I don’t know about y’all, but I am ready to crush some goals this year! Maybe you don’t feel so ready, and that’s okay. Maybe you’re ready, but you’re worried your high schooler isn’t.

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The Inter-Tribal Council of the Five Civilized Tribes is comprised of the governments of the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw, Muscogee (Creek) and Seminole tribes and works to protect tribal self-determination and sovereign rights. These five tribal nations collectively represent more than 750,…

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“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all his benefits, who forgives all your iniquity, who heals all your diseases, who redeems your life from the pit, who crowns you with steadfast love and mercy, who satisfies you with good so that your youth is renewed like the eagle’s.” Psalm 103:2-5

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Following President Trump’s decisive action to order a drone strike that killed General Qasem Soleimani, many in the mainstream media are downplaying the fact that he was the architect of Iran’s expanded influence across the Middle East.

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Happy New Year! I hope you had a great holiday season and enjoyed ringing in 2020 with your loved ones. With each new year, I’m reminded of how blessed we are to live in this state and country where we can enjoy the freedoms and liberties so many across the world do not have. The Oklahoma st…

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Thanks to all those who made the new Dog Park a reality in Claremore. It’s well designed, well built, well maintained & well used. My dogs & I are happy to use it often.

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Maybe someone at City Hall can help explain their latest logic on rate increases. Last week the Claremore Progress reported an increase in electric rates in 2020. Claremore gets it’s power from GRDA then resells to us. But today in the Tulsa World it was reported that GRDA will not have any …

WASHINGTON – U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, made the following statement after he was informed by the Secretary of Defense and the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff that the United States military, at the direction of President Trump, exe…

As has become an annual tradition, a plethora of holiday memes and gifs are being posted on the internet. Thankfully, this is one of the more innocuous uses of social media and is also probably closer to what Mark Zuckerberg and Tom originally envisioned when they created their social media …

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With every new year comes a new legislative session, and I’m excited to hit the ground running in February when the Second Session of the 57th Legislature convenes. One of the biggest responsibilities of our legislative body is to set the budget for each state agency and appropriate funds wisely.

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government shall be upon his shoulder, and his name shall be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end [. . . .]” Isaiah 9:6-7

The word ‘Christmas’ is not found in the Bible. The word means ‘Mass of Christ’ from the early English phrase ‘Cristes Maesse.’ The holiday known as Christmas acknowledges and celebrates the birth of Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God.

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All of my life I have been surrounded by ladies. The list starts with my mother and follows with a love-filled cadence of grandmother, several aunts, and a sister, a soulmate in form of my wife, two daughters, three granddaughters, and now a great-granddaughter.

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MMIW stands for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women. For too many Native women, violence is an ever-present threat. Murder is the third leading cause of death among American Indian and Alaska Native women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Our Native sisters expe…

Even though the Democratic majority is too busy pursuing a baseless impeachment investigation to get things done for the American people, our economy is holding strong. That’s all thanks to the work Republicans got done during President Trump’s first two years in office.

Thanksgiving dinner is over and now it is time to get down to some serious business. That task is to pick out some great Christmas movies to watch over the next several weeks.

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The holidays are here, and for many parents, it’s all about managing their kids’ expectations. They think they need to give their kids the biggest presents, the most presents, and the coolest presents. But trust me: Little Sally won’t be scarred for life if she doesn’t get a pony.

When I was growing up in that long-ago land a bunch of us remember as grade school, you would have thought the Pilgrims held that first Thanksgiving in true Griswoldian fashion, piling out of the family truckster at grandma’s house, wearing Crayola-colored Indian headdress and Pilgrim hats t…

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This time last year I expressed in this column that Thanksgiving often creates better pop culture moments than Christmas. As I watched a variety of extremely random thanksgiving television episodes to get myself in the Thanksgiving mood this year, I’m even more convinced. I watched procedura…

OKLAHOMA CITY – As of November 1, sex offenders residing with a minor child must now report to the statewide centralized Oklahoma Department of Human Services (DHS) hotline. Previously, only the parent, stepparent or grandparent of a minor had to report to the hotline. Sen. Adam Pugh, R-Edmo…

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State Legislators have a lot on their plate going into the 2020 Legislative Session next Spring. Oklahoma has the highest rate of incarcerated adults per capita in the nation, our education and healthcare funding ranks near the bottom of the country, and our infrastructure continues to crumb…

OKLAHOMA CITY – House Speaker Pro Tempore Harold Wright (R-Weatherford), recently, held an interim study before the House Health Services and Long-Term Care Committee to examine modernization to the Smoking in Public Places and Indoor Workplaces Act as a way to address second-hand smoke expo…

This weekend I’m helping to officiate my brothers wedding, and my other brother got married over the summer. So I’m in the wedding mood. I realize that’s probably supposed to be more of springtime thing, but who cares. Weddings are great. They are great in real life and in fiction. They are …

Yogi Berra once famously gave this puzzling advice to a college graduating class, “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” The quip became lore, along with other Yogi-isms attributed to the legendary baseball player.

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When U.S. Army serviceman Johnny Messimore boarded a plane to leave Vietnam five decades ago he had no thoughts about returning. Fate and time would prove different.

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The Cherokee Nation has a wonderful housing program and an award-winning housing authority. However, the backlog to repair Cherokee homes has grown over the years, and many of those in need are elderly citizens or Cherokees who live with a disability. That is why I have made it one of my fir…

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Are you kidding me? That seems to be the near universal reaction to the pay increase announced by the Board on Legislative Compensation, which for the average legislator, provides a $12,500 pay raise from the current $35,000, almost 36%. I know I was astounded when I first heard what they we…

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In September, Oklahoma prisons went on lockdown. It began with a gang-related fight in the Northeast Oklahoma Correctional Center in Vinita before spreading to prisons throughout the state. A coordinated uprising, which resulted in injuries to correctional officers, the hospitalization of 36…

OKLAHOMA CITY – In an effort to deter future hate crimes and ensure criminals are held accountable, Sen. Ron Sharp has filed legislation strengthening Oklahoma’s hate crime law. Senate Bill 1083 would allow districts attorney to choose whether to charge hate crime offenders with a misdemeano…

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