Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Last night I attended a Lt. Governor’s forum hosted by the Tulsa Heart of the Party Chapter at the Tulsa Public Library. Candidates Jari Askins and Cal Hobson joined Coleman Davis (representing Pete Regan) in a two hour question and answer session. The theme of the night was responsibility and leadership. The Lt. Gov’s race is the most intriguing race for Oklahoma Democrats in 2006. Each candidate is excellent, well qualified and would make a great leader for our state. Each makes me proud to be a Democrat because they talk about the right things – education, health care, public safety and infrastructure development. They are committed to investing in our youth, investing in our working families and investing in projects – scientific centers, new jobs -- that will make Oklahoma better for all its citizens, not just the handful with hundred of thousands of dollars. Cal has 28 years experience in the state legislature. Jari has12 years experience to go along with her tenure as a judge. Pete has guided the State Senate Pac and has worked in DC. This makes them all viable candidates and appealing to Oklahoma Democrats. The most important thing is that we make sure that neither Todd Hiett nor Scott Pruitt assumes this critical position in our state government. In a close state senate, the Lt. Governor becomes an integral part of partisan legislative agendas. I commend Rae Weese and the members of the Tulsa Heart of the Party for allowing these candidates the time and forum to speak to Oklahoma voters.

4 comments:

Courtney Ruark said...

Jason, you, too, make me proud to be a Democrat!

Lisa Pryor said...

Be sure to shake hands with all three of these candidates...one will be our next Lt. Governor. The ODP is planning a Lt.Gov candidate forum in early July, stay tuned for details. This one will be in OKC.

Vernon Jones - OKGNN said...

I also attended the forum -- with video-camera in hand (or, on tripod). Thank you for allowing the 2004 Amendment question and for candidates to respond. I'm aware that GLBT issues are not 'state-wide issues', however, the issue concerns me and many other Oklahoma voters. It is not my intent to fall into the "gay marriage" trap like in 2004 and to encourage other Dems likewise. However, the all video-streamed OKLAHOMA GLBT NEWS NET website (www.okgnn.net)is exceeding all viewership expectations -- Someone must be interested (over 6,000 clicks as of this morning -- June 16 -- since June 1st). GLBT issues ARE THE SAME ISSUES that affects every Oklahoman -- we just have an added one -- EQUALITY. My video camera will be following every candidate (Repub and Demo) that my Social Security and retirement (and time) will allow until the November election. Thanks again for including me. Vernon Jones

Vernon Jones - OKGNN said...

I also attended the forum -- with video-camera in hand (or, on tripod). Thank you for allowing the 2004 Amendment question and for candidates to respond. I'm aware that GLBT issues are not 'state-wide issues', however, the issue concerns me and many other Oklahoma voters. It is not my intent to fall into the "gay marriage" trap like in 2004 and to encourage other Dems likewise. However, the all video-streamed OKLAHOMA GLBT NEWS NET website (www.okgnn.net)is exceeding all viewership expectations -- Someone must be interested (over 6,000 clicks as of this morning -- June 16 -- since June 1st). GLBT issues ARE THE SAME ISSUES that affects every Oklahoman -- we just have an added one -- EQUALITY. My video camera will be following every candidate (Repub and Demo) that my Social Security and retirement (and time) will allow until the November election. Thanks again for including me. Vernon Jones