Friday, October 21, 2016

Republican Ratings for all State House and Senate Districts

I've developed a rating system to determine how Republican each state house and state senate district is. The formula is comprised of the three elements: Mitt Romney's percentage in the 2012 presidential election (federal-level), Mary Fallin's performance in the 2014 gubernatorial election (state-level), and Republican voter registration (local-level).

Have a look at each full list. I included which members are leaving office (not seeking reelection, defeated in primaries, or term limited), as well as which districts have general election races.

On Monday (Lord willing) I'll post what I'm calling the Conservative Performance Index, where we'll examine each legislator's conservative score (an average of two different conservative rating systems) and compare it to their district's Republican rating.

Up first, State House:

At 70.6%, the most Republican district is HD61, which is comprised of the Panhandle and the far northwestern part of the state. The next three most Republican districts (HD67 - 69.7%, HD80 - 69.6%, HD69 - 69.1%) are all in south Tulsa and Broken Arrow, and #5 goes to HD41 at 68.7% (a gerrymandered district running from Enid to the edge of OKC).

The five least Republican districts are HD73 in  north Tulsa (10.0%), HD97 (17.0%) and HD99 (22.9%) in Oklahoma City, HD72 (29.3%) in north Tulsa, and 88 (31.5%) in Oklahoma City.

The average rating for all House seats is 51.9%. For Republican-held seats, it's 57.1%, and for Democrat-held seats the average is 40.4%.

The five most Republican seats held by Democrats are Wagoner County's HD12 at 54.9% (an open seat), HD8 (northeast) and HD85 (David Dank's old seat, the Democrats surprise special election win) at 53.9%, HD6 (northeast corner), and HD7 (far northeast corner).

The six least Republican seats held by Republicans are HD62 (41.8%) and HD64 (42.2%) in Lawton, Muskogee's HD14 and southeast Oklahoma's HD22 (43.4%), and Pontotoc County's HD25 and Sequoyah County's HD2 (45.4%).

Now, let's look at the State Senate:

The most Republican district is again in far northwest Oklahoma and the Panhandle - SD27 at 69.1%. Next are SD25 (67.3%) in south Tulsa, SD22 (66.2%) in northwest OKC, SD41 (65.0%) in the Edmond area, and SD33 (64.1%) in Broken Arrow.

The five least Republican districts are SD11 in  north Tulsa (17.7%), SD48 (18.3%) and SD46 (32.1%) in Oklahoma City, SD9 (38.2%) in Muskogee and Cherokee counties, and SD16 (40.1%) in Cleveland County.

The average rating for all Senate seats is 52.1%. For Republican-held seats, it's 55.3%, and for Democrat-held seats it's 38.3%.

The three most Republican seats held by Democrats are SD34 (the Brogdon/Brinkley seat, also a special election stunner) at 59.3%, SD1 (47.6%), and SD13 (46.6%).

The five least Republican seats held by Republicans are all in 'Little Dixie' -SD5 (41.1%), SD7 (41.3%), SD8 (41.4%), SD6 (44.3%), and SD4 (44.4%). I believe all five senators are the first Republicans ever elected in their seat.

If you'd like to see maps to show where all the different districts are, go here for State House maps and here for State Senate maps.

Tom Coburn supports SQ777, 'Right to Farm'

Former U.S. Senator Tom Coburn stars in a new ad from the Yes on 777 campaign, supporting the 'Oklahoma Right to Farm' state question:

Thursday, October 20, 2016

MVP: Lt. Gov. Lamb finishes 105th fundraiser for legislative candidates

Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb with SD1 GOP nominee Micheal Bergstrom and supporters

With an event today for Micheal Bergstrom, GOP nominee in Senate District 1, Oklahoma Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb has now done 105 fundraisers for Republican legislative candidates since taking office.

In the last three weeks, Lamb has also done events for State Rep. Tommy Hardin (HD49), Scott McEachin (HD67), Tammy West (HD84), Dave Rader (SD39), State Rep. Elise Hall (HD100), State Sen. Joseph Silk (SD5), and Dell Kerbs (HD26).

The most traveled of Oklahoma's statewide elected officials, Lamb is also in the midst of his 7th 77-county tour (actual events in each county, not simply driving through).

