Sooner Politics

The State Spending That We Can't Live Without?

  Gov. Fallin wanted us to pay $2 billion more in taxes. The Budget Chairs tried to push at least half of that, but in the end got most of a billion more of our next year’s income.  The legislators all went home. The documents all went to the governor’s office. Thinktanks on the left and right are consulting attorneys for an inevitable court fight over the highly questionable decisions of the Republican leadership. ​Total Spent   &nbsp […]

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A Failed Session? Will The Courts Negate The Taxes?

A Constitutional Crisis has now arrived. The Legislative leaders did the unthinkable. They blatantly raised taxes several times and in several ways that the constitution strictly forbids.  Today, the session has adjourned ‘sine die’ [latin for “with no appointed date for resumption”] . Tax Week Failures   When the two chambers failed to legally pass enough revenue increases before last Monday morning, to pacify the state’s appetite; The […]

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The Looming Supreme Court Ruling On Revenue Bills

  The legislative leaders and governor are acting willfully delusional. They have this notion that as long as they don’t utter the dreaded ‘t’ word (tax), then they can pass any revenue bill at any time and with only a mere majority of  the yeas & nays.  About 25 years ago, the people of Oklahoma did an end-run around our own arrogant legislature by passing a citizen initiative ballot question. The result w […]

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House Leadership Still 'Twists Arms' With Proficiency

A seriously flawed revenue bill just passed the House with barely a majority. Several Republicans opposed it, as did all the Democrats. But the last 3 supporters seem to have been cajoled by some unusual techniques we aren’t allowed to view in the chamber’s webcasts.  When only the rollcall screen is visible, and all microphones are silenced, the presiding officer seemed to stay silent and leave the voting open.  That’s when Representatives Michael Rog […]

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  The Republican Platform Caucus is now donning red ties in solidarity with Republican platform principles, for the remainder of this session.An internal memo went out this morning… ” It needs to be Red for ‘no’ on taxes! Red for ‘REAL Republicans’!   Yes, others may wear red ties. But those who have previously aligned with the Platform Caucus are stating that they know what it means to be a Republican and they urge […]

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The Budget 'We Must Vote For, To Know What's In It'

  After 11pm, last night; The appointed select members of JCAB were given copies of the massive new proposed state budget. Within a few minutes they were required to vote.  This document is the product of a 3-member group. The Governor, and the two Budget Chairs of the House & Senate.  Their disregard for openness and impatience with scrutiny are going to be legendary, in Oklahoma history.  Today, the House leadership will likely fac […]

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  This morning’s House vote on Gross Production Tax had a few curious vote flippers. The measure was deemed by the Majority Floor Leader to “not be a revenue increase bill” (even though it clearly was written for just that reason). At any rate, the Republican caucus members were told that a simple majority vote would send the measure to the Senate, and then the Governor.  The bill had 54 supporters, but with about 3 […]

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Pork Politicians Revealed: Addicted To Swag

House Committee rejects bill to cut spending on non-essential trinkets and swag Feature, by Jamison Faught, of Muskogee Politico –  Late last night, (just before midnight) the House Joint Committee on Appropriations & Budget (JCAB) rejected a measure designed to cut non-essential agency spending on promotional items and other trinkets (the “anti-swag” bill).  Presented by Rep. George Faught (R-Muskogee), the bill…

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