++ AGENDA FOR THIS WEEK’S M,EETING
++ LEGISLATIVE UP-DATE
++ GOVERNOR’S RACE ACCORDING TO RASMUSSEN GLEN BECK, SARAH PALIN AND
++ THE RANDY BROGDON SHOW?
++ CENSUS TIME, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?
++ MOSHE TAL WINS IN COURT, A MEASURE OF JUSTICE INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW
++ TO JOIN OCPAC
++ AGENDA FOR THIS WEEK’S MEETING
A big thanks to Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy for agreeing to be re-scheduled to a later date. Many of you may know that this past
Each candidate will be allowed 4 minutes to speak then they will answer about 4 questions from me, then the rest of the questions will come from the audience. I suggest arriving early to get a good seat as there is a lot of interest in this race since we are located right in the middle of this congressional seat.
Assembly will have their monthly meeting at the Golden Corral,
++ LEGISLATIVE UP-DATE
Last week was the deadline for bills to be heard in each chamber if they were going to be able to move forward to the opposite chamber for consideration. I do want to thank House leadership for allowing the Health Care Freedom of Choice bill to come up for a vote before the full House and their commitment to see such legislation pass. There were also some other pieces of good legislation that moved forward, but I am disappointed that the Oklahoma Environmental Authority legislation by Representative Kern was not allowed to be heard. After a little more research I will convey in a future e-mail why I believe the legislation was not allowed to be voted upon. The reality is this, if
++ GOVERNOR’S RACE ACCORDING TO RASMUSSEN
A few days ago the nationally known pollster released his findings on how Republican and Democrat candidates would fare in several different states if the election were held on the polling day.
It would not be news to any of the activists in
Representative Mary Fallin has an early lead as she polled at 51% compared to 37% for Jari Askins and 36% for Drew Edmondson. However the more telling story is how well State Senator Randy Brogdon does up against the 2 Democrats. Senator Brogdon polled at 42% against Edmondson’s 41% and 39% to 42% for Askins, a virtual tie with each of them. This is impressive since Fallin, Edmondson and Askins have all run and won state wide races and this is the first state wide race for Brogdon.
While Rasmussen didn’t poll the primary candidates pitted against each other, it appears as though Brogdon has made up a lot of ground and is closing what started off as a huge gap in name recognition. I believe both of these primaries will be very close by the time the election arrives in late July.
++ GLEN BECK, SARAH PALIN AND THE RANDY BROGDON SHOW?
First a big thanks to Richard and Denise Engle as well as John Williams for helping with the OCPAC table at the big event in
As an exhibitor, we arrived earlier than most and were greeted by a plethora of Brogdon for Governor signs outside the arena and swarms of Brogdon volunteers at the entrances willing to dispense Brogdon stick on patches. While it wasn’t too surprising to see no presence for Robert Hubbard, a late entry in the race, I was shocked to see no presence for Mary Fallin. You have 6,000 people from all over the state, probably half or more newly awakened and concerned with elections and the Fallin campaign was ABSENT! What a huge mistake or is it that she just doesn’t have any grass roots volunteers, at least in the
A couple of weeks back I suggested Fallin’s decision to serve in Congress and run for Governor at the same time would hurt her with the grass roots activists. This is especially true since Brogdon has been on a torrid pace meeting with the grass roots Republicans since he announced a little less than a year ago. I was immediately contacted by the Fallin campaign and informed that Mary has been working very hard. I am convinced she has, but it is with small groups and financial supporters from years gone by and to a much lesser degree with the “activists”, people who will talk to their friends and neighbors, turn out to events, knock doors, make phone calls and such.
Following the event the
I do want to express one word of caution for Republicans in
When you have such a large number of passionate volunteers, especially with today’s technological capabilities, there are bound to be some over zealous activists who will dredge up old newspaper articles with allegations about then Lt. Governor Fallin. I would suggest that information to be irrelevant as it was some time ago during a difficult time in Mary’s life. I believe several years ago she turned a new page in her life and has moved on past that time.
This race should be about the ideological differences between the candidates, the strategy as to how to govern, the passion and courage of the candidates and whether or not the candidates will make the correct decisions for the benefit of the citizens rather than the benefit of some large contributors who may put self interests ahead of the benefit of all the citizens. That is why it is so important for the candidates to appear at forums where the citizens can ask questions and evaluate those differences.
Make no mistake, I am disappointed that the Fallin campaign has not responded as yet to appear before the members of OCPAC in a timely manner. I am keeping Wednesday, April 21 open as a deadline for Mary to attend before we move on to other races. When I started scheduling, they had their choice of any Wednesday from the middle of February until close to filing date. Most likely would be during the congressional bread for Presidents day or the Easter break. I just don’t believe there was a willingness to appear.
++ CENSUS TIME, WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO?
I have received a lot of e-mails regarding the census as the forms have been arriving in the mail. The U.S. Constitution requires that the census be taken every 10 years for the purpose of determining how many
If you chose not to completely fill out the form, you may want to include a cover letter stating you will provide no more information so as to discourage a census worker from coming to your door looking for more information. I believe it HIGHLY unlikely for a person to be fined for not filling out the form completely and if there were to be a fine, I believe it would be very small. You will have to decide just how much you want to push back toward the feds beyond providing the number of people in your home. It might just be good 10th Amendment training.
++ MOSHE TAL WINS IN COURT, A MEASURE OF JUSTICE
Shortly before the MAPS III vote we had Moshe Tal come and speak about how he had been abused by the city of
After 4 days of testimony, a jury found Mr. Burkett guilty of acting in reckless disregard of the law and acting intentionally and with malice toward others. The jury awarded Mr. Tal approximately $27,000 in damages and punitive damages of an additional $50,000. According to Mr. Tal, following the trial some in the jury said they hoped verdicts such as this would send a message to officials letting them know that they are not above the law. Moshe Tal should be honored for standing up for what is right and not caving in to the sometimes tyrannical actions of government.
++ INSTRUCTIONS ON HOW TO JOIN OCPAC
If you would like to join OCPAC, there is a form you need to fill out.
The form will follow my sign off. I look forward to seeing everyone this Wednesday.