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 [...]
Despite media hype, Tennessee liberals benefit from out-of-state money
Despite media hype, Tennessee liberals benefit from out-of-state money
Chris Butler | May 18, 2015|   0
Reporters from Tennessee’s four largest newspapers used a slew of catch phrases in stories about out-of-state money influencing state politics.
OU clears Confucius Institute but some question review
OU clears Confucius Institute but some question review
Arthur Kane | April 24, 2015|   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.
Were suspicious test scores investigated in Oklahoma?
Were suspicious test scores investigated in Oklahoma?
Arthur Kane | April 20, 2015|   0
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.
Oklahoma lawmakers want to legalize switchblades, regulate burial depths
Oklahoma lawmakers want to legalize switchblades, regulate burial depths
Arthur Kane | February 18, 2015|   31
By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org 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 [...]
Oklahoma senator seeks to eliminate agencies, but fears GOP opposition
Oklahoma senator seeks to eliminate agencies, but fears GOP opposition
Arthur Kane | February 16, 2015|   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.
Half dozen open records bills introduced this year in Oklahoma
Half dozen open records bills introduced this year in Oklahoma
Arthur Kane | February 11, 2015|   4
By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org In Oklahoma, the executive branch is subject to open records laws and must provide budgets, emails and many other documents to anyone who asks. But the judicial and legislative branches are exempt from any transparency requirements despite doing the public’s business and spending public money. Two lawmakers have introduced bills this year to [...]
OK lawmaker pushes for school choice savings accounts
OK lawmaker pushes for school choice savings accounts
Arthur Kane | January 28, 2015|   85
An Oklahoma lawmaker is pushing for education savings accounts that will put a portion of per-student money into a fund parents can use for private schools, tutors and even higher education.
As gas prices drop for record 16th straight week, state budgets scramble
As gas prices drop for record 16th straight week, state budgets scramble
Rob Nikolewski | January 21, 2015|   11
Crashing prices at the pump is good news for drivers but it's a challenge for budgets in states that rely heavily on oil and gas revenue.