May 14th 20017 Newsletter
House Bills 2403 and 2347
A Hundred Million Dollars in Tax Increases
Coming up Next Week on One Bill Alone
Two House Bills that need phone calls and emails immediately are HB 2043 and HB 2347. Look at the bottom of this newsletter for contact information for the House members and how to find out who your own state representative is.
HB 2403 is a $101,819,000 tax increase on Oklahomans that works by restricting itemized deductions to $17,000 per year for fiscal years 2017-2018-2019. Charitable deductions are not included after an uproar late last week over the harm it would do to charities. Passing committee on an 18 to 7 vote the bill is going to have a hard time getting the 76 votes needed if the Democrats vote in opposition but Democratic Minority Leader Scott Inman and the other Democrats supported the measure . Below is the vote from last Thursday's committee meeting:
Caldwell Cockroft Dunnington Henke
Inman Kouplen Loring O'Donnell
Ortega Osborn (L) Ownbey Pfeiffer
Proctor Roberts (D) Sanders Sears
Bennett (J) Biggs Calvey Casey
Jordan Martin Murphey
HB 2347 is essentially the same bill without the charity donation protection. Votes for that bill in committee are below but they are from the Monday vote before the charities started howling :
Biggs Caldwell Casey Cockroft
Dunnington Echols Henke Jordan
Kouplen Loring O'Donnell Ortega
Osborn (L) Ownbey Pfeiffer Proctor
Roberts (D) Russ Sanders Sears
Stone Virgin Wallace
Bennett (J) Calvey
These bills will be part of the 2017 RINO Index along with the other tax and fee raising bills. What we are doing different this year is after completing the RINO Index a few weeks after the session closes we will be emailing the results to the hundreds of people that signed up to run for office in 2016, including the opponents of all those new freshmen legislators. The goal is to show that the tax hogs are vulnerable so that these former challengers start their 2018 campaign early.
We would remind everyone that Zack Taylor won the old Tom Newel seat by just 28 votes so they might want to think twice before voting for tax increases. The Democratic nearly took that formerly safe “Republican” house seat.
2017 State GOP Convention Voting System
What an Amazing Mess
Last weekend was the annual GOP State Convention that was turned from a refreshingly well run convention into a massive loss of trust and respect for those who run the GOP thanks to the corruption of the convention chairman Rep. Josh Cockcroft and parliamentarian AJ Ferratti.
The massive controversy started after a close voice vote on Rule 5 which would have held GOP candidates accountable for following the GOP Party Platform, requiring the candidates mark up a copy of the Platform stating where they agreed and disagreed. Rep. Cockcroft, the proud owner of a RINO level voting record, obviously had a huge conflict of interest as did his partner in crime AJ Ferratti so they took advantage of their positions to help torpedo the vote and to shut down discussion or amendments exposing their chicanery.
As the spreadsheet showing the live voting tallies being recorded was projected onto three walls of the convention it became obvious that there were problems with the macros or formulas used to tally the votes, then suddenly without warning the screens went blank. Pandemonium erupted as this ruse has been used before to cheat the grassroots and keep power in the hands of the RINOs. The problems were laid out by a well experienced Excel expert and motions were rejected out of hand without a vote by Rep. Cockcroft and AJ Ferratti, threats were made to remove challengers from the convention by parliamentarian AJ Ferratti, and together the due steamrolled over opposition by denying the use of Party Rules, convention rules, or Roberts Rules of Order. Cockcroft ruled as if he was in a committee chairman post and impervious and imperial.
Wiser heads prevailed and you can read this account of newly re elected GOP Chairman Pollard leading the core group of challengers
headed by Sooner Tea Party leader Al Gerhart up the long stairs to the balcony where copies of the spreadsheets were given to two of the experts and later distributed to more Excel experts so the macros and formulas could be cleared of any claims of corruption. The story above misinterpreted part of our last week's newsletter; the formulas and macros were in no way cleared as of that point in time.
Starting on Monday the spreadsheets had been distributed to a small group of other Excel experts and activists, starting a discussion on the intricacies of the macros and whether or not mistakes or corruption on the vote had happened. This story by Batesline.com, one of the participants in the group, lays out the facts quite well
. At the end we couldn't find anything that compromised the vote, something that convention chairman Rep. Josh Cockcroft obviously feared as he stonewalled and bulldozed any attempt to allow oversight and transparency. Chairman Pollard did do an end run around Cockcroft which showed wisdom and a spirit of bringing transparency.
