October 2nd 2016 Newsletter
Will the October Surprise be a Perp Walk for John Whetsel?
Multiple sources are saying that Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel might be facing a series of seven charges due to an state audit. That audit was set upon the diminutive county sheriff by his one time ally Oklahoma County Prosecutor David Prater who is also a Democrat.
Now folks, this just doesn’t happen at this level in politics unless they have the guy nailed to the wall and terrified of something worse. When you are part of the system you know where the bodies are buried and who buried them so you are locked into a mutual destruction pact with your fellow politicians. The only way one will go down is if all of the others are on board and ready to discredit the one being thrown under the bus.
Now we aren’t saying Whetsel doesn’t have it coming; they guy ought to have been deposed and perhaps investigated and jailed a decade ago and we have called for this since 2010. The Butcher of Oklahoma County has had more deaths in his jails than all the previous sheriffs combined since statehood. His Tower of Terror has been allowed to run down and filled to over capacity by delaying the ordinary release of prisoners in the hope that he can force the feds to step in and order a new jail built. They have the land picked out and are already forcing out long time residents using building code and property upkeep ordinances.
Whetsel has always ignored the jail except to use it to drive controversy. Few of his actual deputies work in the jail, with most of the work being done by low wage Detention Officers, so that the deputies can harass motorists on the interstates in the hope of shaking down some civil asset forfeiture. Whetsel can’t see the jail from his house in Florida and the more deaths the quicker he washes his hands of the problem.
Whetsel’s budget has collapsed as well after a judge ordered him to set the daily incarceration rate at the same rate he was contracting to keep state inmates, a 60% reduction from what Whetsel had proposed to the judge. Finances are also slow because the bad check collections are down as checks are used less and less in the economy. It is so bad that a few weeks ago two inmates were seen changing out of Detention Officer uniforms into orange jail jumpsuits. That’s right, internal jail sources are saying that trustees are being used as jailers, similar to the use of Jews as enforcers in the Nazi Concentration Camps.
If Whetsel does take a perp walk before the general election on November 8th it will be because Prater is willing to lock down and dismiss any counter charges that his one time ally will make. There is no doubt that the State Auditor is going to find copious amounts of irregularities and there is no doubt that the Attorney General Office won’t shy away from taking Whetsel down as long as long time cronies like Prater and the other county officials support the removal.
Tulsa Republican Mens Club
WE HAVE MOVED to Oklahoma Joe's BBQ 6175 E. 61st on 61st just West of Sheridan next to Goldie's!
We want to welcome you to our monthly meeting October 12th. We open at 11:30 in their brand new meeting room and we will start at 12 noon. This meeting will be jammed packed with information on state questions from State Senator Dan Newberry, State Rep. Glen Mulready, Oklahoma Policy Institute, Oklahomans for Food, Farm & Family, and maybe more. We will have voters guides and candidates who just might have some yard signs. Volunteer opportunities are abundant. Our goal is to be fun and informative so bring a friend they might when a DOOR Prize!!!
Lunch is $13 includes, lunch, drink, dessert, tax, and tip for the table servers. This will be a great meeting bring a friend your freedom may be in your hands there is a ton to talk about and we will get to all of the questions.
State Question 776: Constitutional Amendment on the Death Penalty
State Question 777: Constitutional Limits on Regulation of Agriculture
State Question 779: Sales Tax for Education
State Questions 780 & 781: Criminal Justice Reform
State Question 790: Use of Public Resources for Religious Purposes
State Question 792: Alcohol Law Reform
Cathy Costello will be the guest speaker at NAMI Tulsa's October meeting. She will share insights from dealing with the tragedy her family is enduring and highlight the opportunities for improving Oklahoma's response to mental health challenges.
Join us October 13th at 7:00 pm at Fellowship Congregational Church, 29th & Harvard.
A Letter from a Reader
1. Boren's sales tax. Did you know that retired teachers and state employees health choice will go up $50 a month in Jan. For my husband and I this is $100 a month. We get no increase in our teacher's retirement or social security and the question in our household is "what do we cut NOW?. We can't afford to pay more sales tax.
Teachers in OK make damn good money for working 8 months out of the year, in a clean safe school. They get there 7:30 in the morning and out of there by 4:30, LOTS of holidays during the year.'
2. The right to farm, John that you speak of with OCPAC said I was drinking the kool aid because I'm a YES vote on the question. I'm amazed he's on the wrong side.
Keep up the good work,
J. M., retired teacher and conservative and OKIE
Crooked Oak School District or
a Crooked Education Mafia?
The release of the state audit into the Oklahoma City area Crooked Oak School District showed that it isn’t just the small rural school districts that are being ran into the ground by administrators. The small school district sits on SE 15th
between I-35 and Eastern Ave and a state audit turned up hundreds of thousands of spending problems. This News 9 story covers the worst of the findings.
Other school systems are socking away millions of dollars in unspent tax money, far in excess of the allowed 8% to 40% carry over allowed under state law. Generally the larger the district the smaller the amount of carry over allowed with the 40% going for very small rural districts and cities like OKC and Tulsa being allowed a mere 8% carry over.
