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MAPS 3: Revenge of the Myth’

It has all the makings of an epic science-fiction adventure film: City leaders are faced with the loss of tax revenue and scramble to find new and innovative ideas to convince the unsuspecting taxpayers that the only way to save the city is to continue a previously successful sales tax.   Behind the scenes, we

Chicken-Fried News obvious OKC report of the week

“The condoms, donated by Planned Parenthood and a program at OU Health Sciences Center, were a way to draw more attention to the edition’s news package.”   “James S. Tyree, staff writer, The Oklahoman, reporting Feb. 14 on the student-run Oklahoma Daily newspaper taping condoms to each issue

Burrito to blame for Edmond man’s traffic mishap

With burritos, consumers mostly worry about the potential for intestinal burn. But for one Edmond man, the food proved the catalyst for a chain of events out of a slapstick comedy.   According to a report in the Feb. 13 issue of The Vista, the student-run newspaper of the University of Central Oklahoma, 58-year-old Richard

Oklahoma House Speaker’s Ball goes MTV

This year’s Speaker’s Ball, an event sponsored by the speaker of the Oklahoma House of Representatives, had that little touch of MTV, according to a recent story in the Tulsa World.   According to the story, the evening had the usual dinner, band and evening dance ” this is a ball, ya know. However, the

Oklahoma house committee angers state’s American Indian tribes

A bill that the state House’s General Government and Transportation Committee passed last week has ruffled the feathers of many of the state’s American Indian tribes (you know, the people who lived in Oklahoma ” not to mention the nation ” first). House Bill 1423, proposed by Rep. George Faught, R-Muskogee, calls for a recognized

Oklahoma governor’s state of state address channels Chevy Chase

For those who attended the governor’s State of the State address to the Legislature last week, for a brief moment it seemed like an old “Saturday Night Live” skit. For those who are old enough to remember, the brief moment conjured up the first year of “SNL” and funny newsman Chevy Chase.   After Gov.

Power to the

Who would have thought after all these grim years of death and destruction fighting religious extremism in the occupations of Iraq and Afghanistan, Americans would be fighting the same war right here in Oklahoma?   There have been so many anti-abortion bills introduced in the state Legislature, along with a covenant marriage bill that at

Oklahoma college auctions year’s tuition on eBay

Perhaps not as famous (or infamous?) as the man who squeezed into his ex-wife’s wedding dress, but right up there in oddity, a small Oklahoma college recently auctioned off a year’s worth of tuition on eBay.   Schooling at Oklahoma Wesleyan University in Bartlesville found a place on the site’s “other” category alongside voltage converters

A letter to ‘Indian country’

One of the mysteries to people who study politics is how American Indians vote. American Indians enjoy a unique relationship with the United States, as nations both sovereign yet also subservient to the U.S. national authority. For decades, American Indian citizenship status was in limbo, and it was not until after World War I that

Petals and prudence

You do not have look far these days to spot a political demonstration turned ugly. That is why it is so refreshing to find one focused on the very symbol of beauty. I refer to Rose Day, the day in which droves of Oklahoma citizens gather at the state Capitol to deliver roses to their

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