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OKG Newsletter


Topic: State

For art’s sake

A new nonprofit seeks to educate Oklahomans on the importance of art.


News

Ryan Querbach
Amid proposed budget cuts to state art funding, three arts leaders have established the first nonprofit to formally advocate for public funding of the arts.
 
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Detour ahead

Budgetary hand-wringing puts the partially constructed American Indian center in limbo.


News

Greg Horton
Sen. Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa, has called for an interim study on proposed bond issues, including the American Indian Cultural Center & Museum.
 
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

‘Out of compliance’

Could some of Oklahoma’s laws regulating corporate donations be at odds with federal case law?


News

Clifton Adcock
State laws restricting corporate independent campaign expenditures and requiring registration as a political action committee in Oklahoma are considered “unenforceable” in the wake of a recent U.S. Supreme Court decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, according to some state officials.
 
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Defining conservative values

The campaign for the state’s 2nd Congressional District will start a conversation about what it means to be a conservative.


Commentary

Chris Smith
With the announcement of Rep. Dan Boren’s retirement from Congress, our state lost a loyal voice in Washington at a time when balanced, commonsense values and bipartisan influence are most needed in a body that doesn’t seem to have much of either at this time.
 
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Returning to history

Sonia Gensler’s debut novel, ‘The Revenant,’ digs into a part of Oklahoma history many may not know about.


Features

Jenny Coon Peterson

Sonia Gensler
2 p.m. Saturday
Barnes & Noble, 540 Ed Noble Parkway, Norman
BN.com, 579-8800

 
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Shelter from the storm

A public-service project and state incentive programs aim to help individuals be prepared during tornadic trepidation.


News

Alex Ewald
During one of May’s tornadic storms, Oklahoma City resident Joshua Trent was inspired after his dad called from Calumet, where five of the storms’ deaths occurred, asking him the location of the closest storm shelter.
 
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Combat-ready

World-class boxers and mixed martial artists on the rise resurrect the state’s legacy of producing top-tier fighters.


Sports

Charles Martin
With a rich boxing history paired and a legacy of stellar wrestling programs, Oklahoma is fertile soil for combat sports, but larger markets traditionally have plucked up skilled fighters.
 
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Counterpoint: Soul concern

'My greatest concern is for the souls of individuals in their relationship with God.'


Commentary

Steve Kern
On June 26, 2003, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled sodomy laws in Texas as unconstitutional on the basis of the right to privacy and equal protection.
 
Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Super intentions

How reformer Janet Barresi plans to revamp education.


News

Clifton Adcock
After about half a year on the job, one legislative session and at least one highly contentious state Board of Education meeting under her belt, Superintendent of Public Instruction Janet Barresi said she still has the same amount of energy, if not more, than when she took office.
 
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
 
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