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OK Primary is 7/27 and Why We Should ALL Care – Wherever We Are

I’m in Nebraska.

Why do I care what happens in the Oklahoma primary election on July 27?

While I do have a number of friends and contacts there, that is not what drives my concern. I have come to believe that Oklahoma is at the tip of a spear that for so many reasons, is pointing in the right direction. Oklahoma has a very strong, organic movement comprised of resolute people committed to the Constitution. It is considered by many the home of State Sovereignty and it requires less digging to find some strong legislators at their Capitol than in my own and other states.

Senator Randy Brogdon

State Representative Charles Key and State Senator Randy Brogdon, are at the top of that list; they have taken on issues like State Sovereignty and REAL ID, just to name two.

Representative Charles Key

Oklahoma has a number of excellent Constitutional, liberty-minded candidates challenging incumbents. More, it seems than in many other states, and more that are rock-solid on core principles.

Further, as noted in a piece I wrote at the end of May, the mindset of registered Republican voters in Oklahoma, at least in the one place where I walked blocks, was palpably different from what I’d experienced in Nebraska. Few NE voters asked questions when presented with literature, and then only about party affiliation. If the candidate was Republican, with few exceptions, that was good enough for them. Oklahomans consistently asked questions, voiced dissatisfaction with the GOP, and were clearly intending upon investigating challengers in a race.

Having said all that, life at the tip of the spear is a tenuous business. My understanding of infantry is they take the brunt of the battle. Rep. Key and Sen. Brogdon have had successes, but they’ve also had disappointments. Challenging candidates and their supporters have been shut out from equal access by the GOP establishment. Supporters of State Sovereignty, individual liberty, and limited government have been called radicals, liars, and even insane. Entrenched power doesn’t go down easily. It gets really ugly, as a matter of fact, the more threatened it feels.

The people at the tip of the spear can’t hold their ground forever. Others need to join them. Infantry troops need backup. I’m in a state where the incumbents were re-elected across the board, with the most successful challenger garnering 37% of the vote. I want to see the movement back to core Constitutional principles, toward limited government, and a restoration of our Republic continue. Oklahoma is key in that fight. And when you see a success in the legislature or a candidate, it’s not really the one man you see leading the charge; he has a battalion of supporters working hard behind the scenes. They deserve and need reinforcement and support.

What will happen in Oklahoma next Tuesday? Will the discontent with entrenched power translate into the ousting of some incumbents? Perhaps. If some of the challengers had just a fraction of the support thrown at Scott Brown in Massachusetts, sending establishment, bail-out voting, Progressive Republicans packing would be much more certain.

It is no too late to provide support to some of these candidates. I’ve met each of these candidates personally, and worked with three of them on a regular basis.

Over the next couple of days, I will be writing about each one in more detail. In the meantime, I will list them here. Consider giving at least one of them your support.

Congressional Candidates:

RJ Harris is running in OK’s 4th District. RJ is one of the most impressive individuals I have come to know; his thorough knowledge of the Constitution and ability to articulate core principles clearly and succinctly is unmatched in my experience. His personal character, commitment to his family, and to the country are evident in his balancing of work and family life, and through his long military service. RJ’s race next Tuesday is of key importance; there is no Democrat on the ballot.

The winner of the GOP primary will determine with finality one Congressional seat.

RJ Harris website: http://rjharris2010.com

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In OK CD02, Howard Houchen has displayed ceaseless energy in traveling his very large district to hear from voters and talk about the proper the role of government. I have personally found Howard to be not only hard working, but well read, a thorough researcher, and impressive in his reasoning. These qualities were quickly displayed while working with Howard directly on legislation development supportive of state sovereignty. Added to his many other qualities, Howard is one of the most affable, courteous personalities in politics today.

Howard Houchen’s website: http://www.houchenforcongress.com/

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1st District Candidate Nathan Dahm is wise beyond his years, some having called him “an old soul”. His on the spot recall of historical context makes clear the depth of his knowledge. He is a man who lives his faith proven by his missionary service and ongoing charitable work. To be sure, he became a favorite with me before I met him – he is a homeschool graduate. But what impressed me most was his character and humility.

