Thursday, May 19, 2022

Governor signs bill to better protect students from sexual crimes

Governor Signs Bill to Better Protect Students from Sexual Crimes

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 19th) – A bill seeking to better protect high school students who are concurrently enrolled in courses at Oklahoma higher education institutions from sexual crimes committed by employees of the institution was signed into law by the governor this week.

House Dems respond to Special Session announcement

House Democrats Respond to Special Session Announcement

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 18th) – House Democrats released the following statements today after legislative Republicans called a special session to move the approving authority for American Rescue Plan funds from the executive branch to the Legislature. 

Stitt to speak tonight at Muskogee GOP Lincoln-Reagan Dinner

The Muskogee County Republican Party's annual Lincoln-Reagan Dinner is set for this evening at 7pm at the Muskogee Civic Center. Governor Kevin Stitt will be this year's keynote speaker.

This event is the main fundraiser for the county party’s support of local and state Republican candidates. For something like a dozen years, the Muskogee GOP has awarded over 60 college scholarships to public, private, and home school graduates in Muskogee County. The 2022 Scholarship winners will be awarded during the Lincoln-Reagan Dinner.

Candidates and campaigns for local, state, and federal races will be present.

Sponsorships will include the VIP Reception and a picture with Governor Kevin Stitt.

ILLEGAL? State Dep't of Ed tags Hofmeister's campaign account on a state social media account

This is clearly not right, but at the same time unsurprising coming from the Oklahoma State Department of Education:

Senate passes bill ending vehicle sales tax hike they passed in 2017

They want you to congratulate them on cutting your taxes, when in reality the folks who were opposed to raising your taxes in the first place have been more than vindicated over the past several years.

For reference, here are the candidates for higher office who voted in 2017 to raise this tax on Oklahomans:

  • State Sen. Kim David (running for Corporation Commissioner)
  • State Rep. Avery Frix (running for 2nd District Congress)
  • State Rep. Leslie Osborn (incumbent Labor Commissioner)
  • State Rep. Dustin Roberts (running for 2nd District Congress)
  • State Rep. Todd Thomsen (running for Corporation Commissioner)

Here are the candidates for higher office who were taxpayer champions and voted in 2017 against raising this tax on Oklahomans:

  • State Sen. Josh Brecheen (running for 2nd District Congress)
  • State Sen. Nathan Dahm (running for U.S. Senate, special election)
  • State Sen. Marty Quinn (running for 2nd District Congress)
  • State Rep. John Bennett (running for 2nd District Congress)
  • State Rep. Kevin Calvey (running for Oklahoma County District Attorney)
  • State Rep. Sean Roberts (running for Labor Commissioner)
  • State Rep. Todd Russ (running for State Treasurer)

Remember their record, not their rhetoric, at the ballot box.

Senate approves bill eliminating motor vehicle sales tax

OKLAHOMA CITY – On Wednesday, the Senate approved Senate Bill 1075 to reinstate the full sales tax exemption on motor vehicles and tractor trailers. The Legislature removed the 1.25% of the exemption in 2017, but Sen. Kim David, R-Porter, said with revenues at record highs, it’s time to restore the much-needed tax relief for Oklahomans.

Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Legislature to call special session for purpose of directing federal stimulus spending

Legislature to call concurrent session for ARPA funding

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 18th) – The Oklahoma Legislature will call a concurrent legislative session to allow public input to continue to drive how $1.8 billion in federal American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funds are spent.

The concurrent session, to begin Wednesday, allows the Legislature to immediately return in the interim to enact an ARPA spending plan as agreed to by the Joint Committee on Pandemic Relief Funding.

Dahm files Senate Resolution to create President Donald J. Trump Day

Ah, good old Nathan Dahm. It annoys me to no end how he loves to troll the Left with pointless, joke legislation. He votes right, but he wastes time on dumb stunts in the chase for clicks and interviews.

Dahm files Senate Resolution to create President Donald J. Trump Day

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 18th) – Sen. Nathan Dahm, R-Broken Arrow, filed Senate Resolution 47 to memorialize June 14, 2022, as President Donald J. Trump Day in the state, which is Trump’s birthday, the birthday of the U.S. Army, and Flag Day. 

