Republican Party Primary 2016

Tom Coburn endorses Paul Blair in SD41 runoff

Dr. Tom Coburn Endorses Edmond’s Paul Blair for State Senate(August 16, 2016)    Former U.S. Senator, Dr. Tom Coburn, is wholeheartedly endorsing Paul Blair for State Senate in next week’s GOP primary runoff election.  Dr. Coburn praises…

State Appointee General Leo J. Baxter Publicly Ridicules Women and Endorses Candidates for Teacher Caucus

QUESTIONS:

Is it ethical for a public official to endorse other candidates while openly mocking and disdaining their opponents using rhetorical language?

OSDE Board members are reimbursed – using tax dollars – for their mileage and expenses while residing on the Board. Is it appropriate for a seated public official being reimbursed with tax dollars to openly mock women – tax-payers – on a personal basis?

Is it fitting for a public official to call a woman – or group of women – personal names? What about mocking sitting legislators?

Should General Baxter still be sitting on the OSDE Board – and even involved with the standards writing procedure at all – if he sued the state of Oklahoma to stop the repeal of Common Core?

And yes there will be a test, the next time you vote!

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Teacher Caucus / Oklahomans for Public Education:  Rhetoric, Dishonesty and Inconsistent Loyalties

QUESTIONS:

Is it ‘fair’ or ‘ethical’ to post information about a person or group to a closed Facebook page where those being discussed are not allowed to defend themselves?

Is a ‘closed’ Facebook page a ‘private’ environment? Is anything truly private on the internet? If so, is it private among 20 thousand members? Can information from inside the group be shared outside the group to influence others?

What does it say about a person who would thank those who post personal attacks about others? Can that person be judged to be impartial?

Is ‘guilt by association’ a rhetorical devise or a logical devise? What about ‘character assassination’?

Should we hope to have representatives in government who are logical and impartial?

And yes there will be a test, the next time you vote!

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Questions about OPE Endorsements, Ethics, and Party Switching

QUESTIONS:

If the OPE ‘Teacher Caucus’ endorsement list was based primarily on ‘personal recommendations’, what does that say about those candidates listed as Triangles – those opposed to public education?

How easy or hard is it to ascribe a philosophy to a candidate (against public education) when there is no voting record to review or specific criteria upon which this category is based?

If the issue is providing more money for public education, does it matter to which party a candidate belongs to meet those ends?

Is there more to governance of a state than public education?

What happens when elections become distilled down to single issues?

Should political parties have platforms that spell out specific ideals?

Should voters base their selections based on a group of specific ideals via a political party or which single issues mean most to them?

And yes there will be a test, the next time you vote!

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What or Who Is The “Teacher Caucus”?

For several weeks around this year’s primary election here in Oklahoma, the news media filed a number of stories about teachers frustrated by budget cuts, and lack of raises – dubbed ‘The Teacher Caucus’ – who were going to take matters into their own hands and run for political office to make changes in education policy at the state capitol (see blog #2).

So, who or what is the “Teacher Caucus” to which the media is referring?

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Are Oklahoma's "Education Caucus" Victories as Large as Reported?

This is the second article in our feature series on OKGrassroots:

#2 Are Oklahoma’s “Education Caucus” Victories as Large as Reported?

Numerous Oklahoma media vaunted the large numbers of educators running for public office in the 2016 primary elections. An equally large number of Oklahoma media touted the results of these elections using a wide variety of calculations to identify their successes.