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By Amelia Hamilton | Watchdog.org | Feb 10, 2016 2:22 PM
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.
By Amelia Hamilton | Watchdog.org | Feb 08, 2016 3:18 PM | 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.
By Amelia Hamilton | Watchdog.org | Jan 28, 2016 1:51 PM
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 [...]
By Rob Nikolewski | Watchdog.org | Jul 30, 2015 5:00 AM | 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."
By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org | 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 | Watchdog.org | 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 | Watchdog.org | 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 | Watchdog.org | Jun 12, 2015 5:00 AM | 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 [...]
By Watchdog Staff | Watchdog.org | May 27, 2015 5:00 AM
  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 [...]
By Chris Butler | Watchdog.org | 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.