Congressman Jim Bridenstine Demands Answers on IRS Harassment Scandal

16 05 2013
Congressman Jim Bridenstine (OK-1) stands with Rep. Paul Broun (GA), Senator Ted Cruz (TX), Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN), and others listening to Jenny Beth Martin, founder of Tea Party Patriots, at a news conference today at the Capitol.  Martin said, “Government agents have used the IRS as a weapon to silence speech, harass innocent Americans, and perhaps sway elections.”

Congressman Jim Bridenstine (OK-1) stands with Rep. Paul Broun (GA), Senator Ted Cruz (TX), Rep. Michele Bachmann (MN), and others listening to Jenny Beth Martin, founder of Tea Party Patriots, at a news conference today at the Capitol. Martin said, “Government agents have used the IRS as a weapon to silence speech, harass innocent Americans, and perhaps sway elections.”

Washington, DC – Congressman Jim Bridenstine is taking a leadership role in pursuing the truth behind IRS targeting of conservative organizations during the 2012 election cycle.

Mr. Bridenstine drafted a letter on Friday to be sent to Secretary of the Treasury Jack Lew, who has ultimate authority over the IRS, seeking further information on this matter.  The letter has been co-signed by over 100 Members of Congress.

Bridenstine joined Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (MN) in a press conference at the Capitol today to denounce IRS harassment of conservative organizations.  Also participating were Senators Ted Cruz (TX), Mike Lee (UT), Rand Paul (KY) and Mitch McConnell (KY), several other Members of Congress, and representatives of targeted organizations: Jenny Beth Martin, Tea Party Patriots; Amy Kremer, Tea Party Express; Jordan Sekulow, American Center for Law & Justice; Todd Cefaratti, TheTeaParty.Net; Adam Brandon, FreedomWorks; Niger Innis, TheTeaParty.Net; Diane Belson, Laurens County Tea Party; and Tom Zawistowski, Ohio Liberty Coalition.

On Friday, May 10th, the Associated Press published a disturbing report in which officials from the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) admitted that they singled out conservative political organizations claiming tax exempt status for additional scrutiny and investigation.

Ms. Lois Lerner, who heads the IRS division that oversees tax exempt groups, admitted that at least 75 organizations were singled out because they included the words “tea party” or “patriot” in their applications for tax exempt status.  While she acknowledged that actions were clearly violations of IRS policies, she laid the blame on “low-level workers” in the Cincinnati IRS office.  She failed to clarify at the time that Cincinnati is not a minor regional office but rather the IRS national office that handles all tax exempt organizations.

Ms. Lerner’s statements directly contradicted the testimony of then-IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman during a hearing of the House Ways and Means Committee in March 2012.  At the time, Mr. Shulman stated unequivocally that “there is absolutely no targeting” and that “this is the kind of back and forth that happens to people” who apply for tax exempt status.  In a reversal, on Wednesday the Administration demanded the resignation of Steven Miller, the current Acting Director of the IRS.

The inappropriate and intimidating investigation tactics included probing questions about organizations’ board members, officers, employees, and their families.  There were also demands for extraordinary detail on employee training, vending, and advertising.  Among other IRS demands, they required lists of “all issues important to your organization” with requests to “indicate your position regarding each issue.”  Tea Party organizations reported requests for complete lists of all the books their staffs had read in the prior 12 months with book reports on each.

Congressman Bridenstine said, “The resignation of Steven Miller does not relieve this Administration from its culpability for creating a political culture that generates harassment and abuse of power by institutions that should be apolitical.”

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Congressman Jim Bridenstine To Host Town Hall May 2nd at NSU Broken Arrow

25 04 2013
U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine

U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine

What: Congressman Jim Bridenstine (OK-1) will hold a town hall meeting next week at the Northeastern State University Broken Arrow Campus.

Who: Congressman Jim Bridenstine represents Oklahoma’s First Congressional District in the U.S. House of Representatives. He is a Navy pilot and combat veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan, and lives with his wife Michelle and their three children Walker (6), Sarah (4), and Grant (1) in Tulsa, OK. Bridenstine graduated from Rice University with degrees in economics, business and psychology. After college, he joined the Navy and became a pilot, flying combat missions off the USS Abraham Lincoln in Operation Enduring Freedom in Afghanistan, Operation Southern Watch in Iraq, and Operation Shock and Awe in Iraq. Later, he transitioned to the F-18 Hornet fighter at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, the parent command to TOPGUN, where he flew “Red Air” and was also an instructor.

