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Free Market Friday: Questionable borrowing

April 14, 2017 - 8:38am CDT

Not only is Oklahoma facing the reality of less state revenue, the governor and her staff have drained the entire balance from the Rainy Day Fund – which appears to be in violation of Oklahoma’s Constitution. To best understand this, it helps to remember a rule from basic civics: The constitution a... READ MORE

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Was It Legal to Drain Oklahoma’s Rainy Day Fund?

April 3, 2017 - 5:11pm CDT

Gov. Mary Fallin’s administration has drained Oklahoma’s Constitutional Reserve Fund, often called the Rainy Day Fund. Executive branch officials spent all $240 million from the Fund to pay the state’s monthly bills rather than declare a larger or additional revenue shortfall. Whether or not this wa... READ MORE

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Next Steps for Criminal Justice Reform

January 1, 2017 - 3:12pm CST

By Trent England In 2016, Oklahoma legislators and voters supported some key criminal justice reforms. More work remains, however, to break the cycle of criminality and incarceration. The legislature should take action in 2017 to improve opportunities for offenders and their families. At the same t... READ MORE

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Shift Power from the Elites to the People: Reform the Judicial Nominating Commission

January 1, 2017 - 3:07pm CST

By Trent England No federal judges were on the ballot in 2016. Of course, federal judges are never on the ballot, and yet they are routinely an important subject in campaigns for President and U.S. Senate. On the other hand, Oklahoma Supreme Court justices and other state judges were on the ballot... READ MORE

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Northwestern takes action to protect First Amendment rights

November 25, 2016 - 10:10am CST

Free speech is a hot topic these days, especially as it relates to America’s college campuses. To see what I mean, look no further than George Will’s latest column (“Higher education is awash with hysteria. That might have helped elect Trump.”). The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education... READ MORE

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When Government Officials View Us as Children

November 1, 2016 - 1:25pm CDT

When Government Officials View Us as Children By Trent England The Oklahoma legislature passed a straightforward law legalizing brewers to sell their own beer on their own premises. They could already give out samples, and wineries were earlier freed to sell their own wine and host wine tastings.... READ MORE

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The Lesser Prairie Chicken and the Constitution

November 1, 2016 - 12:55pm CDT

The Lesser Prairie Chicken and the Constitution By Trent England What is the best way to protect the environment in Oklahoma? Is it through local partnerships, where landowners, local industries, and state or local government work together? Or should we surrender power to Washington, D.C., lettin... READ MORE

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The Electoral College and Campaign 2016

October 1, 2016 - 4:02pm CDT

The Electoral College and Campaign 2016 By Trent England Every four years, many Americans wind up on the losing side and thus disappointed by the presidential election. No matter how politically correct we get, not everyone can get a trophy on election day. These wins and losses too often color h... READ MORE

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Voters' Guide to Ballot Measures

September 1, 2016 - 10:50am CDT

A product of the populist era, the Oklahoma Constitution establishes processes for direct democracy. On the November 2016 general election ballot, Oklahoma voters will decide whether to adopt four constitutional amendments and three changes to state statutes. Some of these measures are as simple as... READ MORE

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Bipartisan Consensus Emerges Around Broken Criminal Justice System

June 28, 2016 - 1:05pm CDT

By Greg Treat In an age of increasing political polarization, consensus is hard to come by. But sometimes when a problem is so glaring and so damaging on multiple fronts, all of us see the same thing no matter what ideological lens we are peering through. In Oklahoma, criminal justice is one of tho... READ MORE

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