Shaking down lobbyists

Back in February I wrote an article describing the influence of certain lobbyists over the legislative process. I wrote that lobbyists, ” . . . are professional relationship manipulation experts and expert strategists, and they know the pressure points to push to get a key lawmaker’s vote. Their attempts to kill a good bill appear […]

Disqualifying candidates based on occupation

I believe our nation’s founding fathers designed Congress to be made up of citizens from varied professions and occupations. This concept was applied to the legislatures of the several states, including Oklahoma. Legislators naturally tend to gravitate to the area of policy to which they are familiar and I enjoy watching the contributions made from […]

40 million dollars of savings and counting

Oklahoma taxpayers received some great news as part of a recently released report from Oklahoma State Chief Information Officer Alex Pettit. During the last legislative interim, the Government Modernization Committee was told the state’s information technology consolidation plan allowed taxpayer to realize 30 million dollars of savings each year. CIO Pettit’s latest report has upgraded […]

District 1: What have we been up to?

It is a practice in the District 1 office that employees document their activities each day as they return from various work sites. Not only does this documentation indicate that county employees have been working for you but the information has proven helpful in seeking reimbursement for emergency repairs through state and federal programs.

Hardening

You have heard of “hardening of the arteries”.  It is deadly.  The body no longer functions properly, the walls of the arteries thicken, harden.  They become narrow and blood flow is blocked.  It attacks the heart.  There is also hardening of the heart, hardening of the lungs, hardening of the liver. Each of these conditions […]

Chamber chat: Children’s Festival a success

The Children’s Festival went off very well considering the heat. It was hard to tell how many children attended this year since they didn’t require everyone to register. I do know they gave away 1100 hot dogs and 740 hamburgers. This year families were asked to register if they needed help with school supplies; 540 families […]

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