Whatzup Politics (1277)
Republicans believe, when possible, problems should be solved on state and local levels. The most effective government is government closest to the people.
Democrats believe in national centralized government. One body of government fashions choices for a socialist-democratic America.
Republicans believe the family is the foundation of our social order and government should consider the impact of its actions on family units and life.
Democrats support federal programs to be more sensitive to the diversity within the family unit.
Right to Life
Republicans unequivocally support all lives matter including the lives of the unborn.
Democrats support and promote abortion as a choice for right to life of the unborn, and also considers abortion as an option for a family having more money that can be spent in creating a better living.
Republicans believe, excessive regulation stifles business growth, especially small business, and creates stagnation, unemployment and uncertainty in communities.
Democrats view onerous regulation as opportunity for expansion of government, creating more government jobs, which in turn results in bureaucratic inefficiency, endless paperwork, and red tape.
Republicans believe, the guiding principles of constitutional law, must provide equal opportunity and equal justice for all, regardless of race, creed, gender, age or national origin.
Democrats believe, the Constitution is fundamentally flawed and must be restructured to eliminate freedoms within the Bill of Rights, including speech, religion, gun ownership and state’s rights.
Republicans believe that a strong and prepared national defense ensures a secure/free America.
Democrats believe talk, good intentions, and appeasement are good policy for international security.
Republicans believe, whenever possible, public assistance should transition to a world of work except in cases of the elderly and disabled.
Democrats believe, for some individuals to achieve successful independence, inequitable assistance and advantage are needed from government.
- Want freedom, national security, personal safety, family values, less government, and constitutional law? Understand, there is a difference between Republicans and Democrats.
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Attorney General Hunter Comments on U.S. Senate Confirming Justice Amy Coney Barrett to Supreme Court
OKLAHOMA CITY – Attorney General Mike Hunter today released the following statement after the U.S. Senate confirmed the appointment of Justice Amy Coney Barrett to the U.S. Supreme Court.
“Justice Amy Coney Barrett has the intellect, temperament and credentials to serve on the nation’s highest court. She is a constitutional scholar who brings her brilliant legal mind and disciplined judicial philosophy to the court. Justice Barrett will safeguard the Constitution and uphold the rule of law. She has an unparalleled record of applying the law as written, which will distinguish her lifetime appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court. I applaud the members of the U.S. Senate who voted to confirm her appointment.”
WASHINGTON, D.C. — House Energy Action Team co-chairs Rep. Jeff Duncan (R-S.C.) and Rep. Markwayne Mullin (R-Okla.) joined House Republican Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) in a joint statement blasting Joe Biden’s unrealistic and dangerous promises to outlaw fossil fuels and destroy the livelihoods of millions of Americans employed in energy-producing jobs.
“By radically suggesting that we should get rid of oil, the Democrat Party’s leader would destroy American jobs, increase energy costs on hard-working families, and make our country less secure by increasing our dependence on oil from Russia and Middle-Eastern countries. America’s abundance of oil, coal, and natural gas drives our economy, lowers household electricity costs for families, and secures our energy independence. The Democrat Party’s leader’s explicit vows to destroy the millions of jobs that rely upon these natural resources is an affront to American workers, our friends and allies overseas, and the all-of-the-above energy strategy that led to a cleaner environment along with the strongest economy our nation has ever seen. Threatening to take away the livelihood of millions of hard-working families and increase household energy costs in the middle of a global pandemic is beyond irresponsible, and every Democrat in Congress ought to denounce these absurd and dangerous proclamations.”
- The traditional energy sector employs roughly 6.8 million Americans and added over 120,000 new jobs in 2019 alone.
- The U.S. Chamber of Commerce found that a fracking ban imposed in 2021 would eliminate 19 million jobs and reduce U.S. GDP by $7 trillion in just four years.
- According to a report by the Global Energy Institute, "keep it in the ground" activism, including New York State's ban on fracking, has prevented over $91 billion in economic activity and ruined 700,000 job opportunities.
