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BREAKING: State Question 805 gets strong affirmation in new study from OCPA

Patrick B. McGuigan   Oklahoma’s leading free market “think tank” – the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA) –  has affirmed the focus and purpose of State Question 805, a qualified state constitutional citizen initiative awaiting a place on one of the remaining possible 2020 election ballots Trent England, executive vice president for OCPA, said […]

COMMENTARY: Tribal Casino and Gaming Compacts getting renewed attention

Jonathan Small and Curtis Shelton   In 2004 Oklahoma entered into casino and gaming compacts with all federally recognized tribes in the state to operate and profit from casinos and gaming in Oklahoma. These compacts essentially give the tribes the exclusive, monopoly right to operate and control casinos and gaming throughout the state in exchange […]

State Supreme Court rejects Medicaid petition challenge

Ray Carter, OCPA Center for Independent Journalism   Making an apparent about-face from a similar ruling issued just a year ago, the Oklahoma Supreme Court found last week that an initiative petition could proceed, even though its gist contained material several justices conceded was misleading to voters. The ruling was issued within hours of hearing […]

OCPA’s Jonathan Small Comments on 2019 Legislative Session

Staff Report   Oklahoma City – Jonathan Small, president of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, issued the following statement in late May, as the 2019 session of the Oklahoma Legislature wrapped up. “This year the Legislature advanced many important reforms that OCPA has endorsed for years. Those measures, if implemented correctly, should result in […]

Sen. AJ Griffin, Rep. Tim Downing praised for school choice leadership

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Two Republican legislators who managed historic reforms in Oklahoma’s school choice program for special needs children have received recognition for their work from an advocate for parental choice in education. State Sen. AJ Griffin, R-Guthrie, and Rep. Tim Downing, R-Purcell, were named “Champions of Children” by Oklahoma’s ChoiceMatters group. Robert […]

ANALYSIS As the future rushes in: Tuition hikes and horses and buggies vs. MOOCs and Innovation

by Patrick B. McGuigan, editor OKLAHOMA CITY – Tuition at Oklahoma’s 25 public colleges and universities will go up an average of 8.4 percent this year, the Associated Press reports. Hikes for undergraduates will range from Langston’s 3.7 percent boost to about 13 percent at Rose State. The state Higher Education Regents and Chancellor Glen […]

Jonathan Small named president of Oklahoma’s leading state public policy ‘think tank’

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – The Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs board of trustees has named Jonathan Small as the organization’s next president. Small will officially assume the role January 1, 2016. “The board is confident in our decision to name Jonathan as president,” said Dr. David Brown, Chairman of OCPA. “Jonathan has served OCPA […]

Michael Carnuccio departs OCPA to assume new leadership position

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – The Board of Trustees of the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA) announced Thursday (October 22) it reluctantly accepted the resignation of President Michael Carnuccio effective December 31, 2015. Carnuccio, who served as OCPA’s president for six years, has been nominated to the organization’s Board of Trustees and will transition […]

From Sinai, to the Capitol, to OCPA , the Ten Commandments

Staff Report OKLAHOMA CITY – Governor Mary Fallin, state Representative Mike Ritze, R-Broken Arrow, and the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs (OCPA) announced today the relocation of the Ten Commandments monument from the Oklahoma State Capitol to OCPA’s campus, located on private property ten blocks south of the capitol complex. The Oklahoma Supreme Court ordered […]

Working late, to leave early: Oklahoma state budget proposal assailed but may pass soon

by Patrick B. McGuigan City Sentinel Editor OKLAHOMA CITY – A budget proposal with support from Governor Mary Fallin, House Speaker Jeffrey Hickman, R-Fairview, and Senate President Pro Temp Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa, is not particularly popular, but many legislators indicated a willingness to pass it this week. At 11:08 p.m. Wednesday night, ending a marathon […]

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