OKLAHOMA MIDTERM ELECTION
Tuesday, November 6, 2018
KEVIN STITT ELECTED OKLAHOMA’S NEXT GOVERNOR!
For reference, here was our voter guide:
Having arrived at the end of Oklahoma’s 2018 election cycle, OCPAC recommends, as it always has, that you help us get out the vote for each of the Republican candidates who have made it to the ballot.
For the most part, I recommend you vote Republican. However, there are two strategic exceptions we suggest in the state-wide races. Also, in the legislative races, I recommend you check the background of your Republican candidate to see how long they have been a Republican. If it dates to the day before they filed for the office, you might just want to vote for the Democrat who is running as a Democrat. It will keep a cross-dressing Democrat out of the Republican caucus.
State Question 793
Allows Optometrists and Opticians to practice inside retails stores and allows those stores to sell prescription glasses
YOUR CHOICE We think the optometrists supporting the “YES” vote on 793 deserve equal opportunity in a fair market to compete with those optometrists urging a “NO” vote. We are told that our prescription eyewear will be less expensive if SQ 793 passes. You may watch advocates for both sides debate the issue at OCPAC here. Actually, the arguments for a “NO” vote are much more lucid and persuasive than were articulated by the “NO” vote spokesman who appears in the OCPAC video. You should read Charlie’s comments (link above). Some of the OCPAC membership have migrated to the “NO” side. It is at least a case of “buyer beware” regarding the extent of the battery of exams you would be receiving in a WalMart. The older you are, the more would be your need to get a complete exam which might not be available at a WalMart shop.
State Question 794
Also known as the “MARCY’S LAW CRIME VICTIMS RIGHTS AMENDMENT”
VOTE YES This is the easiest of our five state questions to comment on. Perpetrators have had more rights than victims over recent years. Among other things, this will grant the victim the right to be notified of the defendant’s release or escape from custody. You can read what the proponents say here.
State Question 798
This measure would require each political party to place their candidates for both Governor and Lieutenant Governor on the same ticket
VOTE NO In the 25 states where the gubernatorial candidate picks his running mate, the choice is made primarily to find a person who can attract votes he would otherwise not get. This has lead to political compromise rather that clear political focus.
Even more insidious is the use of the “twin ticket” as a way for political operatives like George Soros to squeeze a far left extremist on the ticket knowing that most of the political microscope will be on the lead candidate and not on his running mate. An example is the Democrat’s nominee for Lt. Governor in Michigan, Garlin Gilcrist. His African-American heritage is an asset to garner Detroit voters, but he is also the former National Director of MoveOn.org. Does Oklahoma want to open itself up to this kind of gerrymandering? Opportunities for political manipulation are already abundant without providing even another crafty little tool for evil in Oklahoma’s political battlefield.
State Question 800
Creates a new fund called “The Oklahoma Vision Fund” in the Oklahoma Constitution
VOTE NO This would create Oklahoma’s fourth State-controlled savings account. It would be called the “Vision Fund” and would divert 5% of existing gross production tax on oil and gas to an investment fund which would in turn make its dividends available for payment of expenses generated by Oklahoma’s government. We already have the “Emergency Fund”, the “Rainy Day Fund”, and the more recent $1 billion “Tax Settlement Endowment Trust”. As Trent England of OCPA has pointed out, if the “Tax Settlement Endowment Trust” (TSET) is an indicator, you and I don’t need the state opening a fourth savings account to warehouse our money. Watch the debate between OCPAC’s president emeritus, Charlie Meadows, and Senator Adam Pugh here.
State Question 801
Expands usage of ad valorem taxes
VOTE NO This would enable the use of ad valorem taxes to be expanded from use in the maintenance of its facilities to use also to pay the salaries of teachers. With this will come even more requests for government school bonds. With each additional school bond comes higher property taxes. We urge you to vote “NO” on State Question 801. Watch the debate between OCPAC’s president emeritus, Charlie Meadows, and Senator Adam Pugh here, where both SQ 800 and SQ 801 were covered.
STATE WIDE ELECTIONS
GOVERNOR: KEVIN STITT Of prime importance is to vote for Republican Gubernatorial candidate, Kevin Stitt. Kevin’s list of endorsements is quite impressive ranging from teachers to representatives from agriculture and business to men like Tom Coburn, Ted Cruz, and Donald Trump. The full list is here. On Wednesday, October 31, Charlie Meadows spoke with great clarity on the importance of this race in Oklahoma’s future. The video of the meeting is here and Charlie begins at the 30 minute point.
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR: Matt Pinnell, Republican
STATE AUDITOR: Cindy Byrd, Republican
ATTORNEY GENERAL: Mike Hunter, Republican
STATE TREASURER: Randy McDaniel, Republican
INSURANCE COMMISSIONER: Glen Mulready, Republican
CORPORATION COMMISSIONER: Bob Anthony, Republican
TWO STRATEGIC EXCEPTIONS
The candidates running for these offices are all ideologically left-leaning Democrats. “Republican” Leslie Osborn is the labor union candidate. For more information, see OCPAC email of October 29 and watch the video of the October 31 OCPAC meeting at the 30 minute mark. Because it will be easier to unseat an incumbent Democrat in four years than an incumbent Republican, we are recommending a vote for the Democrat in these two state-wide races.
SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION: John Cox, Democrat
COMMISSIONER OF LABOR: Fred Dorrell, Democrat
LEGISLATURE: VOTE REPUBLICAN There are Democrats who ideologically remain far-left leaning Democrats who, prior to filing for running for legislative office, changed their registration from Democrat to Republican. [I am in need of a research staff to monitor this activity so that OCPAC can make these details known to our readership.] You will hear of one such candidate if you listen to Charlie Meadow’s in the link above. If you are able to determine that the Republican candidate on your ballot is one of these people, I would urge you to vote for the Democrat in order to keep a Democrat (wearing a Republican label) out of the Republican caucus.
Legislative Race in HD 91
LEGISLATURE: HOUSE DISTRICT 91 It would be nice if this seat could be vacated altogether. Republican Chris Kannady just lead the effort to use out-of-state dark-money to oust a group of our top conservatives from the Oklahoma House of Representatives. However, his opponent, Democrat Amanda Jeffers, is a Socialist who campaigned for Bernie Sanders and is one of the many government teachers running for office. For those of you in HD 91, I just wanted to let you know that you need to do better. Start now to find a strong candidate for the ballot two years from now who will represent Biblical values.
Justices: Supreme Court
DISTRICT 2: YES Patrick Wyrick RETAIN
DISTRICT 3: NO Noma Gurich DO NOT RETAIN
DISTRICT 4: NO Yvonne Kauger DO NOT RETAIN
DISTRICT 7: NO James Edmonson DO NOT RETAIN
NOTE: James Edmonson is the brother of Drew Edmonson
NOTE: See more about Patrick Wyrick here
Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals
DISTRICT 1: NO Dana Kuehn DO NOT RETAIN
DISTRICT 4: YES Scott Rowland RETAIN
DISTRICT 5: NO David B. Lewis DO NOT RETAIN
Oklahoma District Court: Oklahoma County
DISTRICT 7: YES Bill Graves RETAIN
VOTE AND GET OTHERS TO VOTE
We will not achieve victory without your vote. Please vote and encourage other like-minded people to be faithful as well.