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Stitt returns from Paris just in time to shit on Oklahoma Tribal Nations

We have bad news, everyone. Our deadbeat dad is back from summer vacation and he’s not happy. 

On Friday afternoon, a grumpy and jet-lagged Kevin Stitt resumed his duties as Oklahoma Governor in the only way he knows how – shitting on Oklahoma’s proud tribal nations. 

In case you missed it, Governor Stitt – freshly stuffed with a bloated belly full of baguettes, sparkling wine and macarons – held a press conference on Friday to beg the Oklahoma Senate not to override his vetos of a pair of bills that would have extended various tax compacts with Oklahoma’s tribal nations. 

He did this because, as we know, Kevin Stitt’s main hobby as Oklahoma Governor has been to wage political war on our tribal nations at every opportunity, perhaps as retribution for them trying to kick his family off their rolls over a century ago.  

Of course, Kevin Stitt can’t come out and say that, so he has to try and justify his bizarre war with fearmongering, false calms, and long-winded warnings. You know, the way the GOP handles most of the things they’re against.

For those not in the know regarding the always fun and lively topic of tax compacts, here’s the TLDW…

Oklahoma lawmakers reached a deal with various tribal nations this legislative session and passed laws that would extend some tobacco and car tagging tax compacts for another year.

Stitt wanted to push tribes into less favorable deals, and as a result, vetoed the bills.

He’s now making weird, likely unfounded claims that extending those compacts would let tribes expand their tax boundaries to other parts of the state that were once rightfully theirs due to McGirt or something like that.

I’m not an expert on tribal taxation agreements, but I do know that Stitt hates our tribes and their leaders with a deep passion that’s generally only reserved for old widows who are behind on their mortgage payments, so it’s a pretty safe bet to say the Oklahoma House, Senate and Tribal Nations are on the right side here, and an override of the veto would be good for our state. 

Earlier today, the Senate attempted to do just that, and failed by four votes thanks to some of the Governor’s friends in the Derplahoman Caucus:

As you can see, there were some Senators absent today because, uhm, why should we expect them to do the job they were elected to do?

Former Oklahoma Governor Greg Treat – the guy who runs the Senate – is confident the override will eventually pass:

Either way, Stitt is pleased.

I am pleased by the Senate’s vote to sustain my veto of the Tobacco Compact extension and I believe that today’s outcome underscores the state’s commitment to negotiating compacts in good faith, that are beneficial to all parties involved. My original compact offer—to extend the compacts previously negotiated and entered by Oklahoma’s Governor and tribal counterparts—is still on the table for each tribe that has reached out and remains available to those that have not yet. I look forward to continuing to work with them to reach an agreement."

I think the current compacts are a 50/50 split, so I don’t possible to get more equally beneficial than that, but what do I know? I don’t have an irrationally bizarre hatred of indigenous peoples and tribes. 

Anyway, I guess we’ll keep our eyes and ear on this and keep you informed as to any updates. Stay with The Lost Ogle. We’ll keep you advised. 

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