State Constitution Under Assault
The Oklahoma House Leadership has filed a bill which would seek to remove constitutional protections against a legislative revenue increase (they want to raise taxes without our consent). House Speaker Pro Temp, Harold Wright, filed the bill to weaken the constitutional protections of Article 5, Section 33. Last Summer some of our members went to the Oklahoma Supreme Court to defeat their violations of this key reform of 1992.
They want to get their way and pass revenue increases (taxes, fees, etc.) without a simple majority vote of the people. The Constitution requires support of 75% of both chambers. House Leaders want to lower that percent to 60%. This Tuesday we will entertain a motion of our 2018 membership, to declare & publish the following resolution.
The Proposed Resolution.
We the members of the Tulsa Area Republican Assembly strongly oppose the weakening of our state constitution regarding taxpayer protections. Revenue Increases through raising taxes, removing exemptions, or increasing fees; must be approved by the majority of the voters, or 75% of each of the 2 chambers of the legislature. The constitution works well, when the legislature partners with the voters.
We demand the legislature to trust the voters to make wise revenue decisions. This legislature has ignored & insulted the voters. We will support candidates who respect the voters' proper place in deciding revenue increase proposals. We believe the constitutional language intended to voters to generally be a part of that process.
Our notification policy:
This notice of a parliamentary action is our best attempt to inform the membership of upcoming official acts. We don't generally make take actions without notifying the membership. It's not a rule, but it's a courtesy.
Sheriff Regalado will give a report of the county jail operations before & after the changes imposed by the Tulsa City govt.
We will also have an important discussion on city charter changes, special elections, NASA confirmation hearings, and state budget progress.
With more than 77% vote of support, Former congressional aide and city councilor, Brian O'Hara, was the clear choice of the Tulsa Area Republican Assembly. Nicole Nixon was the next and only other candidate to receive support from the membership.
The group is very familiar with Brian from his constituent services and representation of the office of Congressman Jim Bridenstine for the past 4 years.
The special primary election is set for early September. There is no runoff process, so the top candidate in the primary moves to the general election in November.
Tulsa Republican assembly is a local affiliate of the National Federation of Republican Assemblies. It operates separate of the OKGOP but members must be registered Republicans in order to join.
The special election for Senate District 37 is being planned for the August 15th meeting of the Tulsa Republican Assembly. Three Candidates have submitted questionnaires back to the Conservative organization. Two of them spoke at the July meeting.
Nicole Nixon, Brian O'Hara, & R. Jay McAtee all hope to gain an outright endorsement threshold of 67% from the group. Anything short of that will be a simple straw poll without endorsement.
You may review their questionnaires here.
We know that conservatives, while active in election campaigns, have long ignored the party structure in much of America. We mean to redress that wrong, increase the ranks of activists, revitalize our Party, and turn it into an electoral powerhouse Americans can believe in once again.
Second, we do what other Republican organizations almost never do: we endorse candidates in contested primaries, so rank-and-file Republicans can know who the true conservative candidates really are. In the spring of every election year, liberal Republicans learn to love Ronald Reagan; ten minutes after clinching the nomination, they remember they love Teddy Kennedy more. We 'shuck the corn', with highly competitive grassroots endorsing conventions at which candidates must secure two-thirds of our delegates' support to win. And when we're done, there's no question who is who.
The process of endorsing candidates involves;
We issue an invitation for the several Republican candidates to introduce themselves to the membership. this is done after the legal filing date, but well before the party primary.
We follow up with a questionnaire to each of them, to determine their political philosophy of the role of government. You can review our current questionnaire, here. We follow up with a questionnaire to each of them, to determine their political philosophy of the role of government. You can review our current questionnaire.
Finally, we ask all our members to review those submitted questionnaires at a subsequent 'endorsing convention'. The standards for issuing an endorsement are that we require two-thirds (67%) of our voting members to agree in order to issue a formal endorsement. If no candidate attains that threshold, we simply release a 'straw poll', at our discretion.
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