Posts Tagged ‘oklahoma’

Choctaw County Chairman Endorses Houchen for State Senate

June 6, 2012

 

Choctaw County Republican Party

P.O. Box 714 Boswell, Ok 74727 580-372-5276 choctawcountyokgop@wildblue.net

June 5, 2012

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CHOCTAW COUNTY CHAIRMAN ENDORSES HOUCHEN FOR STATE SENATE

As Choctaw County Republican Party Chairman I wholeheartedly endorse Howard Houchen for Oklahoma District 5 State Senator.

His commitment to conservative principles is unquestioned. He is tireless in his mission to understand and expose the dangers we face from an ever expanding government. As a private citizen Howard makes countless trips to Oklahoma City, spending his own time and resources, to inform legislators. He is always reliable and ready when called upon, whether for a quick answer, or to speak to a group of voters.

Howard is completely devoted to the Little Dixie area of Southeast Oklahoma and will represent it with energy and enthusiasm.

Without hesitation I totally support Howard Houchen for District 5 State Senator.

 

Carol Bone, Chairman

Costello Endorses Houchen for State Senate

May 30, 2012

 

OK LABOR COMMISSIONER MARK COSTELLO ENDORSES HOUCHEN FOR OKLAHOMA SENATE

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 29, 2012

CONTACT: info@howardhouchen.com; (888) 230-4856

 

Oklahoma City, OK –  In what promises to be a key pickup for Senate Republicans in the “Little Dixie” region of the state, long known for entrenched Democrats, Howard Houchen (R-Hugo) is gaining notice early in the race by picking up the high profile endorsement of Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello.

 “When I ran for Labor Commissioner in 2010, I campaigned on my commitment to bring sound business practices and constitutional principles to State Government.  Howard Houchen shares these values and will be an invaluable asset to southeastern Oklahoma. He is unabashed in his love for his home region, and unashamed to stand strong for what is right for Oklahoma in general and right for SE Oklahoma in particular. I am proud to offer my endorsement of Howard Houchen as the right choice for State Senate, District 5,”  Labor Commissioner Mark Costello stated.

 Houchen will be facing Jerry Ellis (D-Valliant) on the November general election ballot. This race also has an unusual twist: Democrat incumbent Ellis, due to term limits, is only eligible to serve two years of the upcoming four year term. He will be forced to vacate the seat midway through the term if he is re-elected.

 Houchen commented,  “Commissioner Costello has a proven record of increasing government efficiency and accountability while controlling, and even decreasing, the costs to the hardworking taxpayers of Oklahoma. I share that vision and appreciate his leadership. I look forward to ensuring that the interests of the good folks in SE Oklahoma are heard loud and clear in Oklahoma City as we all work to achieve a more economically free and prosperous tomorrow.”

 Houchen is a graduate of University of Oklahoma with a degree in Political Science, and boasts an MA in National Security Studies from the American Military University. With extensive international and small business expertise, he is extensively published in multiple conservative publications. He proudly raises his two sons alongside his wife Jeannie in the S.E. Oklahoma community of Hugo. He and his family are avid hunters and sportsmen, treasuring the bountiful natural resources that are plentiful in our beautiful state and rural communities.

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Houchen for State Senate Receives OK2A Endorsement

May 9, 2012

 

The Oklahoma Second Amendment Association announced their endorsement of Howard Houchen for State Senate District 5 on Monday according to Tim Gillespie, Director of OK2A.

OK2A has been an active and positive force supporting the natural right to keep and bear arms of all law-abiding citizens by supporting pro-2nd Amendment legislation and opposing legislation which attempts to water-down or restirct those rights.

Houchen says:  “This is an honor to receive an endorsement from a group so dedicated to securing our 2nd Amendment rights.  I have been fortunate to have worked with OK2A and Tim in supporting and lobbying the Oklahoma legislature for good pro-gun legislation.  OK2A is a great example of the power of grassroots activism.” 

Howard has been a very public, unwavering proponent of 2nd Amendment rights and looks ahead to being able to bring that experience and support to the Oklahoma State Senate as a member of the majority: “SE Oklahoma deserves a seat at the table, during all aspects of the legislative process, and I’m prepared to represent the views and principles of Senate District 5.”

