Monday, June 26, 2017

Tobacco Tax Faces Court Battle



Tobacco Company Files Lawsuit
Against Illegal Cigarette "Fee"

  SB 845 was one of the many illegally passed bills that raised revenue, AKA taxes, without a supermajority of the legislature and without a vote of the people and also passed in the last five days of the session. Not only that, the bill originated in the Senate and all revenue bills MUST originate as House bills. The House controls the purse strings so that alone is enough to stop the bill in court.

  The $1.50 "fee" was earlier rejected as a tax in the House so the Senate picked up the same bill and passed it and sent it to the House after re labeling it as a "fee" which legally has been held to be a re couping of costs for a government function. A wide load permit fee is one example, or a fee for staying overnight in a state campground or park.

  Philipp Morris and RJ Reynolds tobacco companies weren't having any part of the illegally passed bill so they filed suit stating the obvious; the bill violated the state constitutional prohibition against passing revenue-raising measures in the final five days of a legislative session and without a super majority of lawmakers. The legislation was passed with the emergency clause so the bill goes into law in August and is expected to pump about 20 million per month into state coffers with most of the revenue going into the newly created Health Care Enhancement Fund which is supposed to be used to reduce cigarette use and reduce health care costs.

Feedback On 2017 House RINO Index


Feedback on the 20017 House Oklahoma RINO Index

  Only one House member wrote in questioning his score, a freshman who thought he was doing the right thing in supporting leadership after three bills that he voted against passed anyway. We are omitting his name as they were polite and probably learned his lesson:

"Thanks for tracking our votes. I think that is important. I haven't had a chance to look through them all yet, but I recall voting NO on SB845, HB2433, and HB2367.  Thanks again, and have a great week! "

  What happened was they indeed voted no on all three bills initially but once they passed they voted yes on the emergency clause. The emergency clause fast tracks the law, instead of waiting till November to become law it becomes law it becomes law earlier in the summer. Not only does the tax increases or new taxes get a head start on stealing from your bank account, it also short cuts the chance for citizens to file challenges against the law before they become law.

Now if a law is a bad idea and you voted against it, why would you vote to fast track the law?

Sunday, June 25, 2017

Richardson Leads Legal Battle To Stop Unconstitutional Taxes


A Governor For the People

  Last Thursday we saw candidate Gary Richardson hold a press conference announcing his plan to file a lawsuit in the Oklahoma Supreme Court challenging House Bills 1449, 2348, and 2433. HB 1449 was the alternative fuel vehicle tax, HB 2348 froze deductions on income tax returns, and HB 2433 is the new sales tax on top of the "in lieu of" excise tax.

  This of course points out why we always choose the worst vote on legislation and it isn't always the last reading of the bill.

  Here is a link to the audio tape of the news conference or you can read the transcript below:


Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen. I'm here today to talk about the recent "tax increases" that were passed by our legislators.
Our state constitution reads in Article 5, that "the people reserve to themselves the power to propose laws and amendments to the Constitution and to enact or reject the laws and amendments at the polls, independent of the legislature."

Konawa Tea Party Calls Legislators To Account




Konawa Tea Party
(4th) Tuesday June 27, 2017 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Kennedy Library - The Dougan Room
Konawa School, 701 W South Street

Invited Speakers: Rep. Josh Cockroft and St. Rep. Zack Taylor

Below is Josh Cockcroft's RINO Index.  Hopefully someone will ask him about his horrible voting record this session.  Zack Taylor came in late in the session and only had a handful of votes of which he got around 60% right.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Bad Bills Part 7: Grabbing Money Sooner


HB 2356 is a bill that moves forward the due date for franchise tax payments, moving it forward two months. That effectively increases cash flow for the state by taking the tax money before it was originally due.
Here is a bill that was chosen for scoring the RINO Index,
& why this bill is bad for the average Oklahoman.

This is just not good public policy. It is a budget trick, the income remains the same, they are just collecting it sooner. It is a one time source of quick cash to get past the budget year end. Rather than trim this much money out of the budget by closing useless state agencies or welfare programs they kick the problem down the road for the next legislature to deal with.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Bad Bills Part 6: Oil Welfare

HB 2429 is another gross production tax decrease that allows another four years of reduced taxes from oil and gas wells.
Here is a bill that was chosen for scoring the RINO Index,
& why this bill is bad for the average Oklahoman.

Even though it reduces the amount of tax the state gets the measure was estimated to bring in an additional $95 million dollars. However, the language in that estimate was extremely sparse, as if they were reluctant to discuss the matter and the less said the less to hang them with later. In the end it was an extension of the huge gross production tax decreases passed by Democrats years ago and kept in place by the Republicans thanks to profuse campaign donations. Oklahoma is unique among the surrounding states as we have a gross production rate that is 3.5 times cheaper, money that used to go toward education and other government expenses and programs.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Bad Bills: Part 5: Making Crime Easier

HB 2281 is a soft on crime bill that reduces the penalty for theft, burglary, embezzlement, hot checks, almost every kind of property crime from a felony to a misdemeanor. This is going down from five years in prison to a maximum one year in a county jail.
Here is a bill that was chosen for scoring the RINO Index,
& why this bill is bad for the average Oklahoman.

Being soft on crime isn't good on criminals or the general public. Leniency just encourages the criminals to ply their trade, much of which is fueled by the need for drug money to support their habit. Criminals balance the time in prison against the potential gain of the crime, they don't hire lawyers or bondsmen, they make a plea deal knowing they will probably get a suspended sentence, won't be forced to pay any fees if they don't get a regular job, and they know they can commit ten to fifteen years of crime before the judge finally puts them in prison. The worst thing you can do is to lessen penalties. For the rest of us we deal with kicked in doors, ransacked homes, and higher insurance rates.

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Bad Bills Part 4: Tourism Subsidies

HB 2131 is a new tax credit scheme that gives away 10% of sales tax collected for companies with under one million dollars of new investment in a tourist destination, 25% for those companies with over a million dollars new investment, with the annual limit set at $15 million dollars per year drained out of the state treasury.
Here is a bill that was chosen for scoring the RINO Index,
& why this bill is bad for the average Oklahoman.

And this is for investment that is going to be made anyway. The wealthy hire lawyers and lobbyists to pass their special legislation by greasing the palms of the politicians which corrupts the entire legislative process. Meanwhile tax revenue is drained away from the state, causing politicians to raise taxes and fees on the rest of us.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Feedback On RINO Index




2007 Oklahoma RINO Index Senate Version Feedback


  Last week we received several emails from House legislators concerning the scoring for the 2017 Oklahoma RINO Index which was unexpected as the Index had yet to be published for the House. It turned out that one of the links in one of our articles contained a list of votes that contained one error, from another group, so it was heartening to see that some of the legislators were paying attention even to the links in our articles. As it wasn't our doing we made sure to respond but also contacted the organization responsible, and they promptly fixed the error.

  The Senate RINO Index also upset a few "butt hurt" RINO supporters, upset that their "guy" was exposed as a liberal or tax and spend Republican. Another was upset that there weren't any 2nd Amendment bill listed.

Sunday, June 18, 2017

House RINO Index: 2017


2017 Oklahoma RINO Index House Version

  This year's House version of the 2017 Oklahoma RINO Index was drawn from the same list of 28 bills that the Senate Index was drawn from, with one exception, one of the log rolled tax increases was added before the list was boiled down to twenty bills.

  One legislator got all 29 votes right, Rep. Jason Murphey, next was Rep Tommy Hardin at three bad votes and two missed votes (half point each) and Rep. Mike Ritze at two bad votes and four missed votes, then Rep. Tom Gann at five bad votes and Rep Chuck Strohm with five bad votes and two missed votes.

  You can see last week's newsletter with the Senate RINO Index for a list of the bills and why they were bad for the majority of Oklahomans. Here are the bills that some of the top ten legislators voted wrong on.

Senate RINO Index Updated


Correction on Last Week's Senate RINO Index

  Stuff happens, 48 Senators and 28 bills that needed votes tallied, 1344 votes in all in the 2017 Oklahoma RINO Index for the State Senate. And one vote has been reported as wrong, Senator Nathan Dahm's vote on SB 120, the aerospace tax credit/corporate welfare bill. That is a 99.995 % error rating, probably better than we thought possible.

  Still Dahm's score was lowered by five points and correcting the vote restored him to his 100 score. In our defense Dahm had voted poorly on some of the bills that were left out of the Index and had there been just one wrong vote we certainly would have looked at it to triple check. Still this is a fine voting record in a year where leadership throughout the state was demanding more and more tax increases.


