The Legislative Digest is your weekly look at the happenings of Oklahoma’s state legislature, upcoming bills and the terms to know.

Legislative Digest

SB560: This bill would allow a person operating a vehicle that is “approached and surrounded by a person or persons engaged in unlawful activity who has blocked the road” to use lethal force in their attempt to escape. The bill is clearly a response to the wave of Black Lives Matter protests last summer, many […]

The Legislative Digest is your weekly look at the happenings of Oklahoma’s state legislature, upcoming bills and the terms to know.

Legislative Digest

SB159: This bill authored by Democrat Jason Lowe would prevent life sentences without parole and mandatory minimum sentences of over 20 years to any individual under the age of 18 at the time of the corresponding criminal offense. To condemn someone to a lifetime of imprisonment for an action committed before their brain was finished […]

MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell detailing evidence of supposed fraud in the 2020 election. courtesy Mike Lindell “... they are doing absolutely nothing but screaming into the void and occasionally staging a riot. courtesy Mike Lindell

Trump and social media fueled new wave of nihilism

It’s no secret that the American right wing has taken a drastic step to the right in recent years. The obvious cause of this is the election of Trump and his particular brand of politics. He has fueled a new worldview for conservatives, offering a moral crusade against the satanic deep state in response to […]

The Legislative Digest is your weekly look at the happenings of Oklahoma’s state legislature, upcoming bills and the terms to know.

Legislative Digest

SB 676: This bill authored by Warren Hamilton (R) concerns “gender reassignment medical treatment.” If passed, this kind of treatment would be illegal to receive for anyone under the age of 21. People who receive it at this age or doctors who provide it would be subject to prison sentences of at least three years. […]

The Legislative Digest is your weekly look at the happenings of Oklahoma’s state legislature, upcoming bills and the terms to know.

Legislative Digest

SB 223, 224 and 225: This collection of bills was authored by Nathan Dahm, who is ranked as the most conservative Senator in Oklahoma. The bills would prevent mandatory vaccinations and mask mandates, as well as make contact tracing purely voluntary. These bills were also written with a declaration of emergency for the “preservation of […]

Adjusted for inflation, the minimum wage has never again reached the heights it did in 1968. courtesy Statista

A $15 minimum wage is necessary to respond to COVID

As he begins his presidential tenure, Joe Biden’s main focus is helping Americans through the ongoing COVID-19 crisis. One of the ways Biden has begun this process is by increasing the minimum hourly wage for federal contractors to $15. Biden has also expressed support for increasing the national minimum wage to this amount for all […]

Nisour Square in 2010, with a memorial on the left. courtesy Wikimedia Commons

Trump’s pardons of Blackwater mercenaries reveal unaccountability

Trump’s lame duck period was surprisingly calm policy-wise, with no large disruptions to the status quo of his administration. The now-ousted president did, however, unleash a series of final pardons for various Americans. Much of the news coverage around these pardons have focused on figures close to the Trump administration like Roger Stone and Stephen […]

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Trump presented no real shift to Republican Party — it will not change after him.

The coming four years present an interesting situation for the Republican Party. Trump will no longer hold power as president, but the Republicans will likely still have control of the Senate and will certainly have implicit control of the Supreme Court. Many are wondering if the Republicans’ strategy will return to a pre-Trump form with […]

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Democrats will never sweep an election without deep perspective change.

Not all votes have been counted as I write this, but it looks like Joe Biden will be elected the next president of the United States. This result came after days of tense ballot-counting in some of the same swing states that Hillary Clinton lost in 2016. Joe Biden’s victory is a good thing, but […]