Imagine owning a business and entering into a contract with a vendor. As you prepare to sign the contract, the vendor puts forward one final stipulation. He wants you to hire an employee with the sole mission of perpetually negotiating with you to change the terms of the contract to better favor the vendor. You will essentially be paying someone to negotiate on behalf of your counterparty. This…
I [Jason Murphey] have recently written about bills from the last legislative session which mostly escape wide public purview but contain far reaching policy. The news has been mostly positive as I have either described harmful bills which were defeated, or good policy which won approval.
I enjoy sharing the encouraging news about Oklahoma’s significant progress towards funding county roads, upgrading state highways and replacing many of its dilapidated bridges.
Last Thursday, the Washington D.C. based TRIP group released a report ref… more
This next week features primary elections on Tuesday, June 24, and our earthquake town hall meeting on Thursday, June 26.
Those who have any question about their voter registration status or where to vote on Tuesday may utilize the state election boar… more
Area state representatives Lewis Moore, R-Arcadia and Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie will host a town hall meeting at 7pm on the evening of June 26th inside of the Waterloo Road Baptist Church located at 3100 E. Waterloo Road in Edmond.
The meeting will fe… more
Each year legislators sponsor just over 2,000 bills. Many never receive a vote and a State Representative can expect to cast about 1000 votes during the year. About 400 bills actually become law. 90% of these fly completely under the radar of public pe… more
Mark Cuban gave an interview to Inc. Magazine last week. The resulting article attributed to Cuban the statement, “There’s no law against stupid!”
My immediate thought upon seeing the quote was, ” …it’s not for lack of trying.”
Each year legislators do their best to create new laws that represent a significant expansion of state government regulatory power designed to protect the pub… more
Last August, I compared the final days of legislative session to a spring storm in Oklahoma and told of the many Oklahomans who have learned over the years to predict stormy weather. During the early afternoon hours prior to an evening outbreak, we can… more
This is the time of year when legislators start to focus on what should arguably be the most important part of their job, the development of the state budget.
Unfortunately, there is a not-so-hidden secret that will shock and surprise most taxpayers… more
Over the past eight years I have enjoyed the opportunity to closely observe the work of five separate Speakers of the House and their leadership teams. I have attempted to learn all I can about the strengths and weaknesses of the different leadership styles and apply the lessons I’ve learned.
I have noticed two types of House Speakers. One group created an environment conducive to productivit… more
Not just too long ago, on a nice weekend day, a member of my local constituency stopped to fuel up… more
It’s the time of year when legislators’ email inboxes are overflowing with requests to vote one way or another. Email provides immediate access and it’s probably the best way to share your opinion with your elected official. However, through the next f… more