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Audio: Cleta Cleans The IRS Clock, Says It Is ‘Rotten, corrupt’

Washington attorney Cleta Mitchell of Norman tells Congress the Internal Revenue Service is a plague that must be eliminated. Then she really cuts loose: CletaMitchellRAW


Yen Adds Hill To Campaign

Senate candidate Dr. Ervin Yen has added consultant Neva Hill to his campaign.

Yen is a Republican candidate in Senate District 40. The seat is now held by Senator Cliff Branan, who is term limited.

The owner of Neva Hill and Company, Hill has been active in Republican politics for more than 30 years.

For more information about Yen and his campaign, visit www.yen4senate.com


Editorial: Weighing Term Limits

Editorial
The Oklahoman

TO critics, legislative terms limits have devastated Oklahoma’s political system by reducing institutional memory among lawmakers, generating high turnover and increasing the clout of lobbyists. New research by the Oklahoma Policy Institute undermines these claims.

In 1990, Oklahoma voters overwhelmingly approved a constitutional amendment that limited lawmakers to serving no more than 12 years in the state House and/or Senate combined. The clock started ticking in 1992, so 2004 was the first year that lawmakers were forced out of office by term limits.

OK Policy has collected and analyzed data on the years of service of Oklahoma legislators going back to 1978. Its findings will surprise many. In 1978, the average tenure for a House member was 6.89 years. In 2014, the average was 6.65 years.

And the average length of service in the House actually declined from 1978 to 1990, when term limits went before voters. By 1990, the average House tenure had fallen to 6.14 years. In other words, on average today’s House legislator has hung around NE 23 and Lincoln in Oklahoma City for a longer period of time than his 1990 counterpart.

In the Senate, the average length of service is lower today than before term limits were imposed, although the gap isn’t as dramatic as many believe. In 1978, the average experience of a state senator was 10.13 years. That figure declined to 8.38 years by 1990, and today stands at 6.54 years.

OK Policy also calculated the median experience of Oklahoma legislators and found similar trends. In 1978, half of House members had six years of experience or less. By 1990, the House median was just four years. Today, the House median is eight years.

In the Oklahoma Senate, the median experience went from eight years in 1978, to four years in 1990, to seven years today.

This data undermines the claims of supporters and critics of legislative term limits. Supporters argued term limits would lead to an infusion of fresh talent and reduce the number of legislative lifers who were too often associated with corruption. Former state Sen. Gene Stipe, D-McAlester, ultimately served 53 years in the Legislature, and was the target of law enforcement investigations throughout his career. Thus, he became the poster child for term limits. Removing individuals such as Stipe from office remains a strong selling point for term limits.

But OK Policy makes clear that Stipe and those like him were exceptions, not the rule. “Prior to term limits, there was substantial legislative turnover,” the institute notes.

The forces that drove that trend remain in place today. Ambition leads many lawmakers to seek higher office, while others simply tire of legislative service before hitting the 12-year mark. This year, just seven of 101 House lawmakers were forced out of office by term limits. But 14 other lawmakers chose not to run for re-election to House seats.

The complaints routinely voiced about the current crop of state lawmakers — that they lack political will, neglect important issues to push special-interest legislation, and don’t even read bills before voting on them — are perennials. Term limits may have changed the faces of those with Capitol offices, but term limits haven’t changed the fact that the Legislature is still filled with far more politicians than statesmen.


Fallin Tops Dorman In New Poll

A new poll, from The New York Times and CBS-TV, has Governor Fallin 10 points ahead of Democrat Joe Dorman in the governor’s race, but Fallin is below the 50 percent mark.

The poll shows Fallin at 47, Dorman at 37.

A previous Rasmussen poll, out last week, showed the two much closer, 45-40 percent.

Both polls have an error margin of 4 to 5 percent.

Fallin, who has never lost an election and who has enjoyed immense popularity in the past, apparently is suffering from numerous controversies in recent months, including Obamacare and Common Core.


Miller: Income Tax Cut ‘Clear as mud’

Treasurer Ken Miller says income tax reduction “clear as mud”: http://newsok.com/oklahoma-treasurer-calls-income-tax-reduction-measure-clear-as-mud/article/5087203


Fallin Tweaks Obama On Juvenile Illegals

In a letter to President Obama, Governor Fallin today called on the president to end the “secrecy” surrounding the use of military facilities around the country to hold illegal immigrant minors. One of those facilities, Fort Sill, is located in Oklahoma.

Fallin called on Obama to formally confirm and explain reports that run contrary to the messages his administration has sent to the public. In her letter, Fallin wrote that:

  • Vastly more than 1200 illegal immigrants have been held at Fort Sill, despite reports designed to indicate otherwise.
  • The majority of the children held at Fort Sill, Oklahoma, will never be deported and will remain in the United States.
  • At least 212 illegal immigrant children have already been placed with sponsors in Oklahoma where they are eligible under federal law to attend public school and receive emergency health services.
  • The federal government does not plan to close the Fort Sill facility, contrary to the administration’s initial promises.

Fallin wrote, “Provided these reports are true – and I have no reason to believe they are not – your administration appears to be pursuing a course that actively shifts the costs of Washington’s failed immigration policies onto our states. You are intentionally placing a greater burden on our already over-burdened education and health care systems. Even more disturbing, the federal government appears to have gone to great lengths to distract and confuse the public from discerning the true nature of these policies.”

Her letter ends by calling upon President Obama to deliver “an explanation for my constituents as to why the policy of your administration is to ask the state of Oklahoma to indefinitely host a large population of illegal immigrants and to pay for their educational and health needs after they are released from Fort Sill.”


Jordan Stays On Tulsa Ballot

Court’s ruling keeps state representative on the ballot: http://www.tulsaworld.com/homepage4/rep-fred-jordan-to-stay-on-ballot-in-tulsa-county/article_86b260ae-4ae2-5760-aad9-6993908dfd09.html


MSNBC’s Todd Picks Rising Stars

Chuck Todd of MSNBC has picked four Oklahoma lawmakers as “rising stars”:

http://www.msnbc.com/the-daily-rundown/watch/oklahoma-s-rising-stars-312368707785

Senate Race: $5 Million-plus And Counting

Oklahoma’s 2014 Senate race has been marked by spending…lots of spending: http://newsok.com/more-than-5-million-made-way-into-republican-race-to-replace-oklahoma-sen.-tom-coburn/article/5054072


Douglas Draws Support From Mayors

Present and former mayors today announced their support for Corporation Commission Patrice Douglas in the Republican runoff in the 5th District.

Douglas is a former mayor of Edmond.

The mayor endorsing Douglas:

  • Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett
  • Edmond Mayor Charles Lamb
  • Bethany Mayor Bryan Taylor
  • Lawton Mayor Fred Fitch
  • Tecumseh Mayor Eddy Parker
  • Ponca City Mayor Homer Nicholson,
  • Former Oklahoma City Mayor Ron Norick
  • Former Edmond Mayor, Saundra Naifeh

In announcing his support for Douglas, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett commented, “As a former Mayor of Edmond, Patrice Douglas is the best qualified candidate to ensure Oklahoma residents have a voice in Congress. In Oklahoma City, there is no doubt that Patrice understands the responsibility and challenges in fostering a pro-growth environment that attracts good-paying jobs.”


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