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ECONOMY

The free market is only free if government does not manipulate it.  It is not the responsibility of politicians and elected officials to manage the economy.  The best way to manage the economy is to actually allow the free market to work. Instead of burdensome regulations that slow business growth and expansion, we should unleash business, allowing it to expand, innovate, and employ. Free-market principles will allow the economy to grow and flourish, attracting new industry and making it possible for Oklahoma to expand into new technologies and manufacturing.  As Governor of Oklahoma, I will work to free the economy from crony capitalism and corporate welfare that misuse tax dollars and stifle healthy competition.
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SECOND AMENDMENT

It has been said that the right to arms is the right that protects all other rights. I agree. Protecting our right to keep and bear arms requires constant vigilance. While serving in the Oklahoma Legislature, I did everything within my power to ensure that Oklahomans’ unalienable right to keep and bear arms was not infringed by any government entity.  As Governor, I will vigilantly guard the rights of gun owners in Oklahoma.

I will call upon the legislature to put a constitutional carry bill on my desk and I will sign it. The right to self defense is an inalienable right and law-abiding people should not be restrained by government from doing so.
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GOVERNMENT TRANSPARENCY

While serving in our State Legislature, it became abundantly clear to me that Oklahoma citizens are not being properly represented. Those in leadership have too much power and often limit the citizens’ representation by refusing to hear legitimate bills proposed by duly-elected state representatives and senators.  In some ways we truly do have “legislation without representation.” As your Governor, I will urge for fairness in the legislative process by calling for more transparency. If government has nothing to hide, as many of our leaders insist, then our public officials should have nothing to fear from total transparency.
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EDUCATION

As Governor, I will work to return control of education to its rightful stakeholders:  local citizens and their local school boards. As a former teacher and the husband of a teacher, I am weary of teachers being handcuffed by federal and state policy makers. I am weary of hearing that another teacher left the state for better pay and better working conditions in neighboring states. It is time to seriously examine the conditions and requirements that make it so difficult for teachers to do their jobs in Oklahoma. My administration will focus on the children, the teachers, and the local communities. I will not automatically do the bidding of state and federal bureaucrats.

Many believe that spending more money will automatically solve the challenges we face in education in our state. I do not accept that premise – and neither should you. Focusing attention on spending alone distracts us from focusing on the inefficiencies and over-regulation in our bureaucratic system. Our precious education dollars need to be spent on teachers, classrooms, and students – not on duplicative administrative costs. If the business of education is teaching children, and I believe it is, then the focus of education should be teachers and empowering local schools – not bureaucrats on Lincoln Boulevard or in Washington D.C.
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MARIJUANA/OPIOID CRISIS

I am in favor of decriminalizing medical marijuana. I trust the medical community on this issue, and have no interest in interfering with a physician’s recommendations regarding the prescription of cannabis to help people dealing with serious illnesses. I do not believe this should even be in the realm of politics. While I am not in support of the use of recreational drugs, I will uphold the will of the people as it is expressed at the ballot box.

Furthermore, I believe that we are facing an opioid crisis in our state and we must seek less dangerous and addictive alternatives. Opioid deaths in Oklahoma have reached an all-time high. Eighteen Oklahomans per week died from opioid overdoses in 2016. When people lose respect for human life, cultural values decline and a sense of hopelessness prevails. While people are responsible for their own behavior and choices, big Pharma has exacerbated the problem by creating opioid derivatives many times stronger than heroin and by producing far more pills than can be legally prescribed. The DEA has not set quotas limiting the manufacturing of pills; therefore it is no surprise that many pills find their way onto the black market. I am convinced that prison is not the solution for this complex problem. I believe the solution can be found only in a cooperative effort of the private sector, the government, and the faith-based community. 

As Governor, I will work to bring these groups together to create a comprehensive plan to deal with this epidemic while ensuring that those who rightfully need medication for illnesses continue to have legal access to them. Under my leadership, this would include the use of medical cannabis. 
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GOVERNMENT SIZE/GROWTH

Year after year we hear politicians say they will reduce the size of government. If we are ever to control the size of government, it cannot be allowed to grow faster than the economy that supports it. Yet, Oklahoma government routinely grows two to three times faster than our economy. When government takes money out of the economy to pay for its overspending, it limits economic growth. As Governor, instead of working to slow the growth of government, I will work to reduce the size of government. Only by reducing the size of government can we stop the downward spiral we are in of overspending and overtaxation.
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ENERGY

