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Free Market Friday: SQ 640 protects taxpayers

December 1, 2017 - 10:27am CST

If you want to regulate speech, you belittle the First Amendment. If you want to confiscate guns, you vilify the Second Amendment. In Oklahoma, if you want to reach into taxpayers’ wallets for more cash, you denounce the constitutional protections established by State Question 640, which was approv... READ MORE

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Oklahoma Bar Association, Far Left Attack Scott Pruitt

November 1, 2017 - 2:32pm CDT

By Jonathan Small A liberal U.S. senator investigates a member of the Trump administration. The storyline is uninteresting, except that the target is Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt, and the senator’s strategy involves filing a complaint with the Oklahoma Bar Assoc... READ MORE

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Free Market Friday: Reaffirming common sense

August 25, 2017 - 8:48am CDT

What does it mean to be financially responsible? The question is as simple as the answer is consequential. Common sense suggests the answer includes spending less than we have and not making commitments we’re unable or unlikely to keep. Another question: Shouldn’t this same fiscal common sense appl... READ MORE

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Court Upholds Taxpayer Protections

August 10, 2017 - 3:57pm CDT

The Oklahoma Supreme Court today struck down the revenue provisions in Senate Bill 845 and, in so doing, upheld limits on legislative power that were added to the Oklahoma Constitution by voters a quarter century ago. Those who passed State Question 640 “did not intend that the Legislature could bla... READ MORE

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Free Market Friday: OBA and far left attack Pruitt

July 28, 2017 - 11:03am CDT

A liberal U.S. senator investigates a member of the Trump administration. The storyline is uninteresting, except that the target is Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt and the senator’s strategy involves filing a complaint with the Oklahoma Bar Association. Read the rest ove... READ MORE

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Free Market Friday: Justice reform second chance

July 21, 2017 - 8:57am CDT

When Oklahoma voters approved State Questions 780 and 781 in 2016, they made themselves perfectly clear: Criminal justice reform is a top priority for Oklahoma. The success of these questions shows a desire among Oklahomans to break the devastating cycle of recidivism and incarceration by reducing ... READ MORE

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Rainy Day Fund Raid Vindicated? Not So Fast

July 19, 2017 - 10:14am CDT

After draining all $240 million out of Oklahoma’s Constitutional Reserve Fund, Secretary of Finance Preston Doerflinger decided to ask the state Attorney General whether doing so was legal. Recently, the Oklahoma Attorney General issued an opinion that, with minor caveats, claims to legitimize Doerf... READ MORE

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A Tribute to State Question 640

July 13, 2017 - 3:44pm CDT

By Jonathan Small As lawmakers navigated through the final days of the 2017 legislative session, with debates over budget gaps and proposed tax increases, some who love the idea of soaking the taxpayers for all they can get bemoaned the existence of one of the most important constitutional safeguar... READ MORE

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An Update on Criminal Justice Reform in Oklahoma

July 5, 2017 - 1:17pm CDT

In 2016, Oklahoma voters approved State Questions 780 and 781. The success of these measures showed a desire among Oklahomans to break the devastating cycle of recidivism and generational incarceration by reducing sentences for nonviolent (particularly drug-related) crimes and placing increased em... READ MORE

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Playground Fight Ends at Supreme Court

June 27, 2017 - 12:22pm CDT

Smoke billowed from the doors as the firefighters jogged into the church, then again as they came back out into the snow. “It’s the big table at the front. They had a thing plugged in up there; looks like the cord shorted out.” “Like a bunch of little people?” the Captian asked. “Yeah. And animals... READ MORE

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