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Update: Rep Ross Ford Affirms Solidarity With Trump   In the further splintering of the Oklahoma Republican Party, some newly elected Republican legislators are now openly expressing preference for Democrats.   In  her 2 years in office, Tulsa’s Rep. Carol Bush has several times openly ridiculed many Republicans and cheered on the candidacy of a Democrat running for US Congress.  Bush supports Horn in the CD-5 race against Congressman Steve […]

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Sooner Politics:  Every County Needs A Different Type of Education Reform

  There are 30 counties in Oklahoma that have less than 3000 total public school students. In most states that would be considered one average-sized school district,  But the reality is that Oklahoma pays 120 school superintendents to do the job in those 30 Oklahoma counties.  This is just one aspect of administrative reform which is screaming out for implementation.  It would result in increased classroom funding of about $1500 per student, per y […]

  Nearly 3 months after the infamous July 10th Board of Health meeting, some answers and transparency is beginning to reveal which actors were at work behind the scenes to illegally thwart state law regarding cannabis medicines.  The Tulsa World published a story today, that shows some of the details they finally got when a “Freedom of Information” request was finally complied with, as state law requires.  Several establishment entities were trying to […]

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Judge Patrick Pickerill  of Oklahoma’s 14th District Court granted emergency relief to the plaintiff in a lawsuit against the City of Broken Arrow. The hastily-passed ordinances designed to hinder some medical facilities from operating in the city cannot be implemented, while the matter is litigated in the courthouse.  The City of Broken Arrow recently passed a series of ordinances to financially straddle any effort to make cannabis medicines avai […]

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  One of Oklahoma’s busiest physicians implementing the legalized Cannabis medicines takes a few moments at the end of a long day to tell Oklahomans about the many new clinics he’s operating and the many patients who are seeking to leave the world of conventional pain management with a hope that the analgesic properties of cannabis can successfully provide them the relief they desperately need in a safer mode than opiates.  Dr Bailey is a D.O. whose primary practice is in the Tulsa…

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​The 1921 Tulsa Race  Riot   The riot began over a Memorial Day, weekend, 1921; after 19-year-old Dick Rowland, a black skinned shoeshiner, was accused of assaulting Sarah Page, the 17-year-old white skinned elevator operator of the nearby Drexel Building. Rowland says he tripped on the elevator threshold and reflexively grabbed her arm to steady himself. Initiall […]

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  Many Oklahomans are surprised to find relief from their chronic conditions even without a Medical Marijuana Patient Card. Just 6 years ago there was a 5 year felony sentence staring in the face of any Oklahoman caught with CBD oil. Today that ‘old medicine’ is available without a prescription or even a physician’s directive.  It took the heartbreaking stories of young children suffering chronic seizures to convince Gov. Fallen that her public policy must […]

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  There are 62 clinics in Oklahoma known to be willing & confident to treat ill patients with the newest ‘old medicines’ coming back to Oklahoma. That’s a very small fraction of the entire medical community.  In June the voters strongly approved medical marijuana(cannabis) as a medicine that doctors should be able to utilize at their own discretion, and with oversight from the state physicians boards. Family Practice physicians are especially important in this area of…

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​On August 29, 2018, Eric Levits, writing for the New York Times, declared that Oklahoma teachers had purged the State House of their enemies. He wasn’t wrong. The preceding night, in run-off elections across Oklahoma, conservative GOP legislators who had voted against tax increases as a way to fund teacher pay raises were defeated. For the first time in Oklahoma history, educators came together in a force that couldn’t be reckoned with and fol […]

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Sooner Politics:  House Democrats Call For Special Session On Medical Cannabis Enactment

   Last July I met privately with the House Democrat leader, Steve Kouplen. I thanked him for stepping up to the effort to add some sensible structure to the statutes passed by the people.  Rep. Kouplen’s response was a bit surprising. He was quite pessimistic that anything would come out of these meetings.  That was July. Now it’s September and while Oklahoma  legislators have a lot more knowledge of the  medicines and the industry […]

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