Lamb has likely helped Oklahoma Republican candidates raise hundreds of thousands of dollars (if each fundraiser averaged just $2,000 - a fairly low amount - the total would be over $200,000). I applaud his dedication in helping Republican candidates across the entire state. I doubt any other Oklahoma Republican elected official has done put forth as much effort as this.

While some might rake in cash for their own committees, and donate a mere pittance to candidates, Lamb has stepped up to the plate to legitimately help candidates win elections.

When it comes to elected officials helping elect more Republicans, I'd say that Lamb wins the MVP award.

OK2A gives State Sen. Joseph Silk top award

Oklahoma Second Amendment Association To Present Top Legislative Award to State Senator Joseph Silk at Heritage House Reception in Antlers

(10/19/2016) – Don Spencer, President of Oklahoma Second Amendment Association, will present the Minuteman Legislator of the Year Award to State Senator Joseph Silk (R-Broken Bow) at an event to be held in Silk's honor. The public is welcome and encouraged to attend the event, which will be at 4pm on Monday, October 24th at Heritage House, located at 610 SW D St in Antlers.

Don Spencer stated, "Senator Joseph Silk is a standout in the State Senate, tirelessly and stalwartly defending our 2nd Amendment rights and private property rights. Senator Silk was the Senate author for HJR1009 to update the state constitution to read to "The right to keep and bear arms …shall not be infringed.” This was OK2A’s premiere bill for the 2015 and 2016 session. He was senate author of multiple pieces of legislation to protect rights, from HB2936 which protects landowners from unjust condemnation to HB2637, the Oklahoma Hunting Freedom Act. State Senator Silk is a leader who has demonstrated strongly his commitment to upholding constitutional freedoms."

The award is given to the legislator who "aggressively defends the God-given right of the individual to self-preservation and who advances significant legislation to restore the Second Amendment right of the individual to keep and bear arms." In 2016, that award goes to State Senator Joseph Silk (R-Broken Bow).

State Senator Joseph Silk expressed his strong appreciation for recognition of his work in expanding gun rights. "The Minuteman Award is the capstone of the awards given in protection of our constitutional freedoms of gun and private property rights. With the uncertainties of the national election ahead of us, it is critically important that our state keep in place and add lawmakers who truly understand the absolute need to stand on our state level for state's rights to defend our 2nd Amendment and every freedom the US Constitution affords us."

State Senator Silk is endorsed by multiple groups, due to his strong leadership and accomplishments already in his first two years in office. The NRA, Gun Owners of America and Oklahoma Second Amendment Association have all endorsed Silk for re-election, and Silk earned a rare “A+” top rating from the NRA for his outstanding leadership on gun rights legislation. Silk is also endorsed by the National Federation of Independent Business for his work on creating policies that are friendly to job growth -policies which have resulted in a decrease in unemployment numbers in counties in Southeast Oklahoma. For his conservative, constitutional stands, former Senator, Dr. Tom Coburn and Oklahoma Conservative Pac also endorse Silk’s election.

For more information on Senator Silk, please visit his Facebook page /SenatorJosephSilk. For more information on OK2A, please visit or on Facebook at Oklahoma Second Amendment Association.

Solid red Utah going for... Evan McMullin?

Utah has gone Republican in every presidential election since 1968. In the last four elections, the GOP nominee received 72.62% (2012), 62.24% (2008), 71.5% (2004), and 66.8% (2000). In 2012 and 2004, no state had a higher percentage for the Republican candidate. In 2008 and 2000, Utah was third on the list of reddest states.

Thanks to a homegrown conservative Independent candidate, that may be about to change.

A native of Utah and a graduate of BYU, Evan McMullin spent 10 years in the CIA (2001-2011, including overseas service in the Middle East, North Africa and South Asia. In 2013, McMullin joined the U.S. House Committee on Foreign Affairs as a senior advisor and in 2015 became the chief policy director of the House Republican Conference, resigning shortly before he announced his presidential campaign on August 8th of this year.

Positioning himself as a principled conservative, McMullin is primarily appealing to conservatives and younger voters. His running mate is Mindy Finn, a tech expert who has worked on numerous Republican campaigns and served as a staffer for Sen. Mike Enzi (R-WY) and Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX). McMullin is 40, and Finn is 35, making the ticket perhaps the youngest in history.

