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lelayne-tapp-bannerSpecial thanks to my good friend Lelayne Tapp for her thoughts here. This is her new blog and you may want to bookmark it. She serves on the state executive committee from Cimarron County for the Republican Party and is a long time grassroots activist for life and liberty in Oklahoma.

From My Point Of View

I’m sure everyone is feeling it. The General/Presidential election is right around the corner, in 17 days, to be exact. We’re all wondering what awaits the future of our country based on what the outcome of this election will be. What will we be facing with a Trump or a Clinton presidency? After all, one of them will be among some of the most powerful leaders in the world, right? Where will they be taking us? Into greater liberty and freedom, where the Constitution is indeed revered and considered the law of the land, or more and more into an authoritarian, unconstitutional existence? I wish I could see into the future and answer those questions. But one thing I believe we fail to realize is this, the election/selection of one person is not what we should be fearing or counting on. No one person is going to make or break…

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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)

Vote Richard Engle for Republican National Committeeman – on Saturday May 14th

I whole heartedly endorse Richard Engle for National Committeeman.  He will stick to grassroots limited government principles for all of us!  Praying for wisdom for all.

For Life and Liberty,

Sandra Crosnoe (a precinct chair from Washington County)

Here is an email with more information on the race from Richard:

Richard Engle Tote Logo_PROOF

 

First and foremost, thank you for your pledge of support for my bid to be your new Republican National Committeeman!
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But, I need your help.  Over the last month I have been making phone calls and meeting with delegates. The calls have been extremely encouraging and I have learned a great deal about what is important to all Oklahoma Republicans.
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That said, I need you to know that every vote counts and I need you to make the significant effort to come to the convention and vote.  Additionally, if you know any delegates in your county or across the state, please call or email them and let them know who you support for National Committeeman. Also, encourage them to attend the OKGOP State Convention this Saturday at 301 NE 27th St Moore, OK 73160. Doors will open at 7am and registration will end at 9am.
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I am excited to say that we are only a few days away from the State Convention which will take place this upcoming Saturday May, 14. With your support, and the hundreds of delegates who have pledged their support, we can reach victory on Saturday!
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I am incredibly thankful for all the notes of support and the encouraging messages many of you have sent.
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I am running for this position because I believe in the Republican Party. I believe that the principles of our Party, our Republican policies, and our conservative ideals are important enough to fight for. I believe in serving you, representing you, and as always, listening to you, the grassroots of our party.
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Thank you again for your support.
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God Bless you,
Richard Engle
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More information on the OKGOP state convention here >>>
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How We Treat People Really Does Matter

…Party Unity for Thee, but Not for Me

 
Unfortunately, the Washington County/District 1 leadership’s handling of an upcoming fundraiser in Dewey called me to point out that calls for “Party unity” must be consistent.  How we treat people matters – all of the time – not depending upon which faction is in or out of power. 
 
 
On Jul 19, 2015, at 5:26 PM, Sandra Crosnoe wrote:
When I first received the letter below from Suzanne Callihan on behalf of Grace Farmer, I was stunned at the many levels of poor protocol and bad behavior for unity of the party embedded.  So I called Randy Brogdon our recently elected State Republican Party Chair to see if he had even been invited to the event. The answer was no he had not.  So I proceeded to write a note to Grace and see if she would correct the problems.  Here is a copy of my note sent on July 16th:
Grace,
In reviewing the press release, I find myself mystified at the breach of protocol in excluding our new Republican Party State Chair as one of your special guest speakers. When I first read it I hoped that Randy had been invited but declined. Unfortunately, when I called him today, he reported that he was not invited.
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I would not like to think that Randy was purposefully excluded but it might very well be difficult for many people involved with the party to avoid drawing that conclusion, based on history. Considering that Party leadership should set an example and avoid all appearance of impropriety or personal conflicts of interest, it would seem that the obvious thing to do would be secure an appearance or attendance by Randy and send out an updated, corrected version of the release.
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I do hope to hear from you within a day or two about corrective action on this so that I don’t find myself in an awkward position when I update my network about upcoming events and can send the corrected version.  I would also hope that the revised version would be sent to everyone that the original was sent to as well.
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Regards,
Sandra Crosnoe
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cc:  Suzanne Callihan

No apology note or corrected email has gone out so far to my knowledge.  I understand that now Randy Brodgon has had a phone call or message from Grace inviting him to or letting him know about the event.  Time will tell if he will be given the respect due the office or even if he will be able to attend the event due to this late notice.
 
Meanwhile I am asking all my Washington County friends to make sure that whatever they are giving the local party for the event below, please take time to be a Minuteman for the State Party.  It is easy and you can donate monthly or annually here >>> or click on pic below.
 
