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BY ARNOLD HAMILTON The numbers are worse than we thought: State lawmakers will have $309.6 million less to spend next year than they had last spring. Government-haters will no doubt be cheering. But those who care about improving roads and education or caring for the mentally ill and poor – just to cite a few...
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Dear Friends: Thank you for visiting our new and improved web site. In the coming months, we believe you’ll find it a must-stop on your daily Internet rounds, an indispensable read to stay in the know on Oklahoma government and politics. As you might suspect, we’re still working out some kinks in our new site....
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Union-Busting 101

BY KENNY BELFORD When the bailout money started flowing to AIG, Wall Street, and other major financial institutions not one single Republican senator or congressmen rushed to place themselves in front of a network news camera to demand the white collar workers – or even top management – be forced to take a pay cut....

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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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