Rip or Drip?

By Dr. Pat Meirick May 24, 2017

Director of the OU Political Communication Center and Associate Professor of Communications


When it comes to taking off a Band-Aid, there are two types of people. Some painstakingly tease the bandage off millimeter by millimeter, follicle by follicle, over the course of an evening. Others simply rip the Band-Aid off all at once.

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.

Michael Flynn Stalls Senate Intelligence Committee

From Huffington Post

He so far hasn’t complied with a subpoena for documents related to his contacts with Russia.

By Laura Barrón-López, Amanda Terkel

Fox News Titan Dead

Roger Ailes, founder of Fox News, dead at 77

From Fox News

Roger Ailes, who built Fox News into a cable powerhouse before leaving the company last year, died Thursday morning at the age of 77.

The Ohio-born television pioneer was a confidante of presidents and an acknowledged master of communications. He founded Fox News in 1996 and built it into the nation's long-running No. 1 cable news network.  Ailes resigned from Fox in July amid charges of sexual harassment.

His widow, Elizabeth Ailes, confirmed the news in a statement.

Former Oklahoma Gov. Keating doesn't expect to get FBI top job

From The Oklahoman

by Nolan Clay   Published: May 18, 2017 5:00 AM CDT Updated: May 18, 2017 5:00 AM CDT

 Frank Keating

Frank Keating 

Former Oklahoma Gov. Frank Keating was interviewed Wednesday by President Donald Trump for the FBI's top job but said he does not expect to be chosen.

From Reuters...


Exclusive: Trump campaign had at least 18 undisclosed contacts with Russians: sources

By Ned ParkerJonathan Landay and Warren Strobel | WASHINGTON


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