Houchen Announces Candidacy for Oklahoma State Senate – District 5

April 13, 2012

Howard Houchen Announces Candidacy for Oklahoma State Senate

13 April, 2012 (Hugo, OK) – Howard Houchen, a former U.S. Congressional candidate from Hugo, Oklahoma, is very pleased to announce his campaign to represent the good folks of Oklahoma Senate District 5 in the upcoming election.

Houchen, a 4thgeneration “Okie”, is a successful small businessman and a graduate of the University of Oklahoma with a degree in Political Science and a Masters degree in National Security Studies from American Military University.  He is a devoted husband and father that has built a solid reputation as a grassroots leader but feels compelled to do more, stating that;

“I have called SE Oklahoma home my entire life.  There is no doubt we are the “Heart” of the heartland.  I have witnessed the increasing encroachment of government into our private lives and businesses, to the detriment of us in rural communities. We have seen jobs leave and populations decline throughout much of this district.  After so many calls for me to seek this position, there is no way I can just stand idly by and simply watch as Oklahoma City carves away at our ability to sustain and promote individual liberty and personal responsibility in the place we call home.”

Howard Houchen is well known in Oklahoma for his outspoken support of legislation which protects Life, Liberty, and Property while being very active in informing and resisting, and even defeating, legislation that threatens the freedoms of all Oklahomans and does not cater to party politics.  He stated:

“What is right is right and what is wrong, is wrong; regardless which party proposes the legislation. In 2012 and beyond, District 5 will be facing critical issues such as natural resources, property rights, job creation and retention, and just plain having a voice in how we govern ourselves.  How we handle these issues may make or break the livelihoods of many in this area, it is my duty to do everything in my power to make sure that these issues are handled with the citizens of District 5 best interests in mind.”

Houchen looks forward to an active campaign as an opportunity to better know his neighbors in SD5 and fully understand their concerns more deeply so that he can help produce and support the best solutions possible, as their State Senator, and actively resist those actions which are not. “It is time to return to government ‘of, by and for ‘We the People’ 

Oklahoma Senate District 5 is comprised of the entirety of McCurtain, Pushmataha, and Choctaw counties and the southern portion of LeFlore County and the eastern portion of Atoka County.  “The ultimate “stakeholder” in our system of government is we, the citizens.  Not special interest groups, not lobbyist, and certainly not politicians. I look forward to hearing from as many citizens in SD5 as possible so we can all work together to realize the prosperous future we and our children deserve.”

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AxXiom for Liberty_3-30-12 — OKD2 Republican Candidate Debate

March 30, 2012

Tonight on AxXiom for Liberty, from 6:00 to 8:00pm CST, Kaye and I welcome four of the six Republican Candidates for U.S. Congress in Oklahoma’s 2nd. Congressional District.  All six were invited but, only four chose to participate.  We welcome Dustin Rowe (www.roweforcongress.us), George Faught (www.georgefaught.com), Dwayne Thompson (www.dwaynethompson.org), Wayne Pettigrew (www.pettigrewuscongress.com), Dakota Wood (www.dakotawoodforcongress.com), and Markwayne Mullin (www.mullinforcongress.com).   Wayne Pettigrew and Markwayne Mullin will not be participating tonight…Kaye and I will explain, during opening, the reasons given to us for this and we will present and discuss the same type questions relative to Wayne and Markwayne as if they were appearing.  Kaye and I will ask the questions the grassroots want answered and have relayed to us over the past several months.  These are questions you will not be heard asked in candidate debates or forums…We ask the tough questions!

Tune in to AxXiom for Liberty on 102.3FM if you are in the OKC area.  If not, log-on to www.logosradionetwork.com to Listen Live.  You can also dial 512-485-9010 and listen via your phone.

Oklahoma Wildlife Commission Was Disingenuous with SE Oklahoma

March 8, 2012

The following was published in my hometown newspaper, The Hugo Daily News, on 07 March 2012.

These are my comments concerning a “recent” decision by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation commission that I felt was very deceptive, to say the least.

