Wastewater injects controversy over earthquakes in Oklahoma
Wastewater injects controversy over earthquakes in Oklahoma
Rob Nikolewski | July 30, 2015
"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
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
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
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
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
  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
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
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
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
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 [...]