OKGOP Minuteman

For Life and Liberty,

Sandra Crosnoe
PCT Chair Washington County
Alt National Delegate 2012

 

Begin forwarded message:
From: Suzanne Callihan <suzanne_callihan@sbcglobal.net>
Subject: Washington County Republican Party Fundraiser 8/1 at Dewey Fairgrounds
Date: July 13, 2015 at 10:05:32 PM CDT
Reply-To: Suzanne Callihan <suzanne_callihan@sbcglobal.net>

 

 
Washington County Republican Party Holding a Fundraiser on August 1
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
JULY 13, 2015
 
The Washington County Republican Party will be holding a fundraiser on August 1, from 4:00pm to 6:00pm at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Dewey.  The casual BBQ dinner is open to the public, but attendees are encouraged to purchase tickets online ahead of the event.  Guest speakers include Bartlesville native and Oklahoma Labor Commissioner Mark Costello and Oklahoma Republican Party State vice Chair, Estella Hernandez.  Special guest, Jim Bridenstine who represents Oklahoma’s First District will also be in attendance.
 
Mark Costello, a fourth generation Oklahoman was born in Bartlesville and was first elected as Labor Commissioner in 2010.  Before being elected to office, Mark founded several companies, creating hundreds of jobs within Oklahoma.   Since being elected, he has fought in finding efficiencies within the Labor Commissioners office, saving taxpayers well over a half a million dollars. 
 
Estela Hernandez has been married for 14 years and is the mother of 3 kids. Together, she and her husband own and operate a local construction company. She was elected Vice Chair of the Oklahoma Republican Party on April 11, 2015.  She is Chairman of the Community Engagement Committee for Oklahoma Federation of Republican Women.  She helped develop a successful community engagement program for OKC Republican Women’s Club and Oklahoma County GOP.  By attending monthly naturalization ceremonies, she is registering new citizens to vote and sharing with them the importance of civic engagement.  
 
The mission of the Washington County Republican Party is to continue growth of the GOP at the grassroots level within Washington County through voter registration; education and helping Republican candidates get elected to offices.
 
The Fundraiser is from 4pm to 6pm on August 1.  Tickets are $30 and sponsorships are available.  A live auction will be hosted by State National Committeeman Steve Fair.  All proceeds help support the Washington County GOP activities including local candidate’s elections. Tickets can be purchase online by going to https://washingtoncountygop.eventbrite.com or by searching Washington County at Eventbrite.com For more information, contact Grace Farmer at 918- 440-4405.

Washington County Republican Delegates – Does this letter answer your questions?

OK_GOP_seal2-150x150You’re receiving this email because you are among those designated to serve as delegates to the 2015 Washington County County convention. Attached is a letter addressing a few questions which have arisen regarding the precinct meeting and delegate nomination process.

Mark Keesling
Washington County Republican Party State Committeeman
Received via email February 7th sent to Sandra Crosnoe
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January 29th, 2015

To all Washington County Republican Delegates,

This letter is being sent to clarify some questions regarding the 2015 Washington County precinct meeting.  As a result of information submitted via forms filled out at the Washington County precinct meeting held 1/20/2015, or for those unable to attend the precinct meeting, subsequently submitted by the midnight of 1/24/2015 deadline, you have been submitted as a delegate to the Washington County Convention, scheduled for 2/21/2015.  Registration will be from 12 noon to 1:30 pm at the Elks Lodge, 1060 Swan Dr. in Bartlesville. State party form B-6 states that such information is due

“by February 15, 2015 (or as determined by the County Chairman)”.

In this case, the county chairman determined the deadline to be 1/24/2015 to provide ample time for processing of the resulting delegate and platform information before the county convention.

Given the following passage from state form A-2:

“Some (counties) meet as one county-wide event and others meet in zones or by State House District.  OKGOP State Party Rule (SPR) 16(a) gives authority to the County Executive Committee to set the location of the Precinct Meetings where they think best for their county.”,

and given,Washington County’s decision for the precincts to meet “as one county-wide event”, the packets were distributed at that meeting and the advertising for this meeting was done by the County Executive Committee.

