Vote No On Retention Of Oklahoma Supreme Court Justices

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Oklahomans in general have stood for family values and most importantly, for the right to life of unborn children.  Tragically, since 1973 unborn children have been murdered in their mother’s womb in abortion clinics all across the nation, including Oklahoma.
 
In 2012 I had the opportunity to join hundreds of Oklahomans all across the state in gathering signatures for an initiative petition, which recognized life beginning at conception. With enough signatures for the petition, and enough votes November  6th , it would have amended the Oklahoma Constitution protecting life from the moment of conception.  In April, the Oklahoma State Supreme Court opinionated  9-0 that the petition was unconstitutional and ordered it stricken. *1  It is deplorable that the entire Supreme Court, in one of the most conservative states in the nation, would overrule our unalienable right to petition our government for a redress of grievances, and would support the continued murdering of defenseless unborn children.
Fast forward to March 2016, Oklahoma Abolish Abortion Evangelist Thomas Hunter and others introduced another Initiative Petition which would have abolished the murder of our unborn children in Oklahoma.  The Initiative went before a protest hearing and again the Oklahoma Supreme Court opinionated 9-0 that it was unconstitutional and prohibited signatures from being gathered on it. *2 
 
On November 8th, two of the nine State Supreme Court Justices will be on our ballot for retention.  I strongly encourage my fellow Oklahomans to stand for the right to life of Oklahoma’s unborn children and VOTE NO for the retention of Douglas L. Combs, and James R. Winchester to the Oklahoma Supreme Court.
 
 
For Life,
Kenny Bob Tapp
 
 
 
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SQ777 Right To Farm Or Harm? — A Rancher’s Perspective

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A Rancher’s Perspective
 
 
 
Rights such as the right to your person, property, and own industry are Inalienable, granted to you by your Loving Creator, which means they cannot be tampered with, providing no one else is harmed by them. 
 
I believe Oklahoma State Question 777 is being supported by mostly well intentioned people. 
At first it sounded great to this Oklahoma Rancher, until I actually took the time to read the language. Not only was it too vaguely written, but I also started to see the red flags.
 
This is the language that will be amended to the State Constitution if this passes on November 8th.
 
“Section 38. To protect agriculture as a vital sector of Oklahoma’s economy, which provides food, energy, health benefits, and security and is the foundation and stabilizing force of Oklahoma’s economy, the rights of citizens and lawful residents of Oklahoma to engage in farming and ranching practices shall be forever guaranteed in this state.  The Legislature shall pass no law which abridges the right of citizens and lawful residents of Oklahoma to employ agricultural technology and livestock production and ranching practices without a compelling state interest.
 
Nothing in this section shall be construed to modify any provision of common law or statutes relating to trespass, eminent domain, dominance of mineral interests, easements, rights of way or any other property rights. Nothing in this section shall be construed to modify or affect any statute or ordinance enacted by the Legislature or any political subdivision prior to December 31, 2014.”
 
The first red flag was the “compelling state interest” language.  Imagine if the 2nd Amendment was written this way:  “A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed without compelling state interest.”
 
Farm Bureau representatives have told me the “Compelling State Interest” language would have to be decided in the courts, and the thought of 777 eventually winding up before the same State Supreme Court that opinionated against the last two Life initiative petitions should send chills up your spine. These two proposed amendments would have likely ended abortion in Oklahoma. This same Court also opined that the 10 Commandment’s monument be removed.  It’s also interesting that Farm Bureau President, Tom Buchanan, told a group in Norman back in September regarding the “Compelling State Interest” language, “I wish it wasn’t in there.” *1 The major proponents  of  777 have taken one out of  Nancy Pelosi’s play book: “We’ll have to pass it to see what’s in it.” 

Also, the measure would hamper if not prevent the Oklahoma Farmer and Rancher from taking legal recourse against a major ag corporation if their property, water, crops, or livestock are harmed by the corporation’s farming practice. To add fuel to this fire, OUR 
water was made a “Compelling State Interest”  with the passage of HB 2446 this last legislative session as a bone thrown  to the leftist groups in an attempt to get them on board with 777. *4
 
China has been purchasing ag corporations the last few years (Smithfield Farms for example). SQ 777 could also potentially protect their interests over the Oklahoma Farmer and Rancher.  Chinese and other large corporations would be protected and easily supersede the rights of the small Farmer and Rancher in this provision,  the rights of citizens and LAWFUL RESIDENTS of
 
