OCPAC VOTER GUIDE
These picks are a combination of my opinions based on information I have as well as OCPAC endorsements. I am also using information from iVoter Guide, OK2A, the Parental Rights organization, and other personal resources.
With a recent and expanded knowledge of the aggressive and well-funded Marxist movement in Oklahoma, OCPAC will support some candidates we might not have supported in the past.
This Marxist movement must be squashed. Hopefully, in two years, we will be in a position to expose it at every level. We hope that in the future, it will be a liability to be known as a Marxist/socialist.
PRESIDENT/VICE PRESIDENT – TRUMP/PENCE
I didn't vote for him in 2016, but will do so with joy in 2020. His gross exaggerations and arrogant attitude bother me greatly. His policies make him the best president in my lifetime. He has been able to accomplish remarkable achievements in the face of the greatest opposition of any President in modern times.
CORPORATION COMMISSION – TODD HIETT
There has not been a reason put forth which would remotely suggest a need to replace Commissioner HIETT.
U.S. SENATE – JIM INHOFE
Jim’s seniority allows him to chair 2 really important committees. One dealing with environmental issues where Jim is a knowledgeable voice of reason. The second involves military affairs. Under Obama/Biden our military degraded rapidly. Under Trump/Pence and Inhofe we are making great progress toward a place of needed readiness. The well-funded Abby Broyles is one of the new radical leftists that deserves to be sent back to the dust heap of poor ideas.
U.S. REPRESENTATIVE – THE REPUBLICAN
In 2018 the American public almost "politically assassinated" President Trump when they flipped the majority in the house from Republicans to Democrats. This allowed Nancy Pelosi to become Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives and in turn support all sorts of evil and oppose all kinds of good. The only contested race in Oklahoma is Congressional District 5 where the well-financed Kendra Horn upset the half-asleep Steve Russell in 2018. It is imperative this seat be recaptured by Stephany Bice to move control of the House one seat closer to the Republicans.
STATE SENATE RACES
SD 3 – COWBOY BLAKE STEVENS
An incredibly busy fellow that took out the incumbent Republican Wayne Shaw who bottled up an important second amendment bill sponsored by OK2A. We were not able to meet during our interview time. However, we have agreed to meet once he is in OKC for session.
SD 5 – GEORGE BURNS
I Believe Mr. Burns beat the better Republican candidate in the primary runoff election by a mere 22 votes. I have had a couple of phone conversations with him and believe him to be better than the Democrat.
SD 7 – WARREN HAMILTON
Endorsed by OCPAC
Bob and I found Mr. Hamilton to be a thoughtful man of convictions. This was a very hard fought primary where Mr. Hamilton eventually defeated Senator Larry BOGGS in the primary run off.
I would have no problem with Senator BOGGS publicly saying he could not vote for Mr. Hamilton. However, for BOGGS to come out and endorse the Democrat is a step too far as he has shown himself to be a bitter loser.
By the way, Mr. Hamilton far more aligns with the Republican Party platform than Senator BOGGS ever thought of.
SD 9 – DeWayne PEMBERTON
Another candidate our schedules simply didn't match up. However, we have agreed to meet once he is in OKC for session.
SD 15 – ROB STANDRIDGE
Endorsed by OCPAC
Senator Standridge is a target of one of the well-financed radical Bernie Sanders Marxist revolutionaries.
His opponent, Alex Scott, has been called the "crime and chaos" candidate. She is a member of the Norman City Council and embarrassed the good citizens of Norman when arrested for disobeying police orders during the Trump rally in Tulsa.
She wrote an ordinance aiming to defund the police while serving on the Norman City Council. She took steps to reduce salaries and benefits for the Norman Police Department by $4.5 million. She was the only councilperson to vote in favor of this radical plan.
Among the many other positive pro-police initiatives Rob has taken, he sat aside his campaign to help Unite Norman collect signatures to remove the radical mayor and 4 members of the Norman City Council from office.
