Wagoner County Republican Party Newsletter
May 20th, 2017
Next month is the Wagoner Summerfest!
Thursday, June 1st to Saturday, June 3rd (Reg. monthly meeting postponed 1 week see below)
Come out and spend time with like-minded republicans at our booth while we engage the community and process voter registrations.
Thursday, June 1st from 5pm to 10pm
Friday, June 2nd from 5pm to 10pm
Saturday, June 3rd from 2pm to 10pm
Also next month, our June Fish Fry Fundraiser with Dr. Everett Piper as Guest Speaker!
Thursday, June 8th at 6:30 PM (new time) at the Coweta Church of God of Prophecy (tentative)
If you were unable to attend the Prayer Breakfast at the State Convention, this is your chance to hear from a dynamic speaker. It will be a banquet-style event to remember as we enjoy fish and all the fixin’s with the fish provided and prepared by Sheriff Chris Elliot as well as County Commissioners James Hanning and Tim Kelley.
Seating is limited and tickets are going fast so get yours today! Go to https://www.eventbrite.com/e/june-fish-fry-fundraiser-tickets-34456008850
Dr. Everett Piper is the fifth president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University, established in 1909. In his 14 years as president of OKWU, Piper has become known for his passionate defense of intellectual freedom. He advocates tirelessly for cultural courage grounded in the conservation of time-tested truths, and is the 2016 recipient of the Jeane Kirkpatrick Award for Academic Freedom. Dr. Piper is the author of Why I Am A Liberal, and Other Conservative Ideas and the viral op-ed, “This is not a Daycare, It’s a University”. His op-eds are routinely featured in local and national news outlets and he serves as a regular guest on talk-radio across the nation. (http://www.okwu.edu/president/)
Op ED – news report
By Marian Corcoran, Wagoner GOP 1st District Committeewoman
The Russians are coming! The Russians are coming!
If you are to believe the mainstream news, Democrats and never-Trumpers…
But now that the FAKE NEWS is out of the way…
Due to the short meeting in May and the planned short meeting in June, some reports were/are tabled for the meeting and so this serves for the dissemination of information, such as it is…
The First District Committee met in April, following the County Conventions. Wagoner, Washington, Tulsa and Rogers Counties had elected new County Chairs. Creek County Chair Rob Ford continued as Chair in his county. Also, there were several new Vice-Chairs and District Committeemen and Women. I would be more specific with introductions, but having not yet received the minutes of the meeting, I do not have correct name spelling. Apologies.
Counties shared reports of Republican activities within their counties. For instance, Wagoner County invited people to visit our booth at Wagoner Summerfest, June 1-3. In all counties, reports of successful Republican elections were shared. However, a concern for the election of conservative candidates with principled integrity was brought as a topic for discussion. Two prongs of the issue: the primary election is the opportunity to discern the principles and character of candidates and to then elect the best Republican candidate to run in the general election; but in many cases now, since the election is decided in the Primary, Democrats are changing Parties, but not principles, and are running as Republicans. Yet in the Primary process, the Party is obligated to not endorse any single candidate. Therefore, the question becomes – how to inform voters about the principles/ideology/integrity of the candidates without compromising the Primary process? How do we fairly vet the candidates? There were no conclusive answers/decisions/ideas. Yet, the topic will be one that is revisited as counties search for solutions. How to elect Republicans who vote as Republicans!!!
The big news of the meeting – District Chair, Grace Farmer and Vice Chair, Jerry Buchanan resigned from their posts. Grace explained that to avoid a conflict of interest as District Chair, she was resigning in order to be able to join the campaign for Matt Pinnell for Lt. Governor of Oklahoma. Therefore, there is a special meeting of the First District committee called for May 22 for the election of a new District Chair and Vice Chair.
The State Convention was held May 6. Wagoner County had 29 members attend the Convention, so we were able to receive full value of all our 48 allotted votes. We had four 1st time Convention attendees, including perhaps the youngest Convention attendee at 18 years old. In a meeting, I would mention names, but for newsletter privacy, confidential kudos. Especially, since all of our newcomers to Convention attendance STAYED THE WHOLE TIME! Arriving by 9am and staying til the ‘lack of quorum’ end at 5pm.
Registration at the Convention was quick and easy – many thanks to David Byte, a former Vice Chair of the Wagoner County GOP. AMAZINGLY, Credentials were ready by 10am! And business could have started, but we had to wait for the presentations of the petitions of 5 late arrivers for their opportunity to be credentialed. And yes, compassion was shown and the delegates were allowed to be seated. And though I voted to allow these delegates to be seated, I wonder at the precedence now set. How many of those, like our Wagoner County delegates, who got up at 5am to be at the Convention and in line for registration by 9am, will now choose extra sleep and have no problem with arriving 5, 10, 15, 20 minutes late? Will the next Convention then have not just 5 petitions to hear, but 10 or 20 or more? Each petition moves the start of business to a later time. Can Republicans not follow the rules?
We had 2 excellent candidates for the office of OK GOP Chair. The vote was cast. Wagoner County delegates had differing opinions. As did the Convention. By an approximate 60%-40% decision, Pam Pollard was elected as Chair. We are confident that Pam will continue to lead and grow and unify the Party. We appreciate the vision and ideas of Robert Aery and wish him well in future endeavors.
More business of the Convention continued after the lunch break. Rule changes were addressed and voted yeah or nay. All was proceeding well and then business was log jammed. One county insisted on having their Rule Change heard – despite recommendations to allow tabling until the hearing of a following Rule Change Proposal that was more comprehensive, better written and addressed all the same issues. Therefore, this led to ONE HOUR of discussion, friendly amendments and debate. All for naught, because right before the vote – this county withdrew the proposal!
Interesting machinations of the State Party Convention!
Just how loudly can you project a YEAH or NAY.
So business moved along again. But as time goes, so do the delegates. Quorum begins to have impact. And, the passage of the ‘questionable’ can happen.
The people are FED UP with Republicans being elected and going to OKC (or Washington DC) and not voting as conservative Republicans. How to create accountability is an issue. The answer sometimes takes a quirky turn. In this case, at the Convention a Rules change was proposed to require each candidate to read the OK GOP Platform and mark every item that they agreed with. Then the State Party would have some obligations/rules to disseminate the information.
The rule change was an effort to address the frustration of watching Republican legislators vote contrary to conservative principles.
But, the State Platform is a bloated volume and that wasn’t even updated at the last Convention due to loss of Quorum. Also, the instructions to counties and the state party for distributing the information was problematic.
So, the vote was cast. And voice vote was indecisive. We went to a ballot vote.
By a percentage indicative of perhaps 2 votes – the rules change was not approved.
EVERY VOTE IS IMPORTANT. And many thanks to those who stayed to hear the issue and voted.
However, shortly after finishing with the rules changes, Quorum was lost. And so again, the PLATFORM WAS NOT ADDRESSED.
May 9, we had our meeting at the Forest Ridge Baptist Church with Congressman Bridenstine as our speaker. We had a fantastic attendance of nearly 90 people. Congressman Bridenstine gave a legislative update of the first 100 days with President Trump. Then, he allowed an opportunity for many questions and was very responsive. I did not take notes; therefore, I do not presume to detail information from the meeting. If you were not there – you missed a good opportunity to be informed. But in conclusion, I would state - The Congressman serves us well.