The race to replace Oklahoma School Superintendent Janet Barresi may be the most hotly contested race this election. After the incumbent came in third in the Republican primary last June, Democrats are sparking what may be their best hope to retake a statewide office.
Barresi was elected in 2010 as the first Republican in Oklahoma history to hold that office. Her policies clashed with state educators, many of whom are Democrats, and she alienated many on the right in her own party by her strong support for Common Core standards which was ultimately rejected by the State Legislature and Governor Mary Fallin.
The Daily Caller is reporting today that Kenneth Palinkas, president of the National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council, is urging all Americans to use next week’s election to reject President Barack Obama’s apparent plan to impose a unilateral amnesty for illegals, director of the union that represents the nation’s immigration officials.
“Let your voice be heard and spread the word to your neighbors…. [we] are pleading for your help – don’t let this happen,” said Palinkas.
While most American media focus on domestic political coverage, the UK’s Sky News is reporting heart-rending first person narratives from the Nigerian children who lay bare the ordeal of hundreds of kidnapped girls held by militants who demand they convert to Islam or face death.
Girls who escaped Nigerian terror group Boko Haram have described the physical torture, rape and forced marriage that many endure in their secret forest camps. Continue reading →
Those who love live jazz have heard Tommy Poole play saxophone locally, usually in tandem with other top-drawer musicians on a national and international level.
Poole is also a renown composer, but Sunday’s Jazz Depot show he’s Dr. Tommy Poole, the director of jazz studies and assistant professor of music at Northeastern State University, bringing his 18-person NSU Jazz Ensemble to town.
“I’ve got a lot of great soloists in the ensemble, and I don’t want to take any spotlight time away from them,” he says, by way of explaining why he won’t be playing sax on the show. “I also want people to know that Dave Pietro is one of the great alto players of our time as well as a dynamic performer. He’s very exciting to watch as well as to listen to. After hearing him with Maria Schneider’s group, I listened to his own small-group CDs, and I thought, `Wow. This is a fantastic player.’ ”