Two Oklahoma Republican State Senators put forward a bill that would create specialty license plates that show off the president’s campaign slogans. Some analysts believe this license plate could be a violation of federal campaign finance law.
Senators Nathan Dahm and Marty Quinn wrote the legislation, which would create Oklahoma state license plates that read “Make America Great Again” (MAGA) and “Keep America Great” available for people to buy.
As of now, 98 styles are available for purchase for registered vehicles in Oklahoma. More than half of the proceeds go to nonpolitical causes and charities.
The proceeds from the “MAGA” and “Keep America Great” license plates won’t go directly to president Trump’s reelection campaign. However, they will be split among two veteran groups: The Warriors for Freedom Foundation and the Folds of Honor Foundation. Trump will still have a say in the license plate designs.
“The license plates shall be designed in consultation with the corporation or entity designated by Donald J. Trump for such purposes,” the bill details.
According to the Washington Post, the two senators have yet to submit the bill to the Federal Elections Commission for an advisory opinion. After all, this bill may be employing state resources to disseminate campaign materials for the president.
Although the money collected from the sale of the plates would not be diverted towards President Trump’s reelection campaign, some contend that it still breaks federal campaign finance laws if the state uses taxpayer dollars to make them. If such a bill were to pass, it would raise numerous free speech issues.
“These are political slogans,” stated Richard Briffault, a professor at Columbia Law School. “This has the look and feel of using state resources to support a political candidate, which seems improper . . . and possibly illegal.”
This bill is a piece of pro-Trump legislation state lawmakers will discuss when the statehouse gets together in February. Back in November, the same two senators introduced a bill that would rename a section of Route 66 the “President Donald Trump Highway.”
Rush Limbaugh Announces That His Lung Cancer is Terminal
Conservative radio titan Rush Limbaugh announced to his listeners Monday that his lung cancer is terminal.
Recent scans showed that the cancer has progressed despite much treatment and positive results. “It’s not dramatic, but it is in the wrong direction,” said Limbaugh.
Limbaugh announced his cancer diagnosis back in February. President Donald Trump honored the pioneering conservative talk show host with the Medal of Freedom at the State of the Union address shortly thereafter.
Here’s a transcript of what Rush said on his show Monday. Excerpt below:
From the moment you get the diagnosis, there’s a part of you every day, okay, that’s it. Life’s over. You just don’t know when. But when you get that diagnosis, I mean, that’s… So, during the period of time after the diagnosis, you do what you can to prolong life, do what you can to prolong a happy life. You measure a happy life against whatever medication it takes.
And at some point you can decide, you know, this medication may be working, but I hate the way I feel every day. I’m not there yet. But it is part and parcel of this. It’s tough to realize that the days where I do not think I’m under a death sentence are over. Now, we all are, is the point. We all know that we’re going to die at some point, but when you have a terminal disease diagnosis that has a time frame to it, then that puts a different psychological and even physical awareness to it.
Stage 1 is just a bunch of little nodules running around, and even if you got a scan that showed a bunch of nodules, they’d say, “Gotta keep a sharp eye on them. There’s some nodules here, some nodules there.” But it really doesn’t present as what it is (this type of cancer) until it’s stage 4 — and stage 4 is, as they say, terminal. So we have some recent progression. It’s not dramatic, but it is the wrong direction.
So we have to tweak the treatment plan, which we did, and the chemotherapy drugs in hopes of keeping additional progression at bay for as long as possible. The idea now is to keep it where it is or maybe have it reduce again. We’ve shown that that is possible. If it happened once, it can happen again. So that’s the objective of the current treatment plan.
We here at Big League Politics will continue to keep Rush and his family in our thoughts and prayers.
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