On November 14, I will take the oath of office for the next term of the Legislature. I have now served six years as your State Representative and I am at the halfway point of the time I am allowed to serve under Oklahoma’s term limits laws. In reflecting on the past six years, I […]
Hello! Guthrie has lots of exciting things going on this weekend! The Oklahoma International Bluegrass Festival begins Thursday and ends with a 9p.m. concert Saturday evening starring Vince Gill! For more information go to their website at www.oibf.com. Saturday is the beginning of the Guthrie Escape Art, Wine & Music Festival which ends on Sunday […]
Since my last article, I’ve seen the best and worst education has to offer. Let me start with the best, which is the Guthrie homecoming. Words can’t describe the loyalty exhibited at the Friday morning alumni assembly. This is yet another item our community should find as a source of pride. Homecoming is much more […]
When a lawmaker decides to accept lobbyist gifts, he enters into a type of welfare system. Like all welfare systems, this tends to destroy the independence of the human spirit and makes the lawmaker dependent on the largess of others. Certainly not all lawmakers who take gifts lose their independence, but the practice of frequently […]
This update has two items that citizens may find of interest: a solid waste grant and an upcoming I-35 detour at Seward Rd.
The Oklahoma Dept. of Wildlife Conservation Expo is this weekend at the Lazy E Arena. It’s Free for the whole family, with over 150 hands on activities. There will be archery, fishing, shooting, kayaks, bird watching, wild game samples, mountain bikes, ATV’s and more!
We frequently receive calls at the commissioners’ office about whether there are zoning regulations, building codes and occupancy permits required within Logan County.
Once upon a time, I worked at a place where the computers didn’t work very well. Max, the computer network engineer, was every bit of the parody for a computer network person that you see on SNL. Every bit.
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 […]
We get some pretty interesting calls at the District 1 shop, including one I received this week. It was about a turkey with its head stuck in a fence by a well.
While a primary role of the Board of County Commissioners is to serve as the main administrative body for the county, setting policies and making fiscal decisions, our duties also involve road and bridge maintenance and responding to the public. Some of the most common questions we receive on a regular basis include the following:
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 […]
Last month I pledged to you to identify in this column what I’ve found to be items valued by our community. With that in mind, I should mention that I am a strong proponent of extra-curricular activities as they extend the school experience past the last bell and often into the evening. This extension of […]
The issue of pork earmarks or legislative pass-throughs has received a bit of public scrutiny within the past few weeks after the Oklahoma Council on Public Affairs, an Oklahoma City television station, and one of the state’s largest newspapers investigated and criticized the ongoing practice.
Imagine the challenge faced by the citizen who feels the call to become civically involved and hold government accountable only to be denied access to transparency records to which he is legally entitled. Or put yourself in the place of the conscientious journalist who has been trained to do the necessary research to present a […]
KOCO TV wanted to know what makes our town so special so we told them. Last month I submitted five pages full of things that make Guthrie so great in response to their On the Road “Helping Hands Tour”. This past week I heard back from them saying we were one of the five towns chosen! […]
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 […]
Last week I described the future model of higher education as being mostly free to use. This begs the obvious question. Who will pay for this education? After all, nothing is really free.
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.
Here are a few highlights of what we are doing to promote Guthrie for the rest of the year and into 2013. We have a tile ad on the front page of the Central Oklahoma Tourism website from this past July through June of 2013. Every month the ad will be different and geared towards […]