 

     Yesterdays Hugo Daily News front page announcement, and the accompanying editorial, did a very good job describing the “recent” ODWC commission’s decision and “vote” to issue further mandates restricting 4-wheeler activity in the Honobia WMA. 

     Yes, the issue included many variables to be considered…not least of which is that much of Honobia WMA is private property managed by ODWC and private property rights, in my opinion, are to be protected at all costs.  With that being said, that doesn’t mean that the state has license to lie and deceive…which is what occurred in this instance.

    At a meeting for “Public Comment” in Antlers, relative to the Honobia WMA matter, well over 100 concerned citizens were told: “The restrictions are not set in concrete” yet a few minutes later it was revealed that an agreement had ALREADY BEEN SIGNED.  Hmmmm…here we are at a meeting, supposedly designed to gain public input, offering input on a contract which was already a done deal.  We were then told, by ODWC officials (the state), to get with our elected officials at the state level…that this would be “beneficial”.  Both Rep. Pruett and Sen. Ellis happened to be in attendance and it was finally agreed, with their input and with a vast majority of other atteendee consensus, that a two-year moratorium would be offered so that alternatives could be pursued.  The overwhelming majority of concerned citizens left that meeting feeling pretty good about the outcome.

     I can guarantee many of those good folks are asking themselves today: “Did I miss something? Did I not hear something correctly?”. The answer is: Nope, your memory is fine!  You were just deceived.  The “recent” decision was not recent at all.  The ODWC made their decision long ago when they inked the official state signature to the contract on your behalf.  The “vote” was mere political showmanship. 

     Our input didn’t matter…especially after-the-fact!  Are instances like this rare, you may ask?  Not at all!   Freedoms and natural rights and the voice of the public are being stolen everday by that one thing that is by its very nature “force”.

“Government is not reason; it is not eloquent; it is force…” — George Washington

Respectfully;

Howard Houchen

 

AxXiom for Liberty Live_2-24-12

February 24, 2012

     AxXiom for Liberty Live, Kaye and I welcome a full line-up of guests this afternoon to help us in making sense of the insensible!  First up is Lukus Collins, Director of Operations for Ron Paul OK, to tell about tomorrows visit to Oklahoma City by the Congressman from Texas…Dr. Ron Paul!  Visit www.ronpaulok.com for more information about Ron Paul OK.

Next we will welcome Darren Gantz, Republican candidate for Oklahoma State House of Representatives for District 68.  Darren will tell us what motivated him to seek this seat and take on a Republican incumbent.  Visit www.darrengantz.com for info about Darren and his campaign.

Kaye and I then bring on the founder and executive director of Oklahomans for Liberty, David Tackett.  David has been been fighting for Constitutional Conservative values in the Oklahoma Legislature by tacling issues such as open-carry, Obamacare, and corporate welfare….just to name a few and we’re going to talk about some these issues tonight.  Visit www.libertyok.com for more information on Oklahomans for Liberty.

Our final guest tonight on AxXiom for Liberty is Theodore King.  Theodore is the author of the book: “The War on Smokers and the Rise of the Nanny State”  http://www.amazon.com/War-Smokers-Rise-Nanny-State/dp/1440123047He is also a writer for an Oklahoma paper, the Pryor Daily Times , while doing his part to restore journalistic integrity — http://dailycaller.com/2011/10/26/why-i-love-herman-cains-new-smoking-ad/.  We will talk with Theodore about legislation that further promotes the rise of the “Nanny State” with specific detail paid to the war on smokers.

Tune in LIVE, tonight 2-24-12, from 6:00 to 8:00pm CST on 102.3FM in OKC or ListenLive on the web at www.logosradionetwork.com OR you can listen on your phone by dialing: 512-485-9010 .  The question and comment line during the show is: 512-646-1984.  See Ya There!

The Team Chaplain Must Be Fingerprinted — HB3076

February 14, 2012

WOW!  My apologies to all but I let a DOOZIE slip by!  There are “bad bills”, “really bad bills”, “well intended bills with bad or misguided language”, and then there are ‘DOOZIE’S”.  These are the ones that sound very benign, benevolent even, yet the unforeseen (unspoken) consequences can be devastating.  HB3076 is a DOOZIE!

