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  The Tulsa Frontier News was able to conduct an interview with one anonymous juror in the trial of police officer, Betty Shelby. Shelby shot an unarmed Tulsa motorist last year. We’re posting some amazing quotes from the article. Please read the full account at The Frontier. The juror said all 12 jurors wrote a letter they intended to be sent to TPD Chief Jordan in which they stated their belief that Shelby should not be a patrol officer.“There was a […]

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Guest Opinion: A State In Denial Of A Spending Problem

A guest opinion, by Ronda Vuillemont-Smith, -founder of Tulsa 912 Project ​  Oklahoma does not have a revenue problem, it has a spending problem.  Our representatives must cut the State budget, fund what is essential – like roads, courts, and law enforcement – and then carve away at the rest.   A proposed discriminatory tax increase on cigarettes ( HB2372) failed in the Oklahoma House this week. However, s […]

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The Politics Of How To Smoke

 The emblem on Oklahoma’s revered state flag includes the prominent centerpiece of a smoking pipe. If this device is so fundamental to who we are, as a state, then why is there so much drama, lately, about the bedrock tradition involving a pipe?   Every culture has it’s own traditions about what to smoke and how to smoke it. But never has there been so much consternation and obsession about telling folks:where to smoke,how much to smokewhat device to useho […]

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This afternoon, the Democrat House leader, Scott Inman, accused Senate President Pro-Tem, Mike Schultz a liar. Democrats were in private discussions with  republican legislative leaders and Gov. Fallin. When Inman stepped out to discuss the Republican budget offer with the Senate Democrat leader, they were eventually called back and told that the deal was off; “Because the Republican rank & file members refused to su […]

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  A Tulsa jury decided after 9 hours, that Betty Shelby did not commit 1st Degree Manslaughter.  She was charged in the death of a motorist who appeared incoherent and not effectively communicating with her, when she came upon him, in North Tulsa.  Tulsa did not riot or threaten retribution. We awaited the judicial process and tonight we heard the verdict.  As I write this, I’m listening to the screams of distraught Tulsans of every color, express […]

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​  While still a good distance away from a solution to maintain current budgeting numbers, the House of Representatives is still looking for loose change under any proverbial seat cushion they can find.  The process has become stressful and testing the nerves of many. this is when we find the real character of so many whom we entrusted with this task. 3 Budget Ideas There are 3 budget blueprints being mulled at the Oklahoma Capitol.The Fallin Budget […]

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  OCPA is Oklahoma’s premier conservative thinktank. Their research team compiled a far less painful roadmap for fiscal austerity and reforms. Here is their introduction..​  With just over a week until the end of the regular legislative session, some lawmakers have proposed massive tax increases, including a plan to cap personal itemized deductions that would dramatically increase personal income taxes on many Oklahoma families and small businesses.  OCPA released today a budget […]

  Last week a young Republican party leader narrowly won a special election race against a Democrat who got a lot of help from outside the district. Activists with the Teacher Caucus flooded the voters with phone calls, seeking to discredit Taylor for his support of charter schools.  Zack Taylor did not face a recount, so his election was certified on Monday.  Tuesday he was sworn in and took his place in the House chamber.  His first substantive […]

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