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GOP Chairman Statement On OK Board of Education Meeting

Matt Pinnell, chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party, has released this statement after the heated State Board of Education meeting yesterday.

The campaign trail was the easy part for Janet Barresi, we all knew the real battle would begin after the election. That certainly proved true after yesterday’s disgusting state Board of Education meeting.

The board refused key Barresi staffing requests, all qualified, and even called one Barresi staffer “worthless” due to the fact she would be taking maternity leave during legislative session. There was a clear unprofessional and partisan tone throughout the proceedings.

“We always knew Janet Barresi would need us more after the election than during it,” said Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman Matt Pinnell. “The State Board of Education and its status quo education positions are the last bastion for Oklahoma Democrats, and they will fight like hell to keep it from changing.”

House Democrat Minority Leader Scott Inman defended the Board decision, and in doing so, […] → Keep reading

Open Primaries In Oklahoma

Oklahoma State Representatives Rusty Farley and Dustin Roberts, both Republicans, have filed separate bills that would allow Independents and members of differing political parties to vote in primary and runoff elections in certain circumstances. Rep. Farley has filed HB1055 and Rep. Roberts has filed HB1038. Both bills appear to have the exact same text: If a recognized political party has two or more nominees for an office, no other recognized political party has a nominee for the office, and no person registered as an Independent pursuant to Section 4-112 of this title is a candidate for the office, all registered voters eligible to vote for that office, regardless of whether the voters are registered as members of the recognized political party having candidates for the office, are registered as members of another recognized political party, or are registered as Independents, shall be allowed to vote in the Primary Election and, if a Runoff Primary Election is necessary, in the Runoff […] → Keep reading