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OHP, Loveless comment on ERAD card reader usage

Civil asset forfeiture has been a brewing controversy over the past few years, both in Oklahoma and across the nation.

What is civil asset forfeiture? Here’s an explanation from the Cato Institute:

Under state and federal law, police departments can seize and keep property that is suspected of involvement in criminal activity. Unlike criminal asset forfeiture, however, with civil forfeiture, a property owner need not be found guilty of a crime—or even charged—to permanently lose her cash, car, home, or other property.

Oklahoma is widely recognized as a state with many abuses in the civil asset forfeiture practice.

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Family Research Council endorses Bridenstine for re-election

The Family Research Council has endorsed Rep. Jim Bridenstine for Congress in Oklahoma’s First Congressional District.  FRC Action released this letter today:

FRC Action Letter:

On behalf of FRC Action PAC, the political action committee connected with Family Research Council Action, I am pleased to endorse you in the race for re-election to the United States Congress in the 1st District Congressional District of the state of Oklahoma.

These are challenging times. Our nation is looking for leaders who are committed to addressing important political issues head-on. From observing your work on Capitol Hill, speaking with those who know you, and evaluating your record as a legislator, we believe you will continue to be such a leader in the United States Congress.

Your record of voting to repeal Obamacare, to defend religious liberty, to ensure the American people are not forced to subsidize elective abortion, and to end taxpayers’ government-mandated partnership with Planned Parenthood make you a candidate who stands for the most fundamental freedoms of Americans.

By your condemnation of executive overreach into school bathrooms, and your co-sponsorship of the First Amendment Defense Act, you have proven you will continue to defend the Constitution and the rule of law. You understand that Big Government is not the answer to America’s challenges, and have supported reigning in an intrusive government bureaucracy. We commend your commitment to our First Amendment liberties, the right of conscience, and our freedom to live out our beliefs.

FRC Action PAC is confident that you will continue to advocate for limited government and strong family values. We are pleased to offer our endorsement, and will encourage those who care about the future of our nation and our freedoms to support you as well.

Sincerely,

Lt. Gen. (US Army-Ret.) Jerry Boykin

Executive Vice President

Family Research Council Action PAC

MMA doesn’t need boxing’s regulations
by Brian McNicoll

Wouldn’t it be terrific if the federal government did for mixed martial arts what it has done for boxing?, said no one ever.

Actually, there is a guy — a former mixed martial arts fighter at that. His name is U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Westville.

Mullin wants to bring mixed martial arts under the Muhammad Ali Boxing Reform Act of 2000 because he claims, as most fighters do at some point, that “it’s slanted toward promoters.” Better, he says, that the federal government come in and make mixed martial arts as ethical and fair and transparent as boxing by imposing rules on MMA that boxing summarily ignores.

Mullin’s beef seems to be that boxers have the right to look at the books. Boxing promoters routinely ignore this rule, and it’s not terribly likely the information would be accurate if they did provide it.

There is a lawsuit in federal court in Nevada on the same issue, and the Arizona-based lawyer behind it is among the big advocates for putting MMA under the same regulations as boxing.

The UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship) is the leading mixed martial arts promotion company. It was virtually bankrupt when the current owners took over in 2001, but this year it will promote more than 500 athletes in 42 events and broadcast in 150 countries to more than 1 billion households. It’s widely credited with making MMA the fastest-growing spectator sport in the world.

UFC says its fighters are among the highest-paid in the business and that those who want to see the books on pay-per-view deals routinely negotiate that into their contracts.

It takes serious issue with Mullin’s contention that UFC “had not established credible and objective criteria to rate professional boxers. … That ratings are susceptible to manipulation, have deprived boxers of fair opportunities for advancement, and have undermined public confidence in the integrity of the sport.”

This is laughable on a number of levels. First, UFC is putting on a show here. It should be able to match up its fighters as it sees fit. If it rigs the matches, fans will walk away. And it cannot be seriously argued these regulations have produced credible rankings nor at all inspired confidence in boxing.

Besides, boxing is a matter for state regulation, and neither states nor Washington, D.C., ought to be designing rankings procedures for fighters.

How exactly does government determine a rating system to be fair? Will we set up a board to review controversial decisions? Who sits on it? Why not let fans be the arbiter? They’re the ones who care.

This bill looks like the handiwork of unions and lawyers. It calls in the feds to lay the groundwork for lawsuits and insinuate themselves into negotiations between employers and employees. That’s to be expected of unions and trial lawyers. It is not expected from a congressman from the party of limited government.

One hopes Congress will find better things to do with its time than get involved in this.

McNicoll is a columnist based in Washington, D.C. He has worked for The Heritage Foundation, Competitive Enterprise Institute and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.

From the Muskogee County Young Republicans:We are having our inaugural meeting of the newly reformed YR Chapter here in Muskogee County. We have a lot to do, including the election of a full slate of officers, setting a permanent day of each month for …

Horowitz: Fallin named co-chair of RNC Platform Committee as reward for betrayal


Liberal Mary Fallin Appointed Co-Chair of RNC Platform Committee

Here is an anecdote that perfectly exemplifies the state of play within the modern day Republican Party.

Oklahoma is easily among the most conservative states, if not THE most conservative state, in the country.  Yet, because we live under a political oligarchy, the most conservative state cannot even stop the most extreme leftist concepts, namely, that men are women too.

Liberty Counsel blasts Fallin’s veto of pro-life bill


Governor Fallin’s Despicable Betrayal

OKLAHOMA CITY — [On May 20th] Governor Mary Fallin vetoed SB 1552 which would allow for the revocation of medical licenses for doctors who perform abortions after viability. The measure has an exception to save the life of the mother. The Oklahoma Senate passed the bill yesterday 33-12.

SB 1552 was authored by Sen. Nathan Dahm. Yet this legislation was initiated by a local pastor, Paul Blair, with the support and guidance of Liberty Counsel. Mat Staver met with the Attorney General, Governor Fallin and members of the House and  the Senate to discuss the proposed bill late last year. The governor approved the bill and gave her assurance she was behind it…

Map: Voter Affiliation Changes in March

When I asked the state election board for information on Libertarian Party registration (see my post this morning), I also asked to if they tracked how many voters switched from one party to another. They were kind enough to send me that as w…

Phipps: Lefties calling Oklahoma ‘backwards’ is music to my ears

Fellow Oklahoma blogger Charles Phipps of OKPolitechs wrote a great post that I had to share (read the full article here):


Is Oklahoma a ‘Backwards’ State? 

Legislative sessions in Oklahoma are usually rife with contention, last-minute budget deals and unconventional bills and this year has certainly been no exception.  With this year’s budget still being a huge question mark, cuts are already happening and many departments have already begun trimming staff.  Medicaid, the earned income tax credit  and education funding are issues making the news, along with non-budgetary items including abortions and school restrooms.  Yes, restrooms.

Put it all together with a few other things and it’s apparently enough that some have labeled Oklahoma a ‘backwards’ state.  A national laughingstock. An embarrassment.  I have probably seen more negative articles and comments about Oklahoma and our legislature this year than any other.  

Is any of it justified?  Is Oklahoma really a ‘backwards’ state?

Read Phipps’ answer and the rest of his great article here.