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Fallin Names Deering to Succeed Aragon »

Governor Mary Fallin is naming Major Gen. Myles Deering as her Secretary of Veterans Affiars, Oklahoma Watch has learned. Fallin’s spokesman, Alex Weintz, confirmed the changes Friday afternoon. Weintz said…

Dec 19 2014 / 1 Comment / Read More »
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Revenue Triggers Indicate Tax Cut In 2016 »

Oklahomans will benefit from much needed tax relief in 2016 after the vote by the Board of Equalization that the revenue triggers in a bill passed by the Legislature and…

Dec 19 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
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As Coburn Exits, The Plaudits Flow »

Senator Tom Coburn said goodbye to the Senate and Washington on Tuesday and by Wednesday, he was back home in Muskogee, an ordinary citizen once again. Coburn’s last day in…

Dec 18 2014 / 1 Comment / Read More »
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Murphey: When Faith Meets Politics »

Rep. Jason Murphey Shortly after the conclusion of the 2012 legislative session, I wrote an article based in part on my observations of the last stressful days of that session.…

Dec 18 2014 / 3 Comments / Read More »
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Pruitt, Small: EPA’s Clean Power Plan Is Wrong For States »

Scott Pruitt and Jonathan Small Writing in The Hill Imagine a rule that raises the cost of electricity, hurts the most poor among us, cuts domestic jobs and results in…

Dec 16 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
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Oklahoma Policy Institute’s David Blatt: ‘Our democracy is broken’ »

Oklahoma Policy Institute Oklahoma’s most recent elections saw the lowest voter turnout in over 50 years. Less than one-third of Oklahoma’s voting age citizens participated in an election that chose…

Dec 16 2014 / 3 Comments / Read More »
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Pruitt’s No Contest Fundraising Examined »

The Tulsa World’s Randy Krehbiel examines the most recent campaign finance report  of Attorney General Scott Pruitt, who had no opponent: http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/government/pruitt-re-election-campaign-raised-after-it-learned-it-would/article_74bdafd2-8020-5fc5-aaa9-5e6694c01589.html…

Dec 16 2014 / No Comment / Read More »
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Lankford Announces Senate Appointments »

Senator-elect James Lankford today announced his appointment to four Committees for the upcoming 114th Congress in the U.S. Senate: the Committee on Appropriations, the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental…

Dec 15 2014 / 1 Comment / Read More »
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GOP Chairman’s Race Draws Pam Pollard »

Former Oklahoma County Republican Party Chair, Oklahoma Republican Party Vice-Chair, and current Oklahoma Federation of Republican Women’s State President, Pam Pollard, today announced she is a candidate for chairman of the Republican…

Dec 15 2014 / 3 Comments / Read More »
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Fallin Names Asher As Adjutant General, Others To Veterans Commission »

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In addition to naming a new secretary of veterans affairs today, Governor Fallin announced several other actions: Brig. Gen. Robbie…

Dec 19 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Fallin Names Deering to Succeed Aragon »

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Governor Mary Fallin is naming Major Gen. Myles Deering as her Secretary of Veterans Affiars, Oklahoma Watch has learned. Fallin’s…

Dec 19 2014 / 1 Comment / Read More »

Leroy Bridges Dies At 87 »

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Well-known political activist and observer Leroy Bridges has died at age 87: http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/oklahoman/obituary.aspx?n=LEROY-BRIDGES&pid=173519444…

Dec 19 2014 / 1 Comment / Read More »

High Court to Pott County Judge: Uh, NO! »

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The Oklahoma Supreme Court has told a Pottawatomie County judge his award of attorney fees of more than $7 million…

Dec 19 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Revenue Triggers Indicate Tax Cut In 2016 »

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Oklahomans will benefit from much needed tax relief in 2016 after the vote by the Board of Equalization that the…

Dec 19 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Access Midstream Donates 1,800 Weather Radios To Public Schools »

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Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi and the State Board of Education will thank Oklahoma City-based Access Midstream today for…

Dec 18 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

As Coburn Exits, The Plaudits Flow »

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Senator Tom Coburn said goodbye to the Senate and Washington on Tuesday and by Wednesday, he was back home in…

