The Crap just got Beat out of
Liberty and Conservative Values here in Oklahoma
What a butt kicking we just received at the hands of the RINOs. The legislative session was pretty much lost when Rep. Charles McCall was elected Speaker Designate and the terrible legislation popped up and the votes that were duly purchased by McCall’ PAC lined up and gave good value for the money spent. Abortion was protected, corporate welfare surged, highway ticketing cameras were made legal, three hundred million new state debt was passed, the First Amendment weakened, fees increased, taxes increased, and Real ID came within a whisker of being enabled in Oklahoma.
We usually bring out the Oklahoma RINO Index late in the year in order to focus the incoming legislature on the fact that we are watching and will embarrass them using their poor voting records. But this year we decided to publish the Index before the end of May so it could be used in the upcoming primary elections. We need some incumbents turned out and the challengers need the ammunition. We also broke with tradition and expanded the list of bills to twenty for the Senate and twenty two for the House. That dilutes the truly terrible votes but there were so many terrible votes to choose from that it was hard to leave any of them out.
One of the most crucial issues never made it into the 2016 Oklahoma RINO Index, the abortion issue. The Syphilitic Bastards in the Senate did a masterful job in lulling the activists and public to believe that they were standing up for the unborn but in the background the fix was already in.
Back on May 19th SB 1552 came up for debate in the Senate only there was no debate, instead the vote was called and the needed 25 votes slowed registered on the board until it hit the mark and the politicians switched votes as they knew two things were certain: One, they could support the bill because it would never become law as Fallin had already agreed to veto the legislation, and two, there was no use getting hammered for the vote against the bill as they could go home and tell the liberals and RINO supporters that they saved their right to abortions. It ended up at 33 votes, exactly the number needed to override a veto should Fallin fulfill her promise to veto the anti abortion bill.
Bloody Mary earned her new nickname just a few days later after vetoing the legislation that would have sparked a court challenge. You see, abortion per se has never been found to be a legal act to perform; what was decided in Roe V. Wade was the right of a woman to have an abortion. An analogy would be the right to commit suicide versus the right to help someone commit suicide.
But with veto proof margins in both the House and Senate it seemed to the uninitiated that it was a sure thing to get the veto overridden. Two thirds were needed, 32 votes in the Senate, 67 votes in the House, but to get there would require House and Senate leadership being willing to stand up to Bloody Mary and embarrass her. Neither leadership team wanted that fight so they spent the final days of the legislature making sure that no one was recognized on the floor that might call for a veto override.
A plan was hatched to hold the budget hostage, hold the veto override and pass it in the Senate or the House would refuse to support the budget, forcing a special session where the abortion issue could be settled. Meanwhile the Senate leadership was blocking the call for a veto override and when they saw enough senate conservatives had left the floor leadership called a vote on two hundred million in new debt for the state and adjourned for the year. Initially supporters thought they had 49 House votes but in the end only 45 House members had the guts to vote against the budget and the budget passed 42 to 45. Yes, that is only 87 votes, 14 walked the vote or simply refused to show up that day. The chance was lost to avoid the two hundred million in new debt, issued to replace the gasoline and diesel tax money that was being stolen for propping up the welfare state. The chance was lost to force the issue on whether or not abortion itself was a legal act.
People wail about the rush at the end of session, how everything is compacted and no time allowed to read much less debate the budget and other critical legislation. That is done on purpose by House and Senate leadership in order to gain leverage to force legislators into a corner with only one exit. The first three months is orderly, there are clear rules and guidelines, committee meetings are posted in advance, amendments filed 24 hours in advance, deadlines are just that, deadlines, miss one and the bills die. Then the rules disappear at the end of session and new bills are introduced, amended, and approved in hours. Few get to know what is coming up much less understand the ramifications of the legislation. So called “shell” bills are brought to life, brand new bills with a single sentence as content, as long as it is filed under the correct state statute title it can be done. Even if the bills are heard, discussed, debated, and passed when the bills go into conference committee (joint Senate and House leadership reconciles any differences on the legislation) the content can be simply replaced whole cloth by a handful of conference committee members.
Even the massive budget can be filed one day and passed the next as it was last year. Billions of dollars appropriated, zero debate or discussion by the vast majority of the elected officials. This year we saw one of our rare victories as HB 3210, the massive tobacco tax increase failed despite a massive whip the vote effort and the voting was left open for two hours in an attempt to pressure individual legislators to support the tax increase. The tax increase failed by one vote with two members absent, then nine members swiftly changed their votes to avoid the political fallout from supporting a tax that failed and the final tally was 40 to 59..
In the end the legislative session turned into a disaster for conservative and liberty values. The number one cause were the House members that sold out to Rep. Charles McCall, indeed McCall pretty much took over as the defacto speaker immediately after the caucus election. But that can be turned around, the majority of the House members face election this year and McCall won by only six votes.
McCall and company need a political butt whipping. Are you willing to see that they are held accountable and leadership returns to decent hands? If so read on and get in touch ASAP. Just reply to this email to get in touch with us and volunteer.
2016 Oklahoma RINO Index
About two hours into typing up the list of bills covered in this year’s RINO Index, lots of links and explanations of why these bills were important to document the votes to be used to hold the politicians accountable and poof…. Jesus saves but I didn’t. Auto recovery not functioning either, set to a non existent folder. Arrrggghhhhh!
So you are going to get a short version and we will expand upon what the 2016 Oklahoma RINO Index covers and why in the next week’s newsletter. The charts below can be shared by right clicking on it and copy and paste or save as, and posted on social media or sent via email. We worked some long hours since Friday night to get this accomplished. The rush? Because we have lost control of the House of Representatives, it was sold out to the highest bidder, Rep. Charles McCall. Time to fight back.
In about a week or so we will begin targetting the worst of the RINOs, focusing first on primary races were a little money and time pays off big. Your help is needed, if you don't step up then nothing will get done. Please respond to this newsletter by clicking reply in your email browers and let us know where you live and how you can help!
Run Gary Run!
Tulsa County Republican Mens Club Hosts Gary Richardson June 5th
*(Editors note: We need everyone to encourage Gary Richardson to run for Governor in 2018. One term out of a guy like Gary will help restore a lot of hope for a better future. If you would support Gary please respond to this email and we will forward the replies to him.)
Gary L. Richardson and he has a new book coming out you do not want to miss out on and his other book titles are full of interesting legal stories and real life situations. Gary's books and public speaking have a very special way that engages and really connects to his audience. Do not miss this month and bring a friend!
Our lunch is only $10 for RSVP and $12 after June 5th. The doors open at 11:30 and we will start the program at 12 noon at: Brookside Baptist Church Fellowship Hall, 3615 South Peoria Ave, Tulsa, Ok 74105
RSVP: Billie Bell, 918-638-9977
Tulsa County Men Membership is, $20
Women and Associate Membership, $10
Open to the public
Gary L. Richardson
A Renowned Tulsa Personal Injury Lawyer
Founding Attorney Gary L. Richardson has earned his reputation as one of the most prominent and accomplished lawyers in the Southwest region, and his firm is correspondingly sought after by many clients in the region. Gary founded Richardson Richardson Boudreaux PLLC, originally The Richardson Law Firm, to give injury victims the powerful voice they need when battling insurance companies and other deep-pocketed corporations. Representing clients throughout Texas, Oklahoma, and other surrounding states, Gary has successfully recovered a number of record-setting jury verdicts.
Gary’s record of success includes a jury verdict of $58M for an individual in a defamation case, the largest of its kind. He has also recorded the highest-known recovery in a farm implement case at $10.2M. Gary recently partnered with his son, Chuck, to successfully achieve a $6.4M verdict which was not only the largest wrongful death recovery, but also the largest verdict for an Oklahoma prison inmate.
A Reputation for Success
Gary’s talent and reputation for multi-million dollar recoveries can be attributed to his expertise, as he has the ability to communicate with the jury in a persuasive, convincing, and highly effective manner. He believe his success is, in part, a product of the lessons he has learned through a multitude of experiences.
