News

Incumbent congressmen face challengers

 

U.S. Rep. Bridenstine, who is seeking a third and final term in Congress, faces a well-financed opponent who is trying to make a case that he is also a conservative. U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin also has drawn a Republican primary opponent. Bridenstine faces fellow Republicans Tom Atkinson and Evelyn Rogers in the June 28 primary. […]

Second District Congress

 

U.S. Rep. Mark Mullin is facing a stiff challenge with Republican opponent Jarrin Jackson in the June 28 primary. On a conservative score by Liberty Scores, Mullin is at 59 percent due to votes on expanding the debt ceiling and for the omnibus bill. Mullin’s voting record is under fire and it caused former U.S. […]

Term limits opened up two Tulsa seats for the House

 

Three incumbents will face primary foes – including a former Tulsa city councilor – in the June 28 Republican and Democrat primaries for the Oklahoma House. Republicans Ken Walker, District 70, and Rep. Jadine Nollan, District 66 plus Democrat Rep. Regina Goodwin have opposition in their respective primaries. Two seats are open due to term […]

Councilors face primary challengers

 

While the race for mayor gets most of the attention, five city councilors will face primary opponents in the June 28 ballot. The City of Tulsa mandates “nonpartisan” elections so that voters for the most part won’t know if candidates are Republicans, Democrats or Independents. The incumbents on the ballot are Jack Henderson from District […]

Rome and London are the top international destinations

 

AAA summer travel bookings show that Rome and London are at the top of many international travelers’ itineraries this summer as Europe continues to show great allure. Americans are also flocking to warm-weather destinations in the United States, Mexico and the Caribbean, and increasingly traveling to Canada to take advantage of favorable exchange rates. The […]

Weather

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Opinion

Editorial: Beacon endorses Rep. Bridenstine, McCloud, McCay

 

Here are our recommendations for the June 28 primary. In some races, we have no recommendation because there are at least two good candidates or there are no good candidates. U.S. Representative, District 1, Republican Jim Bridenstine has done what he said he would do in his first campaign. He has used his military expertise […]

Editorial: Chamber wants liberal publicity

 

The Tulsa Regional Chamber, which has a large percentage of its funding from Tulsa’s hotel tax, commissioned a report that the recent session of the Oklahoma Legislature produced $50 million in bad publicity for the state. This is ridiculous on several levels. First, it is impossible to quantify bad publicity. This worthless study looked at […]

Editorial: Parade recruits homosexuals

 

The “gay pride parade” in Tulsa is all about recruitment. Those who have fallen into a homosexual lifestyle and those secularists who reject God and the Bible target children and families to cram acceptance into Tulsa’s culture. Misery loves company. Some of sponsors of this immoral public display are Camp Fire Green Country (that’s right, […]

Editorial: True legacy of Mohammed Ali

 

Mohammad Ali was a great boxer. That’s about it. When he died at age 74 this month, it was amazing to see how the liberal media deified this person who made his living trying to knock someone into unconsciousness. Cassius Clay, Jr., a nominative Christian, became Mohammad Ali, a devout Muslim, after he got drafted […]

Editorial: Republican leaders will borrow $125,000,000.00 for the Capitol

 

You can’t tax your way to prosperity and you can’t borrow your way to prosperity. The Republican-run Oklahoma Legislature and Gov. Mary Fallin don’t understand that concept. In 2014, the Legislature passed a $125,000,000.00 bond issue to restore the aging State Capitol building after decades of almost no maintenance when the Democrats controlled the state […]

Columns

Time for a little test on how much you know about politics

    

How much do you know about Oklahoma politics and politicians?  Here’s a little quiz. Which politician used to be a Secret Service Agent in the Bill Clinton and George W. Bush White House? Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb Gov. Mary Fallin Commission Bob Anthony Which former governor served as assistant secretary of the Treasury? David Hall […]

America must protect its churches from terrorist attacks

    