SD 17 – GREG SADLER
Mr. Sadler is a libertarian. However, I will still take him over Shane Jett the (RINO – Republican In Name Only). While Jett was in the House, he actually won our RINO of the year award at least once. He ran for Congress, failed and now he wants to be a State Senator. Mr. Jett has also worked for one or more of the tribes. I am of the opinion we don't need another member of the legislature with tribal conflicts until we see where things are going between the state and the tribes.
SD 21 – TOM DUGGER
Senator DUGGER is a moderate but probably better than the Democrat.
SD 35 – CHERYL BABER
Endorsed by OCPAC
– This is a high target seat for the radical Marxist Democrats. Cheryl had an expensive primary and run off against a very liberal Republican and now she goes up against a well-funded Marxist. Bob and I were very impressed with Cheryl, how hard she is working and the fact that she attends City Elder meetings is also important. Through the primary, primary run off and general elections I expect more than a million to be spent on this race. We really need to win this one.
SD 37 – CODY ROGERS
Endorsed by OCPAC
Should Cody Rogers win this seat he will send home the freshman Marxist Senator Allison Ikely-Freeman.
Our interview started out a little rough as politics and terminology is new to Cody. However, the more we talked the more we realized his instincts and values are conservative and Christian.
This is another targeted race in which a lot of money will be spent. The numbers look a little better for Cody than for Cheryl Baber but both races are winnable.
SD 39 – DAVE RADER
Endorsed by OCPAC
Senator RADER is one of 3 incumbents target by a surge of the radical Marxists.
We would not normally support Senator RADER but we don't want to give any ground to the radical socialists.
Rader is being opposed by far-left Shawna Mott-Wright, featured speaker at the annual Women's March in Tulsa.
It was a rally advocating causes like LGBTQ, global climate change, rights for illegal immigrants, racial justice, etc.
SD 43 – YOUR CHOICE
For the primary run off, I reluctantly endorsed Senator Paul Scott recognizing what a liberal Republican he is.
After interviewing Jessica Garvin, I would not change a thing. The Democrat in the race is not a radical revolutionary. I have little doubt Jessica will win and she will be as liberal if not more so than Senator Scott.
SD 45 – PAUL ROSINO
According to IVoter Guide Senator ROSINO is more conservative than the Democrat in the race.
SD 47 – GREG TREAT
Endorsed by OCPAC
Senator Treat is the third incumbent challenged by the "hate America" crowd.
These radicals are not stupid, they carefully watch for changing ideological population trends, then the money and "community organizers" move in, work hard and flip a district.
His opponent, leftist Andrea Stone, gained unwanted publicity when her daughter berated an elderly veteran in Edmond.
It is important Senator Treat is returned to the Legislature.
STATE HOUSE DISTRICTS
HD 3 – RICK WEST
Endorsed by OCPAC
Rick served from 2016 – 18 and did not run for reelection.
Two years of a liberal Republican who thought every problem that exists should be solved by government was enough for Mr. West.
Therefore, he defeated the Liberal Republican and is openly running on a school choice platform in the Poteau area of Oklahoma.
This one will be fun to watch.
HD 4 – BOB ED CULVER
I don't know much about Mr. Culver our schedules didn't work out.
IVoter Guide has him more conservative than the Democrat incumbent.
HD 11 – WENDI STEARMAN
Endorsed by OCPAC
This homeschooling mom from Sand Springs dispatched the liberal Republican in the primary and should have little trouble with the Democrat in this very strong Republican district.
Bob and I were both very impressed with her knowledge of governmental principles.
She is a proven leader who clearly knows how to get things done.
HD 23 – TERRY O’DONNELL
Representative O'Donnell of Catoosa scored a 90 on this year's Conservative Index. Therefore, he deserves to be reelected.
HD 24 – LOGAN PHILLIPS
Representative Phillips from Mounds Ok is a moderate Republican that will be better than the Democrat.
HD 26 – DELL KREBS
Representative Krebs is a liberal Republican from Shawnee, likely to be only somewhat less liberal than the Democrat.
HD 28 – YOUR CHOICE
Former Democrat State Representative Danny Williams changed his registration to Republican in this Seminole County race. We actually have 2 Democrats running in this race but Williams has an R by his name.
HD 29 – KYLE HILBERT
Representative Hilbert of Depew is a moderate Republican who will serve the people of Oklahoma better than a liberal Democrat.
HD 30 – MARK LAWSON
Representative Lawson of Sapulpa is another moderate Republican that will be better to have in office than a Democrat.
HD 34 – AARON MEANS
Endorsed by OCPAC
It is always encouraging to meet truly conservative black Christians who run for office and don't make race an issue.
Dr. Means is a retired Air Force dentist and his lovely wife is a retired nurse practitioner.
Dr. Means currently operates a financial services business and is well respected in Stillwater. They have been knocking doors and working very hard. The Democrat incumbent is a radical Marxist with a lifetime Conservative Index score of a ZERO. If Dr. Means wins this race it will be huge.
HD 43 – JAY STEGAL
Representative STEGAL of the Yukon area is one of the better State Reps with an 80 lifetime Conservative Index score. We don't want to see him defeated by a liberal Democrat.
HD 45 – PHILIP HILLIAN
Endorsed by OCPAC
Mr. Hillian is an independent thinking conservative Christian running in a district covering the eastern parts of Norman.
MR. Hillman is a decorated combat veteran with executive success in the oil and gas industry.
He is also a devout Christian with honest intentions regarding his political service.
Hopefully those supporting
Unite Norman will support Philip and put him over the top
HD 46 – YOUR CHOICE
As a person, I really liked the Republican Nancy Sangirardi running for the western part of Norman. However, no amount of reasoning could move her away from believing "abortion is a difficult decision, best left to a woman and her doctor" which is the same thing as "abortion on demand". Even more confusing is that she is Roman Catholic. She has requested we not endorse her as she feels unworthy of our support?
HD 55 – TODD RUSS
A score of 90 on this year's Conservative Index is higher than Todd's lifetime average. I believe this Cordell Republican has been more cautious than necessary over the years. Hopefully he will join the other conservatives in the house for a more conservative direction.
HD 56 – DICK LOWE
Mr. Lowe won a close primary race over a more conservative and liberty minded Republican opponent. Never the less, he has an opportunity to be a very good elected official. I am confident this seat will flip from Democrat to Republican because the incumbent isn't running for reelection. If so, I predict there will be no Democrats in the legislature west of I-35.
HD 57 – ANTHONY MOORE
Endorsed by OCPAC
Mr. Moore is a sharp young attorney and youth leader in his local church in Clinton Ok.
I was most impressed with the fact he knew there is a lot to learn.
On top of that, he asked the right questions and grasped issues quickly.
He will make a great lawmaker and is worth your support.
It is candidates like Anthony Moore that will enable Oklahoma's Legislature to begin to move Oklahoma back to conservative Christian foundations.
HD 62 – YOUR CHOICE
The incumbent from the West Lawton area, Daniel Pae, is one of the more liberal Republicans in the legislature. I am not sure he would be much better than a Democrat?
HD 64 – RANDE WORTHEN
This Lawton Republican is certainly more conservative than Representative Pae.
HD 65 – TONI HASENBECK
Representative Hasenbeck is a moderate Republican from Rush Springs.
HD 66 – JADENE NOLLAN
Representative NOLLAN is a moderate Republican from Sand Springs in a position of power. I believe she will term out in 2022.
HD 68 – LONNIE SIMS
Is a moderate Republican from Jenks that may be starting to vote more conservative?
HD 71 – MIKE MASTERS
I couldn't find out much about this candidate but he would be hard pressed to be more liberal than the Democrat incumbent.
HD 78 – PAUL ROYSE
Tulsa area contacts informed me Mr. ROYSE is solid on the issues but unfortunately not a viable candidate in this district.
HD 79 – MARGIE ALFONSO
Again another Republican candidate that is not viable in her Tulsa district.
HD 81 – MIKE OSBURN
A moderate Republican in Northwest Edmond that actually scored an 80 on this year's Conservative Index.
HD 83 – ERIC ROBERTS
Endorsed by OCPAC
Eric has been on a mission for over a year to retire one of the radical Marxists that took this seat in 2018.
During the interview Mr. Roberts showed to be very conservative and a serious Christian.
His victory will be huge.
The district is SW Edmond over to the Village.
HD 85 – BILL ROBINSON
The incumbent Democrat is very liberal and entrenched in the seat. It will probably take a more viable candidate than Mr. Robinson to take this seat back in this Northwest OKC neighborhood.
HD 87 – VALERIE WALKER
Bob and I had a tough love meeting with Valerie. While she is a wonderful person, she is simply not a viable candidate to run against the Democrat Colin Walke in this NW OKC neighborhood.
HD 88 – KELLY BARLEAN
Again a very difficult district for a Republican.
HD 89 – JOHN HUTTON
The sad thing is this Southwest OKC district is winnable and the right candidate is running. However, he needed direction a year ago. He needed help in developing a message, how to fund raise and someone to crack the whip over him until door knocking becomes enjoyable and fulfilling. I hope he will run again starting one year from now, though it probably will not be an open seat in 2022.
HD 90 – JON ECHOLS
JON is one of the brightest minds at the Capital. I know he considers himself a conservative, however his lifetime Conservative Index score of a 65 would suggest him to be a moderate. He has 4 years left and can become a conservative leader if he wants. I am just not sure he wouldn't rather be seen as "bipartisan" and someone who gets along with everyone? If so, what a waste.
HD 93 – YOUR CHOICE
The Republican Mike Christian served several years in the House and turned out to be a conservative fraud. In my opinion, I would even suggest he is corrupt.
HD 94 – Lauren Rosebush
Nice young lady. She and her husband make a great team. I just couldn't see a path to victory for her, believing she just lacks viability.
HD 95 – MAX WOLFLEY
Endorsed by OCPAC
Max has not put together a lot of money for this race but by hard work beat his primary opponent.
If his ultra-liberal Incumbent Kelly Albright doesn't bury him with direct mail, Max will probably outwork her and have a chance to flip this seat back to Republican.
Max is a dedicated Christian conservative who will not have an interest in selling his vote in order to placate moderates who have sold out to big money.
HD 97 – BEN JANLOO
This is a district in NE OKC in which a Republican has little chance of winning. Mr. JANLOO is an Iranian Christian owning several convenience stores in or around the district. He was recently assaulted from behind while putting up a campaign sign. He was knocked out and taken to a hospital with a serious head gash. One might assume Democrat Representative Kevin Lowe has at least one supporter who likes to play rough.
Mr. JANLOO is a man of true courage.
HD 100 – MARILYN STARK
Representative Stark of Bethany has a Lifetime Conservative Index score of a 70. If she will spend more time with the more conservative Republicans, she will become a better and better lawmaker.
HD 101 – ROBERT MANGER
Hopefully Representative Manger will continue to improve his Conservative Index score (a 73 this year and a lifetime of 62) to become a more consistent and conservative lawmaker.
OKLAHOMA COUNTY RACES
It is vitally important that all of the
following four candidates are elected!
COUNTY CLERK – DAVID B HOOTEN
Mr. Hooten is very wealthy, didn't need a job, but out of a desire to serve the public stepped up 4 years ago, won then went on a long and grueling effort to clean house.
He has greatly improved service while saving the county a lot of money.
In the midst of all this, he has stood firm as well as fair in the midst of ridiculous allegations by radical Marxists trying to intimidate anyone possible at the Court House.
Citizens of Oklahoma County should thank God every day, such a man like Mr. HOOTEN is willing to serve in this position.
COUNTY SHERIFF – TOMMIE JOHNSON III
After talking with Tommie on the phone, hearing him speak at OCPAC and watching the hour-long debate on KFOR, I am more than impressed.
I am more convinced more than ever Tommie is ready to be the sheriff of Oklahoma's most populated county.
I am excited by his chances of winning.
Tommie Johnson is the kind of man we need to reclaim local control of law enforcement. Men like him will help to restore constitutional liberties to the local level.
COUNTY COURT CLERK – RICK WARREN
Mr. Warren has a similar story to Mr. HOOTEN. Rick is a wealthy contractor and entrepreneur. While trying to help a needy person at the Court Clerk's office, Mr. Warren noticed an arrogant lack of public service attitude in an employee.
Though he didn't need a job, he ran for office 4 years ago and began to change attitudes. The office is now run with great service while saving the County a great deal of money.
He is another elected official that has stood strong in the face of rioters claiming to be first amendment protesters.
DISTRICT 2 COUNTY COMMISSIONER – BRIAN MAUGHAN
In his youth, Brian did not have a well-developed conservative ideology. However, over time, he has become an excellent public servant.
Outside the race between Kendra Horn and Stephanie Bice, this is the next most important race in the state of those that are closely contested.
Currently, Oklahoma County operates under a Budget Board form of government, meaning each elected official has an equal vote on all decisions. This is good since the elected officials in OK County are currently the finest group of public servants throughout history.
However, that system can change based on the outcome of the County Commission race.
Spencer Hicks is a radical Marxist revolutionary. Should he win, he and the one bad apple on the budget board, Commissioner Carrie Blumert, can vote to dissolve the budget board and return County governance to a 2 out of 3 County Commissioner style of government.
I actually prefer that system as long as 2 of the 3 commissioners are conservative and Christian. However, should Hicks win, 2 Marxist will make a majority and we will see a defunding of the Sheriff's office, jail trust and District Attorney's office.
Where will all that money taken from proper functions of government go? It will go toward Marxist Community Organizer efforts masquerading as social programs.
JUSTICES OF THE OKLAHOMA
SUPREME COURT District 1
YES: Retain Justice John Kane IV.
Justice Kane was put on the Court a little over a year ago and deserves more time to evaluate his performance. So far, I see no alarm bells.
SUPREME COURT District 6
NO: Remove Justice Colbert
Justice Colbert was put on the Supreme Court in 2004 by Democrat Brad Henry. He is too much of a judicial activist and should not be retained.
SUPREME COURT District 9
YES: Retain Justice Richard
Justice Darby has been on the Supreme Court for 2 and a half years. Some of his opinions/dissents have shown flashes of an originalist and he appears to be pro-life.
JUDGES OF THE OKLAHOMA
COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS District 2
YES: Retain Judge Robert L Hudson. Rob
Hudson was an attorney in Guthrie appointed by Governor Keating to replace a corrupt Democrat District Attorney out of Stillwater.
He served as our DA for many years until he was appointed Chief of Staff by Oklahoma's Attorneys General Scott Pruitt.
From that position, Governor Mary Fallen appointed Mr. Hudson to the Criminal Court of Appeals where he has continued to serve as a conservative and Christian stalwart.
COURT OF CRIMINAL APPEALS District 3
YES: Retain Judge Gary L. Lumpkin.
Judge Lumpkin is one of the 2 best Judges on the Criminal Court of Appeals.
JUDGES OF THE OKLAHOMA
COURT OF CIVIL APPEALS District 1 office 2
NO: Remove Judge Jane P. Wiseman
Judge Jane P. Wiseman was put on the Court by Brad Henry who is becoming notorious for bad judges. It is time to give Governor Stitt an opportunity to improve the quality of this court.
COURT OF CIVIL APPEALS District 2 office 1
NO: Remove Judge Deborah B. Barnes
Judge Deborah B. Barnes is another Judge put on the Court by Brad Henry and for the same reasons as above she should not be retained.
COURT OF CIVIL APPEALS District 2 office 2
NO: Remove Judge Keith Rapp
Judge Keith Rapp needs to retire so he can spend time playing with the great grandchildren. Appointed in 1984 by then Governor George Nigh he has been on the Court for 36 years. If he will not voluntarily retire at 86, then it is time for the voters to retire him so Governor Stitt can replace him with a more conservative Judge.
STATE QUESTION 805 – AGAINST THE PROPOSAL
We do need additional prison reform; however, this is not the right proposal.
First problem, some cases of domestic abuse are not considered violent crime. By imbedding this in the Constitution it may make it difficult if not impossible to further define certain crimes as violent.
