VOTER GUIDE FOR PRIMARY RUNOFF ELECTIONS 28 AUG 2018

Over thirty years ago, friends of Charlie Meadows, founder of OCPAC, began asking him for his opinions on issues and candidates.  Eventually the number of inquiries became so great that he began sending a mass email before each election which he called “Charlie’s Picks.”  Even though Charlie retired from OCPAC over three years ago, the tradition of providing a well-researched, conservative voter guide continues.  Consider donating to OCPAC to help fund our work.

The following advice represents the opinion of a majority of OCPAC’s leadership.  In each race we may label candidates as  “endorsed,” “picked,” or “your choice.”  Here is what those designations mean:
 
Endorsed.  Candidates who are endorsed by OCPAC have received our seal of approval.  We believe their values align with OCPAC values.  They have completed our survey and appeared in person before our PAC for a grueling interview.  Based on this vetting process, we believe they understand the proper role of limited government.  They believe in the superiority of free markets over state-guided economic development, even in areas such as education and health care.  They understand the duty of the state to defend its citizens against the oppression of the federal government.  They believe we should not sanction, institutionalize, or encourage evil and depraved behavior, even if the federal government has done so.
 
PICKED.  Some candidates we simply pick by putting their names in all caps.  This typically means the candidate agrees with us on certain key issues of high importance which would make that candidate preferable to the alternatives.  We will attempt to explain a little about each pick.
 
YOUR CHOICE.  This might mean we were unable to obtain enough information to make a pick.  Some candidates do not respond to our inquiries and their campaign materials hold no trustworthy substance.  Or this might mean we believe all of the choices are equally bad.  What if none of the candidates believes in education choice for parents?  What if they all support state-guided economic development?  What if they all want to continue allowing babies to be murdered?  In those cases, we sympathize with how hard it must be to make “your choice.”
 
Throughout this voter guide we will reference scores from the Oklahoma Conservative Index (Index), which we formulate in partnership with The Oklahoma Constitution newspaper.  The Index is an objective standard that grades actual votes against a truly conservative standard.

UNITED STATES CONGRESS
 
U.S. Congressman District 1  YOUR CHOICE.  The most principled candidates did not make the runoff.
 
OKLAHOMA STATEWIDE RACES

Governor  KEVIN STITT.  Because OCPAC’s primary endorsement of Dan Fisher was so strong and so fervently centered around the issue of abolishing abortion, the obvious choice the next governor of the state of Oklahoma is Kevin Stitt.  Kevin Stitt is our only hope for a governor who will actually sign all legislation coming to his desk to prevent the murder of pre-born boys and girls.  He is also committed to reforming the selection process of judges to the Oklahoma Supreme Court.  This is of vital importance in view of its historic role in blocking Oklahoma’s Legislative work in this and other areas.

Mick Cornett will not be our friend here.  Cornett also has made troubling commitments to the U.N., signing the commitment of the World Mayor project to “OPPOSE ANY LAWS OF THEIR CITIES AND NATIONS where such contravene the United Nations Universal Declaration of Human Rights”

Kevin Stitt made a second appearance to our Wednesday OCPAC meeting to a packed house on August 15 and received many rounds of applause and strong endorsements from the group at large.  Newly elected OCPAC President Bob Linn and OCPAC founder and president emeritus, Charley Meadows, have both given Kevin Stitt their strong endorsements and wish to express their desire to see all 36,000 Dan Fisher voters come cast their vote in the August 28 runoff for Kevin Stitt.
 
Lieutenant Governor  MATT PINNELL is anything but the political outsider described in his TV ads.  In fact, he is the quintessential political insider, having been a GOP leader for many years in our state and nationally.  That being said, based on his message from the campaign trail, Pinnell is a much better choice for Lieutenant Governor than his opponent.  Pinnell has expressed his intention to take seriously the Lt. Governor’s job as President of the State Senate, and he has vowed to be present in the chamber to influence or preside when critical issues are on the floor or need his help to get to the floor.
 
His opponent Dana Murphy is a pro-abortion, big government liberal.  This information has come as a shock to many who have known Dana for years and thought of her as a traditional conservative.  Members of OCPAC have experienced the same shock during many election cycles when they discover that long-time friends, when put on the spot, are not as principled as they thought.  In fact, our members were unnerved by Dana Murphy’s hour-long interview with us in which she advocated keeping morality and character training at home and out of government schools.  She refused to commit to exercising leadership as the President of the Senate.  When cross-examined on that subject, she did not seem to understand the difference between Senate voting rights and Senate presidential rights.  She would not give examples of industries that should not be regulated.  Furthermore, she did not call abortion murder.  Her answer to fighting abortion was to help women make better choices, which is a pro-choice position.  She would not say that she wanted to criminalize abortion.  When asked directly, “Would you support making [abortion] homicide?” she equivocated with, “I would support getting the bill heard.”  Based on what the candidates have said at OCPAC and in other venues, Matt Pinnell would be the better choice.
 
