Friday, September 30, 2016

Veto a Pro-Life bill? Get placed on Trump's Pro-Life Coalition!


Last night, Governor Mary Fallin released the following announcement on her Facebook page: "I am honored to serve on Donald J. Trump's pro-life coalition! It is important to elect a president who will stand up and fight for the rights of the unborn. #MakeAmericaGreatAgain"

Let's review Mary Fallin's recent record on pro-life issues.

As a congresswoman (2007-2011), she, along with nearly every Republican member, voted appropriately on pro-life measures, receiving a 100% rating from National Right to Life.

However, as Governor, she has toed the Chamber of Commerce line - pushing against banning embryonic stem cell research and, most recently, vetoing a pro-life bill (SB 1552) which would have revoked medical licenses for doctors who perform abortions after viability. As a result, Oklahoma now has its first new abortion clinic since 1974.

If the Chamber says a pro-life measure will hurt the Almighty Dollar ("detrimental to economic development"), Fallin has tended to weaken her stance or join the Chamber in outright opposition.

Remember, Donald Trump praised Planned Parenthood from a GOP presidential debate stage. His rhetoric may have changed now, but when his core beliefs come out they seem to be different.

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Bridenstine: Why I voted against the FY17 Continuing Resolution


Congressman Jim Bridenstine Votes Against Billions in Inappropriate Spending

Washington, DC, September 29, 2016 -- Last night, I voted against the FY17 Continuing Resolution (CR), legislation which denies my constituents representation in determining how their taxpayer money is spent.  CRs represent the worst of Washington: a broken process to fund the government, backroom deal making, and refusal for Congress to use the “power over the purse” to reign in the executive branch.

We see this every year:  Harry Reid and Senate Democrats filibuster bills to fund the government in regular order.  Reid and Obama then threaten to shut down the government unless Republican Leadership gives in to their demands.  A short-term CR is passed followed by a trillion-dollar, 2,000-page Omnibus a few months later.

This particular CR does the following:

  • Gives a raise to Planned Parenthood
  • Spends over $1 billion to combat Zika without any offsetting spending cuts.  Instead of new spending, the Obama Administration should use tens of billions available in unspent International Assistance funds. 
  • New spending for disaster relief in Louisiana, Maryland and West Virginia.  Yet, my office confirmed that FEMA will have $1.7 billion in unspent Disaster Relief Fund money which could be used.
  • Busts the budget caps for non-defense social welfare programs by $1.5 billion. 
  • Creates $6 billion in fake “savings” from a budget gimmick called Changes in Mandatory Programs (CHIMPS).
  • Fully funds Obamacare despite insurers fleeing the exchanges and jacking up premiums, including an average of 76% in Oklahoma. 

 The American people have elected Republican majorities in the House and Senate. Yet, zero provisions in the CR achieve conservative policy goals including stopping Obama’s internet handover, the Syrian refugee program, and illegal executive amnesty.


Blogger's note: to their credit, Sen. Jim Inhofe, Sen. James Lankford, Rep. Markwayne Mullin and Rep. Steve Russell joined Bridenstine in voting against this particular CR. Rep. Tom Cole and Rep. Frank Lucas voted in favor.

NRA endorses State Sen. Larry Boggs for re-election


NRA Endorses Sen. Larry Boggs in District 7 race

September 30, 2016 --  Sen. Larry Boggs (R-Wilburton) is proud to announce the endorsement of the National Rifle Association in his District 7 re-election campaign.  The NRA gives Boggs an A rating for his pro-Second Amendment voting record.

   According to the NRA, Senator Boggs is a "solidly pro-gun candidate."

   The NRA says an A rating means Boggs is "a candidate who has supported NRA positions on key votes in elective office or a candidate with a demonstrated record of support on key issues."

    Boggs co-authored a gun rights bill, SB-2614, which was signed into law by Governor Fallin in 2014.

    Larry Boggs is a lifetime member of the NRA and believes this endorsement will have a strong influence on voters in November.  The Democrat challenging Boggs refused to return the NRA questionnaire which the NRA considers "an indication of indifference, if not outright hostility, to gun owners' and sportsmen's rights."

    "I will always support and defend the Second Amendment," says Sen. Boggs.  "It's a right that voters in Southeastern Oklahoma take very seriously so I consider the endorsement of the NRA an honor.  It lets voters know I will always be a vigilant leader when it comes to defending our constitutional rights."

    Larry Boggs is a lifelong resident of Southeastern Oklahoma, successful business owner and rancher.  For details on his plans for Oklahoma visit www.BoggsForSenate.com.

Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Senate may give Planned Parenthood Zika funding in new Continuing Resolution

GOP Aide: Senate Republicans’ Budget Bill Opens up 
Possible Zika Funding for Planned Parenthood


Dustin Siggins, Stream.org
A GOP Senate Appropriations Committee aide has confirmed to The Stream that Republicans will allow Planned Parenthood to “apply for reimbursements” under new Zika prevention funding proposed by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

On Thursday, the Republican-controlled committee released a Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the federal government’s operations funded until December 9. Federal funding is currently approved through September 30, after which discretionary operations of the government would shut down. In addition to funding the federal government, the CR bill provides $500 million for emergency flood assistance in several states, and provides $1.1 billion to fight the spread of the Zika virus.