HB3076, authored  by Rep. Joe Dorman, passed the Oklahoma Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Safety on 12 Feb., 2012 on a unanimous 9 – 0 vote.  HB3076 begins with:  

An Act relating to schools; amending 70 O.S. 2011, Section 5-142, which relates to criminal history record checks; defining term; requiring board of education to request national criminal history check for any prospective volunteer; requiring school district to pay search fee; prohibiting future checks after prospective volunteer passes a check unless break in service occurs; and providing an effective date.” 

Not too bad on the surface until you read, and then REALLY think about, the language.  HB3076 is an amendatory bill that adds “Prospective Volunteer” to the list of individuals that a school board SHALL (meaning: MUST) request, from the Oklahoma State Board of Education (utilizing the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation — OSBI) a “National Criminal History Check”.  According to HB3076 a  “Prospective volunteer includes a parent, guardian, or any individual who intends to volunteer in a capacity that gives him or her direct contact with students.”

Any of you folks ever ‘”volunteered” for a school event where you had “direct contact with students”?  I’d be willing to bet most of you have.  As a matter of fact, I know of many school districts where family, friend, and community “volunteers” make up the bulk of support for school events and the “volunteers” have “direct contact with students” at some point during the school event. 

Okay…get ready to be fingerprinted.  Why?  Because that is one very important feature of a “National Criminal History Check”.  To “volunteer” you get to allow OSBI to come and fingerprint you and collect other personal information…YEEEHAAAWWWW, you’re on your way to being a “volunteer”!!!!  Oh…did I mention that there is money involved as well?  Yes!  The school district or “a support organization associated with the school district gets to pay for the “National Criminal History Check” not to exceed US$50.00!!!  (OMG! I can hardly wait…I’m amost a “volunteer”!)

In my little ole hometown of Hugo, Oklahoma U.S. of A., I’d willing to estimate that some 250 (very conservative estimate) would fall into the legal definition of “volunteer” under HB3076.  Now, I’m not saying that 250 good folks would go through this INSANE proposal…but lets say 100 of us diehard “volunteer” (in little ole Hugo) decided that our “volunteerness” was worth anything for our kids and our town.  That is just a mere US$5,000.00 (as long as we don’t take a year off from “volunteering”). 

The HHS Football Buffaloes Team Chaplain would get to be fingerprinted!  All those great gals that help with the cheerleaders will get to be fingerprinted!  The “volunteer” folks that work the concession stands get to be fingerprinted!  Those parents that “volunteer” to ride on those real comfortable big-yellow school buses get to be fingerprinted!  The Mom’s, Dad’s, Aunt’s, and Grandparent’s that “volunteer” their time and resources to upgrade and/or clean facilities…YEP, they get to be fingerprinted!

Here’s a link to HB3076 — just click around and look at who voted FOR it in committee and then call you Oklahoma State Representative: http://www.oklegislature.gov/BillInfo.aspx?Bill=HB3076#

I’m done…Kill This Bill!!!

More Oklahoma “Obamacare” Shennanigans? HB2490

February 8, 2012

 

Oh Goody!!! (NOT!) Ever hear of “rap back”? Well, guess what? That is a really neat way for state (but mainly Fed) gov’t to collect and hoard the biometric info of innocent citizens. Its SO important that PPACA (Obamacare) mandates the collection of biometric info as well as “mandating” states set-up their own “rap-back” program: Oklahoma??? You betcha! And here it is, in committee today! http://www.oklegislature.gov/BillInfo.aspx?Bill=HB2490

  • FROM HB2490: “When deemed appropriate, the Bureau is authorized to provide rap back information consisting of subsequent changes or updates to a criminal history record to the person or entity that has previously requested the particular criminal history record.”

From The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services: https://www.cms.gov/SurveyCertificationGenInfo/Downloads/backgroundcheckqanda.pdf

From the above link:    “Each participating State is required to develop and test a rap-back system by which State law enforcement departments immediately inform the State of any criminal convictions against the employee that occur following the pre-employment background check.”

