- At the OKGOP State Convention on Saturday, Pam Pollard was reelected as OKGOP chair, defeating Robert Aery 69.21% to 30.79%. DeWayne McAnally was reelected as Vice-Chair without opposition.
- State Auditor Gary Jones told State Convention delegates that he will be running for Governor in 2018, with an official campaign launch coming later this year.
- Corporation Commissioner Dana Murphy sent an email to delegates saying that she is considering a run for Lieutenant Governor.
- Tressa Nunley has been endorsed by former State Rep. Pam Peterson in the HD75 special election; the primary is tomorrow.
- The Oklahoma House of Representatives today passed House Resolution 1004, which calls on executive, judicial, and law enforcement officials to “exercise their authority […] to stop the murder of innocent unborn children by abortion.“
- Andy Coleman, running in the GOP 1st Congressional District primary, was endorsed by Dr. Everett Piper of Oklahoma Wesleyan University.
- In more 1st District news, State Sen. Nathan Dahm (R-Broken Arrow) jumped in the already-crowded GOP field.
- In news from Washington D.C., all Oklahoma House members voted for the latest version of the American Health Care Act; on the $1T omnibus spending bill, Cole and Lucas voted in favor, while Bridenstine (unsurprisingly), Mullin and Russell (both surprisingly) voted against.
- Honor God as we serve the people of Oklahoma;
- Represent the principles we were elected on, the Republican Platform;
- Educate members about how a bill relates to the platform;
- Provide a UNIFIED Republican voice;
- Hold each other accountable to the values supported by the majority of Oklahomans;
- Support policies reflected in the Republican Platform and oppose policies that are contrary to the platform.
May 1, 2017 — The Norman Fraternal Order of Police is giving its highly-valued endorsement to Darin Chambers as the best candidate in the GOP Primary race for House District 46. Chambers is a conservative Republican whose military service and business expertise won the approval of Norman’s finest.
“Darin Chambers is a straight-forward, pro-law enforcement candidate just like his predecessor, Scott Martin,” says Norman FOP President, Robert Wasoski. “Chambers earned our endorsement because he understands the values most important to law enforcement. Our officers need a positive voice in the legislature and we know, because of his military experience and his knowledge of economic issues that impact law enforcement, Chambers will deliver.”
I’ve been swamped with work (both figuratively and literally), so blogging has taken a back burner for a few days. Here’s one news item that came in the other day after Gov. Fallin issued her first veto of the year:
OKLAHOMA CITY – [April 26th], in a blow to public accountability, Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed government transparency and accountability legislation.
House Bill 1552, by Rep. George Faught (R-Muskogee), is one of several bills that would institute much needed reforms to the state regulatory process. The House and Senate overwhelmingly approved both of Rep. Faught’s administrative rules reform bills. HB1552 would be one step toward restoring an effective and proven administrative rules process, reclaiming legislative control over the process, and strengthening transparency and accountability.
The Oklahoma Senate on Wednesday in a bipartisan vote approved a bill creating an independent commission to conduct comprehensive performance audits of state agencies. House Bill 2311 is authored by Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Schulz, R-Altus, and House Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka.
The bill creates the Agency Performance and Accountability Commission which is directed to conduct a comprehensive performance audit of state agencies, as well as conduct a diagnostic analysis of the state’s budget to identify spending trends. The commission would then make recommendations to the Legislature on how to implement best practices from both the private and public sector to ensure state government services are run in the most cost-effective manner.
Oklahoma Conservative PAC members interviewed candidates for the Oklahoma State House District 75 – Special Election for Broken Arrow and Tulsa voters. The contested Republican primary is coming up quickly on Tuesday, May 9th.
John Michener, the President of OCPAC, released the following statement:
“After a survey and interview process, OCPAC members voted overwhelmingly to endorse Tressa Nunley for Oklahoma House District 75. We were impressed with the way she articulated fiscal conservatism and the need to champion liberty. Citizens in Broken Arrow and Tulsa should feel good about voting for Tressa to defend their interests at the Capitol.”
Tulsa attorney and past Republican (2nd Congressional District: 1978 and 1980) and Independent (Governor: 2002) political candidate Gary Richardson announced today that he is officially running for the Republican nomination for Governor in 2018. Richar…
Pinnell and Bridenstine at precinct meetings in 2013At the Tulsa Republican Club meeting today, it was announced that Congressman Jim Bridenstine is endorsing Matt Pinnell for Lieutenant Governor.Bridenstine sent me the following stateme…
Oklahoma House Minority Leader Scott Inman (D-OKC) announced his candidacy for Governor today with the following video:He joins former State Sen. Connie Johnson and Norman Brown in seeking the Democratic nomination in 2018 for Governor. Inman is t…