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.
“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.”
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.
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.
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
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.