Rep. Markwayne Mullin meetings on “VA Choice”

Rep. Markwayne Mullin

Rep. Markwayne Mullin

MUSKOGEE – Congressman Markwayne Mullin (OK-02) today announced an informational meeting open to district veterans regarding the new Veteran’s Choice Program administered by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA).

The meeting will be held on Thursday, January 29, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at the public libraries in Muskogee, Okmulgee, Westville, Sallisaw, Eufaula and Atoka. Using video conferencing technology, attendees at all six public libraries will be able to participate and interact with presenters. The meeting is free and open to the public. Registration is not required.

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Early Settlement Volunteer of the Year named

Eduardo Mora

Eduardo Mora

Tulsa County Early Settlement Mediation is proud to announce that Tulsa volunteer Eduardo Mora was selected as the Oklahoma Early Settlement Volunteer of the Year by the Oklahoma Supreme Court.

Mr. Mora was selected from dozens of nominees from counties throughout Oklahoma.

Mr. Mora has volunteered as a mediator in Tulsa for fourteen years, where he is one of only a few bi-lingual mediators. He has mediated hundreds of cases in many areas of mediation practice including basic mediation, family, guardianship and others.

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Senate bills and reformed rules

OKcapitolLgThe deadline for members of the Oklahoma State Senate to file legislation for the first session of the 55th Legislature was 4 p.m. last Thursday. A total of 815 Senate bills were filed with 32 joint resolutions. The total number is down compared to the first session of the 54th Legislature in 2013 when 1,119 bills and 34 joint resolutions were filed.

Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Schulz explained the decrease this year really isn’t a surprise.  In the past, members have filed shell bills—bills that really didn’t have any substantive language in them but that could be used later in the session as a vehicle for legislation.  This year on Organizational Day, the full Senate voted unanimously to change the rules, doing away with shell bills.

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Going nuclear on Netanyahu

 Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Michael Goodwin writing for The New York Post sums the Obama Administration’s attitude with a simple sentence, “Thou shall not cross Dear Leader.”

With their gutter sniping failing to stop Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned March speech before Congress, White House aides are “unloading their full arsenal of bile,” as Goodwin continues:

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Poll shows growing momentum for school choice

Education4School Choice Week starts today in Oklahoma and across America. Throughout the Week, which runs until January 31, there will be 79 school choice events across the Sooner State.

The American Federation for Children (AFC) the nation’s voice for educational choice has, in conjunction, released findings of a new national poll by Democratic polling firm Beck Research showing that nearly 70 percent of Americans support school choice. The poll also details preferences of respondents in the 2016 Presidential race.

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