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National term limits leader and initiative rights advocate Paul Jacob and two others were indicted in Oklahoma October 2, 2007, on felony charges of violating the state's statute requiring petition circulators to be residents of Oklahoma.

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Paul Jacob Wins CPAC’s Courage Under Fire Award

March 2nd, 2009 by Kathleen

Paul Jacob was presented Saturday with the “Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award” by the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC). Paul was honored by CPAC for his commitment to citizen-led reform and his recent fight to uphold initiative rights in Oklahoma, where he had been indicted for helping citizens gather signatures for a state spending cap measure.

In his acceptance speech, Paul said:

I’m honored that CPAC would recognize our battle. This prosecution was intended to silence me and block citizen led reform through fear and intimidation. All Americans have the fundamental right to enact change in their government and this right must be protected at all cost. I accept this award for millions of average Americans who ensure the government is accountable to them.

Jacob ended his acceptance speech stating, “You can have my petition rights when you pry them from my cold, dead hands.”

In the years where the award is merited, CPAC, the nation’s largest gathering of conservative leaders and political activists, presents the “Charlton Heston Courage Under Fire Award” to an individual who has stood for principle even when doing so puts them at risk physically, politically, or economically.

Jacob was also a featured speaker on a CPAC panel entitled, “Taking Action Through Citizen-Led Reform Panel: Conservative victories from citizen-led campaigns.” His group, Citizens In Charge Foundation, hosted an event on Saturday on citizen-led reform entitled “Love Taking Charge?: The Common Sense Tool for Kickin’ * One State At A Time.”

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Forbes comments on OK-3’s freedom

February 19th, 2009 by Kathleen

Steve Forbes weighed in this week on the dismissal of charges against the Oklahoma 3. In his Forbes magazine column, Forbes applauded the dropping of charges but noted that those with political power still win when the system allows them to harass citizen activists and distract them from their missions.

Edmondson in all likelihood knew this [...]

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Paul Jacob is FREE!

January 30th, 2009 by Kathleen

The Citizens in Charge Foundation hosted a “Get Out of Jail, Free” party for Paul last night in Washington, D.C., celebrating last week’s dropping of all charges against the Oklahoma 3. For those of you who weren’t able to attend, we’d like to share some photos from the event, as well as some taken on [...]

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Oklahoman gets behind Brogdon’s I&R reform bills

January 27th, 2009 by Kathleen

There was a super editorial in yesterday’s The Oklahoman, giving Randy Brogdon’s I&R-reform bills a nice push. (The piece also mentions Edmondson dropping the prosecution of the OK-3.)
Paul reminds us that we must keep in mind that we haven’t won a complete victory in Oklahoma until the initiative process is opened up.

What happens with Sen. [...]

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More positive comments at the Wall Street Journal

January 27th, 2009 by Kathleen

John Fund did a short piece yesterday about Paul and the Oklahoma 3 for the Wall Street Journal Political Diary. On the dismissal of charges, Fund wrote:

Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson finally decided that his crusade to send three political activists to prison for trying to get an initiative on the state’s ballot is a [...]

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Where do we go from here?

January 26th, 2009 by Kathleen

Now that the charges have been dropped against the Oklahoma 3, Paul has vowed to continue his fight to protect and expand initiative rights and citizen control of government. His main vehicle for doing that is his organization, the Citizens in Charge Foundation. We hope you will want to join us in these goals. Visit [...]

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More good press coverage

January 23rd, 2009 by Kathleen

The good press coverage continues to come in, following AG Drew Edmondson’s dismissal of all charges against the Oklahoma 3.
There was a very good piece at a high-traffic blog, Hot Air. In the post, Ed Morrissey writes:

The AG should have to answer for his Javert-like pursuit of obviously unconstitutional laws to persecute three people whose [...]

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OETA goes after Citizens in Charge web site, again!

January 23rd, 2009 by Kathleen

Back in November, on the day of Paul’s preliminary hearing, Paul released a statement to the media via email. Soon afterwards, a spam complaint from OETA (the Oklahoma Educational Television Authority) to Hostica caused the company to shut down the Citizens in Charge website. Well, they did it again!
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Dismissal of charges brings much news coverage

January 23rd, 2009 by Kathleen

Numerous good articles have come out across the country since yesterday’s dismissal of all charges against the Oklahoma 3 by Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson.
Doug Bandow writes in the American Spectator:

This is good news for the movement, since Jacob has fought for term limits, budget and tax limitations, and educational choice in the past and [...]

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Oklahoma-3 Are Free! AG Dismisses Charges

January 22nd, 2009 by Kathleen

Free at last! Oklahoma AG Drew Edmondson today dropped all charges against the “Oklahoma 3″—Paul Jacob, Susan Johnson, and Rick Carpenter—in response to the 10th Circuit Court of Appeal’s refusal to approve his request for a rehearing.
Edmondson had asked the court to rehear the case in which the 10th Circuit judges invalidated Oklahoma’s residency requirement [...]

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10th Circuit refuses to hear Edmondson’s appeal

January 21st, 2009 by Kathleen

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 10th Circuit today denied Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson’s appeal of the ruling that struck down Oklahoma’s residency requirement as unconstitutional. Edmondson has accused the Oklahoma 3 of violating this requirement, leading to his pending indictment of the three.
In denying Edmondson’s request for rehearing, not a single judge [...]

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Paul speaks out in Nashville, joins fight to open process

January 21st, 2009 by Kathleen

Tomorrow is election day in Nashville, Tennessee, on an amendment to the Nashville Charter to give voters more say in their government.
The Amendment 2, known as the “Hear the People” measure, would lower signature requirements for city initiatives, make it easier to put measures on general elections so citizens don’t have to pay the cost [...]

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Greenberg’s editorial gets picked up by The Oklahoman

January 7th, 2009 by Kathleen

Paul Greenberg’s wonderful editorial (Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, Jan. 4th) has been getting a lot of national play, being also distributed as his weekly syndicated column. But the battle must be fought in Oklahoma, so we were very pleased to see the column picked up today by The Oklahoman, the state’s largest newspaper, with the headline “State’s [...]

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Arkansas Democrat-Gazette publishes editorial in Paul’s defense

January 5th, 2009 by Kathleen

A super editorial appeared in yesterday’s Arkansas Democrat-Gazette, defending Paul (and, more generally, the First Amendment) and calling AG Drew Edmondson a “zealot” and “a bully with considerable power, a high state office, and more ambition than respect for the rights of others.”
The Sunday lead editorial read in part:

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Wall Street Journal editorial questions Edmondson’s motives in continuing prosecution of OK-3

December 27th, 2008 by Kathleen

The Wall Street Journal has again called Oklahoma Attorney General Drew Edmondson on the carpet for continuing his prosecution of the Oklahoma 3. In an editorial published December 26th, the WSJ notes that Edmondson is planning a run for governor and “is angling for support from public employee unions and other special interest groups that [...]

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