Where is the Church? An Update on the Pro-Life Bill Happenings by Bob Donohoo

Article by Bob Donohoo on facebook
Oklahoma City, OK

Baby Feet on Red RibbonSeveral people have asked that I publish the numbers showing Oklahoma State Legislature support for the Pro-Life bill, SB1552, and the activities of this last Friday to override Governor Fallin’s veto. Based on conversations with several legislators and others allow me to give an account as I understand it.

On Thursday there were several senators and representatives working together to see if they could delay the vote on the budget bill in the House long enough to get an override of Governor Fallin’s veto in the Senate and over to the House. At that time the thought was that the Senate needed about three more votes for a successful override and it appeared achievable. Several senators were diligently working on gathering the final support. In the House there were about 10 representatives on board with doing what they could do to delay to budget bill vote but they had yet to fully socialize the idea with other representatives. There was also the challenge of getting the leadership of both chambers to allow a veto override vote to occur at all.

With only a 12 hour notice by email there were about 80 citizens at the capital Friday morning at 7:30AM to do what we could to encourage legislator support. These activists divided up into three teams. The largest share by far stood by the office doors of representatives waiting for them to arrive for the day and ask for their support of this strategy. There was a second far smaller team that stood by the three entrances to the House Chamber making the same request of representatives as they entered. A third team was assisting the senators who were engaged in getting the remaining support for an override.

Our efforts as engaged citizens worked in the House. The plan to delay the budget bill vote was discussed on the House floor and supported by enough representatives to make happen. On the Senate side the count was stalled at 23 in support of the Pro-Life bill, 3 maybes, and 3 against but would likely have flipped to yes votes should be bill actually be voted on. This left us 3 votes short of a successful override. The pool of remaining senators were either not facing an election this fall or were termed out. They simply had little appetite to stand up to Governor Fallin who was on the Senate floor solidifying support for her veto during these final moments of session.

Finally, while supportive senators were discussing what they could do to get around Senate Leadership and hold a vote anyway Senate Leadership ended session leaving unfinished business behind instead of risking a successful maneuver to get the Pro-Life bill heard on the floor.

It’s well worth noting, as told to me by one supportive legislator, that if there were a couple of thousand more citizens engaged this last week at the capital we would likely have our veto override. We were measured and viewed as lacking.

Where was the church?

Where is the church on pro-life bill by Donohoo

A note of special thanks to Dr. Damon White for his work on Thursday afternoon to make citizen involvement on Friday meaningful

Finding Gems & Sharing Them – Where is the Church? by Bob Donohoo

Senator Rand Paul Mic Drop on HR2576

Video to Youtube – Published on May 26, 2016

(about 2 mins / over 14k views at time of posting)

Sen Rand Paul on Read the Bills Mic Drop.pngSenator Paul objected to the passage of HR 2576. Senator Rand Paul is objecting because he believes lawmakers should read legislation before voting on it. This legislation is being unnecessarily rushed without an opportunity for review.

During a vote on HR 2576, Rand Paul took to the floor to voice his objections of not only the bill, but the way it was being pushed through without giving lawmakers ample time to read and understand it.

(see Redstate for more of this article here >>>)

h/t Brent Sanders for find on fb

Finding Gems & Sharing Them – Senator Rand Paul Mic Drop on HR2576

Oklahoma: Black Friday – May 27th

My heart is breaking – Senate has adjourned without an override vote to save the babies in Oklahoma. How many more will die… ‪#‎not4lifeinOklahoma‬ ‪#‎BlackFridayMay27‬

Reference:  SB 1552 (passed both houses; vetoed by Gov Mary Fallin)

Baby Feet on Red Ribbon

Finding Gems & Sharing Them – Oklahoma: Black Friday – May 27th

More info on this topic via New American – Battle over Pro-Life Bill

Senate District 29 Event with Daniels and Oliver via Examiner Enterprise Report

By Nathan Thompson
nthompson@examiner-enterprise.com

Julie Daniels and Jean Oliver, both Republican candidates for state Senate District 29, answered questions Monday night during a forum sponsored by the Green Country Republican Women’s Club, held in the Bartlesville City Council chambers.

The event was moderated by Charlie Taraboletti of Bartlesville Radio, and was standing room only. The candidates answered questions ranging from the struggling state budget, education and criminal justice reform.

Green Country Republican Women’s Club president Deb Cook, center, introduces state senate district 29 candidates Jean Oliver, left, and Julie Daniels, right, Monday night during a forum in the Bartlesville City Council chambers. Nathan Thompson/Examiner-Enterprise - See more at: http://examiner-enterprise.com/news/local-news/daniels-oliver-differ-income-tax-cuts#sthash.8SqXqWIV.dpuf

Green Country Republican Women’s Club president Deb Cook, center, introduces state senate district 29 candidates Jean Oliver, left, and Julie Daniels, right, Monday night during a forum in the Bartlesville City Council chambers. Photo credit: Nathan Thompson/Examiner-Enterprise

Oliver said she was very frustrated with the current legislative session. As a former teacher and wife of a physician, she was troubled with the budget cuts to public schools and health care.