Second, far too many have testified of their being sent to prison was the wakeup call they needed. We do not have a problem with sending too many people to prison, we do have a problem with keeping some of those people in prison for too long.
If a person continues to abuse their neighbors over and over again rather than learn to play by the rules, they need to be confined for a long period of time and this measure would prevent that.
STATE QUESTION 814 – AGAINST THE PROPOSAL
To pass this proposal would be like throwing the towel in to the expansion of OBAMA CARE, another step toward full blown socialized medicine.
What we need to be doing is voting to overturn SQ 802. SQ 802 barely passed. It caused the crisis to have to fund Medicare expansion.
Vote no on 814 then contact your State Senators and Representatives and ask them to create another State Question to repeal Medicare expansion.
We will have a better than 50% chance of
repealing SQ 802 if we vote on it again
CITY OF OKC PROPOSITIONS
If you live in the incorporated city limits of Oklahoma City, you will have an additional ballot with 9 proposed changes to the City Charter.
Following is an excellent analysis of the 9 propositions by a group called Ignite Liberty.
Your OKC City Charter Amendment Voter Guide is Here!
The 2020 General Election is undoubtedly the most critical election not only in our Nation’s history, but for our city as well. Oklahoma City has long been known as the “buckle of the Bible-belt” and the capitol of the “most conservative state in the Nation.”
The 9 propositions to amend the OKC Charter threaten, we believe, the very freedom and liberty that has given us that well-deserved title. While Oklahoma City has experienced a renaissance of late, any such transformation must not come at the expense of abandoning our core principles. We believe these propositions do just that.
Amendments to the City Charter should be taken with the same soberness of mind and level of caution as amendments to the U.S. Constitution. Any efforts to do so much be guided by the same guiding principles upon which the original charter was founded. With that in mind, when we carefully considering our recommendations, we were guided by two fundamental principles.
First, this is the primary governing document upon which the entire foundation of our city government rests. Changing that foundation should be made with the utmost care and trepidation. Only those changes which are deemed absolutely necessary to continue to guarantee the protection of the life, health and property of the citizens should be considered. It is through the seemingly innocent trifling of our founding documents that freedom and liberty is slowly lost. Once it is lost, it is nearly impossible to get it back.
That leads us to reason number two as to why any such change should be undertaken with the greatest amount of scrutiny: it is very hard to undo these kinds of changes once the changes have been made. It is a lengthy process to amend the city charter and any such amendment requires a vote of the people. It’s not as simple as amending an ordinance, which can be done by the Council itself. Justifiably, this is, and should be, a heavy lift.
Even if the proposed amendment seems innocuous, unless
we can see an overwhelmingly compelling reason for its
passage, we will recommend a NO vote.
With that said, our recommendations are as follows:
Proposal 1: We are AGAINST this proposal
• On the whole, this amendment is innocuous. However, oversimplification of legal language is dangerous. While the proposed amendment does read much simpler, the complexity of the existing language allows for protection from potential loopholes. Given the highly qualified City Manager and General Counsel, it should not be an issue for the existing language to be understood clearly. Whereas, over-simplifying the language allows for legal loopholes in the future.
• They are striking out the pronouns “he” and “she” from the charter and replacing them with “the person” or “the candidate.” This is straight out of the leftist indoctrination handbook. There are only TWO genders. Unless we plan on electing asexual space aliens to office, this change MUST be rejected.
• They are moving up the date for the city’s general election ONE MONTH, from the first Tuesday in March to the first Tuesday in February. Given how the focus of the electorate over the holiday season is anywhere but politics, this represents a clever attempt to allow for far less realistic vetting time for City Council and Mayoral candidates. We already have enough of a problem with vetting given that our elections are
“non-partisan”, meaning neither major political party are involved (which has allowed Marxists to sneak in unopposed), with the dates that currently exist. If anything, the election dates should be pushed back to April to allow for MORE time, not less.
Proposal 2: We are AGAINST this proposal
• We understand what the Charter Review Committee said about OKC’s current 3-year requirement being ruled unconstitutional by the courts and over-ruled by State law, which only requires a minimum 6-month residency. However, they have not stated what time-frame has been deemed acceptable by the courts.
