Monday, August 07, 2006
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ National Guard troops from Oklahoma will head to New Mexico and western Texas beginning Saturday to help in a federal effort to improve security along the U.S. border with Mexico, Gov. Brad Henry said Friday.
Oklahoma is one of several states complying with President Bush's request for National Guard troops to slow the tide of illegal immigration across America's southern border.
``We have to secure our borders and beef up enforcement to protect our country, particularly in the post 9-11 world,'' Henry said. ``I'm proud to send Oklahoma troops to assist President Bush with his efforts to improve border enforcement and stop the flow of illegal immigrants.''
Under a memorandum of agreement with the Defense Department, more than 300 Oklahoma Guard troops will take part in the mission over the next three months. Henry signed the agreement late Thursday.The Oklahoma Army and Air Guard soldiers will conduct ground and aerial surveillance to help locate illegal immigrants and assist with construction of fences and other structures designed to improve border enforcement. The state also will dispatch several Black Hawk helicopters to help carry out the mission
Friday, August 04, 2006
Oklahoma City – Citing recent wildfires, the ongoing drought and continuing hot and windy weather conditions, Gov. Brad Henry today reinstated a statewide burn ban for Oklahoma.
The governor’s office announced the decision Wednesday morning after meeting with state fire experts and reviewing meteorological data from around the state. Officials with the Department of Agriculture recommended a new burn ban, citing extraordinary fire danger in Oklahoma.
“We need to do everything we can to protect lives and property,” said Gov. Henry. “With the drought, extreme heat and high winds, conditions are very hazardous and even the smallest fire can quickly get out of control. A burn ban won’t prevent every fire, but it will help lessen the danger.”
“I would prefer to err on the side of caution and issue the ban before conditions deteriorate any further. It may cause a small inconvenience for some Oklahomans, but it will also help reduce the number of dangerous fires and possibly save lives in the process. With the scorching heat and high winds, our firefighters are already laboring in very dangerous conditions, and the ban will provide them some much-needed assistance,” said the governor.
Gov. Henry said the burn ban would remain in effect for as long as conditions merit.
“Ultimately, the fire threat will not diminish until we have significant rainfall and cooler weather. Until then, it’s critical that Oklahomans practice commonsense and obey the burn ban. We’ve already been through a historic wildfire season in Oklahoma, and I know everyone would like to avoid a repeat performance,” the governor said.
Tuesday, August 01, 2006
Governor Henry received an endorsement from the NRA, this article is straight from the Henry for Governor website. The second amendment is an important issue Democrats need to support more. The right to bear arms is just that, a persons right.
Oklahoma City-Governor Brad Henry announced today that the National Rifle Association, representing hunters and sportsmen across the United States, has endorsed his candidacy in the primary election.
"I am grateful to the National Rifle Association for their continued support," Gov. Henry said. "Oklahomans treasure the right to bear arms and, as a lifelong hunter and sportsman, I understand how crucial the second amendment is to our culture, our way of life, and our freedom."
In the letter of endorsement the NRA's Chris Cox, executive director of the NRA's Institute for Legislative Action wrote to Gov. Henry, "Your exemplary record of service as Governor of Oklahoma clearly illustrates your commitment to protecting the rights of law-abiding firearm owners and sportsmen. You have proven time and again to be a close ally and friend of Oklahoma's freedom-loving firearm owners."The governor has also been endorsed in the general election by the Oklahoma Rifle Association and has an A rating from the NRA.
Governor Henry enjoys a 67% approval rating according to the latest survey USA poll released on July 20th.
This was the last polling data I saw for the Oklahoma Governors race.
The Republican primary winner will have a big hill to climb before the Nov. 7 general election. Democratic incumbent Brad Henry enjoys a 75 percent approval rating, according to the poll, and a 28-point advantage over both Istook and Sullivan in head-to-head polling.
"Sixty-two percent of Republicans like Henry," said Soltow, referring to the governor's approval rating among GOP voters. "Against Istook, he's getting one-third of the Republican vote."
Henry has an opponent in the July 25 primary -- Andrew Marrs of Norman, who ran four years ago as a Republican -- but is expected to move easily to the general election.
Head-to-head against Istook, Henry was favored 57 percent to 29 percent with 14 percent undecided.
Of the Republicans in the sample, 34 percent said they would vote for Henry.
Against Sullivan, Henry led 53.9 percent to 26 percent with 20 percent undecided.
"For a Republican to win in Oklahoma, there needs to be a significant crossover from Democrats," said Soltow. "There's no indication of that."
Only 12 percent of Democrats, who outnumber Republicans by about 250,000 in Oklahoma, said they would vote for Istook. Eleven percent said they'd vote for Sullivan.
"I haven't seen or heard anything negative he's done," said Tulsa Republican Robert Webster.
"I think he's a very nice person and he means well but I don't think he's a very good businessman or very smart," said Tulsan Nell Lomax.
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The upcoming race for the governor’s office, said Gov. Brad Henry during a visit to Enid Thursday, will be one of contrasts in style as much as substance.
“My opponent will, no doubt, run a very negative, attack-oriented campaign,” said Henry. “He’s already started that.”
Congressman Ernest Istook won a four-man race for the Republican nomination for governor in this week’s primary election, receiving 56 percent of the vote to 30 percent for runner-up Bob Sullivan.
Henry, meanwhile, breezed to an easy win in the race for the Democratic nomination.
Henry said Istook has come out swinging, accusing him of supporting a proposed gas tax hike defeated by state voters last November.
“He’s already distorting the facts,” said Henry. “It’s just false. It’s not true. I never supported the gasoline tax. There are other distortions of the record, stretching of the truth. That’s the campaign he chooses to run. I’m going to stay focused on a positive, upbeat, issue-oriented campaign.”
Henry, who received a 75 percent approval rating in a recent statewide poll, said he will not focus on Istook but rather on his record.
“I’m going to focus on and stress what we’ve done in the past four years, and what I intend to do over the next four years,” said Henry.
The governor pointed to improvements in education funding and teacher pay and improved access to quality health care as accomplishments of his administration.
“We have what has been labeled the very best early childhood education system in the nation,” said Henry.
In the area of battling Oklahoma’s illegal drug program, Henry spotlighted the state’s benchmark law regulating the sale of cold pills containing psuedoephedrine, a prime ingredient in the manufacture of methamphetamine.
“Oklahoma’s anti-meth law has been labeled the role model for the rest of the nation,” said Henry. “We’ve virtually wiped out meth labs in the state of Oklahoma, and now we’re able to focus resources on the importation of meth from Mexico and other areas.”
Henry said he is proud of the fact the state is beginning “the largest road maintenance and building program in our state’s history. That will pump, over the next decade, about $6 billion into road maintenance and construction in the state of Oklahoma.”
The largest tax cut in Oklahoma’s history, a $600 million measure approved by the Legislature during this summer’s special session, is an example of investing “in the people of the state of Oklahoma.”
One of the major cuts is the four-year phase-out of Oklahoma’s estate tax.
“We’ll put, over the next decade, a little over $6 billion back into the pockets of Oklahoma taxpayers,” said Henry.
The tax package, Henry said, also includes elimination of the capital gains tax on Oklahoma property, which makes it attractive for “businesses to locate in Oklahoma and to invest in capital in Oklahoma and create jobs. Those are the kinds of things that I’m going to be talking about.”
Henry was in Enid Thursday to speak at the ribbon-cutting for the Southgate and Gott Road project designed to help enhance security at Vance Air Force Base.
This is a great article I found from the (AP) which talks about Governor Henry's political savvy and bipartisanship that keeps him popular in a deep red state.
OKLAHOMA CITY - Democratic Gov. Brad Henry, a favorite for re-election to a second term, has found a way to maintain high popularity in one of the most conservative states: He stakes out Republican-like positions, builds consensus and keeps a low profile.
He also presided over the largest tax cut in Oklahoma history.
Some in his own party may grumble, but Henry's approach has struck a chord with voters in a state that hasn't supported a Democrat for president since Lyndon Johnson. Henry, who faces a primary election Tuesday, is among a number of Democratic governors who are touting their credentials as fiscal conservatives as they seek re-election.
New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson, a potential Democratic presidential contender, has cut the capital gains tax in half and reduced his state's income tax to 4.9 percent from 8.2 percent. In Wisconsin, Gov. Jim Doyle ran four years ago on a no-tax-increase pledge and has stuck to that. And in Pennsylvania, Gov. Edward G. Rendell signed a $1 billion property tax cut in June, that state's largest ever.
In Henry's case, he cut taxes $150 million in 2005 and teamed with a Republican House speaker to produce a record $627 million reduction this year, cutting the income tax rate from 6.25 percent to 5.25 percent and eliminating the estate tax.
The Democrats' co-opting of tax-cutting, traditionally a Republican issue, "seems to be more widespread than just a fluke in Oklahoma," said Charles Franklin, polling expert and political science professor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
"I've done what I said I would do," said Henry, 43. "I've worked well with everyone, regardless of party, and we've accomplished a lot in four years."
