In the Saturday (February 6) Capitol Report, Pat McGuigan said that after a 70 percent drop in oil and gas prices, Governor Mary Fallin’s State of the State address was bold, pressing the kind of conservative reform promised in the past. Using color-coded charts and a “red, yellow, green” traffic analogy, the chief executive touted her plan to make the spending process more transparent (including all government revenue, not only legislative appropriations).
McGuigan applauded her support for school choice, criminal justice reform, and administrative efficiencies in public education. Pushing tax es on services, cigarettes and Internet sales will be difficulty to achieve.
In presidential politics, the CapitolBeatOK editor told News9‘s Alex Cameron that in Iowa “Cruz conquered, Trump tumbled and Rubio rose.” The race for the Democratic presidential nomination is so close that South Carolina later this month may be a “tie-breaker” – and the Oklahoma primary on March 1 will matter.