Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Horowitz: Fallin named co-chair of RNC Platform Committee as reward for betrayal

Liberal Mary Fallin Appointed Co-Chair of RNC Platform Committee

Here is an anecdote that perfectly exemplifies the state of play within the modern day Republican Party.

Oklahoma is easily among the most conservative states, if not THE most conservative state, in the country.  Yet, because we live under a political oligarchy, the most conservative state cannot even stop the most extreme leftist concepts, namely, that men are women too.

As soon as Obama promulgated his transgender mandate earlier this month, the Oklahoma legislature jumped into action to block the illegal edict.  The bathroom safety bill, SB 1619, was originally sponsored by the Senate pro temp and the House speaker.  Suddenly, the Chamber of (Crony) Commerce came out against the bill, and Speaker Jeffrey Hickman took his name off it.  According to local grassroots activists, Gov. Mary Fallin, who has not uttered a word in defense of state’s rights against Obama’s absurd and immoral decree, has ensured that state party leaders backed off the bill.  With just three days left until the end of the session, the bill is now stalled.  

This betrayal follows on the heels of Gov. Fallin vetoing the most sweeping pro-life bill to pass a state legislature in years.  Thanks to Fallin’s veto, Oklahoma will get its first abortion clinic next month since 1974.  Thus, we have a state where every state-wide and federally elected official is a Republican, every county voted against Obama, Republicans have a 4-1 majority in the Senate and super majority in the House, yet they can’t stand for life or for a man being a man!

In what is unlikely a coincidence, Gov. Fallin was rewarded for her perfidy by being chosen as a co-chair of the RNC Platform Committee at the convention in Cleveland!        

Could you imagine Democrats choosing a governor who had just vetoed a gay privileges bill or a gun control bill being selected to co-chair their committee drafting the party platform?  Could you imagine a Democrat governor of any sort in a deep blue state vetoing liberal legislation on critical issues at all?  Yet, in the Republican Party, bucking the party platform in a resume enhancer…enough to elevate you to drafting the party platform!  In the case of Gov. Fallin, she badly wants to be considered as Trump’s running mate.  Hence, she has tossed social issues under the bus (not that recognizing men as men and women as women is a social issue).

Therein lies the imbalance between the parties.  Our problems run much deeper than the betrayal on the federal level.  We don’t even have conservative leadership among the ranks of Republicans in the states where Democrats are completely marginalized.  Republicans control the trifecta of the legislatures and governorships in 23 states, many of them with super majorities in the legislatures, yet North Carolina is the only state that has successfully stood up against a gender-bender agenda that was considered extreme even for Democrats just a few years ago.

This is why the question of whether to vote for Trump or not misses the point.  Whatever you personally decide to do, if conservatives fail to unite behind broader strategies to either take back the Republican Party or chart the path to a third party, the two liberal parties will stifle conservative ideas in all 50 states.  

Daniel Horowitz is a Senior Editor at ConservativeReview.com.

Liberty Counsel blasts Fallin’s veto of pro-life bill

Governor Fallin’s Despicable Betrayal

OKLAHOMA CITY — [On May 20th] Governor Mary Fallin vetoed SB 1552 which would allow for the revocation of medical licenses for doctors who perform abortions after viability. The measure has an exception to save the life of the mother. The Oklahoma Senate passed the bill yesterday 33-12.

SB 1552 was authored by Sen. Nathan Dahm. Yet this legislation was initiated by a local pastor, Paul Blair, with the support and guidance of Liberty Counsel. Mat Staver met with the Attorney General, Governor Fallin and members of the House and  the Senate to discuss the proposed bill late last year. The governor approved the bill and gave her assurance she was behind it.

“As one who proclaims to be pro-life, her actions run counter to her words,” said Mat Staver, Founder and Chairman of Liberty Counsel. “This is a despicable betrayal of her word and of innocent children whose lives will be cut short because of her cowardly act. I encourage the Oklahoma legislators to veto the governor and Liberty Counsel stands ready to defend this bill,” said Staver.

Liberty Counsel is an international nonprofit, litigation, education, and policy organization dedicated to advancing religious freedom, the sanctity of life, and the family since 1989, by providing pro bono assistance and representation on these and related topics.

Monday, May 23, 2016

Phipps: Lefties calling Oklahoma ‘backwards’ is music to my ears

Fellow Oklahoma blogger Charles Phipps of OKPolitechs wrote a great post that I had to share (read the full article here):

Is Oklahoma a ‘Backwards’ State? 

Legislative sessions in Oklahoma are usually rife with contention, last-minute budget deals and unconventional bills and this year has certainly been no exception.  With this year’s budget still being a huge question mark, cuts are already happening and many departments have already begun trimming staff.  Medicaid, the earned income tax credit  and education funding are issues making the news, along with non-budgetary items including abortions and school restrooms.  Yes, restrooms.

