Oh, Barrack, sweetie… my love……take me with you back to Washington D.C. and away from these rubes.
I’ve got a neighbor who is a solid, raw meat eating, hard core Republican with conservative values but he cannot entertain the idea of supporting anyone other than a Republican for Governor this year. But I know that if he gets the facts he will do the right thing and vote for Joe Dorman for Governor rather than abandon his conservative values. So this article is for one guy but in publishing it I bet we reach a lot of Republicans that are holding their noses at voting for Fallin and are just needing a nudge in the right direction. I am a firm believer that you cannot change another person’s mind but you can remind them of why they are conservative and remind them of things that they have forgotten.
A new website was launched today making the case of why hard core, conservative Republican Tea Party members should vote against Mary Fallin on November 4th. The website goes through a laundry list of Governor Fallin’s bad actions and liberal policies ranging from her outright support for Obama Care to her anti 2nd Amendment vetoes to her support for Common Core until she realized it was political suicide.
Remember the fight to get Open Records from Fallin and the costly court battles?
Fallin opposed releasing her records when the news media started asking questions about the defeat of the Obama Care/Fallin Care Health Insurance Exchange. After a long court battle she grudgingly release 50,000 pages including the email where her Chief of Staff told another official that "The Tea Party is kicking our butts over Obama Care." Fallin refused to turn over dozens of other documents claiming "executive privilege", something that is not found in any statute or in the Oklahoma Constitution.
In those emails we learned how Fallin and her staff were twisting arms at the Capitol trying to get the Obama Care/Fallin Care Health Insurance Exchange legislation passed.
Fallin is tough on crime?
Nope, back in January of 2013 the Associated Press ran a story bout the JRI program's demise that was based on 8,000 emails that Fallin was forced to release. In those emails it was revealed that Fallin was initially for the JRI program but her staff warned her that the Sooner Tea Party would label her as soft on crime if she continued to support the program. JRI was a crooked deal set up by outgoing Speaker Kris Steele and Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater to provide a job for Kris Steele after he was term limited. The program would have released thousands of prisoners before their sentences were up to provide "clients" for the JRI program.
Remember Prater going after Terrill and Leftwich for allegedly setting up a job for a retiring politician using tax dollars?
Is this any different? Why was Governor Fallin supporting such corruption and why was it necessary that grassroots activists stop the corruption?
Fallin Opposed Common Core?
She did once she was forced to by grassroots activists and public outrage over supporting the federal educational standards. You see, Fallin helped develop these standards with the National Governors Association and as a former leader of the group she was obligated to try to force the standards on Oklahomans. She teamed with State Superintendent of Schools Barresi to remove control from local school districts and increase the power of the state over local schools.
Once Fallin realized that the legislature was going to repeal the Common Core legislation she had plenty of time to have educational standards in place that would have continued the No Child Left Behind federal funding but she chose to use Oklahoma school children as pawns in a political fight to keep Common Core standards.
Fallin held the bill that repealed the 2010 Common Core legislations and refused to sign the bill into law until the public outcry was enormous.
Fallin refused to issue Same sex marriage benefits to Oklahoma National Guardsman so she defended Oklahoma's prohibition on same sex marriage, right?
Wrong! Despite the press releases Fallin quickly had the ID card machines moved to federal property and sent gay and lesbian Oklahoma National Guard members to one of three federal locations to process their benefits.
Recently the Supreme Court refused to hear appeals from several states that had laws that prohibited same sex marriages and Oklahoma started issuing marriage licenses to same sex couples without as much as a whimper from Governor Fallin. Despite her rhetoric about states rights Fallin did nothing to uphold Oklahoma law.
Fallin Supported Obama Care?
But...she gave back the 53 million to the feds! Right?
She did after ten freshman legislators abandoned House leadership's plan to force Obama Care/Fallin Care Health Insurance Exchanges on Oklahomans despite the 2010 State Question that passed by 70% in favor of prohibiting Obama Care in the state.
In 2011 Fallin was behind HB 2130 which would have opened an Obama Care state health insurance exchange. Fallin announced that she was accepting the Obama Care Early Innovator Grant in February of 2011, just a month after taking office! She had the support of House Speaker Kris Steele and Senate Pro Tem Brian Bingman and incoming Insurance Commissioner John Doak.
