AT&T technician Rex Lawhorn (left), former reserve Marine Chris Powell and zoo owner Joe "Exotic" Maldonado
Lawhorn on the revenue package funding teacher raises: He called it a $400 million tax on the poor and said, "Is that small government? I don't think so."
Lawhorn on constitutional carry: "Yes please. In (the case of the Lake Hefner shooting), a gun-free zone, though voluntary, has a very good probability of putting bullets in a mother and a daughter instead of just in a perp. Calling for gun control, as Rep. (Cyndi) Munson did, calls for more death."
Lawhorn on incentives/tax breaks to lure businesses: "I advocate for ensuring that the tax burden is equally shared among all the corporate interests. In that vein, the (gross production tax) should be increased up to 5 percent to 7 percent depending on who you ask, and the subsidies for all energy should be eliminated."
Powell on incentives/tax breaks to lure businesses: "So-called economic development tax policies, such as Tax Increment Financing, should also be eliminated as they do little but steal economic activity from neighboring areas while simultaneously reducing revenue to municipal, county, and state government and to our local schools."
Powell on medical marijuana: "Not just the fact that people are suffering and need that medical aspect of it, but it's the overall thrust of the fact that we are too busy chasing around people over a plant when it's not as harmful as alcohol, which is perfectly legal. We need to put those resources that were are putting on that into other things."
Powell on constitutional carry adoption/religious freedom bill: “In both cases the governor acted against the interests of individual liberty. With the (constitutional carry) veto Gov. Fallin demonstrated that she views the Second Amendment as a grant of privilege to be restricted as the state chooses. By signing SB1140, which will allow public money to be used to refuse services to certain members of the public over matters of faith, she acted against the principle of equality before the law and undermined freedom of religion.”
Maldonado on medical marijuana: "Marijuana decriminalization is on the top of my agenda."
Maldonado on incentives/tax breaks to lure businesses: "The state should not be in the business of picking winners and losers in the private sector, nor should it engage in corporate welfare. For too long, the oil industry has had a monopoly on the economy of this state. Economic success is directly tied to the oil industry; under my leadership, we would move Oklahoma to a more modern and diversified economy."