Jason Reese launches campaign for HD83 Oklahoma

Jason Reese Launches Campaign for House District 83
Oklahoma City, OK – Yesterday, conservative Jason Reese announced his candidacy for the Oklahoma House of Representatives at an event in Quail Creek. The well-attended event was headlined by former Governor Frank Keating. Jason Reese, a Republican, is running for House District 83, in which Representative Randy McDaniel is term-limited in 2018.

“It’s an incredible honor to receive support from my friends and neighbors. I’m ready to take on the challenge of serving them in our state legislature as we work through these difficult times,” Reese said.

“Oklahoma desperately needs leadership at the state capitol. I believe I can provide the principled, conservative leadership necessary to strengthen our communities, promote practical solutions for our state, and expand opportunity for all Oklahomans.

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Oklahoma Watchdog – Cindy Byrd declares for State Auditor

May 8, 2017 —  Oklahoma Deputy State Auditor Cindy Byrd officially declared as a 2018 Republican candidate for State Auditor & Inspector during this past weekend’s state GOP convention. Byrd, a CPA, has spent more than 20 years providing accountability and transparency for state taxpayers.

“Auditing isn’t exciting to most people so it’s critically important to elect someone with a passion for crunching numbers, the skill to recognize discrepancies in fund balances, and to hold officials accountable to the public they serve,” Cindy Byrd says.  “I have that passion. I know how to assist legislators and other public officials root out waste, eliminate duplication, and bring about efficient and effective delivery of government services.”

During her tenure at the State Auditor’s Office, Byrd identified waste and exposed corruption at the state and county level. Among her efforts was leading an audit in Rogers County that identified more than $5 million in fraud resulting in the indictment of two County Commissioners.

“Safeguarding public assets is at the core of everything I’ve done for more than two decades,” Byrd says. “Government employees have a moral obligation, as public servants, to assure Oklahomans that someone is looking out for them – to know someone is in their corner to identify government waste, help protect public funds, and assist public officials in remaining accountable.”  

Byrd is a fourth-generation Oklahoman who travels our state each week working with county governments to make the most with the funds they have to spend. She has a plan to protect tax dollars and clean up government. You can read all about it at www.CindyByrd.com.

Lawmakers Announce Republican Platform Caucus

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Reps. Sean Roberts and Chuck Strohm, along with other lawmakers today announced the formation of a new caucus whose core principles are focused on upholding the values outlined in the Oklahoma Republican Party (OKGOP) Platform.

“Every election day, people cast their vote for someone because they believe the person campaigning stands for a set of values consistent with their beliefs, and they expect that person to keep their campaign promises once elected” said Strohm, R-Jenks.

“The thing voters across our state and nation struggle with is simply: why does a person campaign on one set of ideals yet when they vote, their votes reflect a separate set of ideals,” said state Rep. John Bennett, R-Sallisaw.

To address this concern raised by so many voters, this caucus was formed with the following objectives:

  1. Honor God as we serve the people of Oklahoma;
  2. Represent the principles we were elected on, the Republican Platform;
  3. Educate members about how a bill relates to the platform;
  4. Provide a UNIFIED Republican voice;
  5. Hold each other accountable to the values supported by the majority of Oklahomans;
  6. Support policies reflected in the Republican Platform and oppose policies that are contrary to the platform.

    “Some say the platform is too long, but really its’ depth is a reflection of decades of hard work by those at the grassroots level,” said Rep. Roberts, R-Hominy. “Truly, the values and policies in our platform represent what it means to be a Republican. Our goal is to represent the values on which we were elected.”

    “When members discuss how policy or budgetary decisions relate to the platform, new members will have the opportunity to learn from more seasoned legislators,” said state Rep. George Faught, R-Muskogee. “It also helps us hold each other accountable, making us better representatives of the people we serve.”

    “As someone who has tremendous respect for the U.S. Constitution, it is an honor to serve with others who hold our founding documents in such high regard,” said state Rep. Jeff Coody R-Grandfield.