Nathan Dahm’s website: http://www.nathandahm.com/

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Governor’s Race:

State Senator Randy Brogdon has already been mentioned here. Senator Brogdon sponsored the Sovereignty Resolution in the OK Senate, worked to increase transparency in taxation, and fought against the implementation of the privacy invasion that is Real ID.

Randy Brogdon’s website: http://www.randybrogdon.com/

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Lincoln Tea Party / Sen. Nelson's Voting Record Top Story on Ch. 8 News

Even before I had readied a press release announcing the April 11 Lincoln “Tax Freedom Tea Party” event, I was contacted by two members of the KLKN Ch. 8 news staff.

Clearly, Ch. 8, our local ABC affiliate, is anxious to cover a Tea Party.

One of the contacts was a reporter requesting to do a profile. Before that could be set up, I was contacted by the station’s assignment editor requesting an interview regarding statements made by Nebraska’s senior Senator, Ben Nelson.

Reille Creighton, a reporter I actually respect (gasp!) was assigned the story.  She covered the March 15th rally in front of Senator Nelson’s office. She promised the organizers John Grieser and Angela Slack she would be fair and get their message out and she did.

As Reille explained what was to be covered, it became clear to me that I was going to be the “opposition” opinion on the piece. As I readied myself, it occured to me that we are truly living in the Twilight Zone.

After all, there is a State GOP headquarters much more conveniently located to the TV station than my house. (Just ask the reporter, she got lost.)

Even dismissing the Tea Party “hoopla”, just how relevant is the Republican party these days? A homeschooling mother of three, blogger, and passionate concerned citizen vs. the State GOP? …Okay

Like I said, I knew what the angle was. Senator Nelson vs. Tea Party Organizer. Ok, fine. It gets the word out about the Tea Party.

As one of “those” people, I get to wait for the Nelson attack machine which has apparently effectively struck fear in the hearts of the Nebraska GOP. On February 25, I called their Communications Director when I was looking for guests for the special three hour live show that had been arranged for the Feb. 27th Nationwide Chicago Tea Party on BTR’s Grizzly Groundswell.

As I was handling those arrangements,  I thought, why not help out, as Grizzly’s Chad Everson would say, “in my own backyard”? After all, Sen. Nelson was at ground zero in ensuring the passage of the Stimulus  Bill. Hopefully there was an emerging candidate who would oppose the esteemed Senator on the next round.

I had already been “treated” to the whiz bang NE GOP strategy for dealing with Sen. Nelson: wait until the vote occurs on a very damaging piece of legislation, then issue a press release that…no one pays any attention to. The day before the vote was scheduled, the new Director informed, “Rest assured, we are going to be issuing a press release.”

Oh, yes, I really will sleep well at night knowing the NE GOP is on the job! Despite this glimpse of brilliance, I was hoping for better. On  Feb. 25, any illusions were quickly put to rest. The Communications Director had not heard of Rick Santelli, vaguely knew something about “Tea Parties”, but didn’t know of any candidates lining up to oppose Ben Nelson.

She stated that even if there were any emerging candidates, it would be unlikely they would “come out” this early. Nelson’s team would just get wind of it.

I wish I had taken notes for an exact quote, but that’s the gist. When I asked if anyone would like to be a guest on the Tea Party show, she said, perhaps the State Chairman (and this I do remember exactly) may “want to come and out and make a statement” but he was a busy attorney with ” a very busy schedule”. She kindly gave me his email address.

I determined that I couldn’t be the distruber of anyone’s “busy schedule”.

I think the report went fairly well. Of course, it’s always frustrating which particular clips are ultimately used. As my husband pointed out, finishing up with my response regarding Sen. Nelson’s statement that he wouldn’t currently vote for the budget as it exists would have been a better way to end the story.

I had stated that it would be difficult to believe. After all, Sen. Nelson said he was opposed to the Stimulus Bill initially. Despite the fact that nothing substantively changed about it, he voted for it anyway. He did so with calls 9 to 1 against it from his constituents.

Regardless, I hope that it helps get the word out to my fellow Nebraskans; they are not alone in their opposition to the Senator’s votes, and they hopefully got the message that I’ve received lots of emails and phone calls stating precisely that, whatever Sen. Nelson wants to make people believe.