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Archive for: February 15th, 2012

Coffee Talk: Big Brother?

^Big Brother? Moving the smoking age to 21 has stirred plenty of talk. Let’s see: Those under 21 can go to war, but they can’t smoke. Anyone see a…conflict…here?

^Mike Morgan: Witness at his corruption trial testifies he was paid for his influence, not his legal expertise. Suspicion confirmed.

^Tuesday’s special election results.

^Barger quits DPS after Tulsa World reveals past problems.

Witness: Morgan Was Paid For His Influence

Nolan Clay
The Oklahoman

A prosecution witness in a political corruption trial testified Tuesday that  her landfill development company paid a state Senate leader more than $141,000  for his influence in the Legislature, not for his legal advice.

The witness told jurors the company hired Mike  Morgan, then Senate president pro tem, in the summer of 2005 at the urging  of Oklahoma  City attorney Martin  Stringer.

“Martin Stringer, he said we needed him,” Edith  Denton testified in federal court in Oklahoma City. “It was to watch our  back.”

The testimony came on the second day of the bribery and conspiracy trial for  Morgan, Stringer and longtime lobbyist Andrew  Skeith.

Denton recalled that Stringer explained her company, Dilworth Development,  would need someone “in the Senate to be able to block things that were going to  cause us trouble.” The company had hired Stringer in 2003 to help in its plans  to build a landfill in Kay  County, which is in far north Oklahoma.

Denton, who lives in Blackwell, said after a year she wanted to stop paying  Morgan $4,166.66 a month because the senator was too expensive. She said their  attorneys advised her and other owners “it would be better if we paid him until  we got our permit.”

“Were you afraid not to?” Assistant U.S. Attorney Vicki Behenna asked.

“Yes,” she said.

Read more: http://newsok.com/witness-at-oklahoma-political-corruption-trial-testifies-then-senate-leader-was-hired-to-block-troublesome-legislation/article/3648986#ixzz1mRUNPhsB.

Commentary: ‘Big Momma Gov’ At Work In Oklahoma

Kaye Beach
AxXiom For Liberty

House Bill 2314 to gradually raise the legal age to smoke to 21  passed the House Public Health  Committee (Tuesday). The next stop for the bill will be for a hearing on the floor of the Oklahoma House.

If you have an opinion on this measure, you will want to contact your Representative in the  House soon and let them know what you think about it. Link

Personally, I consider those that are 18 years old to be adults and while I wish that no one would choose to smoke, I think the loss of personal autonomy to be the bigger threat here.  Big Momma Gov appears to be alive in kicking in the great state of Oklahoma!

Sales Tax Collections Hit Monthly High

Barbara Hoberock
Tulsa World

General revenue sales-tax collections for January hit an all-time monthly record, the Office of State Finance said Tuesday.

Sales tax collections generated $165 million in January, but the collection includes two weeks prior to Christmas, said Ron Jenkins, a spokesman for the office.

“This is the largest amount of money we have ever collected from sales taxes in any month of any year ever in Oklahoma,” said State Finance Director Preston Doerflinger. “Consumer confidence appears to be high early in the second half of the 2012 fiscal year.”

State sales tax collections for January were up almost 12 percent from the same month a year ago.

“It is great news that sales tax receipts reached an all-time high and our economy is continuing to grow,” Gov. Mary Fallin said.

“I am encouraging legislators to see this as an opportunity, not go grow government or to spend more on government bureaucracy, but to pursue a bold plan to cut taxes and allow Oklahomans to keep more of their hard-earned money.”


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