These experiences have served as inspiration for three books Gary has had published: Fear is Never Your Friend, Black Robe Fever, Thank God They Ate the Apple, and a motivational audio series entitled Winning in the Courtroom. He delivers seminars nationwide regarding his first book, Fear is Never Your Friend, helping people eliminate the destructive power of fear in their lives.
Background & Professional Experience
Gary received his undergraduate degree from Southern Nazarene University in 1983, where he earned the distinction of Outstanding Graduate, as well as the prestigious Green Bag award for achieving the highest grades in his class. After graduating, he worked as an insurance adjuster for Allstate by day, while attending law school at Oklahoma City University by night – all while starting a family.
Gary’s employer transferred him to Houston, and he was able to complete his Juris Doctorate at South Texas College in 1972. After his admission to the bar, he served as the Assistant Insurance Commissioner for the State of Oklahoma, also serving on the legal staff.
In 1975, Gary was appointed as the Assistant District Attorney for Muskogee County, Oklahoma, where he set a record for the longest list of convictions. He served in this role for two years before entering a partnership with Doug Garrett.
Gary was appointed as the United States Attorney in 1981 by President Ronald Reagan. He served in this capacity until 1984, when he opened the firm that would eventually become Richardson Richardson Boudreaux PLLC.
History of Richardson Richardson Boudreaux PLLC
Our firm was founded with the express purpose of representing individuals who have been wronged, and has grown to become one of the most preeminent trial firms in the Southwest.
Gary has shown an interest in politics, running for Congress in 1978 and 1980. He also made serious headway as an Independent gubernatorial candidate in 2002, receiving the open endorsement of both Republican candidates after they lost in the primary.
Gary is married to Lanna Wilcox, and together they have five children and ten grandchildren. He is an active member of South Tulsa Baptist Church, and has served in other churches as a Deacon, Sunday school teacher, music leader, and even a speaker at the pulpit.
- Texas, 1972
- Oklahoma, 1975
- Colorado, 1993
- U.S. District Court Eastern District of Oklahoma, 1976
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Oklahoma, 1984
- U.S. District Court Western District of Oklahoma, 1989
- U.S. Court of Appeals 10th Circuit, 1982
- U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit, 1985
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1984
- U.S. District Court Western District of Texas, 1986
- U.S. Supreme Court, 1986
Professional associations and memberships:
- National Speakers Association, 2004 – Present – Member
- Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1987 – Present
- Oklahoma Trial Lawyers Association, 1975 – Present
- Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum
- Tulsa’s Top Lawyers 2012 – Banking and Institution Representations
- 1993 Guinness Book of Records for the largest amount awarded in a libel case with Vic Feazell
- Named as one of the Nations Top 1% by The National Association Distinguished Counsel
- South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas, 1972 J.D.
- Honors: The Green Bag Award Southern Nazarene University, Bethany, OK, USA, 1963 B.S.
- Honors: Outstanding Student Award
Vote in this years primary June 28th!
If you don't vote do you really have a voice?
Tulsa County Republican Men's Club
Darren Gantz - President
Michael Phillips - Vice President
Treasurer - Billie Bell
Secretary - Cherie Cook
We meet every second Wednesday, join us!
Paying Back the Donor Class Instead of Following the Will of the People
By the Watchman
It’s not very often a bill passes both chambers of the legislature and gets vetoed by the Governor. It’s also unusual for a bill that passed with such a majority is not overridden by both chambers of the legislature, yet that is exactly what happened. Last week we promised you that we would make life a little miserable for those in office that changed their vote and voted no on the override. This is just the begging.
The bill we are talking about is House Bill 3016 which you can read here webserver1.lsb.state.ok.us/cf_pdf/2015-16 ENR/hB/HB3016 ENR.PDF . This bill would have made a new law that would have forced big pharma to provide a list of ingredients contained in each vaccine that our children have to take. It would appear that this was the way for our Governor to repay all the contributions to her campaign from big pharma. She needed an excuse to ignore the will of the people and she decided to side with big pharma instead of ongoing research that indicates some ingredients in vaccines may be the cause of autism. Apparently she feels parents shouldn’t have the right to make an informed decision on their own. This is why career politicians must go. These do not recommend Oklahoma values.
