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Dry September after wet spring

 

Oklahoma is experiencing some drought, thanks to a dry and hot September, according to state climatologist Gary McManus of the Oklahoma Mesonet and Oklahoma Climatological Survey. Flash drought continued to spread across southern Oklahoma and had enveloped nearly 17 percent of the state by the end of September. According to preliminary data from the Oklahoma […]

Blue Bell is back selling ice cream

 

Blue Bell Ice Cream will enter phase two of its five phase market re-entry plan on Nov. 2. Phase two includes north central Texas (Dallas, Fort Worth and Waco areas) and north central and southern Oklahoma (Tulsa and Oklahoma City areas). “We have experienced tremendous consumer response and support since our return to stores on […]

Oklahoma’s poor pay high sales tax, rich low property tax

 

Oklahoma, with low property taxes, average income tax and high on sales tax, was ranked in the bottom half of the states overall in terms of tax fairness. A WalletHub study (2015’s Most and Least Fair State Tax Systems) reported on by John S. Kiernan suggests that Oklahoma’s taxation system has a disproportionate impact on […]

Democrats back abortion: Pro-abortion Democrats kill the pain-capable bill

 

U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, and Sen. James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, voted in favor of the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (H.R. 36), legislation that would prohibit abortions from being performed on unborn babies who are at or older than 20 weeks post-fertilization. But Senate Democrats blocked the legislation with a 54-42 vote on a motion to proceed […]

Late Mark Costello honored with Defender of Liberty award

 

Elected officials are not eligible for Defenders of Liberty awards but a unanimous exception was made Saturday for the late Mark Costello, Oklahoma labor commission. His widow, Cathy Costello, spoke at the Defenders of Liberty Grassroots Activism Awards banquet and accepted the award for her late husband. Her emotional speech described the fateful night that […]

Lankford wants SS fiscal changes

 

Senator James Lankford, R-Oklahoma, praised the Social Security Administration’s (SSA) recent decision to seek comments on updating the Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) program’s medical and vocational guidelines, commonly known as “The Grid.” In July, the Social Security and Medicare Board of Trustees released their annual report on the financial outlook of the SSDI program and said […]

Bridenstine endorses Kevin McDugle

 

U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine announced his endorsement of Republican Kevin McDugle for State House District 12. The legislative district seat stretches from Broken Arrow to rural Wagoner County. “Kevin is a man of integrity, a combat veteran who has sacrificed for our nation in the trenches, an entrepreneur and a close friend. He is a […]

Insure Oklahoma will be expanding

 

Governor Mary Fallin and the Oklahoma Health Care Authority (OHCA) announced that the Insure Oklahoma program is increasing its employer size limit from 99 to 250 employees. The change is effective immediately. Insure Oklahoma is the state’s premium assistance program that helps businesses and their middle- to low-income employees afford health insurance coverage. Insure Oklahoma’s […]

Officials give tax hike wish lists

 

Tulsa City Councilors are lining up projects costing tens of millions of dollars as they prepare to sell a sales tax increase to voters. The elected officials want to convince voters to say yes next April to the multi-million-dollar sales tax hike. They think the tax will bring in at least a billion dollars but […]

OKWU President Dr. Everett Piper will speak to TCRMC

 

Dr. Everett Piper, president of Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville (with a campus in Tulsa), will speak at the noon luncheon of the Tulsa County Republican Men’s Club Oct. 14 at the golf center at LaFortune Park. Piper will talk about recent rulings by the U.S. Supreme Court and the implications for the Christian community. […]