Friday, October 19, 2018

OCPA celebrates 25 years

Yesterday, the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs celebrated their 25th year in operation.

Oklahoma's premier center-right think tank, OCPA has rendered invaluable research and work to the conservative cause here in this state. Hopefully, under Governor Kevin Stitt, we can finally have conservative leadership that will implement many of the much-needed reforms that OCPA has put forward.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Oklahoma Osteopathic Association opposes SQ793

Oklahoma Osteopathic Association Opposes State Question 793

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Osteopathic Association (OOA) today announced its opposition to State Question 793, a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow big box stores like Walmart to open optometry clinics within their retail spaces and dictate the scope of practice for their doctors. The OOA represents over 1300 DO physicians as well as osteopathic residents, interns and students in the state.

The organization released the following statement:

“The Oklahoma Osteopathic Association (OOA) has announced opposition to State Question 793, a November ballot initiative that would result in a state constitutional change for the practice of optometry.  The OOA specifically opposes the process of using an initiative to change the state constitution as an attempt to influence the delivery of health care.”

The OOA is the second medical organization to recently announce public opposition to SQ 793. The Oklahoma Psychological Association said last week that, “It is not appropriate to allow non-medical corporations like Walmart to limit what procedures a doctor can do, what treatments a doctor can prescribe, or what equipment a doctor can use.”

Dr. Jason Ellen, a Tulsa optometrist, said that SQ 793 would make Oklahoma unique in the amount of power it gives to corporations to regulate medicine and could have a negative impact on medical care nationwide.

“There is no other state in this country where the Constitution empowers Walmart to define the scope of practice for a doctor or allows Walmart to dictate how a doctor can practice medicine,” said Ellen. “Giving a corporation that kind of control over patient health is just wrong, and it sets a terrible precedent for similar corporate control across the entire country.”

Voters can find more information about the negative impacts of State Question 793 at

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Mulready airs new TV ad in Insurance race

Mulready Campaign Launches New TV Ad

TULSA, OK – Long-time insurance professional Glen Mulready is the first candidate in the Insurance Commissioner’s race to begin airing television ads starting today. The 30-second spot highlights Mulready’s 35 years of experience in the industry, as well as his plan to ensure consumers come first should he be elected.

The ads also feature his wife of 30 years, Sally, a real estate professional in the Tulsa area, and his three teenage sons, Sam, 18, Jake, 16 and Will, 15.

“We are excited to launch this new television ad because we believe that it really captures why Glen is the candidate in this race ready to be our next insurance commissioner. Glen’s 35 years of insurance industry experience has prepared him to protect Oklahomans from day one in office,” Campaign Manager Robert Aery said. “Plus, in another election cycle where negative ads are prevalent, we wanted to keep our message positive and stay focused on who we believe this race is about: consumers. Glen will work hard to make sure that families and businesses across the state have the choices they need to provide insurance for the people that matter to them most.”

Mulready has spent the last nine years as an independent broker working with businesses of all sizes. He formerly spent 13 years on the executive teams of Oklahoma’s two largest health insurance companies and has worked in the insurance industry for more than 35 years.

In his capacity as a state legislator, Mulready has led numerous efforts to reform the state’s insurance laws. He was first elected to represent House District 68 as a Republican in the Oklahoma House of Representatives in 2010. He served as the House Insurance Chairman, as well as the Majority Floor Leader.

View the ad below:

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Oklahomans Against 793 new ad: "Walmart Control"

Oklahomans Against 793 release new ad

Oklahomans Against 793 today released a new advertisement in television markets across the state titled, “Walmart Control.” The ad highlights the extraordinary amount of control over the delivery of health care that companies like Walmart would be given should SQ 793 pass. 

As the ad states, SQ 793 would make Oklahoma “the first and only state allowing Walmart to override the authority of the rules that regulate medical practices and protect patient health.”

Watch the full ad below:

Oklahoma Association of Optometric Physicians (OAOP) Executive Director Joel Robison said the ad works to highlight how far Walmart is overreaching in its attempt to control a medical profession.
“Walmart doesn’t just want to sell glasses,” said Robison. “They want to own doctors, dictate how they can practice and what medical procedures they can perform. Even worse, Walmart executives are working to put all of this in Oklahoma’s Constitution, making it a permanent change that can’t be undone.”

Robison said Oklahoma voters are catching on to Walmart’s deceptive campaign.

“This isn’t about helping seniors or kids, it’s about money,” he said. “It’s about changing the Constitution – our most important legal document – to boost profits for an out-of-state corporation. I think Walmart is going to find out this November that Oklahoma isn’t for sale.”

Stitt endorsed by Cong. Lucas, former CD3 Reps. Watkins and Brewster

With polls still showing a tight race for Governor, GOP candidate Kevin Stitt has been making a strong push for voters in western Oklahoma's 3rd Congressional District. In the past few days, Stitt has been endorsed by current CD3 Congressman Frank Lucas and former CD3 Congressmen Wes Watkins and Bill Brewster. U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe did a campaign swing with Stitt today in the 3rd and 4th Districts as well.


OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (October 12, 2018) — Congressman Frank Lucas (CD-3) announced his endorsement of Kevin Stitt for Governor today:

“I am proud to endorse Kevin Stitt for Governor of Oklahoma,” said Congressman Frank Lucas. “We need a Governor that will work with President Trump to grow our state’s economy and recruit businesses to our state during this rise in our national economy. Kevin’s business experience and proven leadership make him the candidate for the job. As a fellow Oklahoman, father and Christian we cannot leave this election up to chance.

“As a Congressman from rural Oklahoma, I look for a candidate that is willing to listen to the needs of our neighbors in rural Oklahoma along with those cities across Oklahoma that have very different needs. In my discussion with Mr. Stitt it is evident he is bright leader that wants to work across party lines to lead Oklahoma to be Top 10 and represent all 4 million Oklahomans. He has a detailed plan to move the needle on big issues affecting all Oklahomans.

“When it comes to one of my true passions - agriculture, there is no doubt that Kevin Stitt will serve our state well in this regard. He has sought advice and secured endorsements from the state’s leading agriculture organizations and numerous farmers and ranchers across Oklahoma. As former chairman of the House Agriculture Committee, I intend to work with Kevin in bringing in new trade partners as we build upon our already robust agriculture economy.”

“I am honored to have the endorsement of Congressman Frank Lucas,” said Kevin Stitt. “Congressman Lucas has served as a champion of rural Oklahoma over the years, and I look forward to working with him in order to support our rural communities, capitalize on economic opportunities, and get our state moving in the right direction.”


OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (October 16, 2018) — Former Congressmen Wes Watkins and Bill Brewster of the third congressional district announced today their endorsements of Kevin Stitt for governor:

Former Congressman Wes Watkins (CD-3) said, “My years in the United States Congress were dedicated to building jobs and the economy of Oklahoma.  With the nation’s economy surging, now is a critical time for Oklahoma to elect a leader who can recruit growth and new opportunities to diversify our economy and build better jobs and a brighter future for us and our next generation. Kevin Stitt is the only candidate for governor who has built private sector jobs.  He has the vision and high energy to make this happen for all of Oklahoma.

Watkins continued, “I greatly appreciate Kevin’s plans to recruit job creators to rural Oklahoma and that he will not leave behind any portion of our State. As a political outsider and a successful entrepreneur, Kevin is not beholden to the big lobbyists or big money groups.  Kevin’s allegiance is to all four million Oklahomans, which is exactly the kind of leader Oklahoma needs. If we want to move our state forward and make Oklahoma a place where our kids and grandchildren want to stay, please join me in electing Kevin Stitt as Oklahoma’s next governor.”

Former Congressman Bill Brewster (CD-3) said, “Oklahoma is at a crossroads in this election cycle. We are destined to repeat history if we do not make serious change in our state government and in our political leadership. This crisis has been two decades in the making and it rest at the feet of both political parties. Kevin Stitt is the only political outsider in the race and the only candidate who has a plan to deliver accountability and transparency in how our state is spending our hard-earned tax dollars. As the founder of the Blue Dog Democrat Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, I can say first hand that Drew Edmondson is no moderate Democrat. Drew’s liberal tax and spend plan, with no reform in how state government is structured, will be a hard-left turn in Oklahoma’s future. I am proud to endorse Kevin Stitt, and I believe he is the best candidate to lead Oklahoma to a brighter, more prosperous future.”

