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A powerful new tool for holding government accountable

March 24, 2015 Leave a comment

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A few weeks ago, in her State of the State speech, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin spent a considerable amount of time describing what I believe to be one of the most, if not the most, important ongoing government modernization initiatives. Read more…

Senate Minutes with AJ Griffin: Oil prices impacting energy states

March 18, 2015 Leave a comment

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I believe one of the most basic traits shared by Oklahomans is resilience.  Throughout this state’s history, we have been faced with tremendous challenges which we’ve met with grit, tenacity, and the faith that ultimately we would prevail.  I am just as confident of our ability to work through tough economic challenges. Read more…

Massive reduction in the scope of State government

March 18, 2015 Leave a comment

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Over the past several years, if you have been in attendance while I spoke at the various civic groups and town hall meetings, you have likely heard me describe the study which initiated the move by the House of Representatives to modernize and downsize Oklahoma state government. Read more…

Representative calls for Legislative pay decrease, makes donation to pro-life organization

March 14, 2015 Leave a comment

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GUTHRIE – State Rep. Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie, continued his mid-March tradition of providing a yearly donation of $8,241.92 from his legislative salary to the Guthrie-based Crossroads Clinic. Read more…

Saving lives, potential ambulance response changes in Logan County and volunteer firefighters

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Those driving the stretch of I-35 between Guthrie and Edmond will take note of the numerous occurrences of recent damage in the cable barriers which separate the north and southbound lanes. Each of these damage spots potentially represents a life that was saved from a crossover accident during the recent winter storms. Read more…

How to get through to your elected officials

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It’s that time in the legislative year when the first series of consequential decisions are being made. Lawmakers are receiving thousands of emails from Oklahomans who want their point of view to be heard. Here are a few tips for how to make sure your email is read. Read more…

Jason Murphey: Sooner Football 1 – Transparency 0

February 23, 2015 Leave a comment

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What happens when Oklahoma’s favorite sports team goes up against transparency laws? Read more…

The real story of how a bill becomes law

February 9, 2015 Leave a comment

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This week state representatives will cast their first floor votes of the new legislative year. The floor vote represents an important step in the process which a bill must follow in order to become law and every so often I write an article which describes this process as a reminder to the reader of the complexities of the legislative process. Read more…

Senate Minutes with Senator AJ Griffin

February 3, 2015 Leave a comment

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The 2015 legislative session is now underway at the Capitol.  While we had one organizational day in January to elect leadership and adopt rules, the regular work of the session actually begins on the first Monday in February.  We received the Governor’s State of the State Address and Executive Budget on Monday, and now we will turn our attention toward committee work on the bills introduced in the Senate. Read more…

Calculating the impact of the 90 million dollar Edmond bond issue‏

February 2, 2015 Leave a comment

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A property’s taxable value is 11% of its assessed value thus the taxable value of a $200,000 home is $22,000. The value adjusts downward to $21,000 if the taxpayer claims his $1,000 homestead exemption. Read more…

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