Late next week the group will begin discussing a way forward to make the voting more transparent and more immune to hacking, a process that will put to rest a lot of distrust that exists between the grass roots and those running the GOP. GOP officials have vowed to make changes to make the process cleaner including simplified formulas and processes, digital signatures on all spreadsheets, and advance distribution of the vote totaling spreadsheet prior to the convention. While we are sure that those in charge of this spreadsheet were trying to get by the spreadsheet had been patched and morphed and was quite unwieldy and impossible for the average Excel user to understand.
The end result was that Rule 5 was defeated by one measly vote, 257 to 256. However due to vote weighting where some counties had only a half vote per attendee and other counties had as many as two votes per attendee the voice vote outcome and the standing vote outcome would have easily been seen as higher than the weighted vote so the concerns were valid.
The Batesline.com story also laid out the controversy over chairman Rep. Josh Cockcroft's illegal and corrupt decision to refuse to hear Rule 6 as required under GOP Party Rules, convention rules, and Roberts Rules of Order. Cockcroft's anemic voting record was an embarrassment to the boy so he and AJ Ferratti were more than biased in the successful corruption of shutting down debate and voting for another embarrassing rule change. Here are the two Rules that are in debate:
Rule #5, the one vote defeated Rule:
The Oklahoma Republican Party State Chairman, in the interest of informing the voting public during primary elections and special elections, shall request Republican candidates for President of the United States of America and Oklahoma's statewide and federal congressional elected offices to affirm which sections of the Platform of the Oklahoma Republican Party they support. This request shall be made to official candidates within ten (10) business days of the filing deadline for these offices. The deadline for candidate response is ten (10) business days from the date of the Chairman's request. This request and responses to it may be made in written, typed, or electronic form. The Platform shall be made available to the candidates in the request.
The State Chairman shall make public the candidates' responses, or failure to respond, on the Oklahoma Republican Party's website and to the press within ten (10) business days of the request deadline. The Oklahoma statewide-elected offices are Governor, Lieutenant Governor, Auditor and Inspector, Attorney General, State Treasurer, Superintendent of Public Instruction, Commissioner of Labor, Commissioner of Insurance, and Corporation Commissioner. The Oklahoma federal congressional elected offices are United States Congressman and United States Senator.
In the event that county parties conduct candidate examinations, the results of such examinations shall be delivered to the State Chairman, and the Chairman shall make public such results on the Oklahoma Republican Party's website within ten (10) business days of receiving the results.
In the event of refusal or failure of the Oklahoma Republican Party State Chairman to adhere to this rule and to discharge the obligations under this rule, any member of the Oklahoma Republican Party State Committee may call the Chairman to act and may call for a meeting of the State Committee to implement appropriate action. Refer to Rule 10.c. of the Rules of the Oklahoma Republican Party for information regarding calling a meeting of the State Committee.
And the Rule 6 that Cockcroft illegally and immorally refused to hear:
Rule 19.(i) Disclosure of Agreement of Candidates with Our Platform: For a Republican candidate for elective office to receive the endorsement and support of the Oklahoma Republican Party, he must read and mark up a copy of the current Oklahoma Republican Platform, indicating his agreement or disagreement with each plank with explanation as necessary, and make it available for review at the state Party office.
Rule change 6 was indeed about the Platform and candidates but was radically different and would have likely prevailed had Cockcroft not stabbed the conservatives in the back. However, Cockcroft's outright illegal refusal to hear the matter automatically puts Rule 6 at the head of the line at the next GOP convention.
Election Corruption by the Soft on
Crime Supporters of SQ 780 and 781
Few state questions had the potential for damage for society and public order than SQ 780 and 781. They turned many, many, felonies into misdemeanors including carrying or using date rape drugs, possessing or selling drugs on or near a school ground, park, or playground, made shoplifters happy by increasing the requirement for felony charges to over $1000.00 per occurrence so a shoplifter could hit ten stores a day for $9999.00 and walk away laughing if caught, and a host of other property crimes. Then the “savings” from diverting these criminal convictions from state prisons is “calculated” and the money distributed to “non profits” like Kris Steel's TEAM or other contractors that manage drug treatment or other diversion programs.
The practical effect is a huge rise in misdemeanors, flooding the county and city jails, while keeping criminals out on the streets. However, in their zeal to pass these two state questions the ACLU, Oklahoma County D.A. David Prater, former Speaker Kris Steel, and the other liberals appear to have relied upon massive corruption and fraud in gathering the signatures for the state question petitions.
