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On November 1, pre-registration open to citizens at age 17.5

Sen. Jason Smalley, R-Stroud (left) and Rep. Zack Taylor, R-Seminole.  Photos provided.

  Staff Report Oklahoma citizens will be able to pre-register to vote when they turn 17.5 years old thanks to a new law going into effect on November 1. Sen. Jason Smalley, R-Stroud, and Rep. Zack Taylor, R-Seminole, authored Senate Bill 496 this past session to make it easier for young voters to remember to […]

Capitol Gains adds experienced legislator Mike Thompson to firm

Mike Thompson, who formerly served in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, has joined Capitol Gains,a government relations firm. Photo provided.

Staff Report   Capitol Gains is pleased to welcome Mike Thompson, former state representative and accomplished government affairs consultant, to its team of industry-leading experts. Thompson joins Capitol Gains, an established government relations firm, and will help to move the needle on issues critical to our state’s future. “We are honored to have Mike join […]

Tribal stances on gaming-fee increase contrast with past tax-increase position

Ray Carter is the director of OCPA’s Center for Independent Journalism. Photo provided.

  Ray Carter, OCPA Center for Independent Journalism   In 2018, officials with the Chickasaw Nation, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, and Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma were among those endorsing the “Step Up Oklahoma” plan, which ultimately resulted in legislation that sought nearly $600 million in annual tax increases, including increased taxes on Oklahoma drivers’ purchases […]

Contractors’ group supports Stephanie Bice in Fifth District Congressional race

State Sen. Stephanie Bice, R-Oklahoma City, applauded Sen. John Haste of Broken Arrow and Rep. Tammy Townley of Ardmore for guiding Oklahoma’s “Imagination Library” program through the process late in the annual legislative session. With Gov. Kevin Stitt’s signature, the new law is taking effect.

  By Patrick B. McGuigan Oklahoma City, OK – State Sen. Stephanie Bice has garnered an important endorsement early in her campaign for U.S. Congress.   The 380-member Association of Oklahoma General Contractors (AOGC) announced last week they were endorsing the Oklahoma City Republican “to become the next representative of Oklahoma’s Fifth Congress District 5.” […]

Treasurer McDaniel reports growth in gross receipts despite sales tax decline

State Treasurer Randy McDaniel. Photo provided.

Staff Report   Oklahoma City – Gross Receipts to the Treasury for both the month of June and Fiscal Year 2019 indicate ongoing growth in the state’s economy, but recent collection data is sending some mixed signals, State Treasurer Randy McDaniel announced today. Reports released by McDaniel’s office show overall growth of 4.7 percent in […]

In education funding, appropriations don’t tell the whole story

Curtis Shelton. Photo provided.

by Curtis Shelton, OCPA Research Fellow   With a budget agreement officially announced common education in Oklahoma is set to receive $157.5 million in additional appropriated funding for the upcoming fiscal year. This $157.5 million is coming after the $465 million in increased appropriations from last year’s legislative session. The bulk of this increased spending […]

State Rep. Marcus McEntire discusses longstanding GOP effort to expand Medicaid

State Rep. Marcus McEntire.  Photo provided.

Ray Carter, OCPA Center for Independent Journalism   OKLAHOMA CITY – A top House Republican told activists attending a Wednesday (April 24) rally that Republican leaders have been working on a plan to expand Medicaid for more than a year, a goal that has long been a top agenda item for Democrats. Speaking to a […]

TSET putting nightclubs ahead of doctors?

Policy Analyst Curtis Shelton, pictured in the library at the Oklahoma Council of Policy Affairs, says it is time to ask whether TSET’s “spending practices are truly improving Oklahoma’s health statistics, or if it is time to reform the system and redirect future settlement payments to higher priorities such as rural healthcare.” Photo provided.

Ray Carter, OCPA Center for Independent Journalism   OKLAHOMA CITY -– Oklahoma’s Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust has spent as much, and sometimes more, promoting bars and nightclubs and a boathouse foundation than it has on recruiting rural doctors to Oklahoma, records show. Curtis Shelton, Policy Research Fellow at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, a […]

Analysis: Comanche v. Chickasaw at the High Court

This map is of "Comancheria" in about 1850. It is a Wiki document adapted from an old U.S. Postal Service map.

Patrick B. McGuigan   OKLAHOMA CITY – The Tenth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Denver has rebuffed the arguments of the Comanche, a western Oklahoma tribe, in the case of “Comanche v. Zinke.” But in March the Comanche submitted a brief to the U.S. Supreme Court asking justices to consider issues raised in litigation. […]

1889 Institute joins Mackinac Center for important study on How “To End Corporate Welfare”


Staff Report   Oklahoma City – Critiques of robust government interference in picking winners and losers in the economy believe government support for businesses through subsidies and other special treatment, commonly referred to as corporate welfare, has proven time and again to be an ineffective use of taxpayer dollars. But the practice persists, with policymakers […]

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