Rep. Murphey: The Great Armageddon Tour of 2017

Rep. Murphey: The Great Armageddon Tour of 2017

This year’s legislative session was dominated by a group of “raise taxes at all costs” ideologues who deployed aggressive strategies to advance an array of principle-betraying tax and fee increases upon the people of Oklahoma. Last week I wrote in some detail about the strategy of freshman pawning: a technique for getting new legislators to […]

Rep. Murphey: From the best of years to the worst of years — Part 3

Rep. Murphey: From the best of years to the worst of years — Part 3

It was the speech that officially launched a new and dangerous ideology: do whatever it takes to raise taxes — even it it means ignoring the Constitution. In February, the Governor addressed the Legislature and called for an array of new and increased taxes. The Governor demonstrated savvy political sophistication and a modicum of Republican […]

Senate Minutes with AJ Griffin

Senate Minutes with AJ Griffin

This month I served on a panel for the Oklahoma Early Childhood Coalition Summit.  We heard from experts who talked about how an “adverse childhood experience” (ACE) such as abuse, neglect, divorce, parental incarceration and poverty or witnessing domestic abuse or substance abuse can hinder children in school.  Unfortunately, Oklahoma has one of the highest […]

Rep. Murphey: From the best of years to the worst of years – part two

Rep. Murphey: From the best of years to the worst of years – part two

In last week’s article I described my initial optimism for this year’s legislative session and detailed the opportunities afforded to this year’s legislature. I explained my initial belief that a new generation of legislative leaders were coming into leadership who understood the need for reform. My early optimism appeared justified. Appropriations officials held substantive and […]

Sen. Griffin honored for 100 percent support of legislation for agriculture, rural Oklahoma

Sen. Griffin honored for 100 percent support of legislation for agriculture, rural Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Farm Bureau (OKFB) is applauding lawmakers who are now a part of their 100 Percent Club for voting in favor of key legislation important to farmers, ranchers and rural Oklahoma during the 2017 session.  Sen. AJ Griffin, who is chair of the Senate’s Rural Caucus, is among those being recognized by the organization […]

Rep. Murphey: The ongoing disintegration of transparency in the Oklahoma Legislature

Rep. Murphey: The ongoing disintegration of transparency in the Oklahoma Legislature

As this year’s legislative session drew to a close, legislators commenced a rapid fire process of throwing out various tax increase proposals in an apparent attempt to see what they could get before those impacted by the new taxes could engage. This made an absolute mockery of any semblance of transparency in the legislative process.

Rep. Pfeiffer and others praise Pruitt for helping repeal Water of U.S. Rule

Rep. Pfeiffer and others praise Pruitt for helping repeal Water of U.S. Rule

OKLAHOMA CITY – Representatives Scott Biggs, John Pfeiffer and Casey Murdock today issued a joint statement praising former Oklahoma Attorney General and current U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (APA) Administrator Scott Pruitt on his help to rescind the Clean Water Rule of 2015, also known as Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS). During a Senate Appropriations hearing […]

Senate Minutes with Senator AJ Griffin

Senate Minutes with Senator AJ Griffin

If you are not familiar with the legislative process, you may not know that there are actually several different kinds of legislation filed each session. For example a bill is a proposed new law or a proposed current law to be presented to the Legislature for consideration. There are other kinds of legislation besides bills […]

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