Put it all together with a few other things and it’s apparently enough that some have labeled Oklahoma a ‘backwards’ state.  A national laughingstock. An embarrassment.  I have probably seen more negative articles and comments about Oklahoma and our legislature this year than any other.  Articles such as the one titled “Oklahoma Continues Marching Backwards Into the 1950’s With New Laws.” One column I saw shared frequently was from Ginnie Graham of the Tulsa World, who said, “Oklahoma sure had one embarrassing week.”  It was pretty clear from her column that her politics are liberal and her disdain for the legislature reflected that.  She railed not only about the budget situation but also an abortion bill, the “Great Bathroom Debate of 2016” as she put it, and other things that aren’t related to the legislature.
“After days like these, there’s a need for contemplation, a bit of anger and a lot of action. If this isn’t the tipping point, it must be near. Oklahoma has to do better than what our elected lawmakers are giving us.”

Oklahoma has to do better.  That’s an attitude expressed by many lately.  But better in what respect?  Better at the budget?  Better at not cutting whatever pet issue the complainer cares about? Better at ignoring issues that many do care about, such as abortion and the restroom issue?

There’s no debating the fact that the state budget is in trouble this year.  With the budget shortfall being more than $1 billion, cuts are unavoidable. The question is, what gets cut? No matter what gets cut, people will complain.  Education gets cut; people complain. Social services get cut; people complain.  Staffing gets cut; people lose their jobs, including some of the people with whom I’ve worked for years.  I doubt you could find anyone connected to the budget process, from those who create it to those who are affected by it, who are happy with the current situation.

What seems to be riling people the most is that some of the legislators have the temerity to propose legislation dealing with social issues while work on the budget is proceeding.  Why, the nerve!  I wish I had a dollar for every person who has said that legislators have no right to propose any legislation until the budget is “fixed.”  What that really means is they don’t like the legislation being proposed.  This year is certainly no different.

Senator Nathan Dahm submitted SB1552, which would have made it a felony for a person to perform or induce an abortion.  Any person doing so would have faced between one and three years in the state penitentiary.  Of course, this bill was quickly labeled an outrage by those who see nothing wrong with abortion. Senator Dahm said he had hoped the bill would eventually end up at the Supreme Court and result in Roe v. Wade being overturned.  That’s not going to happen now since Governor Fallin vetoed the bill, saying some of the language was “too vague.”

Another proposal receiving scorn was Senate Concurrent Resolution 43, which takes on the so-called “bathroom issue.”  SCR43 is a direct response to the U.S. Department of Education telling schools that federal law requires them to allow students to use the restrooms and locker rooms “consistent with their gender identity” and that receipt of federal funding for schools would be in jeopardy for noncompliance.  SCR43 condemns the action by the DOE, directs the Oklahoma Attorney General to defend Oklahomans against this federal overreach and requests that Oklahoma’s representatives in the U.S. House of Representatives file articles of impeachment against President Obama and the Secretary of Education, among others.

Naturally, SCR43 was met with outrage similar to that levied against Senator Dahm’s abortion bill.  Even in a year with no budget woes, these bills would have been met with scorn and derision. In addition to SCR43, SB1619 was proposed and would allow for religious accommodations to be requested by students who don’t wish to share a bathroom or locker room with students of the opposite sex. SB1619 was passed by a joint committee and can now be considered by the full Senate.  I was surprised to see Senator David Holt comment on the floor of the Senate that he was “ashamed” that so much time had been spent on the restroom issue, rather than focusing on the budget.  Senator Holt is an advocate for budget-only sessions every other year.

The budget, abortion, bathrooms, earned income tax credit, Medicaid, education… The totality of issues and unexpected legislation during this session has served Oklahoma’s detractors well, giving them ample targets for their scorn.

Is any of it justified?  Is Oklahoma really a ‘backwards’ state?

Madison Project PAC endorses Jarrin Jackson

The Madison Project endorses Jarrin Jackson in OK-2
Monday, May 23rd, 2016

This is why we exist as a PAC-to shake up the status quo. Years ago, we committed to systematically working through each deeply red district or state to find Members of Congress whose voting record does not match up to their districts and work to replace them with a Member who will be just as conservative as their district.

This mentality is what lead us to launch the Madison Performance Index (MPI) in 2013. When we asked the simple question, “Is this Member voting in line with his or her district?” there was no simple answer. Now there is and when we looked at the make up of Oklahoma’s 2nd Congressional District it became apparent that the current Member, Markwayne Mullin, was nowhere near voting in line with a district that is R+20, scoring -27.5 on the MPI. He is seemingly more interested in doing the bidding of the Establishment leadership than representing his district and advancing conservatism.

