Stopping abortion is not ‘silly’
State Sen. Ervin Yen, R-Oklahoma City, thinks a law protecting unborn babies is “silly” and not worth consideration by the Oklahoma Legislature.
Yen, who says he is “pro-life” but he really isn’t, wouldn’t matter much except that he is chairman of the Senate Committee on Health and Human Services. As chairman, he is in a powerful position to kill pro-life legislation.
Yen just killed House Bill 1549, the “Prenatal Nondiscrimination Act of 2017,” which would ban abortion for unborn babies diagnosed with Down syndrome or other genetic disorders.
The bill passed the House by a 67-16 vote but Yen won’t send it to a floor vote in the Senate.
From the Muskogee County Republican Party:Lieutenant Governor Todd Lamb will be the guest speaker, and several area students will be given $500 college scholarships. In the past decade, the Muskogee County GOP has awarded scholarships to over 30 local …
Amid continued budget issues, State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister announced earlier this week that the education department would not be allocating the $50,000 needed to hold this year’s Oklahoma State Science and Engineering Fair.
Hofmeister explained to KFOR: “It was due to the budget cuts we had last year. There was a loss of $38 million to that fund and that line item really required deep cuts and decisions.”
However, according to a press release from State Rep. Pat Ownbey (R-Ardmore), it looks like the private sector has rescued the science fair.
William Norman Grigg died this afternoon. He was a journalist, broadcaster, editor, musician, father, husband, and self-described Christian Individualist. He was also my hero.
Will’s main beat was stories about individual victims of the state: particularly Americans who have been unjustly imprisoned or wrongfully assaulted by government officers. His research for each article was exhaustive. From his home in Idaho, he traveled all around the northwest to get the story in person. He would get to know each subject personally, and seek face-to-face interviews with their powerful persecutors. His tireless work has saved several innocent lives from being slowly drained away in prison. He wrote so many pieces about Christopher Tapp, a man who has spent two decades in prison for a murder he did not commit, that the Libertarian Institute, where he was managing editor, will publish a whole book collecting them.
Continue reading via FEE – Will Grigg Was a Mighty Voice for Justice and Liberty
Article written by Dan Sanchez who is Managing Editor of FEE.org. His writings are collected at DanSanchez.me. (Article dated April 12, 2017)
[Editor’s note: Will Grigg stood in the gap for all of us for many years. He will be greatly missed. My personal condolences to his family./sc]
Will Grigg’s Liberty Minutes
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In a recent opinion piece bashing the GOP’s failed attempt to fix Obamacare and its impact on plans to reform the tax code, the author confidently makes the claim that $600 billion in spending cuts could not come from government waste alone. Instead, he suggests money to offset tax cuts would have to come from entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare.
While Congress will need to address the shortcomings of Medicare and Social Security in the near future and there are plenty of ways to keep tax reform deficit neutral by closing tax loopholes, it is important to test this underlying claim: Is it possible to identify $600 billion in waste?
First, the largest discretionary budget item is defense, where a lack of accountable spending is weakening our ability to protect the nation.
Unable to pass an audit for over two decades, wasteful spending at the Pentagon has spun out-of-control. The American public should know where about $0.20 of every dollar they pay in taxes goes, and Congress should require the Department of Defense to submit one ASAP. Some reports suggest that by just auditing the Pentagon, it would realize savings of over $25 billion through improved financial management.
Veterans Gun Ban Repeal Needs Just One More Senator to Break a Filibuster
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[Editor’s Note: This letter was sent to the Chairwomen of the 2017 Platform Committee, Dr. Carolyn McLarty. Wayne Hill, who wrote the letter, was appointed by Rogers County to be a delegate. It is reprinted here with the author’s permission.]
Dear Dr. McLarty,
“If, to please the people, we offer what we ourselves disapprove, how can we afterwards defend our work? Let us raise a standard to which the wise and honest can repair. The event is in the hands of God.” George Washington
“A general dissolution of the principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy…. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but once they lose their virtue, they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.” Samuel Adams
Wayne Hill – Rogers County – I disavow the 2017 OKGOP Platform for the reasons stated below. Please remove my name from being associated with this document.
There are stands a man must take to live with oneself and before God. The defense of life is one of those foundational convictions and a cornerstone of all liberties. If we do not wholly and fully defend life what is worth defending?
Continue reading via R3publican – Oklahoma 2017 Republican Party Platform Committee Fails the Babies
State Auditor Offers Sensible Budget Solutions
Oklahoma State Auditor Gary Jones is proposing lawmakers consider a sensible and reasonable approach to addressing the state’s budget woes.
“We need to correct a taxing inequity while stabilizing revenue streams,” Jones said. “This proposal makes sense, it helps reduce some of the uncertainty the legislature faces each year, and it should even be sufficient to fund the teacher pay raise.”
Jones is recommending changing the gas production tax to 5% across the board, capping the individual income tax at 5%, implementing a moratorium on tax credits, and implementing a 5% tax on wind generation.
Oklahomans For Lamb, 2018, Files Statement of Organization
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, April 7, 2017 – Oklahomans for Lamb, 2018, the campaign committee of Republican Todd Lamb, has filed a ‘Statement of Organization’ with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission for the lieutenant governor’s possible campaign for Oklahoma governor in 2018. Lamb, an Enid native, was elected lieutenant governor in 2010 and reelected in 2014, carrying all 77 counties.
“I am strongly considering a run for governor in 2018, and this document allows me to initiate the process of establishing a campaign organization of Oklahomans from all corners of the state,” Lamb said. “Since being elected lieutenant governor in 2010 I have visited each of Oklahoma’s 77 counties on an annual basis, listening and talking to Oklahomans regarding issues of importance to them and our great state. I am extremely optimistic about Oklahoma’s future, and believe our best days lie ahead.”
Larry Nichols, former chief executive officer of Devon Energy, serves as chairman of Oklahomans for Lamb, 2018.
This Isn’t the Foreign Policy Trump Campaigned On
He is proving more aggressive and adventuresome than Obama was.
By ROBERT W. MERRY • April 7, 2017
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It may be too early to tell for sure, but Donald Trump is looking more and more like a phony. He’s also looking like a weakling. And a political ingrate. All this is coming into stark relief with accelerating events involving Syria. The United States launched dozens of missiles against Syrian military installations to retaliate for the chemical attack on rebel-held territory. Thus did Trump demonstrate that, to the extent that his foreign policy differs from that of his predecessor, it is more aggressive and adventuresome than Obama’s. That’s the opposite of how he campaigned.
Continue reading http://www.theamericanconservative.com/articles/this-isnt-the-foreign-policy-trump-campaigned-on/
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Conspiracy with and Without Conspirators
Karel van Wolferen •
The term ‘Deep State’ has entered established parrot journalism, where it joins ‘the one percent’, the other notion ascended from the internet ‘underground’. You can tell by the way it is now mocked in mainstream publications. I first noticed when one of those informed its readers that it lurked somewhere in the remote internet corners given over to conspiracy theory. And now, quite suddenly, there is a mini avalanche of pieces explaining for example why such a thing may exist in Turkey (where the term was first used) or Egypt, but not the United States where all manner of protections guard against it. David Remnick’s article in the New Yorker reflects considerable confusion in parrot journalism ranks about what to do with this concept that has forced itself on America’s consciousness through the combined maneuvers of state and non-state institutions intending to get rid of the new president.
Read further at http://www.unz.com/article/conspiracy-with-and-without-conspirators/
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Trent England – OCPA Vice President for Strategic Initiatives
Gov. Mary Fallin’s administration has drained Oklahoma’s Constitutional Reserve Fund, often called the Rainy Day Fund. Executive branch officials spent all $240 million from the Fund to pay the state’s monthly bills rather than declare a larger or additional revenue shortfall. Whether or not this was good budget policy, was it legal?
Can the executive branch spend money from the Constitutional Reserve Fund at will, so long as they promise to repay those funds before the end of the fiscal year? Here is a look at the law.
Oklahoma’s Constitutional Reserve Fund is established and governed by the Oklahoma Constitution, section 23 of Article 10. The section creates the framework for the state’s budget process and begins as follows: