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Add Jim Inhofe to the list of politicians trying to split the country in two: "real America" versus the rest of us.  In his latest attack ad, Inhofe shows he’s taking cues from Sarah Palin, Michele Bachmann, and Robin Hayes.

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Since Jim Inhofe has nothing positive to say about his own record, he's spent the last six weeks working to deceive voters about Andrew Rice's values and his record.

But he has now resorted to a new low of deception.

In his latest ad he attempts to blame Andrew for our current economic crisis.  Jim Inhofe, the man who went to Washington 22 years ago because he wanted to do something about "these over regulated United States of America," is once again shirking responsibility for the problems he helped create.  Has he no shame?

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Mon Oct 13, 2008 at 07:44 AM PDT

OK-Sen: Reality sets in

by Andrew for Oklahoma

(cross-posted from People before Politics)

It’s hard to say what is going to happen tomorrow. The stock market is extremely volatile, and we don’t know what’s coming next.

And it’s just about as unnerving to look back as it is to look ahead.  Because one year ago last Thursday, the Dow Jones hit an all-time high; since that point, the Dow has dropped over 40%.  Job losses nationwide are staggering – over 750,000 jobs have been cut in 2008 – and unemployment levels are rising nationwide.

But just as our opponent declared that Oklahoma was in good shape during this economic crisis, reality hit us in the face.

(More below the fold)

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I hear there was another debate last night.  Couple of guys talking in Tennessee – I hear it was important.

But in Oklahoma, I was focused on the debate in Tulsa.  On one side was an extremist lifetime politician handcuffed by an ideology that offers no solutions to the problems middle class Oklahomans are facing today.  On the other side was our guy: a bright, energetic man with the political courage to work across party lines and find solutions for Oklahomans.

And guess what – our guy won.  It wasn’t even close.

(Details and our guy's new ad below the fold.)

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Election Day is one month away, and Jim Inhofe’s misleading campaign commercials have us all wondering the same thing Sen. Rice asks here:

So, what is Jim Inhofe afraid of?

(We've got some thoughts below the fold.)

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After 22 years in Washington, Jim Inhofe still doesn’t seem to know what it means to be a public servant.

Last week, Inhofe once again demonstrated his "take his ball and go home" approach to governing.  From the Environment News Service wire:

The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a hearing today to review the Bush administration's record on public health and environmental matters, but it was conducted in the absence of Ranking Member Senator James Inhofe of Oklahoma, a Republican and former chair of the committee.

Senator Inhofe was not ill or out of town, he boycotted the hearing, and he asked the two government witnesses scheduled to honor his objection. Neither one attended the hearing nor did any of the Republican committee members.

In no way is this kind of political stunt good for Oklahoma.

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Jim Inhofe's approach to governing: deny any major problem that comes before him.

Yesterday, when Jim Inhofe declared on local talk radio that he believed the economic mess he helped create is "not really a problem," it wasn't the first time he responded to a major concern or crisis by denying the problem exists.

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Jim Inhofe set his attack machine into motion this week, and Andrew Rice went on the air to rebut the false and misleading allegations against him.  Our latest ad is below:

Inhofe isn’t just misleading on Sen. Rice’s record – he’s distorting his own record, as well.

More below the fold.

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Wed Sep 03, 2008 at 01:30 PM PDT

Don Henley & Andrew Rice

by Andrew for Oklahoma

Attention Kossacks who live in Oklahoma, live near Oklahoma, or are rabid Don Henley fans...

Don Henley, musical legend and longtime activist, is coming to Tulsa to play a private concert in support of Andrew Rice’s campaign for U.S. Senate.


Details on this once-in-a-lifetime event are below the fold.

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Mon Aug 18, 2008 at 09:21 AM PDT

OK-Sen: RICE 41, INHOFE 50

by Andrew for Oklahoma

The DSCC and the Rice campaign just released a poll that confirmed what we’ve known all along – that once Oklahomans get to know Andrew Rice and hear his message of putting people before politics, they support him.

Benenson Strategy Group Poll (8/12-8/14, +/- 4%)
Rice 41%
Inhofe 50%

More good news below the fold.

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Yesterday, Jim Inhofe called on his supporters to send their gas receipts into his campaign office so that he can send them to Sen. Harry Reid, the Senate majority leader.  Apparently, Inhofe is trying to show his frustrations that Congress adjourned without bringing any relief on energy prices.

Oklahomans, though, should be more frustrated with Jim Inhofe’s decades of doing nothing to avert an energy crisis.

State Sen. Andrew Rice is fed up with opponent’s lack of leadership on this issue.  He’s not going to send Jim Inhofe his gas receipts.  Instead, he’s going to send Jim Inhofe an invoice for $1,076,573 – the amount of money he’s received in campaign contributions from big oil.

(more below the fold)

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Today, the differences between Andrew Rice and his opponent, Republican Sen. Jim Inhofe, became even clearer.

The Oklahoma Democratic Party just issued a release, demanding that Sen. Jim Inhofe return the thousands of dollars in campaign contributions he’s received from indicted Sen. Ted Stevens (R-AK).

More from their release below the fold.

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