Five years ago this week I wrote a post called Oklahoma – Second Worst in which I noted the now-defunct website iVillage.com ranking Oklahoma as the “second worst” state for women. The reason? A lack of abortion providers in our state.
“Choice is extremely limited in Oklahoma, where 96 percent of counties have no abortion provider and there are only six such doctors in the entire state. Health insurance companies are banned from covering the procedures (except in cases of rape, incest or threat to the mother’s life.) Women seeking an abortion have to wait 24 hours after undergoing a sonogram where they will be offered a chance to view the fetus and are required to listen to a description of the image on the screen. The state legislature is working to limit choice even further. The state Senate recently passed a Personhood bill that gives legal personhood rights to embryos from the moment of fertilization. The bill is awaiting action in the House. A “Heartbeat” bill requiring doctors to tell women they have the right to hear the […] → Keep reading
Of the seven people running for Oklahoma County Sheriff it’s hard to imagine that any of them could have a worse record than Mike Christian. If you live in Oklahoma County I’m sure you’ve been receiving his almost daily mailers touting the Purple Heart award he received as an OHP trooper. As if that makes him qualified to be our sheriff. But there are a lot of things in Mike Christian’s background that will never be on his mailers because they show dishonesty, unethical behavior and just plain shadiness.
Here’s what he doesn’t want you to know.
NewsOK – The Republican candidate for Oklahoma County sheriff was disciplined while a state trooper for misconduct involving a female police cadet and for lying during an internal affairs investigation, a notice of the action shows.
Mike Christian also was disciplined for bringing beers to cadets at the Oklahoma Police Corps academy in Ada.
Christian was found to have violated the patrol’s rules of conduct while a counselor in 2001 at the patrol-run police academy for college graduates. After the internal affairs investigation, […] → Keep reading
Yesterday at the Oklahoma State Capitol was Rose Day, an annual day when hundreds gather at the capitol building to express their belief in the sanctity of human life by meeting with representatives and senators and presenting them with red roses. How ironic that on the same day, the House Public Health Committee voted to reject a bill that would have banned abortions that are based on a diagnosis of genetic disorder or Down syndrome.
A summary of the bill, HB1549, from the Oklahoma legislature website:
The introduced measure prohibits the performance of an abortion solely because the unborn child has been diagnosed with either Down Syndrome or a genetic abnormality or has the potential for a genetic abnormality. A physician or person who knowingly violates the measure will be held liable, have their medical license suspended or revoked, and be fined not less than fifty thousand dollars. A woman upon whom an abortion is performed in violation of the measure will not be held criminally or civilly liable.
Republicans joining the lone Democrat on the committee in […] → Keep reading
Last year I wrote a post about a payday loan bill that Senator David Holt submitted and later pulled in which I agreed with him about the concepts of the free market and that government should not be in the business of saving people from their own bad decisions. Senator Holt sent me a message on Twitter thanking me for my remarks and saying he appreciates someone willing to state limited government principles. He also said that, “Someday I’ll do something you don’t like.”
Yesterday, Senator Holt took to Facebook to announce his proposed bills that would give Oklahoma teachers a $10,000 pay raise. Senate Bill 316 would provide the raise and Holt introduced twelve separate measures to provide the funding. One of these measures, Senate Bill 331, increases taxes. To be fair to Senator Holt, SB331 is not an increase in tax rates but a removal of sales tax exemptions. But the net result is Oklahomans will pay more in taxes.
Senate Bill 331 would add state sales tax to “Service of delivery, installation, repair or […] → Keep reading
On Thursday this week the White House issued a press release saying that President Obama granted commutation to 72 federal inmates, a follow-up to the 98 commutations he granted last week. For his presidency, this is a total of 955 individuals, including 324 life sentences.
Part of the press release takes a shot at mandatory minimum sentences and calls for Congress to enact “broader reforms needed to ensure our federal sentencing system operates more fairly and effectively in the service of public safety.”
Obama has now commuted the sentence for more federal prisoners than all other presidents since World War II combined. Reportedly, all of the prisoners were convicted of nonviolent drug offenses but some also were convicted for nonviolent weapons offenses.
White House counsel Neil Eggleston said in the press release, “The President is committed to reinvigorating the clemency authority, demonstrating that our nation is a nation of second chances, where mistakes from the past will not deprive deserving individuals of the opportunity to rejoin society and contribute to their families and communities.”
More hogwash. The vast […] → Keep reading