Saturday, June 17, 2017

Bad Bills Part 3: The REAL Capitulation

HB 1845 is the REAL ID bill that forces Oklahoma into the federal identification card system.


The program is a privacy nightmare and unneeded. Worse, those promoting the scheme have long lied about the consequences of not having Oklahoma drivers licenses REAL ID compliant, claiming that you couldn't get on an airplane which is not true.
Here is a bill that was chosen for scoring the RINO Index,
& why this bill is bad for the average Oklahoman.
It is also a fee increase, adding $5.00 to the license fee, like the $5.00 they added to the tags last year, with the money siphoned off into Public Safety and two dollars to the tag agents. Even worse, this bill guts the state prohibition on REAL ID passed about eight to ten years ago. There is a clause stating that the state won't share biometric data of its citizen but there is an out for data sharing required by the feds.

Friday, June 16, 2017

Bad Bills Part 2: A Gotcha Tax After The Sale

HB 1449 creates a new tax on electric and hybrid vehicles. Electric vehicles will have $100.00 tacked on to the annual vehicle registration fee and hybrid vehicles will have $30.00 added the registration fee.
Here is a bill that was chosen for scoring the RINO Index,
& why this bill is bad for the average Oklahoman.

All vehicles should be paying something toward road costs but at the same time they give out incentives to buy these vehicles so one hand gives, the other hand takes away. If the incentive is bad, eliminate it. At this time there simply isn't that many of these vehicles to make enough difference to pay for the cost of the legislation.

Thursday, June 15, 2017

Bad Bills Part 1: Department Of Harassment

HB 1427 allows the Oklahoma Tax Commission to create a new department and hire outside auditors to attempt to collect out of state sales tax payments. This appears to be an attempt to harass out of state vendors with Oklahoma customers with the idea of forcing these out of state vendors to collect sales tax or use tax.
Here is a bill that was chosen for scoring the RINO Index,
& why this bill is bad for the average Oklahoman.
If the out of state vendors comply with the auditors and hand over a list of shipments into Oklahoma that would cost Oklahoma companies billions of dollars in new taxes.
Not only is this illegal as federal law prohibits out of state taxation for products shipped into a state, it encourages the growth of government instead of the trimming back to core government functions. Not only that, but this law adds employees and expenses to the state budget.

Monday, June 12, 2017

2017 Senate RINO Index

2017 RINO IndexSenate List


  The 2017 RINO Index is really simple this year, a No vote is good, a yes vote is bad. That is because we focus on what legislators do wrong, not what they should be doing which is representing their constituents and voting on the good legislation. The major impetus this year was raising taxes, raising fees, and preserving special interest tax credits so that all of the legislation that was bad needed a No vote.  Each vote is worth five points, an E or Excused is a negative 2.5 points for missing the vote.
  Of the 28 bills that made our decision list we had one senator that voted right every time, Senator Breechen. We threw out six bills to weed the list down to an even twenty bills, choosing bills that some of the good guys had other opinions on. That is a challenge because some of them were bad bills but the larger the list the more a bad vote is diluted. Originally we used ten bills but that leaves a lot of bad bills behind. Then there were two bills out of the batch that the Senate didn't vote on.

  The higher the index number the more conservative the legislator. Anything below 70% is considered a RINO, Republican In Name Only.

Tulsa Republican Mens Club: June Meeting


Tulsa County Govt. Elects New Leaders

Come join us this month at:

  • Oklahoma Joes (6175 E 61st St, Tulsa, OK), from 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. for another great meeting!

  Lunch is only $13, drink, tax, and tip (pay when you check in at our table in banquet room)  Membership is $20, Ladies $10, open to the public.  For a $25 membership you also get a shirt or hat!
To RSVP call Billie at 918-638-9977 or billiej86@cox.net.
(you can now pay with a credit or debit card)
...ask about being a sponsor!


Keep on Keep'n on, growing that is...bring a friend and lets fill the room again! 


Our guests this month is Tulsa County Court Clerk Don Newberry
and Tulsa County Clerk Michael Willis!

