Many of you might have seen the challenge on some of the language filed against the school shelter petition by Attorney General Scott Pruitt with his biased re-write of our ballot title. This follows statements by Governor Mary Fallin in regard to not supporting our effort, along with criticism by the chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party about the petition drive. I am disappointed in their quick condemnation of our program without offering a single valid proposal in exchange. The only other suggestion is to allow local funding for construction, which means additional bonds to be voted on by local districts which would raise property taxes. Our plan does not raise any additional taxes and uses existing funds from the franchise tax. I am confident the Oklahoma Supreme Court will recognize the ridiculous shenanigans proposed by these other officials and strike them down.
There are several important events coming up in our area in the very near future, so I hope will be able to make it to one or more. This Thursday evening, the Cement FFA will hold their annual auction and fundraiser. I donated two tickets for the OU Homecoming game this weekend for the auction, so be sure to stop by on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Cement Fairgrounds and bid up the items for a great cause!
Another event important to me is the Firefighter Chili Cook-off on Saturday, October 26, at the Grady County Fairgrounds at lunchtime. They are still looking for people to enter, so contact Jimmy Blue with the Chickasha Fire Department at (405) 222-6030 for more details. I will have an entry and will be collecting signatures. Stop by to make a donation for the firefighters, eat some great chili, and sign our petitions, which all adds up to a fun day!