Here are the polls taken in Utah since McMullin jumped in the presidential race:

August 19th: Trump 39%, Clinton 24%, Johnson 12%, McMullin 9%.
September 19th: Trump 34%, Clinton 25%, Johnson 13%, McMullin 12%.
October 11th: Trump 26%, Clinton 26%, McMullin 22%, Johnson 14%.
October 12th: Trump 34%, Clinton 28%, McMullin 20%, Johnson 9%.
October 14th: Trump 37%, Clinton 20%, McMullin 20%, Johnson 7%.
October 16th: Trump 30%, McMullin 29%, Clinton 28%, Johnson 5%.
October 19th: McMullin 31%, Trump 27%, Clinton 24%, Johnson 5%.

No third-party or Independent candidate has won a state since 1968. Evan McMullin might just change that.

Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Gun Owners of America endorses Steven McGowen in HD1

Steven McGowen, Candidate for State Representative, Earns Gun Owners of America Endorsement And NRA 'AQ' Rating
(Idabel, OK, 10/19/2016) -- Steven McGowen, candidate for Oklahoma’s House of Representatives, has earned the endorsement of Gun Owners of America, a national gun rights group committed to defeating restrictive gun legislation and politicians who are working to disarm the population. Gun Owners of America endorses the pro-gun candidate in a race who agrees that the 2nd Amendment truly is a right that ‘shall not be infringed’ – exactly as the Constitution intends. In addition, McGowen was awarded the 'AQ' pro-gun rights rating from the NRA.

Steven McGowen is pleased to be chosen to receive the Gun Owners of America endorsement, outperforming the incumbent Democrat legislator, Johnny Tadlock.

McGowen notes, “I’m not just a gun advocate on paper; I understand the inherent right in our U.S. Constitution that the right to Keep and Bear Arms should not be restricted. When I served in the military, I fought to uphold our Constitution. You can depend on me to continue that fight as your Representative in the State Legislature, to make sure that that right, and every right guaranteed in the U.S. Constitution, is upheld and protected.”

Steven McGowen, son of Earl and Sue McGowen, was raised in McCurtain County, where his great, great grandfather’s family settled as sharecroppers just after the Civil War. McGowen is a veteran of both the U.S. Army and then service in the National Guard, a former law enforcement officer, and currently a healthcare professional at the local McCurtain County hospital in Idabel. McGowen runs a cow/calf ranch in Garvin with his father.

To learn more about Steven McGowen and his candidacy for State Representative, visit

Inhofe endorses State Sen. Larry Boggs for re-election

Cites Valuable Partnership Inhofe and Boggs have on 
issues pertaining to state and the nation

U.S. Senator Jim Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) hosted an endorsement luncheon at Pete's Place in Krebs last Monday. A key reason State Sen. Larry Boggs (R-Wilburton) has earned Senator Inhofe's endorsement is because of the valuable partnership Inhofe and Boggs have on issues pertaining to the state and the nation. Boggs serves on both the veterans and transportation committees in the State Senate, while Inhofe is chairman on the U.S. Senate Environment and Public Works Committee and the senior member of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee.

"As a member of Oklahoma's Senate Transportation committee, Larry Boggs was been instrumental in providing input on what was needed locally in his district, which helped to secure much-needed funding to improve U.S. 69," said US Senator Inhofe.  "Larry Boggs has prioritized the urgent need to upgrade the highway, working collaboratively with city officials and ODOT to help keep the project on track.”

U.S. 69 is slated to get a new bridge, new highway surface, grading and drainage work. The project will bring more than $13 million to the area.  The improvement will stretch from Peaceable Road to Wade Watts Boulevard and is expected to take a little more than a year to be completed.

“This major highway upgrade is vital to helping keep our area economically competitive and attractive for new businesses and residents. I am glad to help make it happen," Sen. Boggs said. "Working behind the scenes in politics to help put pieces in place for the right overall decisions to be made might not be glamorous but it gets the job done."
"Larry Boggs and I are cut from the same conservative cloth,” Inhofe said. “I urge voters to send Larry back to the State Capitol because he has proven that he will faithfully represent the district's rural interests while promoting the core values important to the people of Southeast Oklahoma."
Larry Boggs is a lifelong resident of Southeastern Oklahoma, successful business owner and rancher.
On Monday, October 24, Lt. Governor Lamb will host an endorsement luncheon in Larry Boggs' honor at Pete's Place, 120 SW 8th Street in Krebs at 12 noon. To RSVP, please email