The carry over is unspent budget money from the previous year that is retained to provide start up capital for the school between the end of the fiscal year on June 31st and the start of the state aid payments in August. The state pays out 11 monthly payments, skipping July as the schools are closed. Schools are generally flush with cash after the January real estate taxes flood in so the schools wisely budget their money over the 12 months.
Other districts like Sallisaw in Eastern Oklahoma have taken the policy to absurd lengths. The chart below documents the rise in excess funds. Sallisaw spent around 15 million per year between 2010 and 2014 but the budget skyrocketed in 2015 to over 20 million dollars. The carry over went from 16% of the budget to 30% of the budget in 2015, far in excess of what is allowed under state law.
Then there is the Luther School District where the superintendent went from a $430,000 carry over to less than $150,000 in the current year due to hiring too many teachers and staff and wasteful spending. Allegations of misspent transportation funds and general funds also led to a current state audit and predictions that the school will default. The school district is currently using warrants guaranteed by a local bank to pay bills as they are dead broke.
The state audit was triggered after a successful November 2015 petition drive and auditors from the State Auditor showed up in August of this year. Local activists say that the school board support has changed from 4 -1 in favor of the superintendent to 3-2 with a swing vote largely intimidated by the superintendent and his supporters.
Last year the district lost between 25 and 26 certified teachers last year with under 900 students enrolled. This year it appears that the number of students has dropped by 100 as locals send their children to private schools or to neighboring schools if they will accept the transfer. A 23% tax increase was rejected by the local tax payers as well, showing the poor support the superintendent is receiving from a fed up citizenry.
The superintendent, one Sheldon Buxton, is said to have a residence at a friend’s house but their kid is sent to a private school in Edmond. A review of voting registration records show that Sheldon and his wife Patty both are registered to vote and do vote in Sallisaw Oklahoma, a good three hour trip from Luther. Weekends are spent in the Sallisaw area and a brief stint as the dean of students for the superintendent wife at $65,000,000 a year, turned into a disaster as she tried to enact draconian discipline and to run off a popular high school principle while coming to work a few hours per day. Massive turn over in teachers and staff, spending $16,000 for new office furniture for the office while having no money for copy paper, and the like have left parents in this community seething.
HD 101, a Contentious Race
By the Watchman
We were asked about the validity of a statement made by the Republican candidate for House District 101 in a Facebook post she made last year regarding the protection of our second amendment rights. What raised these concerns among some Republican supporters and 2nd Amendment supporters was a posting made by the Republican Candidate Tess Teague on her Facebook page last year. To be honest it raises a concern in us as well. There are actually three postings of which we have screen shots of. We will not post the entire screen shots however we will quote them in part.
The first posting in part says “I like my second Amendment rights, I own a gun and I come from a military family that owns more than several firearms.” Now this is common from members of military families. There is nothing unusual here. Where it takes a turn is in the following statement in part “I’m more than overwhelmed at the blood spilled in mass shootings.” Who isn’t? She makes no direct mention of what she would do to get the situation under control. She has failed to identify the fact that where these mass shootings are occurring are in “Gun Free Zones” imposed by various laws throughout the country. She also fails to recognize that the states with the lowest murder rate by guns are those with the most freedom of use and carry of weapons for personal protection. She fails to recognize that more people are beat to death with hammers than shot to death with guns.
This first posting only goes from bad to worse. She goes on to say in part “I also believe gun control is a bit too strong for something that ought to be referred to as gun reform-something I would support.” This clearly indicates a complete lack of understanding of the 2nd Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. It clearly states that the right shall not be infringed. Does she have a problem with the word infringed? The simple answer is to make people follow the law. Instead of turning murderers and thieves back out on the streets due to overcrowding in our prisons, build on to our existing prisons and keep them in jail.
Those quotes are what raised concerns from voters in the District that she wants to represent. We can see why. It is here that we started our investigation. We started by going to her campaign web site and looking at what information we could find. We started with her Biography page here about |
. Here we find that she is a member of the main stream media. She is also a member of the establishment Republican Party that is working so hard to end our freedoms in America. She has worked for Governor Mary Fallin and for the Republican National Committee. That’s about as establishment as you can get.
We next looked at the Issues page of her web site here Issues |
. We question her support of pro-business policies. We have found in the past that this is a good indicator that she has every intention to vote the way that the Oklahoma State Chamber of Commerce wants her to. We have more than enough of those occupying both chambers of the legislature as it is.
The second screen shoot of her comes into play here. In it she claims in part “that her opponent has used unethical conduct straight out of the Obama/Clinton playbook, my opponent has been suggesting that I don’t live in the district.”
We have enclosed a map of her district here District Map |
. Well from what we can tell she does indeed live inside the District area. We can lay that falsehood aside.
The next article of interest we found was this Tess Teague - Ballotpedia
. What we see here is a combination of a new politician hitting all the hot spots that people want to hear. It would be nice if she could keep those promises however she has already begun to display the attributes of a vulnerable first term politician who will be overran by the chambercrats in the House and end up not being able to keep a single thing she is promising. She hasn’t even taken into consideration that the state has been declared in a recession by the federal government and that we are in a technical depression having failed to make our budget in six consecutive quarters.
