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UPDATE: Murphy has Three Question for Johnson

May 1, 2008

We just received this in our inbox from the Murphy campaign:

There are three questions that are yet to be answered by Rob Johnson.

First, did he transfer funds from his House account to his Corporation Commission account?

Second, what was the amount of that rollover?

Third, did he vote for the ethics reform package that would have prohibited this very practice (HB2196 Sec. J.)?

Rob Johnson: "Dana Murphy’s Lagging Campaign Stoops to False Negative Attack on Fellow Republican"

May 1, 2008

“Desperate candidates say desperate things when they find themselves lagging far behind their opponents, but Dana Murphy should at least get her facts straight.” – Rep. Rob Johnson

Literally, as soon as we posted the Dana Murphy piece, we received a press release release from the Johnson campaign refuting her claims. Saying that Murphy is playing “loose with the truth” and is trying to explain away her “fundraising failures” by “fabricating the facts.” Johnson says in his release that he showed nearly twice as much cash on hand as Murphy when he filed his fundraising report yesterday with the Oklahoma State Ethics Commission. Johnson had $251,981 to Murphy’s $128,458.

From the release:

“Dana Murphy’s campaign is using funny numbers and funny dates to make bogus claims,” said Keili Hicks, a spokesperson for the Johnson campaign. In an attempt to strengthen her own fundraising shortfall, Murphy argued that Johnson’s campaign had rolled over his State House account on April 30th.

Hicks said Murphy’s facts were clearly wrong. She says that Johnson launched his Corporation Commission account January 30, nearly three months earlier than Murphy falsely claimed.

“If there’s someone playing a shell game, it is clearly Dana Murphy who actually violated state ethics rules when she filed her report several days late during the January reporting period,” Hicks said.

“The biggest disappointment is that Murphy has violated Ronald Reagan’s 11th Commandment once again, which was to not attack a fellow Republican,” Hicks said.

“Dana Murphy should spend more time focusing on the needs of Oklahoma voters and less time on false negative attacks. Perhaps conservative Republican Party leaders should remind Murphy that our battle is with the liberal Democrat incumbent and not each other.

Dana Murphy: "Voters in Oklahoma Have Grown Weary of Candidates Who Are Looking for the Next Rung in Their Political Ladder."

May 1, 2008

“Everywhere I travel across this great state, voters of all social and economic backgrounds admit that my campaign is very different, very refreshing. Voters can easily see that to move the state forward on energy policy, they need someone who actually understands the industry and isn’t bought and paid for by special interests.” Dana Murphy

Republican Oklahoma Corporation Commission candidate Dana Murphy took the gloves off today in a press release sent to the media. Calling her race with State Rep. Rob Johnson (R-Kingfisher) the classic “David versus Goliath” scenario, Murphy said she has “probably forgotten more about the Corporation Commission than her opponents will ever know.” She goes on to say that “voters in Oklahoma have grown weary of candidates who are looking for the next rung in their political ladder.”

Murphy also questions Rep. Johnson’s fundraising prowess:

“It seems disingenuous for my opponent to boast of his fundraising for this particular race when a closer look at his donations reveals a disparity between what is said and what is done. Review of Ethics Commission reporting shows money raised by Representative Johnson has actually been contributed to his House account from many of those with a vested interest in legislation this session. As of April 29, 2008, there was not a report showing any funds contributed into his Corporation Commission account. He finally rolled over his House account contributions into his Commission account on April 30, 2008.”

This will be an interesting race to watch.

Jackson To Assume House Leadership Position

October 23, 2007

By Robert Barron Staff Writer

Enid’s Mike Jackson will assume a House Republican leadership position next legislative session when he becomes co-majority whip.

Jackson was named to the post along with current majority whip, Rep. Rob Johnson, R-Kingfisher. Johnson’s job, according to House Speaker Lance Cargill, will be to train Jackson to take over the position. Cargill made the appointment during a recent party caucus in Ardmore.

“With the addition of Rep. Jackson, we have a solid team of talented individuals ready to accomplish great things for Oklahoma,” said Cargill, R-Harrah.

“I’m honored to be asked by Speaker Cargill to serve in the position and will to my best to serve not only our caucus, but my Enid constituents,” Jackson said.


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Lawsuit Reform Measures Pass House Committee

March 7, 2007

House Bill 1620 & House Bill 1475 part of House GOP “Entrepreneurial
Society” agenda

A House committee Tuesday passed two measures aimed at providing comprehensive lawsuit reform in Oklahoma.

