Tulsa GOP Convention Precinct Survey

The Republican Party of Tulsa County will hold precinct meetings and convention Saturday at the Stoney Creek Hotel and Convention Center, 200 W. Albany St., Broken Arrow (behind Bass Pro) with registration beginning at 7:30 am and precinct meetings at 9:00 am. The Convention will begin at 1:00 pm with an afternoon check in from 11:30 to 1:00 pm. A voter’s registration card is required, and only registered Republicans may attend. Advance registration was available online, but organizers ended the offering early saying registrations where nearing capacity.

In an exclusive Tulsa Today survey in advance of the Convention, precinct chairs and vice chairs were asked for their perspectives on local, state, and national issues. The answers follow.

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Covid-19 immunity expected by April

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The esteemed Dr. Marty Makary is a professor at the Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and Bloomberg School of Public Health, chief medical adviser to Sesame Care, and author of “The Price We Pay.”

In a February 18, 2021 professional opinion published in the Wall Street Journal; Dr. Makary notes “Covid-19 cases have dropped 77% in six weeks” and asks that “experts should level with the public about the good news. If a medication slashed cases by 77%, we’d call it a miracle pill.

Dr. Makary answers with specifics “Why is the number of cases plummeting much faster than experts predicted? In large part because natural immunity from prior infection is far more common than can be measured by testing.”

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10th Amendment issues for discussion

Updated:OK House Bill 1236 sponsored by House Speaker Charles McCall, R-Atoka, and Rep. Mark McBride, R-Moore, and House Resolution 1005 sponsored by Rep. Jay Steagall, R-Yukon, are scheduled to be discussed before the full body of the House Thursday. The two pieces of legislation are focused on strengthening Oklahoma’s state sovereignty through an assertion of rights outlined in the Tenth Amendment of the United States Constitution.

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Nonpartisan fails the City of Tulsa

Editorial: Public declarations of City Councilors Kara Joy McKee and Chairwoman Vanessa Hall-Harper put the lie of Tulsa’s nonpartisan elections clearly on display. As quoted in the daily paper, Hall-Harper said, “I think everything is political… And I think we see throughout the nation conservatives who were emboldened during the Trump administration are now trying to backtrack, because they see now where that type of talk and attitude and activities led, and now they are trying to back away from that and separate themselves from that.

“But as long as King Trump was in office, then everyone was emboldened to do and say the things that they’ve said. But now that it has gone too far, now they want to act like those things never happened, but they did. And people are going to have to answer for it.

These and other comments attack Tulsan Bob Jack, outgoing Chairman of the County Republican Party, who now seeks to serve on a nonpaying infrastructure committee for the city. Just to illustrate clearly, the Tulsa City Council, Mayor and City Auditor are elected in nonpartisan elections and now some are on the record as partisan hacks who should immediately resign.

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Touchdown Mars

The largest, most advanced rover NASA has sent to another world touched down on Mars Thursday, after a 203-day journey traversing 293 million miles. Confirmation of the successful touchdown was announced in mission control at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Southern California at 3:55 p.m. EST (12:55 p.m. PST).

“This landing is one of those pivotal moments for NASA, the United States, and space exploration globally – when we know we are on the cusp of discovery and sharpening our pencils, so to speak, to rewrite the textbooks,” said acting NASA Administrator Steve Jurczyk. “The Mars 2020 Perseverance mission embodies our nation’s spirit of persevering even in the most challenging of situations, inspiring, and advancing science and exploration. The mission itself personifies the human ideal of persevering toward the future and will help us prepare for human exploration of the Red Planet.”

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