Oklahoma to engage in farming and ranching practices shall be forever guaranteed in this state.” Not only would it have been an uphill battle in the past for the little fellow to defend in court against corporate interests, who may have harmed his water or crops through pollution and spraying, for example. This language as a constitutional amendment appears to make that almost impossible, and now would also give Oklahoma foreign owned corporations the upper hand. *2 
 
Concerns with this provision:  “Nothing in this section shall be construed to modify any provision of common law or statutes relating to trespass, eminent domain, dominance of mineral interests, easements, rights of way or any other property rights. Nothing in this section shall be construed to modify or affect any statute or ordinance enacted by the Legislature or any political subdivision prior to December 31, 2014.”  Many conservatives and those of us in agriculture see that our liberal State Supreme Court would very likely codify with a court opinion the detrimental eminent domain laws and laws prior to 2014 that attack our rights, such as prohibiting individuals from taking their eggs outside of their farm to sell without a license (state permission).
 
SQ777 does not protect our inalienable rights already given to us by our Creator to make a living and handle our property as we see fit, as long as we do not interfere with another’s right.  This proposed constitutional amendment simply removes the artificial controlling authority of those Inalienable Rights from the state legislature, whom we can easily replace with other candidates, to a tyrannical supreme court that is almost impossible to remove.
 
There are those who claim that 777 would prohibit unconstitutional intrusion into our farms and ranches here in Oklahoma by federal agencies such as the EPA, USDA, etc.  This is simply not the case, looking at the language and as also admitted by our State Representative and a Farm Bureau Rep at a town hall meeting I attended.
 
Many are supporting 777 out of blind fear simply because infamous groups such as HSUS oppose it.  Our concerns should be with a group that has had a very detrimental effect to Life and Liberty in Oklahoma, The Oklahoma Chamber of Commerce.   If you look at the authors and sponsors of 777, the majority of them are State Chamber backed candidates.   For almost 10 years of my citizen grassroots involvement in promoting 2nd Amendment legislation, abolish abortion legislation, free market efforts, and opposing insurance exchange efforts (Obamacare) in Oklahoma, the Oklahoma State Chamber and their controlled legislators have been at the forefront of stopping or opposing all these efforts and more.

My point is, while we haven’t had any negative effects by the infamous HSUS in Oklahoma who oppose 777, Life and our freedoms have taken a huge hit from the infamous State Chamber, who apparently is the huge reason we have 777 on the ballot in Oklahoma.
 
Our Inalienable “Right To Farm” is already protected in the Oklahoma Bill of Rights:  Section II-2: Inherent rights.   All persons have the inherent right to life, liberty, the
pursuit of happiness, and the enjoyment of the gains of their own industry.” *3
 
Rights, such as the rights to our persons, property, and own  industry, are solely gifts from our  Loving Creator, not men.  I urge my fellow farmers/ranchers and conservatives to hold on to those rights and refuse to grant them to the state via a rogue Oklahoma Supreme Court by voting No on SQ 777 (Right To Harm).
 
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Open Letter from Kenny Bob Tapp – Because He is Not for Sale! – Vote Reminder for Tuesday August 26th

“Your VOTE will count tomorrow, Tuesday, August 26th in the runoff!

Since making it to the runoff, I have been asked by many, “What sets you apart from your opponent?”

Since announcing and running for this seat for over a year, now, I have vowed to keep the oath to protect and defend the Constitution and the Constitution of Oklahoma as your legislator. I’ve stated many times, that “you might not like what I say, but I will always tell you the truth.” I have never told anyone during my visits with folks what I think they want to hear.

All the endorsements that I have announced have been actual endorsements; I have not “implied” anything written or in print that is not verifiable. My ads have ALL been approved by me so that you, the citizens of District 61 wouldn’t and couldn’t be deceived by a hired spin-doctor or wordsmith.

My real life experience as a rancher, oil-field worker, and roust about has helped to define the importance of common sense and good judgment in everyday life.

As a young, energetic man, I have worked within the Oklahoma Grassroots for 8 years. We have gained ground in our efforts to fight for the Right to Life of the unborn (Personhood) in which more work needs to be done. I’ve worked, at the grassroots level, to preserve property rights. My service within the Oklahoma Republican Party as Cimarron County Chair, has afforded me the opportunity to work and build relationships with other legislators, watch the process at the Capitol, and understand the proper role of government. I am equipped to hit the ground running on day one, to represent the needs of District 61.

I support Constitutional Carry and have received the endorsement of the Oklahoma 2nd Amendment Association. I am a member in good standing of Gunowners of America.

I support the complete elimination of the Oklahoma Income Tax by eliminating spending that does not benefit the state as a whole. Returning our spending level to below 2003 spending levels will provide for full repeal without raising property taxes.

I am not endorsed by the State Chamber of Commerce and the tall building crowd that promotes our dollars being spent on OKC projects such as the Indian Cultural Center, while ignoring Western Oklahoma and the Panhandle. I believe to truly keep the Panhandle and Western Oklahoma RELEVANT, our next representative must steer clear of “dark money” front groups with their strings attached. Those strings will only serve to strangle our family values and rural lifestyle.KBT is Not for Sale

I believe the choice is clear. The honor of receiving your vote Tuesday, August 26th is a vote for regular folks and against the status quo.

Don’t be deceived by rumors and innuendo being floated on my actual positions on many issues. If you have questions, you can reach me on my cell phone (580) 516-1907, leave a message if need be and I will call you back.”

Kenny Bob Tapp

Senator Nathan Dahm’s Endorsement Goes to Kenny Bob Tapp for HD61!

Kenny Bob Tapp said: “I am very honored to receive the endorsement of Sen. Nathan Dahm and I look forward to working with him. Sen. Dahm has championed our rural values from fighting for the life of the unborn, private property rights, and the rights of self-defense of one’s person.”

The entire campaign is so very pleased to have received this personal endorsement from Senator Nathan Dahm.


268675_10151183308201115_1203152150_n“I am honored to support Kenny Bob Tapp in his campaign for State Representative. Having worked with him for years in the Republican Party, I know he will stand strong for our values. When I had the privilege of being the commencement speaker at a graduation last year in the Panhandle, I could sense the values and principles of the area. Kenny Bob was also there, and I know he will bring those same values and principles as your representative in the State House. I encourage you to vote for Kenny Bob Tapp on August 26th.”

For Life and Liberty on the Fourth of July – Independence Day!

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In the spirit of those who signed our Declaration of Independence, pledging to each other their Lives, Fortunes and their sacred Honor.  Wishing all a blessed and safe Independence Day.

For Life and Liberty
Kenny Bob Tapp
OK House District 61

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Kenny Bob Tapp — Local Rancher and GOP Official Seeks Legislative Seat

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For: Immediate Release Thursday, April 10, 2014
Contact: Kenny Bob Tapp, 580-516-1907

Kenny Bob Tapp, Local Rancher and GOP Official Seeks Legislative Seat

Oklahoma City – Lifelong Cimarron County resident Kenny Bob Tapp filed paperwork for Oklahoma House District 61. Tapp is a rancher, oil field pumper and roustabout who served as Cimarron County’s GOP County Chairman from 2009 to 2013 and was a delegate to the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida. As Republican County Chair, Tapp was known for his ability to reach out to Democrats and Independents advocating conservative principles.

Tapp stepped down from his leadership in the Republican Party to conduct a grassroots campaign for the District 61 seat. He holds that his leadership experience in the private sector and within the Republican Party will allow him to hit the ground running as the next State Representative from the Panhandle and Northwest Oklahoma. Tapp is a member of Gun Owners of America and OK2A, the Oklahoma 2nd Amendment Association.

“Being a working man myself, I understand the importance of having real representation of working people at the state level. I am aware of many of the issues we all face, because I grew up here and have pursued ranching as my livelihood. I will work for common sense solutions in our state capitol and with our local leaders to keep government limited and constitutional,” said Tapp.

Since announcing his candidacy last year, Tapp has attended many events reaching out to residents from every walk of life across the Panhandle and Northwest Oklahoma. Citizens have provided Tapp with feedback expressing concern over the growing size of government, the need to retain local control of education, the dangers of Common Core to education, the need for improved highway funding for Western Oklahoma and the right to keep and bear arms.

Tapp firmly holds conservative beliefs that are main stream throughout House District 61. Tapp promises to continue to battle the implementation of the “Affordable Care Act” or better known as “Obamacare” in Oklahoma, defend the unalienable right to life of the unborn, and the streamlining of state government in order to lower taxes.
Tapp states “First and foremost, as a legislator, I would actively seek to repeal legislation and regulations that hinders the freedom of everyday Oklahomans.”

For more information, Tapp’s website is kennybobtapp.wordpress.com