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Constitutional Freedom
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

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

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

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

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

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

2016 Was a Great Year for Criminal Justice Reform, But There’s More to Be Done

June 28, 2016 - 11:32am CDT

By Adam Luck This was a great year in Oklahoma for criminal justice reforms. Not since the passage of Justice Reinvestment legislation in 2012 have we seen such significant measures make it through the legislative process. In 2016, the legislature and governor eliminated mandatory minimum senten... READ MORE

Adam Luck: Oklahoma’s Accidental Criminal Justice Czar

June 28, 2016 - 11:01am CDT

By Alex Weintz Governor Mary Fallin signed HB 3052 at a public ceremony in 2012 with a great deal of fanfare. The bill created the Justice Reinvestment Initiative, or JRI. The event was supposed to signal the end of one era—a “lock ‘em up and throw away the key” philosophy on criminal justice—and... READ MORE

Reform Asset Forfeiture to Protect Property Rights

February 1, 2016 - 3:06pm CST

The state and federal constitutions protect a person’s right to his or her property. On the other hand, a person has no right to the proceeds of illegal activities. Unfortunately, a legal innovation known as “civil asset forfeiture” can let the exception trump the constitutional rule. In the 1980s,... READ MORE

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