Around 80,000 votes needed for each initiative but signers could sign both petitions for the two state questions. The ACLU and the local allies used paid signature collectors that can generate between 62 and 200 signatures a day depending upon the venue they are working. One side of the form is the signature page carrying twenty lines to record the voter's info. There are rules, all info MUST be on a single line or the signature gets thrown out. The address must be a street address of a legally registered Oklahoma voter. The signature gatherer must sign the back of the form in the presence of a Notary Public stating that the signatures were gathered in the presence of the person, that the signature gatherer was over 18 years old, and that the signatures were all from registered Oklahoma voters.
The signers see a felony notice at the top of the form stating that their own name and address must be used, that it is a felony to sign a petition more than once, or to sign the petition if they are not a legally registered voter.
The Notary Public has the responsibility to take a valid picture ID from the affidant that presents the signatures for notarization, that the affidavit is sworn and signed in the Notary's presence, and to provide information covering his commission number, expiration date, name and address listed at the Secretary of State corresponding to that commission number, and either stamping or using a dry seal embossing stamp to show that the document was duly notarized. The signature MUST match the exact name used to register as a Notary Public and as this is a legal document generated by an appointee of the State of Oklahoma the document must be clear and free of extraneous markings, revisions, or changes. No initials added or omitted, the exact full name as registered. The signature of the Notary MUST be his original signature and the Notary is warned by state law to keep a journal or record of all documents notarized including if the person was present, the type of ID used to verify the affiant, and dates and locations where the notarization was done.
One day was spent checking a single page of the thousands of signature sheets, checking the names and addresses for voter registration and recent felony convictions. Of the 20 names on one sheet exactly half of the names do not show up in the voter registration data base and the copy we used to check was brand new shortly before the petition signing got underway. A few could have registered between March and June 2016 , but other than that it is hard to see how they wouldn't be on the state list of voters. Each person's name and address was verified using Google, if that failed the address was ran through the House of Representatives voter district engine which kicked out a state representative district and keywords from the name and address were used to search the entire House District data base.
There were three felons out of 20 signatures with another three or four where the printed name wasn't legible enough to verify the exact spelling so there might be more felons. Of the three confirmed felons two are recent and still ongoing or on probation (can't register to vote) and the other appeared to have gotten off probation in 2014 although most felons believe they can't vote after a sentence so they don't bother to register. One of the felons was registered to vote and when he signed the petition he had violation notices out on his suspended sentence and there is still an active warrant out for his arrest as we write this article. The point being that with his felony conviction suspended sentence still running and accelerated and a warrant out for his arrest he was not eligible to register to vote but his name and address appear on the state voting registration list.
A good case to look at to see the law in action against initiative petition fraud was the TABOR state question back in the early 2000'
s where the opponents pushed and got prosecutions for initiative petition fraud because out of state signature gatherers had been hired through other companies. The case was eventually overturned by a higher court but the problems with the affidavits and signature gatherers were the same as the soft on crime state questions.
Below are pictures of actual affidavits showing alteration, missing Notary seals (a misdemeanor), double notarized affidavits sometimes weeks apart in date of notarization, changed signature gatherer names, over written names and addresses, and even affidavits signed by a Notaries that had been convicted of felonies and were no longer legal Notary Publics. Some of these Notaries have recent application dates showing that they were probably set up as Notary Publics for the purpose of signing these ACLU backed signature affidavits.
Double different signature on affidavit
Crossed out signature gatherer name on affidavit, changed address, changed date, changed notary expiration date
Convicted felon signature gatherer, convicted felon notary, double notarized, missing seal on first notarization, incomplete name on notary signature, changed date five weeks later
Double notarized, convicted felon original notary, changed date 30 days later, improper sigature on original notary, no seal on original notary
Double notarized, no seal on original notarization, changed date, any faint seal showing is actually from another notarized affidavit below the one being photographed.
No seal, convicted felon notary, no signature on original notary, changed date 30 days later, double notarized
Gatherer name crossed out and changed, date changed affidavit, notary did not actually sign but used a rubber stamp which is illegal, original signature is required for notary work.
Signature name changed with old name scratched through, notarized in Oklahoma City with Broken Arrow based signature gatherer
Gatherer's name, address and signature overwritten with new name, address, andn signature
There were some unusually high performers amount the signature gatherers with hundreds of pages of signatures gathered allegedly by one person. Then there were entire teams of out of state professional signature gatherers that were hired on contracts paid by the ACLU and local supporters like Prater and Kris Steel that called for only 10,000 signatures for a contract of a dozen professional signature gatherers. How is it that one person can gather 6 to 8 thousand signatures on his own in just 90 days?
