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Wednesday, May 4, 2016

OCPAC Endorses Jarrin Jackson for Congress

OCPAC Endorses Jarrin Jackson for U.S. Congress, OK-District 2
Spokesman says current Congressman Mullin has not kept his word

May 4, 2016 (Oklahoma City, OK) -- The Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Committee (OCPAC) announced its endorsement of Republican Jarrin Jackson for Congress, who is challenging incumbent Congressman Markwayne Mullin for Oklahoma’s second district. The group voted overwhelmingly in support of the decorated combat veteran, with several citing disappointment in Mullin’s vote record of growing government and increasing the national debt to unprecedented levels.

“Jarrin is a Jim Bridenstine grassroots conservative who will defend the Constitution. He won’t disappoint conservatives in District Two who are still wondering why Mullin voted for the Omnibus – a $19 trillion dollar debt disgrace,” former President of OCPAC, Charlie Meadows, said after the group interviewed Jackson.

He said, “Jarrin is a combat veteran. He knows what it means to serve others and defend our Constitution. America is starved for leadership, and his record of service shows that he is willing to sacrifice his comfort for our nation’s success. He has already proven that he will keep his word and do what he says. District Two will be well-served to elect Jarrin Jackson as a true representative of our state’s conservative, constitutional values.”

Jackson used Mullin’s record to justify his candidacy. “Markwayne Mullin consistently votes to grow government. From the Omnibus to education to Amtrak to the Ex-Im Bank, Mullin has a record of spending other people’s money to make government bigger,” said Jackson.

Jarrin Jackson, a graduate of West Point and former Army Ranger, earned 2 bronze stars in service during two combat tours in Afghanistan. A 5th generation Oklahoman from Oologah, he and his physician wife Katie raise their two boys, Lloyd and Dale, in Claremore, Oklahoma.


For more information on Jarrin Jackson and his principled stands for Oklahoma and our country, please visit his campaign website: jarrinjackson.com, and Facebook at jarrinjackson1.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Music Monday: My God Is a Rock

This week's Music Monday is My God Is a Rock, sung by The Master's Chorale from the Master's College in Santa Clarita, California.

Enjoy!



Click here to see previous Music Monday posts. Do you have a song you'd like to submit for a future Music Monday? Email me at JamisonFaught@MuskogeePolitico.com.

Map: voter affiliation changes in March

When I asked the state election board for information on Libertarian Party registration (see my post this morning), I also asked to if they tracked how many voters switched from one party to another. They were kind enough to send me that as well, so I put that data into the graphic below:

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This was interesting to see, so in the future I'll probably try to get data that covers an entire year.

Things to note:

  • Contrary to popular belief, far more Independents switched to Republican than Republicans switched to Independent
  • Relatively few Republicans switched parties (2,342 Republicans compared to 8,882 Democrats and 4,939 Independents)
  • Former Republicans comprise about 48.25% (314) of all registered Libertarians (651 total)
  • One voter made at least two registration changes during the last 8 days of March: something/unregistered to Libertarian to Republican. Talk about busy!
  • One voter switched from Americans Elect to the GOP (AE is a recognized "political organization" as opposed to a "political party"; why there's a distinction beats me. 12 Oklahomans are registered under Americans Elect, with 5 of them here in Muskogee County).


Map: Oklahoma Libertarian Party registration by county

With the re-birth of the Oklahoma Libertarian Party, I've worked up a new voter registration map.

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After the Oklahoma Libertarian Party was officially recognized on March 21st and before the March 31st voter registration cutoff for the June primary, Libertarian voters registered in 55 of Oklahoma's 77 counties. There are now 651 OLP members, or 0.033% of all registered voters in Oklahoma.

The above map illustrates the raw total of registered Libertarians by county. Ironically, Oklahoma County has the highest raw total with 183, but is 5th in percentage (0.48%), while Cherokee County has the highest percentage (0.84%), but is 5th in raw total (19).

OK House GOP picking Speaker-Designate today


The Oklahoma House Republican caucus meets today to elect the Speaker-designate for the 2017-2018 legislative term. The leading candidates are Earl Sears of Bartlesville and Charles McCall of Atoka.

Sears, aged 63, is finishing his fifth term and was first elected in 2006. He is currently the Chairman of the Appropriations & Budget Committee. Sears is a retired educator.

