OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, August 15, 2017 – The Research Institute for Economic Development (RIED) has named Mark Williams as president succeeding Susan Winchester who resigned recently to become chief-of-staff to Lt. Governor Todd Lamb. Williams joins RIED after a 36-year career with AT&T Oklahoma, serving since 2010 as Director-Legislative Affairs where he led the AT&T Oklahoma external affairs team on legislative matters at the state Capitol. Williams joined Southwestern Bell Telephone Company, now AT&T, in 1981.

“I am excited to join RIED and to work with our outstanding officers and directors as we continue to produce Oklahoma’s pre-eminent analysis of legislative voting patterns on business, job creation and economic development issues,” Williams said.  “For the past 20 years, RIED has established a respected reputation at the state Capitol, with the annual ‘RIED Report’ commonly anticipated following the end of the legislative session.  RIED’s positive impact since its inception is illustrated by the fact that legislative advocacy for business, job creation and economic growth has improved from 32% in 1998 to over 60% in 2017.”

Greg Love, RIED board chairman said, “I want to express how pleased we are to have another accomplished individual fill the position of RIED president. Mark has been involved with the state legislature for many years, and we are very confident he will do great work in his new position. Lastly, the RIED board thanks Susan Winchester, and wishes her success in her new position with Lt. Governor Lamb.”

Williams presently serves as Chairman of the Board of the Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits and Chair-Elect of the Oklahoma City All Sports Association.  He is the past board chairman of the American Red Cross of Central Oklahoma, the Northwest Chamber of Commerce and the Oklahoma Baptist University Alumni Association.  He has, or is currently serving on the boards of the First Tee, Leadership Oklahoma, Youth Leadership Exchange, Sooner State Games and the Urban League of Greater Oklahoma City, where he is also a Life Member.

Williams is a native Oklahoman, receiving a B.A. in Economics from Oklahoma Baptist University and a J.D. from Oklahoma City University. He is married to Carol Cathey Williams and they have two daughters and five grandchildren.

Research Institute for Economic Development was founded in 1997 and is a non-partisan organization dedicated to promoting economic growth through the evaluation of business, job and economic growth issues considered annually by the Oklahoma Legislature. RIED does not lobby issues or endorse candidates.

R3publican: Racism in Virginia

BY IWB · AUGUST 13, 2017

by tsukeisawa

In the aftermath of the events in Virginia the mainstream media were united in their message. They uniformly asked how was it possible that in this day and age this many people were joining organizations advocating for the rights of whites? This was their attempt to push the blame on the tragedy on President Trump. The truth is the answer is much older than that. Trump has only been in power for around half a year after all. The media did stumble upon the answer and it is racism.


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Muskogee Politico: Lamb names 'Oklahoma Economic Diversification' advisory committee

Oklahoma Business Leaders to Support Efforts to Grow Oklahoma Exports

OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – August 14, 2017 – Republican gubernatorial candidate Todd Lamb announced today the formation of his Oklahoma Economic Diversification Committee. The group of Oklahoma business leaders will advise on issues to help diversify Oklahoma’s economy through greater worldwide trade.

“Growing and strengthening Oklahoma’s economy, both within our borders and beyond, is a central component of my Renew Oklahoma plan,” Lamb said. “To that end, I am pleased to announce that prominent Oklahoma business leader Chuck Mills will serve as chairman of my Oklahoma Economic Diversification Committee. Chuck is chairman of the OK District Export Council and president of Mills Machine Company, a third-generation manufacturer located in Shawnee. I am honored to have his business expertise, experience and counsel, as well as that of the other committee members as I pursue the governor’s office.”

Summer Travels Show the Need for Reciprocity

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Dear friend,

With Congress out of session and summer winding down, I spent a few days traveling through the Northeast with my family.

We traveled from Virginia up I-95 through Maryland, Delaware, New Jersey and New York City to attend a wedding in Connecticut, and then to the Adirondacks in upstate New York. 

But with each state we went through, besides the heinous traffic, there came different rules and regulations of how I can — or cannot — possess a firearm.

Even though I have a Virginia carry permit, my right to carry is not recognized in most northeastern states.

Unfortunately, this is the situation many gun owners face when they take a family road trip on summer vacations, and it highlights the need for concealed carry reciprocity. 

That’s why GOA made it a priority this year to get cosponsors and whip votes for H.R. 38, which would fix the concealed carry reciprocity mess.

And believe me, when we walk into a congressman’s office, they almost without exception mention that they’ve been hearing from GOA members in their district.

Even though there’s been a lot of resistance among congressional leaders, your hard work is starting to pay off.   

When Congress comes back into session this September, we expect H.R. 38 to move out of committee and to the floor for a vote in the House of Representatives.  

That’s great news for gun owners, but of course the other half of the battle is getting the bill through the Senate and overcoming a Chuck Schumer-led filibuster.

You’ll be hearing a lot more on that subject in future alerts.

Have you heard?

If you’re traveling in the final days of summer, I encourage you to listen to the second episode of GOA’s podcast, “Firing Back.”

In the first episode, GOA’s Erich Pratt and Remso W. Martinez exposed anti-gun hypocrites. That podcast soared to #55 on iTunes News & Politics in just the first twenty-fours. 

In the brand new second episode, Pratt and Martinez discuss the debate of where rights come from and uncover why the gun controllers want to mask the truth.

It’s available on SoundCloud, iTunes, YouTube, or the podcast platform of your choice.  

I hope you’ll check it out as it would make a great educational tool on a family road trip. 

You can also listen below!


John Velleco

Director of Operations
Gun Owners of America
Follow me on Twitter: @Velleco

PS: GOA is able to advance the Second Amendment through our podcast “Firing Back” and other methods because of the generous support of Patriot members. Become a Patriot member today

Jason Murphey: The Dastardly Art of Freshman Pawning

Much of the time and energy of this legislative session was consumed by the push to raise taxes, even if those taxes were unconstitutional.This push was led by a group of “increase taxes at all cost” ideologues who deployed an array of tactics and…

R3publicans: Americans Are Dying Younger, Saving Corporations Billions…

Life expectancy gains have stalled. The grim silver lining? Lower pension costs
Bloomberg reports:

Steady improvements in American life expectancy have stalled, and more Americans are dying at younger ages. But for companies straining under the burden of their pension obligations, the distressing trend could have a grim upside: If people don’t end up living as long as they were projected to just a few years ago, their employers ultimately won’t have to pay them as much in pension and other lifelong retirement benefits.


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R3publican: Yes Congress, Afghanistan is Your Vietnam

Does any member have the courage and vision to take responsibility?

By ANDREW J. BACEVICHAugust 11, 2017

20th Century “Angel of Mercy.” D. R. Howe (Glencoe, MN) treats the wounds of Private First Class D. A. Crum (New Brighton, PA), “H” Company, 2nd Battalion, Fifth Marine Regiment, during Operation Hue City, Vietnam, 1968. (Public Domain/USMC)

Just shy of fifty years ago on November 7, 1967, the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, chaired by J. William Fulbright, Democrat of Arkansas, met in executive session to assess the progress of the ongoing Vietnam War. Secretary of State Dean Rusk was the sole witness invited to testify. Even today, the transcript of Rusk’s remarks and the subsequent exchange with committee members make for depressing reading.

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