State Senate Dems lament passage of state budget that doesn't spend more

Statement From Senate Democrats on passage of FY 2023 budget

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 18th) – The Oklahoma Senate Democratic Caucus released the following statements after passage of the FY 2023 General Appropriations bill:

Alex Gray calls on TW Shannon to address his support for McGirt ruling


Oklahoma City, OK (May 18th) – Alex Gray, former advisor to President Trump and Republican Candidate for Senate in Oklahoma, calls on his opponent, T.W. Shannon, to publicly address his support for Jimcy McGirt, sentenced to one thousand years in prison for raping a four year old girl, in the McGirt v. Oklahoma case and the resulting damage McGirt has done to the state of Oklahoma.

Stitt signs bill ensuring firefighters can provide limited emergency medical transport

Legislation signed ensuring firefighters can provide emergency medical transport in limited situations

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 17th) – Legislation giving firefighters statutory authority to transport patients to the hospital in emergency situations has been signed into law.  Senate Bill 1515, by Sen. Darrell Weaver, R-Moore, and Rep. Mike Osburn, R-Edmond, was signed by Gov. Kevin Stitt on Monday.

Weaver filed the legislation in response to a situation where an Oklahoma City firefighter was disciplined for his decision to drive a 3-year-old burn victim to the hospital in his fire truck after waiting 20 minutes for an ambulance to arrive.

O'Connor hits Drummond on donations to Biden, Coburn's 2004 Democrat opponent

The race for Attorney General is really starting to heat up. Gentner Drummond has a "dark money" group sending hit pieces out on John O'Connor, and O'Connor is swinging back.

Drummond claims that the Biden donation was from his wife, saying that 'his wife "got mad" and made the contribution using a joint credit card but that she "immediately asked for a refund and got the money back."' [Tulsa World]

FEC records show that Drummond also gave:
  • $1,000 to Democrat Matt Silverstein's 2014 campaign against Jim Inhofe
  • $1,450 to Democrat John Olson's 1st District congressional campaign in 2012 (Jim Bridenstine defeated him in the general election). 
  • $2,500 to Democratic Congressman Dan Boren from 2004 to 2010.
  • $1,000 to Democrat Brad Carson's campaign against Tom Coburn in 2004 (given after Coburn won the GOP primary)
Searching the Oklahoma Ethics Commission, one can find that Drummond has given to the following Democratic candidates since 2015:
  • $500 to Cathy Ross (challenger to GOP State Rep. Sean Roberts in 2016)
  • $500 to State Rep. John Waldron in 2018
  • $250 to Andy Richardson (lost to Republican Sheila Dills in 2018)
(UPDATE: there are even more donations to Democrats on the old, pre-2015 system. I have not had time to go through them all, but it includes $500 to Drew Edmondson, $500 to Tom Adelson, and $1,500 to Pete Regan)

I absolutely question the conservative and/or Republican credentials of anyone who gives money to Democratic candidates.

Before Donating To Joe Biden, Gentner Drummond Supported Dr. Coburn’s Democrat Opponent

TULSA, OK (May 16th) – On August 31, 2020, Gentner Drummond donated $1,000 to Joe Biden for President, but before that donation, an FEC report reveals that Gentner Drummond donated to Democrat Brad Carson, who ran against Dr. Tom Coburn.   

State Health Department addresses questions over infant formula shortage

OSDH Shares FAQs Addressing the Current Infant Formula Shortage

OKLAHOMA CITY – OSDH understands the difficulties the current infant formula shortage is causing in our state. While we are unable to become directly involved in the supply-chain process, we will try to keep Oklahomans up-to-date on how to find resources and updates as they become available from the federal government and manufacturers.

Tuesday, May 17, 2022

Pamela Gordon releases CD2 campaign launch video

Here's a press release from one of the 14 Republicans running for Congress in Oklahoma's 2nd District, Pamela Gordon. Video at the bottom.


