Jason Murphey

Jason Murphey is a State Representative for Oklahoma HD31. He represents South Logan County, North Edmond, Deer Creek and Guthrie. Murphey is a leader in the effort to reduce the size of state government. Because he refuses gifts and campaign contributions from lobbyists and groups that hire lobbyists he agressively leads this effort without being constrained by the demands of the special interests. You can see more of his work here >>> www.hd31.org

I have frequently expressed my view of the inappropriate influence of lobbyists over the legislative process. I once wrote about a certain group of government agency lobbyists this way: “They are professional relationship manipulation experts and…

I once watched, “The Best Government Money Can Buy,” a documentary that details the considerable influence of lobbyists over the development and implementation of policy. It also clearly illustrates some of the constitutional and practical barriers…

“We have a LOT of travel! There are a lot of savings to be found in this area.” I could hear the excitement in the voice of the State Purchasing Director as he made this statement. He enjoyed the opportunity to save money for taxpayers and he was…

Observing the Legislature over the past 11 years have given me much perspective. I now have a tremendous appreciation for those courageous legislators who are willing to defend the taxpayer interests even under the most difficult of…

I have made it a practice to keep on file notable correspondence both written and emailed. From time to time, I go through these archives. Some of this correspondence is quite timeless and still relevant.I encountered the text of one such letter as I…

Every so often a member of the local constituency inquires about the impact of Oklahoma lottery proceeds upon common education. Based on the initial lottery advocacy commercials, many likely thought the lottery would have a big impact, and now, they…

Last week I described the dangerous decline of transparency in the Legislature and how this is leading to an environment into which terrible ideas are quickly advancing from introduction to passage before legislators can figure out the implications…

Longtime readers will know that from the time of my election in 2006 until a few years ago I was quite bullish on the potential for legislative transparency.  During that time, in each and every legislative session, I could point to notable and…

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Though far removed from reality, the legislative world does share some aspects with the real world.Consider the case of the individual who has fallen into the habit of frequent cussing. Upon encountering this individual at Walmart or on the street,…

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…