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Felony charges possible over Bob Jack mailer

Candidate Bob Jack

Updated: The Tulsa County Election Board has received and forwarded complaints to law enforcement that County Commissioner District 3 Candidate Bob Jack’s campaign mailer in mid-June was illegal ballot harvesting. Multiple complaints have been forwarded to the Tulsa County District Attorney’s office. Tulsa Today reported June 20th that Jack’s mailer violated privacy and risked identity theft, but the story keeps growing.

Update 1: Rachel Roberts, Director of Communications for the Office of the Oklahoma Attorney General today notified Tulsa Today that they, “received a recusal from DA Kunzweiler’s office and we are in the process of assigning the case to another DA for review,”

The official definitions of “Absentee Ballot Harvesting” include, “Partially or fully completing an application for an absentee ballot on behalf of another person without that person’s prior consent.” Bob Jack’s campaign mailed absentee ballot applications to voters that included their full legal names, addresses and birthdays completed on the form without their “prior consent.”

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Justice for Gertrude, Part 1

A 40 year Tulsa mystery revealed.

Gertrude Marshall Blakey, Circa 1932

On October 13, 1981, Gertrude Marshall Blakey, a wealthy 73-year-old Tulsan, was attacked in the doorway of her home at 1843 East 31st Place. Forty years later, it remains an unsolved open case of homicide.

Her grandson and family trustee, Marshall Johnson (age 47) has independently investigated the murder since 2008. He says, “the court system has been used to hinder my investigation of Gertrude Blakey’s murder.” To that point, Johnson was accused July 21, 2021, of stalking by Tulsa Judge Millie E. Otey and her husband attorney Sam P. Daniel III who have lived in Blakey’s former home since her death.

Johnson left a message on Daniel’s business phone. Johnson and Daniel’s characterization of the call dramatically differ, but both agree the call was a decade after any previous contact.

In an exclusive interview, this writer called Daniel who said, “I just want this guy to leave us alone. But if he is calling you to continue this harassment then I am going to do something about it. I don’t know what, but I take this very seriously. I have put up with this for a long time as well as have several other very prominent attorneys and government officials in this town. I don’t want to tell you how to do your business, but I would definitely ask you not to publish anything about this. This is a very problematic situation.”

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GOP Turmoil in Tulsa; Invalid Leadership?

Republican Party of Tulsa County 2.27.2021

Updated: In a series of interviews with local Republicans it is clear the Republican Party of Tulsa County is deeply fractured. Vice Chairman Rebecca Marks Jimerson has gone missing from party activities, other officials are nonresponsive. This writing is a call for accountability so the party may repair and respond successfully to local, state, and national challenges. Sadly, there are questions of legitimacy in the last Convention. Further, if there are leadership betrayals by party officials, should we dare elect the same officials to public office?

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Ed. Sec. Walters on TPS Audit

Ok. Ed. Sec. Ryan Walters, Collinsville May 5

Governor Kevin Stitt has called for a special audit of the Tulsa Public Schools (TPS) at the request of two Board members. State Auditor Cindy Byrd will conduct the audit over whether TPS mishandled public funds.

Ryan Walters, Republican candidate for State Superintendent and current Secretary of Education, issued the following statement:

“We’ve had enough. The Tulsa Public School administrator has continued to blatantly violate the law, and Governor Stitt’s demand for transparency is extremely important. TPS has [also] continued to ignore state law that prohibits public schools from teaching Critical Race Theory,” Walters said.

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Republican Chairman lies for Bob Jack

Bob Jack being interviewed by KTUL

Updated: In the race for Tulsa County Commissioner District 3, three candidates stood for election in the primary June 28 with Kelly Dunkerley receiving 11,564 votes or 49.15%, Bob Jack gathering 8,374 votes or 35%, and Margie Alfonso with 3,314 votes or 15.26% of the total.

Bob Jack is the immediate past-Chairman of the Republican Party of Tulsa County (RPOTC) and served as Treasurer under his predecessor David McLain. Jack is the State Committeeman for Tulsa County and active on several city and county committees, but in his race, Jack repeatedly asserts he is, “Not a politician.” Technically that is true as he finished fourth out of five candidates in his previous race for state senator.

The most accurate characterization of Bob Jack is a political operative Tulsa Today has previously covered twice (click here #1 and click here #2).

The current RPOTC Chairman Ronda V. Smith was interviewed on KCFO AM 970 which uses the slogan “Talk you can trust!” for a show called Tulsa Beacon Weekend with Charley Biggs during which Smith claimed that Margie Alfonso had endorsed Bob Jack in his current race. That statement is false.

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