OKLAHOMA CITY — As a state and a nation, we have grieved alongside the families of Newtown, Connecticut, unable to understand the actions that occurred last December. Tragedies like Newton often spur moments of reflection and study. First and foremost as a father, and then as Lt. Governor, I pray Oklahoma never faces a tragedy like Newtown.
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The time to fix the Capitol is now
The Oklahoma Capitol was built in 1917. Since then it has been the People’s House — a place where state business is conducted and laws are written and passed. It is also a living museum where school children and other visitors come to learn about the history of their state and the workings of their government. For many who pass through Oklahoma, it is the lasting impression they have of our home.
Senate Review - Sean Burrage
This time last year, the Legislature had been told that, thanks to modest growth, there would be an increase of $212 million to appropriate to our schools, public safety, health and mental health, and many other areas of service vital to thousands of our citizens right here in Rogers and Mayes Counties.
Senate review by Sean Burrage
Hailey Mathis is studying political science and history at the University of Oklahoma. She’s one of a very select group of college students each year who have the opportunity to learn about government and public service through an internship at the State Senate.
The spices of legislative life
Last week was another week of variety, sprinkled with ample amounts of criticism, at the Capitol.
The good and bad news about agency consolidation
Under the guise of saving the state $4 million, Gov. Mary Fallin has set in motion an effort to consolidate several agencies into one, including the Will Rogers Memorial Museum and J. M. Davis Arms and Historical Museum.
Government shouldn’t regulate the OSSAA
The Oklahoma Secondary Schools Athletic Association (OSSAA) is a voluntary, membership organization. Its membership is comprised of public and private schools which pay membership fees to belong to the organization for the administration of competitive, extra-curricular activities. The member schools elect board members and agree to be bound the rules governing competition and eligibility.
Will Rogers Memorial Museum caught unaware by agency consolidation plan
We were totally unaware of Gov. Mary Fallin’s proposal to consolidate the Will Rogers Memorial Museums and other state agencies with the Oklahoma Tourism and Recreation Department (OTRD) until the release of her FY-2015 budget book last week.
Who will run for Coburn’s seat?
Come November, Oklahoma voters will have two U.S. Senate seats to fill.
There is hole left in our lives
There is a hole left in our lives today.
Let us give thanks for all our blessings and then some
Let us gather our thoughts and give thanks for the many blessings we have received.
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