Supreme Court Justice Joseph Watt to Retire
OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today received and accepted a letter from Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice Joseph Watt stating his intention to retire at the end of this year.
Watt, justice for the 9th Supreme Court Judicial District, wrote that his retirement will take effect Dec. 31.
Watt, of Altus, began his judicial service in 1985, when he was appointed special district judge for Jackson County. He was elected associated district judge for Jackson County in 1986.
In 1991, then-Gov. David Walters named Watt as his general counsel. He was appointed by Walters to the Oklahoma Supreme Court on May 17, 1992, and is in his 26th year of service on the high court. He served two terms as chief justice, from 2003 until 2007.
“Having spent almost half of my entire life serving in the judicial branch of government, the past 25½ years on the Supreme Court have been the most rewarding of my entire life,” Watt said. “As the new year dawns, I look forward to beginning the next chapter in my life spending more quality time with my grandchildren, traveling with my wife, Cathy, and taking active retired status beginning Jan. 1, 2018.”
Recently Senator Nathan Dahm kicked off his campaign for Congress in Broken Arrow. Special thanks to Bryan Mayberry for capturing the event on video for us. I believe Nathan is running for all the right reasons with a solid voting record to confirm that he is the right man for this job — not only that he actually reads the bills! He has my vote and my prayers and all that I can do to help.
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Conservative leaders urge Oklahoma politicians to protect taxpayers
September 28, 2017
Dear Governor and State Lawmakers,
We are a coalition of conservative citizens, many of us serving in leadership of state or local organizations, who write to urge you to address the need for more consolidation and other efficiencies in all areas of state government and to resist raising taxes on your constituents.
Many Oklahoma families and businesses are struggling and have been forced to reduce their own spending. Indeed, Oklahomans lost more than $13 billion in taxable income and reduced purchases by $4.1 billion in one year alone when oil prices collapsed.
And yet, Oklahoma’s total state government spending is at an all-time high. The state is now on track to spend more money next year—more than $17.9 billion—than at any time in our history. If you believe that certain state services are not adequately funded, we urge you to prioritize spending rather than raise taxes.
“Limited government” and “lower taxes” have been winning campaign messages in Oklahoma over the last decade. Some candidates have even made written promises to oppose and vote against (or veto) “any and all efforts to increase taxes.” We encourage you to stay true to these principles and to oppose efforts to increase the burden of government on hard-working Oklahoma families.
OCPA’s Center for Investigative Journalism revealed some shocking news this week about the spending habits of Oklahoma’s Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust (TSET). TSET is a state agency created to fund programs that help people quit smoking and help pay for the costs of smoking-related health care.
TSET was formed as a result of the state’s lawsuit against tobacco companies in the 1990s, and currently sits on an endowment worth over $1 billion. It brings in and spends about $50 million every year on tobacco cessation campaigns or health issues related to tobacco use. Or rather, that’s what TSET is supposed to use the money for.
I reached out to the GOP gubernatorial candidates for their take on the special session (which began yesterday). Here are the answers of the candidates who replied to my inquiry, listed in order of response – Gary Jones, Todd Lamb, and Gary Richardson (UPDATE: Dan Fisher has now responded):
1. What do you hope to see legislators do during the special session?
Lamb Campaign Surpasses 1,000 Donors
Oklahomans Embrace Lamb’s Proven Conservative Record
OKLAHOMA CITY, OK, September 26, 2017 – Oklahomans for Lamb announced today more than 1,000 individuals have donated to the gubernatorial campaign of Todd Lamb, demonstrating both the breadth and depth of his support. Having in excess of 1,000 individual donors more than a year before the general election is believed to be a record for a first-time candidate for governor, and follows on the heels of Lamb’s record setting second quarter fundraising effort in which he raised over $1.08 million, the most ever in any reporting period by a Republican gubernatorial candidate.
Pro Tem releases Senate GOP budget plan
OKLAHOMA CITY – Oklahoma Senate President Pro Tempore Mike Schulz on Monday released the Senate Republicans’ plan to address the $215 million hole in the Fiscal Year 2018 state budget.
“This plan not only addresses the immediate need of $215 million for critical health care agencies that was struck down in court, but it also provides recurring revenue streams to help us address the long-term stability of the budget and prevent further cuts to core government services,” said Schulz, R-Altus.
“Oklahoma Senate Republicans have proven our willingness to address the state’s long-term budget problems by passing a similar revenue package during the regular session. The elements of this plan for special session were fully vetted by the Senate during the regular session, and all received the necessary votes to pass constitutional muster. I’m confident Senate Republicans, if given the chance, again will put Oklahoma’s interests first and will be able to pass this responsible revenue plan that ensures education, public safety, transportation and other core services avoid further cuts.”
Richardson Puts $1 Million of Personal Funds into Governor Race
Tulsa, OK, September 24, 2017 – Gary Richardson announced on Friday that he has put a total of $1 million into his campaign fund for Governor of Oklahoma.
“We’re in it to win it,” said Richardson. “that’s why my wife, Lanna, and I made the decision to put $1 million of our own money into this race.”
Richardson continued, “I refuse to be beholden to the special interest groups that have poured millions into the Governor’s race. The people of Oklahoma are my only special interest group.”
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GUBENATORIAL CANDIDATE HYPOCRACY WE CANNOT IGNORE
We became aware of this story through this article 10 Dark Horse Oklahoma Gubernatorial Candidates | The Lost Ogle. From everything we could see on the surface this one candidate appeared to be a good candidate for the office of U.S. Senator. We felt that she should be vetted as are all candidates for office. What we found was disappointing to say the least, but also allowed us to present a clear and distinct hypocrisy of an organization founded with a good cause in mind, but has become corrupt and one sided in its views. Now this article says she is running for Governor however we were unable to find any indication of her having filed for that office. We did find this Search results | FEC indicating a run for the U.S. Senate.