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Another Opportunity Missed

BY VERN TURNER When I retired from teaching in the small, central Texas town of Marble Falls, there was a local newspaper named The River Cities Daily Tribune. It had a single op-ed writer who happened to be a Libertarian. Now, Marble Falls, politically speaking, was quite conservative to the point of being not the least bit...
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Knowing When No Means No

BY DAVID PERRYMAN What do low self-esteem, depression, mental health and a high teen pregnancy rate have in common? If your answer was Oklahoma, you are eons ahead of 56 members of the Oklahoma House of Representatives. That is the number of men and women who last week voted against HB 1007, which would have...
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It’s Not Socialism; It’s What People Want

BY JIM HIGHTOWER “Socialism,” snarled Donald Trump at a recent pep rally of far-right Republicans. And the obedient crowd of faithful Trumpistas snarled back in unison: “So-shull-izz-ummm!” And there you have the entire intellectual content of the GOP’s 2020 re-election strategy under Generalissimo Trump – slap Democrats silly with a scurrilous campaign branding them as...
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Scant Economic Joy In Mudville

BY FROMA HARROP The American people have been ordered to celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the economic recovery. Note the lack of balloons, however, and that the marching bands have their feet up. President Donald Trump, of course, is a brass section unto himself. He’s been trumpeting the “Trump economy,” even though nearly eight of...
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Why Canadians Rule The Cannabis Business

BY FROMA HARROP President Trump routinely waves his fist at alleged unfair trade practices, including at the hands of our good neighbor Canada. But what about playing fields that are uneven because the U.S. government makes them so? Witness the cannabis industry. It’s enjoying explosive growth worldwide, but Canadians are running away with the profits...
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Jan’19 Newsmakers

January 2019 Oklahoma Observer Newsmaker Interview from Bruce Prescott on Vimeo. From left, House Democratic Leader Emily Virgin, Observer Editor Arnold Hamilton and Sen. George Young preview the 2019 Oklahoma Legislature during The Observer’s Jan. 10 Newsmakers event at Full Circle Books in OKC.
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Nov’18 Newsmakers

Guess who popped in for Newsmakers?   A surprise guest, U.S. Rep.-elect Kendra Horn, joins Observer Editor Arnold Hamilton, state Rep. Collin Walke and former state Senate President Cal Hobson at Nov. 8’s Oklahoma Observer Newsmakers at Full Circle Books in Oklahoma City.

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