November 2016

Republicans vote for McCall as Speaker


Republicans in the Oklahoma House of Representatives voted last week to make Rep. Charles A. McCall their choice as Speaker-elect. After the November 8 election, Republicans gained an historic 75-26 seat majority in the Oklahoma House. There are 25 new Republican representatives. The House Republican Caucus elected its leadership for the 56th Legislature. “I am […]

Shultz picked to lead State Senate


Republicans on November 16 elected Mike Schulz as President Pro Tempore-designate of the Oklahoma State Senate. The Altus Republican is the first Pro Tempore from western Oklahoma in more than 50 years. Schulz will lead a historic Republican Caucus that includes 42 members, the largest majority held by either party since 1965, when the Senate […]

Liberal liquor laws are still months away


The good news for Oklahomans who want more access to alcohol is that State Question 792 – which liberalized the state’s liquor laws – passed easily on November 8. The bad news is that the new laws won’t take effect until October 1, 2018. And the Oklahoma Legislative will have a chance to tinker with […]

Blank presidential votes doubled in ‘16


Almost twice as many Oklahomans refused to mark a preference for president on November 8 than in the 2012 presidential election. On November 8, about 15,931 Oklahoma voters refused to vote for Republican Donald Trump, Democrat Hillary Clinton or Libertarian Gary Johnson. They marked the rest of their ballots but left those three spaces blank. […]

Matt Pinnell may be new RNC chairman


  Media reports are speculating that Matt Pinnell, former chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party, may become the new chairman of the Republican National Committee. Pinnell’s name is apparently on the short list of replacements for RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. Priebus has been named White House Chief of Staff for President-elect Donald Trump. Pinnell is […]

Thanksgiving travel increase seen


For the eighth consecutive year, AAA is expecting more Oklahomans to take auto trips over Thanksgiving this year than they did the year before. According to the auto club’s projections, 555,600 Oklahomans will get to Thanksgiving destinations this year by motor vehicle, which represents 90 percent of all travel and a 1.3 percent increase over […]

Senator Mazzei’s report blasts state wind farm credits


Outgoing Senate Finance Chairman Mike Mazzei addressed the Incentive Evaluation Commission recently in support of a report that examined the cost versus benefits of the state’s Zero Emission Facility tax credit.   The PFM consulting group determined the cost significantly exceeds the benefits of the program, and recommends that the credit termination date should be accelerated. […]

‘Santa Brings a Law Suit’ drive


The Tulsa County Bar Foundation and the Tulsa County Bar Association is launching its “Santa Brings a Law Suit” clothing drive for the holidays. The drive annually gives business attire to men and women in need so they can make the best possible impression during a critical job interview or their first day of work. […]

Thieves active during the holidays


STILLWATER  – Unfortunately, thieves and fraudsters are as much a part of the holidays as brightly colored packages, sweet treats and warm family gatherings. That means shoppers need to keep a sharp eye out for those less interested in hunting up the perfect gift and more intent on stalking wallets and purses. With a constant […]

Recycle liquid cooking oil Nov. 27


The City of Tulsa and the Metropolitan Environmental Trust (The M.e.t.), will hold a used liquid cooking oil collection event on Nov. 27 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Central M.e.t. Recycling Center, 3495 S. Sheridan Road. When cooking oils or greasy foods are disposed of in household drains; fat, oil, and grease […]