- The American Petroleum Institute (API) estimates a fracking ban would raise the cost of farming wheat (64%), corn (54%), and soybeans (48%).
- Other estimates show that a 100% renewable energy grid would cost Americans anywhere from 43 to 286% more on their electricity bills.
- America’s poorest families spend 22% of their household budgets on utilities and gas. By comparison, families in the top income quintile only spend 5% of their household budgets on these same expenses. Rising energy prices hit low-income families harder.
- In New England, moratoriums on natural gas extraction, and pipeline transport from Pennsylvania and Ohio caused electricity price increases that were double that of similar regions across the country.
- In 2019, as a result of fracking and increased natural gas production, the U.S. reduced CO2 emissions by 140 million tonnes, the largest reduction of any country according to the International Energy Agency.
- Because of fracking U.S. emissions have outpaced the rest of the world. According to the EPA, from 2005 to 2018, total U.S. energy-related CO2 emissions fell by 12 percent, while global energy-related emissions increased nearly 24 percent during this period.
- Abroad, the Green New Deal and similar plans would make our allies more dependent on bad actors and rogue states like Russia, Iran, and Venezuela for their energy needs. Domestically, outlawing fossil fuels would degrade our ability to rely upon our own natural resources as we make the switch from reliable energy to unreliable or unproven “green” techs.
As the Nov. 3 general election approaches, the Oklahoma Department of Transportation reminds political candidates and volunteers to stay safe, save taxpayer money and keep Oklahoma’s highways and interstates free of unsightly, damaging and costly litter by keeping campaign signs out of highway rights-of-way.
Placing campaign signs to help promote candidates may be a regular occurrence, but the areas along highways or on bridges remain off-limits. State law strictly prohibits such signs from being placed in state rights-of-way because of safety concerns. Not only can illegally placed signs block drivers’ views at intersections, medians or ramps, but the sign placement endangers volunteers who try to post them along high-speed roadways or on bridges. Generally, the public right-of-way includes the area of grass between a highway and the nearby fence. In cities and towns, the right-of-way can extend past the curb to include the grass and sidewalk area along a highway.
“We ask all candidates and their supporters to respect the law and protect our motorists and workers by not placing campaign signs on state highway rights-of-way and bridges,” ODOT Maintenance Engineer Taylor Henderson said.
The best strategy for safe, legal politicking is for candidates to place signs on private property with the landowner’s permission. Inside city limits, candidates should check local ordinances for questions regarding municipal streets and rights-of-way. However, even within city limits, signs are prohibited on state-maintained highways, overpasses and bridges.
When signs are illegally placed, ODOT crews spend time away from other highway maintenance operations to remove them, which can be time-consuming, hazardous and dangerous work close to oncoming traffic. Removal of litter, including illegal signs, also delays highway mowing since the signs and metal posts could damage state equipment.
Each year, nearly $6 million in taxpayer dollars are spent by the department to pick up trash along Oklahoma highways, including illegally placed signs. This money comes out of ODOT’s maintenance budget, the same source of funds for patching potholes, repairing guardrail, mowing and clearing snow and ice. This expense is in addition to the untold amounts of time and money volunteer groups and local governments spend annually removing litter.
The department reminds candidates to obey the law and keep campaign signs off Oklahoma bridges and highway rights-of-way. (The law prohibiting signs and other structures on the public right-of-way is 69 O.S. § 1208 (b).)
OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Trey Caldwell, R-Lawton, led an interim study Thursday, Oct. 8, to discuss the current systems in place for emergency management and ways to improve response time. The study was presented before the House Public Safety committee.
“When a person’s health or safety is at risk, they’re not concerned with whether the emergency responders come from their county or the next county over—they just want someone there to save their life,” Caldwell said. “It’s incumbent upon us as legislators to ease any separation between agencies so they can work together quickly and efficiently in the interest of public safety.”
Lance Terry, who is the 911 coordinator for Oklahoma Emergency Management, told the committee there were 128 centers handling 911 calls, in addition to 32 standalone dispatch centers, but that dispatch services were local decisions.
Jack Nicholson, who serves as fire chief of the Chattanooga Fire Dept., spoke on the relationship between volunteer fire departments, municipal governments and county dispatch services.
He told members that while many volunteer fire departments have boundaries that cross county lines, the authority of individual departments remains with the jurisdiction of the title 11 or 18 governance, regardless of county lines.
“Bureaucratic red tape is preventing our fire departments from servicing the areas closest to them, and it risks the lives and livelihoods of Oklahomans,” Caldwell said. “I’m thankful for everyone who brought their expertise to the table for this discussion and I’m hopeful we can work together to find a solution that protects Oklahomans and preserves taxpayer dollars.”
A video of the study is available at https://okhouse.gov/Video/Default.aspx.
OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Derrel Fincher, R-Bartlesville, is hosting an interim study next week focused on labor trafficking within domestic violence relationships and its impact on Oklahoma families.
The study will be held before the House Judiciary Committee beginning at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 20, in Room 206 at the state Capitol. The study also will be livestreamed on the House website, https://www.okhouse.gov/Video/Default.aspx.
October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month.
“Domestic violence is something that affects many Oklahoma families. What people often miss is that labor trafficking can also be part of this cycle of abuse,” Fincher said. “This study will give us a high-level overview of the topic and, through expert presentations and survivor testimony, delve into the ways in which labor trafficking can manifest within an abusive relationship.”
Derrel Fincher serves District 11 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, which includes parts of Rogers, Tulsa and Washington counties.
By Congressman Markwayne Mullin
Nine months ago, my family was rocked when our son Jim suffered a traumatic brain injury in a wrestling accident.
In less than one day, Jim went from being an elite athlete at a high school learning level to a third-grade learning level, losing most of his motor skills, and suffering severe short-term memory loss.
We were blessed to be able to get Jim the treatment he needed from the Centre for Neuro Skills in Bakersfield, California. As Jim was learning his motor skills again or how to say certain words, his attitude was amazing. His motto was, “I learned it once, so I can learn it again” and he continued to excel and make great strides in his rehabilitation.
I am excited to share Jim has been discharged from the Centre for Neuro Skills and we are now back home in Oklahoma. With God's grace, he has accomplished something in nine months that the specialists said could take two or three years. There are still some things he will have to work on, but he is mostly back to the “old” Jim.
My family is the center of my life and being a dad is the most important job God has entrusted to me. I truly appreciate the understanding and flexibility from my constituents as I continued to work remotely from California while tending to Jim’s rehabilitation. It’s an honor to represent Oklahomans who truly know the importance of family and putting their faith in God.
Many of you have followed Jim’s story on social media throughout the past nine months and I want to say thank you for the outpouring of prayers, support, love, and encouragement during this time. It has meant more to me and my family than you could ever know. We couldn’t have gotten through this difficult time without you.
OKLAHOMA CITY – Rep. Jon Echols, R-Oklahoma City, is a finalist for the national 2020 RareVoice Award for state legislators.
The RareVoice Awards are hosted by the Rare Disease Legislative Advocates (RDLA), a program of the EveryLife Foundation for Rare Diseases. Echols was selected as a finalist for the award because of his legislative work on rare diseases and for the disabled community.
“Government bureaucracy should never prevent people from receiving care or medicine that could relieve their pain,” Echols said. “Having family members who suffer from rare diseases opened my eyes to the numerous Oklahomans who struggle to manage their care and pain every day and made it an easy decision to run legislation that would help them achieve a higher quality of life. I’m hoping this award will bring more attention to the health care and pain management struggles many Oklahomans face every day.
In 2015, Echols authored House Bill 2154, also known as Katie and Cayman’s Law, which allowed for the use of cannabis oil for children with disabilities. Echols saw Oklahomans’ need for alternative medicine after his niece was diagnosed with epilepsy.
