House District 31 Republican candidates Garry Mize and Rod Baker speak in Logan County for the race to the Capitol.
Republican Candidates for Logan and Payne County District Attorney Laura Austin Thomas and Jill Ochs Tontz share their thoughts on the race for district attorney.
State Labor Commissioner candidates Leslie Osborn and Cathy Costello speak in Logan County for the race to the Capitol.
Oklahoma Republican candidates Cindy Byrd and Charlie Prater met in Logan County on March 10 for a meet and greet and to discuss their plans for the office of the Oklahoma State Auditor.
Oklahoma Republican candidates Bob Anthony and Brian Bingman met in Logan County on March 10 for a meet and greet and to discuss their plans for Oklahoma Corporation Commissioner.
Small businessman and community banker Chuck Hall announced today he is running for the open state senate seat being vacated by Guthrie Republican AJ Griffin.
I have long articulated the following view: the legal scheme of Oklahoma county-level governance is antiquated and better situated to the 1800s when political bosses directly controlled the reins of government and merged policy and government operations into a toxic outcome of political patronage and corruption.
Those who have read these articles during the past year will know that I have regularly opposed the many ongoing tax increase proposals because they will provide cover for the waste and abuse of already-collected billions taxpayer dollars.
On a cold, wintery day in January 2004, my family and I drove to the north side of Marshall, Oklahoma where I solicited the support of my first voter for the office of State Representative. It would be the first of thousands of such visits over the course of the next eight months.
It was deja-vous. A few days ago, the State Purchasing Director attempted to walk the Government Modernization Committee through the ins and outs of state government purchasing policy. His unenviable task faced two primary challenges: capturing the attention of legislators for what at first glance appears to be an extremely dry (though important) subject matter, […]
Voting on legislation is the singular most important part of the state representative’s job and in that role, I have endeavored to cast the approximate 1,000 yearly votes according to a set of clear and consistent criteria.
Consider the following statement one might hear if they stay around the capitol very long: “If there is one consistent thing about that legislator, it is that he is consistently inconsistent!”
I have enjoyed the opportunity to observe the leadership of six different Speakers of the House. It’s said to be the most powerful position in all of Oklahoma government; stronger in influence than even the Governor. Based on careful observation over the years, I have attempted to learn all I can about the strengths and […]
I have frequently expressed my view of the inappropriate influence of lobbyists over the legislative process.
I once watched, “The Best Government Money Can Buy,” a documentary that details the considerable influence of lobbyists over the development and implementation of policy.
It is the time of year when legislators file legislation for the next session. Every so often I feel it important to write an article which describes the process by which a bill becomes law.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Rep. Mike Ritze, R-Broken Arrow, has requested Oklahoma House staff to draft legislation designed to limit the amount of tax dollars spent on the salaries of statewide elected officials, agency heads, and other highly compensated governmental employees.
Here is an antiquated House procedure that should be corrected: members of the House of Representatives vote on key legislation during a limited two-minute time frame.
Every so often, I field this question from those who are interested in state government: “How can I see state finances?”
Here’s some encouraging news: notwithstanding this year’s repeated ferocious attack by the Legislature upon the wallet of Oklahoma taxpayers, there is hope for the future.