July 2017

Osborn is removed after tax hike push

 

House Speaker Charles McCall named state Rep. Kevin Wallace as chair of the House Appropriations & Budget Committee after removing Rep. Leslie Osborne, R-Mustang. Osborne drew praise from the liberal news media, including an editorial from Wayne Greene of the liberal Tulsa World, for her efforts to raise taxes in the last legislative session. She […]

Law helping lower medical costs

 

In April 2016, Gov. Mary Fallin signed Senate Bill 1148 into law and Oklahoma into history as the first state to pass legislation intended to put an end to counterproductive mandates that drive up the cost of medical care and limit patient choice. Twenty-two states have now introduced bills inspired by this legislation sponsored by […]

Closing a loophole on sex offenders

 

Legislation has been filed that seeks to close a loophole in Oklahoma statutes that allow sex offenders to live next door or near their victim. House Bill 1124, by Rep. Kyle Hilbert and Sen. James Leewright, looks to change Oklahoma statutes to include the residency of the victim of a sex crime to the list […]

DHS cuts are just a political stunt

 

State Rep. and House Majority Leader Mike Sanders admonished Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) administrators for cutting programs serving vulnerable children and adults. DHS last week announced it would cut almost $30 million from programs that serve senior meals, help keep disabled adults in their homes instead of nursing homes, and serve the state’s […]

GOP group endorses Brumbaugh

 

The Tulsa Republican Assembly has endorsed Shelley Brumbaugh in the August 8 special election primary for House District 76 in Broken Arrow. Numerous candidates appeared before the group to make their case for the support of this conservative group.  The candidates were given extended  time for speeches at last month’s meeting. Then they were asked  […]

Heat-related conditions can be dangerous in the summer

 

Summer is heating up, and as temperatures rise, so does the risk of heat-related illness. Each year, approximately 620 people die from heat-related illness in the United States. The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) reminds residents that heat-related illness can range from heat rash, heat cramps and heat exhaustion to hyperthermia (overheating) and heat […]

Get children’s birth certificates now

 

The Oklahoma State Department of Health (OSDH) urges parents to avoid the last-minute scramble and long lines to get their children’s birth certificates. Early August is usually the busiest time of the year to get birth records for children going back to school. Birth records are available at three locations in the state: Oklahoma City […]

Don’t get sick traveling overseas

 

Dr. Brent W. Laartz thought he was in for the ride of his lifetime when he set out on a horseback-riding excursion in Costa Rica. Admittedly younger and more naïve than he is today, Laartz – an infectious disease specialist and author of the book How to Avoid Contagious Diseases (www.drlaartz.com) –  failed to take […]

Kevin Stitt to run for governor.

 

Tulsa businessman Kevin Stitt announced his candidacy for the 2018 Oklahoma Gubernatorial race. The first-time candidate and pro-life advocate is the founder and CEO of Gateway Mortgage Group (GMG). “I am excited to announce my candidacy for the office of the governor of Oklahoma. I’m not a politician, but I feel I have the qualifications […]

High tuition and few jobs make a lousy combination

    

When I went to Tulsa Junior College (now Tulsa Community College) in 1972-73, tuition was $6.25 an hour. I had a job at J.C. Penney making $2.50 an hour. So I had to work at least 150 hours to pay for my freshman year of college. As a sophomore, I transferred to Oklahoma University, where […]