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OKG Newsletter


Topic: legislature

Exhausted exams

In the wake of glitches with online standardized testing, some school districts and state lawmakers question the validity of the exams.


News

Phil Bacharach
Nothing gets people testy like test-taking, especially when accessing the test becomes a sort of test in itself. That was the case last month for 9,100 Oklahoma students in sixth through 12 grade whose scores on online tests were invalidated because of a technological snafu.
 
Monday, May 13, 2013

Attempting a reversal

Oklahoma’s wrestling greats grapple with the International Olympics Committee to return the sport to the games.


Sports

Tim Farley
Oklahoma’s wrestling heavyweights are pinning their hopes that the sport will return to the Summer Olympics on a global alliance that includes Russia, Turkey and Iran.
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Ogling open government


Commentary

Mike Brake
The delegates to the 1787 Constitutional Convention conducted their deliberations in secret. These were thoughtful men who realized that the decisions they faced — how to design and construct a form of government to maximize the freedoms only recently won in the American Revolutionary War — required a great deal of give-and-take.
 
Wednesday, May 15, 2013

Taking cover

The May 20 tornado fuels calls for more schools to have shelters or safe rooms.


News

Greg Horton
Strengthening school safety from Mother Nature’s deadly wrath quickly became a focal issue in the wake of the May 20 tornado that devastated parts of Central Oklahoma. The EF5 funnel cloud destroyed two Moore elementary schools — Briarwood and Plaza Towers — killing seven children at the latter location.
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Death by a thousand cuts


Commentary

Mickey Hepner
It’s just a little tax cut. It can’t hurt anything, can it?
 
Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Seeking shelter for students


Commentary

Rep. Joe Dorman
Forty-seven lives were lost during the storms that hit our state last month. The death toll could have been lower if suitable shelters were widely available.
 
Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Playing politics with prison


Commentary

Sean Wallace
This year’s legislative session ended with the usual thud for employees of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections. The only agency-requested bill approved by lawmakers authorizes the director of the agency to give the badge of an officer killed in the line of duty to his or her spouse, which tragically happened just last year. Yes, lawmakers were very generous to us this year.
 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013

Big, bloated government


Letters to the Editor

Mike Brake
Mickey Hepner’s lament about income tax cuts (Commentary, “Death by a thousand cuts,” June 5, Oklahoma Gazette) claimed that “one small tax cut shrinks our government services.” That assumes that current government services are being wisely funded, but even a cursory look at the state budget raises doubts about that.
 
Wednesday, July 3, 2013

The good, the bad and the goofy


Commentary

Cal Hobson
Our legislators are home this summer, having completed their 2013 work. It was a session that saw good bills killed, bad bills consuming too much precious time and the passage of a ridiculous tax cut that doesn’t even kick in until 2016.
 
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Culture wars

Amid some opposition, American Indian Cultural Center & Museum officials hope donors remain loyal to the uncompleted venue.


News

Tim Farley

Supporters of the half-built American Indian Cultural Center & Museum (AICCM) were days away from receiving $40 million in state funds this state legislative session when a deadly tornado ripped through south Oklahoma City and Moore.
 
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
 
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