WE haven’t been watching creationist events in Oklahoma since Anna Falling’s thrilling race for mayor of Tulsa in 2009. See: Anna Falling Fails, Is Tulsa Doomed?
We’ve previously kept an eye on Republican State Senator Randy Brogdon, who could usually be depended upon to introduce creationist legislation every year, as he did in 2009. His efforts have so far have gone nowhere. See: Creationist Oklahoma Legislator Throws Tantrum. We had some forewarning last year in Tulsa World that Brogdon had ambitions for higher office, but we didn’t pay much attention. See: Brogdon assessing bid for governor.
Today we have some news to report. In the Tulsa Beacon of Tulsa, Oklahoma we read Heavy Republican primary slate dwarfs Democrat ballot. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:
While Republicans must sort through up to 18 races on the July 27 primary ballot, Democrats could see as few as five races next Tuesday.
Republicans will vote on governor, lieutenant governor, state auditor and inspector, attorney general, state treasurer, school superintendent, labor commissioner, insurance commissioner, corporation commissioner, U.S. senator, U.S. representative, Tulsa County commissioners, Tulsa County assessor, Tulsa County treasurer and district judges.
The primary election is next week. Let’s read on to see what interests us:
The GOP ballot will [present] these contests:
State Sen. Randy Brogdon of Owasso faces U.S. Rep. Mary Fallin with Roger Jackson and Robert Hubbard in the race for the Republican nomination for governor.
Fallin, a former lieutenant governor who has held public office for 20 years, is the favorite of the Republican establishment. Brogdon, who ran a heat/air business for 30 years, has drawn support from the Tea Party movement for his stand on expanding freedom and restoring the constitutional balance between the states and the federal government.
Jackson, Oklahoma City, said he will work to end Oklahoma’s fiscal crisis. Hubbard is a ranch owner with ties to Oklahoma’s horse industry.
Brogdon is going for it! He’s a flaming, full-blown, flat-out creationist, and he’s got Tea Party support. Here’s his campaign website: Brogdon for Governor. We don’t know about his GOP opponents; nor do we know about the other GOP races. Let’s continue:
Democrats will have an easier time, with only five races on the standard primary ballot.
Sen. Susan Paddack faces fellow Democrat Jerry Combrink for superintendent of public instruction.
Paddack has a masters of education degree from East Central University and at one point taught science in middle and high schools in Texas, Colorado and Oklahoma. The Democrat Whip, she serves on the Senate’s Education Committee.
Combrink says he has 40 years of combined classroom and education administrative experience. According to his website, he believes in intelligent design but intelligent design, the biblical story of Creation and the theory of evolution should be taught in public schools.
Here’s his campaign website: Jerry Combrink for State Superintendent. If you click on the “Issues” tab you’ll find a list of questions. This is what you’ll find if you click on number 13 — There is an intense debate as to what should be taught in the classroom concerning creationism, evolution, or intelligent design. Where do you stand on this issue?:
I personally believe that intelligent design was the creating force of the universe However, in a school setting; I believe that all three processes should be taught and allow the students to make up their own mind. They should be aware of the different theories and strengths and weaknesses of each. [Punctuation and capitalization are as they appear in the original.]
We haven’t looked into the views of his opponent, or any of the other Democrat races. We’ve seen enough to know that next week’s primary in Oklahoma will be an interesting one — especially regarding Brogdon’s race for the governorship.
Update: Both creationists lost. See Oklahoma Creationism: July 2010 Primary Results.
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