Horn, the Bice advertisements put to the test

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Attack announcements in the high-profile race for Oklahoma’s fifth congressional district are making big claims. Democrat Kendra Horn stands alongside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, according to an announcement. Republican challenger Stephanie Bice has sided with payday lenders, according to another. “Kendra Horn just doesn’t get it.” It’s a line of attack heard in almost every commercial against outgoing U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn, D-Oklahoma City. “She votes with Nancy Pelosi almost 90% of the time.” According to ProPublica, this statistic is true. Since Horn took office, she has voted like Pelosi 86% of the time. But this is not a good measure. As a speaker, Pelosi rarely votes. In fact, she didn’t vote more than 91% of the time. Perhaps a better measure is how Horn’s record compares to that of his fellow Democrats in the House of Representatives. GovTrack in 2019 ranked Horn the ninth most conservative member out of 236 House Democrats. There is no doubt that Horn’s voting record is more liberal than Oklahoma’s four Republican representatives. But to link the ninth most conservative Democrat in the House to one of the most liberal – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – as another ad does, is incorrect. Note of this ad: misleading. As for Horn’s opponent, “Stéphanie Bice voted for payday lenders to charge 200% interest. Scandalous! an ad claims. The House Majority PAC targets Bice, a former Republican state senator who faces Horn on the ballot, for her support for the payday loan industry. Le Bice voted to allow payday lenders to offer additional high interest loans of up to $ 1,500 in 2017. The number 200% is the annual percentage interest rate. That’s over 17% per month. Former Governor Mary Fallin vetoed the bill, saying she believed loans could be a more expensive option for families when other payday loans were already available. “When Stephanie Bice needed the money fast, she turned to payday lenders to fund her campaign,” the ad says. contributions the year of the vetoed bill and about $ 5,000 last year. The statement is therefore true. However, the claim that Bice turned to industry when she needed quick cash for her campaign is overstated. Even before winning the GOP primary, Bice had raised hundreds of thousands of dollars. The ad gets a half-true rating.

Attack ads in the high-profile race for Oklahoma’s Fifth Congressional District are making big claims.

Democrat Kendra Horn stands alongside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, according to an announcement.

Republican challenger Stephanie Bice has sided with payday lenders, according to another.

“Kendra Horn just doesn’t get it.”

It’s a line of attack heard in almost every commercial against outgoing U.S. Rep. Kendra Horn, D-Oklahoma City. “She votes with Nancy Pelosi almost 90% of the time.”

According to ProPublica, this statistic is true. Since Horn took office, she has voted like Pelosi 86% of the time. But this is not a good measure. As a speaker, Pelosi rarely votes. In fact, she didn’t vote more than 91% of the time.

Perhaps a better measure is how Horn’s record compares to that of his fellow Democrats in the House of Representatives. GovTrack in 2019 ranked Horn the ninth most conservative member out of 236 House Democrats.

There is no doubt that Horn’s voting record is more liberal than Oklahoma’s four Republican representatives. But to link the ninth most conservative Democrat in the House to one of the most liberal – Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – as another ad does, is incorrect.

Note of this ad: misleading.

As for Horn’s opponent, “Stéphanie Bice voted for payday lenders to charge 200% interest. Outrageous!” an ad claims.

The House Majority PAC targets Bice, a former Republican state senator who faces Horn on the ballot, for her support for the payday loan industry.

Le Bice voted to allow payday lenders to offer additional high interest loans of up to $ 1,500 in 2017. The number 200% is the annual percentage interest rate. That’s over 17% per month. Former Governor Mary Fallin vetoed the bill, saying she believed loans could be a more expensive option for families when other payday loans were already available.

“When Stéphanie Bice needed the money quickly, she turned to payday lenders to fund her campaign,” says the advertisement.

Bice, like many Oklahoma politicians, accepted campaign contributions from payday lenders and those lobbying on their behalf. We found about $ 1,000 in contributions in the year of the vetoed bill and about $ 5,000 last year. The statement is therefore true.

However, the claim that Bice turned to industry when they needed quick cash for their campaign is overstated. Even before winning the GOP primary, Bice had raised hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The ad gets a half-true rating.

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