Oklahoma is an energy state, with the oil and natural gas industry accounting for 25% of all taxes paid in the state, while wind power currently provides nearly 25% of our generated electricity.  Too often, business interests have come to the Legislative and Executive Branches seeking relief or legislation to achieve a financial goal. Energy in Oklahoma is produced by private entities, so solutions to complex contract law should not be legislated. It is not wise for government to pick winners and losers concerning private industry investments, mineral rights and property rights.  The proper role of government is to protect the rights of all private entities while removing unnecessary regulatory barriers that inhibit growth of the free market as it relates to all forms of energy.
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VACCINES

I️ am 100% percent against forced vaccination. I take a dim view of government using force to compel compliance of a supposed free people.
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TAXES

I believe government does not have a divine claim on your hard-earned money. Tax revenue is property that is confiscated from you and spent on bureaucracy over which most have little control.  The large difference between your gross and net pay is caused by the taxes you are forced to pay. If that much money is going to be confiscated by the government, you are entitled to know exactly where every dollar is spent. You and I run our homes and businesses that way – and as your Governor, I intend to make Oklahoma government run that way as well!  When I find bloated, unnecessary government agencies and programs, I will work to eliminate them and return your money to you, the hardworking taxpayer.

As a stakeholder in Oklahoma government, you have a right to know how your money is being used.  You are entitled to a prospectus when it comes to your private investments, and since government often refers to your taxes as an investment, you deserve a prospectus from them as well.  As Governor, I intend to ask for a special appropriation to bring state-of-the-art, understandable, transparency to you, the taxpayer.  I want you to be able to go to your computer, connect with the state government, and see the following:
  1. Who is employed by the state and how much you are paying them through your taxes
  2. What their total compensation package is, including benefits and time off
  3. The performance review process of every agency and how they are stacking up
  4. How much money each agency gets and where exactly it is being spent.

There will be no more hidden fund balances or confusing lines in the budget.  I intend to make this so transparent that the average junior in high school with basic economic training can understand where the money is going.
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EDUCATION

As Governor, I will work to return control of education to its rightful stakeholders:  local citizens and their local school boards. As a former teacher and the husband of a teacher, I am weary of teachers being handcuffed by federal and state policy makers. I am weary of hearing that another teacher left the state for better pay and better working conditions in neighboring states. It is time to seriously examine the conditions and requirements that make it so difficult for teachers to do their jobs in Oklahoma. My administration will focus on the children, the teachers, and the local communities. I will not automatically do the bidding of state and federal bureaucrats.

Many believe that spending more money will automatically solve the challenges we face in education in our state. I do not accept that premise – and neither should you. Focusing attention on spending alone distracts us from focusing on the inefficiencies and over-regulation in our bureaucratic system. Our precious education dollars need to be spent on teachers, classrooms, and students – not on duplicative administrative costs. If the business of education is teaching children, and I believe it is, then the focus of education should be teachers and empowering local schools – not bureaucrats on Lincoln Boulevard or in Washington D.C.
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MARIJUANA/OPIOID CRISIS

I am in favor of decriminalizing medical marijuana. I trust the medical community on this issue, and have no interest in interfering with a physician’s recommendations regarding the prescription of cannabis to help people dealing with serious illnesses. I do not believe this should even be in the realm of politics. While I am not in support of the use of recreational drugs, I will uphold the will of the people as it is expressed at the ballot box.

Furthermore, I believe that we are facing an opioid crisis in our state and we must seek less dangerous and addictive alternatives. Opioid deaths in Oklahoma have reached an all-time high. Eighteen Oklahomans per week died from opioid overdoses in 2016. When people lose respect for human life, cultural values decline and a sense of hopelessness prevails. While people are responsible for their own behavior and choices, big Pharma has exacerbated the problem by creating opioid derivatives many times stronger than heroin and by producing far more pills than can be legally prescribed. The DEA has not set quotas limiting the manufacturing of pills; therefore it is no surprise that many pills find their way onto the black market. I am convinced that prison is not the solution for this complex problem. I believe the solution can be found only in a cooperative effort of the private sector, the government, and the faith-based community. 

As Governor, I will work to bring these groups together to create a comprehensive plan to deal with this epidemic while ensuring that those who rightfully need medication for illnesses continue to have legal access to them. Under my leadership, this would include the use of medical cannabis. 
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