State Government



The defeat of the special interests

Throughout the past few weeks I have described the successful passage of Senate Bill 630 to stop governments such as cities and school districts from…



The most unscrupulous lobbying technique

Last week I described the abuse by which various area government entities have been designing construction specifications so as to limit competition and award a…


An example of legalized corruption

Almost one year ago, Senator Clark Jolley asked me to assist him in bringing an end to what appeared to be a practice of legalized…



The first real black Friday in Oklahoma

In past years I was the recipient of frustrated correspondence from the local constituency. Oklahoma residents were being denied access to Black Friday sale items…


It is time to modernize county government

Next month I will chair a legislative hearing convened to consider the training qualifications of county officials. The hearing was requested by State Representative Marty…



Where does all of the lottery money go

On multiple occasions, a member of the House District 31 constituency inquires about the impact upon common education of Oklahoma lottery proceeds. Many believed that…


Is anyone listening?

This year I have enjoyed membership in the rotation of presiding officers for the House of Representatives. The presiding officer of the House presides over…


The War on common sense

OSSAA provides case-in-point of legalism trumping common sense – > Consider this observation. An increase in the number of laws, policies, rules and procedures produces…




The 5:40 Waterloo Road Flash Mob

Many readers will instantly know the subject matter of this report simply by reading the title. These readers are part of the flash mob which…


Thwarting the laws of the market

It doesn’t take a new business owner long to realize the importance of a general liability insurance policy. The excitement over his first client may…


Another win for Oklahoma entrepreneurs‏

Readers of these articles are likely familiar with my optimism about Oklahoma’s future. Much of Oklahoma government contains a new wave of policy makers dedicated…



Becoming a national leader in transparency

Several years ago, I was told, the Senate debated making government information accessible on the internet. A very powerful state senator purportedly opposed the proposal…