MCALESTER, OK (May 17th) – Today Republican candidate for Oklahoma 2nd Congressional District, Pamela Gordon has released her official launch video for her campaign which can be seen below. 

State budget agreement announced; includes inflation relief rebate up to $150 per family

State budget agreement reached
Republicans prioritize savings, inflation relief, police, economy & more

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 17th) – Historic state savings deposits and more money returned to taxpayers highlight the Fiscal Year 2023 state budget agreement, which also funds law enforcement at record levels, eliminates the years-long developmentally disabled services waiting list, fights federal overreach, and makes generational investments in economic development.

Legislative leaders on Tuesday announced plans to send the agreement, which continues to fund education at the highest levels in state history, to Gov. Kevin Stitt this week for approval.

Monday, May 16, 2022

Small: McGirt ruling’s harm spreads in Oklahoma

Court ruling’s harm spreads in Oklahoma
By Jonathan Small

All Oklahomans drive on the same roads and can access the same public-school system. But thanks to the U.S. Supreme Court’s McGirt ruling, some Oklahomans may no longer pay to fund those systems, creating increased financial burdens for everyone else.

Friday, May 13, 2022

Fair: 'Premature Celebration' on SCOTUS leak

by Steve Fair

    On Monday May 2nd, Politico, a Virginia political journalism organization founded in 2007, obtained and released a 98-page draft document that indicated the U.S. Supreme Court (SCOTUS) is poised to strike down the landmark Roe vs. Wade(1973) and Planned Parenthood vs Casey(1992) decisions. 

     On Tuesday morning, SCOTUS Chief Justice John Roberts confirmed the draft opinion was authentic, but stressed the opinion was ‘not a final decision by the court.’   Roberts vowed the leak would not undermine the integrity of the court’s operations and vowed to have the U.S. Marshal service investigate the leak.

Bice introduce legislation to address infant formula supply shortage

Bice, Feenstra Introduce Legislation to Strengthen and Stabilize Domestic Infant Formula Supply

WASHINGTON, D.C. (May 12th) – Yesterday, amid a crisis-level infant formula shortage in the United States, U.S. Reps. Stephanie Bice (R-OK) and Randy Feenstra (R-IA) introduced the Formula Act, which is legislation that would direct the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to establish and communicate to Congress clear standards by which it domestically regulates infant formula. These standards would in turn be applied to foreign infant formula to allow formula imports and support domestic manufacturers.

Currently, the United States does not import foreign infant formula because the FDA does not have interchangeable standards in place to regulate foreign formula to ensure it complies with U.S. health code and regulations. By codifying standard regulations for infant formula, this legislation would allow America to safely import foreign infant formula to complement domestic production, particularly during times of severe shortage like American families are now facing.

“Over the last 6 months, we’ve seen shortages for infant formula skyrocket to nearly 40%,” said Rep. Bice. “This is why I introduced the Formula Act with my friend Rep. Feenstra. This legislation is critical in combating formula shortages that are negatively affecting millions of American families. This problem has quickly evolved into a crisis. The House of Representatives should immediately take up this legislation.”

“The infant formula shortage is dire in Iowa, threatening babies who rely on formula for their health and development,” said Rep. Feenstra. “That’s why I introduced the Formula Act with my friend Rep. Bice to ensure that the FDA has clear, consistent standards in place to regulate foreign infant formula so that we can import supplies when domestic production fails to meet demand. Iowa families deserve to be able to easily buy infant formula at fair prices without worrying if the shelves are fully stocked. This is a distressing problem, and I am committed to finding a solution.”

Click here to read more about the Formula Act in the DailyWire’s article.

State Senate confirms Keith Reed as new Commissioner of Health

Keith Reed Confirmed as Commissioner of Health
Senate confirms new commissioner of health

OKLAHOMA CITY – After being nominated by Governor Kevin Stitt, Keith Reed was confirmed as the Commissioner of Health for the state of Oklahoma by the Senate today. Reed has been with the Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) for nearly 20 years, serving in various positions throughout the agency.  

