This Week in Liberty News, the weekly collection of stories I run across affecting your life and liberty in Oklahoma, Texas, and on the national scene.

Stellar News for Standard Excellence and the Lone Star State

Maya GrimWelcome back to Standard Excellence! After a little over a month of absence, we have a big announcement to bring you. There has been a lot of behind-the-scenes work going on lately. Earlier this year, Maya Grim became the first additional contributor to this site. As the Arizona state coordinator for Smart Girl Politics, Maya has brought her perspective from a border state, believing in guns, individual liberty, and the Constitution.

As the tagline indicates, Standard Excellence focuses mainly on Oklahoma and Texas, so writing from Arizona certainly presented challenges to maintain that emphasis. Well, things have changed. Effective immediately, Maya is reporting from the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex, to bring you news and opinion with a North Central Texas flavor.

This is a very exciting move that will help to grow the reach of SE and enable us to cover more news first-hand, develop original, in-depth content, and focus on issues that affect our lives in the Heartland. Stay tuned for more announcements by visiting the SE Facebook page, Maya’s Twitter profile, and articles to come, right here on


Governor’s Race Officially Underway

With Governor Mary Fallin announcing her plans to run for a second term, and others throwing their hats in, the 2014 Oklahoma campaign season is soon to be in full swing.

Here’s a list of those who have announced their plans to run so far:

  • Mary Fallin (R) – The obvious front-runner and likely nominee, currently unopposed
  • RJ Harris (D) – Interestingly, Harris has run for office as an Independent, Libertarian, and Republican in the past
  • Some have also suggested former Governor Brad Henry (D) could run for a 3rd term


Gun Rights Rally at the Alamo – “Come and Take It San Antonio!”

Today Texas residents gather at the Alamo for a rally led by Lieutenant Governor hopeful Jerry Patterson, currently holding the Commissioner of the General Land Office of Texas. The rally is being met with plenty of opposition, including a counter-rally protest, and even calls for Patterson’s resignation. It is at least a little ironic that the site of Texas’ most famous battle for independence, including the right of Texans to keep and bear their own arms, would become a controversial place to carry those arms and demonstrate.

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