Results are in from today’s special elections in HD28 and HD75, and it’s good news for the GOP for once.Republican Zack Taylor won the special election in HD28 to replace former Rep. Tom Newell, who resigned in early December to take a new job. Taylor …
Oklahoma City, OK – Yesterday, conservative Jason Reese announced his candidacy for the Oklahoma House of Representatives at an event in Quail Creek. The well-attended event was headlined by former Governor Frank Keating. Jason Reese, a Republican, is running for House District 83, in which Representative Randy McDaniel is term-limited in 2018.
“It’s an incredible honor to receive support from my friends and neighbors. I’m ready to take on the challenge of serving them in our state legislature as we work through these difficult times,” Reese said.
“Oklahoma desperately needs leadership at the state capitol. I believe I can provide the principled, conservative leadership necessary to strengthen our communities, promote practical solutions for our state, and expand opportunity for all Oklahomans.
May 8, 2017 — Oklahoma Deputy State Auditor Cindy Byrd officially declared as a 2018 Republican candidate for State Auditor & Inspector during this past weekend’s state GOP convention. Byrd, a CPA, has spent more than 20 years providing accountability and transparency for state taxpayers.
“Auditing isn’t exciting to most people so it’s critically important to elect someone with a passion for crunching numbers, the skill to recognize discrepancies in fund balances, and to hold officials accountable to the public they serve,” Cindy Byrd says. “I have that passion. I know how to assist legislators and other public officials root out waste, eliminate duplication, and bring about efficient and effective delivery of government services.”
During her tenure at the State Auditor’s Office, Byrd identified waste and exposed corruption at the state and county level. Among her efforts was leading an audit in Rogers County that identified more than $5 million in fraud resulting in the indictment of two County Commissioners.
“Safeguarding public assets is at the core of everything I’ve done for more than two decades,” Byrd says. “Government employees have a moral obligation, as public servants, to assure Oklahomans that someone is looking out for them – to know someone is in their corner to identify government waste, help protect public funds, and assist public officials in remaining accountable.”
Byrd is a fourth-generation Oklahoman who travels our state each week working with county governments to make the most with the funds they have to spend. She has a plan to protect tax dollars and clean up government. You can read all about it at www.CindyByrd.com.
After the stunning events of the unexpected death of her husband, State Representative David Brumbaugh, who held the people’s seat of House District 76 since his first election in 2010, Shelley Brumbaugh has been encouraged to run for the seat. Shelley was an instrumental support in her husband’s campaign, constituent services, and legislative activities over the last seven years.
“Not only is there unfinished business that David was committed to in his role as Chairman of the Republican House Caucus, but I also have a legislative agenda to be completed in support of our home district. Since before David’s election in 2010, I worked alongside him for our district, knocking doors, visiting with constituents, answering and finding resources to fill their needs – and the people deserve to have continued stability in their representation and services.”
Shelley Brumbaugh also expresses appreciation for the outpouring of sympathy as we all share in the loss of David. “My teenage daughters and I are thankful for wonderful visits from all over the district, to even flowers from Senator Ted and Heidi Cruz. The outpouring of support has been overwhelming, but what also has been amazing is the strength and the confidence I have in knowing that we have already addressed what can sometimes be difficult for a single parent to accomplish. I am thankful for family support already arranged if I am fortunate to serve you at the Capitol during next spring’s session. I am confident in my ability to fully serve in every capacity that our constituents expect. My whole family, church, and great Oklahoma leaders whom we will be announcing soon are standing with us in support of our decision to run.”
Shelley is also a businesswoman, who assisted her late husband in managing their company DRB Industries, located in Broken Arrow. She majored in Accounting at Northeastern State University, is a fifth-generation Oklahoman, and a two-decade resident of Broken Arrow.
The primary election will be held on August 8, 2017 with the general election on November 14, 2017. To find out more about Shelley, please visit her Facebook page at: Shelley Brumbaugh for State House.
- 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.