Henry's election was a political shocker in the first place. A little-known state senator, he won as an underdog in his primary, then upset NFL Hall of Famer Steve Largent by a razor-thin margin. Largent had left Congress after 3 1/2 terms to run for governor.
Now Henry appears strongly positioned for re-election, thanks to a petroleum boom that has boosted the state's economy and produced a $1 billion surplus this year, permitting the tax cuts and record funding for education and roads.
He also has championed issues popular with the public, including creation of a state lottery and expansion of gambling at American Indian casinos, and he won voter approval of a tobacco tax increase.
Pleasing conservatives this year, Henry signed a bill giving greater legal protection to people who use deadly force when threatened or attacked, approved a measure requiring parental notification for abortions and signed a bill authorizing the death penalty for repeat child molesters.
GOP candidates have complained that the lottery and tobacco tax have not generated as much revenue as projected.
"There are always going to be critics, but remember, the people of Oklahoma voted for these measures," Henry told The Associated Press. "And if you criticize me, you're criticizing the vast majority of the voters of the state of Oklahoma."
Some of those critics come from his own party. They remember when tax cuts were made during an oil boom in Oklahoma in the late 1970s and early 1980s. The boom went bust and the state ended up in debt, forcing huge, across-the-board cuts.
With a politically split Legislature — Republicans control the House and Democrats are in danger of losing the Senate this fall — Henry has positioned himself as arbitrator, said Bob Darcy, political professor at Oklahoma State University.
"He is the guy who is going to craft the compromise, move us out of this crisis or that crisis," Darcy said.
He has only a nominal opponent in the primary. Seven-term Congressman Ernest Istook is among four candidates running for the GOP nomination.
For his part, Henry says he has kept faith with the voters and worked for positive change.
Henry said his policies have Oklahoma "on the move" economically, "even if they upset, from time to time, members of my party."
Capitol: Bigger things ahead for leaders?
Illinois student suggests Henry for president
By Michael McNutt
|Saturday, August 20, 2005 |
Edition: CITY, Section: NEWS, Page 15A
Contributing: Ryan McNeill in the Capitol Bureau
Cole Hoffmann has never met Brad Henry, but he thinks Oklahoma’s governor has what it takes to be presidential timber.
“Henry for President 2008” is the name of the Internet blog created by Hoffmann, a political science student at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston, Ill.
Hoffmann, 25, of Urbana, Ill., has never lived in Oklahoma, but he said he has visited friends in Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
He said he became fascinated with Henry as he kept track on the Internet of several gubernatorial races in 2002.
Hoffmann, a Democrat, said he found Oklahoma’s race intriguing and thought former NFL star and Republican Steve Largent would beat Henry, a Democrat, and independent Gary Richardson.
After Henry won, Hoffmann became aware of the governor’s stance on issues by visiting Henry’s Web site.
He said he thought Henry’s ideas of nursing home and health care reform along with his funding proposals for education and higher education that he pushed through the past legislative session would be good for the country.
“The thing that draws me most to him is I think that he can somehow bring both parties together, Republicans and Democrats,” Hoffmann said.
Henry ‘focused on running the state’
Earlier this month Hoffmann set up his blog, or personal Web site, on Henry. He uses news releases from Henry’s Web site, as well as from other sources, and has the governor’s official biography posted.
He did not contact Henry’s office about his Web site, nor did he seek permission from Henry.
Henry, who is seeking re-election in 2006, said he was unaware of Hoffmann’s blog until he was told by reporters.
“I appreciate the kind words, but I am focused on running the state of Oklahoma, not running for president,” Henry said.
Hoffmann said he’s received two e-mails from Oklahomans who support his idea.
Hoffmann, who is scheduled to graduate in December 2006, said he plans to apply at the University of Oklahoma’s law school.
He was considering George Washington University’s law school, but decided on going to Norman after he found out Henry is a graduate of OU’s law school.
Hoffmann said he would interrupt his studies to campaign for Henry.
A good running mate on the ticket, he said, would be Sen. Evan Bayh, D-Ind., whose late mother was from Enid.
ON THE WEB
To visit "Henry for President 2008," go to http://bradhenryforpresident2008.blogspot.com/
This blogsite was created in July of 2005 I took a hiatus so I could finish up school. This article was written about my site in late August of 2005. Since this article I am finishing up a second degree here in Charleston, Illinois and will be looking at Graduate schools later this fall.