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Oklahomans are known for their willingness to serve their state and their country in the armed services, both in times of war and in times of peace. It often comes at tremendous sacrifice, for those serving and for their families. 

April is National Child Abuse Prevention month, a month dedicated to recognizing the importance of a community coming together to prevent child abuse and encourage the social well-being of children and families.

So, what is the reality about immigration into the United States? Is it the “humanitarian crisis at the border” some speak about or is it, as others maintain, nothing much to worry about since apprehensions along the Southwestern border are now at an all time low?

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It takes a special kind of movie to present a plot about two deathly sick teenagers who fall in love, yet makes you wish they both would meet their demise.

It is an honor to serve as your state treasurer and support programs important to achieving a more prosperous state. One of my key goals is to increase the number of Oklahomans who save for college.

On a recent Saturday morning, I sent my teenage son to get an assortment of donuts for the family. When he returned, he brought an assortment of donuts – just as he was asked – but they were all donuts that he liked. “Where are the chocolate glazed? The cinnamon-sugar cake donuts?” I asked, …

Gov. Kevin Stitt has requested that Oklahoma State Auditor & Inspector Cindy Byrd audit the Oklahoma Health Care Authority on Medicaid enrollment in the state from 2015-2018.

Last Friday, in Christchurch, New Zealand, one of the more civilized places on earth, 28-year-old Brenton Tarrant, an Australian, turned on his cellphone camera and set out to livestream his massacre of as many innocent Muslim worshippers as he could kill.

So I go to my barber for a shave. While I’m waiting for her to finish the man ahead of me, this other guy and I get to talking about Donald Trump. He’s no more a fan of the boy president than I am, and pretty soon, we’ve got the whole shop laughing as we rip Trump’s idiocy.

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I have had three main issues on my mind lately. Many people are attempting to redefine the type of federal government we have in America. There are open assaults targeting the method by which the president is elected. Several prominent public officials who do not represent the interest of mo…

WASHINGTON – A friend just returned from some time with a group of wealthy conservative donors. “They were ambivalent about Donald Trump two years ago,” he said. “Now they are vociferously pro-Trump. There’s a psychological study to be done here.”

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White nationalism is a threat to national security. The terrorist attack that took nearly 50 lives in New Zealand might seem like it was a world away, but the space that allows the ideologies to proliferate can reach any corner of the world. But it shouldn’t have to. 

People worldwide have now watched the HBO documentary “Leaving Neverland” featuring two men who said, as children, they were repeatedly sexually abused by Michael Jackson. The documentary delved into how such abuse can occur, a predator’s methods and the lifelong damage it can do to a child …

WASHINGTON – When President Trump signed the tax cut bill around the end of 2017, the most significant pro-growth legislation since the 1980s, the U.S. economy took off like an Atlas rocket.

It’s time again for a few thousand people to descend on Stillwater for the annual Land Run 100 – annual because of the hard work of its organizers.

Thursday was one of the Legislature’s biggest deadlines, Third Reading of bills in chamber of origin, which is the final day to vote on bills in the chamber they started in. Bills that were not voted on by Thursday at midnight are dead for this legislative session. In two weeks, we’ll break …

Bipartisan unity is rare these days. When it defies the insurance lobby it is practically extinct. So, unanimous passage in the Oklahoma House of Representatives of a consumer protection bill that would limit a practice known as step therapy deserves a standing ovation.

Only two presidents have been impeached in our nation’s history – Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1999. Neither were removed from office. Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 to avoid impeachment. The U.S. Constitution (Section 4, Article 2) allows Congress to impeach and remove a presi…

WASHINGTON – Some days you wake up and think, “Nope, not getting up.” I call these column days. Then, there are those other times when you practically hurl yourself from the sheets in a grande jete because: Bubba the Love Sponge and Tucker Carlson.

In all but one of the last seven presidential elections, Republicans lost the popular vote. George W. Bush and Donald Trump won only by capturing narrow majorities in the Electoral College.

Tonight is Taste of Stillwater, an annual fundraiser that brings eateries from all across town under one roof with proceeds benefiting the Stillwater Public Education Foundation.

“Becoming Dad: Black Men and the Journey to Fatherhood” was a deep dive into the absence and uninvolvement of African-American fathers in the lives of their children. Like many observers, I inferred that absence and uninvolvement from statistics showing a decline in marriage among African Am…

We’ve just concluded the fifth week of the 2019 legislative session and have been working through hundreds of bills ready for consideration – with the exception of a few categories of bills, like those dealing with appropriations or filed by the Pro Tempore of the Senate or the Speaker of th…

The House spent hours in the chamber this week, debating and discussing legislation that survived last week’s committee deadline cutoff. All remaining bills are eligible to be heard by the entire House until our next deadline, March 14. We have several hundred bills to consider before then, …

Is America really full of hate? Are we truly a nation teeming with victims? Outsiders could certainly come to that conclusion after digesting the steady stream of agitated comments from activists and politicians and media reports about the divisive state of our interpersonal relationships.

Stillwater, or greater Payne County, has a chance at our own Community Health Center with full-time staff for family practice, mental health and case management – possibly much more. We use the word chance, because it’s far from guaranteed but also a great opportunity. It’s a really great op…

We have officially completed the first four weeks of session – and what a whirlwind it has been! The first month of our four-month session has flown by. Several friends have asked me “what next?” So I thought I’d give you a little rundown on the process of making laws. If you are of my gener…

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