Statement from Dave Bond, CEO of OCPA Impact, Inc., on the voting results on SQ 779 and the continuing need for a teacher pay raise in Oklahoma:”Today’s results on 779 are only a partial victory. Yes, working Oklahoma families have been successfully sh…
In a desperate move, the Yes on 779 campaign, Our Children, Our Future (OCOF), unsuccessfully sought to stifle the truth about 779 by sending a cease and desist letter to Oklahoma television stations asking them to quit airing ads which explain that less than half of the money raised by 779 is protected for teacher pay. When the stations did not pull the ad, OCOF doubled-down and falsely claimed the ads were pulled anyway, citing KXII, a station in the Ada/Ardmore/Sherman media market as having pulled the ads.
Proving this latest lie from the campaign is an email sent at 7:51pm on November 7, from Todd Bates, General Sales Manager of KXII states the “schedule is currently running as booked.”
The lie that a television station had pulled the ad for being false is just the latest is a series of lies from OCOF. OCOF continues to mislead voters by claiming ‘every penny will be audited’ when their own ballot language clearly exempts the more than 100 million dollars a year dedicated to higher education funding. It is clear OCOF is either intentionally misleading voters or unable to understand the constitutional amendment as written.
The OCOF continue to falsely claim 60% of the revenue generated by the sales tax will go to teacher pay when the language says it can go to teacher pay or “otherwise address teacher and staff shortages.” There is absolutely nothing requiring that the “otherwise addressing” staff shortages would mean teacher pay. This could be used for any variety of administrative functions, such as recruiting trips, advertising, or salaries for principals and other non-superintendent administrators.
OCOF and the supporters are clearly afraid voters are seeing what 779 is: another scam designed by political leaders along the lines of the lottery, casino gaming and HB 1017 – all programs promised to fix education. Tax Bill 779 falls in line with these other efforts by using k-12 education as a Trojan Horse to accomplish a different end: in this case, it is the close to $400 million a year that is not protected for teacher pay.
The question I was asked to address is: Whom do you trust?
Trust involves seeing a high probability that your expectations will be met, based on a consistent series of behaviors, with a low level of risk or uncertainty.
Someone with a very short track record like Donald Trump, having only been a politician for a year and a half, is harder to predict than Hillary Clinton, who has been an active politician for over 30 years.
I see a very high probability that Hillary Clinton will continue her proven pattern of behavior in pursuing a very liberal, activist agenda supported by the radical left and an unhinged media.
With the election literally around the corner, here is how I plan to vote. I’ve focused on what will be on the ballot in Muskogee County, but also included some of the important, competitive legislative races throughout the state.President: Anybody but…
This week, the group Oklahoma’s Children, Our Future unveiled an ad supporting State Question 779, the permanent, 1% statewide sales tax on the Nov. 8 ballot in Oklahoma.
Together, the ad and an accompanying post on the group’s website make four claims, three of which are most certainly false, while the fourth is blatantly misleading.
Here’s another perspective on the seven State Questions on the ballot. Richard Engle, a longtime conservative activist and past candidate for OKGOP Vice-Chair and National Committeeman, posted his take on Facebook, and I thought it was worth the read.E…
With the election days away, some of Oklahoma’s congressional delegation and top Republicans have weighed in on the various state questions on the ballot. Here’s the list I’ve been able to find or obtain. If you are aware of a position that I have missed, let me know.
I reached out to the following officials (and others who did not respond) and specifically requested comments on SQ777 and SQ779, and received some additional input on SQ790. No one took a public position on the other state questions.
State Education Superintendent Joy Hofmeister, political powerbroker Fount Holland and the head of the Oklahoma Education Association along with two other people were charged four counts Thursday with violating state campaign laws related to Hofmeister’s 2014 campaign, records show.
Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater filed the charges late Thursday against the five, alleging they took part in a conspiracy to funnel corporate money through education lobbying groups to a dark money group that was supposed to remain independent from Hofmeister. However numerous texts and emails to and from Hofmeister and the other defendants included in an affidavit for the charges, obtained by The Frontier, indicate that did not occur.
- Hofmeister, 52, who defeated then-State Superintendent Janet Barresi in 2014.
- Holland is a political advisor and founder of AH Strategies and claims on his website to have represented more than 100 elected officials in Oklahoma today.
- Stephanie Milligan, 37, a political advisor to Hofmeister and officer of the Alexander Companies, formed by Chad Alexander, a former lobbyist who also worked with Holland.
- Lela Odom, 68, former executive director of the Oklahoma Education Association, a group that lobbies for salary and benefits for education employees, as well as public education funding.
- Steven Crawford, 67, former executive director for the Cooperative Council for Oklahoma School Administration, a not-for-profit association for Oklahoma school administrators.
The charges would be felonies that carry up to 10 years in jail if prosecutors are able to prove the five conspired to violate laws setting limits on state campaign contributions.