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Oklahoma Insurance Department spends $180K on guns, police vehicles

swat 2Kaye Beach

Nov. 30 2012


Reported today by Sean Murphy, AP;


The Oklahoma Insurance Department spent more than $180,000 on high-tech shotguns, bulletproof vests and seven police-package vehicles that agency officials say were needed as part of its expanded focus on criminal insurance fraud.

But the purchases have raised eyebrows among some lawmakers who question why the agency’s nine-member anti-fraud unit — which primarily investigates white-collar crimes — needs equipment typically used by police officers and SWAT teams.

“I don’t think Oklahomans as a whole are going to relish the day when their neighborhood is full of official police-package insurance department police cars as they’re executing an arrest on a guy who did a fraudulent insurance claim,” said Rep. Jason Murphey, R-Guthrie . . . “For the life of me, I never could come to grasp with why the Insurance Department couldn’t take a local sheriff’s deputy, or someone responsible to the local community, with them when they do these arrests,” he said.

According to Insurance Department records, the agency this year purchased five 2012 Dodge Chargers for $23,590 each and two 2013 Chevrolet Tahoes for $26,505 apiece, each outfitted with police packages that include stiffer suspensions and wiring for additional communications equipment.

The agency also purchased seven Remington pump-action shotguns for $699 each, along with seven mountable shotgun lights that cost $203 apiece and seven bulletproof vests that cost $625 each.

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Freedom is Brewing in Oklahoma! Tea Party 2/27/09

(maybe more if you can organize one fast!)

FRIDAY FEBRUARY 27th @ 11AM, or whenever you can get there

OKC – State Capitol Steps

Tulsa – Veteran’s Park, 21st & Boulder

Invited Speakers include, Senator Randy Brogdon, State
Representatives Charles Key, Dr. Mike Ritze, Jason Murphey
and Republican Party State Vice Chair Cheryl Williams and
Tulsa County Chair Sally Bell, and many others.

On February 17th, President Obama signed the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which has sent the
national debt into the trillions of dollars and jeopardized
the American way of life.

All these government bailout initiatives amount to reaching
into our pockets and indebting our children in order for
the government to spend its way out of a crisis that
uncontrolled spending and intrusive government controls on
the economy caused in the first place.

After several trillion dollars poured down the hole of
inefficient, bloated corporations, who really need the
tough medicine of bankruptcy reorganization, this is too
much!  Like the over-taxed Colonies over 200 years ago, we
are stepping forth to show our displeasure. To President
Obama and Congress we Americans shout in unison, “ARE YOU

On Friday, February 27th at 11am at Veteran’s Park (21st&
Boulder) and on the steps of the State Capitol in OKC,
Oklahomans from all walks of life will rally together
responding to CNBC’s Rick Santelli’s call to protest this
gross negligence in government spending.  As part of the
Nationwide Chicago Tea Party they will be joined by
Americans in New York City, Washington, DC, Houston, Los
Angeles, and Chicago, in a show of united opposition to
bailout plans.

Tulsa area contact:
Jai Blevins (918) 760-8282 jaiblevins@hotmail.com

Oklahoma City area contact:
Alan Webb (405) 413-9322 okcteaparty@yahoo.com

This movement was spearheaded by [1]Top Conservatives on
Twitter, [2]Smart Girl Politics, [3]the DontGomovement.com,
[4]Americans for Tax Reform, [5]the Heartland Institute,

[6]American Spectator Magazine, and [7]R3publicans.
We invite you to join in support with these         
Official Facebook Event Page:

Please see http://r3publican.wordpress.com/ for more

Links from above:
1. http://www.tcotreport.com/
2. http://smartgirlpolitics.ning.com/
3. http://www.dontgomovement.com/
4. http://www.atr.org/
5. http://www.heartland.org/
6. http://spectator.org/
7. http://r3publican.wordpress.com/
8. http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=665494086

Special Thanks to Sandra Crosnoe for her tireless efforts to motivate and connect people and information on this event.   Her example of Servant Leadersip is a source of inspiration to all who love their country and neighbors.

Much appreciation, Sandra!


Standing Up For States’ Rights HJR 1003

murpheycspanFrom the Edmond Sun

http://www.edmondsun.com/opinion/local_story_047224528.htmlMonday, February 16, 2009
Standing Up for States’ Rights
The steps taken in the past few days by Congress to give the federal government nearly 800 billion dollars worth of increased power reminds me of a column I wrote last November. In that article I wrote about the expected expansion of the federal government and how I felt the issue of state’s rights could once again be a significant issue in the Oklahoma Legislature this year.

It is important to note that in comparison to state governments, the federal government was created by our founders to be small and limited. This is because the people have a much stronger voice at the state level, whereas the ability of people to effect change is greatly limited at the federal level, and nearly non-existent on the global level of government.

Both political parties have used the expansion of the federal government as a tool to accomplish their various agendas. Now a group of aggressive liberals can use that power not only to move America to the left but to build upon itself and increase in size, making the federal government more expansive and powerful than ever before.

As a result, a bigger federal government will likely be most responsive to those only with enough money and influence to use that power to benefit themselves. This will leave the responsibility for paying for big government to the average taxpayer who cannot afford to invest in lobbyists and politicians in order to manipulate the system for their benefit.

This means that we can expect the federal government to reflect the desires of powerful special interests, liberal politicians and their support groups like ACORN (the possible recipient of 2 billion dollars because of the stimulus bill).

This week the Oklahoma House of Representatives Rules Committee voted unanimously to support House Joint Resolution 1003 authored by State Representative Charles Key. Key’s proposal should now be headed to the floor of the House where I look forward to supporting it.

HJR 1003 seeks to reassert Oklahoma’s sovereignty under the Tenth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and according to the resolution’s language, serves as “Notice and Demand to the federal government, to cease and desist, effective immediately, mandates that are beyond the scope of these constitutionally delegated powers.”

The Tenth Amendment 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.”

Representative Key has made it clear that during the last few decades he believes that the Constitution has been hanging by a thread.

While a similar resolution passed with the support of the Oklahoma House during the last session of the Legislature, it appears to have failed to receive a hearing in the Oklahoma Senate. This year, with new leadership in place in the Oklahoma Senate, I am hopeful HJR 1003 will receive a fair hearing.

I consider it an honor to support Rep. Key’s efforts in this regard. But, it is also going important for the state to refuse to participate in new inappropriate federal programs such as the apparent expansion of the welfare program included in the stimulus bill. No doubt advocates of Oklahoma’s participation in this scheme will say that we must bring in new federal dollars by adding more welfare recipients. I say it is time to stand up to the federal government and it’s latest expansions.