National Heritage Responders Offers Harvey (and Irma) Assistance

As the south begins to assess the effects of Hurricane Harvey, the National Heritage Responders stand ready to assist. The NHR is a highly skilled team of conservators and other collections care professionals with expertise in emergency response for cultural heritage collections. The team responds to the needs of cultural institutions during emergencies and disasters through coordinated efforts with first responders, state agencies, vendors and the public. 

There's No Escape!

Smartphone political ads target non-political events to talk directly to voters, one by one

  • Jul 7, 2017


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Senate Health Plan Revealed

The most intersting story today coming out of our nation's Capital.

Watergate Deja Vu

By Dr. Jill Edy 

Forty five years ago last week, five burglars broke into Democratic National Committee headquarters in the Watergate office building in Washington, DC.

Georgia Congressional Battle Turns Beyond Nasty


Legislature will avoid special session, lawmaker says, as cigarette fee proposed to close budget hole

From The Tulsa World, May 23, 2017


OKLAHOMA CITY — Lawmakers will attempt to pass a $1.50 fee on cigarettes in lieu of a tax in an effort to close the state's budget hole, a well-placed source told Tulsa World on Tuesday.

House Majority Floor Leader Jon Echols, R-Oklahoma City, said lawmakers expect to be adjourned by Friday. He said lawmakers will avoid a special session.

The cigarette fee is expected to generate $215 million.

OCPA Plans to Challenge Revenue Measures

From The McCarville Report, May 23, 2017


The Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs is heading to court to challenge the constitutionality of revenue bills past and present. Right now, OCPA has House Bill 2403 in its sights. The measure would restrict itemized deductions and is estimated to bring in an additional $101 million to the state coffers. It was passed by the House on Monday.

OCPA will challenge HB 2403 if it becomes law.

Inside a Stealth Plan for Political Influence

Courtesty of The Chronicle For Higher Education

To fight campus liberalism, a right-wing group is funneling thousands of dollars to student-government campaigns

By Michael Vasquez  MAY 07, 2017


André Chung for The Chronicle 

A slate on the ballot for student government at the U. of Maryland at College Park withdrew after its outside funding — against campus rules — was discovered. 

The New York Times and The Washington Post are at war, and everyone’s winning

By Benjamin Mullin, Poynter • March 14, 2017

This weekend, New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet took a shot at his rival, Washington Post boss Marty Baron.