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The Spirit Of The Season

BY EDWIN E. VINEYARD This writer finds himself regretfully drawn into this thing we have going again about “Christmas.” Unfortunately, for too many this has become a controversy about nomenclature – “Holiday” versus “Christmas” – for naming the season. While many of us think that this is a tempest in a teapot, a totally unnecessary...
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Budget Blues

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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Editor’s Note

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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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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