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Ruling in ‘McGirt v. Oklahoma’ divides the state: A Commentary

  Steve Fair   On July 9, in ‘McGirt vs. Oklahoma’, the  U.S. Supreme Court ruled 5-4 that as pertaining to the Major Crimes Act, much of the eastern part of Oklahoma remains Native American reservations of the Five Civilized Tribes. They ruled the reservations were never disestablished by Congress as part of the Oklahoma […]

Commentary: H.J.R. 1027 increases initiative odds by 18.2 times!

By Steve Fair   The initiative petition is under attack in Oklahoma. House Joint Resolution 1027 (H.J.R.1027) passed the House last Tuesday evening (March 10) at 6:05 pm. The vote was 66-30 with four members not voting. All but five of the yea votes were Republican. All Democrats voted nay. One of the five Republicans […]

Commentary: H.J.R. 1028 would restrict all Oklahomans

Steve Fair   Oklahoma is one of 24 states that have an initiative petition process. It allows citizens to bypass the legislature by collecting signatures from registered voters and get issues on the ballot. The number of signatures required is tied to the total number of votes cast in the gubernatorial elections. Currently 177,958 signatures […]

COMMENTARY: Sacrificing Truth for Relevance

by Steve Fair Relevant is defined as being closely connected or appropriate to what is being done or considered. People want to be relevant. Organizations want to be relevant. If they aren’t relevant, then they believe they have little or no influence in what is going on. In politics, relevance is coveted like a tiger […]

Commentary: Here on HTRAE (the Bizarro world where Republicans do the opposite of what you expect)

Steve Fair On Monday night, the Republican led state House of Representatives passed House Bill 3705 by a vote of 94-6. The bill appropriates $2.9 billion to common education (K-12) the next fiscal year. This is the earliest the Oklahoma legislature has passed an education budget in several years. Debating into the evening, the House […]

Opinion: People who love to say no

By Steve Fair OKLAHOMA CITY  – Last Friday (March 24), Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, (R-Wisconsin), pulled the Affordable Health Care ‘repeal and replace’ bill before it came to a vote on the floor. President Trump said the outcome of the bill was uncertain, but that ‘it was a very very tight margin.” One […]

COMMENTARY: Senator Shortey’s Shortcomings

by Steve Fair Last week the Oklahoma State Senate unanimously voted to strip Senator Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City, of his privileges as a State Senator. He can still vote, but he doesn’t have an office, a legislative assistant or a parking place. Shortey was evidently caught in a motel room with a 17 year old […]

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