Sen. Matthews invites public to traveling Smithsonian exhibit in Boley; grand opening tomorrow

Sen. Matthews invites public to traveling Smithsonian exhibit in Boley; grand opening this Saturday

OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Kevin Matthews is inviting the public to come learn more about rural Oklahoma and one of Oklahoma’s 13 surviving all-Black communities. Boley, in Okfuskee County, is one of the stops for a Smithsonian Institution traveling exhibit highlighting rural America.  The exhibit, “Crossroads: Change in Rural America,” will be open to the public from May 14 through June 25 at the Boley Community Center, 11 West Grant Street, with a special opening ceremony and ribbon cutting to be held this Saturday at 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, May 12, 2022

Lankford, Cruz introduce bill to defend unvaxxed service members from punishment

Lankford, Cruz, Colleagues Defend Service Members from Vaccine Punishment

WASHINGTON, DC – Senator James Lankford (R-OK) joined Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX) and 12 of their colleagues to introduce the Allowing Military Exemptions, Recognizing Individual Concerns About New Shots (AMERICANS) Act of 2022. The bill counters the Biden Administration’s efforts to coerce and punish service members who decline the COVID-19 vaccine and introduces accountability measures in response to DOD efforts to undermine transparency.

Turnpike Authority: crash at toll plaze emphasizes importance of motorist safety and PlatePay at toll booths

Damage from a semi-trailer truck colliding with an eastbound US-412/Cimarron Turnpike toll booth is shown Monday, May 9, 2022. The toll booth attendant working in the booth was injured and treated on scene.

Crash at Hallett toll plaza emphasizes importance of motorist safety and PlatePay at toll booths

(May 11th) A semi-trailer truck crashed into the eastbound US-412/Cimarron Turnpike Hallett toll plaza at SH-99 (mm 48) in Pawnee County on Monday morning, injuring the tool booth attendant inside. She was treated by emergency medical personnel at the scene.

The crash signifies the importance of driver safety in toll booth plazas across the 624 miles of turnpikes across Oklahoma. Drivers must be attentive, putting away all distractions and monitoring slowing traffic in reduced speed zones for the safety of all motorists and the turnpike maintenance employees.

State Dep't of Education launches statewide expansion of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Hofmeister launches statewide expansion of Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 10, 2022) – State Superintendent of Public Instruction Joy Hofmeister announced today that the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) is investing $2.5 million in federal pandemic relief funds to expand Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library to all 77 counties in Oklahoma.  

The OSDE will provide a 1:1 match of all funds raised by local community partners, ensuring as many as 264,000 Oklahoma children from birth to age 5 have free, high-quality, age-appropriate books mailed to their homes on a monthly basis. 

Family Policy Alliance endorses James Lankford for reelection

Family Policy Alliance Endorses James Lankford as National Leader Defending Life

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (May 11th) – Families for James Lankford announced James was endorsed by the Family Policy Alliance, which is the public policy partner of Focus on the Family. FPA's President and CEO issued a statement to endorse James's campaign. 

State Sen. Boren requests audit of Oklahoma Turnpike Authority

Boren requests audit of Oklahoma Turnpike Authority

OKLAHOMA CITY – Sen. Mary Boren has authored and filed Senate Concurrent Resolution 28 directing the State Auditor to audit the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority (OTA). This comes after recent news reports that the OTA is moving forward with plans to begin work on a controversial toll road expansion, including purchasing properties, after learning a $200 million line of credit cannot be used for the project because of pending lawsuits.

Wednesday, May 11, 2022

Senate candidate Alex Gray calls for disestablishment of historic reservations identified in McGirt case


Oklahoma City, OK (May 10th) – On the Hugh Hewitt Show, U.S. Senate candidate Alex Gray pledged to introduce legislation on his first day in office to disestablish the five historic reservations that the U.S. Supreme Court identified in the McGirt case. In response, the five tribes have put out a statement condemning Gray for suggesting a return to pre-McGirt norms. 

Gray had the following to say about the matter:

Governor signs catalytic converter theft bill into law

Governor Signs Ford's Catalytic Converter Theft Bill Into Law

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 11th) – The governor today signed into law a bill that increases the punishment for theft of catalytic converters, tires and wheels from a vehicle.