ANY QUESTIONS???  KILL THIS BILL!!!

Oklahoma Criminal Defense Weekly_Biometrics, the Global DMV and Kaye Beach

August 17, 2011

www.ocdw.com                               08.15.11                      James L. Hankins, Publisher

REPRINTED WITH PERMISSION FROM OCDW

FEATURE ARTICLE .

 Biometrics, the Global DMV, and the Oklahoma City Fusion Center:

And no, Homeland Security does not need a warrant

Kaye Beach, a young wife and mother, made the decision this year to not renew her Oklahoma driver’s license.  The digital photos on driver’s licenses are now cutting edge biometrics easily read by facial recognition software. Once an image has been captured by CCTV cameras, handheld scanners, or other devices, it can be linked to a comprehensive database of your personal information, no warrant required. 

 Ms. Beach was recently cited for driving without a license, so she raised the retainer needed for excellent counsel who obtained a dismissal of the charge in a Norman, OK, courtroom.  No longer has a defendant, Ms. Beach now become a plaintiff: she is suing the State of Oklahoma for the right to opt for a driver’s license that does not contain biometric information.  A photo not of biometric quality, but still adequate for identification purposes, can easily be substituted for the digital, high resolution image.

 The presumption of innocence that is the foundation of any free society comes with a corollary right to privacy and anonymity. You may give up your right to privacy in a public place – anyone can photograph you – but all nine justices of the Supreme Court have acknowledged a citizen’s right to anonymity. As long as you are not behaving in a way that gives rise to a suspicion of criminality you are not required to state your name or show identification.

 A co-author of YOUR BODY IS YOUR ID toured the Fusion Center located in Oklahoma City, and asked the former OSBI director, DeWade Langley, who oversaw the fusion center, if the federal government needs to provide a warrant to obtain information about citizens directly from the Oklahoma Fusion Center or from any of the databases the fusion center has access to, ( law enforcement databases, motor vehicle databases, public-private partnerships, corrections databases, public health databases, corporate databases, data mining companies such as Acxiom, ChoicePoint, and LexisNexis, The International Justice and Public Safety Network, and many others)  Agent Langley replied a warrant is not necessary.   

 L-1 Identity Solutions, the largest provider of biometrics in the United States, is involved in the creation of state driver’s licenses and passports, and contracts with nearly every intelligence agency in the United States. Past and current members of the company’s Board of Directors include a former head of the CIA, a former director of the FBI, the former head administrator of the TSA, among other members of the intelligence community. The company, which has in the past provided Chinese nationals with facial recognition software that was used to track dissidents, is currently up for sale and the potential buyer is a French company, Safran.  The Safran group has 55,000 employees worldwide and has partnered with China for forty years.

 Essentially, what our government is doing by collecting and centralizing ever more information about each of us, is increasing what privacy expert Bruce Schneier refers to as the value of the prize for hackers and identity thieves. In July, 2010, the Washington Post published a disturbing series of articles indicating that the massive intelligence being gathered by the government, a large part of which is personal information on its citizens, is impossible to manage and therefore largely ineffective for national security purposes or to fight terrorism. There are, however, other purposes for which governments surveil their own citizens. In THE END OF AMERICA, Naomi Wolf lists ten steps always taken by the government in countries undergoing a fascist shift toward authoritarian rule. Fourth on the list is “surveil ordinary citizens”.  Subsequent to the events of 9/11, the other nine steps have also been put into place, or are in the process of being implemented, in America. 

 For further information refer to YOUR BODY IS YOUR ID, available at www.constitutionalalliance.org or visit the Axxiom For Liberty website created by Kaye Beach at www.axiomamuse.wordpress.com , or visit www.stoprealidcoalition.com . To view the EPIC (Electronic Privacy Information Center) Amicus Brief on Fusion Centers visit:  

 http://www.scribd.com/doc/21970412/EPIC-Amicus-Brief-on-Fusion-Centers

 The information in this article has been largely distilled from YOUR BODY IS YOUR ID by R.U. Free with permission from the authors.    Patty Hankins, pattyhankins@yahoo.com