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ROPE Voter Guide for the General Election, November 6, 2012

ROPE Voter Guide for the General Election, November 6, 2012

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This is ROPE's voter guide for the 2012 elections. If you have any questions about our methods or our choices, please email jenni@RestoreOkPublicEducation.com
This is ROPE's voter guide for the 2012 elections. If you have any questions about our methods or our choices, please email jenni@RestoreOkPublicEducation.com

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ROPE Voter Guide
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2012
The Board of Directors of ROPE has agreed upon a number of candidates we believe worthy of supportNovember 6, 2012. ROPE is a private organization and therefore cannot ENDORSE candidates as could apolitical organization with appropriate tax status (501C-3/4). ROPE does not donate money to politicalcampaigns, nor do we assist any campaigns in an official capacity, though board members are free topersonally support or endorse any candidate of their choosing. We are a non-partisan, Christianworldview organization that believes in limited government and local control of education.We have produced this voter guide
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not because we are well connected and feel we know the ins andouts of the system
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but because we have learned a few things in the last several years and are happy toshare what we know. Please realize, we do not consider ourselves political pundits, nor do we believewe have all the answers
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these are just our thoughts. If we have NOT included a candidate or a race, itis because we either did not have enough information to make an informed decision, or we feel unableto support ANY candidate in the race.Though we made our ROPE Candidate Questionnaire available on the internet and attempted to pass itaround in the best way possible (for us), very few candidates completed our survey. In fact, the onlycandidate still in a political race that completed the survey is HOWARD HOUCHEN running for Senate inDistrict 5.Please find his very comprehensive Candidate Survey here.  If you have any questions after reading this voter guide, please do not hesitate to contact any of ourboard,or me at  jenni@RestoreOkPublicEducation.com.We are happy to do the best we can to educate you as to the reasons behind our selections.These are the most tenuous times for conservatism in recent history. Please vote this November 6
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andurge others to do the same.Thank you for your time.Jenni WhitePresidentRestore Oklahoma Public Education (ROPE)
 
PRESIDENT AND VICE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES
 
MITT ROMNEY and PAUL RYAN
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For those of you that may not know, President Romney has vowed
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inpublic, a number of times
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to return to the states, those programs not called for by the Constitution.One of these is education. Though President Obama has spent BILLIONS of dollars enticing states toadopt his very Progressive/Marxist model for public education (and our Republican Superintendent andGovernor have put their hands out for a great bit of it even after telling voters they want the federalgovernment out of education), Governor Romney has promised that he would revoke state education
grants from the federal government. In our belief, there is no possible way of ‘fixing’ public education
without removing the stench that creeps in through the federal government. It is for this reason (and,
we might add ‘hope’), we support Governor Romney for President of the United States
. He is not apanacea, so we MUST continue to work to restore our Republic if he is elected, but we feel he will atleast slow down our decent into socialism and give us time to reclaim our country and education system.
US REPRESENTATIVE
District 1
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JIM BRIDENSTINEDistrict 2
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MARKWAYNE MULLINDistrict 4
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R.J. HARRIS
STATE SENATE
District 5 
Howard Houchen (R)District 11
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Dave Bell (R)District 15
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Rob Standridge (R)
STATE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES
District 2
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John Bennett (R)District 3
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Roger Mattox (R)District 12
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David Tackett (R)District 21
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Dustin Roberts (R). Although we did not originally support Dustin, he has apparentlyreconsidered his position on the Common Core State Standards and seems to adequately understandthe problems with the collection of public school student data.District 26
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Justin Wood (R). We have met with Justin. His mother is a school teacher and Dustinhimself seems to have very good grasp on the issues surrounding public education. During ourinterview, he has said he will not support federal intrusion into schools and will, instead, support localgovernance.
 
District 28
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Tom Newell (R)District 47
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Leslie Osborn (R)
 
District 48
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While we do not know anything about Brian Spencer (R), we cannot support the incumbentin this race, Pat Owenby (R). Rep. Owenby has rarely had time to discuss our concerns about Oklahoma
education issues and rarely votes with us for local control, voting mainly with ‘establishment’
Republicans who believe they know better than parents how to care for and educate their children.District 60
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Dan Fisher. Dan will be an excellent, Christian addition to our State legislature!District 66
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We will support the incumbent Jadine Nollan. Representative Nollan has been very nice tospeak with us on several occasions
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and she did kill a bill that would have forced home school parentsto submit copies of their lesson plans to the state
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but she, at times, seems to have difficulty discerningbetween parental rights and state control. If elected, it will be very important to make sure she hearsthe voice of her constituents this upcoming session.District 76
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David Brumbaugh (R) the incumbent over Glenda K. Puett (D)District 78
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Paul Catalano (R) over the incumbent Jeannie McDaniel (D)District 87
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Jason Nelson (R), the incumbent, is a decent man with small children who we believe triesto do the right thing. The only problem is that he often
doesn’t trust the ‘people’ to do the right thing
and often feels that government should
step in to handle perceived or real ‘problems’. He has always
been very polite to speak with us, however, he tends to side with government control over local control(the people). He will require much contact from his conservative district residents if re-elected.District 88
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Aaron Kaspereit (R).District 99
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Willard Linzy (R) over the very liberal Democratic incumbent Anastasia Pittman.District 101
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Gary Banz (R). Though Representative Banz (the incumbent) and ROPE have had theirdifferences, Representative Banz has voted with us on the last several issues of the session (SB1797 andthe A-F rules disallowance). We believe it is possible that, as a former history teacher, he is beginning tosee that our schools have become overregulated and not locally controlled and will begin to legislatefrom that position
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a possibility which allows our support.
JUSTICE OF THE OKLAHOMA SUPREME COURT
Because of the fact that all Supreme Court Justices currently serving are holdovers from Governor
Henry’s terms in office, and because
all four voted to kill the personhood initiative petition. Once theseare gone, Governor Fallin can appoint others that - we certainly hope - will be pro-life, pro-family values,pro-Constitution individuals. Consequently, we suggest votes
NOT TO RETAIN ANY
of the currentOklahoma Supreme Court Justices. I have included a map of their districts, however, because I thoughtit might interest you to see who your justice is/was.

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