“I’m not a politician, but I decided to run for office when I read about all the problems that Oklahoma was having with its finances,” Oliver said. “I’m especially concerned about the situation with education. I was approached by several educators because they want this issue addressed. We cannot continue to cut and cut and cut educational funding. Oklahoma has cut more funding in education, more than 23 percent, than any other state in the nation.”

Daniels said she wanted to run for office to restore the conservative platform of liberty and to stop federal mandates that have been brought onto state government.

“I very much believe in the strength of our representative form of government,” Daniels said. “I believe in individual freedom and opportunity. I believe in the strength of the family as the basis of the entire network. I am dismayed, disheartened and sometimes discouraged like so many of my conservative brethren in how much we have lost of these freedoms, mainly from the encroachment of the federal government upon states.”
– See more at: Examiner Enterprise Article on Senate District 29

Finding Gems and Sharing Them – Senate District 29 Event with Daniels and Oliver via Examiner Enterprise Report

VAXXED – a film they don’t want you to see – coming to OKC and Tulsa Area in early June!

Vaxxed in OKC area June 2-9 2016

From Cover-Up to Catastrophe

Oklahoma City and surrounding areas! This film is a must see! Buy before it is sold out!

It’s time to invite friends, family, doctors, teachers, legislators and buy your tickets here!

It’s go time! http://www.bbtheatres.com/oklahoma-city-windsor-10/film/132381/

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OKC area

B&B Theatres Windsor 10 4623A NW 23rd Street, OKC, OK 73217

June 2nd – 9th 2016

Showtimes posted here >>>

The film they didn’t want you to see”

DO NOT MISS THIS — IT WILL CHANGE YOUR WORLD!

OKGrassroots Feature Post – Vaxxed (OKC)

Vaxxed also showing in Tulsa Area June 2-9 2016 details here >>

For more information on this issue please visit:

Oklahomans for Vaccine and Health Choice – PAC

Finding Gems & Sharing Them – Vaxxed — From Cover-up to Catastrophe

Override Time People – Let’s Get ‘Er Done! HB 3016 for Vaccine Choice

 

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It’s override time Oklahoma! Email samples available Operationoverrideonline.

Add your story and tell the legislators why this is important to you. Legislators appreciate personal emails.

Remember, numbers trump money!

Let’s “Be the Voice for Vaccine Choice”, Oklahoma!

For more information on this project and email information visit:

Ok4vaxchoice.com/current-campaigns/operation-override

Facebook OK4vaxchoice

OK4VaxChoice @OK4VaxChoice

Finding Gems & Sharing Them – Sandra Crosnoe – Override Time People

OKGOP Moves Back to Phone Booth for Meetings

FGST - Finding Gems & Sharing Them
Several years ago when I moved to Oklahoma (2005), I continued my political registration as Republican. I even worked very hard to network and build the party with grassroots efforts supporting conservative, constitutional, pro-life, liberty loving folks. Silly me, I thought we were saying the same things. Long story short, many of us worked hard to build the party around issues and candidates espousing those issues.

In 2008 we grew, and in 2012 many actually believe we had a winning number, but were cheated out of the convention. In 2015 we elected one of us as chair of the party, Randy Brogdon. He was in the process of restoring the financial footing of a floundering party and in the process of moving forward when some in the GOP made his personal life miserable to the point that he resigned for the sake of his family. We witnessed the politics of destruction. I believe that is when the Republican party in Oklahoma actually died. It took another year or so for the mask to actually come off.

We can disagree and have debates; then we count votes to determine who wins and who loses. However, when we destroy our own members, the body will eventually die. When we shut out people we disagree with and refuse to have the conversations to discuss the differences, when we only post favorable comments on social media in party groups, when we refuse to live by our own rules and give a pass and $$$ to elected officials who violate our own platform, the end is near.

I would note that attendance continues to decline even though it is a presidential year. Then when discussion moved to issues this weekend, the mask really came off notably on right to bear arms and pro-life facade for party. Many will be moving to Independent status or other parties. Most will stop giving funds to the GOP and giving directly to more trustworthy candidates and grassroots efforts.

I will be writing more on the topic of political parties and why our founding fathers did not recommend them (hopefully soon).  In the meantime here is a post I did on topic recently —  As Political Alignments Shift.  And further back, I suggested that maybe we should get back to this — Do Justice, Love Mercy, Walk Humbly.  The fault does not lie with only one side.  It is about how we treat one another as we go.

See OKGOP Quick Wrap Up via Sooner Politics.org – Editorial for David Van Risseghem’s thoughts on convention.
To which I added my comment here: My headline would be OKGOP moves back to the phone booth for meetings. I would note that attendance continues to decline even though it is a presidential year. Then when discussion moved to issues, the mask really comes off notably on right to bear arms and pro-life facade for party. Many will be moving to Independent status or other parties. Most will stop giving funds to the GOP and giving directly to more trustworthy candidates and grassroots efforts. In fact I think I’ll go write an article on topic now… (see article above)
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