A measure to require party nominees to state their position on party platform planks, very narrowly failed, by less than 1%. It brought serious questions about the accuracy of software being used to tabulate weighted votes.
Bloggers; Michael Bates and Al Gerhart are being given access to independently analyze the data and spreadsheets. we expect their work to be published in the coming days.
The Platform was not given a vote this year because the body lost the minimum quorum before the matter reached a hearing on the convention floor. We now remain guided by the 2015 OKGOP Platform.
The facilities of First Moore Baptist Church were excellent for the purpose of the convention. The Credentials Committee did their work flawlessly. The catered lunch was excellent. The Costs were well contained. The harmony of the floor was better than most years.
Chairman Josh Cockroft and his parliamentarian, AJ Ferratti were mostly respectful, engaging, and constructive. Perhaps no one will chair this body with the competence that Gary Jones mastered the disaster which was the poorly organized 2015 convention. Rep. Cockroft came as close as anyone, to the mastery of the job which Jones has demonstrated.
In recent years we are seeing several great Republicans drop out of party participation. That is probably due to the disastrously contentious 2015 in-fighting. This convention was a pleasure for our family to experience. We hope the party continues the good trends, repairs the bad practices, and reaches out to a greater base of conservative Oklahomans.
Opinion of the Editor
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David Van Risseghem is the Director of Sooner Politics.org. The resource is committed to informing & mobilizing conservative Oklahomans for civic reform. This endeavor seeks to utilize the efforts of all cooperative facets of the Conservative movement...