Wastewater injects controversy over earthquakes in Oklahoma

By   /  July 30, 2015  /  Energy and Environment, News, Oklahoma, State Government  /  No Comments

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“We believe that in 12 months we would see a clear decline in the earthquake activity” if a moratorium is put in place, said Johnson Bridgwater, director of Oklahoma Sierra Club. “We are not saying it would completely stop, we are not saying they would go away, but we do believe that a 12-month window would show a steady decline in earthquake activity in the area.”

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Oklahoma lobbying disclosures lag behind other states

By   /  July 9, 2015  /  Accountability, Ethics, Lobbying, News, Oklahoma, State Government  /  No Comments

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Unlike most states, Oklahoma ethics rules do not require lobbyists to disclose what legislation they are supporting or opposing, making it difficult to track special-interest influence in the state Legislature.

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House freshmen, Senate leadership accept thousands in lobbyist meals, gifts

By   /  July 8, 2015  /  Lobbying, News, Oklahoma, State Government  /  No Comments

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Oklahoma lobbyists spent more than $300,000 this year on meals, gifts and receptions to try to influence or build relationships with lawmakers, but the legislators say the lobbyist largess had no impact on their votes.

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Utilities lead the way in Oklahoma lobbying spending

By   /  July 6, 2015  /  Lobbying, News, Oklahoma, Politics & Elections, State Budgets, State Government  /  No Comments

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Anyone reading about 2015 Oklahoma legislative session would think the top issues were the budget shortfall, criminal justice reform, school choice and health care — or even less weighty issues, such as the legalization of switchblades and regulating burial depths.

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OU institutes mandatory diversity classes despite few racial incidents on campus

By   /  June 12, 2015  /  Oklahoma  /  No Comments

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By Arthur Kane | Watchdog.org
After a high-profile racist incident, the University of Oklahoma will require all freshman to take diversity training, but figures obtained by Watchdog.org show there have been very few racial incidents reported to school authorities in the past five years.
In March, members of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity were videotaped in a […]

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Elizabeth Warren, the real estate profiteer

By   /  May 27, 2015  /  National, Oklahoma, Regulations  /  No Comments

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By Jillian Kay Melchior and Eliana Johnson | Special to Watchdog.org
Nearly two years after Veo Vessels died, her daughter, 70-year-old Mary Frances Hickman, decided to sell the home her mother had left to her. A sprawling brick house in Oklahoma City’s historic Highland Park neighborhood, it was built in 1924, just a year after Mary’s birth.
Even […]

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