House Bill 4373 by Rep. Ross Ford, R-Broken Arrow, modifies the elements of third-degree burglary to include the theft of these vehicle parts and provides that the fine for such crime will be up to $5,000.

Legislature passes bill strengthening audit process for cities

Bill Updating Audit Process for Cities Sent to Governor

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 11th) – Legislation reforming the financial audit process for Oklahoma municipalities has received its final stamp of approval from the Oklahoma House of Representatives and has been sent to the governor's desk.

House Bill 1058, authored by Rep. Brad Boles, R-Marlow, modifies the audit requirement for municipalities with an income of at least $50,000 and a population of less than 2,500.  

Monday, May 09, 2022

Former State Rep presents 'Seminole Oil Boom' painting for State Capitol Art Collection

"The Seminole Oil Boom," a painting commissioned by former Rep. Weldon Watson and his wife Cheryle, is unveiled on the House floor May 4.

House Previews 'Seminole Oil Boom' Painting

OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma House of Representatives on Wednesday was presented by the Oklahoma Arts Council with a preview of "The Seminole Oil Boom," a new painting offered for consideration for the Oklahoma State Capitol Art Collection by former Rep. Weldon Watson and his wife Cheryle. Watson represented House District 79 in Tulsa as a Republican from 2006 to 2018 when he was term limited.

Small: Unprecedented attack on judicial system

Unprecedented attack on judicial system
By Jonathan Small

For some on the political left, failure to achieve their goals through existing processes does not lead them to reassess their tactics or strategy. Instead, they immediately resort to unprecedented efforts to destroy the system. If they can’t win playing by the rules, some on the left want to jettison rules altogether.

But that attitude doesn’t result in a better world for all. Instead, it breeds anarchy. The recent release of a draft U.S. Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade provides the latest example.

Louisiana House committee passes bill to Abolish Abortion

Wonderful news. Too bad Oklahoma wasn't the first:

Louisiana Abolition Bill Passes Committee!!

[May 4th, Free The States] For the first time, a bill to immediately abolish abortion has passed committee!

On Wednesday, the Louisiana House Criminal Justice Committee voted 7-to-2 to pass the Abolition of Abortion in Louisiana Act (HB813) to the floor of the State House, where it awaits a hearing. This is the first time a bill to abolish abortion has passed a committee.

Lt. Gov. Pinnell announces bidding open for new state park restaurant contract

In the aftermath of ongoing scandal over a contractor's sweetheart deal to operate restaurants at multiple state parks and questionable spending (covered well by The Frontier), Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell has re-opened bidding for a new contractor to replace Swadley's Foggy Bottom Kitchen:


OKLAHOMA CITY, OK (May 6th) – One week after accepting a larger oversight role of the agency, Lieutenant Governor Matt Pinnell, in his role as Secretary of Tourism, Wildlife and Heritage, today provided an update on the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department. He also announced a new requests for proposal (RFP) for new state park restaurant concession contract(s).

Saturday, May 07, 2022

OKC FOX 25 skewered over firearms-illiterate article

Yesterday, Oklahoma City's FOX 25 News posted an article on Facebook that perfectly illustrated the sheer incompetence of the overwhelming majority of news media outlets when it comes to anything related to firearms.

Here's a screenshot of their social media post:

Senate candidate Alex Gray wants to fix McGirt ruling by disestablishing Five Civilized Tribes reservations


In a radio interview on the Hugh Hewitt Show yesterday, U.S. Senate special election candidate Alex Gray dropped a political bombshell when he pledged to author legislation to "disestablish the five historic Indian reservations that the U.S. Supreme Court in McGirt kind of created out of whole cloth [... to] start the process of fixing the mess that McGirt put us in."

Friday, May 06, 2022

Josh Brecheen releases web video on 2nd District campaign

Former State Sen. Josh Brecheen, one of the 14 GOP candidates for the 2nd Congressional District, is out with a new web video detailing his platform and candidacy. I'm posting it along with his announcement press release that I somehow missed. Brecheen was one of the most conservative members of the legislature during the eight years that he served (2010 to 2018).

