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Inhofe Explains Obama’s Executive Orders

2ndamend1Senator Jim Inhofe today reacted to President Obama’s announcement on guns that includes both Executive Orders and the pursuit of legislation through Congress by saying he supports the Constitution.

“While we mourn with those who have lost loved ones, in no way should the actions of those few who act illegally impact the constitutional rights of the many,” said Inhofe. “I will continue to strongly oppose any effort to undermine the Second Amendment and an individual citizen’s right to keep and bear arms.”
Inhofe continued,“What people need to understand about today’s announcement is that it involved two very distinct actions by the president: 1) executive actions that the President will be implementing unilaterally, and 2) making recommendations to Congress for laws that it should pass. Most of the planned executive orders are common sense changes that are within the President’s current powers to implement, namely:
1)      Launch a national safe and responsible gun ownership campaign.
2)      Provide law enforcement, first responders, and school officials with proper training for active shooter situations.
3)      Maximize enforcement efforts to prevent gun violence and prosecute gun crime.
4)      Launch a national dialogue led by Secretaries Sebelius and Duncan on mental health.
“I will adamantly oppose any executive order that I believe infringes upon duly enacted laws by the Congress or on our Constitutional rights. Where I do disagree with the President is on his recommendations for laws Congress should pass. We know from experience that an assault weapons ban will have no meaningful effect on gun violence, as many of the changes that are implemented by a such a ban are cosmetic in nature. Statistics demonstrate that a ban on particular weapons will not significantly decrease crime. Such a ban will, however, significantly decrease our rights guaranteed by the Constitution.
“The text of the Constitution clearly confers upon an individual the right to bear arms – and not just for the purposes of hunting as many liberals will claim. Our Founders believed that the people’s right to own guns was an important check on the powers of the government and ‘necessary to the security of a free State.’ I couldn’t agree more and I stand firm in my support of this right.”

Mullin: Obama’s Executive Orders Are Unconstitutional


2nd District Congressman Markwayne Mullin said today that President Obama’s executive orders on gun control are in violation of  the Constitution and Bill of Rights.

The proposals include: an assault-weapons ban, expansion of background checks for all firearms buyers and limits on high-capacity ammunition clips.

Today’s Obama press conference featured 23 executive orders aimed at tightening federal control over gun rights. In President Obama’s first term he has issued 144 total executive orders.  Today’s total signifies a nearly 15% increase in the total number of executive orders for his term on this one issue.

Said Mullin:

“The constitution was not written by the government to tell the people what rights they had. The constitution was written by the people to limit the government’s power. What the Obama administration is proposing in potential legislative actions and executive orders is a violation of 2nd amendment rights which guarantees us the right to keep and bear arms.

In Oklahoma there are many law abiding citizens who hunt, fish and keep guns for self-protection. The last thing we need to do infringe upon the rights of those citizens. Criminals who chose to break the law will not be deterred by any number of executive actions. These rights are a fundamental way of life for people in my District and across the United States.

The President is politicizing a national tragedy to impose his own personal agenda. This is outrageous and an outright assault on civil liberties. I strongly oppose restricting the rights of law abiding citizens to keep and bear arms and will do everything I can to protect our second amendment rights.”

2nd Amendment Champions Promise Gun Control Fight


Assistant AG Megan Tilly Named Grand Jury Chief

Attorney General’s Office

Attorney General Scott Pruitt Tuesday named Assistant Attorney General Megan Tilly as the new Chief of the Attorney General’s Multicounty Grand Jury Unit. She replaces Charles S. Rogers, who recently was promoted to Senior Assistant Attorney General.

“From the time Megan joined the AG’s Office, she has impressed us with her intellect, attention to detail and a real passion for justice,” Pruitt said. 

Tilly will lead the state’s multicounty jury, which will begin its 14th session later this month in Oklahoma City. The grand jury investigates criminal matters in all 77 Oklahoma counties and handles matters of state interest as well as assists local law enforcement.

Tilly earned a bachelor’s degree at Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va. She earned a Juris Doctor at the University of Oklahoma College of Law, where she was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award in Criminal Procedure and was selected as a member of the Order of the Barristers.

Tilly has served as an assistant attorney general in the AG’s Multicounty Grand Jury Unit, and as an assistant district attorney for Logan and Payne counties, prosecuting general felonies and drug cases.

She serves on the Oklahoma Bar Association’s Bench and Bar Committee and the District Attorneys Council’s Justice Assistance Grant Board.

Tilly and her husband, Matt, who also is an attorney, live in Oklahoma City.

GOP Shows Registered Voter Gains Again

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Oklahoma’s voter registration rolls surged during the election year of 2012 according to the State Election Board’s official annual voter registration statistics released today by Oklahoma State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax.

As of January 15, 2013, Oklahoma has 2,116,186 registered voters. This includes 962,072 Democrats, 897,663 Republicans, 256,450 Independents, and one (1) member of the Americans Elect political organization.

A year ago, on January 15, 2012, Oklahoma had 2,000,610 registered voters, including 943,283 Democrats, 828,257 Republicans and 229,070 Independents.

Therefore, over the past year, Republicans had a net increase of 69,406 voters, while Democrats had a net increase of 18,789 and Independents had a net increase of 27,380.

2012 saw a continuation of Oklahoma’s decades-long trend of Republicans and Independents increasing their share of registered voters. While Democrats still have the most registered voters in the state, their share of registered voters has decreased during the past year while Republicans’ and Independents’ respective percentages of Oklahoma voters have increased.

  • Twenty years ago, in 1993, Democrats made up 63.7% of registered voters. A year ago, Democrats were 47.1% of Oklahoma’s registered voters. Today, Democrats are 45.5% of registered voters.
  • Republicans comprised 33.3% of all registered voters in 1993 and 41.4% of registered voters a year ago. 42.4% of registered voters are Republicans today.
  • Independents surged from just 3% of voters in 1993 to 11.5% of voters a year ago. Today, Independents comprise 12.1% of registered voters in Oklahoma.

Other Notes

  • The Americans Elect party qualified for recognition during 2012, but did not qualify for continued recognition because it failed to nominate presidential electors for the 201

General Election. Americans Elect peaked at 18 registered voters in November, 2012, but state law required these registrations to be changed to “Independent” after Americans Elect ceased to be a recognized political party in Oklahoma. However, Americans Elect continues to exist as a “political organization” under Oklahoma law. Statewide, one voter in Comanche County has registered to vote and self-identified with the Americans Elect political organization.

The report of official voter registration by county as of January 15 is available on the State Election Board website: http://www.ok.gov/elections/documents/reg_0113.pdf

Douglas: Challenges Face Commission

douglasCorporation Commission

Saying the Corporation Commission needs to continue to move ahead in improving service to all stakeholders, Corporation Commission Chairman Patrice Douglas has begun her new term in office.

Douglas said the first two days of what could be considered “business as usual” clearly showed the challenging and varied responsibilities of the Commission.

“In our daily public meetings on Monday and Tuesday, the Commissioners voted on 134 orders ranging from matters involving millions of dollars in oil and natural gas activity, to the fuel costs paid by utility customers, to protecting the environment and the public from an ancient abandoned oil well, to helping a service station stay in business while still meeting environmental requirements,” Douglas said.

“Given the broad scope of this agency’s responsibilities, it’s vital we continue the work to improve our service to those we regulate, consumers, and to the taxpayer,” Douglas added. “I am excited to spearhead a strategic planning process that will bring some of the best ideas of the private sector into the public sector.”

Douglas was appointed to the Commission by Governor Mary Fallin in October 2011 to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of Jeff Cloud. She was elected Chairman by her fellow Commissioners on August 1, 2012.  Douglas ran unopposed in the 2012 general election. Her new term ends in January of 2015.


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