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Stitt of Wrath: Governor Bans State-Funded Travel to California

11:45 AM EST on January 24, 2020

With his gubernatorial honeymoon officially over – and while taking heat and criticism from all sides of the political establishment for the clumsy way he's dealt with Native American tribes on the gaming compact – Oklahoma governor Kevin Stitt has turned to a tried and true Republican method to save face and garner support: pandering to pro-life folks.

Yesterday afternoon, Governor Stitt signed an executive order banning all "non-essential" state funded travel to California. The ban was in response to California banning travel to Oklahoma for the draconian, unconstitutional legislation our lawmakers routinely pass in an effort to ban abortion.

Here are details via KFOR:

As families are celebrating the New Year, a few Oklahoma horses will be on one of the biggest stages on New Year’s Day.Express Ranches has been asked to provide its giant Percherons and a sleigh for the cast of the Broadway musical ‘Frozen’ as a part of this year’s Tournament of Roses Parade.In addition to the sleigh, an Express Coach with eight Clydesdales will also be a part of the parade. Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt will be in the ornately designed Express Coach.“Hundreds of equestrian groups apply every year to be included in the parade’s elite line up of equestrian units, but only and a handful are selected,” said Josh Minshull, general manager of Express horse operations in Yukon. “We couldn’t be more honored and thrilled to be invited to bring two entries for this year’s parade.”

Oops! My bad! That's a KFOR article about Governor Stitt and his wife taking a non-essential trip to sunny California four weeks ago to ride horses in the Tournament of Roses parade. It's a good thing he waited until after that visit to take such a valiant stand against California's abortion laws, otherwise he would have had to spend it here in boring pro-life Oklahoma with the rest of us!

Here's the actual Oklahoman article about his California ban:

Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt announced that he is banning state-funded travel to the State of California in response to a city’s action in October of 2019.On Thursday, Gov. Stitt announced that he signed an executive order banning state-funded travel to the State of California.“California and its elected officials over the past few years have banned travel to the State of Oklahoma in an effort to politically threaten and intimidate Oklahomans for their personal values. Enough is enough. If California’s elected officials don’t want public employees traveling to Oklahoma, I am eager to return the gesture on behalf of Oklahoma’s pro-life stance. I am proud to be Governor of a state that fights for the most vulnerable among us, the unborn,” said Gov. Stitt.

Boy, I bet California leaders are shaking in their flip flops! Granted, it's probably because they're laughing at us, but a shake is a shake.

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