Josh Brecheen
Candidate for U.S. House of Representatives, Oklahoma District 2
April 20, 2022

Winning elections is meaningless if we lose our nation. For 40 years Republicans have won elections yet refused to truly face our nation's giants.

With a $30 trillion debt crisis, will we continue to sell our children's future for 30 pieces of silver? Given Medicare is insolvent in just four years, Social Security insolvent in 11 years, and every child now owes $90,000 as their share of the national debt, true leaders must arise. They must be fixated on freedom and not willing to kick the can down the road yet again.

Stillwater Schools employee charged with embezzling $216k, uncovered by State Auditor's investigative audit

Under the current and previous office-holders (Cindy Byrd and Gary Jones, respectively), the State Auditor's office has probably been the state government agency/department that taxpayer's have gotten the most bang for the buck from. Kudos for a job well done protecting Oklahoma taxpayers:

Byrd's Audit of Stillwater Schools Leads to Embezzlement Charge
"This employee was literally taking food out of the mouths of children."

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 4th) - Cindy Byrd’s investigative audit of Stillwater Public Schools has led to felony embezzlement charges filed against former district employee Stacy Hampton. Hampton is accused of stealing more than $200,000 from the school nutrition program over the course of seven years.

Schiller first CD2 candidate to hit the airwaves with TV ad

Chris Schiller seems to be an early frontrunner in the CD2 Republican primary, simply by virtue of having raised over a half-million dollars ($250k via personal loan) and being the first candidate with TV ads. Here's his press release:

Schiller Releases First Television Ad in CD-2

Chris Schiller, a community pharmacist and small businessman seeking the Republican nomination in Oklahoma's 2nd Congressional District, announced his first television ad today.

Thursday, May 05, 2022

Small: Justice reform opponents prove disingenuousness

Justice reform opponents prove disingenuousness
By Jonathan Small

The issue of criminal-justice reform in Oklahoma has been debated for years, and state voters have increasingly warmed to the idea that we can reduce incarceration and associated prison costs, improve public safety, and lower our crime rates, all at the same time.

That reality is reflected in voter approval of a ballot initiative that reduced the penalties for some property and drug crimes. It can also be seen in the fact that that the Legislature passed an associated law applying those changes to individuals currently in prison, which resulted in the nation’s largest single-day community under Gov. Kevin Stitt.

That public support has been problematic for Stitt’s political opponents, however, which may be why some have resorted to extreme—and even laughable—tactics in their attack ads.

Wednesday, May 04, 2022

'Constitutional Grounds' sends out questionnaire for primary candidates

Constitutional Grounds, a political activist organization, has sent their first annual Constitutional Questionnaire to candidates registered to run in the Oklahoma June primaries.

BROKEN ARROW, OK, May 3, 2022 – Spring is campaign season for candidates running in political primary races in Oklahoma. Spring is also candidate questionnaire season as various political and special interest groups send their questionnaires to candidates.

Lankford, Cotton file bill to defund Homeland Security's "Disinformation Board"

Lankford, Cotton, Colleagues Lead Effort to Defund Homeland Security’s “Disinformation Board”

WASHINGTON, DC (May 3rd) – Ahead of a hearing in the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee (HSGAC) tomorrow with Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Senator James Lankford (R-OK), Senator Tom Cotton (R-AR), and their colleagues introduced legislation to stop federal funds from being used to establish a DHS Disinformation Governance Board.

"Who's at church?" CDC tracked millions of phones for pandemic compliance

Bombshell report from Motherboard: the Centers for Disease Control "bought access to location data harvested from tens of millions of phones in the United States to perform analysis of compliance with curfews, track patterns of people visiting K-12 schools [and churches], and specifically monitor the effectiveness of policy in the Navajo Nation," according to documents obtained by the tech blog.

State Reps call on AG O'Connor to challenge Biden's 'Disinformation Governance Board'

Phillips Calls on AG O'Connor to Challenge Biden's Disinformation Governance Board

OKLAHOMA CITY (May 3rd) – Rep. Logan Phillips, R-Mounds, has requested that Oklahoma Attorney General John O'Connor challenge the constitutionality of the Biden Administration's recently announced Disinformation Governance Board.

