OKLAHOMA CITY — As a state and a nation, we have grieved alongside the families of Newtown, Connecticut, unable to understand the actions that occurred last December. Tragedies like Newton often spur moments of reflection and study. First and foremost as a father, and then as Lt. Governor, I pray Oklahoma never faces a tragedy like Newtown.
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May is graduation season. As I have done every year as Lt. Governor, I have given multiple commencement speeches. Advice flows freely during this time and it usually runs the gamut. What to do, what not to do, how to do ‘x’, be sure not to do ‘y’…Too often commencement speakers speak in big generalities. So general, the message is frequently lost or forgotten.
Editorial: Seizure of AP phone records insult to independent press
This amounts to spying on an American news organization -- common practice in dictatorships but scary conduct in a democratic system that prizes the public value of an independent watchdog press.
Senate review by Sean Burrage
Hailey Mathis is studying political science and history at the University of Oklahoma. She’s one of a very select group of college students each year who have the opportunity to learn about government and public service through an internship at the State Senate.
One-Cent Sales Tax Renewal
“Sir, you spend money like a drunken sailor,” County Commissioner Kirt Thacker said to County Commissioner Mike Helm in a Board of County Commissioners meeting this past October. “It is time that we either get this under control or public trust will forever be diminished at least in Rogers County.”
The second deadline week of the session ended last Thursday and by the end of the week, 41 Senate measures remained on general order, essentially making them dormant until the next ye
Fund education first
The ninth week of session included a bittersweet mixture of activity here at the capitol.
One of the major milestones in our children’s lives is high school graduation—it celebrates the end of one era of their lives, and the beginning of the next.
State bills to watch
“A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.” — George Bernard ShawLast week ended on a snowy, slushy note as the House convened to finish the third week of the session. We only have one more week to go before hitting the first of our deadline weeks, marking the point where all committee work for legislation originating in the House must be completed.
Federal government dysfunction
Dysfunction in the federal government and the “us vs. them” mentality has brought us close to the sequestration deadline. Resorting to these types of cuts is government at its worst.
Many federal jobs could be eliminated
With Congress facing sequestration like nearly every other federal agency, I conducted a top to bottom review of my office and eliminated seven full time positions over the past year while sending back more than $242,800 in office budget authority. While this has required doing more with less, we have succeeded in maintaining the same quality of constituent services and level of representation with a leaner team.
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