“There are too many abusive lawsuits filed in Oklahoma, and these measures will begin to make this state’s legal system more reasonable,” said Rep. Rob Johnson (R-Kingfisher), author of House Bill 1620. “While our legal system in Oklahoma works in many respects, we’re proposing common sense reforms that will make the system better.”

House Bill 1620 is a part of the House Republican majority’s Entrepreneurial Society legislative platform – a package of legislative measures focused on removing barriers to economic growth and opportunity in Oklahoma. The measure passed the House Judiciary and Public Safety Committee Tuesday, as did House Bill 1475, a bill focused on medical liability.

“Our legal system in Oklahoma should ensure access to our courts for those with legitimate claims, but it should not allow unfair shakedown lawsuits and costly jackpot justice,” said House Speaker Lance Cargill (R-Harrah).

House Bill 1620 contains a number of provisions, including limiting the amount a defendant can be required to pay to secure the right to appeal; making it harder for frivolous lawsuits to make it to trial; limiting unreasonable class-action lawsuits; limiting the plaintiff to only be liable for its proportionate share of damages, excluding cr iminal cases; limiting non-economic damages in civil suits to a reasonable amount; and protecting school officials from being sued for reasonably punishing unruly students.

House Bill 1475 lifts the restriction on the medical specialties under which the $300,000 non-economic damages cap applies. Existing language only applies to OB-GYNs as it relates to pregnancy, and medical professionals involved in emergency room care. Wrongful death or negligence are exceptions to the cap.

“As a physician in a rural community, I know that the fear of junk lawsuits and the high price of liability insurance are having a terrible impact on health care in our state,” said Rep. Doug Cox (R-Grove), an emergency room physician and the author of HB 1475. “We need reallawsuit reform to ensure access to quality health care in our state.”

A third part of the House GOP’s lawsuit reform package, House Bill 2106, is scheduled for a floor vote today.

Authored by Speaker Cargill, HB 2106 will create a specialized court docket to handle commercial and corporate disputes. Cargill said the complex nature of these types of cases requires expertise and familiarity with specific areas of business law, creating a significant burden on trial courts.

Bill Banning Elected Officials from Appearing in PSAs Clears Committee

February 27, 2007

Legislation preventing elected officials from using appearances in public service announcements (PSAs) as free campaign TV time passed a committee vote Monday.

House Bill 1451, by Rep. Rob Johnson, would ban elected officials from appearing in PSAs during election years in which they are up for re-election. The measure passed a vote of the House Rules Committee Monday and now moves to the House floor.

“This practice essentially allows incumbents to have free campaign commercials,” said Johnson (R-Kingfisher). “Basically, if an elected official has a buddy who’s putting together a PSA, the official can appear in it, reaching hundreds, if not thousands of people at no charge to his or her campaign. It borders on being unethical, and certainly gives incumbents an unfair advantage. Rarely can a challenger afford such an opportunity.

“Public service announcements certainly serve a valuable purpose, and this bill is in no way an attack against them,” Johnson added. “We just want to remove this unfair advantage for sitting elected officials.”

If passed by the Legislature and signed into law, HB 1451 would be in effect for the 2008 elections, in which at least all 101 of Oklahoma’s House seats and 24 of the state’s Senate seats will be up for grabs.

House Bill Making County Offices Nonpartisan Clears Panel

February 21, 2007

Legislation that would make county offices in Oklahoma nonpartisan passed a vote of the House Elections and Redistricting Subcommittee on Wednesday.

House Bill 1452, by Rep. Rob Johnson, would allow all registered voters, regardless of party affiliation, to cast a ballot in their local county elections.

“There are two key reasons why Oklahoma needs this change,” said Johnson (R-Kingfisher). “First, when you consider county government’s responsibilities, partisan politics shouldn’t play much of a role. County government deals more with the administration and enforcement of county services and laws. These aren’t partisan issues.

“Second, partisan county elections, by their very nature, often prevent a large portion of the population from voting on county officers. If all the candidates for a particular county office are of the same political party, the race is decided in the primary, and any voter who’s not a member of that party is effectively disenfranchised. This happens regularly in rural counties.”

Pointing to the office of sheriff as an example, Johnson said, “Whether you’re a Democrat or Republican shouldn’t affect your job as sheriff. The sheriff’s duty is to enforce the laws already on the books. A sheriff’s party affiliation should be immaterial to whether or not they can do the job.

“We have nonpartisan judicial elections because judges should be unbiased and not partisan, and because all citizens should have a say in the process” Johnson added. “County officials should be the same way. It just makes sense.”