the Niles family here in Oklahoma.

For more information, please visit www.BarryNiles.com or on Facebook.com/BarryNilesForHouseDistrict31.