Economy, Family & Community

Review of state’s pandemic response includes warnings

To better prepare for future pandemics, state lawmakers conducted a review this week of state and local government responses to COVID-19. Among the takeaways: Many challenges early in the pandemic were the result of the government itself.

Ray Carter
September 16, 2020
Education

Many Norman parents unhappy with district’s handling of back-to-school learning

Initially, Norman Public Schools offered parents a back-to-school choice of on-site, virtual, or “blended” curriculum for K-12 students. In mid-August, the decision was abruptly made to start the year with virtual classes only. After only a couple of weeks the guidelines changed again.

Staci Elder Hensley
September 16, 2020
Education

AG Hunter’s school-choice defense draws national praise

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has been honored by his peers for his office’s defense of school-choice programs that empower parents.

Ray Carter
September 16, 2020
Good Government

Recall effort highlights Norman mayor’s unpopularity

Citizen efforts to force a recall election of Norman Mayor Breea Clark have fallen short, yet the recall effort also showed broad public displeasure with Clark’s performance. The number of citizens who supported Clark’s ouster was 153-percent greater than the number of citizens who voted to elect Clark mayor in 2019.

Ray Carter
September 15, 2020
Budget & Tax, Economy

Oklahoma lawmakers oppose federal bailout of states

Twenty-three Oklahoma state legislators have joined colleagues from across the country to oppose additional federal bailouts for state governments.

Ray Carter
September 14, 2020
Education, Health Care

Teachers union, parents, in opposition

As parents across Oklahoma call for local schools to reopen and provide in-person instruction, one of the most vocal opponents they face is the Oklahoma Education Association (OEA), the state affiliate of the National Education Association.

Ray Carter
September 11, 2020
Criminal Justice

Does SQ 805 allow criminals to break into your home with impunity?

“Property crime” is an umbrella term that encompasses everything from destruction of property to robbery to embezzlement. Because SQ 805 would apply to many property crimes, it’s not uncommon for people to get confused about what that means.

Ryan Haynie
September 10, 2020
Criminal Justice

Myth vs. Fact: SQ 805 and sexual crimes

As it turns out, child prostitution and human trafficking are included on the list of violent offenses. They remain untouched by SQ 805.

Ryan Haynie
September 4, 2020