Losing a kindred spirit

Losing a kindred spirit

I remember that day in 2009 as one of those busy days in which I struggled to keep up with work. I was almost certainly tempted to direct my legislative assistant to refuse all visitors so that I could get my work done; however, I didn’t feel right about doing that and instead said, “If […]

Fantastic news for the taxpayer

Fantastic news for the taxpayer

It is perhaps the best news from this legislative year and a reform for which legislative and state leaders should rightly take credit. It could represent the key turning point in a return to ethical governance and restore a balance in favor of Oklahoma taxpayers and away from special interests.

Opening the door to the golden cage

Opening the door to the golden cage

It’s a program so effective that other states are seeking to copy it. It was featured on the local news last week as News 9’s Alex Cameron took his cameras inside the headquarters of Oklahoma’s new, unified IT entity. Cameron’s story, entitled “Keeping the State of Oklahoma Secure Against a Cyber Attack,” captured footage from […]

Unnecessary Government spending does not mean better service

Unnecessary Government spending does not mean better service

Imagine the following absurdity: a business owner divides his business into 140 different divisions and gives the head of each division control over a free-standing legal, information technology, financial service, human resource and public relations department. Is this hard to imagine? It should be, because in the business world, these functions are consolidated and shared […]

Absolute power

Absolute power

During the last fifteen months I have mostly resisted the temptation to write about my feelings regarding the current state of transparency in the Oklahoma House of Representatives. This may seem perplexing to my regular readers because up until March of 2014, I frequently wrote about the deliberative but systematic transformation of the House away […]

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