Robert McDowell

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Special session was a clear result of a lack of legislative leadership


Because of the failure of the leadership of the Oklahoma  Legislature, with the cooperation of the office of governor, we are now facing having to fund a special session, called by the governor and convened on September 25. This is necessary because the Legislature did not follow the State Constitution, which the members should know […]

Some of the most outspoken critics of Republicans are Republicans


It is most disgusting to me that we should be subjected to a continuous barrage of mean-mouthed, sometimes downright vile and usually blatantly untrue pontifications from the mouths of the leaders of the Democrat Party and congressional leaders of both parties. Senate Pro-Tem Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, reportedly said that there is serious question about the […]

Republicans In Name Only are destroying the party structure


It has long amused me how leaders in the Republican Party seem to stand by and allow individuals who have no personal feelings toward the original principals of the party, as founded, nor they intend to even follow the official rules still in place. It seems to me that this situation is one of the […]

Congressional committees should make an effort to hear more bills


On August 10, the Oklahoma Supreme Court issued a ruling that declared a law creating a “fee” on tobacco purchase to be a tax and thus unconstitutional because it was passed and signed into law in the last five days of this year’s session, which ended on May 26. It also was a violation in […]

Some ‘news reporters’ got it wrong about the August 6 tornadoes here


After 1:30 a.m. Sunday, August 6, in the midst of rather heavy thunderstorm activity, a tornado suddenly developed and touched down in the vicinity of South Yale Avenue and East 41st Street South in Tulsa. Those familiar with the area remember it as being mostly merchant and restaurant activity on either side of 41st with […]

Bureaucratic nonsense shows the need to ‘drain the swamp’


On July 16, a story in the daily newspaper carried the headline:  “Debate erupts over jumbo tanker as fires rage in West,” with a picture of a Boeing 747 in flight with copious quantities of liquid falling from the  belly as would bombs from a bomber. The sub-head read: “Company says federal officials grounding firefighting […]

Congressional committees should make an effort to hear more bills


We have heard much in the six months since PRESDT was inaugurated about “fake news” and with good reason. Not that “fake news” is really something new in the world we live in, but in the past it has really meant items of newsworthiness being accidentally misreported, falsely reported or not covered at all. It […]

With Trump as president, the United States has a bright future


Now that PRESDT has been in office for over five months, we can look back at his record and not the record of Congress and see what may be expected for the rest of his first term. From where my viewpoint starts, the record appears to be rather encouraging, at least for those of us […]

Incredibly Weak Men


Mona Charen, one of the better conservative writers, just wrote an excellent piece entitled, “GOP was Bluffing on Health Reforms.” Ms. Charen starts off with how we have the answer to the question:  Why did not the Republicans have a repeal and replace plan for Obamacare?  Obamacare was passed in 2010 and the leadership had […]