The Tea Party quickly labeled this legislation as Obama Care/Fallin Care and initially the legislation passed theHouse of Representatives with 51 votes
on March 17th of 2011. Here are the votes for that legislation:
~~ OKLAHOMA HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
Fifty-Third Legislature First Regular Session
HOUSE BILL 2130 Insurance; modifying duties and requirements of Steele the Health Care for the Uninsured Board;
THIRD READING PASSED YEAS: 51 RCS# 356 NAYS: 34 3/17/2011 EXC : 16 4:03 PM C/P : 0 '
Armes Hardin Mulready Sanders Banz Hickman Nelson Scott Billy Jackson Newell Sears Cannaday Johnson Nollan Shannon Casey Jordan Ortega Stiles Cockroft Joyner Ownbey Sullivan Coody Liebmann Peters Thomsen Cooksey Martin, Sc. Peterson Tibbs Denney Martin, St. Pruett Virgin DeWitt McAffrey Quinn Watson Farley McCullough Richardson Wright Grau McDaniel, J. Roberts, D. Mr.Speaker Hall McNiel Russ
Bennett Glenn Kouplen Rousselot Blackwell Hamilton Lockhart Schwartz Brumbaugh Hilliard McDaniel, R. Sherrer Christian Holland Moore Terrill Condit Hoskin Morrissette Vaughan Derby Inman Murphey Wesselhoft Dorman Kern Proctor Williams Faught Key Reynolds Fourkiller Kirby Ritze
Brown McPeak Renegar Shoemake Cox Morgan Roan Shumate Dank Osborn Roberts, S. Trebilcock Enns Pittman Shelton Walker
But on April 14th a group of ten freshmen House members sent Fallin an open letter saying they would refuse to support HB 2130 as they had been misled on what the legislation would do.
That meant that when the Senate sent HB 2130 back for a House vote before final passage the legislation would fail as there were only 41 House members supporting the legislation. The Senate also served Fallin notice that they had removed their support for the Obama Care/Fallin Care Health Insurance Exchanges.
And what caused the ten freshmen House members to drop their support for HB 2103? A massive Sooner Tea Party robo call campaign that targeted their House district voters and those voters blistered the hides of the freshmen legislators over their support for Obama Care/Fallin Care.
Not to be frustrated in her desire to force Obama Care on Oklahomans Fallin pushed the legislation to create state health care exchanges in 2012 but Senate leaders were inundated with phone calls and emails opposing the legislation so on March 7th Senate Pro Tem Brian Bingman announced that the Senate would not support the legislation and the legislation never made it on the Senate Floor.
In 2013 Governor Fallin couldn't get either House or Senate leaders to touch the issue but once she is reelected in her final term as Governor she is likely to renew the push to force Obama Care Health Insurance Exchange legislation. Some warned that her staff has been researching ways to use executive decree and bypass the legislature entirely.
But the final proof of Governor Mary Fallin's support for Obama Care came in August of this year when she boldly announced that she had applied for grants under the Affordable Healthcare Act, otherwise known as Obama Care. On July 18th Fallin requested a three million dollar grant to implement programs on health problems that are targeted under Obama Care so as to reduce health care costs to the program. This is the same program that Fallin returned the grant money on in 2011. The State Innovation Models program was authorized by the Affordable Care Act, often called “Obamacare.” It was launched last year with a first round of federal funding totaling $300 million.
The 50,000 pages of documents released by Fallin after the bitter court fight tells the entire sordid story of a newly elected Governor turning her back on the people's wishes. Some wonder why Fallin would risk so much to ram through Obama Care/Fallin Care in the face of such opposition by the public and the answer is that special interests including the State Chamber of Commerce wanted Obama Care implemented so they could shed their employee and retiree health insurance plans and saddle the state government with those costs.
So the answer to the question of does Governor Fallin support Obama Care is yes, even in an election year she has chosen to participate in the program and once re elected she is sure to implement full blown Obama Care by executive decree if the legislature will not cooperate.
Fallin is Pro 2nd Amendment only when in front of the cameras
Numerous bills have passed the House and Senate only to be vetoed by our liberal gun grabbing Governor.
Fallin Vetoes Gun Bill
House Votes 86-3 to override
House Bill 2461 would have required a timely response from Oklahoma sheriffs and police chiefs when processing firearm transfer licenses or other gun related paperwork. The law would have allowed 15 days for the law enforcement officers to do their job as long as there was no question that the licensees was legally entitled to have the weapon. The bill was introduced to solve the problem of county sheriffs and local police chiefs from arbitrarily stalling the paperwork required to transfer or obtain certain types of weapons. If they have a valid concern then the new statute does not apply.
The Senate voted unanimously to override Governor Fallin's veto in early May and the legislation passed into law. Fallin put out a press release explaining her action containing this statement:: "I vetoed 15 bills in an attempt to refocus the attention of the Legislature on important issues......"
