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Nine Presidents

BY LEE H. HAMILTON One reason I consider myself fortunate to have led a life in politics is that, over time, I’ve had a chance to work with nine presidents. From Lyndon Johnson through Barack Obama, I’ve talked policy, politics and, sometimes, the trivial details of daily life with them. I met JFK twice for...
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A Proverb Oklahoma Lawmakers Should Heed

BY DAVID PERRYMAN In case you haven’t heard, the state’s budget is in a lurch. In what may be the most predictable decision of the century, the Oklahoma Supreme Court ruled last week that the leadership in the Oklahoma Legislature violated the Oklahoma Constitution when they passed SB 845 to increase cigarette taxes. It isn’t...
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Freshman Legislator’s Criticism Misdirected

BY MIKE W. RAY Sunday’s Oklahoman newspaper informed us that first-term state Rep. Tom Gann, a Republican from Inola, is “concerned about local control after an attorney general’s opinion.” Seems an AG’s opinion “confirms that the state Department of Education can overrule a local school board that rejects a charter school application.” “I am disappointed...
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Specter’s Self Interest?

BY FROMA HARROP In a Q&A last year with the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, former Pennsylvania Rep. Pat Toomey was asked what book he wanted Barack Obama to read. The Republican quickly recommended the work of Adam Smith, the 18th Century economist and philosopher who held that individuals promote the good of society when they pursue their...
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Can These Guys Even Spell ‘Outrageous’?

BY JIM HIGHTOWER I’d like nothing more than to give the bailout scandal a rest – but the bankers won’t let me! They just keep coming at us with ever-more-clever inventions of greed and deceit. Their latest bit of hocus-pocus, accompanied by big puffs of smoke, is a dazzling show of profits. Yes, Goldman Sachs,...
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RIP To A GOP

BY SUSAN ESTRICH The Republicans don’t want him. The Democrats do. They would have booted him out. We’ll do everything we can to support his re-election. It’s a tough day when you leave your party, but being a hero certainly beats being reviled. The truth is that by the time he left the Republican Party,...

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  • Real Economics: Teacher Pay
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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
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    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...

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Oklahoma Observer Newsmakers On Immigration

At the April 27, 2017 Newsmakers event, Oklahoma Observer Editor Arnold Hamilton discusses the challenges facing immigrants, social service agencies that help them and public policymakers in the age of Trump with [from left] state Rep. Forrest Bennett and immigration law attorneys Paola M. Alvarez de Bennett and Michael Brooks-Jiminez.

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