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The college investment


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Kurt Hochenauer
The evidence is increasingly clear that Oklahoma can improve its standard of living and quality of life by investing in higher education and encouraging its residents to attend college.
 
Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Fracking fracas


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Kurt Hochenauer
In 1897, an oil gusher called the Nellie Johnstone No. 1 on land near Bartlesville ushered in a commercial age of fossil fuel discovery that still thrives in Oklahoma today.
 
Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Legalize, regulate and tax


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Kurt Hochenauer
It might take some time before Oklahomans can hit their pot bongs without at least a pinch of police paranoia, but it’s an encouraging sign that state Sen. Constance Johnson has floated a bill for this upcoming legislative session that would legalize marijuana here.
 
Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Issues, not divorce records


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Kurt Hochenauer
Can Oklahoma City become more walkable, provide more police and fire protection and improve its public transportation systems? These are just some of the basic issues that should be addressed in the current mayoral campaign between Shadid and current Mayor Mick Cornett between now and the March 4 election.
 
Tuesday, December 17, 2013

What are Oklahoma progressives to do?


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Kurt Hochenauer
Any particular political scene can change rapidly, but it’s fair to argue that Oklahoma Democrats are facing another dismal election year in 2014, especially in statewide offices.
 
Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Resilient repetition

What about the other issues that emerge more slowly and with fewer cliches nearly 6 months after May's weather disaster?


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Kurt Hochenauer
Anyone who has lived in the Oklahoma City area for a long time knows the post-disaster refrains by heart.
 
Tuesday, September 17, 2013

No toke over the line


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Kurt Hochenauer
Pot smokers, beware. There really is a reason to get paranoid.
 
Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Whole lotta crazy going on


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Kurt Hochenauer
There’s enough extreme ideological legislation floating around the state Capitol right now to make a decent reality television show.
 
Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Solutions for progressives


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Kurt Hochenauer
Oklahoma progressives had a lot to celebrate in terms of the national results on Election Day.
 
Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Democrats step up


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Kurt Hochenauer
Have progressive Oklahomans found some political mojo in recent months?
 
Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Politics of satire


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Kurt Hochenauer
Although they’ve been maligned by at least one corporate media outlet for doing so, three state lawmakers are standing up for Oklahoma women’s rights by fighting absurdity with absurdity.
 
Wednesday, April 25, 2012

The 99 percent


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Kurt Hochenauer
Local government officials can’t obscure the larger picture in their ongoing skirmishes with the Occupy OKC protesters.
 
Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Counterpoint: Bad tax model


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Kurt Hochenauer

For years, Republicans have touted the idea of eliminating the state income tax to create a better business climate, and they have at least a fair chance to start the process during the next legislative session.

 
Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Feeling the heat


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Kurt Hochenauer
No one can say with absolute certainty that climate change was a factor in this summer’s record-breaking heat, but it would be foolish at this point to not at least consider its impact.
 
Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Elitism for dummies


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Kurt Hochenauer
Is Oklahoma’s higher education establishment elitist?
 
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
 
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