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Judging Oklahoma’s Judicial Nominating Commission

August 31, 2015 - 2:15pm EDT

Fifty years ago, Oklahoma was “jarred to the grassroots by the disclosure of bribery, corruption and moral laxity extending to the highest level of the state judiciary.” Local officials and state legislators were implicated in the far-reaching scandal, but voters were most appalled ... READ MORE

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Five Questions about Article V: Question #1

August 20, 2015 - 2:46pm EDT

Part one of five in the "Five Questions: Constitution expert Trent England on the pros and cons of an Article V convention" series. -Editor Holding a national convention to propose constitutional amendments is either the only solution to rebalance our political system or a sure path to ... READ MORE

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From the Heart

August 6, 2015 - 4:35pm EDT

When the American flag is flapping in the wind and I hear “The Star-Spangled Banner” stately playing, I pause and reflect on the Federalist Papers and how human flourishing is best encouraged via a political system with checks and balances. Oh wait, that’s not true—becau... READ MORE

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ESAs are the next step in fulfilling Friedman’s vision

July 31, 2015 - 1:51pm EDT

It is my great honor to be the Milton Friedman Distinguished Fellow at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, where all of us see ourselves as carrying on Friedman’s legacy. Milton Friedman, who would have turned 103 today, is best known as one of the world’s greatest economists. H... READ MORE

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OCPA officials tout federal-funds transparency

July 9, 2015 - 11:22am EDT

In a recent column in The Journal Record, law professor Andrew Spiropoulos lauded a proposal which “requires state agencies to publicly report the amount and nature of the federal funding they receive and, most importantly, the conditions they accept in exchange for the money.” The ... READ MORE

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Court saves politicians from pesky citizens

June 25, 2015 - 3:44pm EDT

The Obama Administration would have gotten away with it too, if it weren’t for those meddling kids, er, citizens. Actually, the Obama Administration is going to get away with breaking the law—their own law, no less. With today’s decision in King v. Burwell, Chief Justice John ... READ MORE

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A Deeper Look Into the State Budget

June 4, 2015 - 6:41pm EDT

Check out our information on the state budget below. Click here for our recommendations of cuts for the FY-2016 State Budget. Click here for the FY-2016 Oklahoma State Budget Agreement TIP Sheet. Click here for our Top 10 Budget Recommendations.       READ MORE

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Combating a culture of ‘disengagement and compulsory learning’

May 27, 2015 - 3:45pm EDT

In an interesting and insightful blog post, Rob Miller, longtime principal at Jenks Middle School, recently reflected on “all the parallels between being an airline passenger and daily life as a student in a typical middle or high school classroom in America today.” He points out that, a... READ MORE

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Education savings accounts will put parents in charge

May 22, 2015 - 5:37pm EDT

Tennessee Gov. Bill Haslam signed legislation last week creating the nation’s fourth education savings account (ESA) program, joining Mississippi, Florida, and Arizona.

 In a new paper (“Designing an Education Savings Account for Oklahoma”) published by the 1889 Institute, Va... READ MORE

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Fiscal Year 2016 Oklahoma State Budget Agreement

May 21, 2015 - 1:01pm EDT

A year ago, the FY-2015 budget agreement was announced as a total of $7.12 billion in appropriated state spending. The recently announced FY-2016 budget agreement totals more than $7.13 billion. Click here for a PDF of the FY-2016 Oklahoma State Budget Agreement TIP Sheet. READ MORE

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