Democrats have thrice-blocked a stand-alone funding bill intended to fight Zika in Florida, Puerto Rico and elsewhere, in part because Planned Parenthood would be unable to access $95 million used to stop the virus’ spread.

The New Funding

Politico reports that the CR bill does not include several non-funding priorities of each party, such as an Internet provision preferred by Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and emergency funding for Flint, Michigan, desired by Democrats. The lack of funding for Flint and the non-inclusion of a financial provision preferred by Democrats led President Barack Obama’s press secretary to say on Friday that the president is considering vetoing the budget bill.

But it is the Zika funding that is creating controversy on the pro-life right. Democrats have held up funding for months because Republicans declined to open up a $95 million pot for access by Planned Parenthood. Now, that’s changed, according to an internal Capitol Hill analysis provided to The Stream.

That analysis notes that Hyde Amendment limitations on the $1.1 billion in Zika prevention and vaccine funding are in place, thus limiting potential use for abortions to those related to rape, incest and life of the mother. Planned Parenthood may be able to access portions of $95 million being sent to Puerto Rico ($60 million), $15 million for states that have “local transmissions” of Zika (so far, Florida), and $20 million for a Puerto Rico-specific “Maternal and Child Health Block Grant” that will go through a specific funding mechanism that the analysis states “has never been used for Planned Parenthood.”

According to the GOP aide, “the Zika agreement does not provide funding for any particular non-government organization. Like other health care providers, Planned Parenthood and its two affiliate clinics in Puerto Rico are not guaranteed funding in any form.”

“Health care providers will be eligible to apply for reimbursements through the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) or through the Puerto Rico Department of Health,” continued the aide.

Pro-life advocates may also take issue with the funding of contraceptives. Many forms also act as an abortion-inducing drug or device. None of this money is going through Title X, which is where Planned Parenthood gets tens of millions annually for providing contraceptives and abortifacients to women.

The rest of the money is going to international aid, vaccine development and other Zika-related efforts. That funding is detailed by the committee’s official summary of the Zika section of the funding bill.

One Heritage Foundation analyst accused Republicans of giving Planned Parenthood a chance to “get a raise,” since the CR funds both the annual $500 million-plus that typically goes to Planned Parenthood and leaves open the door to other reimbursements.

Live Action’s Lila Rose urged supporters to tell Congress to reject the CR, saying that Planned Parenthood is “exploiting the Zika crisis and taxpayers to boost its bottom line even more.”

NRA endorses State Sen. Joseph Silk for re-election


State Senator Joseph Silk Earns NRA Endorsement & Top A+ Rating

(Broken Bow, OK, 09/27/2016) – State Senator Joseph Silk, has earned the highest rating the NRA awards to lawmakers, the A+ Rating, and is the only candidate endorsed in the Senate District 5 race on November 8th.

Just 9 lawmakers received the highest A+ Rating from a field of over 130 races and over 200 candidates graded by the NRA this cycle within the state of Oklahoma. Senator Silk is currently running for re-election to State Senate District 5, representing McCurtain, Leflore, Pushmataha, Choctaw and part of Atoka Counties.

According to the NRA, the A+ Rating is reserved to award only legislators who “not only have an excellent voting record on all critical NRA issues, but who have also made a vigorous effort to support and defend the Second Amendment.”

Silk was a Senate author of HB2637, known as the Hunting Freedom Act, signed into law this year by Governor Fallin.

Senator Silk is a staunch defender of the Second Amendment Right to “Keep and Bear Arms” – citing it as a fundamental right of Americans to be secure in our freedom. “When we cannot defend ourselves, we are no longer a free people,” he said. “I will stand tirelessly against those that seek to limit our access to that right, and will work to uphold and defend all of our freedoms defined in the U.S. Constitution.

To contact State Senator Silk, or to find out more about his campaign or service as our state senator, please visit his Facebook page.


Blogger's note: reelecting Sen. Silk is of utmost importance for Oklahoma conservatives and especially pro-life activists. He is the most conservative freshman in the State Senate and has taken very bold stands on ending abortion and protecting our rights.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Livestream of the first Clinton vs. Trump debate (8pm CT)

The first presidential debate between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump is tonight. The moderator will be Lester Holt from NBC News, and the debate will run from 8:00pm to 9:30pm (Central Time).

You can watch a livestream from PBS below, starting at 8pm:


The debate will also be aired on most of the major television and cable channels (i.e. ABC, CBS, CNN, Fox News, NBC, PBS, etc).

Music Monday: 'The Imperial March' from Star Wars

This week's Music Monday is The Imperial March from the Star Wars movie franchise, composed by John Williams.

Enjoy!



Click to go below the page break to see all previous Music Monday posts. Do you have a song you'd like to submit for a future Music Monday? Email me at JamisonFaught@MuskogeePolitico.com.