In our opinion, this information should be made known, and the residency requirements should reflect the maximum amount of time allowed by law. Anything else puts OKC in grave danger of “carpetbagging” leftists moving to OKC and running for City Council or Mayor. We already have enough problems vetting the candidates we have. We don’t need anything that would make it harder.
Proposal 3: We are AGAINST this proposal
• This proposal violates our guiding principles as set above. We cannot see any overwhelmingly compelling reason to extend the time allotted for the calling of a special election from 15 to 30 days.
Proposal 4: We are AGAINST this proposal.
• This would allow the Council to call a meeting at any time they choose which would make it far more challenging for citizens, or watchdog groups like ours, to monitor council meetings in order to hold our elected official’s accountable. Holding meetings on Tuesdays does not cause any hindrance to carrying out City business. This should be rejected.
Proposal 5: We are AGAINST this proposal.
• This amendment represents a violation of the separation of powers in a Council-Manager form of government and allows the Mayor or Council to put undue influence upon the City Manager for the termination of city employees which fall solely under the control of the Manager. Regardless of whether the current Mayor our Councilmen/women would engage in such activity is irrelevant. The ability to do so
should be absolutely forbidden. It also potentially removes criminal penalties for such influence by changing the language from, “shall be guilty of,” to, “may be charged with.”
Proposal 6: We are AGAINST on this proposal.
• This proposal violates our guiding principles as mentioned above. It is already clear in the existing Oklahoma City Code that the City Manager, Municipal Counselor, City Auditor, and Municipal judges serve at the pleasure of the Mayor and City Council. We don’t know if this is just an attempt to consolidate
language that is currently spread out throughout the OKC Municipal Code or if it’s an attempt to take what is in the OKC Municipal Code and make it a permanent part of the City Charter. We cannot imagine how the existing language has hampered city business. Until the city can prove that the existing language serves
as a significant barrier to said business, we fail to see the purpose of this amendment.
Proposal 7: We are AGAINST this proposal.
• Once again, this is an effort to remove masculine and feminine pronouns from the City Charter by removing “Councilman/men” and “Councilwoman/women” and replacing it with “Councilmember.” Language matters. There is no reason for this proposal except to capitulate to the LGBTQ+ agenda.
Proposal 8: We are AGAINST this proposal.
• This is perhaps the most terrifying of all the proposals because it authorizes nearly unlimited power for the Mayor and City Council. This language would add the words “safety” and “welfare” to the legal justification necessary for ordinances whose current justifications are, “to protect health, life, and property.” This is legally inconsistent with the Oklahoma and U.S. Constitution, as well as the stated goal of any Republic to protect “life, liberty, and property.” There is no legal definition provided for what would constitute “safety” and “welfare” under this proposal, meaning they could pass an ordinance stating, “in order to protect the ‘welfare and safety’ of the citizens it shall be illegal for you to have more than 10 people in your home,” or anything else they feel like making illegal.
Of all of the proposals …
THIS ONE MUST BE DEFEATED!!!
Proposal 9: We are AGAINST this proposal.
• This proposal violates our guiding principles as mentioned above. This proposal appears to set clearer rules to ensure that the public trust placed in city employees and officers is not abused through access to special favors and things of value from any privately-owned business conducting business with the city. While this is already illegal, the language in this proposal closes a couple of loopholes which could be exploited while keeping certain benefits available for city employees normally available to them in the performance of their ordinary duties. There is a question, however, as to whether the current language allows sufficient enforcement of this already existing clause, which could make amendment 9 necessary as a remedial measure. Additionally, any such potential abuse of public trust could, and should, be prohibited by prudent oversight of the various department heads. Unless the city can demonstrate an overwhelmingly compelling reason for this amendment, we cannot justify supporting it.
Use this information and knowledge to engage your fellow citizens in discussion and debate about these amendments.
MANY people have no idea that they will be on the ballot. It is up to us to help draw attention to them so that this attempt to permanently move OKC to the Left will fail. If we remain silent, the guilt will fall on us. Help us lead the charge!