For the second year in his term, Tulsa Republican Party Chairman, Mike Ford, has blocked precincts of their authority to hold their own biennial meetings and elections. He forbids them from meeting in their own precincts (as the state permanent rules require them to do).
This past month State GOP Chair, Pam Pollard, held a State Committee meeting to address this matter, and they voted by 98% to insure the precincts' authority to organize their own location in their precinct, but they must return their required report in a timely manner, back to the County Party's Central Committee. The State Committee is the highest standing authority in the OKGOP.
Precinct 456 Chairman, Larry Williamson participated in that State Committee meeting as the proxy for Senator Nathan Dahm. A record of the meeting indicates that Mike Ford did not attend. This week, Larry Williamson and the precinct 456 leadership issued a letter to State Chairman Pollard, seeking her intervention in the matter.
Last year, Williamson, who leads the most active and organized precinct, (# 456 in Broken Arrow) met in their own residential subdivision and had a thorough and well-attended meeting. Their State Representative and State Senator both attended and addressed the constituents.
Senator Nathan Dahm had to secure the mandated packet of official precinct meeting forms, for the official report of delegates chosen to represent them at the County Convention.
In a time when 'conservatives' control all aspects of the budgeting process, And most homes have several dozen TV channels, plus internet access to millions more; there still remains an outdated mode of socialized broadcasting at the expense of the taxpayer. With a state govt. going deeper into long-term debt and facing yearly shortfalls approaching a billion dollars, there remains a question of why the legislature still insists on sending millions of dollars toward the notion that the people of Oklahoma won't have TV without state assistance?
OETA somehow has escaped the chopping block by schmoozing lawmakers in the most influential leadership posts. But in the wake of the Tea Party Revolution of 2010, there was a call for ending the OETA's dependency on state funding. Here's one such call by Leslie Osborn.
House Floor Leader, Jon Echols, wrote a passionate call for all of Oklahoma to come together for the sake of making Oklahoma a better place for the generations to come. SoonerPolitics believes it's worth echoing.
I'm bothered so much by what I have watched and read these last couple days. People are saying such vile things, doing everything they can to shout down those they don't agree with. And now, there are people actually justifying openly mocking a ten year old. A TEN YEAR OLD!!! I didn't know exactly what to say. So I think I'll say this.
I am proud to serve the people of Oklahoma and the citizens of House District 90. I am proud that I work with many good people, some are republicans and some are democrats. I'm proud that they, like me, sacrifice time away from their families because they have a burning desire to make the state better. And I'm proud that the vast majority of them fight for their beliefs with honor, integrity, and a hope that at the end of the day the right thing will happen.
So in the end, here is my point. I don't care if you are liberal or conservative. I don't care if you are a man or a woman. I don't care if you are a democrat or a republican. If you want to make this state better, you are my ally not my enemy. Maybe we wont immediately agree on exactly what that is, but maybe if we reason together instead of yelling at each other we can reach a point of common ground. I'm not offering to give up my conservative beliefs. And I'm not asking a liberal to give up their liberal beliefs. Maybe we reach that point of impasse where we simply agree to disagree. But please understand even then, if your goal is to make the state better you are still not my enemy nor am I yours!!! Instead we can fight that issue out like ladies and gentlemen. And then, when it is over, reason together again, because maybe we will reach agreement on the next issue.
So while the world appears to be getting more and more adversarial and angry, I'll be the guy at the Capitol trying to do his job. To everyone else, stay true to your ideas! Do what it takes to set the world on fire with concepts and ideals that will leave the world a better place! But please leave some room for people like me. People who are far more concerned with leaving this state a better place then they are with embarrassing or shaming those that disagree with them. Then maybe, we can fix some of the many problems that need solutions. And we can give your children and mine a better world then we had.
Breitbart News reports that Leftist Hate Groups turned violent on the campus of the University of Washington, last night.
Vandalism and looting reports came in early, followed by pepper spray and other assaults. It stopped when a person was shot.
Milo Yiannopoulos was scheduled to speak to a civics group at the campus and defiant leftists and other intolerant groups were determined not to let his message be heard.
Ironically, the protesters met at "Red Square" and assaulted Milo's production crew. Law Enforcement officials said they confiscated numerous weapons last night from the protesters.
While the Milo event was properly scheduled and organized, the protesting mob violated numerous laws and campus rules. Yet the police allowed the leftist protesters to continue, but nearly shut down the free speech of the one orderly conservative, Milo Yiannopoulis
The shooting suspect is described as 50 years old and of asian descent. He came into the police facility and claimed his actions were in self defense. Supporters of Milo had been violently accosted, as shown in the video below, involving Milo's support team. The critically injured man is said to be 34 years old and in critical condition, having undergone emergency surgery.
Here's part of the Breitbart report:
Under Gary Stanislawski's Senate Bill 244, virtual students who don’t log on to their program at least once a day for five days during a seven-day week would be marked absent. The schools would be required to submit to the Statewide Virtual Charter School Board a report when a student accumulates 10 absences.
Oklahoma Watch wrote an extensive report of the bill and interviewed Stanislawski. But some glaring questions go unanswered.
This bill harkens back to the days when former Sen. Jim Wilson (a Tahlequah Democrat), would threaten to put homeschool kids in jail if they are seen unattended at the park on days when public schools decide that it's a school day. The families who conduct school days in June & July would not get to apply those days in place of days in November or February. Families who take spring break during a different week of March, would also be truants.
I guess Stanislawski's bill serves to prove that Epic One On One will not be allowed to work like a homeschool. Recently, Stanislawski pushed legislation which made the Oklahoma Legislature and their Board of Virtual Schools the sponsor of Epic as a charter school, rather than a local school district. So the responsibility for policy now rests squarely upon Senate Education Chairman Stanislawski and other legislative leaders.
Many homeschool leaders warned Oklahoma families not to view a state-run curriculum as a traditional homeschool process. They are now saying; "We told you so." I disagreed with them 6 years ago, but bills like SB244 now prove I was wrong to dismiss the warning.
I don't believe Sen. Stanislawski is being deliberately harmful to the more than 40,000 home-educated students and their parents. I just think this former Jenks school board member has a mindset which doesn't comprehend the homeschoolers' needs for flexibility in format. How about waiting until we see a widespread failure of home educating, before we declare an emergency, as Stanislawski has declared.
I urge the legislature to stop this effort to restrict the families who educate their children at home. This bill could result in many home educating parents going to criminal court and facing some very adversarial district attorneys' charges.