Worse, there are multiple instances of signature pages being notarized on the same day in both Tulsa AND Oklahoma City, by the same signature gatherer. Now a trip from OKC to Tulsa and back is going to set you back half of the day at a minimum and why would a busy worker getting paid $2.00 per signature notarize half of his sheets in Tulsa and drive to Oklahoma City to find another notary for the other half of his sheets? He wouldn't of course, that is evidence that the sheets were mailed in un-
notarized and notarized out of the presence of the original signer.
The end result is a mass of evidence that proves that the signature gatherers did not likely witness every signature, that they mailed in signed affidavits to Oklahoma City and Tulsa for after the fact notarization in violation of the law, that affidavits were changed, written over, information scratched out, and new names and addresses filled in for a different person other than the original signature gatherer, and that there was massive, massive notarial fraud used. Worse, the Secretary of State that was responsible for counting and verifying these 6,000 pages of signatures was so incompetent or crooked that they overlooked massive and obvious fraud. Once you realize that it is the proponent of the State Question that provides the “counters” to the Secretary of State you realize that the fraud is institutionalized and probably present in most other state questions.
Can SQ 780 and 781 be overturned by the investigation and prosecution of this massive fraud upon Oklahoma voters? Possibly, maybe not, that will remain to be seen. But what can happen is sending some soft on crime crooks to prison or correctly labeling them as felons for the rest of their lives and giving the legislature the political cover to repeal the worst parts of these soft on crime laws.
NEGLEGIENCE OF DUTY RESULTS
IN THE CITIZENS HAVING TO SUFFER THE PAIN IN THEIR WALLETS
By the Watchman
Once again we find the leader of the state failing to make plans for what she knew was coming. Is this due to her lack of trust in the drunk she hired? Is it due to her lack of intelligence? We believe it’s neither of those. We believe it is an outright display of her liberal tax and spend mentality that has always been there. Her spending habit is having a negative effect on our economy and our ability to draw new industries to the state of Oklahoma. It has strengthened the legislature’s ability to pass tax increases and fee increases on to the public instead of taking the hard step of decreasing the size of government. Her actions have made what is considered the reddest state in the union more like the purplest state in the union.
We began by going to Governor Mary Fallin’s Wikipedia page here Mary Fallin - Wikipedia
. We went there because it gave us the most up to date information on the Governor. This site covers her political career from her first term as a State Representative right through to her current term as Governor. There are many surprises in here that people should know.
The next article of interest we found was this Gov. Fallin signs bill that imposes fee on tickets to Thunder games, other professional sporting events | KFOR.com
. As if the price of tickets wasn’t already high enough, they placed a fee on the tickets making them cost even more. This will lead to fewer people being able to afford tickets and an overall downturn in tax collections from the professional sports venues. All of this to raise an estimated $2.6 million dollars a year in new revenue. That’s not even a dent in the nearly $900 million dollar budget gap they are looking at.
We did go back to her campaign web site from 2014 and see what information was available. The first article we looked at was this Fiscal Responsibility | Mary Fallin for Governor
. We urge you to open this and compare it to today’s reality. We will say that she balanced the budget, but that is a requirement of the state Constitution. She did it by taking out bonds to fund projects. Yes she did restore the state’s Rainy Day Fund, however the fund as it sits today is empty. This too was done by taking out those funds in bonds and putting available money into the fund. In other words she along with the legislature put the state in debt. That is someplace we should never be considering we have a balanced budget amendment on the books.
We almost laughed when we found this Government Efficiency | Mary Fallin for Governor
. Her elimination of a claimed 75 task forces in 2013 alone were all none paid positions. They made no contribution to the elimination of waste within the state government. In fact instead of the government becoming more efficient, it grew in size adding to the financial burden of the state and tax payers.
The next article we found was this Healthcare | Mary Fallin for Governor
. We will give her some credit here. After extreme pressure from the public she turned down Obamacare in 2010. She successfully kept the state out from under that burden until 2015. She, along with the legislature was finally forced to accept the heinous law when the federal government refused to accept Oklahoma’s plan for an alternative.