Oklahoma Joe's - Tulsa
6175 E 61st St
Tulsa, OK, OK 74136
RSVP:  Billie Bell 918-638-9977 or billiej86@cox.net

Sunday, June 4, 2017

Considerations For The 2017 RINO Index

Legislation Being Considered for the 2017 RINO Index
Oh we were told that the budget would be cut and tax credits trimmed down to size yet what happened is new tax credit schemes and ultra low gross production taxes were extended and expanded in scope. While another billion dollars in new taxes or fees were added. Below is a list of bills that we are considering for the 2017 Oklahoma RINO Index.

HB 1427 allows the Oklahoma Tax Commission to create a new department and hire outside auditors to attempt to collect out of state sales tax payments. This appears to be an attempt to harass out of state vendors with Oklahoma customers with the idea of forcing these out of state vendors to collect sales tax or use tax. If the out of state vendors comply with the auditors and hand over a list of shipments into Oklahoma that would cost Oklahoma companies billions of dollars in new taxes.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

RINO Index Computing


 

Legislative Sessions is OverRINO Index Time


  They certainly gave us enough to work with this session. Even after Trump wiped the Republican RINOs off the map the state House and Senate leadership either wasn't paying attention or was willing to take a hit for those that hired them and the same old special interests that rule the Capitol got most of what they wanted while engaging in a bit of Kabuki theater to fool the masses that something was being cut.

  The special interests played their parts and we were bombarded with radio and TV ads that one would think was special interests fighting over the remaining scraps of tax credits, with Barry Switzer getting some work out of the deal.

Monday, May 29, 2017

Time For Some State Leadership


Time for Some Leadership in the State



  Few dispute the fact that Mary Fallin has been a disaster to the state of Oklahoma. Her legacy is that of a Democrat, with
  •  higher taxes, 
  • slashed government efficiencies, 
  • bloated government payroll, 
  • broken campaign promises, 
all of which wasn't unexpected of the woman given her abysmal morals and intelligence.

  The special interests have done well though so for Fallin and the tall building crowd it has been a good year. For the citizens, not so much. Fallin's Little Lamb, Lt. Gover Todd Lamb has been right there with the wretch and few expect any change should Lamb be elected Governor in 2018. Gary Jones has bumbled around acting like he will run but few expect him to as even Gary knows he isn't Governor materials. The Democrats will have a lineup of hopefuls with zero hope as well.

  But there is one that not only has an excellent chance but would also be an excellent governor, former U.S. Prosecutor Gary Richardson.

Depth of Depravity of Legislative Leaders (both parties)



The Depth of the Depravity that
Republican and Democrat Leadership has Sunk

Can easily be summed up in the rejection of one single bill, HB 405 by Rep. George Faught. This bill, rejected by the House Joint Committee on Appropriations and Budget, had one simple goal; to chop spending on trinkets and promotional items, so called "swag".

Yeah, it was only $30 million dollars they say, enough for a $500 pay raise for teachers, but it was 3% of the budget short fall and hundreds of other small budget items could also be found. The final committee vote was five to twenty one..

Jon Echols, John Paul Jordan, Jason Murphey, Terry O'Donnell , & Todd Russ

The ones that thought trinkets were more important that sending a message on waste?

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Budget Hole Fillers

 

Budget Hole Fillers

House and Senate leadership has been so poor this session that they have been unable to secure a budget deal during the session time frame where a tax increase or new tax could be passed and that is actually a good thing because they will be forced to start cutting agency budgets and bringing state government down to the size the state can afford.

But here are some ideas that could be passed in the remaining week without a special session.

Transfer Bail Bond forfeitures to the state treasury
This would generate between 30 and 50 million dollars per year and the bail bondsmen would support this. And if you want to double or triple that income start forcing the judges to follow existing law on who can get out on an OR bond (Own Recognizance). It is state laws that are being broken, not county laws and as the state must pay the cost of prosecution why are bond forfeitures going into County coffers? Counties are releasing people without bail bond because it lowers the jail population but it also keeps more criminals on the street and on OR bonds they remain free until they happen to run into a cop during a traffic stop. Oklahoma County alone has over 600,000 outstanding warrants because of OR bonds.

Special Session? Taxes? Don't even Think About It!


