How many people decided your taxes would not go down in Washington County’s Secret Election July 9th?

Here’s the results:

Here’s a link to this graphic from the Oklahoma State Election Board:

https://results.okelections.us/OKER/?elecDate=20190709

I have several problems with this results:

  • few people even knew about this election
  • it was scheduled when many people are on vacation
  • why are these special elections not consolidated into once a year when there is plenty of reason to go vote
  • what about all the wasted ballots printed and thrown away
  • look at all the waste in hiring election workers over and over and over again
  • most importantly – where was the public debate on why this ‘stuff’ was needed instead of reducing spending?
  • did I mention low voter turnout? (at my precinct out of about 3500 people I was number 111 about 5:30PM)

Come on people – we can do better than this! Did you know there will be a school bond election next month? Bet you will hear lots about that one! Can you see how the media manipulates the outcome by their silence and by what they promote? People who care about taxing and spending better get involved and organize their precincts. Let’s get these local elections consolidated too!

Oh and one more thing, let’s learn the difference between “it won’t make your taxes go up” and reducing spending obligations!

Sandra Crosnoe for Finding Gems & Sharing Them

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Paul Ryan Gets Primaried by Paul Nehlen in Wisconsin Race

Paul Ryan heritage scoreHouse Speaker Paul Ryan’s Wisconsin primary opponent Paul Nehlen said of Ryan on Saturday, “He has betrayed us all, hasn’t he? He says he’s for a secure border. Then what’s he do? He funds every dangerous immigration policy through this $1.8 trillion omnibus. What he funded was all his special interest buddies.”

Nehlen’s comments came during an exclusive interview Saturday with Breitbart News Saturday SiriusXM host Stephen K. Bannon. Nehlen pointed out again that 83 percent of Ryan’s camapign donations come from D.C., not his home district: “The vast majority comes in the form of large campaign donations from inside the D.C. Beltway. … He sold his vote. He sold his vote. The same people that are donating to his campaign want these open border initiatives. This isn’t a Free Trade deal.”

Read more of this article here >>>

Sarah Palin on topic of Paul Ryan vs Paul Nehlen recently on CNN

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Lankford Voting Record Dismal – Barely Passing by Most Standards – Send him back to Camp!

Don’t get me wrong, I personally like James Lankford.  I suspect he was a very good Christian camp director.  His politics certainly do not match mine nor I dare say any real conservative in the state of Oklahoma.  He doesn’t even get close to articulating a limited government, constitutional philosophy.  So if you were looking for another Dr. No. then I suggest you keep looking.

Let’s take a look at his bad votes over recent years and how he rates with one of the best ‘graders’ in the nation – the JBS.  I love the reports in the New American and the fact that it is online too.  You can review a complete summary of James Lankford’s votes on the Freedom Index.

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Score Breakdown:
60% (113th Congress: 2013-2014); 70% (112th Congress: 2011-2012)
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Let’s list only the ‘bad votes’ and see just how many of the planks of the constitution he managed to shred in his short tenure in the house (my words not those of the New American).
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The votes below are pulled directly from the Freedom Index with a tiny summary of the vote analysis included there.  There is much more there if you want to dig deeper and compare with others too! And again this is just the ‘bad votes’ from that index for Lankford:
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H R 2397: On Agreeing to the Amendment 54 to H R 2397

Military collaboration with the Chinese regime will not diminish the security threat it poses to the United States but, if anything, heighten it.

H R 2397: On Agreeing to the Amendment 64 to H R 2397

Authorizing the president to use military force without a declaration of war is a shifting of responsibility from Congress to the executive branch that essentially allows the president to exercise dictator-like powers and should be opposed.

H R 2397: On Agreeing to the Amendment 70 to H R 2397

Blanket collection of electronic records of citizens who are not under investigation is a violation of the Fourth Amendment’s prohibition on search and seizure without a warrant.

H R 1947: Federal Agriculture Reform and Risk Management Act

These subsidies have resulted in large market distortions as the government essentially picks winners and losers in the food production industry, and the fact that the number of people enrolled in food stamp programs has grown consistently illustrates that these programs do little to lift people out of poverty.

