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Lt. Gov. Lamb Is No ‘Profile In Courage’

BY MIKE W. RAY Earlier this week Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb took his campaign for governor to Stillwater, where he boldly announced, “I’m against tax increases.” Wow. That was brave. I can’t think of anyone who’s busting a gut to see his or her taxes raised. I dislike having to pay taxes as much as...
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Is Oklahoma Stepping Up?

BY MARK Y.A. DAVIES Look, I get Oklahoma politics. I understand that the oil and gas industry has more economic and political power than any other entity in the state. I understand that no major revenue bill will likely ever make it through the Oklahoma Legislature without the approval of the leaders of our large...
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Seeing The Light

BY DAVID PERRYMAN In the wee hours of a January 1947 morning, Lilly Williams was driving toward Montgomery, AL. Her passengers were her son and his band who a few months earlier had been rejected by the Grand Ole Opry. As Lily neared the city, she saw the distant lights of Dannelly Field, the local...
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Who Really Pays For Corporate Subsidies?

BY JIM HIGHTOWER The hustlers claim that job incentives are a sound investment of our tax dollars, because those new jobs create new taxpayers, meaning investments soon pay for themselves. Hmmm … not quite. In fact, not even close. Last year, Good Jobs First tracked the 386 incentive deals since 1976 that gave at least...
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Republicans Don’t Really Want To Fix Immigration

BY FROMA HARROP President Trump and the Republican leadership have made clear that they have no intention of repairing our chaotic immigration system. Why not? Because illegal immigration is a problem that bothers most Americans. Fix it and all these politicians have are tax cuts for the rich, environmental degradation, soaring deficits and the loss...
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A Vile Slur And Our Biased President

BY SUSAN ESTRICH “S—hole countries”: I didn’t say it; the president did. And it wasn’t even in some closed-door meeting with aides who leaked the quote to the press. He said it in a meeting with congressional leaders. If you parse his tweets, he goes on the attack toward anyone reporting what he said, but...
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Jan ’18 Oklahoma Observer Newsmakers

From left, state Rep. Monroe Nichols, Observer Editor Arnold Hamilton and former Gov. David Walters discuss ways to fix Oklahoma’s broken political system, including Nichols’ proposal to repeal or modify anti-tax SQ 640 and Walters’ efforts to end partisan gerrymandering.
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