May 21st 20017 Newsletter

Special Session for Raising Taxes?
Don't Even Think about it

  We have seen some good men and women hold the line this last week, defeating attempts to pass outright massive tax increases. We have seen a lot more chicken sh*t legislators breaking the Republican Party Platform and their campaign promises to keep taxes low and eliminate un needed government. But with a week to go the political will to slash unnecessary state government spending isn't strong enough so mumblings are being made about a special session to "deal" with the budget.

  Not a good idea boys and girls. Everything you do will be under a microscope in the first year of the Trump presidency, a man who kicked the living crap out of the Republican Party and won the nomination against all odds. People are sick of the useless politicians and sicker of the turncoat RINOs that are in many ways worse than the liberal Democrats.

  You face mid term elections in 2018 and people are restless and many are thinking about running for your own seat should you do business as usual. Your voting record will be broadcast to your district and to the men and women that ran against you in the last elections. The Sooner Tea Party will make sure of that.

Konawa Tea Party: Brooke McGowan & Frank Volpe



Konawa Tea Party
(4th) Tuesday May 23, 2017 7:00 - 9:00 PM
Kennedy Library - The Dougan Room
Konawa School, 701 W South Street

Invited Speakers:
Brooke McGowan - Bullying
Any & all Candidates will be introduced!
Frank Volpe Bullying

Monday, May 15, 2017

Election Corruption By The Soft-On-Crime Supporters

Election Corruption by the Soft on
Crime Supporters of SQ 780 and 781
Few state questions had the potential for damage for society and public order than SQ 780 and 781. They turned many, many, felonies into misdemeanors including carrying or using date rape drugs, possessing or selling drugs on or near a school ground, park, or playground, made shoplifters happy by increasing the requirement for felony charges to over $1000.00 per occurrence so a shoplifter could hit ten stores a day for $9999.00 and walk away laughing if caught, and a host of other property crimes. Then the "savings" from diverting these criminal convictions from state prisons is "calculated" and the money distributed to "non profits" like Kris Steel's TEAM or other contractors that manage drug treatment or other diversion programs.

The practical effect is a huge rise in misdemeanors, flooding the county and city jails, while keeping criminals out on the streets. However, in their zeal to pass these two state questions the ACLU, Oklahoma County D.A. David Prater, former Speaker Kris Steel, and the other liberals appear to have relied upon massive corruption and fraud in gathering the signatures for the state question petitions.

Around 80,000 votes needed for each initiative but signers could sign both petitions for the two state questions. The ACLU and the local allies used paid signature collectors that can generate between 62 and 200 signatures a day depending upon the venue they are working. One side of the form is the signature page carrying twenty lines to record the voter's info. There are rules, all info MUST be on a single line or the signature gets thrown out. The address must be a street address of a legally registered Oklahoma voter. The signature gatherer must sign the back of the form in the presence of a Notary Public stating that the signatures were gathered in the presence of the person, that the signature gatherer was over 18 years old, and that the signatures were all from registered Oklahoma voters.

The signers see a felony notice at the top of the form stating that their own name and address must be used, that it is a felony to sign a petition more than once, or to sign the petition if they are not a legally registered voter.

The Notary Public has the responsibility to take a valid picture ID from the affidant that presents the signatures for notarization, that the affidavit is sworn and signed in the Notary's presence, and to provide information covering his commission number, expiration date, name and address listed at the Secretary of State corresponding to that commission number, and either stamping or using a dry seal embossing stamp to show that the document was duly notarized. The signature MUST match the exact name used to register as a Notary Public and as this is a legal document generated by an appointee of the State of Oklahoma the document must be clear and free of extraneous markings, revisions, or changes. No initials added or omitted, the exact full name as registered. The signature of the Notary MUST be his original signature and the Notary is warned by state law to keep a journal or record of all documents notarized including if the person was present, the type of ID used to verify the affiant, and dates and locations where the notarization was done.

One day was spent checking a single page of the thousands of signature sheets, checking the names and addresses for voter registration and recent felony convictions. Of the 20 names on one sheet exactly half of the names do not show up in the voter registration data base and the copy we used to check was brand new shortly before the petition signing got underway. A few could have registered between March and June 2016 , but other than that it is hard to see how they wouldn't be on the state list of voters. Each person's name and address was verified using Google, if that failed the address was ran through the House of Representatives voter district engine which kicked out a state representative district and keywords from the name and address were used to search the entire House District data base.

