Red Dirt Report has posted a well researched story on U.S. congressional candidate Patrice Douglas accepting more than $117,000 in campaign contributions from employees and executives connected to utility and oil companies that she regulates as a state corporation commissioner. Red Dirt Reporter Tim Farley examined federal election records in this significant election revelation.
Douglas, appointed to the Oklahoma Corporation Commission in 2011 by Gov. Mary Fallin, will face retired Army Lt. Col. Steve Russell in the Aug. 26 Fifth District Republican runoff. Russell was the top vote-getter in the June primary election that featured six GOP candidates.
Melissa Abdo meets with voters
Melissa Abdo, is a candidate for Oklahoma House District 69 which extends from Jenks to Bixby and includes much of South Tulsa. The race will be decided next Tuesday August 26. A small businesswoman, member of the Jenks School Board and passionate education advocate; Abdo exemplifies the American spirit of citizen legislator.
Pro-faith and pro-life “from the moment of conception” Abdo is a strong believer in minimizing bureaucratic regulations to spur economic growth. She received the highest possible rating for a candidate from the National Rifle Association and is endorsed by business, faith and elected leaders throughout Tulsa County.
Asked what has been the biggest surprise in this race Abdo said, “I didn’t know going into this campaign how much insider baseball is played. Some people will come up to you to say they are not considering your campaign because someone else supported it that they don’t like. My usual thought is, Wow, really? Why wouldn’t you talk with me and then make up your own mind based on a direct conversation.”
According to the Washington Post, a looter in Ferguson, Missouri, expressed pride and admiration for looters and said their actions are justified.
“I’m proud of us. We deserve this, and this is what’s supposed to happen when there’s injustice in your community,” said DeAndre Smith, whom the Washington Post says was “fresh from looting the QuikTrip.”
Voters have until Wednesday, Aug. 20 to request an absentee ballot for the Aug. 26 Runoff Primary Election, Oklahoma State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax said Monday.
Early voting for the runoff begins Thursday.
Applications for absentee ballots can be downloaded from the Oklahoma State Election Board’s website by clicking here or picked up at any of the state’s 77 county election boards. The Tulsa County Election Board is located at 555 N Denver Ave, Tulsa.
Iraq’s Mosul Dam
Contrary to President Obama’s assertion Monday; fighting continues at the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq with US jets spotted flying overhead, Sky News corespondents on the ground report.
Islamic State (ISIS) militants seized the strategically important site, which supplies water and power to millions of people down the Tigris river valley, nearly two weeks ago.