One item of interest we thought you should be aware of is this Bill Information. This is how the bill progressed through the House and Senate. It also shows where the Governor vetoed the bill. It shows that the bill was eventually failed to pass a veto override because of certain legislators changing their minds. That is in all reality means they were bought off.
The next article of interest we found was this Representative Gary Banz - Oklahoma House of Representatives. Representative Banz has the dubious honor of being one of many of both chambers to have changed their minds on this bill. This is the Biography that is listed on his House page. It’s a brag sheet is what it boils down to. He is a former member of the U.S. Army and Army Reserve and for that we must say we thank you for your service. Far too many feel that they have no need to serve in the military these days.
The next item of interest we found was this Gary Banz - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. This indicates that he did indeed try to live up to the platform of a smaller government. He submitted legislation that if it would have been approved would have put a state question on the ballot in November of 2012 that would have decreased the size of the legislators in 2021. Needless to say the proposal went nowhere.
We next went to www.votesmart.org to see what information they had available on him. We started with the Gary Banz's Political Summary - The Voter's Self Defense System - Vote Smart This doesn’t tell us a lot about Mr. Banz. It does tell us that he believes in violating a person’s rights by forcing the taking of DNA samples upon the arrest of an alleged felon instead of upon conviction. This DNA database is highly unethical and no provision is made for its removal should the individual be found innocent.
We next went to the Biography page here Gary Banz's Biography - The Voter's Self Defense System - Vote Smart. This is another link that you will want to open and read for yourself. He is associated with so many boards and organizations that they are just too numerous for us to name here. We are bothered by his membership in two individual Chambers of Commerce and ALEC.
2014 Oklahomans for Life Inc. General 92%
2012 Oklahomans for Life Inc. General 100%
Business and Consumers
2014 Research Institute for Economic Development 88%
2012 Research Institute for Economic Development 87%
2014 American Conservative Union 50%
2014 Oklahoma Conservative Political Action Cmte. 60%
This is repetitive throughout his term in office
2014 Sooner Tea Party 20%
2013 Sooner Tea Party 33%
2011 Sooner Tea Party 30%
We could go on and on, but this is actually another link you should open and read for yourself. You will be surprised as to how liberal Gary Banz is.
We next went to his Campaign Finance page here Gary Banz's Campaign Finances - The Voter's Self Defense System - Vote Smart. Now it’s not to be held against him for not receiving any campaign contributions from the party in this report. The party chair at that time had basically bankrupted the party. However he did receive donations directly from the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce and many of the companies that are the backbone of the State Chamber of Commerce. In other words, he was working for the Chamber not the citizens of Oklahoma. He had become a Chambercrat.
The next article of interest we found was this Gary Banz - SourceWatch. This article indicates that Gary Banz has ties to the American Legislative Exchange Council. Now most Conservatives and Republicans believe that this is an organization that is there to help them write legislation that will benefit their citizens. In reality they are nothing more than a corporate bill mill who writes bills that benefit corporate interest over the interest of the public. This is not how we should do things here in Oklahoma. This does not represent Oklahoma values.
The next article of interest we found was this Oklahoma Representative Gary Banz [R] | LegiScan. Now this article only covers the last two sessions of the legislature, but it pretty much tells you the status of every bill over the last two years.
The next article of interest we found was this Gary W. Banz - Oklahoma Legislature - Open States. This article includes some of the most recent votes that he made. He voted to raise your taxes. The same ones you were supposed to get this year are going back up. This is what happens when you elect liberals to the House and Senate.
We can’t urge people enough to do the research on the candidates. Research all of the candidates. Some of the ones who have never been in office before can be found along with incumbents at www.votesmart.org. If you can’t find them there a simple google search will give you answers. It’s vital that our Party apparatus properly vet the candidates. You can only do that by doing the research that is necessary. The GOP can no longer afford to put political hacks in office.
In closing we can only say that we are thankful that one liberal Representative will be gone at the end of the year. May the citizens of District 101 do a better job of vetting the candidates this year.