That is the annual visit of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder to Tulsa for their annual exhibition game, this year against the Dallas Mavericks. Tipoff is set for 7pm on Tuesday. The game with the Mavericks will be the seventh in a row for the Thunder, who have included Tulsa on their exhibition schedule every year that the BOK Center has been open.
Editorial: The Hill is reporting today that Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz dodged questions on Sunday about whether Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’s description of himself as a “socialist” would hurt the Democratic Party. She has previously refused, also in national broadcast interviews, to define a difference between the National Democratic Party and socialism generally.
If you can’t define a difference – you are one.
NewsOK.com is reporting today, “after a flap involving extra cast ballots, the Oklahoma Republican Party named Pam Pollard as its new chairman after she received 163 votes at the Oklahoma Republican Party State Committee meeting Sunday afternoon.
“Estela Hernandez, the interim chairman, received 115 votes, while Robert Hubbard came in with 77 votes.”
Both Oklahoma Senators are praising U.S. House Legislation (HR 702) to lift the 40-year-old ban on U.S. crude oil exports. The bill passed with a vote of 261-159. The ban policy originated in the 1970s, when global shortages and the Arab oil embargo led the U.S. to closely guard its own supply, but many say it has outlived its usefulness at a time when U.S. oil-and-gas production has reached record highs.
Senator Lankford said, “The House’s strong bipartisan vote to lift the ban on oil exports sends a powerful message that the American people want policies that will provide more jobs and a stronger economy. Oklahomans know that a consistent energy market means consistent energy jobs. Responsible and safe crude oil exports should not be blocked due to extreme ideology. The time is right to remove this antiquated barrier for domestic energy production.”
Attorney General Scott Pruitt on Friday said a federal appeals court granted a request by his office and 17 other states to block the implementation of the EPA’s “waters of the United States” rule nationwide.
In a published decision, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that Oklahoma and the other states proved they were likely to succeed on the merits of their various lawsuits challenging the rule, known as the WOTUS rule. The court said staying enforcement of the rule “temporarily silences the whirlwind of confusion” caused by the WOTUS rule and “honors the policy of cooperative federalism” by returning power to the states. This is the second federal court to decide that the WOTUS rule is likely unlawful; no court has decided otherwise.