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Coffee’s Double Talk

BY KAREN WEBB Remember when U.S. House Speaker Newt Gingrich was going after President Bill Clinton for committing adultery with a younger aide. While calling Clinton all kinds of names, Newt was committing adultery with a younger aide. Last year, the Oklahoma House Speaker, Lance Cargill, R-Harrah, was caught not filing or paying his taxes…

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Deregulating Schools?

BY ED CANNADAY Debate on Senate Bill 834, or the School Empowerment Act, ratcheted up this week. The bill is designed to allow local school boards to disregard or deregulate state mandates. Five areas would be exempt from this process, including requirements for: 1. serving all students in the district; 2. maintaining minimum salary schedule;…

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The 411 On Washington Babel

BY EDWIN E. VINEYARD There is a great deal of confusion among the public regarding the various spending measures which have passed or have been proposed to Congress. To some, Washington has been cursed as a modern Tower of Babel. Of course, one reason for this is that there have been so many different bills…

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Poor Rich

BY FROSTY TROY According to the Census Bureau, in 2007 the 20% who own 85% of all wealth also commanded roughly 50% of all income while earning an average of $168,000 that year. Half earned more than $168,000 and half earned somewhere between $100,000 and $168,000. Upper-middle class households earned 23% of aggregate income, taking…

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Blarney, GOP-Style

BY KAREN WEBB There is enough blarney in the GOP to gag St. Patrick. It is too nice to call what they do blarney because blarney is cute legends about little people who dance jigs. It isn’t blarney the GOP is coming out with – it is pure, unadulterated false witness bearing: Sen. Mitch McConnell,…

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