In the wake of the horrific murders and injuries from last’s week’s attack on the Orlando nightclub by a self-proclaimed Muslim, America is going through an extreme crisis of confusion.  It seems that everyone is getting the blame for what this evil man did. People are blaming Donald Trump, Obama, the NRA, Republicans, Christians, and […]

Misunderstood La Raza? Hardly

    

We need to step back and consider why the 2016 presidential election is so important.  There are many defining issues such as rebuilding the military, closing the borders, cancelling poor trade agreements and so forth, but the most important is the fact that the new president will probably appoint the majority of Supreme Court justices. […]

Liberal and the liberal media are using the word ‘racist’ too much

    

It continues to dismay and offend me how politicians and others with an agenda to further continue to misuse and even destroy that variation of the English language in common use in the United States. Of course, it should be remembered that there is a long time saying: “He who controls the language controls the […]

Jesus is in the business of personal touch

    

I have a question: Is self-serve serving us well? If you’ve gone shopping lately, you’ve probably noticed that the number of human-type persons who operate a cash register is diminishing. Every week, it seems there’s one more self-checkout lane. Last week there were two, this week there are three and by the time summer is […]

Sports

Oklahoma State blanks Arizona in College World Series

 

On Monday night, Oklahoma State took one more step toward the finals of the College World Series. Behind a strong pitching performance, OSU stayed in the winners’ bracket by beating Arizona 1-0 in Omaha. With the win, the Cowboys improved to 43-20 on the year and became the first team in CWS history to record […]

Dads/sons bond over sports

    

This may be a little late, but as we were celebrating Father’s Day this past weekend, I was thinking about my father in regard to sports. It occurred to me that even though he’s not a huge sports fan, it was my father who took me to many of my first major sports events. And […]

OSU, ORU, WSU set to play Tulsa

 

Tulsa will play Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Wichita State and Oral Roberts as part of a 12-game non-conference schedule announced by TU Coach Frank Haith. The Hurricane will play six home games at the Donald W. Reynolds Center, including contests against Jacksonville State, New Orleans, Oregon State, Illinois State, Oklahoma State and Texas State. TU […]

Memphis, Florida highlight OU slate

 

Oklahoma will face Florida, Wichita State, Memphis, Wisconsin and Auburn in their nonconference basketball schedule this fall. Under Coach Lon Kruger, Oklahoma went to the Final Four last season. The nonconference slate includes seven games plus one exhibition and four teams that made it to the NCAA Tournament last season. Highlighting the schedule are an […]

OSU and Wichita State renew basketball series

 

Oklahoma State and Wichita State have announced a two-game basketball series that will have the programs facing off in Wichita in 2016 and Stillwater in 2017. The Cowboys will face the Shockers at Intrust Arena, a 15,004-seat venue in downtown Wichita, on Dec. 17, 2016. WSU will return to Gallagher-Iba Arena on Dec. 9, 2017. […]

Entertainment

Expanded attractions await visitors to Silver Dollar City

    

BRANSON, Mo. – Silver Dollar City has never lacked for rides, entertainment and culture. Now it has even more. Families have no worries here about the wholesome nature of Silver Dollar City – and the great fun during the Star Spangled Summer of 2015. This year, Silver Dollar City opened Fireman’s Landing, an $8 million […]

SIX is an energetic show that reaches across generations

    

BRANSON, Mo. – Nobody falls asleep when Six is on stage. The six Knudsen brothers’ show is nearly two hours of incredible singing, infectious comedy and pure energy. But no musical instruments. You have to see this show to believe it. Barry, Kevin, Lynn, Jak, Owen and Curtis Knudsen sing, dance, make funny comments and […]

Jim Stafford returns to Branson to celebrate his twenty-fifth season

    

BRANSON, Mo. – It took Jim Stafford 26 years to get in 25 years of entertaining in Branson. After a one-year hiatus in 2014, the affable singer/song writer/guitarist/comedian is back on stage in the heart of the Branson entertainment district. And his long-time fans are really glad. Stafford has consistently been one of the most […]