State of Oklahoma Archives: on Welfare & Poverty

T.W. Shannon: AdWatch: Success comes from hard work, not handouts

State Speaker T.W. Shannon is up with his first TV ad of the cycle. The minute-long bio spot, which details Shannon's faith and his stance on lowering the debt, is backed by a $150,000 buy. It will run on broadcast stations in Oklahoma City and Tulsa, and statewide on cable stations.

"T.W. Shannon is a 6th-generation Oklahoman," a narrator says in the ad. "T.W. is guided by his faith. Raised by working class parents, T.W. learned that success comes from hard work, not handouts. And it's those values that T.W. and his wife, Devon, are teaching their two kids."

Shannon is facing a competitive GOP primary with two-term Rep. James Lankford, among others. The seat is open due to GOP Sen. Tom Coburn's decision not to finish out his term, slated to end in 2016. Oklahoma law allows Coburn to finish out the year in the Senate while a special election is held to find his replacement, ensuring there will not be a lapse in representation.

Source: Rollcall AdWatch on 2014 Oklahoma Senate race Feb 19, 2014

T.W. Shannon: Require 20 hours of work activity for food stamp recipients

Shannon also targeted several of the state's welfare programs last year, pushing one bill that would require some food stamp recipients to perform at least 20 hours of "work activities" each week and another to divert federal Temporary Aid to Needy Families funds to create a public service campaign promoting marriage.
Source: Associated Press on 2014 Oklahoma Senate race Jan 29, 2014

Andrew Rice: Our churches have engaged society to try to improve society

Q: If I remember correctly, you have an educational background in theology as well, donít you?

A: Yeah, I have a masterís in theological studies. There are some areas that, as a Christian, with the work Iíve done I understand our theological history and scripture and traditions and the way that our religious communities and our churches have engaged society to try to improve society. There are some common areas there that I think with my past work I can find some common ground with voters.

Source: Judd Morse, Ada Evening News, on 2008 Oklahoma Senate Debate Jul 9, 2008

Frank Keating: Able-bodied people must stand on their own two feet

This legislature passed welfare reform, which I signed. And welfare rolls are down by over 70% in Oklahoma. We are not saying, in a mean spirited way, that weíre not in a position to help those who are frail or elderly or incapable of helping themselves. What we are saying is if you are able-bodied, if you can take care of yourself, it is your responsibility as a human being to stand on your own two feet and contribute to the economic vitality of our state. Welfare reform has worked in Oklahoma.
Source: 2001 State of the State address to Oklahoma legislature Feb 5, 2001

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