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  • The Truth About Congress’ So-Called Settlement ‘Slush Fund’
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on December 14, 2017 | Preview rr

    If you’ve been watching cable news in the past few weeks, it’s likely you have heard about what networks are calling Congress’ settlement ‘slush fund.’ Misleading reports are spreading false information that a taxpayer funded $17.1 million has been paid out to settle cases of sexual harassment against members of Congress and congressional staffers. This is untrue. While some of this was used to settle alleged discrimination, only a very small amount was used to settle cases of sexual harassment.... Read more

  • The Spirit of Giving
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on December 7, 2017 | Preview rr

    As Christians, we are called give back to the less fortunate. The Bible teaches in Matthew 25 to lend a hand to our neighbors as we would Christ: “For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in.” Jesus explains: “Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.” During the Christmas season, there is a certain sense of Christmas spirit that can’t be replicated a... Read more

  • The Tax Cuts & Jobs Act, Explained
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on December 1, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform

    Millions of Oklahomans work hard day in and day out to bring home a paycheck that fits the needs of their family. I believe they deserve better than a 70,000 page tax code full of loopholes and Washington special interests. That’s why I voted for the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act earlier this month. The House bill simplifies our tax code, reforms the Internal Revenue Service (IRS), and delivers bigger paychecks and fairer taxes for all Americans. The new tax plan is fairer and simpler than before. First... Read more

  • The True Story of Thanksgiving
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on November 21, 2017 | Preview rr

    The holiday of Thanksgiving is most often associated with the delicious meal that comes along with a day of family and friends gathered together in late fall. But somewhere between the turkey, stuffing, and pumpkin pie is the true story of Thanksgiving. It is a story of peace amidst conflict and unity during division. The Civil War was a time of great division in our country’s history. With battle lines drawn and members of the same family fighting brother against brother, our country faced a po... Read more

  • Give Thanks for Family
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on November 16, 2017 | Preview rr

    Traditionally, Thanksgiving gives us an opportunity to express the many ways that we have been blessed. Everyone has something to be thankful for, whether it’s good health, a job, a roof over our heads, a family that loves us, a Savior that died for us—the list goes on. When I count the numerous ways the Lord has blessed our family, I give thanks for the gift of adoption. Frankly, our family would not be complete without two very important members: Ivy and Lynette. It took longer for me to open ... Read more

  • The Greatest Generation Lives On
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on November 9, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Veterans Issues

    Veterans Day is a time to remember, honor, and celebrate the men and women who have served in our military. When I think of veterans who set an example for me, I always think of my papa, Kenneth ‘Cowboy’ Morris. My papa used to tell me about his stories, the friends he made, and what it was like to come back home. Sadly, we are losing our Greatest Generation and soon, they won’t be here to tell us their stories in person. Tom Brokaw, the longtime nightly news anchor, wrote a book in 1998 called ... Read more

  • What Would You Do With $1,182 More?
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on November 3, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Tax Reform

    I remember what it was like to earn my first paycheck. I spent all month putting in hours to earn a decent wage. When pay day finally arrived, I looked at my paycheck and saw that a substantial portion of my earnings didn’t even end up in my pocket. Dollars going to local, state, and federal governments took a hefty chunk of my hard-earned wages and left me wondering how it was fair that Congress and unelected bureaucrats spent my money however they saw fit. Unfortunately, this is the reality fo... Read more

  • Time to Put the Genie Back in the Bottle
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on October 26, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Issues

    The opioid epidemic is devastating our country. In 2016, we lost more than 64,000 Americans to drug overdoses. Today, more than 2 million Americans struggle with opioid addiction. The statistics are daunting and most frighteningly for our country, this epidemic shows no sign of slowing down. Tragically, all of these factors result in the death of 91 Americans each day to opioid overdoses. In 2014, we had more Oklahomans die of drug overdoses than we did in car crashes. Our state has one of the h... Read more

  • PSA: October 28th is Prescription Drug Take Back Day
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on October 19, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Health Issues

    The opioid crisis is widespread in Oklahoma. In order to reduce the number of overdose deaths in our state, we have to work together to turn the tide. As part of my ongoing effort to combat the opioid crisis in our community, I want to make you aware of one important opportunity where you can help. Saturday, October 28, 2017, is the Drug Enforcement Administration’s National Prescription Drug Take Back Day. Prescription Drug Take Back Day is a safe, convenient, and responsible way to get rid of ... Read more

  • A Breath of Fresh Air for Oklahoma’s Economy
    Posted in Mullin' It Over Column on October 12, 2017 | Preview rr
    Tags: Energy

    Over the last 10 months of the Trump Administration, we’ve seen more positive changes to our country’s economy than Congress accomplished in eight years of legislation under the Obama Administration. We have made great progress rolling back harmful, job-killing regulations that hinder our economic growth. One of those harmful regulations is the EPA’s so-called Clean Power Plan which would negatively impact Oklahoma’s economy, energy grid, and workforce. During the Obama Administration, there was... Read more

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