Senate may give Planned Parenthood Zika funding in new Continuing Resolution

GOP Aide: Senate Republicans’ Budget Bill Opens up 
Possible Zika Funding for Planned Parenthood
Dustin Siggins, Stream.org

A GOP Senate Appropriations Committee aide has confirmed to The Stream that Republicans will allow Planned Parenthood to “apply for reimbursements” under new Zika prevention funding proposed by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

On Thursday, the Republican-controlled committee released a Continuing Resolution (CR) to keep the federal government’s operations funded until December 9. Federal funding is currently approved through September 30, after which discretionary operations of the government would shut down. In addition to funding the federal government, the CR bill provides $500 million for emergency flood assistance in several states, and provides $1.1 billion to fight the spread of the Zika virus.

Who Will Stand In the Way Of the Oklahoma Turnpike Authority?

  The Oklahoma Authority is perpetually building and expanding it’s network of “for pay” roads. The Authority is technically not a part of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, instead, it’s a pseudo business run by a para-government monopoly.   This year the OTA announced some bold new projects and some fee increases on all current roads in their network. Read more at the Oklahoman.  Does the Oklahoma Corporation Commission ever st […]

EU US Ireland Unhappy Bite Of Apple

Ireland has a 12.5% corporate tax rate. The US has a 39.5% rate. So Apple moved its Intellectual Property operations to Ireland. And, due to a complicated 1990s agreement, the company doesn’t even pay the 12.5% rate. It’s more like .005%. (Apple did pay $3 billion in U.S. income taxes in the third quarter.) You can read

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Auditor eviction drama grows

The drama continues to grow over plans to permanently evict the State Auditor’s office from the State Capitol building as a result of ongoing renovations, with Governor Mary Fallin and Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman commenting on the situation.

Gov. Fallin spoke with The Oklahoman about the issue:

“Certainly I think it is important for a state elected official to have an office in the Capitol,” Fallin said. Fallin said she was unaware of a plan to move the auditor’s office out of the Capitol building until she read about it in the newspaper.

John Estus, spokesman for OMES, previously said ““The decision [to evict the Auditor’s office] was made jointly by the House speaker’s office, Senate pro tem’s office and our office with assistance from architects and engineers working on the restoration project.” While House Speaker Jeff Hickman issued a statement supporting the move, Senate President Brian Bingman had a different reaction:

Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman expressed surprise Wednesday that the state auditor had been told that his office would be forced to permanently move from the state Capitol, which is undergoing a $245 million renovation. “I’m not aware of any final decision that, ‘Hey, this agency has got to move out,’” Bingman, R-Sapulpa, said Wednesday. “I don’t think I’m aware of anything that’s been finalized.”

Defenders of Liberty Awards Banquet Event Nominees Announced

Congratulations to all the nominees!

The Defenders of Liberty: Grassroots Activism Awards is an annual awards banquet organized by grassroots activists for grassroots activists in Oklahoma. Established in 2013.

WHEN: Saturday, September 24, 2016 at 6:00 PM – Sunday, September 25, 2016 at 1:30 AM
WHERE: DoubleTree Downtown Hilton – 616 W 7th St, Tulsa, OK 74127

Pruitt Changes Medical Marijuana Ballot Language

  The Tulsa Frontier reports that Attorney General, Scott Pruitt, has taken it upon his office to rewrite the description of the citizen initiative effort to allow doctors to prescribe cannabis derivatives for certain serious medical conditions. How much would Pruitt change the language of State Question 788?   Pruitt, a long-time Southern Baptist, has made no secret of his opposition to any change in the state’s prohibition on any cannabis, […]

No Clinton Foundation Access for Benghazi Dead

An AP story says 85 of 154 meetings Hillary Clinton had regarding private interests, when she was Secretary of State, were with Clinton Foundation donors. Clinton Foundation Access Fit For A Prince Some of those donors represented foreign interests too. Politico reported that the crown prince of Bahrain used his Clinton Foundation connection to get a meeting

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