State Superintendent of Schools  LINDA MURPHY understands the dangers of top-down control from the United Nations and Washington.  She believes Oklahoma’s government schools can do better if we allow teachers to teach without forcing experimental programs into the classroom, including nationalized testing, which has been implemented as part of the current Superintendent’s new plan.  Murphy believes local schools should be allowed to make decisions about their students, methods, and materials.
 
Her opponent, current Superintendent Joy Hofmeister, appears to have gotten away with violating ethics rules governing campaigns in 2014.  She has been in the hip pocket of the OEA union, which is driving the insane demand for more and more money without accountability and which opposes local control and parental choice in education.  Hofmeister also promotes the one-size-fits-all dictates of national and international organizations.

State Auditor and Inspector CINDY BYRD, CPA and Member of the American Board of Forensic Accountants, interviewed with OCPAC in early August and impressed everyone.  She received 100% of the OCPAC member’s votes to endorse.  If she can do state-wide what she has done in her past positions, Oklahoma’s bureaucratic financial misconduct will no longer be safe from scrutiny, correction, and punishment!

Commissioner of Labor  CATHY COSTELLO is the widow of former Commissioner Mark Costello.  She and her husband worked closely together during his time in office, and she is intimately familiar with the office and her husband’s reforms.  Her opponent is Leslie Osborn whose lifetime conservative rating in the State House was only 51%, and was all the way down to 19% last year.  Osborn was OCPAC’s RINO of the Year award winner in 2016 for openly and actively championing tax increases and for leading the charge to give away our state sovereignty.  These so-called Republicans are extremely dangerous in regulatory agencies where they can work without much transparency or accountability to undermine free markets and small businesses.
 
Corporation Commissioner  BOB ANTHONY has stood against corruption at the Corporation Commission year after year, and he is still fighting it today.  His opponent Brian Bingman served in the State Senate where his lifetime conservative rating was only 59%.  As Senate Pro Tem, Bingman blocked a bill to abolish abortion, passed unlawful bond debt, eroded state sovereignty, and appointed heavy-handed statists like Sen. Ervin Yen to positions of leadership.
 
Attorney General  GENTNER DRUMMOND.  The sitting A.G., Mike Hunter, was appointed by Gov. Fallin.  In his official capacity, he issued an opinion that directly opposed the Oklahoma Constitution and protected many of Fallin’s most odious vetoes.  That same opinion has provided cover for leadership in the legislature who like to pass popular bills like constitutional carry, then run home, ignoring their constitutional responsibility to reconsider gubernatorial vetoes.

OKLAHOMA STATE SENATE

SD 10 (Kay, Osage)  AMBER ROBERTS is endorsed by Senators Nathan Dahm and Josh Brecheen and by Representatives Chuck Strohm and Jason Murphey, all OCPAC award winners.  Her opponent, Bill Coleman, is supported by the liberal government education group, which favors increased taxes and opposes parental choice in education.

SD 16 (Cleveland)  YOUR CHOICE.  We are talking about Norman and OU here, so you are not going to get a truly conservative option.  In fact, when Ed Crocker served in the legislature back in the 90s, he was a Democrat.  He declined to interview with OCPAC.  The alternative is the liberal educrat and gun-control advocate Becki Maldonado.

SD 30 (Oklahoma City, Woodlawn Park, The Village)  JOHN SYMCOX is endorsed by OCPAC.  His opponent Lori Callahan is supported by the liberal government education group, which favors increased taxes and opposes parental choice in education.

SD 36 (Tulsa, Wagoner)  YOUR CHOICE.

OKLAHOMA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

HD 10 (Nowata, Osage, Washington)  TRAVIS DUNLAP is endorsed by OCPAC and has an average conservative rating of 84%.  His opponent Judd Strom is supported by the liberal government education group, which favors increased taxes and opposes parental choice in education.

HD 14 (Cherokee, Muskogee)  GEORGE FAUGHT has accrued a lifetime conservative rating of 74%, and he supports parental choice for vaccination.  His opponent Chris Sneed is supported by the liberal government education group, which favors increased taxes and opposes parental choice in education.

HD 20 (Cleveland, Garvin, McClain, Pottawatomie)  BOBBY CLEVELAND.  With a lifetime conservative average of 73%, Rep. Cleveland is one of our more conservative legislators.  His opponent, Sherrie Conley, is supported by the liberal government education group, which favors increased taxes and opposes parental choice in education.

HD 27 (Cleveland, Pottawatomie)  DAVE SPAULDING is endorsed by OCPAC.  His opponent, Danny Sterling, is supported by the liberal government education group, which favors increased taxes and opposes parental choice in education.

HD 30 (Creek, Tulsa)  KENT GLESENER is strongly endorsed by OCPAC president, Bob Linn.  He is a complete conservative and will boldly work toward re-establishing proper government in Oklahoma.  His opponent, Mark Lawson, has a 43% lifetime average on the Index.  Lawson is also supported by the liberal government education group which favors increased taxes and opposes parental choice in education.  It is important we elect Kent Glesener!

