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BY WANDA JO STAPLETON During Sen. Tom Coburn’s Town Hall meeting in OKC yesterday, I was on the second row holding up my sign which said “Public Option Saves Money.” At one point, the senator said, in essence, “Tell me one thing the government does right.” My hand shot up in front of his face,...
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Coburn Loves Union-Negotiated Health Plan

BY TIM O’CONNOR I couldn’t believe it! Just when I thought I had wasted an hour at Sen. Tom Coburn’s Town Hall Meeting today, the heavens opened up and rainbows filled the sky. The best example Sen. Coburn had for employer paid healthcare that was low cost and provided incentives for workers to improve their...
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Talking Out Of Both Sides Of His Mouth

BY DARLA REYNOLDS SPARKS My soul is saddened. Oklahoma Sen. Tom Coburn is opposed to President Obama’s health plan. Obama hasn’t put forth a health plan yet. The health plans, Dr. Coburn, are still in committees. The opposition is a bit premature and I’m confused about your opposition to a government plan – especially since...

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Trump Turns Farmers Into A Sacrifice

BY FROMA HARROP Our generally strong economy has yet to cast its blessings on American farm country. Incomes there are headed for their lowest level since 2006. And farmers are going deep into debt to keep their heads above water. President Trump’s budget blueprint would only make things worse for U.S. agriculture. Trump’s hostility to...
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The South Is Rising Again

BY JIM HIGHTOWER In the past year, we’ve seen a burst of audacious political assertiveness coming out of Old Dixie, and I’m not talking about those Trumpeteering, tiki-torch-brandishing, tinhorn KKKers the media focuses on. The real story is that a fresh, “Reclaim the South” movement of young African-American populists is emerging, kindling long-suppressed hope in...
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You, Too, Mr. President

BY SUSAN ESTRICH Poor Donald Trump. He can’t help himself. Take the case of Roy Moore: After numerous women accused Moore of sexual assault, sexual misconduct and child molestation, every Republican I knew was rooting against him, hoping to spare the party huge embarrassment. But the president supported Moore for a seat in the United...
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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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