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Joe Dorman, Democratic Candidate for Governor
And a Damn Fine Fellow for a Democrat
By the Watchman
(Editor’s note: One of the most conservative Democrats in the state and one of our favorite legislators, and just to clear the record Joe is not gay. He likes girls just fine, just hasn’t found the right one yet. But Joe, that facial hair you are sporting lately isn’t helping things bud. Shave it off Joe, shave it off…. Readers: If you agree with us on this please send Joe an email with Shave it off Joe as the Subject line.)
This is the second of a two part series covering the Governor’s race. The race is between Governor Mary Fallin, a Republican, who will be running for a second term, and Representative Joe Dorman, a Democrat.
We began our investigation by going to www.ok.gov
and looking at Dorman’s brag sheet which you can see here
. The first thing that we noticed was that Representative Dorman was term limited in the House. As one of the few Democrats in the House, he sat on many committees. He has a long career working in the House of Representatives, starting as a mail clerk and runner in 1994.
The next item we found that interested us was this
. This is his campaign web site.
The next article we found was this
. What interested us so much in this article was the legislation he passed during his 12 years in office. We counted twenty-four (24) pieces of major legislation that was passed during his tenure in office. That’s pretty impressive.
The next item of interest we found was this
. This was his official announcement of his candidacy for Governor of the state of Oklahoma. Here you’ll find a reference to his teaming up with Take Shelter Oklahoma on a state wide initiative petition to get a question on the ballot to fund storm shelters for every school in Oklahoma. This was after his unsuccessful bid to have legislation passed for the same funding.
We also found this report
. The report claims that Representative Dorman plans to make Public Education a high priority where he claims that Oklahoma has been dead last under Governor Fallin. Research has proven that Oklahoma ranks near the bottom for teachers salary at 48th
place. An article published in a previous edition of this newsletter proved that Oklahoma spends on average more than some states in the region and less than other states in the region, with worse results.
Representative Dorman, according to the Red Dirt Report, may be a Democrat, but for the last few years he’s been voting like a far right Republican. He’s voted pro-life and even co-sponsored Oklahoma’s Stand Your Ground Law. He’s even been referred to by some fellow Democrats as a Tea Partier in Democrat clothing.
The next item of interest we found was this
. This article will give you a partial breakdown of his campaign finances through the years as well as a partial list of the bills he has sponsored.
The next article of interest is short, but interesting. You can read it here
. This short article indicates that Representative Dorman is a high energy, intense individual who has the ability to reach across the aisle and work with both parties on legislation.
One of the areas that Representative Dorman has been consistently against has been the Common Core State Standards. We find it ironic that it took election year politics to get the Republican Governor of our state to heed the call of the citizens. That is why we found this article
so interesting. This still has the potential to draw votes away from Governor Fallin because of the unwillingness shown by the Governor to address the issue with the grass roots movements throughout the state.
We’ve never used MSNBC as a source for a story before, but we found this article:
DownWithTyranny!: Does "Progressive" Mean Something Else In Oklahoma? Meet Joe Dorman, Rachel Maddow's Idea Of A Progressive and just had to. Apparently the talking propaganda machine there at MSNBC couldn’t believe that Representative Dorman was a Democrat. In fact they likened him back to the days of the Blue Dog Democrats, which he should take as an honor.
We next went to www.votesmart.org
to see what information they had on him. This was our last chance to see if he was married. We even went to the Oklahoma Court System and looked but could not find a marriage license. If he’s married, it’s from out of state and he keeps it private. He has a degree from Oklahoma State University and has completed his course studies for his Master’s Degree at the University of Central Oklahoma. He’s put that on hold at the moment due to work commitment.
We next took a look at his voting record. After all his time in the State House, we had a lot to review. The one area that concerned us was his vote on tax reduction. He consistently voted no in this area. This is an area that we will have to watch should he be elected to the Office of Governor.
We next took a look at the Ratings and Endorsements page. Here is some of what we found.
Budget, Spending and Taxes
2013 Research Institute for Economic Development Avg. 64%
There were three entries for 2013 and we averaged them out.
Business and Consumers
2012 Research Institute for Economic Development 66%
2011 Ok. Federation of Independent Business 50%
2010 Research Institute for Economic Development 65%
Health and Health Care
2009 OkWatchdog Position on Consumer and Patient Advocacy 86%
2008 Ok. Center for Consumer and Patient Safety 81%
These are all good scores for the citizens of Oklahoma. With the exception of the Budget, Spending and Taxes there should be no complaints. We would venture to say the low score here was on his no vote on a tax decrease.
We next went to www.followthemoney.org
to look at his campaign finances. What we found there was plenty of individual donations as well as a lot of union donations. The union donations surprise us only in the amount. They were rather meager in their amounts with none of them exceeding $1,000.00. Could they be waiting for after the primary before committing larger sums?
We next went to www.ok.gov/ethicscommission
to see what they had on file for Representative Dorman’s campaign finances. For the three reports files since announcing his campaign he has literally hundreds of individual donors that have contributed a total of $358,972.38 through June 9th
, 2014. His corporate, political action committees and union donations during that same time period number only nineteen with a total donation amount of $25,346.71.
This is an impressive candidate the Democratic Party has decided to run this year. If you are a Republican and unhappy with the direction that Governor Fallin is taking this Great State, then you should give some serious consideration to Representative Joe Dorman. We don’t believe we’ll ever find a more conservative Democrat in the state.
Governor Fallin is in for a tough race.