McCall, aged 46, is finishing his second term as a legislator, having first been elected in 2012. McCall was mayor of Atoka from 2005 until his election to the state house. He is also the CEO of AmeriState Bank in Atoka.

Friday, April 29, 2016

"There, but for the grace of God, go I"

I read an article this morning about a U.S. Army sergeant who was on the brink of being discharged from the Army for interfering with an Afghan official who had been serially molesting young boys. Fortunately, military justice seems to have been prodded into good sense and the soldier will be allowed to stay in service.

I asked a veteran who served in Afghanistan how widespread this sort of behavior was there, and he said it was an everyday occurrence. Sometimes Afghan soldiers and police did it under the guise of interrogation. "Might makes right" is the norm over there.

America is an incredible place. Our founding fathers understood the nature of man as described in the Bible. They understood the depravity of man, and that man unrestrained follows the strongest impulses of his nature - pride, greed and lust.

For this reason our founders placed strict limits on the government, intended to restrain these excesses of man's nature. Yet even they understood that the form of government they gave us would only work with a moral people, a people who understood and followed the principles of the Bible.

The article reminded me of the old saying, "There, but for the grace of God, go I". Have you ever pondered how supremely fortunate you are to have been born in America? Why me? Why was I not born in some other land? Why was I not subjected to the same sort of experiences others endure?

Inscrutable are the ways of God. Romans 9:20-21 says "Nay but, oh man, who art thou that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to Him that formed it, why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honor, and another unto dishonor?"  And in Romans 11:33 - "O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments, and His ways past finding out!"

The sovereignty of God in all things is a difficult thing to comprehend, but is a wonderful truth. We should be grateful every day for the mercy God showed in placing us where we were born and for the salvation He so freely gives, unworthy though we are.

God placed you where you are for a reason, and for reasons known only to Him. What are you doing about it?

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Cruz announces Carly Fiorina as his VP pick



Cruz Chooses Carly Fiorina as Vice Presidential Running Mate

Presidential candidate Ted Cruz today announced that former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina would be his Vice Presidential running mate. As a groundbreaking executive and the first woman to lead a Fortune 50 company, Fiorina brings a record of innovation and tremendous leadership to the Cruz campaign. An outsider to politics, Fiorina adds a fresh perspective to the difficult challenges America faces and has a solutions-oriented approach that is desperately needed in the federal government.

“In choosing the person I believe would honorably and faithfully serve in the office of the Vice President – the person who under our Constitution could ascend either temporarily or permanently to the presidency – there must be a higher criteria, and that criteria must be this: will that person keep the faith and trust of the American people?” Ted Cruz said. “For all the enormously impressive qualities I saw in others whom I considered for the office of the Vice Presidency of the United States, I found a clear choice:

“One who has never been afraid to stand up to the insider status quo. Who knows the principles of the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution because this leader has lived them – a life dedicated to the dignity of work, of our right to pursue our wildest aspirations – and to help others do the same. And a leader who understands that power never has and never will come from the government – here in the United States it comes from the people.

“Who respects the people, who has worked alongside them, and who will serve them with an unbreakable purpose of protecting every one of their rights – and making sure that the America we hand to our kids and grandkids is better than the one before us today.

“For the 13 months of this race, there has been a proven, consistent, courageous fighter. A fighter who terrifies Hillary. And who will do the same to our enemies. And that’s why I am proud to announce Carly Fiorina as my Vice Presidential running mate.”

“Ted Cruz is a constitutional conservative who has made enemies in both parties standing up to the bipartisan corruption in Washington,” said Carly Fiorina. “He has fought to change the system. He kept his word to the people of Texas, and I know, if elected, he will keep his word and bring back American jobs, defend our nation, and protect our constitutional freedoms.

“Make no mistake: this is a fight now. Ted and I can't do this without your help. And this is about all of us. It's about whether we want our kids to be able to get a good paying job when they get out of school. It's about whether we want to turn our backs on religious liberty and our second amendment. It's about whether we want to live in a nation that secures its borders and calls Islamic terrorism by its name. It is about whether we believe America must lead again in the world.

“This is why we fight. Join us. And let's elect Ted Cruz the next President of the United States.”