Oklahoman: Losses, investigation hit political consulting firm

Fount Holland and Trebor Worthen

AH Strategies, Fount Holland and Trebor Worthen

In a lengthy detailed history, Nolan Clay, Sr. Reporter for The Oklahoman, offered an in-depth analysis Monday on what Tulsa Today agrees is one of the powerhouses in campaign consulting in Oklahoma.

The bad news is that they are under investigation and that is just the beginning.

While credited with helping Republicans take the state House in 04 and Senate in 08, ending nearly 100 years of single party control of Oklahoma; Clay writes that “success has its rewards… Now, the Oklahoma City-based company is on the ropes, dealing both with a criminal investigation into possible campaign illegalities and losses this year in three of its most high-profile races.”

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Female Scholar: Gender Pay Gap almost an ‘Outright Falsehood’

Christina Hoff Sommers

Christina Hoff Sommers

Women in America are the freest in the world, yet many feminists tell us women are oppressed. They advocate this falsehood through victim mentality propaganda and misleading statistics, such as the gender wage gap myth. In five minutes, American Enterprise Institute’s Christina Hoff Sommers tells you the truth about feminism.

American Enterprise Institute scholar Sommers claims there’s not much to know. She says women already earn equal pay for equal work when you look at the data the right way.

Sommers has long criticized elements of feminist thinking, and in a new Prager University video, she characterized the gender pay gap as a fallacy that gets undue attention.

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Sen. Coburn defends Homeland Security

Senator Tom Coburn

Senator Tom Coburn

A recent Washington Post article identified employee turnover and poor morale as challenges at the Department of Homeland Security that will prevent DHS from achieving its mission of securing the nation. Senator Tom Coburn (R-OK) reiterated his confidence in Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and urged patience in allowing the Secretary time to change the culture within the Department.

This from a politically-agenda-free retiring-senator more known for his criticism than support of government departments.

“Few members of Congress have raised more questions about the Department and its programs than I have,” commented Dr. Coburn, ranking member of the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee. “But I have the utmost confidence in Secretary Jeh Johnson’s ability to lead and reform the Department. You cannot fix problems that have developed over many years overnight, and the Secretary deserves our patience as he works to change the culture at DHS.”

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Mars MAVEN spacecraft enters orbit

NASAMavenNASA’s Mars Atmosphere and Volatile Evolution (MAVEN) spacecraft successfully entered Mars’ orbit at 7:24 p.m. PDT (10:24 p.m. EDT) Sunday, Sept. 21, where it now will prepare to study the Red Planet’s upper atmosphere as never done before. MAVEN is the first spacecraft dedicated to exploring the tenuous upper atmosphere of Mars.

“As the first orbiter dedicated to studying Mars’ upper atmosphere, MAVEN will greatly improve our understanding of the history of the Martian atmosphere, how the climate has changed over time, and how that has influenced the evolution of the surface and the potential habitability of the planet,” said NASA Administrator Charles Bolden. “It also will better inform a future mission to send humans to the Red Planet in the 2030s.”

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Gov. Mary Fallin’s race to return

OK Gov. Mary Fallin

OK Gov. Mary Fallin with David Arnett of Tulsa Today

In a video interview covering a wide variety of topics, Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin spoke with Tulsa Today on her current campaign and her goals for a second term. Topics included common and higher education, Federal and State debates, immigration and the Federal response or lack thereof and many other issues.

Gov. Fallin said, “We’ve got to keep the peddle to the metal and keep pushing on things that will grow our economy, create good paying jobs, provide a strong educated workforce, focus on eliminating government waste to keep it more efficient and effective, keeping our taxes low while also funding our public priorities like education, public safety and infrastructure .”

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