Bridenstine provisions in Defense Act

Rep. Jim Bridenstine

Rep. Jim Bridenstine

Congressman Jim Bridenstine (R-1st Dist. OK) voted to send HR 4909, the FY17 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) from the House Armed Services Committee to the full House this morning.  The bipartisan bill authorizes funding for America’s armed forces and sets Department of Defense policy.  Congress has passed the National Defense Authorization Act 53 years in a row.

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Conservative Union awards Sen. Lankford

ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp and Senator James Lankford

ACU Chairman Matt Schlapp and Senator James Lankford

This week, Senator James Lankford (R-OK) has received the American Conservative Union “Award for Conservative Excellence” for his legislative record in 2015, receiving a score of 96 out of 100, which ties the second highest score in the U.S. Senate.

“Senator James Lankford is a principled constitutional conservative who is deserving of this award,” said American Conservative Union Chairman Matt Schlapp. “We are excited about new leaders like James Lankford and what his service will mean for the future of America.

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Reserve Deputy Bates found guilty

Robert Charles Bates

Robert Charles Bates – guilty of manslaughter

The Tulsa World reports former Reserve Deputy Robert Bates was found guilty of second-degree manslaughter by a jury Wednesday evening after about three hours of deliberation.

The jury recommended that Bates, 74, serve four years in prison, the maximum possible sentence on the conviction.

Deputies handcuffed Bates and led him from the courtroom.

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Senate GOP select Sen. Mike Schulz Pro Tempore

Senator Mike Schulz

Senator Mike Schulz

Republican senators on Wednesday overwhelmingly voted to designate Senator Mike Schulz, R-Altus, as the next President Pro Tempore of the Oklahoma State Senate.

The President Pro Tem is the upper chamber’s top leadership position. In addition to leading the Majority Caucus and setting its agenda, the Pro Tem oversees the operations of the Oklahoma Senate.

“It’s an honor to be selected by my colleagues to lead the Republican caucus in the next legislative session. Under the leadership of Pro Tem Bingman, we’ve made significant progress in making Oklahoma a better place to live, to work and to raise a family,” Schulz said. “Certainly, challenging times lie ahead, but we are a resilient state and there is a very talented group of men and women serving in the Senate who have the passion and creativity to find the solutions that will get our state moving in the right direction.

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Donald Trump presents his foreign policy

Donald Trump. Photo by Greg Duke, Tulsa Today

Donald Trump. Photo by Greg Duke, Tulsa Today

Today Donald Trump presented at the Center for the National Interest a policy speech in stark contrast to his usual happy hour styled popcorn bits. This was substantive. An adult conversation that may calm those that believe he mostly worships in the mirror preening Right rather than Left as does Barack Obama.

The National Interest advisory council and the Center’s board of directors took part as did Grover Norquist, repeatedly linked to operatives for the Muslim Brotherhood. Other participants included Senator Jeff Sessions, several Members of the House of Representatives and the ambassadors of Italy, Philippines, Russia and Singapore.

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