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Boom Goes The Budget
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Boom Goes The Budget

BY DAVID PERRYMAN Formally called an “Extraordinary Session” and commonly referred to as a “Special Session,” seven weeks of unrehearsed antics at the state Capitol made it apparent that the resulting pandemonium was neither special nor extraordinary. If the fact that underpaid teachers are leaving the state and exiting the education field after a decade…

Economic Failure
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Economic Failure

BY SHARON MARTIN Supply-side economics works for no one but the already wealthy, but the hucksters are at it again. Giving breaks to rich donors is not good for most of us, but don’t just take my word for it. A recent Credit Suisse study shows that millennials [those born between 1982 and 2000] are…

From Fundamentalism To Fascism
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From Fundamentalism To Fascism

BY MARK Y.A. DAVIES Religion possesses immense power to renew the human spirit or to imprison it. I was a fundamentalist Christian from about age 14 to age 19. The church was my most important community of my teenage years, and the people there made me feel welcomed, loved, and important. Though I do remember…

Oh So Close … Or Was It?
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Oh So Close … Or Was It?

BY DAVID PERRYMAN Week seven of Oklahoma’s 2017 special session came to a close after a vote last Wednesday produced absolute frustration in everyone who was searching for a solution. Any legislator who still thinks that our state is not in crisis has his or her “Honorable” head in the ground. The vote, HB 1054…

Clinging To Roy Moore
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Clinging To Roy Moore

BY JAMES NIMMO When I was at November’s Oklahoma Observer Newsmakers event, I heard former Gov. David Walters relate a remark made to him by the late House Speaker Carl Albert: “Voters don’t for a candidate, they vote against a candidate.” My take-away from this is that Alabama would prefer a child molester like Roy…

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