News

Fallin vetoes bill: ‘Pro-life’ Gov. Fallin vetoes a bill because it is too ‘vague’

 

Gov. Mary Fallin, who ran for office twice on a “pro-life” platform, has vetoed a bill to ban abortion that passed by large margins in the Oklahoma House and Senate. Fallin’s excuse for the veto was that is was “ambiguous” and could not withstand a “criminal constitutional legal challenge.” Fallin claims that as governor, she […]

GOP legislators push for a $5k teacher pay increase

 

Over 20 members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, representing all four quadrants of the state, are supporting a $5,000 pay raise for all classroom public school teachers statewide while protecting Oklahomans – including teachers – from tax increases. The estimated cost to give the 42,027 classroom teachers in Oklahoma a $5,000 raise would be […]

Out-of-state retailers’ sales tax bill

 

Legislation to place restrictions on out-of-state retailers was signed by Gov. Mary Fallin. House Bill 2531, by state Rep. Chad Caldwell, the Retail Protection Act, will require online retailers that do not have a physical presence in Oklahoma to either begin voluntarily collecting sales tax at the point of consumer purchase or sending each of […]

Capping pay for state employees

 

State Rep. Scott Biggs said a conference committee report will be filed for House Joint Resolution 1062 that would give Oklahomans a chance to vote to limit the salaries of the top-paid state employees. Biggs said he is amending a constitutional amendment that was going unused to include language that would ask voters to approve […]

Senate hikes taxes to generate income

 

The full Senate voted to approve a group of bills aimed at raising taxes to offset the budget gap for the 2017 fiscal year. The finance reform measures will generate more than $250 million in additional taxation that can be appropriated in the 2017 budget as part of a comprehensive effort to address the state’s […]

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Opinion

Editorial: God bless Dahm, Brumbaugh; Shame on Gov. Mary Fallin

 

God bless Sen. Nathan Dahm and Rep. David Brumbaugh! These are Godly men of great character. Neither is a professional politician but they are public servants who ran for office so they could make Broken Arrow and Oklahoma better places. When Dahm and Brumbaugh say something, especially during a campaign, their “yes means yes and […]

Editorial: America marches blindly toward a single-payer plan

    

Hillary Clinton just dipped her toe a little bit further into the waters of single-payer health care, prodded by her competitor for the Democratic presidential nomination, Bernie Sanders. She recently called for allowing more people to join Medicare — the government-run healthcare program for seniors — by allowing those “55 or 50 and up” to […]

Editorial: Re-elect State Rep. Ken Walker

 

State Rep. Ken Walker has served the citizens of District 70 well. Walker, with his extensive military background, business acumen and common sense, has sponsored and passed bills that help Oklahomans every day. Walker is vice chairman of the A&B Transportation Committee and sits on three other committees – Administrative Rules; Public Safety; and State […]

Editorial: Vote for State Rep. George Faught

 

State Rep. George Faught is a small businessman who is making a sacrifice to serve his fellow Oklahomans in the State Legislature. Faught, a Muskogee Republican, is chairman of the Administrative Rules Committee in the House. He also sits on the A&B General Government, Transportation and Veterans/Military Affairs committees. Faught is an active member of […]

Editorial: Republican Party is in trouble

 

Is this the end of the Republican Party? Billionaire Donald Trump is now the presumptive candidate after Sen. Ted Cruz lost in Indiana and suspended his campaign. Thanks to open primaries and constant free publicity, Trump, who hosted a popular TV show, managed to emerge from a field of 17 candidates to win the nomination. […]

Columns

Feral hogs beware! They are a nuisance in Oklahoma

    

I have only really been hunting once in my life. While I was in college, one of my roommates (Jerry Foster) and I went to visit his parents in Lone Grove in southern Oklahoma (near Ardmore). Jerry’s late father was an avid outdoorsman and he asked us if we wanted to go squirrel hunting. I […]

A Long Way from Being Bill

    

If you missed it, the Sunday New York Times (May 15) carried a front page article entitled, “Crossing the Line:  Trump’s Private Conduct with Women.”  Most reasonable people would have thought – why Trump when you have Bill Clinton to talk about? These next several months should be riveting as more details of Bill Clinton’s […]

On Memorial Day, visit Floral Havens’ veterans flag display

    

As we come to the last full week in May, it has been for a number of decades the almost universal policy of citizens of the United States to stop and pay tribute primarily to the war veterans who were full casualties in the various wars which our republic has found itself embroiled in. In […]

The Bible solves the big mystery of life

    

I’ve encountered many mysteries as a parent. Back in the day, our most common mystery went something like this: Chocolate milk has been spilled on the kitchen floor. I call in my two sons and ask, “Who did it?” “I didn’t do it,” they both reply. “Who left the living room light on last night?” […]

If you go out to eat, try to pick a restaurant that you like

    

We don’t eat out a lot for a variety of reasons. First, my wife Susan is a terrific cook. She cooks well-balanced, tasty meals. After almost 34 years of marriage, I can say there is nothing she makes that I don’t enjoy. Secondly, eating out is expensive. I have a regular Friday morning breakfast meeting […]

Sports

New Missouri coach hires OU alumni; Ross transfers to MU

 

The Missouri football team is taking on a distinctive Oklahoma influence under first-year head coach Barry Odom. Running back Alex Ross of OU is transferring to MU, which hired former OU quarterback and offensive coordinator Josh Heupel as part of the new football staff. And there are other OU alumni on the coaching staff. Odom […]

7th Annual Patriot Cup Invitational adds new wrinkles

    

There are a couple of big changes coming to the 7th Annual Patriot Cup Invitational, hosted by Folds of Honor in Owasso this weekend. This year, there is no qualifying round on Sunday and the Monday golf event will not be open to the public. “We took out the qualifying round and made that an […]

Oklahoma signs NC’s Jordan Shepherd

 

University of Oklahoma basketball coach Lon Kruger announced the signing of 2016 guard Jordan Shepherd to a national letter of intent. Shepherd, currently a senior at Asheville Christian Academy in Asheville, N.C., will be eligible for the Sooners this fall. Shepherd, 6-2 and 175 pounds, was honored as the 2015 Carolinas Athletic Association’s player of […]

OU-Houston will kick off at 11 am

 

Kickoff for the Oklahoma Sooners’ Sept. 3 season opener against the Houston Cougars in the AdvoCare Texas Kickoff at NRG Stadium in Houston is set for 11 a.m. The game will be televised by ABC. OU (11-2) and Houston (13-1) posted the best combined 2015 record (24-3) of any two teams that will meet in […]

Stephen Gentry hired at OSU

 

Veteran basketball coach Stephen Gentry joined Brad Underwood’s coaching staff at Oklahoma State as the Director of Player Development. Gentry spent the last three seasons with Underwood at Stephen F. Austin as an assistant coach, where he helped the Lumberjacks rack up a total of 89 wins, which are tied for the most by any […]

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 […]