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OKG Newsletter


Topic: Politics

When conservatives attack


CFN

Gazette staff
As most people who follow Oklahoma politics know, there’s a growing gulf between the Chamber of Commerce-type Republicans and the more social-conservative wing of the party.
 
Wednesday, August 1, 2012

A pilot’s revenge


CFN

Gazette staff
Sen. Jim Inhofe recently made headlines with congressional passage of his Pilot’s Bill of Rights, a major overhaul of the way the Federal Aviation Administration deals with disciplined pilots.
 
Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Medicaid expansion vital


Letters to the Editor

D.W. Tiffee
David Blatt (Commentary, “Oklahoma and Medicaid Expansion,” July 18, Oklahoma Gazette) makes some important points about the benefits of expanding Medicaid under Obamacare, but neglects to mention the astonishing profit of the plan to the state and taxpayers.
 
Wednesday, August 1, 2012

High and dry

Tuesday's dam failure on the Oklahoma River is the third in a year.


News

Clifton Adcock
As the sun rose over Oklahoma City on the morning of July 17, a strange sight greeted those walking or commuting near the western basin of the Oklahoma River.
 
Friday, July 20, 2012

Clear and 'present' changer


CFN

Gazette staff
Let's get this straight: U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Muskogee, thinks stalling the appointments of exceptionally qualified judges is ... a travesty! A sham! A travesty of a sham!
 
Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Oklahoma needs the Affordable Care Act


Commentary

Craig W. Jones
Many people know that Medicaid was passed alongside Medicare as part of the 1965 Social Security Act. But I would wager that very few Oklahomans know that Oklahoma was one of only six states to be the first to participate in Medicaid when it launched in 1966. Oklahoma was the only Southern state among those six. Another 27 states signed on later that year, 11 more in 1967, and another eight states (all Southern) in 1970. Seems the new social program at the time was a bit controversial.
 
Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Raising taxes? Really?


Letters to the Editor

Amber Nemecek
Everyone knows that tax money helps to keep water clean for drinking, to repair potholes on city streets and to spread sand/ salt on icy roads, etc. Nathaniel Batchelder implies (Commentary, “Cutting taxes is not the answer,” July 11, Oklahoma Gazette) taxes once funded mental hospitals and substance abuse programs, as if the state does not fund them any longer. Oklahoma’s mental health system is centralized and primarily state-funded. Oklahoma voters approved a net 55-centsper-pack increase in the cigarette tax in 2008, and most of that revenue went to health care. The state’s mental health and substance abuse programs are receiving millions of dollars.
 
Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Party down


CFN

Gazette staff
Voter registration in Oklahoma is on the rise, but that doesn’t mean the Democratic Party is part of it.
 
Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Not so hot


CFN

Gazette staff
For U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe, there does appear to be one scientific principle — maybe the only one — that he appears to have taken to heart: For every action there is an equal and opposite reaction.
 
Wednesday, August 15, 2012

A tale of two Toms

Is a kinder, gentler Tom Coburn emerging?


News

Jonathan Nicholson
Quick: Name an Oklahoma politician who is pals with President Barack Obama, voted for the 2008 bank bailout, believes the military can be cut by 10 percent without harm and thinks increased taxes must be on the table for deficit reduction.
 
Wednesday, August 15, 2012
 
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