Kevin Stitt’s plan for supporting Oklahoma’s agriculture industry and rural communities include:

  • Preserving the agriculture sales tax exemption on inputs, which reflect market practices of surround states with similar exemptions.
  • Diversifying our economy and placing an emphasis on recruiting businesses to Oklahoma that can add value to our commodities produced right here in Oklahoma.
  • Becoming Top Ten in infrastructure and government efficiency, a goal which will include making sure our county officials have the resources they need to complete rural infrastructure projects.
  • Improving access to rural healthcare by cutting government red tape, giving healthcare professionals more flexibility and recruiting doctors and nurses to rural areas.
  • Protecting the 60% threshold for ad valorem tax bonds.
  • Protecting private property rights and landowner’s rights.
  • Protecting farmers and ranchers from out of state animal rights groups, as no one raises food and fiber better than Oklahoma’s agriculturists.

Monday, October 15, 2018

Music Monday: Indian Reservation ("Cherokee People")

This week's Music Monday is Indian Reservation (The Lament of the Cherokee Reservation Indian), by John D. Loudermilk, performed here in a modified version by Paul Revere & the Raiders. This one is for Elizabeth Warren.


See below for all previous Music Monday posts. Do you have a song you'd like to suggest for a future Music Monday? Email me at

October 8th, 2018: Wagner's 'Columbus Overture'
October 1st, 2018: Danny Boy
September 24th, 2018: Dvorak's 'From The New World' Symphony, 4th Movement
September 17th, 2018: Deep River
September 10th, 2018: Muleskinner Blues
September 3rd, 2018: Boomer Sooner
August 20th, 2018: Psalm 23
August 13th, 2018: Ashokan Farewell
August 6, 2018: How the West Was Won
July 23rd, 2018: I Just Can't Wait to Be King
July 16th, 2018: 'Jupiter' from 'The Planets'
July 9th, 2018: Hail to the Spirit of Liberty
July 2nd, 2018: Turn The Tide
June 25th, 2018: Good Guys Win
June 18th, 2018: Watching You
June 11th, 2018: Adoration
June 4th, 2018: March from 'A Moorside Suite'
May 28th, 2018: Taps
May 21st, 2018: Listz's La Campanella
May 14th, 2018: Handful of Weeds
May 7th, 2018: Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing
April 30th, 2018: Polonaise in A-flat major, Op. 53 ("Heroic")
April 23rd, 2018: Blow Ye The Trumpet
April 16th, 2018: Asturias (Leyenda)
April 9th, 2018: Old Mountain Dew
April 2nd, 2018: His Life For Mine
March 19th, 2018: See, the Conqu'ring Hero Comes!
March 12th, 2018: Choctaw Nation
March 5th, 2018: Hark, I Hear The Harps Eternal
February 19th, 2018: The Olympic Spirit
February 12th, 2018: Olympic Fanfare and Theme
January 29th, 2018: Hail to the Chief
January 23rd, 2018: Waltz in A-Flat Major, Op. 39 No. 15
January 15th, 2018: Bleed The Same
January 8th, 2018: Saint-Saëns' Symphony No.3 'Organ' (Maestoso)
December 25th, 2017: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
December 18th, 2017: I Saw Three Ships (The Piano Guys)
December 11th, 2017:Who Is He In Yonder Stall
December 4th, 2017: Carol of the Bells (Mannheim Steamroller)
November 27th, 2017: Joy to the World!
November 20th, 2017: We Gather Together
November 13th, 2017: Mansions of the Lord
November 6th, 2017: Träumerei
October 30th: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
October 23rd, 2017: In Christ Alone
October 16th, 2017: When I'm Knee Deep In Bluegrass
October 9th, 2017: I Pledge Allegiance to the Lamb
October 2nd, 2017: Piano Concerto No. 2 in B-flat major (Brahms)
September 25th, 2017: Beethoven's Sonata No. 8 in C minor ('Pathétique')
September 11th, 2017: Have You Forgotten?
September 4th, 2017: Bach's Double Violin Concerto
August 28th, 2017: Noah Found Grace In The Eyes Of The Lord
August 21st, 2017: The Heavens Are Telling The Glory of God
August 14th, 2017: Beethoven's 5th Symphony
August 7th, 2017: 'Lift High The Name Of Jesus' medley
July 31st, 2017: Fanfare for the Common Man
July 24th, 2017: Variations on 'Happy Birthday'