So Fallin held your 2nd Amendment rights hostage so she could get some pork barrel projects past the legislature
Fallin Vetoes Gun Bill that cleans up antiquated language in criminal statutes Bill had passed House 77-6 and had passed the Senate 45-2
Governor Fallin vetoed legislation that would have protected gun owners that used deadly force to protect other citizens. The antiquated language in the existing statutes allowed only family members and "master, mistresses, and servants" to be protected from "great personal injury". The new language would have protected gun owners if they protected anyone from death or from great bodily harm or to prevent forcible felonies from being committed.
As an example of the kind of shooting that would have been protected was the Muslim terror attack in Moore Oklahoma earlier this year. Under existing law the business owner could have been prosecuted by a zealous prosecutor for shooting the rampaging Muslim who had already decapitated one innocent co worker.
Fallin vetoes weapons bill after calling it "of no significant interest to the citizens" The bill would have protected knives from being banned by local entities
HB 3367 simply added the word "knife" to existing law that prevents cities or counties from legislating the control of weapons or ammo. The bill reserved for the state legislature for any legislation concerning gun supplies, guns, the right to carry same.in order to have uniform laws throughout the state to protect law abiding citizens from being charged with carrying a pocket knife of sheath knife while traveling through a local town or jurisdiction.
The law would have prevented local governments from ever confiscating knives used for lawful purposes or in the event of an emergency. Oklahoma was following other states that have recently enacted such protection of 2nd Amendment weapons after the Hurricane Katrina confiscation of weapons by National Guard troops.
Who else can we vote for if Fallin is such a dangerous liberal?
Representative Joe Dorman is far more conservative and is our choice for Governor
Dorman is by far the most conservative candidate in the race despite him being a Democrat. Joe voted against Obama Care/Fallin Care on numerous occasions, voted against the Real ID act in 2008, is staunchly pro 2nd Amendment and he voted to override Governor Fallin's vetoes on the gun bills this year.
Dorman has always been a favorite for the Tea Party activists at the Capitol because of his deep conservative and rural values. He is a staunch pro life supporter, is a fiscal conservative, and in the latest polling he was only 5% behind Fallin with 15% of the voters undecided. Dorman has a real chance of winning.
Rep. Joe Dorman also was an early supporter of repealing Common Core federal educational standards and supporting local controls over local schools. He is a solid states rights supporter that is concerned about the over reaching federal government removing the ability of Oklahomans to determine our own values and controlling our own communities.
Joe is out of step with Oklahoma values on only one issue, expanding Medicaid. However, supporting something and getting it past the House and Senate are two totally separate things and we believe that Joe's lone issue that is out of step with conservative values is either campaign rhetoric aimed at his base or something that he simply will not be able to pull off once he is elected Governor.
If we elect a Democrat to office what harm can they do to Republicans in the state? Very little....Dorman could temporarily appoint someone to a vacant office if a Congressman or U.S. Senator resigned until the special election when they would have to run for office if they wanted to remain in office.
Dorman could appoint the Secretary of State, with the consent of the Senate. How many of us even know we have a Secretary of State? Dorman can appoint his cabinet that helps run the various agencies but again he will need the cooperation of the House and Senate to accomplish anything and he would appoint fellow conservative Democrats. Indeed, many of the executive and commission appointments require Senate approval. The Governor also prepares the budget for the fiscal year but has no option but to negotiate with both the House and Senate to get the budget passed into law.
Dorman would also have veto powers over legislation but we have seen for years that Dorman is a conservative Democrat with nearly the same exact values as the average Oklahoman. And of course the legislature can always override the vetoes as they have done to Fallin this year or send legislation directly to the ballot box as a state question. Dorman can suggest up to six members of the judicial review board but the legislature has to approve all members and the governor would share the appointment of any vacant Supreme Court or Court of Appeals position with the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court. The power to pardon individuals is restricted to suggesting to the Pardon and Parole board for pardons and the governor appoints three members of the Parole Board at the beginning of his term.
So the bottom line is that any Oklahoma Governor is hobbled quite well by the legislature and there is no risk supporting Dorman. What it will do is send a massive message to other Republican elected officials : Straighten up or be replaced.
That said, Joe is man of personal integrity and he will support the Oklahoma conservative values that he has shown at the legislature. Not only that but he will basically owe the Republicans that supported his campaign far more than he will owe the Democrats who voted for him. Joe's only shot at a second term or getting anything accomplished in his first term is to cooperate with fellow conservatives both Democrat and Republican.
Rep. Joe Dorman's 2011 Conservative Index Score #20 from the top and his 2014 index score was #22 from the top way ahead of most Republicans. Joe is a solid conservative that would be a Republican if he lived elsewhere in Oklahoma.