Study exposes political bias in shaping ‘newsworthiness’

It’s a truism among critics of the mainstream media that the greatest power possessed by a journalist is deciding via an intensely subjective process whether a proposed story is “newsworthy.”

Mark Tapscott
December 7, 2018
Health Care

New director, new direction

If you haven’t heard, Oklahoma’s Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust is searching for a new director. But what this small state agency with a giant bank account really needs is a new direction.

Jonathan Small
December 7, 2018
Budget & Tax

Boom and bust: Oil and gas prices push and pull state tax collections

Oil and natural gas prices have a significant impact on state tax collections. Oklahoma would benefit from a more diverse economy and from tax reforms that reduce volatility in state revenue collections.

Curtis Shelton
December 5, 2018
Education

Moms tipped governor’s race

Why did 100,000 African-American women in Florida vote for Trump-backed Republican Ron DeSantis over Andrew Gillum, a Democrat vying to become the state’s first African-American governor?

Jonathan Small
November 30, 2018
Health Care

Poor Medicaid audits cost Louisiana as much as $85 million

State auditors discovered Louisiana may have misspent as much as $85 million on ineligible Medicaid expansion enrollees. This comes after other troubling revelations about Medicaid waste in the Pelican State. Auditors recommend Louisiana increase the frequency of audits to weed out fraud in its Medicaid program.

Kaitlyn Finley
November 28, 2018
Education

Racism and the government school monopoly

The government school monopoly was created in the 19th century to consolidate the power of social elites. They wanted to homogenize what was, in their eyes, an unacceptably diverse population. A society where differences are valued can only emerge when the monopoly they built is broken.

Greg Forster
November 26, 2018

Politics vs. thankfulness

A growing body of research shows that thankfulness—the reason for this season—is good for us. Unfortunately, modern life and politics often work to reduce gratitude and thus to steal away these benefits.

Trent England
November 21, 2018
Health Care

Medicaid health outcomes questionable

Congress and state legislatures together have spent trillions of dollars on Medicaid and CHIP over the past two decades. At the same time, there has been relatively little research on health outcomes for beneficiaries. Studies so far show mixed results, with some even showing worse outcomes for people on Medicaid than for people with no coverage at all.

Kaitlyn Finley
November 21, 2018
Budget & Tax

How money walks: Florida

Due in part to Florida’s much friendlier tax climate, the state has gained $156 billion from wealth migration since 1992. Meanwhile, Oklahoma has lost $1.22 billion since 1992.

Curtis Shelton
November 20, 2018
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