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State Rep. Tom Newell announces resignation

OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Tom Newell announced his resignation from the House of Representatives today.

Newell delivered his resignation letter to Gov. Mary Fallin showing an effective date of Dec. 31, 2016. Fallin will call for a special election within 30 days to fill the seat for Oklahoma House District 28, which covers Seminole County and the northern portion of Pottawatomie County in east central Oklahoma.

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Why the Electoral College?  Because State and Regional Diversity Matters. (updated)

Where you live, your day-to-day experiences gained through interacting with your physical environment, influence your political viewpoint. The Founders realized this. When the Electoral College was born through compromise in 1787, each former-colony-turned-state had a unique history and perspective giving rise to significant political differences between it and its neighbors. The Founders had to resolve […]

Why the Electoral College?  Because State and Regional Diversity Matters.

Where you live, your day-to-day experiences gained through interacting with your physical environment, influence your political viewpoint. The Founders realized this. When the Electoral College was born through compromise in 1787, each former-colony-turned-state had a unique history and perspective giving rise to significant political differences between it and its neighbors. The Founders had to resolve […]

CATO: Oklahoma Ranks 2nd In Freedom

​The message of freedom has been religated to ambiguity by an ever-increasing growth in government. We so often exchange our freedom for a vage promis of security or increased convenience. This is demonstrated by misnamed legislation like “the patriot act” or “affordable care act”/Ben Franklin once wisely said;”Those who would exchange essentialfreedom for temporary security,deserve neither freedom nor security.”The 2016 edi […]

Editorial: The Elusive "Fair Share"

  The Progressives in America have learned to avoid being pinned down to hard numbers and specified limits. They use stump rhetoric, but never go on the record to define what they will be satisfied with.  This is especially true about confiscating personal property of productive citizens. The class warfare specialists on the left will never actually state the goal they are driving toward. the simply spout the tired old i […]

CATO Institute Prescribes Reforms For Oklahoma's Freedom

  The Liberty think tank, CATO Institute, recently released an in depth study of all 50 states and prescribed reforms for each state. Oklahoma ranks high, but just a few more reforms could result in leading the nation in personal & economic freedom. Oklahoma now ranks 3rd, as of 2014 comparisons. Among the Policy Recommendations are:Fiscal: Reduce the government payroll, and cut spending in areas well out of line with na […]

Without A Balanced Budget, USA Becomes Greece Very Soon

To the Greek Socialist, “Why even have a government, if there’s no redistribution of wealth?”But Margaret Thatcher’s prophetic words were never more true than today;”The problem with socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.”   The European union seems content to let Greece suffer a while longer in their socialist utopia. The nation is flooded out by debt and has been asking for global bailouts for nearly 7 years.  What se […]

Incumbent Politicians Face Tough Scrutiny

With just weeks to go before the Oklahoma primary elections, several civic and political activists are beginning to score the incumbents’ voting records and other objective criteria related to their political duties.

Legislative Scorecards

  There are several groups actively compiling these indices.

  • The Oklahoma Constitution has been publishing since the late 70s. Their Conservative Index is the most established such index in continuous publication. The scoring is based upon a balance combination of tax, freedom, moral, & cultural factors.They will go to print soon with their 2016 Index.
  • Sooner Tea Party Rino Index. This group has published more recently on several factors including tax & freedom.
  • OCPA Impact Scorecard focuses on how Oklahoma state legislators voted on key bills related to issues of economic freedom, free enterprise, individual opportunity, limited state government and federalism.
  • OK2A Score. Legislators are graded A-F, based on their voting record for bills relating to the second amendment.
  • RIED Report. Legislators were scored based on their voting record for bills dealing with business, industry, job creation and economic growth issues deemed important by the private sector.
  • RIED Report. Legislators were scored based on their voting record for bills dealing with business, industry, job creation and economic growth issues deemed important by the private sector.

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