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R3publicans:  Presidential Pardon for Michael Behenna of Oklahoma

Former Army 1st Lt. Michael Behenna beat the odds Monday, becoming the 8th person pardoned by President Trump after a campaign by supporters who recognized that “it’s who you know” that matters most.

Now an Oklahoma farmhand, Behenna was released from prison in 2014 after serving five years of a murder sentence for shooting an Iraqi roadside bomb suspect, whom he stripped naked during what he said was an unauthorized interrogation.

read more at https://www.washingtonexaminer.com/news/white-house/its-who-you-know-how-a-soldier-convicted-of-murder-got-trump-to-pardon-him

summary via R3publicans: http://r3publican.wordpress.com

R3publicans:  From Jesus Christ to Julian Assange: When Dissidents Become Enemies of the State

From Jesus Christ to Julian Assange: When Dissidents Become Enemies of the State

By John W. Whitehead

The Rutherford Institute

“In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act.” — George Orwell

When exposing a crime is treated as committing a crime, you are being ruled by criminals.

In the current governmental climate, where laws that run counter to the dictates of the Constitution are made in secret, passed without debate, and upheld by secret courts that operate behind closed doors, obeying one’s conscience and speaking truth to the power of the police state can render you an “enemy of the state.”

That list of so-called “enemies of the state” is growing.

read more at https://www.lewrockwell.com/2019/04/john-w-whitehead/from-jesus-christ-to-julian-assange-when-dissidents-become-enemies-of-the-state/

summary via R3publicans

  The Oklahoma GOP has enjoyed a ‘fairy tale’ turnabout of fortunes in the past 30 years. Until recent history, the Oklahoma Democrat party enjoyed nearly 9 decades of dominance in every statewide office and super-majorities in both legislative chambers.  No one saw a lucrative career opportunity in conservative political consulting, because there was no money in it, nor opportunity for career resume-building. Tom Cole changed that narrative in 1994, when his consulting firm of Cole,…

Read the full article at Oklahoma’s Political News service, www.SoonerPolitics.org .

Helping kids is good sense – and popularBy Jonathan Small, President of OCPAOklahoma ranks poorly in national comparisons of educational achievement. This year lawmakers have a proven way to start improving those statistics.Senate Bill 407 would increa…

Statement from Jonathan Small, president of the Oklahoma Council for Public Affairs, on the filing of a ballot initiative to put Medicaid expansion on the ballot. “There isn’t support in the Legislature or the public for forcing Obamacare’s Medica…