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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:

State Sen. Bryce Marlatt had what you would call a wrong vote…

Bryce Marlatt mugshot

The last time we talked about State Senator Bryce Marlatt was following his arrest in Woodward for consuming a what you would call a bourbon and Coke (or four), and then falling asleep in his car at an intersection.

Well, it looks like his hometown isn’t the only place where Marlatt enjoys a tasty adult beverage. Yesterday, during a vote to fund some pop culture museum in Tulsa, the Republican lawmaker “accidentally” pushed the wrong button and defeated the proposal by one vote.

Via The AP:

Oklahoma Legislature nearly condemns world’s dead Christians

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I don’t care if you worship the Christian God or Lord England, you probably shouldn’t be killed or persecuted for your faith. Well, unless you’re faith involves knocking on my door early on a Saturday morning. You probably shouldn’t be killed or persecuted for that either, but you do deserve a flat tire or Braum’s to screw up your order. It seems fair.

Anyway, I bring this up because Sally Kern and her pals in the Oklahoma legislature passed a very important resolution yesterday calling on President Obama to condemn the deaths of Christians around the world.

Via NewsOK.com…

The Oklahoma House has passed a resolution calling on President Barack Obama and Congress to reaffirm the nation’s commitments to protecting religious freedom and condemning the deaths of Christians around the world.

The measure’s author, Republican Rep. Sally Kern of Oklahoma City, said Tuesday that the Christian faith is restricted and even banned in some places around the world and a growing number of Christians are being persecuted and killed for practicing the faith.

The resolution says the World Watch List compiled by human rights organization Open Doors USA estimates that each month, on average, 322 Christians are killed for their faith.

Kern says the resolution does not establish an official government policy on religion and does not promote the use of military force.

That’s nice. You can’t really argue with that.

Plus, it’s good to see our legislature waste its time on symbolic gestures that don’t really mean anything. What would you rather them do? Pass more laws? That never works out well. Hell, they nearly even screwed this thing up. Check out the original language of the resolution:

Surprise: Law enforcement doesn’t want to lose their power to seize your assets

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Last week, State Senator Kyle Lovelace Loveless filed the Personal Asset Protection Act (SB 838). The bill, which will be examined in the 2016 legislative session and actually seems to make sense, has broad bipartisan support and would prohibit law enforcement from seizing cash, vehicles and other property used or gained from the commission of a crime without any charges being filed. Cool, huh?!

Well, don’t tell that to the Canadian County Sheriff. He has a “War on Drugs” to lose…

Via KFOR:

A new bill is coming under fire from some local sheriff’s departments.

Critics say the bill would cripple drug fighting programs across the state.

Over the years, K9 officers in Canadian County have seized millions of dollars in illegal drugs along I-40.

In turn, the sheriff’s office has used money recovered from those busts to help fund numerous public safety programs…

Undersheriff West has a good point. If his department is not able to seize assets from innocent people they suspect committed a crime, how will they fund those valuable public safety programs? You know, the really good ones like this…

MaryFailin.org is for sale…

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Last night, I received a tip via the Ogle Mole Network claiming the domain MaryFailin.org is available on Ebay. The tip may have come from Rico Smith, the man behind the site and the same person who infamously snapped a photo with our Governor while wear a “Mary Failin'” t-shirt during the 2014 gubernatorial campaign.

With the quest to dethrone Mary now done and the his inventory of Mary Failin’ t-shirts depleted, I guess Rico doesn’t need the site anymore, and he’s wants to sell it to you for $5,000.

Seriously.

Here’s the screen shot: