By Arthur Kane | | Jul 09, 2015 5:00 AM | 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.
By Arthur Kane | | Jul 08, 2015 5:00 AM | 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.
By Arthur Kane | | Jul 06, 2015 5:00 AM
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.
By Arthur Kane | | Jun 12, 2015 5:00 AM | 43
By Arthur Kane | After a high-profile racist incident, the University of Oklahoma will require all freshman to take diversity training, but figures obtained by 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 [...]
By Watchdog Staff | | May 27, 2015 5:00 AM
  By Jillian Kay Melchior and Eliana Johnson | Special to 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 [...]
By Chris Butler | | May 18, 2015 5:00 AM
Reporters from Tennessee’s four largest newspapers used a slew of catch phrases in stories about out-of-state money influencing state politics.
By Arthur Kane | | Apr 24, 2015 5:00 AM | 10
The University of Oklahoma completed its review of their Confucius Institute, finding no wrong doing, but a critic of CI questioned the thoroughness of the investigation.
By Arthur Kane | | Apr 20, 2015 5:00 AM
In 2012, then-Oklahoma State School Superintendent Janet Barresi vowed to look into suspicious test scores in Tulsa and three other school districts – a pattern similar to the cheating scandal in Atlanta, where last week several educators received prison terms for racketeering convictions.
By Arthur Kane | | Feb 18, 2015 5:00 AM | 31
By Arthur Kane | It’s a bill that Sharks and the Jets would love. State Sen. Frank Simpson, R-Springer, introduced legislation that is perfect for the gangs in “West Side Story” because it legalizes carrying switchblade knives. But under Senate Bill 198, daggers, Bowie knives and sword canes would still have to stay home. And a bill by [...]
By Arthur Kane | | Feb 16, 2015 5:00 AM | 75
Oklahoma taxpayers, who have a $600 million state budget hole to fill, are funding museums to late humorist Will Rogers and a massive gun collection, a space development authority and staffing a Native American museum scheduled to open in 2017 — but only if it can get millions more in funding.