Senate approves election reform bills

The full Senate has passed three of the proposals introduced by Sen. David Holt, R-Oklahoma City, to modernize Oklahoma's election system and increase rapidly declining voter participation.

Budgeting reform idea

Authored by Senate President Pro Tempore Brian Bingman, Senate Joint Resolution 30 would send to a vote of the people a proposal to dedicate every other legislative year to crafting the state's budget.

Wind farm incentives

Two measures reforming tax incentives for future wind farms in Oklahoma have cleared another legislative hurdle.  The full Senate on Tuesday gave approval to Senate Bill 498 and Senate Bill 501.  Sen. Mike Mazzei is principal author of the measures, which would take effect beginning January 1, 2016.

Marriage bill advances

State Rep. Todd Russ praised his House colleagues for supporting a measure to get government out of marriage and resolve the homosexual marriage controversy.

Democrat tax hike fails

House Democrats launched an attempt to raise personal income taxes by amending House Bill 1778, but House Republicans held their ground and defeated the amendment to ensure Oklahomans control more of their hard-earned money.

Keith Ballard's big compensation

Lame duck Superintendent Keith Ballard of Tulsa Public Schools hates a bill in the Oklahoma Senate that would create education savings accounts.

Democrat leaders promote Islam

America has freedom of religion embedded in the Constitution. Any serious look at our culture now would have to conclude that a large segment denigrates Christianity and promotes Islam.

Looking in the Mirror

Question:  Whose economic growth could be categorized as "hobbled by low growth, too-low inflation and relatively high unemployment?"

This writing was not the original intention some 364 columns ago

It is hard to realize that this tome is the 364th in the series that began in March of 2008, yes it completes a full seven years of each week thinking - or trying to think - of something that would be interesting, informational and perhaps amusing.  A whole lot of water has gone "over the dam and under the bridge" in the meantime. 

Tulsa gets a No. 2 seed in the NIT

The Tulsa basketball team, seeded No. 2, hosted No. 7 seed William & Mary Tuesday night in the first round of the National Invitational Tournament.

ORU's Pep Band won the Summit 'battle of the bands'

I suppose you can say the Summit League basketball tournament went the way it was supposed to - the No. 1 and No. 2 seeds in both the men's and women's brackets played each other in the championship game. The only problem with that is the ORU teams were both the No. 3 seed.

1966 Tourney was a groundbreaker

With the NCAA Basketball Tournament set to begin next week, I'd like to reflect back to the 1966 NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. No, I'm not old enough to remember that tournament, I was only a baby at the time, but recently I met two guys who were very much a part of that championship game.