You Decide 2012: A FOX23 Special


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Updated: 11/02/2012 11:28 pm Published: 11/02/2012 7:30 pm


FOX23 is committed to keeping you informed ahead of Tuesday’s General Election. On Friday, FOX23 broadcast a one hour special “You Decide 2012. In case you missed it, here is a summary of what was covered.
 
First District Congressional Race
 
This race pits three men with no political experience against each other. Republican Jim Bridenstine, Democrat John Olson, and Independent Craig Allen are all running to represent this district which encompasses much of metro Tulsa.
 
Jim Bridenstine is not the republican many thought would be in the race for Oklahoma’s First District house seat one year ago. In June, he defeated five time incumbent Congressman John Sullivan in the primary. That was a result that surprised many, but not Bridenstine.
 
“I think a lot of people were frustrated with Washington as a whole, and there was a lot of anti-incumbency sentiment and I was able to tap into that,” the United States Naval Reservist told FOX23.
 
He says his philosophy in Washington would be simple.
 
“We need liberty. We need limited governments and free markets. We need low taxes and low regulation.”
 
The Jenks High School grad favors tax system reform that he says could get America’s and Oklahoma’s economy back on track.
 
“When you lower the rate, that helps small business. 50 percent of the people in America are employed by small businesses, and we need those small businesses to grow so we can lift the working poor into the middle class and have more taxpayers.”
 
For Democrat John Olson, the reason he decided to run for Oklahoma's First District congressional seat can be traced back to a single moment: the fight over raising the debt ceiling last summer.
 
“Training across the entire army reserve was canceled. As a reservist, that had an effect on me, it had an effect on my unit, it had an effect on everybody else in the army reserve, and it put a lot of pressure on soldiers getting ready to deploy,” Olson said.
 
Olson knows that if he's elected he'll have to cross the aisle at home and in Washington.
 
“I live in Oklahoma, there's no way I can get elected without creating consensus between Republicans and Democrats,” Olson told FOX23.
 
He says his first priority if elected will be on the economy.
 
“(I want) to get the recovery moving faster. We need to one, cut wasteful spending and reduce the deficit where we can. We need to raise revenues to do that in a reasonable way, and we need to invest where it makes sense, in education, in energy and in our infrastructure.”
 
Independent First District congressional candidate Craig Allen says he's running because politics needs a change
 
“I got into this race because I think it's time for a third party candidate. If you only have two sides to the story, a third every once in a while makes a little more sense,” the commercial pilot told FOX23.
 
Allen says if elected, his number one priority will be to shrink the federal government.
 
“I really, truly do believe, I don't think there's any secret that government has gotten incredibly huge. It's the perfect example of too big to fail, and it's failed.”
 
Consolidating federal agencies that often overlap in mission and focus is one way he believes congress can do that.
 
“We have the FBI, we have the CIA, you have ATF, we have all these different agencies, you could probably come up with one and put it all together.”
 
Second District Congressional Race
 
Three men are attempting to replace outgoing Congressman Dan Boren in Oklahoma’s Second Congressional District. Boren announced that he would not seek reelection leaving this race wide open for a newcomer.
 
Rob Wallace's is running for Oklahoma's Second District congressional seat for a simple reason
 
“I think working folks need a voice in Washington,” Wallace told FOX23.
 
The Democrat says he's connected with voters during a long and drawn out primacy race, and he thinks he knows what they want in Washington.
 
“They're interested in someone who is going to try and bring job creation to Eastern Oklahoma, that's going to try and bring manufacturing jobs, jobs that pay a good wage.”
 
Most recently he was an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Oklahoma in Muskogee. As for what's important to Wallace beyond the economy, he says it is protecting Oklahoma’s water.
 
“I am willing to stand up for protecting our water, to say that Eastern Oklahoma Water needs to stay in Eastern Oklahoma where it can create jobs for Eastern Oklahomans.”
 
Markwayne Mullin, the Republican running for the District Two House of Representatives seat says he threw is hat into the because he was frustrated.
 
“I was fed up like so many other people. We started looking at our biggest competitor in business, and it isn't the competition. It's this government.”
 
Mullin’s main objective if he's elected is reigning in Washington.
 
“We have to start shrinking the size of government. That's the first thing we have to do,” he said.
 
Mullin is a successful business who has never run for office. He says what he lacks in political experience will be made up with real world know how.
 
“I am all in, I have three kids watching every move I make, I would rather pay today, than have them pay later.”
 
Independent Michael Fulks will also be on the ballot for the Second District seat.
 
Vision2 Proposition One
 
Vision2's economic development proposal would generate $386.88 million for improving city owned facilities at TIA’s industrial complex if it is approved by Tulsa County voters on Tuesday.
Supporters of Vision2 say Tulsa must modernize the city owned aerospace and manufacturing facilities that are now used by American Airlines at the TIA industrial complex because many of the buildings are World War II era structures and are very out of date.
 
To attract and retain a large aerospace presence, proponents of the proposal argues voters must support the plan to upgrade those buildings to fit larger jets and future airplane models or Tulsa risks losing these jobs and workers to other cities.
 
Opponents of this proposal call it corporate welfare. They don't like the idea that the county would take out a close to $400 million bond and go into debt so tax payers can finance airport equipment and repairs for a private company. They also oppose that $80 million of this bond would be to pay interest. They contest there are dozens of other projects in Tulsa that are much better suited to get 92 million dollars in aid.
 
Vision2 Proposition Two
 
The second Vision2 proposal that voters will decide on Tuesday covers quality of life improvements throughout Tulsa County. $257.9 million will be divided between ten cities of Tulsa County based on population. Supporters say these improvements would make our area a better place to live and keep us competitive with similar sized cities across the country. Opponents say the plan was rushed and question the decision making behind some of the projects that would funded using the money.
 
The breakdown by geographical location as follows: Bixby $11.3 million, Broken Arrow $44.1 million, Collinsville $3 million, Collinsville $3 million, Jenks $9.2 million, Jenks $9.2 million, Sand Springs $10.1 million, Skiatook $1.16 million, Sperry $643,894, and Tulsa $157.92 million.
 
Here is a break down of projects in the City of Tulsa that would be funded through Vision2 if it’s passed by voters:

$71 million: Creation and upgrading of Arkansas River dams
$20 million: Improvements to the Tulsa Zoo
$14 million: Creation of a Lacy Park Regional Recreation Center and repairs and modernization of the city’s five remaining swimming pools
$10 million: Creation of permanent home for the Tulsa Children’s Museum
$10 million: Renovation of the Central Library
$7 million: Contribution toward Phase 2 of Tulsa Community College and the Tulsa Fire Department’s joint fire training center
$5 million: Contribution toward extension of the Gilcrease Expressway
$4.5 million: Improvements to neighborhoods ($500,000 for each of the nine council districts)
$4.3 million: Contribution to help the University of Oklahoma and the University of Tulsa build a joint medical school downtown
$4.3 million: Contribution to help Oklahoma State University-Tulsa build a new Medical and Academic Center on its campus
$4.3 million: Contribution toward Phase 2 of Langston University’s nursing school
$2.1 million: OSU Medical Center birthing center
$549,000: Improvements to the Route 66 Village
$471,000: Cleanup of brownfield sites
$400,000: Purchase of an industrial generator for Morton Comprehensive Health Services

Total: $157,920,000

Voters do not have to pass both Vision2 proposals. It is conceivable one proposition could pass and another could fail based on people splitting their votes.
 
Election Resources
 
To find out where you will vote if you are registered in Oklahoma, click here: http://www.ok.gov/elections/ppl/index.php

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