Dec 18 2014 / 1 Comment / Read More »

Murphey: When Faith Meets Politics »

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Rep. Jason Murphey Shortly after the conclusion of the 2012 legislative session, I wrote an article based in part on…

Dec 18 2014 / 3 Comments / Read More »

Pruitt Anti-Fraud Unit Prevents $16.8 Million In Fraudulent SS Payments »

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Attorney General’s Office Attorney General Scott Pruitt announced the Workers’ Compensation, Social Security and Insurance Fraud Unit of the AG’s…

Dec 18 2014 / 1 Comment / Read More »
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Revenue Triggers Indicate Tax Cut In 2016 »

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Oklahomans will benefit from much needed tax relief in 2016 after the vote by the Board of Equalization that the revenue triggers in a bill passed by the Legislature and signed into law last session have been met. With dozens of legislators in attendance, the…

Dec 19 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Murphey: When Faith Meets Politics »

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Rep. Jason Murphey Shortly after the conclusion of the 2012 legislative session, I wrote an article based in part on my observations of the last stressful days of that session. In that article I explained how I have enjoyed the opportunity to see the governance…

Dec 18 2014 / 3 Comments / Read More »

Bingman Announces Senate Committee Assignments »

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Senator Bingman’s Office Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman today announced committee assignments for Republican members. “Oklahomans have given Republicans a historic majority in the state Senate,” said Bingman, R-Sapulpa. “With 40 Senators, there is a considerable diversity of leadership and talent in the Republican…

Dec 17 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Oklahoma Democrats Down, But Not Out, Robertson Says »

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Randy Krehbiel Tulsa World As bad as the 2014 elections were for Oklahoma Democrats — and they were bad — there was also some reason for encouragement, the party’s state director said Friday. “There were some things we did correctly,” Executive Director Trav Robertson said.…

Dec 13 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Hickman Announces House Committee Leadership »

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House Speaker Jeffrey W. Hickman announced the chairs and vice chairs for the standing House committees and appropriation subcommittees of the 55th Oklahoma Legislature. “I am truly grateful for our members who are willing to serve in leadership roles for our committees,” said Hickman, R-Fairview.…

Dec 12 2014 / No Comment / Read More »

Bingman Names Senate Committee Leaders »

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Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman today announced committee chair and vice chair assignments for all standing committees and appropriations subcommittees. “I’m privileged to work with such an exceptional group of public servants,” said Bingman, R-Sapulpa. “Their dedication and expertise will serve us well as…

Dec 12 2014 / 1 Comment / Read More »
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Fallin Names Asher As Adjutant General, Others To Veterans Commission

In addition to naming a new secretary of veterans affairs today, Governor Fallin announced several other actions: Brig. Gen. Robbie L. Asher will be named Oklahoma adjutant general on February 2 and will command the Oklahoma…

Dec 19 2014 / Read More »
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Revenue Triggers Indicate Tax Cut In 2016

Oklahomans will benefit from much needed tax relief in 2016 after the vote by the Board of Equalization that the revenue triggers in a bill passed by the Legislature and signed into law last session have…

Dec 19 2014 / Read More »
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Pruitt Anti-Fraud Unit Prevents $16.8 Million In Fraudulent SS Payments

Attorney General’s Office Attorney General Scott Pruitt announced the Workers’ Compensation, Social Security and Insurance Fraud Unit of the AG’s prevented more than $16.8 million in fraudulent federal social security benefits payments during the 2014 federal…

Dec 18 2014 / Read More »
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High Court Sides With Fallin; She Can Keep Secrets

The Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled today that Governor Fallin can keep secret some information related to executive discussions: http://newsok.com/article/5376509…

Dec 16 2014 / Read More »
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Court Upholds Capitol Restoration Funding

Below are statements from officials at the Office of Management and Enterprise Services in response to the Supreme Court’s action today upholding House Joint Resolution 1033, which provides $120 million in bond funding to begin restoring…

Dec 15 2014 / Read More »
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The New York Times: Irresponsible, Shoddy, Shameful

