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Oklahoma, Where the Wind Comes Sweepin’ Down the Plain

Unlike Utah, Wyoming, Idaho, and Kansas, not one county in Oklahoma voted for Obama. While nearly every county in America went more Democratic in 2008 than in 2004, Oklahoma voted significantly more Republican in 2008 than in 2004. Wisconsin and Ohio are states that caught everyone’s attention earlier this year, Oklahoma is starting to get into full stride.

Gov. Mary Fallin signed a drilling bill that modernizes Oklahoma’s oil and gas statutes. House Bill 1909 modernizes oil and gas statutes to update them to accommodate technological advances in horizontal drilling in shale reservoirs. Fallin said the act will help Oklahoma compete against other shale plays nationwide and ensure drilling dollars stay in Oklahoma.

Gov. Mary Fallin on Thursday signed a bill designating June 28 of each year as “Second Amendment Day” in Oklahoma. June 28 is the day the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in the case of McDonald v. City of Chicago, Illinois, that the Second Amendment right of individuals to bear arms is applicable to the states. For quite some time Oklahoma has had very tough laws allowing the use of deadly force as a means for a citizen to expect absolute safety within their own home.

Gov. Mary Fallin signed into law a bill that eliminates a teacher’s ability to appeal their dismissal to a district judge, a procedure known as trial de novo.  Now local communities can get rid of ineffective/incompetent teachers. We just want the best instructors in our classrooms for our kids. We owe it to our children and to taxpayers not to throw up legal blockades that keep ineffective teachers on staff.

Finally, there is this one. Gov. Mary Fallin reversed course Thursday by rejecting a $54.6 million federal grant to help create a health insurance exchange for uninsured Oklahoma residents that is required by the new federal health care law. Accepting the grant could lead the state into a “trap” of complying with the federal health care overhaul. Now Mary Fallin had previously resided in DC before she was elected Governor of Oklahoma. Any residual fear and loathing of getting attacked by the national media for fighting for conservative principles has worn off. Good for Governor Mary Fallin, and good for Oklahoma. Perhaps the more timid establishment politicians, still residing in DC, will take note of what a courageous stands looks like.

I am retired after 36 years of being a state of Indiana employee. I enjoy writing and reading conservative blogs.


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