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February 17, 2017

Lamb’s Gubernatorial Gambit

BY ARNOLD HAMILTON Lt. Gov. Todd Lamb’s break with Gov. Mary Fallin over taxes was hardly a profile in courage. Oh, sure, he asserted it was a decision born of principle. But let there be no doubt: it was primarily a political calculus, part of the early jockeying in the 2018 governor’s race. How do...
February 17, 2017

Cherokee Nation, State Seek To Halt Burial Of Radioactive Waste

BY BILL JOHN BAKER Cherokee Nation and the state of Oklahoma recently teamed up to file a restraining order to stop the disposal of radioactive material near the Arkansas and Illinois rivers. Sequoyah Fuels Corp. operated a uranium processing plant near Gore from 1970 through the early ‘90s. The plant converted yellowcake uranium into fuel...
February 16, 2017

Plain Talk

BY VERN TURNER Remember when Jimmy Carter was just starting out running for president? This was his opening line of introduction that ended with “president.” Well, it occurred to me that his grassroots approach to meeting his future constituents would work for anyone trying to get elected to public office, even a Democrat. Now, we...

Columnists

February 7, 2017

The Right Way To Oppose The Muslim Ban

BY FROMA HARROP Donald Trump says his ban on people entering the country from seven predominantly Muslim countries wasn’t a Muslim ban. But it was a Muslim ban, according to Trump surrogate Rudy Giuliani. Let’s get something straight. Most Americans, your author included, want stringent vetting of immigrants entering the country. I can easily envision...
February 6, 2017

‘Populist’ Trump Punks His Fans

BY JOE CONASON There was never any reason to think that Donald Trump’s stump-speech assaults on Wall Street banks and hedge funds were even momentarily sincere – but millions of working- and middle-class voters loved his populist rhetoric. Emerging from his gold-plated jet, Trump would roar about cracking down on the financial vultures who had...
February 2, 2017

A Coalition Of The Principled Center Will Fight Trumpism

BY FROMA HARROP Here’s a little story from the bad old days of the New York subway: On seeing a well-dressed man drop a wrapper on a subway platform, a well-dressed woman urged him to pick it up. “What’s the use?” the man said, gesturing at the filthy surroundings. “If people like us don’t maintain...

News

  • Real Economics: Teacher Pay
    December 12, 2016

    Real Economics: Teacher Pay

    BY SHARON MARTIN The state legislator stared straight into the television camera and said that we don’t calculate teacher pay honestly. He suggested t...

    Tips For A Safe Halloween
    October 27, 2016

    Tips For A Safe Halloween

    BY JOE DORMAN With Halloween approaching, everyone has to be on the watch for ghouls and goblins. That does not mean to be fearful, but to be careful ...

    Another Oklahoma Scam
    September 21, 2016

    Another Oklahoma Scam

    BY SHARON MARTIN This year I got a small tax refund from the state of Oklahoma. It wasn’t a check; it was a debit card from a third party. Apparently,...

  • Public Money For Religious Purposes
    September 20, 2016

    Public Money For Religious Purposes

    BY DAVID PERRYMAN Most Oklahomans don’t want public tax dollars to be used for private and religious schools. That has pretty much been a part of the ...

    Birthers, Birchers, And Lee Harvey Oswald
    September 19, 2016

    Birthers, Birchers, And Lee Harvey Oswald

    BY DON WILKEY With the stoke of a pen, Peter Savodnik, in his book, The Interloper, discredited a billion dollar industry … the JFK conspiracy b...

    Three Monkeys
    September 16, 2016

    Three Monkeys

    BY VERN TURNER We are all familiar with the statuary of the three monkeys demonstrating their innocence from negativity. The statue kind of reminds me...

Newsmakers

November 24, 2016

Oklahoma Observer Newsmaker on Education and Children

Oklahoma politics and its effect on education and the children of Oklahoma with State Representative George Young and Joe Dorman, former State Representative now CEO of the Oklahoma Institute for Child Advocacy. Oklahoma Observer Newsmaker on Education and Children from Bruce Prescott on Vimeo.

Videos

  • Oklahoma Observer Newsmakers Series: Politics And The Judiciary
    September 26, 2016

    Oklahoma Observer Newsmakers Series: Politics And The Judiciary

    Essential Viewing for Oklahoma Voters: Garvin Isaacs, President of the Oklahoma Bar Association and David Perryman, Oklahoma State Representative disc...

    Yuval Rabin Interview
    September 25, 2016

    Yuval Rabin Interview

    Arnold Hamilton, Editor of the Oklahoma Observer, interviews Yuval Rabin, son of Yitzhak Rabin, about the documentary “Rabin: In his own Words&#...

  • Cory Williams and Jimmy Curry Interview
    September 4, 2016

    Cory Williams and Jimmy Curry Interview

    Cory Williams and Jimmy Curry Interview from Bruce Prescott on Vimeo.

    The Village Is Burning
    March 14, 2015

    The Village Is Burning

    Editor’s Note: This is a brilliant political call to arms for Oklahomans, especially Millennials, who are tired of, and embarrassed by, the dema...

  • Sorry
    February 25, 2015

    Sorry

    Editor’s Note: This video, produced by Walter Jenny, captures the wackiness and hypocrisy on display at the Oklahoma Capitol these days. Jenny l...

    Interview: Don Holladay
    November 7, 2014

    Interview: Don Holladay

    Attorney Don Holladay, lead counsel in the federal lawsuit that led to marriage equality in Oklahoma, visits with Observer Editor Arnold Hamilton, lef...

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