July 10th, 2017: Summer (Presto) from Vivaldi's Four Seasons
July 3rd, 2017: Freelance Fireworks Hall of Fame
June 26th, 2017: Praise to the Lord, the Almighty
June 19th, 2017: A Christian Home
June 12th, 2017: Ol' Man River
June 5th, 2017: Choctaw Cowboy
May 29th, 2017: Armed Forces Salute
May 22nd, 2017: Double Bass Concerto No.2 in B minor
May 15th, 2017: Pomp and Circumstance March No. 1 in D major
May 8th, 2017: The Army Goes Rolling Along
April 17th, 2017: He Is Alive
April 10th, 2017: Surely He Hath Borne/And With His Stripes/All We Like Sheep
April 3rd, 2017: Here Comes Carolina
March 27th, 2017: 'Spring' from Vivaldi's 'Four Seasons'
March 20th, 2017: Symphony No. 5 ("Reformation") Finale
March 13th, 2017: The Pigeon on the Gate
March 6th, 2017: Finlandia
February 27th, 2017: When I Can Read My Title Clear
February 20th, 2017: William Tell Overture - Finale
February 13th, 2017: 'Romance' from 'The Gadfly'
February 6th, 2017: White Winter Hymnal
January 30th, 2017: Hail, Columbia
January 23rd, 2017: Hail to the Chief
January 16th, 2017: Come, Ye Sinners, Poor and Needy
January 2nd, 2017: Auld Lang Syne
December 26th, 2016: Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
December 19th, 2016: I Wonder as I Wander
December 12th, 2016: O Come, O Come, Emmanuel
December 5th, 2016: A Christmas Festival
November 28th, 2016: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
November 21st: Beethoven's 'Hymn of Thanksgiving'
November 14th: Hymn to the Fallen
November 7th: This World Is Not My Home
October 31st, 2016: A Mighty Fortress Is Our God
October 24th, 2016: 'Mars', from 'The Planets'
October 17th, 2016: My Shepherd Will Supply My Need
October 10th, 2016: Spain
October 3rd, 2016: International Harvester
September 26th, 2016: 'The Imperial March' from Star Wars
September 19th, 2016: Awake the Trumpet's Lofty Sound
September 12th, 2016: Before the Throne of God Above
September 5th, 2016: The Hunt
August 29th, 2016: Liberty
August 22nd, 2016: Summon the Heroes
August 15th, 2016: Bugler's Dream
August 8th, 2016: Olympic Fanfare and Theme
August 1st, 2016: 'Prelude' and 'Parade of the Charioteers' from Ben-Hur
July 25th, 2016: How The West Was Won
July 18th, 2016: Six Studies in English Folk Song
July 11th, 2016: From Everlasting To Everlasting
July 4th, 2016: The Stars and Stripes Forever
June 27th, 2016: Rule, Britannia!
June 20st, 2016: Bugler's Holiday
June 13th, 2016: Ride of the Valkyries
June 6th, 2016: Piano Concerto in A Minor, Op. 54, Allegro Vivace
May 30th, 2016: Armed Forces Salute
May 23rd, 2016: Paid in Full (Through Jesus, Amen)
May 16th, 2016: Overture from 'Carmen'
May 9th, 2016: L'Arlesienne Suite No. 1 - Prelude
May 2nd, 2016: My God Is a Rock
April 25th, 2016: Toccata and Fugue in D Minor
April 18th, 2016: Paganini's Caprice No. 24 in A Minor
April 11th, 2016: Fantasia on a 17th Century Tune
April 4th, 2016: Hark The Sound/I'm a Tarheel Born
March 28th, 2016: Rustle of Spring
March 21st, 2016: 'Ode to Joy' sung by a 10,000-voice choir
March 14th, 2016: Hard Times Come Again No More
March 7th, 2016: 'The Suite' from Downton Abbey
February 29th, 2016: Moonlight Sonata
February 22nd, 2016: Liebestraum No. 3
February 15th, 2016: Help Is On The Way
February 8th, 2016: God of Grace and God of Glory
February 1st, 2016: 'My Story'
January 25th, 2016: Israeli Concertino
January 18th, 2016: What Grace is Mine
January 11th, 2016: "Meditation" from Thaïs
January 4th, 2016: Praeludium and Allegro
December 28th, 2015: Appalachian Carol
December 21st, 2015: God Rest Ye Merry, Gentlemen
December 14th, 2015: O Holy Night
December 7th, 2015: Christmas Fantasy
November 23rd, 2015: Simple Gifts
November 16th, 2015: Preacher Tell Me Like It Is
November 9th, 2015: Armed Forces Salute
November 2nd, 2015: Amazing Grace
October 26th, 2015: The Harmonious Blacksmith
October 19th, 2015: Liberty Fanfare
October 12th, 2015: The Majesty and Glory of Your Name
October 5th, 2015: Elgar's 'Enigma' Finale
September 28th, 2015: Stayed on Jesus
September 21st, 2015: Great Gate of Kiev
September 14th, 2015: Nearer, My God, To Thee

Cherokee Nation rebukes Elizabeth Warren over DNA test

Progressive idol and likely 2020 Democratic presidential candidate U.S. Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) was in the news today after she released the results of a DNA test that showed she may have American Indian blood -- somewhere between 1/64th (6 generations ago) and....... 1/1024th (10 generations ago).

From Allahpundit over at
In fact, here’s a superb catch by George Conway (yes, that George Conway) from an NYT story on genetics and ancestry in America published in 2014:

"The researchers found that European-Americans had genomes that were on average 98.6 percent European, .19 percent African, and .18 Native American."

A genome that’s .19 percent native works out to 1/512. So, do the math. The best-case scenario for Warren, that she’s 1/64th native, would mean that around 1.6 percent of her genome is Native American, about 10 times more than the average European-American. The worst-case scenario, 1/1024th, would mean it’s around .10 Native American — roughly half the share the average European-American has. It’s possible, in other words, that Fauxcahontas is less native than the typical white American.
The Cherokee Nation issued the following response this afternoon:

Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr.
Cherokee Nation responds to Senator Warren’s DNA test

TAHLEQUAH, Okla. — Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. issued the following statement Monday in response to Senator Elizabeth Warren’s DNA test claiming Native Heritage:

"A DNA test is useless to determine tribal citizenship. Current DNA tests do not even distinguish whether a person’s ancestors were indigenous to North or South America," Cherokee Nation Secretary of State Chuck Hoskin Jr. said. "Sovereign tribal nations set their own legal requirements for citizenship, and while DNA tests can be used to determine lineage, such as paternity to an individual, it is not evidence for tribal affiliation. Using a DNA test to lay claim to any connection to the Cherokee Nation or any tribal nation, even vaguely, is inappropriate and wrong. It makes a mockery out of DNA tests and its legitimate uses while also dishonoring legitimate tribal governments and their citizens, whose ancestors are well documented and whose heritage is proven. Senator Warren is undermining tribal interests with her continued claims of tribal heritage."

Friday, October 12, 2018

OK Psychological Assoc opposes SQ793

Oklahoma Psychological Association Opposes State Question 793

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Psychological Association (OPA) today announced it is opposing State Question 793, a November ballot initiative that would allow big box stores like Walmart to open optometry clinics within their retail spaces and dictate the scope of practice for their doctors. The OPA specifically opposes language within the initiative that allows corporate employers to sign agreements with doctors to “limit their practice.”

“Medical professions need to be governed by medical boards and by doctors,” said OPA President Dr. Lori Holmquist-Day. “It is not appropriate to allow non-medical corporations like Walmart to limit what procedures a doctor can do, what treatments a doctor can prescribe, or what equipment a doctor can use. That is true in psychology, in optometry and in any other field devoted to medicine, health and wellness.”

Learn more about SQ 793 at

VP Pence to headline rally for Kevin Stitt in Tulsa next week

Vice President Mike Pence to Campaign in Tulsa for Kevin Stitt for Governor

Tulsa, Oklahoma (Oct. 12, 2018) – The Kevin Stitt for Governor campaign announced today that Vice President Mike Pence will attend a political event for Kevin Stitt in Tulsa on Thursday, October 18.

The event is free and open to the general public. Space is limited and the public is encourage to reserve free tickets by visiting:

WHEN: Thursday, October 18, 2018
TIME: Doors open at 2:00PM and close at 4:00PM. Rally will begin shortly after doors close and conclude by 5:30PM.
WHERE: Mabee Center, 7777 S Lewis Ave, Tulsa, OK 74171