We found this next item almost so despicable that it should be impeachable. You can see it here Veterans | Mary Fallin for Governor
. There are two specific instances that come to mind that are so despicable that she cannot ever be trusted with military matters. The first was her statement to the public that she would not allow identification cards to be issued to same sex couples in the National Guard. She lied. She moved one of the card making machines to a base that was leased from the Federal Government which required that cards be issued. The second occurred just last year. There was the death of a Veteran in a State owned and operated Veteran’s facility in Talihina. The Veteran died while maggots where infesting his wounds. To date not one single person has been held accountable for the situation. The Oklahoma State Veterans Affairs Department sits right there alongside the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs as far as poor care goes. This is disgraceful.
The next claim to fame we found was this Vulnerable Oklahomans | Mary Fallin for Governor
. Here she first mentions her Feeding Oklahoma Food Drive. It’s indicated that the drive has provided 5 million plus meals since 2010. While laudable in its efforts, this averages to just over 1.25 million meals a year. There are that many Oklahomans that go hungry each week. She goes on to mention her efforts at prison reform. We find that her efforts here have been sorely lacking. In fact they were so bad that the citizens took it upon themselves and passed State Questions 780 and 781 in 2016 that went in our opinion too far. Both sides are seeking a quick fix to a problem that has been known to exist for more than five decades. Neither fix will work.
The next item we found was this 2nd Amendment | Mary Fallin for Governor
. We must say that she has shown that she is a supporter of 2nd
Amendment rights. The only area here we find her lacking in is the area of universal open carry.
The next article of interest we found was this MuskogeePolitico.com: Fallin vetoes regulatory reform measure, Faught responds
. This is a blow to open government. It also keeps in place regulations that increase the cost of government. If the Governor was truly interested in reforming government and the budget deficit this bill would have been approved. Alas our Governor feels that the citizens of Oklahoma are better served by being kept in the dark and taxed to death.
The next article of interest we found was this Republicans line up against Gov. Mary Fallin's tax proposals; Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb resigns from Cabinet | Homepagelatest | tulsa
. This is the reaction we expected out of the legislature however, we have found it to be a dog and pony show put on for the citizens so they can claim they tried to stop these tax and fee increases. A prime example is the small oil companies wanting to have the tax credit they receive decreased even though they know it will cost them financially. They only want to do their part in this financial crisis. Yet we have the legislature listening to the large oil companies who are against it. Who gets hurt in the end, the consumer? This is only further proof that our elected officials are no longer working for we the people but the big businesses that finance their campaigns instead. This is disgraceful.
The next article of interest we found was this Gov. Mary Fallin considered among worst governors in US, poll says
. This is not really news to those of us that live here. To be honest we are surprised that she is rated as high as she is. After her re-election the economy of the state has tanked. The state suffers an unemployment rate substantially higher than the national average and none of the leadership is offering a viable solution to expand the economy beyond the oil and gas industry. Is it any wonder that our children are leaving the state for an opportunity at a decent pay check?
The next article of interest we found was this OK Governor Fallin Says Marijuana Legalization Has Caused ‘Huge Problems’ – Oregon Cannabis Connection
. Once again we are using a source from the other side of the political aisle from which we stand. The sad part is everything the Governor has said in this article has been disproven. Even at that, the state has lost out on an opportunity to save money or even see a profit from the illegal marijuana that they confiscate each year. What is confiscated could be sold to the manufacturers of the medicinal oil for enough to serve the needs of Oklahoman’s. Hemp ropes are among the strongest ever made. They could sell the non-intoxicating parts of the plant to make a profit from that.
Then we found this article “It’s embarrassing,” Gov. Mary Fallin pressuring lawmakers to agree on a budget | KFOR.com
. We urge you to open and read this article. What is truly embarrassing is the fact that the Governor and all of the elected officials along with the appointed officials waited until February and March to take notice of what the State Treasurer has been telling them for three years. They knew full good and well that this was happening. In addition this is a phony budget. The shortfall is in what they want to spend against what the actual needs of the state are. This is a prime example of the lack of proper prior planning preventing poor performance. Once again She has made Oklahoma the laughing stock of the nation.
The next article of interest we found was this Mary Fallin on the Issues
. This is an important source of information. We can’t urge you enough to open the link and read the document yourself. Where she stands on some of the subjects will surprise you.
In closing all we can say is we can see through your liberal leanings Governor. You may be a Republican but you are a Republican in Name Only. Throughout the last three years of budget shortfalls you have failed to take even a first step towards increasing the economic base of the state. You have failed in your position as a leader and as a positive role model for the state. We the People are not sure that we can survive the last eighteen months of your administration.
Here is a list of House member's numbers and names. Be sure and say that you are a constituent in their district and give your address or zip code. Be ready to be lied to, there are billions of your dollars at stake here and the donor class wants that money.