There were three felons out of 20 signatures with another three or four where the printed name wasn't legible enough to verify the exact spelling so there might be more felons. Of the three confirmed felons two are recent and still ongoing or on probation (can't register to vote) and the other appeared to have gotten off probation in 2014 although most felons believe they can't vote after a sentence so they don't bother to register. One of the felons was registered to vote and when he signed the petition he had violation notices out on his suspended sentence and there is still an active warrant out for his arrest as we write this article. The point being that with his felony conviction suspended sentence still running and accelerated and a warrant out for his arrest he was not eligible to register to vote but his name and address appear on the state voting registration list.

A good case to look at to see the law in action against initiative petition fraud was the TABOR state question back in the early 2000's where the opponents pushed and got prosecutions for initiative petition fraud because out of state signature gatherers had been hired through other companies. The case was eventually overturned by a higher court but the problems with the affidavits and signature gatherers were the same as the soft on crime state questions.

Below are pictures of actual affidavits showing alteration, missing Notary seals (a misdemeanor), double notarized affidavits sometimes weeks apart in date of notarization, changed signature gatherer names, over written names and addresses, and even affidavits signed by a Notaries that had been convicted of felonies and were no longer legal Notary Publics. Some of these Notaries have recent application dates showing that they were probably set up as Notary Publics for the purpose of signing these ACLU backed signature affidavits.

Double different signature on affidavit
Crossed out signature gatherer name on affidavit, changed address, changed date, changed notary expiration date
 





 Convicted felon signature gatherer, convicted felon notary, double notarized, missing seal on first notarization,  incomplete name on notary signature, changed date five weeks later






Double notarized, convicted felon original notary, changed date 30 days later, improper sigature on original notary, no seal on original notary



 
Double notarized, no seal on original notarization, changed date, any faint seal showing is actually from another notarized affidavit below the one being photographed.






Gatherer name crossed out and changed, date changed affidavit, notary did not actually sign but used a rubber stamp which is illegal, original signature is required for notary work.




No seal, convicted felon notary, no signature on original notary, changed date 30 days later, double notarized






Signature name changed with old name scratched through, notarized in Oklahoma City with Broken Arrow based signature gatherer
 



Gatherer's name, address and signature overwritten with new name, address, and signature 
There were some unusually high performers amount the signature gatherers with hundreds of pages of signatures gathered allegedly by one person. Then there were entire teams of out of state professional signature gatherers that were hired on contracts paid by the ACLU and local supporters like Prater and Kris Steel that called for only 10,000 signatures for a contract of a dozen professional signature gatherers. How is it that one person can gather 6 to 8 thousand signatures on his own in just 90 days?

Worse, there are multiple instances of signature pages being notarized on the same day in both Tulsa AND Oklahoma City, by the same signature gatherer. Now a trip from OKC to Tulsa and back is going to set you back half of the day at a minimum and why would a busy worker getting paid $2.00 per signature notarize half of his sheets in Tulsa and drive to Oklahoma City to find another notary for the other half of his sheets? He wouldn't of course, that is evidence that the sheets were mailed in un-notarized and notarized out of the presence of the original signer.

The end result is a mass of evidence that proves that the signature gatherers did not likely witness every signature, that they mailed in signed affidavits to Oklahoma City and Tulsa for after the fact notarization in violation of the law, that affidavits were changed, written over, information scratched out, and new names and addresses filled in for a different person other than the original signature gatherer, and that there was massive, massive notarial fraud used. Worse, the Secretary of State that was responsible for counting and verifying these 6,000 pages of signatures was so incompetent or crooked that they overlooked massive and obvious  fraud. Once you realize that it is the proponent of the State Question that provides the "counters" to the Secretary of State you realize that the fraud is institutionalized and probably present in most other state questions.

Can SQ 780 and 781 be overturned by the investigation and prosecution of this massive fraud upon Oklahoma voters? Possibly, maybe not, that will remain to be seen. But what can happen is sending some soft on crime crooks to prison or correctly labeling them as felons for the rest of their lives and giving the legislature the political cover to repeal the worst parts of these soft on crime laws.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

OKGOP Election Voting System (Mess)

2017 State GOP Convention Voting System
What an Amazing Mess
  Last weekend was the annual GOP State Convention that was turned from a refreshingly well run convention into a massive loss of trust and respect for those who run the GOP thanks to the corruption of the convention chairman Rep. Josh Cockcroft and parliamentarian AJ Ferratti.

