Groundwork being laid for next presidential administrationThe 2024 presidential election is roughly one year away and Republican primary voters have yet to cast a single vote to select their nominee, but work is already underway to help staff and guide the next presidential administration should a conservative win.
Ray Carter | November 13, 2023
Law & Principles
Ethics Commission continues to toe, or cross, legal linesThe Oklahoma Ethics Commission has had to extend its search for a new executive director after Attorney General Gentner Drummond said the agency apparently violated Oklahoma’s open-meetings law and conducted public business in secret.
Ray Carter | November 9, 2023
Education, Culture & the Family
Researcher finds few books banned in schoolsOklahoma parents have been slandered by journalists and left-wing activists (to the extent those can be distinguished) as “book banners.” They’re not.
Ray Carter | November 8, 2023
Budget & Tax, Health Care, Law & Principles, Culture & the Family
Oklahoma won’t promote abortion, so Biden administration yanks fundsAttempting to force Oklahoma officials to promote abortion, the Biden administration has stripped the state of several million dollars in federal funds that normally pay for pregnancy tests, cancer screenings, depression screenings, and various other services.
Ray Carter | November 7, 2023
Once again, career teachers don’t make hall-of-fame cutFully 91 percent of Oklahoma Educators Hall of Fame inductees are not career K-12 classroom teachers.
Ray Carter | November 6, 2023
Would Oklahoma DEI repeal impact college sports?The head of Oklahoma’s college system says “there are requirements regarding diversity, equity, and inclusion.” But what exactly does that mean?
Ray Carter | November 1, 2023
Despite Michelin, state remains attractive to businessThe announcement that Michelin North America will cease tire production at its Ardmore facility, eliminating roughly 1,400 jobs, is a harsh shock for that community. But it is not a signal that businesses generally view Oklahoma negatively, state officials told lawmakers.
Ray Carter | November 1, 2023
Culture & the Family
Stitt declares November ‘Family Month’ in OklahomaSaying strong families are crucial to solving societal problems that cannot be unraveled by laws alone, Gov. Kevin Stitt signed a proclamation on Tuesday declaring November to be “Family Month” in Oklahoma.
Ray Carter | October 31, 2023
On reading, Oklahoma working to catch up to MississippiOklahoma and Mississippi share similarities in student demographics, but they are very different when it comes to students’ ability to read, with Mississippi outperforming Oklahoma. State officials are now trying to change that trend and close the gap, and some see Mississippi as a model.
Ray Carter | October 30, 2023
Amid DEI backdrop, OU students condemn IsraelAround 150 students at the University of Oklahoma protested Israel's response to recent Hamas attacks, echoing a trend of activism on college campuses. Concerns have been raised that some DEI programs may foster antisemitism.
Ray Carter | October 27, 2023