    “We will continue meeting from now until the end of session to address policy and budgetary issues that arise.”
    Breaking News:  Nathan Dahm Announcement to Run for Congress

    The announcement we’ve all been waiting for looks like it is set for Friday May 5th Here’s the story via The Okie:

    Dahm Plans ‘Special Announcement’ Friday, Will Run For Congress
    Okie Staff Report

    Broken Arrow State Senator Nathan Dahm will announce his intention to run for First District Congress at an event Friday morning, TheOkie.com has confirmed.

    The 34-year-old was first elected to Senate District 33 in 2012. He serves as a Majority Whip and chairs the General Government committee. Dahm has previously run for US Congress in the 2010 primary.

    He will announce his campaign at an 8am press conference at the Rose District Pavilion in Broken Arrow.

    Current First District Congressman Jim Bridenstine had previously announced that he will keep his term limits pledge and will not seek re-election in 2018.

    Dahm joins an already somewhat crowded field of Republican candidates including Tulsa businessman Kevin Hern, former Tulsa Co. DA Tim Harris, Andy Coleman of Bartlesville and Tulsan Scott Pendleton.

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    OKGrassroots – Breaking News: Nathan Dahm Announcement to Run for Congress

    Norman FOP endorses Darin Chambers in HD46 GOP primary

    Norman F.O.P. Endorses Darin Chambers in HD-46 Race
    May 1, 2017 — The Norman Fraternal Order of Police is giving its highly-valued endorsement to Darin Chambers as the best candidate in the GOP Primary race for House District 46.  Chambers is a conservative Republican whose military service and business expertise won the approval of Norman’s finest.

    “Darin Chambers is a straight-forward, pro-law enforcement candidate just like his predecessor, Scott Martin,” says Norman FOP President, Robert Wasoski.  “Chambers earned our endorsement because he understands the values most important to law enforcement.  Our officers need a positive voice in the legislature and we know, because of his military experience and his knowledge of economic issues that impact law enforcement, Chambers will deliver.”

    I’ve been swamped with work (both figuratively and literally), so blogging has taken a back burner for a few days. Here’s one news item that came in the other day after Gov. Fallin issued her first veto of the year:

    OKLAHOMA CITY – [April 26th], in a blow to public accountability, Gov. Mary Fallin vetoed government transparency and accountability legislation.

    House Bill 1552, by Rep. George Faught (R-Muskogee), is one of several bills that would institute much needed reforms to the state regulatory process. The House and Senate overwhelmingly approved both of Rep. Faught’s administrative rules reform bills. HB1552 would be one step toward restoring an effective and proven administrative rules process, reclaiming legislative control over the process, and strengthening transparency and accountability.

    OK Senate votes to create new commission for performance audits of state agencies

    The Oklahoma Senate on Wednesday in a bipartisan vote approved a bill creating an independent commission to conduct comprehensive performance audits of state agencies. House Bill 2311 is authored by Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Schulz, R-Altus, and House Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka.

    The bill creates the Agency Performance and Accountability Commission which is directed to conduct a comprehensive performance audit of state agencies, as well as conduct a diagnostic analysis of the state’s budget to identify spending trends. The commission would then make recommendations to the Legislature on how to implement best practices from both the private and public sector to ensure state government services are run in the most cost-effective manner.

    If our children are not taught how to participate in a robust exchange of ideas through debate and discussion, how on earth will we prepare them for adulthood. We do a grave injustice to our children if we allow them to be taught only to pass a test and not how to think through problems and to call into question the politically correct, ‘settled science’.

    Oklahoma’s Premier Conservative Group Endorses Tressa Nunley 
    in House District 75 Special Election

    Oklahoma Conservative PAC members interviewed candidates for the Oklahoma State House District 75 – Special Election for Broken Arrow and Tulsa voters. The contested Republican primary is coming up quickly on Tuesday, May 9th.

    John Michener, the President of OCPAC, released the following statement:

    “After a survey and interview process, OCPAC members voted overwhelmingly to endorse Tressa Nunley for Oklahoma House District 75.  We were impressed with the way she articulated fiscal conservatism and the need to champion liberty.  Citizens in Broken Arrow and Tulsa should feel good about voting for Tressa to defend their interests at the Capitol.”