Wednesday, December 26, 2007

Huckabee leads Oklahoma!

KOTV/Tulsa World Oklahoma Presidential Poll

Mike Huckabee ...........................29%

John McCain ...............................17%
Rudy Giuliani ..............................11%
Mitt Romney .................................9%
Fred Thompson .............................8%
Ron Paul ......................................3%
Duncan Hunter..............................1%
Don’t Know/Refused ...................22%
Thanks to McCarville Report.

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Friday, December 21, 2007

Scott Pruitt Joins Huckabee Campaign

Fmr. State Sen. Scott Pruitt Joins Huckabee Campaign

AP -- Former state Sen. Scott Pruitt will chair presidential candidate Mike Huckabee’s Oklahoma Leadership Committee.

Huckabee, who has been surging among Republican presidential candidates, said Thursday he and Pruitt share conservative values.

“He is well-respected within the Republican Party and throughout Oklahoma,” said Huckabee, the former governor of Arkansas. “I welcome him to our organization and am thrilled that he is chairing our efforts in this important state.”

Pruitt was elected to the state Senate for two four-year terms beginning in 1998, and served as Republican whip and assistant Republican floor leader during his tenure in the legislature. He resigned his Senate seat to run for lieutenant governor in 2006, but was defeated in the GOP primary.

Pruitt is minority owner and general managing partner of the Oklahoma RedHawks minor league baseball team.

This is awesome! Scott Pruitt was an excellent choice, a well-respected conservative. The perfect man to lead the Huckabee campaign in Oklahoma!

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Wednesday, December 19, 2007

What Really Matters

This ad has got to be the best political ad I've seen in a long time; even better than the HuckChuckFacts ad.

Here's why it's better than the previous best: Mitt Romney is running negative ads at the same time. It just so happens that Christmas is nearly upon us. People don't like negativity around Christmas. Which ad will stick? The positive, non-political one, in this case, Mike Huckabee's "What Really Matters" ad.

Absolutely brillant, a master stroke.

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Thursday, December 13, 2007

Addition to the OKforHuckabee Team

I would like to introduce you to the newest member of the OKforHuckabee Blog Team, Patrick Haworth.

Patrick is the Assistant Organizer for the Tulsa Mike Huckabee for President 2008 Meetup Group. I look forward to a great time blogging with him.

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Gov. Huckabee's "Secure America Plan"

In other major Immigration news, Gov. Huckabee has released his Immigration plan:

The Secure America Plan
A 9-Point Strategy for Immigration Enforcement and Border Security

Overview: Implement a broad-based strategy that commits the resources of the federal government to the enforcement of our immigration laws and results in the attrition of the illegal immigrant population.

1. Build the Fence

Ensure that an interlocking surveillance camera system is installed along the border by July 1, 2010.

Ensure that the border fence construction is completed by July 1, 2010.

2. Increase Border Patrol

Increase the number of border patrol agents.

Fully support all law enforcement personnel tasked with enforcing immigration law.

3. Prevent Amnesty

Policies that promote or tolerate amnesty will be rejected.

Propose to provide all illegal immigrants a 120-day window to register with the Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services and leave the country. Those who register and return to their home country will face no penalty if they later apply to immigrate or visit; those who do not return home will be, when caught, barred from future reentry for a period of 10 years.

4. Enforce the Law on Employers

Employment is the chief draw for most illegal immigrants and denying them jobs is the centerpiece of an attrition strategy.

Impose steep fines and penalties on employers that violate the law.

Institute a universal, mandatory citizenship verification system as part of the normal hiring process.

Prevent the IRS and the Social Security Administration from accepting fraudulent Social Security numbers or numbers that don't match the employees' names.*

5. Establish an Economic Border

Move toward passage of the FairTax.

The FairTax provides an extra layer of security by creating an economic disincentive to immigrate to the U.S. illegally.

6. Empower Local Authorities

Promote better cooperation on enforcement by supporting legislative measures such as the CLEAR Act, which aims to systematize the relationship between local law and federal immigration officials.

Encourage immigration-law training for police. Local authorities must be provided the tools, training, and funding they need so local police can turn illegal immigrants over to the federal authorities.

7. Ensure Document Security

End exemptions for Mexicans and Canadians to the US-VISIT program, which tracks the
arrival and departure of foreign visitors. Since these countries account for the vast majority of foreigners coming here (85 percent), such a policy clearly violates Congress' intent in mandating this check-in/check-out system.

Reject Mexico's "matricula consular" card, which functions as an illegal-immigrant identification card.

8. Discourage Dual Citizenship

Inform foreign governments when their former citizens become naturalized U.S. citizens.