The New York Times has endangered the life of a police officer and his wife. The Times published this: “Officer Wilson and [blank] own a home together on [blank] Lane in [blank], Mo., a St. Louis…

Nov 26 2014 / Read More »
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Poll: Same-sex Marriage Still Unacceptable

Same-sex marriage may be more acceptable to Oklahomans than it was a decade ago, but the most recent Oklahoma Poll indicates that a large majority still rejects it. The Tulsa World reports details: http://www.tulsaworld.com/newshomepage3/oklahoma-poll-same-sex-marriage-still-opposed-by-most-voters/article_0ce35ed4-148e-5a43-b9f8-07cdfe5c64f6.html…

Nov 17 2014 / Read More »
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Video: Charles Barkley Speaks Of Social Ills

Former NBA great Charles Barkley called out “unintelligent” black people for criticizing successful black people as “acting white” or not acting black enough. Barkley’s comments aired during an interview on Philadelphia’s WIP radio this week; Barkley reacted…

Oct 26 2014 / Read More »
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Pruitt: Biblical Principles No Reason For IRS Scrutiny

Attorney General Scott Pruitt President John Adams said, “Nothing is more dreaded than the national government meddling with religion.” However, the federal government may be signaling its intention to forego the wisdom of President Adams. Recently,…

Oct 21 2014 / Read More »
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School Enrollment Increases

Oklahoma Department of Education The number of students in Oklahoma public schools increased for the 2014-15 school year, keeping in line with a steady, long-term trend. Total enrollment for 2014 in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade is…

Dec 3 2014 / Read More »
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10,000 Respond To Hofmeister Education Survey

State Superintendent-Elect Joy Hofmeister said today that more than 10,000 people have completed an unscientific survey conducted by her transition team about education, and the results were clear. “I am encouraged by the sheer number of…

Dec 2 2014 / Read More »
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Bingman, Hickman Hail Waiver Reinstatement

Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman said Monday that the reinstatement of Oklahoma’s No Child Left Behind waiver ensures the state’s education reform efforts will continue. “With the federal government’s politics now out of the way,…

Nov 24 2014 / Read More »
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No Child Left Behind Waiver Good News, But…

Oklahoma Educated Workforce Initiative Executive Director Jennifer Monies released the following statement following the announcement that Oklahoma’s waiver from federal No Child Left Behind mandates has been reinstated: “While it is good news that schools will…

Nov 24 2014 / Read More »
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Lawmaker Proposes Education Bond Issues

Tulsa lawmaker Brian Crain wants bond issues for education: http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/oklahoma-lawmaker-proposes-billion-bond-issuses-for-common-higher-education/article_30bd382f-f8de-5294-9e46-35b67e137d68.html…

Nov 17 2014 / Read More »
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As Coburn Exits, The Plaudits Flow

Senator Tom Coburn said goodbye to the Senate and Washington on Tuesday and by Wednesday, he was back home in Muskogee, an ordinary citizen once again. Coburn’s last day in the Senate was remarkable: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/dec/17/tom-coburn-rankles-harry-reid-in-farewell-senate-d/…

Dec 18 2014 / Read More »
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Cole Takes Issue With Obama Over Cuba

Congressman Tom Cole.  a member of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Defense, issued the following statement after President Barack Obama announced steps to “normalize relations” between the United States and Cuba. This policy change comes after…

Dec 18 2014 / Read More »
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The Side Of Inhofe Many Don’t Know

There’s a side to Senator Jim Inhofe that many don’t know: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/12/16/which-u-s-senator-revealed-he-has-traveled-to-africa-more-than-100-times-to-pray-with-those-in-need/…

Dec 17 2014 / Read More »
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Lankford Announces Senate Appointments

Senator-elect James Lankford today announced his appointment to four Committees for the upcoming 114th Congress in the U.S. Senate: the Committee on Appropriations, the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs, the Select Committee on Intelligence,…

Dec 15 2014 / Read More »
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Video: Tom Coburn’s Farewell

Senator Tom Coburn said goodbye to the Senate today in an emotional tribute to voters: http://youtu.be/vRfg5IyZVN0?list=UUVfmzzKSutzOyJIikyseNHg…

Dec 11 2014 / Read More »

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