Rep. Randy McDaniel, R- Edmond, has only been in the legislature a few years therefore his major legislative accomplishments can be listed on a post-it note. But he loves Ronald Reagan.
Every year McDaniel has trekked up to the state Capitol to represent the people of District 83, he brings with him a resolution honoring the legacy of the 40th president of the United States.
For some reason, he believes this is of utmost importance to spend lawmakers' time away from the budget, health care, education and other meaty issues and instead focus on a dead president.
The first year was fine, but this is getting beyond tiresome.
Well, today when McDaniel took to the podium re-fantasize about his childhood days of looking up to Reagan, some members of the House decided they wanted to remember the former president as well. Rep. Richard Morrisette, D-Oklahoma City, brought forth amendments which pointed out Reagan's ability to drive up the deficit to historical proportions and try to get ketchup designated a vegetable among other things.
But after points of order, rulings of the chair and other mayhem, the amendments were pushed aside and McDaniel got his Reagan Day resolution through. This all took half an hour -- tax dollars at work once again.
Oh, but McDaniel did treat everyone to cake and punch afterwards. A great way to remember Reagan.
Angela Monson has only been on the job for a week and is learning that running a school district is a far cry from being a state senator.
Monson defeated Kirk Humphreys for the right to sit in the Oklahoma City school board chair's seat Feb. 10. She previously served as a state senator before term limits forced her from office.
Monson told me before speaking at a luncheon hosted by the Capitol Chamber of Commerce she is trying to get up to speed on the pressing issues of the district, meeting with staff and talking to parents.
One of the first issues being pressed upon is what to do with the 2007 bond issue. District patrons approved a $217 million bond package for new construction, technology and new buses among a host of items. But Superintendent Karl Springer says a mathematical error will cause the bond issue to fall short of providing the voter-approved funds or it will cause the delay of construction projects for several years.
Monson said the bond issue was important to the district and its patrons, and that it's a matter of selling the bonds at the appropriate time to meet the statutory requirement of fulfilling the voter mandate. She has yet to sit down and discuss the situation with Springer but she believes the situation will be resolved.
"We can do this," Monson said. "We can fulfill the obligation made to the voters. We just have to be prudent."
Monson said she is aware that some people involved with the bond issues even question whether a problem exists.
"If it's a timing issue, then that's all it is we can time it just right. If it's more than that, we'll continue to address that.
Monson said she and Springer will sit down and discuss the matter next week.
If the Legislature wants to find ways to shore up the massive budget shortfall the state faces this session, eliminating electricity use for debates on meaningless bills might be one to consider.
Take Thursday for example. Rep. T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton, brought up a resolution to express the Legislature's desire not to have Guantanamo Bay detainees sent to Oklahoma prisons should President Obama follow through on his plan to close the Cuban prison. (A brief lesson, Shannon's bill was a non-binding resolution which means it has absolutely no power, authority, enforcement