Police Chief Stephen Mills of Lindsay, Oklahoma, spoke at CPAC this morning on the topic of Civil Asset Forfeiture. Here’s his speech:Here’s his bio/resume from CPAC. Chief Mills occasionally writes opinion pieces on his Facebook page here.
The Muskogee County Republican Party is accepting scholarship applications from graduating high school seniors residing in Muskogee County. Over the years, the MCRP has bestowed at least 30 area students this monetary award, including six in 2016. Several $500 scholarships will be given to students who meet the following criteria:
Tulsa, Okla. (Feb. 22, 2017)– Attorney, business owner and committed conservative, Robert Aery today announced his candidacy for State Chair of the Oklahoma Republican Party. Aery’s resume brings a depth of experience in all aspects of Oklahoma politics to the race.
“I am looking forward to traversing the state, meeting fellow conservatives and discussing my vision for the future of the OKGOP,” Aery said. “Voters across Oklahoma have given members of our party vast legislative majorities and every statewide elected office. It is now critically important to not only build a strong state party operation that will be necessary to defend our gains in 2018, but to also begin the essential work of creating a long-term party infrastructure that will ensure conservative victories for future generations of Oklahoma Republicans.”
There is an impending tax frenzy on everything from babysitting to Netflix. Gasoline, soft drinks, foot surgery, even funeral services will be taxed under the new plan proposed by Governor Fallin. All in all, $2 billion in new taxes are being proposed. This approach is not just misguided, it’s unfair.
View the itemized list of tax increases HERE.
While the state is busy handing out money to special-interests our budget deficit has grown to a whopping $870 million. We are calling on legislators to cut wasteful programs and ensure taxpayer dollars are spent wisely before they consider the tax frenzy that will take more money out of Oklahomans’ wallets.
Many of the tax hikes will be especially tough on hard-working Oklahoma families. If you are sick of seeing your bring-home income go down as your taxes go up it is time to act! Contact your legislator here and tell them to oppose the tax frenzy.
OKLAHOMA CITY- Opposition continues to grow in the State Capitol over Gov. Mary Fallin’s proposed $1.7 billion sales tax expansion, with 13 legislators adding their names in opposition. 27 legislators are now publicly on the record against the Fallin sales tax hike.
In her State of the State address, Governor Fallin presented a plan that would tax 164 different categories of services provided by Oklahoma small businesses and entrepreneurs. By the governor’s own estimate, this would result in a tax hike of more than $1.7 Billion.
“We have been elected to represent our constituents and make the hard choices necessary to run state government. Their voice is loud and clear: no new taxes,” said State Rep. George Faught, R-Muskogee. “I’m proud to stand with my fellow legislators in the fight to protect Oklahomans from higher taxes.”
“This would be the largest tax increase in Oklahoma since at least 1985,” said State Rep. Dustin Roberts, R-Durant. “Expanding or raising the sales tax is absolutely the wrong idea.”
“Oklahoma families and small businesses are taxed enough already,” said State Sen. Julie Daniels, R-Bartlesville. “I am completely against this tax increase.”
“Oklahoma voters have already said that they don’t want more sales taxes,” said State Sen. Micheal Bergstrom, R-Adair. “We have to acknowledge their wishes and look elsewhere for the solution, even if it is a tough choice.”
“This massive tax increase would have a terrible impact on Oklahoma families, especially considering the weakness of our current economy,” said State Rep. Jeff Coody, R-Grandfield. “Let’s not punish consumers and small businesses by burdening them with more taxes.”
Citing their fundamental disagreements with Gov. Fallin’s proposed tax hike, the following conservative legislators pledged to do what they can to stop this tax increase from becoming law:
State Rep. John Bennett (R-Sallisaw)
State Rep. David Brumbaugh (R-Broken Arrow)
State Rep. Kevin Calvey (R-Oklahoma City)
State Rep. Bobby Cleveland (R-Slaughterville)
State Rep. George Faught (R-Muskogee)
State Rep. Kevin McDugle (R-Broken Arrow)
State Rep. Lewis Moore (R-Edmond)
State Rep. Mike Ritze (R-Broken Arrow)
State Rep. Chuck Strohm (R-Jenks)
NEW: State Rep. Rande Worthen (R-Lawton)
NEW: State Rep. Dustin Roberts (R-Durant)
NEW: State Rep. Scott McEachin (R-Tulsa)
NEW: State Rep. John Enns (R-Enid)
NEW: State Rep. Dale Derby (R- Owasso)
NEW: State Rep. Casey Murdock (R-Felt)
NEW: State Rep. Scooter Park (R-Devol)
NEW: State Rep. Jeff Coody (R-Grandfield)
State Sen. Mark Allen (R-Spiro)
State Sen. Nathan Dahm (R-Broken Arrow)
State Sen. James Leewright (R-Bristow)
State Sen. Marty Quinn (R-Claremore)
State Sen. Anthony Sykes (R-Moore)
NEW: State Sen. Micheal Bergstrom (R-Adair)
NEW: State Sen. Julie Daniels (R-Bartlesville)
NEW: State Sen. Bill Brown (R-Broken Arrow)
NEW: State Sen. Ralph Shortey (R-Oklahoma City)
NEW: State Sen. Joseph Silk (R-Broken Bow)
Across Oklahoma, many citizens are undoubtedly grateful that numerous state lawmakers have expressed a desire for state government to become more efficient with the tax dollars already taken from Oklahomans, as opposed to further increasing their constituents’ taxes.
In order to help close the budget gap for Oklahoma’s state government, the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs proposes the following 13 ideas. These are the FIRST STEPS state lawmakers should consider taking before tax increases on working Oklahoma families and entrepreneurs are even considered.
Tulsa, OK, February 21, 2017– Former Reagan-appointed U.S. Attorney and small business owner Gary Richardson has announced the formation of his exploratory committee for Governor of Oklahoma.
“The current budget crisis in Oklahoma proves to me that Oklahoma isn’t a poor state but a state run poorly.” said Richardson. “It’s important that the people of Oklahoma have a Governor who will make the right decisions to get our state out of this budget crisis without raising taxes.”
Richardson shared the next steps of his exploratory committee. “In the following months, I will travel across the state to visit with Oklahomans and listen to their concerns about taxes, education, and the economy of our state,” said Richardson. “Oklahomans know what is best for our state. It’s time their leaders heed their concerns.”
From TheOkie – Tulsa County GOP Chairman Mike Ford sent this email out:
Today, Lt. Governor Todd Lamb announced his resignation from Governor Fallin’s cabinet, making the following statement:
“Governor Fallin deserves to have someone in her cabinet who can be a strong advocate for her agenda, and that is something I am unwilling to do. While I respect the determination with which Governor Fallin met her obligation to present a balanced budget to the legislature, I cannot support her proposed tax increases. This proposal will adversely harm Oklahoma’s small businesses and families, especially those in our service industry. While Governor Fallin and I have disagreed on issues from time-to-time, our differences on this important topic are so significant they preclude me from continuing to serve on her cabinet.”