Swipe and seize: Oklahoma gives cops new tool to make civil forfeiture easier
Swipe and seize: Oklahoma gives cops new tool to make civil forfeiture easier
Eric Boehm | June 09, 2016|   64
Police in Oklahoma have a long history of abusing civil forfeiture laws to seize cash. So why is the state giving them new tools to make such abuses easier?
School choice vs. Blaine amendments
Amelia Hamilton | February 10, 2016|   2
The City-Sentinel in Oklahoma has a nice history lesson explaining how obscure provisions named for James G. Blaine,  a 19th century nativist politician “who wanted to reshape the First Amendment in his own anti-Catholic image,” are hindering 21st century efforts to expand school choice. Read the whole thing here.
30 education bills to watch in Oklahoma
Amelia Hamilton | February 08, 2016|   7
Hundreds of bills have been filed in Oklahoma this session that propose solutions to issues pertaining to education. KOSU determined which 30 of these bills should be watched most closely. These proposals include bills on education savings accounts, school consolidation and finance, testing, teacher pay and other topics.
Director of Tulsa charter lauds school choice
Amelia Hamilton | January 28, 2016|   1
Eric Doss, director of the Tulsa School of Arts and Sciences sees first-hand the difference that school choice can make in the lives of children.   In an op-ed in the Tulsa World, Doss points out the importance of school choice to all members of the community. He points out that the well-off families have always had school [...]
Wastewater injects controversy over earthquakes in Oklahoma
Wastewater injects controversy over earthquakes in Oklahoma
Rob Nikolewski | July 30, 2015|   22
"We believe that in 12 months we would see a clear decline in the earthquake activity" if a moratorium is put in place, said Johnson Bridgwater, director of Oklahoma Sierra Club. "We are not saying it would completely stop, we are not saying they would go away, but we do believe that a 12-month window would show a steady decline in earthquake activity in the area."
Oklahoma lobbying disclosures lag behind other states
Oklahoma lobbying disclosures lag behind other states
Arthur Kane | July 09, 2015|   13
Unlike most states, Oklahoma ethics rules do not require lobbyists to disclose what legislation they are supporting or opposing, making it difficult to track special-interest influence in the state Legislature.
House freshmen, Senate leadership accept thousands in lobbyist meals, gifts
House freshmen, Senate leadership accept thousands in lobbyist meals, gifts
Arthur Kane | July 08, 2015|   151
Oklahoma lobbyists spent more than $300,000 this year on meals, gifts and receptions to try to influence or build relationships with lawmakers, but the legislators say the lobbyist largess had no impact on their votes.
Utilities lead the way in Oklahoma lobbying spending
Utilities lead the way in Oklahoma lobbying spending
Arthur Kane | July 06, 2015|   0
Anyone reading about 2015 Oklahoma legislative session would think the top issues were the budget shortfall, criminal justice reform, school choice and health care — or even less weighty issues, such as the legalization of switchblades and regulating burial depths.
OU institutes mandatory diversity classes despite few racial incidents on campus
OU institutes mandatory diversity classes despite few racial incidents on campus
Arthur Kane | June 12, 2015|   43
By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org After a high-profile racist incident, the University of Oklahoma will require all freshman to take diversity training, but figures obtained by Watchdog.org show there have been very few racial incidents reported to school authorities in the past five years. In March, members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity were videotaped in a [...]
Elizabeth Warren, the real estate profiteer
Elizabeth Warren, the real estate profiteer
Watchdog Staff | May 27, 2015|   0
  By Jillian Kay Melchior and Eliana Johnson | Special to Watchdog.org Nearly two years after Veo Vessels died, her daughter, 70-year-old Mary Frances Hickman, decided to sell the home her mother had left to her. A sprawling brick house in Oklahoma City’s historic Highland Park neighborhood, it was built in 1924, just a year after Mary’s birth. Even [...]