Education, Law & Principles

School choice proves winning issue in state elections

Republican candidates who supported school choice prevailed in multiple races during this week’s primaries while incumbents who opposed school choice lost or narrowly avoided defeat at the hands of conservative challengers.

Ray Carter
June 30, 2022
Law & Principles

Supreme Court: Oklahoma has jurisdiction in Indian country

The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled the State of Oklahoma has the authority to arrest and prosecute non-Indian criminals who victimize Indians living on ‘Indian country’ land in the state.

Ray Carter
June 29, 2022
Law & Principles

Reality check for Cherokee leaders may be positive sign

Most Cherokees understand we are all Oklahomans, even if some of their leaders do not. If those Cherokee citizens’ view prevails, the challenge of working out state-tribal differences will become much easier.

Jonathan Small
June 27, 2022
Education, Law & Principles

Department of Education says Tulsa schools violated CRT ban

The Tulsa Public Schools district is poised to become the first district in Oklahoma sanctioned for violating a state law that bans schools from incorporating concepts associated with Critical Race Theory into school settings.

Ray Carter
June 23, 2022
Education, Law & Principles

Lawmaker makes false claim about own district

State Rep. Josh West recently claimed that he “ain’t got a private school within dadgum two hours of me.” But independent research shows that people throughout most of West’s district live within 30 minutes of a private school—some of which West himself has visited.

Ray Carter
June 20, 2022
Education, Law & Principles

AG O’Connor opposes Biden transgenderism mandate

Oklahoma Attorney General John O’Connor has joined a national coalition of state attorneys general to oppose the Biden administration’s efforts to force schools to embrace transgender policies, including policies that grant male students access to girls’ restrooms.

Ray Carter
June 14, 2022
Budget & Tax, Law & Principles

Fuzzy math in House tax-and-spending plan?

The leadership of the Oklahoma House of Representatives says that chamber will advance several tax proposals this week in response to Gov. Kevin Stitt’s call for passage of broad-based, pro-growth tax cuts—but indicated passage of tax cuts relies in part on cutting the budget of the governor’s office, citing the state’s balanced-budget requirement.

Ray Carter
June 14, 2022
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