Oklahoma ranks No.6 in America in sales tax rates


As city officials try to sell a $600,000,000.00 sales tax increase, a national study by the Tax Foundation ranks Oklahoma as having the sixth highest sales tax rate in the nation. Mayor Dewey Bartlett, all nine city councilors and the chamber of commerce want to raise the city sales tax by .6-percent to raise hundreds […]

Fort Sill is spared in military cuts by President Obama


Governor Mary Fallin said the Pentagon made the right decision by preserving and adding to current force levels at Fort Sill. “Fort Sill being spared cuts is certainly great news for Lawton, Fort Sill and the entire state,” said Fallin. ”Fort Sill is more than just an employer here in Oklahoma – the men and […]

Tulsa sales tax collections takes a dip


The City of Tulsa’s July sales tax check, which covers the period from mid-May 2015 to mid-June 2015, as reported by the Oklahoma Tax Commission, totaled $19,885,006, showing a slight decrease of 0.4 percent from the same period a year ago. This total is 0.1 percent lower than budget estimates. This month’s total is the […]

Waiver for No Child Left Behind


Oklahoma schools will maintain provisions of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), also known as No Child Left Behind (NCLB). The U.S. Department of Education (USDE) announced it is granting the Oklahoma State Department of Education (OSDE) an extension to a flexibility waiver to provide relief from some provisions of NCLB. As part of […]

Senators see threat to mineral rights


U.S. Sens. Jim Inhofe, R-Oklahoma,  and James Lankford, R-Oklahoma,  sent a letter to Department of the Interior Sec. Sally Jewell expressing concerns about the Bureau of Indian Affairs’ (BIA) management of Osage Nation’s oil and gas mineral estateion Osage County, Oklahoma. In the letter, the senators state, “Oil and gas production in Osage County is […]

Insure Oklahoma gets its funding


Governor Mary Fallin and the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) announced that federal funding for the Insure Oklahoma program has been secured through the end of 2016. Insure Oklahoma is the state’s premium assistance program that helps businesses and their modest and low-income employees afford health insurance coverage. The program, which has been in operation […]

Pop museum directors speak


Paul F. Lambert, conference coordinator and curator for the Oklahoma Historical Society, and Jeff Moore will discuss the controversial new OKPOP Museum at the August 12 monthly luncheon of the Tulsa County Republican Men’s Club. Moore is the new director of the pop museum, which will be built with $25,000,000.00 in borrowed funds from state […]

Rebuilding the Foundations event


Reclaiming America for Christ will host the “Rebuilding the Foundations: conference from 6:30-10 p.m. July 24 and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. July 25 at First Baptist Church of Moore, 301 NE 27th St. The confirmed speakers include: Author and apologist Josh McDowell Mat Staver, chairman of Liberty Counsel KrisAnne Hall, attorney, author and constitutional […]

Gov. Fallin stops removal of the 10 Commandments Monument


Gov. Mary Fallin has defied a ruling by the Oklahoma Supreme Court and blocked the removal of the Ten Commandments Monument at the State Capitol. In a surprise decision, the court voted 7-2 to remove the monument because they considered it “unconstitutional.” Justices John Reif, Yvonne Kauger, Joseph Watt, James Winchester, James Edmondson, Steven Taylor […]

Judicial Retention Votes


Oklahoma Supreme Court justices who will be on the retention ballot in 2016 are: Justice James R. Winchester, District No. 5 Vice-chief Justice Douglas L. Combs, District No. 8 Justice Steven W. Taylor, District No. 2 The judges up in 2018 are: Justice Yvonne Kauger, District No. 4 Justice James E. Edmondson, District No. 7 […]