Commentary

Thu
19
Jul

Why are Supreme Court Vacancies a Big Deal?

By Markwayne Mullin
U.S. Congressman, 2nd District

President Trump has made again what is arguably the most important decision a president could make during his time in the White House: he nominated another judge to the Supreme Court of the United States. Keeping the promises he made to the American people, President Trump nominated Judge Brett Kavanaugh, a highly-qualified judge with a track record of upholding the Constitution, to the Supreme Court this week.

Unlike elected officials, Supreme Court Justices serve for a lifetime. Presidents can only serve for a total of eight years. On average, a member of the House of Representatives in the 115th Congress has served about nine years.

 

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Thu
12
Jul

Summer Accomplishments

By By Glenn Mollette

IMy wife and I were walking around the streets of Annapolis, Md., most of Wednesday. We had been visiting my Navy son who lives up the road, speaking to a church group, and taking an afternoon to enjoy Annapolis. I never dreamed we were just one day and a few streets away from what would become the next horrific shooting in America. A newspaper office staff was gunned down by a crazed gunman. Our hearts go out to all the loved ones of those gunned down at the “Capital Gazette” building in Annapolis, Md.

Thu
12
Jul

Summer Accomplishments

By Tom Cole U.S. Congressman, 4th Distric

It has been quite a busy week in Washington, D.C., and despite the fervor and fireworks on Capitol Hill, Congress has accomplished a number of legislative items amongst the debate on immigration. Although that debate is still occurring, some of the fundamental work that Congress is obligated to complete has progressed. Each year,

Congress is required by law to produce and present a budget that responsibly outlines federal spending. However, Congress has been faced with the challenge on how to control and reform excessive spending. For Fiscal Year 2019, the House Budget Committee has produced a budget that will build for a “Brighter American Future” and address responsible spending practices. House Republicans are well aware that our federal spending is out of control, and that Congress needs to act to rein in excessive spending. The national debt is growing exponentially.

Thu
05
Jul

Cartwheels Equal Life Lessons

By Tina Firquain

So I’m going to share a little bit of some self-reflection. I think it’s good to look and reflect every now and then because really it’s the only way to really know where you are at in you life.

Lately, I have been spending a lot of time upsidedown. And, you can take that literally and figuratively.

I say literally because, I’ve challenged myself to keep up with my dancers and not just teach, but do.

So when I say cartwheel, I show them the cartwheel that I expect them to improve on.

Many of my dancers share stories that come to their minds. I like them to feel free to share with me, because I want each and every one of them to feel safe to share with me.

 

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Thu
05
Jul

242 Years of Independence to Celebrate

By Markwayne Mullin

Independence Day is a holiday that every American celebrates, but the history of how this day came about is less well-known. Most know that Independence Day is officially recognized on July 4th each year. However, the Continental Congress actually voted to approve a resolution of independence from Great Britain two days earlier in 1776.

Thu
28
Jun

Confessions of a Single Mom: How Do You People Do it?

By Molly Raley

I have recently found out that being a mother, an employee, and a 27-year-old woman in general is hard. Honestly, it’s exhausting at times.

I was laying on the couch on Sunday, watching my shows (I was catching up from the last few weeks) and I got to thinking about all the things I had to do this week. And, my goodness. I know I’m not the only one out there with a (sometimes) too busy schedule.

 

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Thu
28
Jun

The Risk We Run Without President Trump’s Wall

By Markwayne Mullin
U.S. Congressman, 2nd District

President Trump has chosen to put the American people first by enforcing our immigration laws at the southern border. National security should be at the forefront of any domestic policy for the President of the United States. It is the duty of our president to keep the American people safe from harm. This is accomplished by ensuring that the enemies who wish to do us harm are not allowed to enter our country.

The current Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary, Kirstjen Nielsen, put it plainly: “This administration has a simple message: If you cross the border illegally, we will prosecute you. If you make a false immigration claim, we will prosecute you. If you smuggle illegal aliens across our border, we will prosecute you.”

 

Thu
21
Jun

Congress is at the Forefront of the Fight against Opioids

By Tom Cole
U.S. Congressman, 4th District

In recent years, our country has been ravaged by a deadly epidemic that is destroying communities and families alike. The opioid crisis has been a devastating battle for Americans young and old, and combating this epidemic has become one of the most significant challenges facing families and communities across the nation.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 115 American die each day from an opiate overdose. That is one American every 13 minutes. In fact, drug overdoses are the leading cause of death among Americans under 50. Sadly, the most significant contributor to this alarming fact is the misuse and abuse of opioids.

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Thu
21
Jun

Another First for President Trump

By Markwayne Mullin
U.S. Congressman, 2nd District

They said it couldn’t be done, that it was a long shot. However, President Trump proved skeptics wrong yet again this week when he took part in a historic first, an in-person meeting between a North Korean head of state and the President of the United States.

Thu
14
Jun

Ten Years Ago

By Stephen Willis

Ten years ago - “I got Cliff Scott his job at the State Land Commission.”

Kiowa businessman Steve Phipps testified in the trial of former State Auditor and Inspector Jeff McMahon and his wife, amid a federal investigation of political corruption in Southeast Oklahoma.

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