  The massive controversy started after a close voice vote on Rule 5 which would have held GOP candidates accountable for following the GOP Party Platform, requiring the candidates mark up a copy of the Platform stating where they agreed and disagreed. Rep. Cockcroft, the proud owner of a RINO level voting record, obviously had a huge conflict of interest as did his partner in crime AJ Ferratti so they took advantage of their positions to help torpedo the vote and to shut down discussion or amendments exposing their chicanery.

The $100 Million Tax Increase (& that's just in one of the bills)

May 14th 20017 Newsletter
 House Bills 2403 and 2347:
A Hundred Million Dollars in Tax Increases Coming up Next Week on One Bill Alone

Two House Bills that need phone calls and emails immediately are HB 2043 and HB 2347.  Look at the bottom of this newsletter for contact information for the House members and how to find out who your own state representative is.

HB 2403 is a $101,819,000 tax increase on Oklahomans that works by restricting itemized deductions to $17,000 per year for fiscal years 2017-2018-2019. Charitable deductions are not included after an uproar late last week over the harm it would do to charities. Passing committee on an 18 to 7 vote the bill is going to have a hard time getting the 76 votes needed if the Democrats vote in opposition but Democratic Minority Leader Scott Inman and the other Democrats supported the measure . Below is the vote from last Thursday's committee meeting:

Monday, May 8, 2017

Prater: The Most Dangerous Man In Oklahoma


 
The Most Dangerous Man in Oklahoma

Oklahoma County David Prater is beginning to draw some national attention for his arresting people without a valid crime to justify the arrest much less justify a trial. The video at the link below weaves the connection between Prater and former prosecutor Bob Macy. The author of the video is Diana Davison, a prolific video blogger and journalist who does a lot of thought provoking articles on anti feminism. An activist that supports men that are being crushed and a collaborator with Michelle Malkin, she brings some fresh insight into the insanity of modern gender roles.

Her latest video discusses the connections between two Oklahoma cases, Richard Glossip and Daniel Holtzclaw, and in the process she was shocked at what Oklahoma County David Prater has been able to get away with over the years. She reached out to Sooner Tea Party after discovering the blackmail illegal prosecution and the articles that STP had been writing since 2011 warning of David Prater's crimes.

Hug-A-Thug Story of the Week


Hug a Thug Story of the Week

Woodrow Greenback led police on a high speec chase on May 1st. Running as fast as 100 mph the car he had stolen came into Newcastle after fleeing a traffic stop earlier in Blanchard. As the car fled at more than 120 miles per hour down the small urban state highway in Newcastle the Newcastle police backed off for public safety reasons and Greenback escaped.
But it is a small town and Greenback was captured at the local Tri City Walmart soon after. Greenback had 20 grams of meth on him and was arrested for the drugs and for fleeing a police officer. A second suspect that was in the car during the car chase was also given up by Greenback.

Why is this case important? Because Greenback was out on OR for medical reasons they say. First lets look at his life of crime. The dates are with the charges and Greenback has multiple aliases. CF and CM are criminal felonies and criminal misdemeanors:

Josh Cockcroft Stabs Democracy In the Back


  
Oklahoma's Own Bull Conner
Representative Josh Cockcroft Stabs Democracy in the Back


Many agree that the Saturday GOP State Convention was well run and efficient, something that probably contributed to Pam Pollard's success in retaining her job as Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman. Pollard had done a good job building connections with the county GOP groups and the last minute attack by the Airy campaign didn't help Robert Airy who suffered from the fact that he was supported by the State Chamber of Commerce and probably using Fount Holland or one of the other mega consultants for the dirty tricks.

However, the Convention Chairman of the event pulled one of the dirtiest and disgusting acts that I have ever seen at a political convention. Representative Josh Cockcroft (Yeah, I know the real spelling, my way is better, look up the word croft and focus on the "small" aspect or the small scale food production aspect, whatever floats your boat) railroaded the destruction of several major rule changes including one that strikes at the heart of the Republican Party and the key to not losing the coming mid term elections. His partner in crime was AJ Ferratti (AKA the rat) the Parliamentarian convention for the event.