Townhall.com Presents:
By Patrick B. McGuigan | Watchdog.org | Jul 02, 2014 10:40 AM | 38
Oklahoma ranked as eleventh most corrupt state in new study. Corruption prevailed during era of one-party rule.
By Patrick B. McGuigan | Watchdog.org | Jun 23, 2014 5:00 AM
National Tea Party leaders criticized in June 19 letter for support of T.W. Shannon in Oklahoma Senate race.
By Patrick B. McGuigan | Watchdog.org | Jun 19, 2014 12:47 PM | 148
A national organization with a history of battling for civic liberties has joined Oklahoman Kaye Beach in litigation against the state Department of Public Safety’s requirements for mandatory biometrics to secure driver's licenses.
By Patrick B. McGuigan | Watchdog.org | Jun 05, 2014 8:43 PM | 1.4K
By Patrick B. McGuigan | Oklahoma Watchdog OKLAHOMA CITY – Gov. Mary Fallin today repealed the state’s controversial Common Core curriculum. The “federal overreach tainted a Common Core program created with “well-intentioned goals,” Fallin said.  “President Obama and Washington bureaucrats have usurped Common Core in an attempt to influence state education standards.” Common Core State Standards will be replaced [...]
By Patrick B. McGuigan | Watchdog.org | Jun 05, 2014 5:00 AM
By Patrick B. McGuigan | Oklahoma Watchdog OKLAHOMA CITY — If analysts on the right and the left are to be believed, the Oklahoma Legislature managed to produce a state budget for the coming year that is both dishonest and impenetrable. Jonathan Small, fiscal vice president at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, a free-market think tank, described [...]
By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org | Jun 03, 2014 12:35 PM | 30
By Eric Boehm | Watchdog.org Sweeping new regulations on electric power plants announced by the EPA on Monday will trigger lawsuits from states and industry groups, and the U.S. Supreme Court will probably get the final say. The new regulations are part of the Obama administration’s goal to reduce carbon emissions from power plants by 30 percent [...]
By Patrick B. McGuigan | Watchdog.org | Jun 02, 2014 8:17 AM | 256
By Patrick B. McGuigan | Oklahoma Watchdog OKLAHOMA CITY — Gov. Mary Fallin faces a Saturday deadline to decide what to do with bills passed in the closing days of the 2014 legislative session. The most weighty matter still on her desk is the fate of the Common Core education standards. Activists on both sides of the Common Core [...]
By Patrick B. McGuigan | Watchdog.org | May 23, 2014 12:21 PM | 44
By Patrick B. McGuigan | Oklahoma Watchdog OKLAHOMA CITY— With unfunded liabilities on government pensions somewhere between $11.5 billion and $44.1 billion, the Oklahoma Legislature watered down and passed a bill that took small steps at reform. House Bill 2630 is directed at maintaining full pension benefits for government workers hired in late 2015 and thereafter. Gov. Mary Fallin, [...]
By Patrick B. McGuigan | Watchdog.org | May 22, 2014 1:43 PM
By Patrick B. McGuigan | Oklahoma Watchdog OKLAHOMA CITY — It took just over 24 hours for both houses of the state Legislature to override Gov. Mary Fallin’s veto ofthird-grade reading requirement. Fallin vetoed House Bill 2625 on Tuesday afternoon and was overriden late Wednesday afternoon, 79-17 in the House of Representatives. The Senate voted 45-2 to override. The [...]
By Patrick B. McGuigan | Watchdog.org | May 21, 2014 2:50 PM
By Patrick B. McGuigan | Oklahoma Watchdog OKLAHOMA CITY – Gov. Mary Fallin has vetoed a bipartisan bill the superintendent of public instruction assailed as a phony “social promotion” of public school students with reading problems. Fallin said she refused to sign House Bill 2625 because of testing data showing that 16 percent of state third graders, [...]