He cofounded the Waiting List Caucus in 2018, a bipartisan work group focusing on legislation to annualize funding for Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) waivers, of which more than 7,600 Oklahomans were awaiting with an average wait of more than 12 years.
In 2019, Gov. Kevin Stitt signed Echols’ House Bill 2632, which protects patient access to pharmacy services, minimizes pharmacy benefit managers’ conflicts of interests, and prohibits retroactive claim adjustments and denials.
Echols is a lifelong resident of Oklahoma City and a small business owner. He has represented House District 90 since 2012 and currently serves as the House majority floor leader.
RDLA supports the advocacy of all rare disease patients and organizations and is committed to growing the patient advocacy community by amplifying patients to be heard by local, state and federal policy makers.
The awardee for each category will be named in a virtual ceremony Dec. 10. For more information, visit www.rareadvocates.org/rarevoice-awards/.
OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Kevin McDugle, R-Broken Arrow, will hold an interim study next week focusing on death penalty practices and procedures.
The study will be held before the House Public Safety Committee. It begins at 9:30 a.m. and is scheduled to run until noon on Wednesday, Oct. 14, in Room 206 at the state Capitol.
"The majority of Oklahoman's agree with having the death penalty as an option,” McDugle said. “I just want to make sure that when we start the death penalty again that we are properly trained and that each individual we put to death is guilty and deserving. Some of those on death row have new evidence in their cases since 2015, and we want to make sure all new evidence is looked at before we send someone to the chamber."
Speaking on death penalty cases in Oklahoma will be:
- Don Knight, Death Row inmate Richard Glossip’s Attorney
- Craig Sutter, executive director of the Oklahoma Indigent Defense System
- Christy Shepherd with the Oklahoma Death Penalty Review Commission
- Bob Ravitz, Oklahoma County public defender
Speaking on the future of the death penalty in Oklahoma will be:
- Mike Hunter, Oklahoma attorney general
- Scott Crow, director of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections
- Trent Baggett, chief executive officer of the Oklahoma District Attorneys Council
- Adam Luck, a member of the Oklahoma Pardon and Parole Board
McDugle represents District 12 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, which includes parts of Wagoner County.
OKLAHOMA CITY – State Rep. Justin Humphrey, R-Lane, held an interim study today focusing on ways the Legislature can best protect and support law enforcement.
The study was held before the House Public Safety Committee, which Humphrey chairs.
“There are so many narratives in the public right now about how our police, sheriffs or other law enforcement agencies need to be reformed,” Humphrey said. “Combine that with outright attacks on our law enforcement officers, and it becomes a toxic mix. And yet, the majority of legislators and I believe the public at large value and support our police and other law enforcement and want to do all we can to protect them.”
The study looked at ways legislators can do a better job to support training, education and mental health resources for law enforcement officers themselves as well as for helping them as they interact with the public. Also part of the discussion was ways to better fund such training. Humphrey said the study will help inform him and other lawmakers as the write legislation for the coming legislative session.
Presenters at the study included:
Moore Police Chief Todd Gibson who detailed some of the horrific scenarios law enforcement officers are involved in on a daily basis and the kinds of mental health resources that are needed to help them deal with this as part of their jobs;
Durant Police Chief Randy Houser spoke about ways Oklahoma’s legal system has failed officers, reading an emotional letter from Officer Rick Ford who lost his son and three of his son’s friends in a fatal car crash caused by a repeat drunk driving offender.
Jerad Lindsey, chairman of the Tulsa Fraternal Order of Police, spoke on the status of law enforcement issues.
Jesus Campa, director of the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training (CLEET), spoke on the agency’s response to law enforcement issues; and
Don Spencer with the Oklahoma Second Amendment Association detailed some legislative changes that are needed to clarify state laws as they relate to firearms and security guaranteed under the Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Justin Humphrey represents District 19 in the Oklahoma House of Representatives, which includes parts of Atoka, Bryan, Choctaw and Pushmataha counties.