Those taking part in Tuesday evening's dinner at the Governor's Mansion pose for a picture. Back row, from left, former Governors George Nigh and Frank Keating, former First Lady Kim Henry and former Governor Brad Henry, and former Governors David Walters and David Boren. Front row, from left, former first ladies Donna Nigh and Cathy Keating, First Gentleman Wade Christensen, Governor Mary Fallin, and former first ladies Rhonda Walters and Molly Shi Boren. Photo by Travis Caperton, LSB photographer
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin and First Gentleman Wade Christensen welcomed home five of Oklahoma’s former governors to their former official residence.
The New Year has arrived, which means many Oklahomans have made resolutions and personal goals for themselves for 2016. Include me among them. I’m working on goals for the upcoming legislative session, and in next month’s column I’ll outline some of my plans for the state. But for now I’d like to go over just […]
I was recently asked about my point of view regarding term limits. It’s was a timely question as I am likely to file a proposal within the next few weeks designed to term limit Supreme Court Justices. In response to the question, I sent this description of how term limits has played an important role […]
In a 2007 committee hearing, legislators received an important report containing cost-saving recommendations. One notable recommendation suggested that “tremendous ongoing savings” would be realized if higher education entities, including the University of Oklahoma, would collaborate with each other and state agencies in purchasing activities.
Last week I wrote about how this is the time of year when legislators start to shore up their list of legislation for the next session. It’s a great time to remind your elected official of that bill idea you once gave to them.
I have always believed that citizens are the best positioned to hold government accountable. Unlike legislators, citizens are not subject to co-option by bureaucracy, unlike the press, they need not fear loss of access if they take a tough stand against the actions of government.
Statewide, there were 109 quakes in 2013 that were measured at a magnitude of 3 or higher. In 2014, that number was 585. According to the office of the Secretary of Energy and Environment, the pace of earthquake activity in Oklahoma has definitely accelerated this year. The current average rate is approximately 600 times historical […]
It has long been theorized that the wars of the future will not be fought on the battlefield or at sea but instead will be through computerized device. That future has arrived. Each and every day our nation and its IT assets are under assault from foreign nation states.
Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women Announces 2015-2016 Officers
OKLAHOMA CITY — The Oklahoma Commission on the Status of Women (OCSW) recently presented the 2015 Guardian Award to Sen. AJ Griffin, of Guthrie, at the Oklahoma State Capitol and elected its 2015 officers. Sen. Griffin was recognized for her legislative measures and efforts advocating for Oklahoma women and families. Each year, the Guardian Award […]
OKLAHOMA CITY – State Representative Jason Murphey (R-Guthrie) made sure that he was representing House District 31 citizens by being present to vote in 872 out of 878 roll call votes or 99.3% of the time during the recently concluded 2015 legislative session. During the nine-year time frame since being elected to office, Murphey voted […]
Congressman Frank Lucas will hold a public town meeting on Wednesday, May 27 at 9 a.m. in the meeting room at the Guthrie Public Library (201 N. Division St). This is an opportunity to hear from Congressman Lucas his opinions about decisions being made in Washington D.C. The public is encouraged to attend the town meeting.
Local officials are struggling to deal with the millions in damages upon roads as a result of this weekend’s unprecedented rain and flooding. It’s ironic for these events to occur just as they and many of us in the Legislature are coming to grips with the unexpected 180 degree reversal of state leaders in regards […]
OKLAHOMA CITY – The primary organization responsible for raising awareness and educating about issues related to women and girls is hosting a statewide meeting Wednesday, June 4, 2015. The Oklahoma Women’s Coalition’s Annual Meeting & Celebration will be held from 4 – 5:30 p.m. at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation, 825 NE 13th Street, Oklahoma […]
It’s no secret, traffic in southern Logan County is at an all-time high. With more and more vehicles on the roads, Waterloo Road is one of several roads that has seen better days. With a grassroots effort, help appears to be on the way. Potholes and cracks can be seen up and down Waterloo Road on both sides. The north side of the dividing line […]
I recently received an encouraging email that brought back memories from my time as a city councilman. This email came from a group that petitioned the City for a zoning change years ago. It reads, “… wanted to reach out to you because of your support when we presented the request to the Guthrie City […]
Calling it a victory for Oklahoma children in rural communities, State Sen. AJ Griffin said she was pleased that Gov. Mary Fallin had signed legislation into law to better protect kids throughout the state from sexual predators.