H R 1960: On Agreeing to the Amendment 12 to H R 1960

Under the National Defense Authorization Act, the president may abrogate these rights simply by designating terror suspects, including Americans, as “enemy combatants.” A government that would lock up anyone indefinitely without trial is certainly moving toward tyranny, and legislation to prevent this abuse of power is needed.

H R 624: Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection (CISPA) Act

…the massive sharing of private citizens’ online data by Internet companies with federal government agencies authorized by this bill violates “the right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures” as set forth in the Fourth Amendment of the Constitution.

H R 933: Department of Defense, Military Construction and Veterans Affairs, and Full-Year Continuing Appropriations Act, 2013

… passage of this mammoth continuing resolution provided a way for Congress to perpetuate its fiscally irresponsible, unconstitutional spending habits with a minimum of accountability to its constituents.

H R 325: To ensure the complete and timely payment of the obligations of the United States Government until May 19, 2013, and for other purposes

…the federal government should live within its means and because most of the spending responsible for the ballooning national debt is unconstitutional.

H.J.Res. 117: Continuing Appropriations Resolution, 2013

…passage of this mammoth continuing resolution provided a way for Congress to perpetuate its fiscally irresponsible, unconstitutional spending habits with a minimum of accountability to its constituents.

H.R. 5949: FISA Amendments Act Reauthorization Act of 2012

…because warrantless surveillance is unconstitutional and violates privacy and individual liberty. While ostensibly carried out only on “foreign suspects” communicating with U.S. citizens, it is difficult to imagine this surveillance not extending to U.S. citizens.

H.Amdt. 1414 to H.R. 5856: An amendment to reduce appropriations made in Title IX of the bill by $20,843,869,000. The reduction shall not apply to the following accounts 1) Defense Health Program; 2) Drug Interdiction and Counter-Drug Activities, Defense; 3) Joint Improvised Explosive Device Defeat Fund; and 4) Office of the Inspector General.

…the massive expenditure on undeclared foreign wars and nation building is unconstitutional and unaffordable.

On Motion to Suspend the Rules and Pass H.R. 6018: Foreign Relations Authorization Act, Fiscal Year 2013

…U.S. participation in the United Nations involves an unconstitutional delegation of our national sovereignty to the UN.

H.Amdt.1127 to H.R.4310: An amendment numbered 46 printed in House Report 112-485 to strike section 1022 of the FY2012 NDAA and amend Section 1021 of same Act to eliminate indefinite military detention of any person detained under AUMF authority in U.S., territories or possessions by providing immediate transfer to trial and proceedings by a court established under Article III of the Constitution of the United states or by an appropriate State court.

…the War on Terror must not be allowed to destroy constitutional legal protections, including the issuance of a warrant based on probable cause (Fourth Amendment) and the right to a trial (Sixth Amendment).

H.R. 3523: Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA)

…the CISPA bill would permit government access to the private information of citizens, in violation of the Fourth Amendment “right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures.”

H.R. 3521: Expedited Legislative Line-Item Veto and Rescissions Act of 2012

…providing any form of line-item veto power to the President violates the Constitution’s separation of powers.

H.R. 2055: Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2012

…many of the bill’s spending programs — e.g., education, housing, foreign aid, etc. — are unconstitutional. Moreover, passing this mammoth appropriations bill in light of the ongoing trillion-dollar annual deficits is grossly fiscally irresponsible. Furthermore, packaging the appropriations bills for so many large federal agencies into one mega-bill greatly reduces the accountability of the Congressmen to their constituents.

H.R. 3080: United States-Korea Free Trade Agreement Implementation Act

…agreements such as this one are intended to transfer trade (and other) powers to super-national arrangements binding the United States, despite the fact that under the Constitution only Congress has the power “to regulate commerce with foreign nations.”

S. 365: Budget Control Act of 2011

…the debt deal allows both the national debt and spending to continue their upward trajectories. Moreover, the budget process established by the legislation is clearly unconstitutional since no Congress can bind the actions of future Congresses via the so-called automatic cuts.

