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Oklahoma earthquakes are uncovering an academic conflict of interest

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Oklahoma policy makers must come to terms with an evolving conflict of interest. This conflict has been exposed by events that just a few years ago simply could not have been imagined in Oklahoma. Read more…

Active legislation that will impact Logan and Oklahoma counties

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We have almost reached the halfway point of this legislative year. Several important measures are moving through the legislative process and could have an impact on Oklahoma and Logan County residents if they become laws later this year. Read more…

Governor Mary Fallin signs bill aimed at reducing prescription drug abuse

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OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin today signed legislation taking aim at Oklahoma’s prescription drug abuse problem, the first bill to be signed into law in 2015. House Bill 1948 seeks to reduce “doctor shopping,” the practice of going to multiple physicians with requests for prescription narcotics, and to reduce the reliance on and inappropriate use of dangerous narcotics to treat pain. Read more…

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…

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