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Oklahoma Republicans select new chairman, policy platform

April 8, 2019

MOORE, Okla. (AP) — Oklahoma Republicans have elected a Tulsa County businessman to lead the state party and adopted a new platform that addresses teacher walkouts and abortion.

David McLain, 48, was chosen to be the GOP’s new state chairman at a convention in Moore on Saturday, The Oklahoman reported. The Republican party leads voter registration in Oklahoma, and controls every statewide office and the Legislature.

McLain of Skiatook owns a small construction company and has served as the GOP chairman in Tulsa County.

“I am truly a grassroots man,” McLain told nearly 1,000 delegates. “I have knocked on thousands of doors with you.”

McLain will replace Pam Pollard, who has been state chair since the party adopted its last platform in 2015.

The Oklahoma GOP’s new platform includes calls to penalize school districts for teacher walkouts by instituting “a funding cut equivalent to the daily payroll and expenses of the district. The moves come a year after Oklahoma teachers walked out during their push for better school funding.

The platform also says the state GOP opposes homosexuality being taught in public schools, paying congressional members during a government shutdown, a nationalized health care system and designating public schools as gun free zones.

The platform also calls for votes on abolishing abortion and instructs that candidates receiving money or financial support from the Republican party support its definition of traditional marriage as a union between a man and a woman.

Any Republican running for office in Oklahoma should agree with at least 80% of the platform, said Carolyn McLarty, who led the platform writing committee.

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Information from: The Oklahoman, http://www.newsok.com

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