Impose civil and/or criminal penalties on American citizens who illegitimately use their dual status (e.g., using a foreign passport, voting in elections in both a foreign country and the U.S.).

9. Modernize the Process of Legal Immigration

Eliminate the visa lottery system and the admission category for adult brothers and sisters of U.S. citizens.

Increase visas for highly-skilled and highly-educated applicants.

Expedite processing for those who serve honorably in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Improve our immigration process so that those patiently and responsibly seeking to come here legally will not have to wait decades to share in the American dream. Governor Huckabee has always been grateful to live in a country that people are trying to break into, rather than break out of.

*This policy will be drafted to comply with the final federal court decisions on this issue.

Note: This plan is partially modeled on a proposal by Mark Krikorian, Executive Director of the Center for Immigration Studies. ("Re: Immigration: Ten Points for a Successful Presidential Candidate," National Review, May 23, 2005.)

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Major Immigration News

MAJOR ENDORSEMENT ALERT!!!! The following is a HUGE endorsement.

Mike Huckabee: weak on immigration? Not according to the Founder of the MINUTEMAN PROJECT, the grassroots movement that brought Illegal Immigration to the forefront.


LITTLE ROCK, AR – In Iowa today, former Arkansas Governor and Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee received a major endorsement from Jim Gilchrist, founder of the Minuteman Project.

Huckabee said he was honored to receive the endorsement. “No one can question Jim's commitment to this country and the immigration problem. He has mobilized a group of volunteers to go to the border and draw attention to the issue of immigration. All of us want a policy where people come to this country through the front door, not the back door,” said Huckabee during a morning news conference.

Gilchrist added, "Governor Huckabee actually wrote a plan that I can embrace. I found his ‘Secure America’ plan would open the dialogue and help begin the process of solving the illegal immigration problem.”

Gilchrist, who founded the Minuteman Project in 2004, said he appreciated Huckabee’s plan to secure America ’s borders.

Last week, Huckabee unveiled “The Secure America Plan: A Nine-Point Strategy for Immigration Enforcement and Border Security.” Huckabee said he believes in adopting the best policy ideas to provide a “tough, equitable and comprehensive approach” to dealing with the current immigration crisis.

Huckabee said his goal is to implement a broad-based strategy that commits the resources of the federal government to the enforcement of our immigration laws and results in the attrition of the illegal immigrant population.

A 30-second television ad, called "Secure Borders," began airing in Iowa Monday to educate voters about Huckabee's call for a new immigration strategy, which begins with securing America 's borders.

A copy of the Secure America Plan and his new Iowa ad is available on Huckabee’s website.

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The Huckabee SURGE

Well, due to being out of town a few days, and the Ice Storm, I've not been able to post for almost two weeks.

I'm beginning to think I should do this more often. Here's what happened while I was gone (I can't take the credit for it, though...):

  • Huckabee is FIRST in Iowa

Latest poll numbers have him around 39%, with Romney in the low 20s, and no one else above 10%.

  • Huckabee in a virtual TIE for FIRST in National polls

He's placing around 20-22%, with Giuliani at 22-24%. All the others are below 16%.

  • New Hampshire remains his weakest early state

Polls have Huckabee at 10%, Romney around 30%, Giuliani and McCain at 17% and the others below 6%.

  • Huckabee leads in Michigan

At 21%, he's ahead of everyone (Romney 20%, Giuliani 19%, other under 10%).

  • Huckabee is FIRST in South Carolina

The latest poll has him at 30%, with Thompson and Romney battling for second at around 20%, all the rest are below 13%.

  • The NEVADA Surprise

Huckabee is SECOND in Nevada, with 23% (Romney lead with 29%, Giuliani is at 17%, no one else above 10%).

  • Huckabee is SECOND in Florida

He jumped to 18% (Giuliani leads with 32%). Romney and Thompson are at 15-14%, with all others below 11%.

  • Huckabee in 3-way tie for 3rd in California

Giuliani and McCain lead here, but Huckabee is at 14% (with Romney and Thompson).

  • Huckabee FIRST in Georgia

Leads with 23%; FDT has 20%, Giuliani 17%. The rest are under 11%.

  • Huckabee FIRST in North Carolina

Leads the field with 33%. Rudy and FDT figh for second at 18%, everyone else is under 10%.

  • Huckabee THIRD in Ohio

He breaks into double digits with 10% (Giuliani at 29%, McCain at 13%).

  • Huckabee TIED for SECOND in Pennsylvania

Huckabee and McCain tied for second place with 13%. Rudy leads with 27%.

Wow. What a week! Maybe I should go neglect the blog around Election Day!

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