The Winds of Change
Wind-generated electricity is key to our future success of energy independence. Oklahoma has long played a role as one of the country’s largest energy producing states. And with the recent uptick in alternative energy, Oklahoma is once again leading the charge. Currently, we are the 9th largest producer of wind power in the United States, generating 689 megawatts each year which powers around 200,000 homes. | Read More »
Town Halls and Tea Parties
As most of you are aware, each year I host 50 town halls spanning the 32 counties in the Third Congressional District. These have long been one of my favorite traditions. I begin each meeting with a brief introduction and an update of current legislation under consideration in Washington as well as other hot button issues of the day. I then open it up to | Read More »
The True Cost of Our Rising Deficit
According to the non-partisan Congressional Budget Office, the President’s budget proposal for 2010 will produce a $9.3 trillion addition to our current deficit over the next ten years. As with a person or company that borrows money, the federal government must pay interest on all borrowed funds. To do this, the federal government sells U.S. Treasury bonds and bills to people, companies, even foreign countries. | Read More »
Rewarding Irresponsible Decisions with Endless Bailouts
Yesterday, Congress passed H.R. 1106, the Helping Families Save Their Homes Act. Supporters hope this legislation will restore liquidity in the housing market and assist those homeowners who are in foreclosure. While this is a lofty goal, the bill just passed may not achieve it. There are certain aspects of the bill that I can support. For example, permanently raising the FDIC insurance limit from | Read More »
The Year of Reform?
This year has brought good news for freedom and democracy in Oklahoma. Last month, the state’s attorney general, Drew Edmondson, dropped his appeal of a federal court decision, which had overturned part of Oklahoma’s petition law. The AG also dismissed all charges against the Oklahoma Three — Rick Carpenter, Susan Johnson and me. Hopefully, with the end of this politically motivated prosecution, the chilling effect | Read More »
Democrat Congressman Boren: This Bill is Un-American; Obama is a Partisan
I couldn’t agree more: Blue Dog Democrat Boren, the lone Democrat [in the Oklahoma delegation - bf], was the first to pop off about President Obama. Boren said Obama “missed an opportunity” for the stimulus bill to be bipartisan. “It was a good thing for the president to meet with Republicans. The previous administration never met with Democratic members of Congress. “The problem is that | Read More »
On the Good News Front – The Incubation Chambers
We lost, however it looks not quite as bad as it did last night. Obama’s victory doesn’t seem to have been as big as either of the Clinton victories, nor the 1988 Bush victory. Also, Obama apparently didn’t have as big of the coattails I feared.The Democrats will pick up about 15-18 House seats when they were previously looking to get at least 25. The | Read More »
Dem Candidate Refuses to Remove Name of Fallen Soldier from Campaign Website
A Democrat candidate for the Senate in Oklahoma has thus far refused to remove from his campaign website the name of a fallen U.S. soldier despite the fact that the soldier’s Mother and family have repeatedly asked that Rice remove their son’s name. Candidate Andrew Rice hosts on his site advertising for his campaign a page that lists a number of soldiers from Oklahoma that | Read More »
U. of OK Decertifies Teacher Over His Global Warming Skepticism?
A popular professor of environmental geology seems to be under attack by the University of Oklahoma because of his skepticism over global warming this month. In October Dr. David Deming, a teacher for the U of OK for over a decade, was informed that his “general education” certification was being revoked for his class. This will result in many students passing over his class when | Read More »
A Pause in the Jubilation: Is Inhofe In Trouble?
Andrew Rice has halved the 20-point lead that Senator Inhofe possessed a month ago. Not only that, but Inhofe’s approval and disapproval ratings are basically the same (46% to 47%); the only plus is that Rice lacks name recognition (52% in the last poll). Republicans don’t seem to think he is much of a threat despite the fact that former HRC staffers have joined his | Read More »
Consumers and Suppliers Unhappy With Ethanol
A recent New York Times article has helped to expose the frustration of unwilling ethanol consumers and their suppliers. Marine and small engines are sputtering across the nation and fuel efficiency in our nation’s cars has decreased and all due to ethanol, or at least that is how many consumers see it. According to the article small engine repair centers are seeing an increase in | Read More »
Did you enjoy watching Senator Trainwreck embarrass Harry Reid?
Is this the sort of thing that brightens your day?And, like Constant Reader NightTwister, do you think that “Entertainment this good should cost money”?Well, guess what: it does – because one major reason that Doctor No can do this sort of thing is because he can win cloture votes. And the reason why he can win cloture votes is because he has enough GOP Senators | Read More »
Senator Reid Offers Excuses Not Solutions
When Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid introduced a massive and unprecedented $10 billion omnibus spending bill this week comprised of about 35 of the 200 bills I have declined to help pass without debate this Congress, he argued his effort would end my “unprecedented obstruction” and advance the priorities not of politicians seeking reelection but the American people. What the Majority Leader’s tactics are more | Read More »
Thank You RedState and Congratulations on RedState 3.0
As someone who has never been shy about criticizing status quo politics in Washington I’m often asked whether I have much hope for the future of country. While I don’t have much confidence that the current crop of elected officials in Washington will take serious steps to put us on a sustainable fiscal course or maintain a protracted conflict with radical Islam, I have a | Read More »
Oklahoma Election 2008
As we find ourselves with a new look to the blog and in the summer run up to an election, I thought we’d look at the different offices up for bid in Oklahoma.To start: SenateOur Current Senators are James Inhofe and Tom Coburn. Tom Coburn is in office until the 2010 election, so it is Inhofe’s seat up for grabs.Let’s look at the playing field: