Commentary

Thu
02
Nov

State Services Fall Prey to Partisan Politics

By Mike Sanders

House Republican leadership this week announced a plan that was agreed upon with the Senate and the governor. In it, we gave Democrats much of what they asked for in their own plan.

We brought this plan to a vote on the House floor Wednesday. The plan included an increase of $1.50 on the tax on cigarettes, cigars and smokeless tobacco; 6 cents on gasoline and diesel; additional tax on 3.2 beer; and the restoration of the Earned Income Tax Credit for the state’s lowest income earners.

 

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Thu
26
Oct

Calling on All Oklahomans to Help Fight Hunger this Year

By Mary Fallin

The holiday season is right around the corner, and Oklahomans are preparing to spend time with their family and count God’s blessings. For many of us that means enjoying large, home-cooked meals.

This year as we plan for Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, I am asking all Oklahomans to remember the approximately 632,000 people in the state who face hunger daily.

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Thu
26
Oct

Capitol Closed but Leadership Continues to Meet

By Mike Sanders

The state Capitol is closed this week as crews replace the building’s entire electrical system, part of which includes original wiring installed more than 100 years ago. Despite the closure, House leadership has met via teleconference, and we will be in over the weekend putting in place further options for how to proceed in special session to re-appropriate the state budget.

The easiest way to fill the current budget hole is obviously for the cigarette tax to pass. But, any plan to raise revenue requires a threefourths vote in both the House and the Senate, and the governor has said she would not sign a budget that contained cuts to state agencies.

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Thu
12
Oct

Get to Know the Facts on Breast Cancer

By Bobby Stitt

Although early detection and increase dawareness around breast cancer have helped reduce death rates over the last few years, the disease still claims too many lives.

Each year, doctors diagnose more than 250,000 new cases of breast cancer and more than 40,000 women die from the disease nationally. In Oklahoma, nearly 2,700 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year and about 530 women will likely die from the disease.

As we wear pink this month and think of the women — and men — in our lives who have been impacted by breast cancer, it is important to stay educated. Here are some common myths and misconceptions about the disease. Myth 1: Only individuals with a family history of breast cancer will develop the disease.

 

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Fri
18
Aug

Sanders’ Response to Increased Oil Field Traffic

By Mike Sanders

First, let me say I’m thankful for the boom in our economy brought by the recent increased activity in The STACK oil play near Kingfisher. I appreciate the increased sales and income tax this is creating. I’m thankful for what this will mean to our local, county and state economy and the resulting benefits to the people in my district.

That said, there have been eight fatality accidents recently involving commercial motor vehicles: three in Kingfisher County, two in Blaine County and three in Canadian County.

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Thu
03
Aug

The Heros We Know

By Mark Wayne Mullin

Whether we’re aware of it or not, we’re constantly surrounded by heroes. Our heroes serve on the front lines to protect our freedoms, answer the call of duty, arrive on the scene in emergencies, and represent our communities as loyal friends and neighbors. During American Heroes Week, we recognize the heroes we know for the sacrifices they give to make our country a better place.

Thu
03
Aug

Protecting Children from School Bullying

By OICA CEO

It is almost time for more than 700,000 children in Oklahoma to return to school! With the return of the school year, anxiety can run high, sometimes leading to some traumatic issues. One of the most stressful situations children face is how to deal with bullying.

The American Academy of Pediatrics has some good suggestions on how to deal with bullying issues. Bullying, or the modern form of cyberbullying, is when one child or more picks on another child repeatedly. Bullying can be physical, verbal, or social. It can happen at school or on a school bus, in the neighborhood, over the Internet, or on computers and smart phones.

 

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Thu
22
Jun

Irvin Named OKFB Senior Director of Membership and Organization

Oklahoma Farm Bureau recently promoted Marcia Irvin to senior director of membership and organization. In her new position, she will guide membership and organizational programs including the Women’s Leadership Committee, Young Farmers and Ranchers, safety services and commodities.

“Marcia has served Farm Bureau faithfully for more than 40 years,” said Monica Wilke, OKFB executive director. “I know she will continue to enhance our membership programs and offerings.”

 

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Thu
22
Jun

Lessons from Big-Spending Illinois

By Jonathan Small

Oklahoma just completed, with much gnashing of teeth and moaning, a budget year with a shortfall of nearly $1 billion. Imagine, though, facing deficits that total $30 billion or more – and that’s before you even start discussing a $250 billion pension debt.

Such is the case with Illinois, where lawmakers haven’t even managed to pass a budget since 2015, where they have failed to balance the state budget every year since 2001, and where annual tax increases have failed miserably to keep the state afloat.

 

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Thu
01
Jun

Muscogee (Creek) Nation Supreme Court and the Oklahoma Supreme Court to Host Training

On March 7, 2013, the Violence Against Women Act Reauthorization of 2013 (VAWA 2013), was signed into law (Public Law 113-4). VAWA now includes Title IX – Safety for Indian Women, which assigns criminal jurisdiction over non-Indian offenders who commit crimes in Indian Country involving domestic violence, dating violence and violations of Protection Orders. Tribes that choose to exercise their sovereign power to investigate, prosecute, convict and sentence criminals in such VAWA cases must meet certain requirements. In FY 16, Congress appropriated $1,000,000.00 to the Bureau of Indian Affairs, Office of Justice Services, Tribal Justice Support Directorate for the sole purpose of training in Indian Country to carry out the new provisions in the Violence Against Women Re-Authorization Act.

 

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