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Video: Mary Fallin doesn’t know the three branches of government…

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It looks like someone forgot to read her Devon Energy talking points

Yesterday, Governor Fallin traveled up the turnpike to address the Tulsa Chamber of Commerce. During a Q&A segment, someone asked her a question regarding the 10 Commandments monument controversy. After rambling for over a minute, she closed with this statement…

“You know there are three branches of our government. You have the Supreme Court, you have the legislative branch and you have the people – the people and their ability to vote.”

Seriously, guys, I’m not making this shit up. Check out the video clip via The Tulsa World:

State Lawmakers want to bring back public prayer at high school playoff games…

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“Amen.”

That’s a sound some Oklahoma lawmakers want you to hear before kickoff at high school playoff games.

On Monday, The OSSAA updated / clarified their policy on public prayer at playoff sporting events. The organization basically confirmed a policy decision made in 1992 that determined praising the almighty over an intercom at OSSAA-sanctioned playoff events is not allowed because it violates federal law and some 226-year-old document called the Constitution.

This, of course, irked members of our Legislature’s Derplahoman Caucus. They want to go all OKC Thunder on us and have mass public prayer at playoff events, because you know, the almighty and powerful supernatural being who created this amazing universe really needs to worry about the outcome of a Jenks – Union title game.

Via a press release by state Rep. Bobby Cleveland.

Now our elected officials are stealing copper…

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I’m a big fan of the Chicago Cubs. Knowing that, imagine my surprise to learn yesterday the team’s new manager Joe Madden is not only the former mayor of Luther, but also an enterprising copper thief.

Via NewsOK.com

A former Luther mayor and town trustee is accused of directing state inmates on work release to steal copper from tornado sirens, Oklahoma County Sheriff John Whetsel said Thursday.

Sheriff’s deputies arrested James Smith, 66, Wednesday on several complaints of copper theft from a tornado siren, according to jail records.

Smith, who served 12 years in Luther’s city government, directed three Department of Corrections inmates on work release to strip copper and aluminum wire from six tornado sirens during a town cleanup in October, Whetsel said. The sirens were not in use at the time.

Geeze, I hope the sirens were not in use at the time. What idiot would steal copper from a tornado siren at noon on a Saturday? Wouldn’t that be awful? We’d have to send the inmates to Wava to get hearing aids.

The story continues…

This lawmaker gets an “F” from the Better Business Bureau..

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One easy way to tell if a business is legit or not is to check its website. If you see a Better Business Bureau logo prominently displayed front and center, be careful. In today’s online world, a reputable business doesn’t need the backing or endorsement of the BBB. They have Yelp! for that. It’s the ones who do need that BBB seal of approval that you should watch out for.

I bring this up because of the guy pictured above. His name is Rick Brinkley. He’s a state senator from Owasso and the former CEO of the Eastern Oklahoma Better Business Bureau. I guess you can say Rick is your typical Oklahoma politician. He loves guns, worships Jesus and is being investigated by the OSBI on allegations he embezzled funds from his employer.

Via NewsOK.com:

A powerful state senator has come under investigation because of accusations he embezzled funds while he was a top official at the Better Business Bureau Serving Eastern Oklahoma.

Sen. Rick Brinkley, R-Owasso, has hired an attorney and is denying wrongdoing. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation has been looking into the accusations since January…

Brinkley, 53, repaid the Better Business Bureau in Tulsa $49,693.94 on Jan. 7, from campaign funds, according to his latest campaign contributions and expenditures report.

His attorney said that was a mistake and that he meant to use a personal check to pay the Better Business Bureau. Brinkley in April reimbursed his campaign because of the error. The attorney did not give an explanation for why Brinkley wrote the check in January.

Brinkley was first elected to the Senate in 2010 and serves as chairman of the Senate Pensions Committee and vice chairman of the Senate Finance Committee.

Yeah, nothing to see here. The vice-chairman of the Oklahoma Senate Finance Committee, the group that oversees our state budget and all that fun stuff, accidentally issued a $49,000 check from the wrong bank account. That happens all the time! Who doesn’t get their bank accounts confused when writing a check for $49,000?

Brinkley tried to explain his mistake to Barbara Hoberock of The Tulsa World:

These Oklahoma lawmakers got into a fight at The Barrel…

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Over the weekend, we received word through the Ogle Mole Network that a pair of Republican state Reps – Dan Kirby and James Leewright – got into a run-of-the-mill bar fight last week at The Barrel on N. Western. No arrests were made or charges filed.

The altercation “allegedly” occurred the night of Tuesday, May 7th, during a “Sine Die” party hosted by prominent lobbyist Gary Huddleston. It’s an annual boozefest where lawmakers, lobbyists and other politicos gather to celebrate the end of the legislative session, and how they’re screwing over everyday Oklahomans for the sake of the religious right, energy industry, and other corporate interests.

I spoke with one Ogle Mole who witnessed the fight. The Mole claims Rep. Leewright, a freshman state rep from the Tulsa area, was standing with a group of girls outside the restrooms, chumming it up like some big shot. At the same time, Rep. Dan Kirby walked out of the men’s room. Apparently something happened and / or words were said, and before you know it, a little squabble broke out.

Here’s how a Mole described it: