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


PREMATURE CELEBRATION
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


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:


LT. GOVERNOR MATT PINNELL ANNOUNCES RFP FOR NEW STATE PARK RESTAURANT CONTRACT

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

NATHAN DAHM RESPONDS TO THE LEAKED SUPREME COURT 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


OKLAHOMANS DONATING TO STITT FOR GOVERNOR BREAKS ANOTHER STATE FUNDRAISING RECORD 

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. 

Eagle Forum PAC endorses Dahm for Senate


EAGLE FORUM PAC ANNOUNCES THEIR FULL ENDORSEMENT OF NATHAN DAHM TO REPRESENT OKLAHOMA IN THE U.S. SENATE

Oklahoma (May 2, 2022) - The Eagle Forum PAC released the following statement, announcing their full and total endorsement of Oklahoma Senator Nathan Dahm for United States Senate:

Sunday, May 01, 2022

Hern urges Army Corps of Engineers to prioritize funding for Arkansas River Navigation System


Hern urges Army Corps of Engineers to prioritize funding for MKARNS

WASHINGTON, DC (April 27th) – Representative Kevin Hern (OK-01) sent a letter with members of the Oklahoma, Arkansas and Kansas Congressional delegations to the Office and Management and Budget and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers urging them to prioritize and commit additional funding to the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System (MKARNS).