H.Con.Res. 51: Directing the President, pursuant to section 5(c) of the War Powers Resolution, to remove the United States Armed Forces from Libya

…not merely because Obama’s Libya deployment is now in violation of the War Powers Act’s 60-day requirement for congressional authorization, but also because it violates the Constitution, which clearly assigns to Congress the power “to declare war.”

S. 990: PATRIOT Sunsets Extension Act of 2011

…because the provisions that were extended, as well as the Patriot Act as a whole, violate the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution.

Now lest you are thinking well, that is just the JBS.  They are a little right wing.  Here’s what the Senate Conservative Fund says – oh and the Senate is no bastion of real conservative thought either as you well know.

Oklahoma Representative James Lankford will announce his intentions later Monday afternoon for Senator Tom Coburn’s seat in the U.S. Senate. He’s expected to seek the election but he won’t have a key group supporting him.

The Senate Conservatives Fund (SCF) says Lankford’s voting history will prevent support from them.

“We won’t support Congressman Lankford’s bid for the Senate because of his past votes to increase the debt limit, raise taxes, and fund Obamacare,” said SCF Executive Director Matt Hoskins. “We have reviewed his record and it’s clear that conservatives cannot count on him to fight for their principles.”

The SCF sites a number of Lankford’s voting history that includes raising the debt limit, funding Obamacare, and supporting the Ryan-Murray budget agreement. (article reference here)

So are you beginning to understand why James Lankford should not be promoted?  In fact he should be sent home with a copy of the constitution to read and study a lot more diligently if he ever wants to run for any office in the land in this author’s opinion.  Rhetoric always sounds appealing in campaign season and TV ads always look good, but the proof is in the track record of the actual recorded votes.  There it is folks.  He did it to himself.  Time to send James Lankford back to camp.

Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for Finding Gems & Sharing Them

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Vote to Set Yourselves Free on June 11th — Washington County Ballot Wording

June 11th Washington County Ballot Proposition:

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Read closely as it authorizes bond financing.

Is it time for more debt as the dollar declines?

Meeting minutes from Bartlesville City Council Meeting on April 1, 2013 with planning project priorities (pdf format) here >>>

Other agendas and meeting minutes available here >>>

You get a chance to say NO on June 11th.

If you and your neighbors fail to do that on that one day, it will cost you for the next 7 years or until June 30, 2021.

Here is the actual wording on the ballot:

Jun11 WC Sales Tax Vote p1Special Election Proclamation and Notice

Jun11 WC Sales Tax Vote p2 Jun11 WC Sales Tax Vote p3 Jun11 WC Sales Tax Vote p4

Ordinance No. 3404

Jun11 WC Sales Tax Vote p5 Jun11 WC Sales Tax Vote p6 Jun11 WC Sales Tax Vote p7

You get a chance to say NO on June 11th.

Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for Finding Gems & Sharing Them

More Bonds and Debt for Bartlesville Property Owners? Up to you! Vote August 28th

Did you know that you will have yet another chance to say NO to more bonds and debt if you live in many precincts in Washington County?  ‘Special election’ information and actual ballot wording is provided here for the vote upcoming on August 28th.  Do you think we will ever learn to live within our means if you keep telling them it is ok to ask for more?  I am angry this is even on the ballot; much less that it is at a time when many are on vacation and will not be paying attention.  But then that makes it easier to defeat if people will learn to say NO!  It is not just Washington DC that cannot learn to live within the budget.  Apparently the disease is spreading to our little town as well.  

Making this a matter of prayer for sure.

