Pyongyang on the Prairie, Part I
A criminal justice system that operates in the dark is arbitrary, unjust and criminal.
In Oklahoma this year, a Kafkaesque set of sealed motions, secret orders, and closed-door hearings completely shut out a criminal defendant, his public defenders and the …
The Tulsa Police Shooting: ‘We Have to Let Justice Take Its Course’
Late last Friday, September 16, Tulsa police officer Betty Shelby encountered a seemingly abandoned SUV in the middle of the road, blocking traffic. A man approached her, acting (Shelby says) oddly. Within minutes Shelby had called for backup, and then fired …
Gadfly Tulsa Mayoral Candidate Crashes TV Debate
If the presidential debate cartel — as John Fund has termed it — remains closed to third-party candidates this fall, maybe Gary Johnson or, ahem, a certain National Review staff writer should try what perennial Tulsa mayoral candidate and gadfly …
Keep an Eye on Oklahoma Tonight
Rival campaigns expect Donald Trump to clean up on Super Tuesday, winning a majority of the 11 nominating contests, securing the most delegates from them, and padding his overall lead in the delegate hunt.
That said, keep an eye on Oklahoma …
Oklahoma Senate Race Is More Complicated Than ‘Tea Party vs. Establishment’
Oklahoma’s Republican primary to replace retiring Senator Tom Coburn has some of the hallmarks of a tea-party insurgency: Representative James Lankford started as the favorite of House speaker John Boehner and Republican voters alike, while former state-house speaker T. W. …
If You Can Motivate Republicans in Uncompetitive States . . .
Back on October 26, I wrote that barring some change, Mitt Romney would win the popular vote. Of course, that was one hurricane/super-storm Sandy ago.
One of the criteria I cited for that assertion was Romney polling better than McCain …
How to Win as a Blue Dog in ‘10
Over on the home page, I examine why Rep. Dan Boren (D., Okla.) is safe this year, even as fellow Blue Dogs like Chet Edwards (D., Texas) are fighting for political survival.
Impromptus: Tulsa Journal
Tulsa is the second-largest city in Oklahoma. Someone tells me, “We’ve always suffered from Second City syndrome. We’ve been trying to catch up to Oklahoma City for generations.”
#*#Man, is the sky big. I don’t know if …
On the Burkean Conservatism of College Football
My college football team, the Oklahoma Sooners, lost on Saturday and it made me sad. As I told my good friend Jay Nordlinger (he e-mailed to offer his condolences), when your team is ranked No. 3 in the country and you …
The Office for Civil Rights Jumps to Conclusions on School Discipline
We have many reasons to be troubled by the Left’s push to dramatically reduce the use of suspensions and expulsions by public schools to impose discipline and order. At the top of the list is the worry that disorder …
The Oklahoma Ten Commandments Decision Highlights a Bizarre, Anti-Religious Anomaly in the Law
Yesterday the Oklahoma Supreme Court ordered the state to remove a privately-funded Ten Commandments monument from the state’s capitol grounds. Although the monument was similar to a display the U.S. Supreme Court approved in Van Orden v. Perry, the …
T.W. Shannon Hits James Lankford on Young Illegal Immigrant Influx
Tulsa, Okla. — President Obama designated Fort Sill, Okla., as one of the military installations that would house the surge of young illegal immigrants coming to the United States, and the decision could be a factor in the homestretch of …
28,599 to 313. This One’s Not Going to Overtime.
It’s Oklahoma, where the only question is whether Rep. Dan Boren, perhaps the most conservative Democrat in Congress, wins by a slightly smaller margin than usual. But the number itself looks like a typo:
OKLAHOMA CITY — The number of …
The Coming Extinction of Oklahoma Democrats
I had a chance to watch Rep. Dan Boren (D., Okla.) speak at the NRA convention, and I can see why a lot of conservatives and a lot of Republicans like him. Duncan Currie wrote a bit about how he …