Why: The focus of the town hall meeting will be to discuss the recent events in Washington D.C. with constituents of the First District and to answer the questions and concerns of the attendees.

Who Should Attend: First District Constituents

When and Where: Thursday, 5/2/13, 12:00pm in the auditorium at Northeastern State University Broken Arrow Campus.  3100 E. New Orleans, Broken Arrow, OK 74014.

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Dr. Coburn Offers Amendment to Replace Manchin-Toomey

17 04 2013
Senator Tom Coburn

Senator Tom Coburn

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. (R-OK) released the following statement today regarding his amendment #727 to replace the Manchin-Toomey amendment:

“Under my approach gun owners are treated as part of the solution rather than part of the problem.  Instead of harassing gun owners with new taxes and other burdens, my bill gives law-abiding citizens the tools they need to make sure they aren’t going to transfer a firearm to someone who will be a threat to themselves or others.  For example, under my plan the process of confirming a buyer is not on the NICS list of prohibited buyers – the ‘do not buy list’ – will be as simple as using a smart phone app or printing a boarding pass from your home computer.”

“The Manchin-Toomey amendment is an unworkable plan that is almost certain to fail even if it passes.  The American people don’t have to settle for failure and more finger-pointing and posturing from career politicians in Washington.  My plan has the best chance of making it to the president’s desk.  If the Senate is serious about solving this problem, this solution is within their reach.

“Finally, every citizen should be rightfully concerned when Washington legislates in areas where the Constitution explicitly limits government intrusion, and they should hold their representatives accountable when guaranteed rights are infringed upon.  Yet, the fact that my plan won’t be popular with special interest groups on either side, who tend to represent themselves rather than gun owners or the American people, is a sign of its strength.

“Groups on the left have prioritized record-keeping over safety while groups on the right are helping arm illegal aliens and criminals with their incoherent opposition to any solution that closes gaps in the law.  I’m not intimidated by these groups, and neither should any elected official who is a Constitutional officer of the people.  Unlike professional lobbyists and fundraisers, I have not just talked about Second Amendment rights, I have expanded them.  If special interest groups want to defend a system that arms illegal aliens, pedophiles, spousal abusers, drug dealers, felons, mentally-dangerous persons and others on the ‘do not buy list,’ they are welcome to make that case with their members.”

Key provisions and principles of the Coburn amendment:

·         Instead of rerouting all commerce through federally designated person that will charge a $30-$50 fee that creates  a new de facto tax on guns, the Coburn amendment would allow the consumer portal and concealed carry permits to be used for verification, protecting law abiding gun owners’ freedom to easily and safely transfer firearms.

·         Respects the 10th amendment by giving states the ability to take primacy of enforcement, implement flexible solutions, and create certain exemptions.

·         Reaffirms the federal policy that there will not be a federal firearms registry, and places strict penalties for violation of this policy.

·         Improves reporting of mental health records by states to the NICS system.

·         Provides proper due process for veterans to prevent them from being unfairly deprived of their Second Amendment Rights.

·         Includes a five-year sunset provision that will force Congress to evaluate the effectiveness of the consumer portal.

Additional background is here.

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GERHART CHARGED WITH BLACKMAIL, TWO COUNTS

9 04 2013

From The McCarvile Report – April 9, 2013

Al Gerhart

Al Gerhart

Oklahoma County District Attorney has charged Al Gerhart with two counts of blackmail.

The acerbic Gerhart, co-founder of the splinter group Sooner Tea Party, sent an email to Senator Cliff Branan last week in which he threatened recriminations if Branan did not do as Gerhart demanded, and that was take action on an anti-UN Agenda 21 measure.

The Gerhart email set off a firestorm in which others in the Tea Party movement disavowed any ties to him or his group.

Related Articles:

Is It Just Extreme Hardball Politics…Or Attempted Blackmail?

