Commentary

Tue
15
Aug

Responding to Increased Oil Field Traffic

First, let me say I’m thankful for the boom in our economy brought by the recent increased activity in The STACK oil play near Kingfisher. I appreciate the increased sales and income tax this is creating. I’m thankful for what this will mean to our local, county and state economy and the resulting benefits to the people in my district.

That said, there have been eight fatality accidents recently involving commercial motor vehicles: three in Kingfisher County, two in Blaine County and three in Canadian County. Investigations are still open on many of these. Whether these were caused by drivers who just are unfamiliar with our roads, by aggressive or inattentive driving or overweight trucks remains to be seen. Whatever the cause, I cannot and will not stand for the lives of our residents being put in danger.

Tue
25
Jul

Taking Back our Economy with Made in America Products

In our country we are fortunate to have some of the most innovative and hardworking businesses in the world. Products manufactured in America often surpass the quality and reliability of any competitor worldwide. I believe it’s important that we recognize the individuals who take risks to pursue their vision which is why I was honored to be invited to join the White House Made in America Product Showcase and Roundtable this week.

I had the great privilege to visit with business leaders from Oklahoma’s very own Ditch Witch, as they presented their tremendous products in our nation’s capital. It was an amazing experience to see Ditch Witch’s high-quality construction equipment on the White House grounds. Based out of Perry, Oklahoma, this company serves as a tremendous representation of the ingenuity and adaptability of our state.

Tue
18
Jul

Providing for the Common Defense

Providing for the common defense is more than just a promise to our nation and military. It is a responsibility Congress has been entrusted with by the U.S. Constitution. Our military represents the nation’s strength around the globe. To continue as the world power and force of good that we are known for, we must do more than simply provide for the common defense: we must provide those who defend our Constitution with the tools they require to succeed.

Our last president left our military in disrepair. After more than five years of steady cuts to the defense budget while our armed forces stayed in steady combat, our military has operated on the bare minimum for far too long.

Tue
11
Jul

Thoughts and musings from the week that was and no longer is...

I’ve been told that I’m no longer an outsider since I’ve been here for over 4 years now. Unfortunately, my knowledge of farming extends to that one season of The Bachelor with the farmer from Iowa… so I’m still somewhat of an outsider. Think of it like one of those box plot diagrams. I would say I’m just to the left of the lower quartile. Yeah, give it another year and maybe I’ll be the median. So, with that being said… here are my inner ramblings and nonsense from the past week or a week back in the 1990s. Here is a look into the thoughts and musings from the week that was and now is no more...

When I was a kid, deciding what was real or what was fake was reserved for the likes of Bigfoot, the Mothman or my elementary school gym teacher’s toupee. I miss those days.

 

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Wed
05
Jul

Thoughts and musings from the week that was and no longer is...

I’ve been told that I’m no longer an outsider since I’ve been here for over 4 years now. Unfortunately, my knowledge of farming extends to that one season of The Bachelor with the farmer from Iowa… so I’m still somewhat of an outsider. Think of it like one of those box plot diagrams. I would say I’m just to the left of the lower quartile. Yeah, give it another year and maybe I’ll be the median. So, with that being said… here are my inner ramblings and nonsense from the past week or a week back in the 1990s. Here is a look into the thoughts and musings from the week that was and now is no more...

Last weekend I was driving around in Oklahoma City, exploring different parts of the city I had yet to come across. And while driving around, I came across an endangered species… a Barnes and Noble.

Tue
27
Jun

Thoughts and musings from the week that was and no longer is...

I’ve been told that I’m no longer an outsider since I’ve been here for over 4 years now. Unfortunately, my knowledge of farming extends to that one season of The Bachelor with the farmer from Iowa… so I’m still somewhat of an outsider. Think of it like one of those box plot diagrams. I would say I’m just to the left of the lower quartile. Yeah, give it another year and maybe I’ll be the median. So, with that being said… here are my inner ramblings and nonsense from the past week or a week back in the 1990s. Here is a look into the thoughts and musings from the week that was and now is no more...

With Independence Day coming up, I can’t help but think back to my childhood and how much fun I used to have on the 4th of July.

 

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Tue
20
Jun

At the End of the Day....

I’ve been told that I’m no longer an outsider since I’ve been here for over 4 years now. Unfortunately, my know ledge of farming extends to that one season of The Bachelor with the farmer from Iowa… so I’m still somewhat of an outsider. Think of it like one of those box plot diagrams. I would say I’m just to the left of the lower quartile. Yeah, give it another year and maybe I’ll be the median. So, with that being said… here are my inner ramblings and nonsense from the past week or a week back in the 1990s. Here is a look into the thoughts and musings from the week that was and now is no more...

Tue
13
Jun

Thoughts and musings from the week that was and no longer is...

Well, after months of being badgered by people about when I was going to bring my column back… I have finally caved, I’m back with tales of my childhood stupidity and current misery.

Summer is on the horizon, according to reports from the calendar in front of my face

 

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Tue
06
Jun

Details of the Budget Deal Reached at the State Capital

The House on Friday passed a $6.9 billion appropriation’s budget.

After many long nights away from my family and long hours out in the district listening to constituent concerns and agency hopes, this seems like nothing short of a miracle.

This was a challenging year. We started budget work in earnest last fall, and in January heard from the five agencies that receive almost 80 percent of state appropriated dollars. Next, we asked all of our appropriations subcommittee chairs to dive deeply into agency budgets to see where efficiencies could still be found. Each committee member rotated through the various subcommittees to get a better overall look at the state budget.

Tue
30
May

Honoring Those Who Serve on this Memorial Day

As we move through the business of life, it’s sometimes easy to forget what is truly important – the love of a spouse, watching our children play and grow, the importance of family and friends, living in a country where we are free to choose where to attend church, where to send our children to school, what careers to pursue, a nation where we can all have a voice in our government. We are so blessed.

Such freedom doesn’t come without cost. Unfortunately, all we enjoy in this nation comes at great sacrifice. It comes because men and women have been willing to lay down their lives for liberty.

As we approach Memorial Day, I want to say thank you to all of the men and women who have sacrificed for our freedom.

 

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