Tuesday, May 03, 2022

CD2 candidate, Cherokee Councilor Wes Nofire comments on SCOTUS leak, plans to file legislation banning abortion in Cherokee Nation

Wes Nofire comments on reported overturning of Roe v. Wade by SCOTUS

Park Hill (May 3rd) - Candidate for Oklahoma's Second Congressional District, Cherokee Councilor Wes Nofire, prepares to file legislation protecting life within the Cherokee reservation after reports of the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v Wade:

"I am thankful this morning for the work of so many people who have spent their lives fighting as the voice of those that were never allowed to take a breath. I pray the reports are accurate and our nation is overturning the landmark case of Roe v Wade. Roe v Wade was not only the case that led to the death of so many unborn children; it also stripped away States' rights in America. I am proud to say I have every confidence that Oklahoma will do the work necessary to be abortion-free.

Dahm responds to leaked SCOTUS decision overturning Roe v. Wade


Oklahoma (May 3, 2022) - Oklahoma Senator Nathan Dahm, who authored the state's comprehensive ban on abortion and continues to serve as a fierce advocate for unborn lives, released the following statement regarding the 98-page leaked Supreme Court opinion overturning Roe v. Wade: 

T.W. Shannon comments on leaked Roe v. Wade opinion, calls for end to Left’s genocide of Black babies

More response to the leak of a draft majority opinion overturning Roe v. Wade, here from U.S. Senate candidate T.W. Shannon (running in the special election to replace Jim Inhofe):

Oklahoma Senate Candidate T.W. Shannon Comments on Leaked Roe v. Wade Opinion, Calls for an End to the Left’s Genocide of Black Babies

(May 3rd) "If the United States Supreme Court is ready to overturn the most murderous opinion in our nation's history, then every Oklahoman and American who values life should be thanking President Trump for appointing the Justices who made the ruling possible.

"As Justice Alito noted in the leaked draft, some supporters of abortion 'have been motivated by a desire to suppress the size of the African American population.' He went on to write, 'It is beyond dispute that Roe has had that demographic effect. A highly disproportionate percentage of aborted fetuses are black.'

Legislature sends bill to Governor adding 11th paid holiday off for state employees

Because 10 paid holidays off isn't enough for government employees, or the elected officials who need to pander for their votes:

Senate approves additional personal holiday for state employees

OKLAHOMA CITY (April 28th) – On Thursday, the Senate passed legislation to give Oklahoma’s full-time state employees one personal holiday. House Bill 4190 would allow workers to choose from Good Friday, Juneteenth, Statehood Day, Indigenous Peoples Day, or the employee’s birthday. Sen. Kim David, R-Porter, and House Majority Floor Leader Jon Echols, R-Oklahoma City, are the principal authors of the legislation.

2nd Congressional District GOP candidate forum set for Saturday in Muskogee

From Oklahoma Republican Party interim chairman Shane Jemison:

Oklahoma 2nd Congressional District Candidate Forum to be Held for Republican Candidates

MUSKOGEE – The Second Congressional District Republican Party will be holding a candidate forum for Republican candidates for United States Congress in the Second Congressional District.

WHERE: Indian Capital Technology Center
WHEN: 5/7/2022 from 10am -2pm
COST: General Admission $10

Rep. Kevin West passes measure clarifying school restroom policies

Rep. Kevin West Passes Measure Clarifying School Restroom Policies

OKLAHOMA CITY (April 28th) – A bill requiring that public school restrooms be used by an individual according to their biological sex at birth passed the House today. The bill also allows for single-use restrooms that can be used by any student.

Stitt breaks reelection fundraising record with $1.2M in first quarter donations


Oklahoma City, Okla. (April 29, 2022) – The Stitt for Governor 2022 campaign today announced Governor Kevin Stitt raised a record-breaking $1.2 million in the first quarter (Q1) of the 2022 election cycle, driven by donations from Oklahomans across the state.