HD 36 (Osage, Tulsa)  SEAN ROBERTS was rated 90% conservative in 2018.  He supports parental choice for vaccination, and he deserves our continued support.  His opponent, Louise Redcorn, is supported by the liberal government education group, which favors increased taxes and opposes parental choice in education.

HD 38 (Garfield, Grant, Kay, Logan, Noble)  BRIAN HOBBS is endorsed by OCPAC.  The incumbent RINO John Pfeiffer was rated only 23% conservative in 2017 after voting for socialized groceries, a tobacco tax increase, federal IDs, an income tax increase, a vehicle tax, and fee increases on businesses.

HD 41 (from Enid to Piedmont)  DENISE CROSSWHITE HADER.  Her opponent, Roxanne Pollard, is supported by the liberal government education group, which favors increased taxes and opposes parental choice in education.

HD 43 (Canadian) OCPAC endorsed Crystal Duncan for the June 26 primary. Jay Steagall was flying military aircraft overseas for the USAF during the qualifying OCPAC interview for the primary, and therefore was not able to be considered for endorsement.  He wound up being the top vote-getter in the primary, however.  OCPAC chose to not re-interview the candidates head to head for the runoff election.  New OCPAC president, Bob Linn, interviewed Jay Steagall after Jay returned from his duties in the middle east.  Bob is endorsing Jay for the August 28 Runoff election.

HD 47 (Canadian)  YOUR CHOICE.  Beverly Adams, a former elementary school P.E. teacher, is openly pro-choice, proving once again that political parties are completely irrelevant when trying to determine a candidate’s ideology.  Similarly, Brian Hill, the establishment candidate, has affirmed in two interviews that he cannot unequivocally stand against higher taxes.  He is supported by outgoing Rep. Leslie Osborn, who was OCPAC’s RINO of the Year award winner in 2016 for openly and actively championing tax increases and for leading the charge to give away our state sovereignty.

HD 61 (Beaver, Cimarron, Ellis, Harper, Texas, Woodward)  YOUR CHOICE.  Both Brad Raven and Kenton Patzkowsky have establishment connections and have spoken favorably of the StepUp plan and raising the gross production tax.

HD 63 (Comanche, Tillman)  JEFF COODY, the incumbent representative, has been all over the place.  However, after scoring 53% on the Index last year, he bounced back and bucked liberal leadership to score 90% this year.  His opponent, Trey Caldwell, is approved by the liberal government education group, which favors increased taxes and opposes parental choice in education.

HD 66 (Osage, Tulsa)  A Troubled race.  Jadine Nollan scored a very dismal 13% on our annual Conservative Index in 2017 but managed a 43% this year (2018).  Hardly the stuff OCPAC endorsements are made of.  However, her opponent, Brian Jackson, has been described as a far left Democrat who is running as a Republican to ensure the seat goes to the Democrats.  Because he has publically endorsed Democrats, he has been denied access to both state and county Republican data center voter information.  David McClain, Tulsa County Republican Party Chair, strongly urges HD 66 voters to vote for Jadine Nollan.  OCPAC is staying out of this one.

HD 68 (Creek, Tulsa)  NICOLE NIXON.  Her opponent, Lonnie Sims, is supported by the liberal government education group, which favors increased taxes and opposes parental choice in education.

HD 71 (Tulsa)  YOUR CHOICE.  Cheryl Baber is an attorney who supports higher taxes, and Beverly Atteberry is supported by the liberal government education group, which favors increased taxes and opposes parental choice in education.

HD 79 (Tulsa)  DAN HICKS has proven conservative credentials and has been a friend and supporter of OCPAC award-winning Representatives David Brumbaugh and Mike Ritze.  His opponent, Karen Gilbert, is supported by the liberal government education group, which favors increased taxes and opposes parental choice in education.

HD 80 (Tulsa, Wagoner)  MIKE RITZE stood against Republicrat leadership last year and this year.  He is endorsed by OCPAC.  His lifetime average is 85% on the Index.  He is one of the best.  His opponent, Stan May, is supported by the liberal government education group, which favors increased taxes and opposes parental choice in education.

HD 82 (Oklahoma)  BRAD MARTIN.  His opponent, Nicole Miller, is supported by the liberal government education group, which favors increased taxes and opposes parental choice in education.

HD 98 (Tulsa, Wagoner)  YOUR CHOICE.  Both candidates are supported by the liberal government education group, which favors increased taxes and opposes parental choice in education.

HD 100 (Oklahoma)  YOUR CHOICE.  Both candidates supported the teacher strike.  Marilyn Stark, at least, favors abolishing abortion, while Julie Roach wants to keep it “safe and legal.”

HD 101 (Oklahoma)  TESS TEAGUE was awarded OCPAC’s RINO of the Year in 2017, but she improved somewhat this year and at least voted against leadership’s outrageous tax hike.  Her opponent, Robert Manger, is supported by the liberal government education group, which favors increased taxes and opposes parental choice in education.