Which is why today we are thrilled to get the opportunity to endorse Jarrin Jackson in his run to unseat Congressman Mullin and work towards electing a truly conservative Member is this strong Republican district.

A 5th generation Oklahoman and graduate of West Point, Jarrin is the veteran of two tours in Afghanistan, serving as a platoon and company commander. After an honorable discharge from the Army, he has turned his attention towards serving his country in another role and that is getting our country back on track. When he announced his run for Congress late last fall, Jarrin said:
“This is a time for triage and intervention, not maintenance. Our country is getting sicker, and our enemies are using our goodness against us. We need to counter that. I am conservative, but I want to be judged by performance, not labels. I offer American values, fresh ideas, and military ­grade grit.”
We couldn’t agree more and today, we are excited to support Jarrin in his run for Congress.

Music Monday: Paid in Full (Through Jesus, Amen)

This week's Music Monday is Paid in Full (Through Jesus, Amen).


Click to go below the page break to see all 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.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Gov. Fallin vetoes pro-life measure

Look like the days of Oklahoma governors vetoing pro-life bills didn't end when Brad Henry left office:

May 20, 2016

Governor Mary Fallin Vetoes Unconstitutional Anti-Abortion Bill

OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin, who has a long history of championing and signing pro-life and pro-family legislation, today vetoed a measure that would have banned abortion in the state because the bill was vague and would not withstand a criminal constitutional legal challenge.
Fallin is the most pro-life governor in the nation. She has signed 18 bills supporting pro-life values and protecting the health and lives of mothers and their unborn children.

Senate Bill 1552 would have made it a felony for physicians to perform abortions. It also contained a provision to revoke their medical licenses unless the abortion was necessary to save the life of the mother.

“The bill is so ambiguous and so vague that doctors cannot be certain what medical circumstances would be considered ‘necessary to preserve the life of the mother,’” Fallin said.

“The absence of any definition, analysis or medical standard renders this exception vague, indefinite and vulnerable to subjective interpretation and application,” she wrote in her veto message.

“While I consistently have and continue to support a re-examination of the United States Supreme Court’s decision in Roe v. Wade, this legislation cannot accomplish that re-examination,” Fallin wrote. “In fact, the most direct path to a re-examination of the United States Supreme Court’s ruling in Roe v. Wade is the appointment of a conservative, pro-life justice to the United States Supreme Court.”

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Rep. George Faught Endorses Jarrin Jackson Against Mullin

Rep. George Faught Publicly Endorses Jarrin Jackson Against Mullin
Says “The people of the 2nd District deserve honesty and integrity”

Muskogee, OK – State Representative George Faught (R-Muskogee) has released a public endorsement of Jarrin Jackson, the Republican candidate opposing Congressman Markwayne Mullin in the June 28th primary election. Faught was the runner-up in the GOP runoff election for the 2nd Congressional District seat in 2012. He is the first state-level elected official to publicly endorse against the incumbent.

“In a time when our beloved country is teetering on the precipice, it is our duty to send a true patriot to Washington, D.C., who will fight to save our Republic. Former US Army Captain Jarrin Jackson is that man. His leadership, integrity and character has been forged in the trenches of the heat of battle and we know we can trust him to take on the establishment and return our nation to the Constitutional principles that America was founded upon,” said Faught.

“Jarrin Jackson will fight for the principles that we as conservatives hold dear. He will do whatever it takes to defund Planned Parenthood and defend the Right to Life. He will work to strengthen our military and protect our veterans. He will not cave to the pressure to grow government scope and spending or succumb to the lure of power and control.”

Noting blatant inconsistencies between Mullin’s campaign promises and his record as a congressman, Rep. Faught stated that the people of the 2nd District deserve honesty and integrity in their representative.

“Jarrin’s heart to serve was proven when he enlisted in the Army following the 9/11 terrorist attacks on our country. A West Point graduate and Army Ranger with two Bronze Stars, he will continue to keep his pledge to ‘defend the Constitution against all enemies, both foreign and domestic.’ Those currently in office who ignore our Constitution are betraying this nation vote by vote. We need a battle-tested leader, a warrior who will never surrender or be intimidated – Oklahoma and America need Jarrin Jackson in Congress!”

Learn more about Jarrin Jackson and his campaign for the 2nd Congressional District at JarrinJackson.com, or on Facebook.

Rep. George Faught (R-Muskogee) is currently serving his fourth term in the Oklahoma House of Representatives and chairs the Administrative Rules Committee. He was the first Republican ever elected to House District 14, which covers eastern Muskogee and western Cherokee counties.