2016 NRA Candidates Position on Gun Rights 71%
That is not a very good rating for someone who is an NRA member and a gun owner herself.
We next went to the Campaign finance page to see if they had any information. Here is what we found
It’s at this point that the third posting made on her Facebook page that said in part “My opponent has already engaged in illegal and unethical conduct, refusing to identify the individuals or organizations paying for her campaign materials.”
Now this is an embarrassment to the Republican Party. Here we have the candidate for the House District 101, who fails to realize that the very campaign finance reports that she must file are public record. Not only that, she is hinting that her opponent is violating State Election Law by not filing their reports. We are going to do her a favor. If she is unable to locate the finance reports of her opponent herself just open this link Candidate Search
and fill in the information. You should be able to obtain all the information you need.
We went to www.ok.gov/ethicscommittee
to see what they had on her campaign finances. The first item we found was her statement of organization dated June 2, 2015. What we found unusual was that we failed to find any notices of an announcement of her campaign. We went through her entire filings and found only one incident of a single issue organization contributing to her campaign. There were only two incidents of special interest groups or lobbyist contributing to her campaign. With the exception of her personal loan to the campaign, the vast majority of her campaign finances have come from individual donors. In today’s political environment that is somewhat of a miracle in itself.
As we are reporting on both candidates at the same time, we will make no recommendation on a candidate. We will leave that decision up to you.
As we indicated we are now looking into the Democratic Candidate for the House District 101 open seat. One of the first things we noticed was that she is one of the educators that have been recruited to run for political office. This raises a question that deals not only with the legislature but with the integrity of the educators and the unions they may belong to. We ask while the legislature is in session should they be allowed to draw pay from a School District for performing a job they aren’t present to do? We think not. It is the opinion of this staff that any and all legislators who are members of any other organization that is funded by the state must make the decision to either forego their legislative pay or their salaried pay during the time that the legislature is in session. They should not be allowed to get rich off the back of tax payers.
The first article of interest we found was in her campaign web site here Meet Cheryl
. The most interesting part of this page was when she mentioned that her dad ran for the U.S. House District 6 seat in 2000. For those of you familiar with Oklahoma Politics, you all know that we are now down to only five U.S. House Districts. That should tell you a little something about what is happening to our youth as they graduate. A little hint for you, they can’t find a job here so they move out of state.
The next item of interest we found on the site was this On the Issues
. At the very top is the funding of public education. She makes it clear that she is against any voucher system that would send children to a private school. She is a principal in a school district. It appears that she either ignores or is unaware that almost every school district in the state has enough in their savings accounts to have given their teachers pay raises. None should have had to lay off any teachers. Mismanagement of the districts by hiring administrators at four times the rate of teachers and student growth has had a lot to do with the problem also. Frankly we are getting very tired at hearing the lie being put out by the teachers unions and the U.S. Department of Education about where we rank in funding for the classroom. It’s not the fault of the state. Why do the school districts need to maintain so much in their savings accounts? Why do they even need savings accounts?
The next article of interest we found was this Cheryl Mooneyham-Hessman - Ballotpedia
. The one area here that she has identified that we can agree with is in the second paragraph. It states in part “ Instead of finding not-so-clever ways of passing the burden onto the average Oklahoman, perhaps the legislature should rescind the many tax cuts and incentives it has given multi-billion dollar corporate entities.”
She is correct here. They didn’t completely fill the $1.3 billion dollar budget gap last year and we are working on our seventh consecutive quarter of a depression, yet the legislature still gives out $2 billion dollars a year in tax credits. That is shameful.
We next went to www.votesmart.org
to see what information they had available. We were surprised to find this Cheryl Mooneyham-Hessman's Political Summary - The Voter's Self Defense System - Vote Smart
. The one item on this report that bothered us was that it indicated that she failed the Political Courage Test. We went to the page of the report that covers that test and it appears that the reason she failed was that she failed to respond to the questionnaire submitted to her. We find this to be an unfounded rating. Most legislators in the state refuse to respond to this very same questionnaire.
2016 National Rifle Association-Candidate Positions on Gun Rights 0%
We were not truly surprised to see this. When she was making her points on the issues she followed the current Democratic Party guideline by saying the simple phrase “Common Sense Gun Control.” There is only one form of common sense gun control. It’s called the 2nd Amendment.
We next went to www.ok.gov/ethicscommission
to see what they had available on her campaign finances. We know that she last officially modified her Statement of Organization on May 5, 2016. We can’t help but wonder if this is part of the reason her opponent was unable to locate any campaign finance records on her. Other than that the largest contributor to her campaign has been she. A vast majority of her campaign funds have been received from individual donations. We are surprised at the lack of support that the state and national party has shown towards their candidates.
In conclusion we will not make a recommendation on either candidate. You’ll have our research in your hands on them both at the same time. The decision is in your hands.