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The Oklahoma House is Rocking

Kaye Beach

Dec. 8, 2011

The legislative session hasn’t even begun but the rumblings can be heard already.  Maybe we have found the source of the unusual earthquakes that Oklahoma has been experiencing- The Oklahoma Republican Caucus.

Last session there was a concerted effort to pin all the discord on the staunch conservative GOP House members but as time goes by it becomes more and more obvious that the friction extends far beyond merely a few members.  House leadership has a real problem and containing the growing ire within its own   ranks is not going to be easy from the looks of things.

below are two recent articles about the annual two day retreat for GOP House members to get together and discuss the work before them in the upcoming legislative session.  The actual down-to-business meeting was very short and certainly not sweet.

The Oklahoma Truth Council notes;

Some supporters of Steele are finding it harder and harder to ignore the train wreck his leadership is creating. There are whispers of a possible revolt and move to oust Steele from the Speaker’s office once the House opens for business on February 6, 2012.

Read more from the Oklahoma Truth Council- Caucus Chaos


The McCarville Report Online posts an email about the retreat written by a very unhappy Rep. Gus Blackwell whose story makes Speaker Steele seem positively Grinch-y.

My question on the abuse of power, by the Speaker, extended well past the replacing of Rep. Trebilcock and into the myriads of other firings and resignations, which have occurred in the House.  Another firing of a House employee happened yesterday, while this topic was being avoided. An employee with just two days to go until her 25th year of service to the House of Representatives was fired and escorted out, like a criminal. No longevity check
in her stocking this year. 

Read more; Blackwell: GOP Caucus Was A Sham, Steele Abused Power Of Speaker’s Office



Thank You Oklahoma House Rules Committee!

From R3Publicans;

House Rules Committee Gets Standing Ovation!

Oklahoma HJR 1003 Claiming Sovereignty under the 10th Amendment was heard Wednesday, February 11, 2009 and passed out of Committee unanimously.

Call legislatores and thank them for their support.

The Rules Committee of the Oklahoma House of Representatives met late in the afternoon Wednesday, February 11, 2009 in Room 412-C at the Capitol, after being delayed by action on the House floor.

Both Room 412-C and the overflow room next door were filled to capacity with citizens anxious to support Representative Charles Key’s bill HJR 1003, known as the 10th Amendment bill.

The 10th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution states:
“The powers not delegated to the United States by the Constitution, nor prohibited by it to the States, are reserved to the States respectively, or to the people.”

Oklahoma HJR 1003 declares, in part:
“THAT this serve as Notice and Demand to the federal government, as our agent, to cease and desist, effective immediately, mandates that are beyond the scope of these constitutionally delegated powers. THAT all compulsory federal legislation which directs states to comply under threat of civil or criminal penalties or sanctions or requires states to pass legislation or lose federal funding be prohibited or repealed.”

The 12-member Rules committee, after some discussion, passed HJR 1003 12-0. The overflow room burst into applause and gave the legislators a standing ovation.

Oklahoma is looked to as a leader in state’s rights. Moving HJR 1003 out of committee is the first step in keeping this legislation alive.

Continued support for both HJR 1003 and the Senate version, SJR 10 by Senator Randy Brogdon, will be crucial as these bills work their way through the legislative process.

Please call and email Rules Committee Chairman Representative Gus Blackwell and the other committee members to thank them for supporting HJR 1003 and ask them to continue their support going forward.

‘m sending a Thank You to the House Rules Committee for unanimously passing HJR 1003 out of committee yesterday.
If you are so inclined, here is their contact info;
House Rules Committee Contact information:


Blackwell, Gus (Chair)          gusblackwell@okhouse.gov             R (405) 557-7384
Jackson, Mike (Vice Chair)   mikejackson@okhouse.gov            R (405) 557-7317
Dorman, Joe                       joedorman@okhouse.gov               D (405) 557-7305
Jones, Tad                          tadjones@okhouse.gov                  R (405) 557-7380
Key, Charles                        charles.key@okhouse.gov              R (405) 557-7354
Liebmann, Guy                    guyliebmann@okhouse.gov            R (405) 557-7357
Morrissette, Richard            richardmorrissette@okhouse.gov   D (405) 557-7404
Sanders, Mike                     mike.sanders@okhouse.gov           R (405) 557-7407
Shoemake, Jerry                 jerryshoemake@okhouse.gov         D (405) 557-7373
Thompson, Mike                  mikethompson@okhouse.gov         R (405) 557-7403
Trebilcock, John                  johntrebilcock@okhouse.gov          R (405) 557-7362
Williams, Cory T.                cory.williams@okhouse.gov            D (405) 557-7411