 Sandra Crosnoe

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WASHINGTON COUNTY (ELECTION BOARD phone # = 918-337-2850):

Election Date: August 28*

SPECIAL ELECTION: Bartlesville school district (Pr 11-13, 15, 22, 27, 28, 31, 33, 46, 48, 51, 54, 74-76, 711) 2 propositions (see below):

SPECIAL ELECTION: Skiatook school district (Pr 78) 2 propositions (see below):

PROPOSITION NO. 1

“Shall Independent School District Number 30 of Washington County, Oklahoma, incur an indebtedness by issuing its bonds, to be issued in one or more series, in the sum of Eleven Million Six Hundred Twenty Five Thousand Dollars ($11,625,000) to be used with or without other funds to provide funds for the purpose of acquiring or improving school sites, constructing, repairing, remodeling and equipping buildings, and acquiring school furniture, fixtures, and equipment, as authorized by Section 26, Article X, of the Oklahoma Constitution, which will specifically include constructing and equipping eight (8) early childhood classrooms as an addition to Richard Kane Elementary, renovating and equipping Richard Kane Elementary along with other elementary schools throughout the District, constructing new handrails, visitor restroom/concessions, new lighting, and a new sound system at Custer Stadium, acquiring textbooks and other curriculum materials, acquiring technology equipment and software, and levy and collect an annual tax, in addition to all other taxes, upon all the taxable property in such District sufficient to pay the interest on such bonds as it falls due and also to constitute a sinking fund for the payment of the principal thereof when due, said bonds to bear interest at not to exceed the rate of ten percent (10%) per year, payable semiannually and to become due serially within ten (10) years from their date except bonds issued for equipment described in Section 15-106.1 of Title 70 of the Oklahoma Statutes shall become due within five (5) years from their date?”

PROPOSITION NO. 2

“Shall Independent School District Number 30 of Washington County, Oklahoma, incur an indebtedness by issuing its bonds, to be issued in one or more series, in the sum of One Million Fifty Thousand Dollars ($1,050,000) to be used with or without other funds to provide funds for the purpose of acquiring transportation equipment, and levy and collect an annual tax, in addition to all other taxes, upon all the taxable property in such District sufficient to pay the interest on such bonds as it falls due and also to constitute a sinking fund for the payment of the principal thereof when due, said bonds to bear interest at not to exceed the rate of ten percent (10%) per year, payable semiannually and to become due serially within five (5) years from their date?”

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Absentee Ballot/Voting Information

Is there any possibility that you could be required to be away from Washington County on August 28 (on a family emergency or an emergency business trip, for example)?  If the answer is “yes”, then we STRONGLY RECOMMEND that you consider voting by absentee ballot for the August 28 statewide runoff elections.  There are 2 methods to vote absentee (absentee voting by mail and in-person absentee voting).  To vote by mail, you must complete a simple application and get it to the Washington County Election Board by August 22.  The FAX number of the Washington County Election Board is 918-337-2895.  To vote by in-person absentee voting, you must go to the Washington County Election Board (420 S Johnstone Ave Suite 101, Bartlesville) on August 24, 25 or 27. Make sure you have your voter identification with you; you will need to show it to them!  Open this link for more information about absentee voting:

www.ok.gov/elections/Absentee_Voting/index.html

If you want specific information about absentee voting by mail, open this link:

www.ok.gov/elections/Absentee_Voting/Absentee_Ballot_Applications

Here are two links for the two different types of absentee ballot applications:

www.ok.gov/elections/documents/abs_yell.pdf

www.ok.gov/elections/documents/abs_pink.pdf

Here is a link for voters who are a) active-duty members of the Armed Forces, Merchant Marine, Public Health Service, NOAA, and their family members, or b) United States citizens who are living outside the U.S. for work, school or other reasons.

www.fvap.gov

Special thanks to Greg & Susan Hill (Tulsa) for providing this information via email so faithfully and so timely.

Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for Finding Gems & Sharing Them

OKGrassroots

Washington County Sample Ballot for Special Election June 26 – Did you Know there were Bonds on the Ballot?


Proposition No. 1 $325,000 for the purpose of acquiring technology for the City…

Proposition No. 2 $7,085,000 to provide funds for the purpose of constructing and equipping a public safety complex…

Proposition No. 3 $2,240,009 to provide funds for the purpose of constructing and equipping and improving City parks and City cultural and recreational facilities…

Proposition No. 4 $5,350,000 to provide funds for the purpose of constructing, reconstructing, and improving streets and roads in the city….


Total Indebtedness $15,000,009

I just have one question:  Anybody know why we can’t live within our means these days and pay for things out of current revenue streams?

Special thanks to Greg and Susan Hill (Tulsa Area) for election information received via email recently.

WASHINGTON COUNTY ELECTION BOARD # = 918-337-2850)

CANDIDATE FILINGS FOR 2012 PRIMARY: June 26*

NOTICE: This list has 2 purposes: to allow you, the voter, to contact the candidates to help you determine

a) which candidates you will vote for and b) which candidates you will volunteer for.

OKLAHOMA VOTER GUIDES:

Ethics.capwiz.com/election/guide/(special search Oklahoma

eVoter.com

OKGrassroots.com

OKiron.org

OK-SAFE.com

Votesmart.org

SPECIAL ELECTION: City of Bartlesville (Pr 11-13,15,22,27,28,31,33,46,48,51,54,74,79,711) (see Sample Ballot):

Democrat Primaries (0/10):

OKdemocrats.org

TulsaCountyDemocrats.com

Americans Elect Primaries (0/10): Independent: 

AmericansElect.org

Republican Primaries (3/10):

OKGOP.com

TulsaGOP.org

CORPORATION COMMISSIONER (FULL TERM)

Democrat Primary (No candidates – primary cancelled)

Republican Primary

Bob Anthony 405-525-8811

BobAnthony.com

mail2012@bobanthony.com

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Brooks Mitchell 405-818-7086

FriendsofBrooksMitchell.org

brooks@friendsofbrooksmitchell.org

CORPORATION COMMISSIONER (SHORT TERM): ELECTION CANCELLED

DISTRICT 1 CONGRESS

Democrat Primary (Primary cancelled)

John Richard Olson

Olsonforoklahoma.com

john.olson@usa.com

918-619-9831

Independent

Craig Allen 1000 S Denver Ave Apt 5303 Tulsa OK 74119

Republican Primary

Jim Bridenstine 918-877-0252

JimBridenstine.com

info@jimbridenstine.com

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John Sullivan 918-712-2290

JohnSullivanforcongress.com

questions@johnsullivanforcongress.com

COUNTY COURT CLERK

Democrat Primary (No candidates – primary cancelled)

Republican Primary

Bertha M. Rogers 1667 S OAK AVE BARTLESVILLE OK 74003-5436

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Jill L. Spitzer 918-766-3022

JillSpitzerForCourtClerk2012

jill.spitzer@yahoo.com

* Registered Independents cannot vote in Primary or Runoff elections.


COUNTY SHERIFF, COUNTY CLERK: ELECTION CANCELLED

STATE SENATE DISTRICT 29: ELECTION CANCELLED

STATE HOUSE DISTRICT 10 & 11: ELECTION CANCELLED

COUNTY COMMISSIONER DISTRICT NO. 2: ELECTION CANCELLED

Be a part of the solution — get involved today!

For more information from local leaders or to join our prayer team see Washington County Grassroots Page

 Washington County PCT Map

Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for Finding Gems & Sharing Them

KJRH elated article here >>>

Vote Reminder: Just say NO on BISD bond election on Tuesday February 14th and save taxpayers a cool $50 Million!

Please tell the school board over and over again to get budgets in order and quit asking for more money in a time where most of us are reducing expenditures and cutting back! It doesn’t take more money to educate children. It requires better management of existing resources. We have given you plenty now get to work managing it properly, setting a good example, and living within our means on existing resources. Back to the drawing board BISD!

For more information see previous article here >>> Washington County: Let’s Say No to Proposed School Bond on Feb 14th and Send Board Back to the Drawing Boards « Finding Gems & Sharing Them

Facebook group with more information here >>> Bartlesville School Bond Issue 2012 ( the Facts)

Flyer opposing bond link here and embedded (downloadable) below >>> Just Say NO to BISD School Bond 2012 Flyer — Vote on February 14th 2012

As the flyer says:

We can spend less… reduce taxes…

 and still meet our students’ needs.

Send the School Board back to the drawing board!

Posted by Sandra Crosnoe for Finding Gems & Sharing Them

Cross-posted with OKGrassroots

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