The Washington County Republican Executive Committee

Grace Farmer                        Dan Wimberly                        Todd Mathes

John Kahre                        Joe Beffer                        Mike Dunlap

Nolan Jones                        Alex Schuettenberg            John Ford

Peggy Dau                        Dorothy Nunley            Earl Sears

Debbie Cook                        Rick Silver                        Travis Dunlap

Mark Keesling                       Jill Sptitzer                        Mitch Antle

Denny Garrison            Marjorie Parrish            Gale Kane

Julie Daniels                       Brad Johnson                        Kevin Buchanan

References:

2015 Official Call for Oklahoma Republican State Convention April 11

Oklahoma Republican Party Rules 2013 – link from OKGOP website (pdf format)

 

The Results are in for Washington County Precinct Chairs — on to the County Convention

Meeting held at Elks Lodge in Bartlesville January 20th.  Several people tried to attend but were unable to find the building.  There are also some issues with how the meeting was called and if enough advance notice was given.  I have made a formal verbal (but witnessed) request to the chair for a copy of the executive committee members.  Another precinct chair has made a written request for the minutes of the executive committee meetings.  We’ll see what is produced and if it is done so timely.  It appears that Mike Dunlap plans to run for chair at the county convention.  That seems like a bit of a conflict of interest to me because he already holds an elective office.  It remains to be seen if the grassroots will permit such a thing to occur.

Anyway you may be able to add your name to the county convention list by contacting your precinct chair and letting them know of your interest so that they can turn your name in.  There is some discussion over the appropriate cutoff for that to occur, but suffice it to say if you don’t ask it sure won’t happen!

Apparently all the committees were set without input from the county committee once again, because we haven’t met in ages.  If I find out who is chairing the committees and when they are meeting I will let you know.  Right now it appears a precinct chair doesn’t need to know that information in this county.

Here are the results of the precinct officer selections from our meetings this week.

Washington County GOP Precinct Officers 2015

Washington County Republican Convention:

The Washington County Republican Party Convention will also be held at the Elks Lodge on February 21st with registration starting at 12 noon.

(Elks Lodge Address: 1060 Swan Drive, Bartlesville, OK 74006)  Be sure you do a practice run on finding this if you don’t know because the name isn’t on the building and the street isn’t labeled, but a longtime resident will have no problem.  I sure hope we get better at welcoming newcomers and making things easier and following the rules and keeping things grassroots not top-down.  Ah well, I can dream can’t I?!

 

Information below from previous post about precinct meetings.  

Additional links and references that may be of interest.

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Washington County Precinct Map in Oklahoma:

Washington County PCT Map

 

Here is another way to find your precinct information:  Voter registration info – polling place and more

I got an email from one of the party officers the other day that our meetings in Washington County have been scheduled.  Here are the meeting details; and remember you must be registered Republican to participate in the Republican party meetings:

The Washington County Republican Party will be holding their Biennial Precinct Meetings on Tuesday January 20th at 7 pm at the Elks Lodge in Bartlesville,  OK.  (Elks Lodge Address: 1060 Swan Drive, Bartlesville, OK 74006)

The Washington County Republican Party Convention will also be held at the Elks Lodge on February 21st with registration starting at 12 noon.

The party rules are here>>>

The party platform is here>>>

If you plan to bring resolutions to submit for consideration, please bring at least 3 copies!

Sandra Crosnoe

Washington County Republican Precinct Chair – Precinct 28

 

References:  The Official Call for the 2015 Oklahoma Republican Party State Convention

Sample OKGrassroots Resolutions from previous years here — and more!

What Does a Precinct Look Like and Do You Know Your Chair?

Full disclosure for those of you reading this who do not know me:  I am a Republican, so this is from a Republican perspective, but having said that, some things apply to both parties. Find out more if you are interested and get involved in your local community.

So here is what the Washington County Precinct Map in Oklahoma looks like:

Washington County PCT Map

 

Once you figure out your precinct, then you can find out who your precinct chair is — well you could if the party in Washington County had a website and shared that kind of information…. or if the state GOP published party officers at the precinct level.  But sadly not there either.  Here is the best I know based on the biennial meeting in 2013 and some special efforts that I went through to publish the names at the time:  Washington County Republican Precinct Leaders (2013).

Here is another way to find your precinct information:  Voter registration info – polling place and more

I got an email from one of the party officers the other day that our meetings in Washington County have been scheduled.  Here are the meeting details; and remember you must be registered Republican to participate in the Republican party meetings:

The Washington County Republican Party will be holding their Biennial Precinct Meetings on Tuesday January 20th at 7 pm at the Elks Lodge in Bartlesville,  OK.  (Elks Lodge Address: 1060 Swan Drive, Bartlesville, OK 74006)

The Washington County Republican Party Convention will also be held at the Elks Lodge on February 21st with registration starting at 12 noon.

The party rules are here>>>

The party platform is here>>>

If you plan to bring resolutions to submit for consideration, please bring at least 3 copies!

Sandra Crosnoe

Washington County Republican Precinct Chair – Precinct 28

 

References:  The Official Call for the 2015 Oklahoma Republican Party State Convention

Sample OKGrassroots Resolutions from previous years here — and more!

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