OKC Tea Party Disavows Gerhart, Sooner Tea Party

Cliff Branan: Al Gerhart A Liar And A Bully; Statements Could Support Blackmail Charge

Disgusted Senator Asks Agenda 21 Bill Be Pulled, Rips Gerhart’s ‘False Accusations’

Editorial: Nothing Funny About Gerhart’s Threat

Was Gerhart’s Target Cliff Branan…Or Branan’s Wife?

Kern Disagrees With Branan, Tees Off On Gerhart





Citizens for a Better Vision presents FIX OUR STREETS Tax Extension Public Input Meeting

26 03 2013

‘Fix Our Streets’ Public Input Meeting
Everyone’s Voice Will Be Heard!

Citizens for a Better Vision presents FIX OUR STREETS Tax Extension Public Input Meeting.

TULSA, OK, March 26, 2013 – Citizens for a Better Vision will be hosting a meeting for citizens to publicly voice their concerns over the City of Tulsa’s proposed Fix Our Streets tax extension.

The meeting will take place at Martin Regional Library Auditorium, 2601 S. Garnett Road, Tulsa, OK on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at 6:00 PM.

Mayor Dewey Bartlett and Tulsa City Council members have been holding City Hall in Your Neighborhood meetings to gather citizen input to help decide what streets and capital improvements to fund with the continuation of Tulsa’s 3rd Penny Sales Tax and Bond Issue.

Some citizens have said that the city is not addressing all the concerns at their meetings by choosing which questions to address and which to ignore. Citizens for a Better Vision has invited the Mayor Dewey Bartlett and all Tulsa City Council members to their public input meeting to answer all citizens’ questions and concerns.

Contact Information:
Citizens for a Better Vision
CitizensForaBetterVision@gmail.com

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Citizens for a Better Vision is a group of grassroots, non-partisan citizens seeking openness and accountability in local government.





Congressman Markwayne Mullin to Hold Town Hall Meetings This Week In Okmulgee and Okfuskee Counties

25 03 2013
U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin

U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin

Tuesday March 26, 2013
Okfuskee County
3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Okfuskee County History Center
407 W. Broadway, Okemah

Okmulgee County
5:30 to 6:30 p.m.
Okmulgee Community Center
7th and Kern, Okmulgee

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Dr. Coburn to Host Town Hall Meetings in Oklahoma first week of April

23 03 2013
Senator Tom Coburn

Senator Tom Coburn

 (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – U.S. Senator Tom Coburn, M.D. will be holding a series of town hall meetings in Oklahoma the first week of April.  Dr. Coburn will take questions and address important issues for Oklahoma and the nation at each event.

“I encourage Oklahomans to attend and participate in these town halls.  With pressing issues pertinent to Oklahoma being decided in Washington D.C. every day, these settings give me an important opportunity to hear directly from the people I am representing.  I look forward to hearing the concerns of Oklahomans and informing them of my legislative efforts in the Senate,” said Dr. Coburn.

Monday, April 1, 2013

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.
Ada town hall meeting
East Central University
Bill S. Cole University Center – Estep Multimedia Center
1100 E. 14th Street
Ada, OK

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.
Ardmore town hall meeting
Ardmore Convention Center
2401 N. Rockford Road
Ardmore, OK

5:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Duncan town hall meeting
Red River Technology Center
Health Career Center building
3300 W. Bois D’Arc
Duncan, OK

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

8:30 – 9:30 a.m.
Lawton town hall meeting
Cameron University
McCasland Foundation Ballroom
501 NW University Drive
2nd floor
Lawton, OK

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Altus town hall meeting
Western Oklahoma State College
Auditorium
2801 N. Main Street
Altus, OK

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Elk City town hall meeting
City Hall
320 W. 3rd Street
Elk City, OK

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Canadian County town hall meeting
Canadian Valley Technology Center
6505 E. Hwy. 66
El Reno, OK

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Guthrie town hall meeting
Oklahoma Sports Museum
315 W. Oklahoma Avenue
Guthrie, OK

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
Norman town hall meeting
The Hall at the Railhouse
102 W. Eufaula Street
Norman, OK

6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Oklahoma City town hall meeting
Metro Tech Technology Center
1900 Springlake Drive
Oklahoma City, OK

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