Oklahoma, like many western states, allows its citizens to directly participate in the democratic process through citizen initiatives and referendums. In a referendum, the legislature directs a question to the people — usually to modify the state constitution, since the legislature can change statutes itself. An initiative requires no legislative involvement, but is initiated by the people via...
Present Reforms to Keep the Ghost of State Questions Past from Creating Future Headaches
January 04, 2021 at 01:00PM - Unknown Click the headline to read the entire report, at www.1889Institute.org
Competition is as American as baseball and apple pie. “May the best man win” is a sentiment so old it doesn’t care about your pronouns. The beneficial effects of competition on economic markets are well documented. So why do we let powerful business interests change the rules of the game when they tire of competing in the free market? Most of the time when an occupational license is enacted, it...
Licensing Boards Might Violate Federal Law: Regardless, They Are Terrible Policy
December 22, 2020 at 12:04PM - Unknown Click the headline to read the entire report, at www.1889Institute.org
In a recent post, 1889 Institute expounded on the fiduciary duty of elected officials “to act in the best interest of the people of the state as a whole,” a “high duty, executed as a public trust … wherein one puts the people’s interest above one’s own.” This fiduciary duty must not stop with elected officials.Once an elected body or an elected official – the legislature, a city council, the...
When It Comes to the Cox Center, “What if I Get to Meet a Movie Star?” Isn’t Good Enough
December 16, 2020 at 02:51PM - Unknown Click the headline to read the entire report, at www.1889Institute.org
Byron Schlomach, director of the 1889 Institute, issued the following statement today regarding the ongoing school closures throughout Oklahoma as a result of the Oklahoma State Board of Education’s response to the COVID-19 virus: Way back in March, the 1889 Institute first protested school closings based on then-existing evidence that school-age children are not prone to the disease, evidence...
Official Statement of 1889 Institute: Open Oklahoma’s Schools
December 14, 2020 at 12:14PM - Unknown Click the headline to read the entire report, at www.1889Institute.org
The Christian philosopher, C.S. Lewis, once said, "Of all tyrannies, a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. It would be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies." The moral busybodies C.S Lewis warns of reminds me of those who would have Americans give up their liberty to combat COVID-19. A recent Oklahoman...
COVID Inspires Tyranny for the "Good" of Its Victims
December 09, 2020 at 12:00PM - Unknown Click the headline to read the entire report, at www.1889Institute.org
Over a million Oklahomans voted in the recent November 3rd election. For most, the presidential race between Joe Biden and Donald Trump is what drove them to the polls. However, some were likely confused when they reached the bottom portion of their ballot marked “Judicial Retention Elections.” What are judicial retention elections? Every two years, certain judges are placed on the ballot...
I Abstain: Why I Refuse to Vote in Judicial Retention Elections
December 07, 2020 at 11:30AM - Unknown Click the headline to read the entire report, at www.1889Institute.org