David and Ann Brown Distinguished Fellow

Trent England is the David and Ann Brown Distinguished Fellow at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, where he previously served as executive vice president. He is also the founder and executive director of Save Our States, which educates Americans about the importance of the Electoral College. Trent is a producer of the feature-length documentary “Safeguard: An Electoral College Story.” Trent has appeared three times on Fox & Friends and is a frequent guest on media programs from coast to coast. He is the author of “Why We Must Defend the Electoral College” and a contributor to "The Heritage Guide to the Constitution" and "One Nation Under Arrest: How Crazy Laws, Rogue Prosecutors, and Activist Judges Threaten Your Liberty." His writing has also appeared in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Washington Times, Hillsdale College's Imprimis speech digest, and other publications. Trent formerly hosted morning drive-time radio in Oklahoma City and has filled for various radio hosts including Ben Shapiro. He previously served as Executive Vice President of the Freedom Foundation in Olympia, Washington, where he developed and directed the Foundation's constitutional studies and activism programs. Trent was also a Publius Fellow of the Claremont Institute, a candidate for the Washington State House of Representatives and a legal policy analyst at The Heritage Foundation. Trent holds a law degree from The George Mason University School of Law and a bachelor of arts in government from Claremont McKenna College. He lives in Oklahoma City with his wife and their three children.

David and Ann Brown Distinguished Fellow

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Oklahoma legislators are raising concerns about the legality and propriety of Attorney General Mike Hunter's settlement with Purdue Pharma, the maker of OxyContin. I wrote about other concerns in "Opioid lawsuit sets bad precedent for gun manufacturers" and "Should private companies pay for government's failures?"

NonDoc's Tres Savage has the story, including comments from House Majority Whip Terry O’Donnell.

“I think everybody there was very frustrated and concerned about the process,” O’Donnell said. “I’m extremely concerned that any executive agency could seemingly sidestep the Legislature and circumvent the constitution and direct funds to a public trust or a nonprofit entity.”

An attorney himself, O’Donnell said no one in Thursday’s meeting questioned whether Hunter could have gotten more money in the settlement. Instead, he and McBride said legislative leaders were frustrated that they felt the Legislature had not been consulted prior to the settlement’s announcement.

“As an attorney, we are ethically responsible to report settlements and negotiations to our clients,” O’Donnell said. “Not keeping your client informed of the settlement negotiation and the details of the settlement is not consistent with the ethical practice of law.”




David and Ann Brown Distinguished Fellow

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