Plan for teacher, state employee pay raises

Sen. Micheal Bergstrom, R-Adair

State Sen. Micheal Bergstrom, R-Adair, has proposed a three phase plan aimed at providing pay raises for state teachers and state employees.

“As a former teacher with close to two decades of experience in Oklahoma public school classrooms, I appreciate the frustration of our instructors,” Bergstrom said. “In the time since I took office in November 2016, one of the top priorities in my Republican Senate Caucus has been finding a way to give teachers a pay raise. Continue reading

Sen. Pittman supports adoption bill

Sen. Anastasia Pittman, D-OKC

A bill that would protect private foster and adoption agencies against placing a child in a home that conflicts with the organization’s religious beliefs was approved by the Senate last week by a vote of 35-9, with Senator Anastasia Pittman casting only one of two “aye” votes from the Democratic caucus.

Pittman, D-OKC, says Senate Bill 1140 does not create new legal rights of operation for faith-based adoption services, but rather codifies the right of those organizations to continue to operate according to their religious principles.   Continue reading

Scott Pruitt demands open science at EPA

EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt .

Michael Bastasch in an exclusive interview documents important changes at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to increase transparency.  EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt will soon end his agency’s use of “secret science” to craft regulations.

“We need to make sure their data and methodology are published as part of the record,” Pruitt said in an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller News Foundation. “Otherwise, it’s not transparent. It’s not objectively measured, and that’s important.”  Continue reading

Facebook betrayed users over ideology

Mark Zuckerberg gazes in awe at Barack Obama.

Facebook representatives told Barack Obama’s 2012 campaign that they had been allowed to use the platform in ways that would have otherwise been prohibited, because Facebook was “on our side,” according to explosive claims from Obama’s former director for media analytics, Carol Davidsen.

In a tweet storm, Davidsen wrote that Facebook was “surprised” the Obama campaign was able to “suck out the entire social graph” (an individual’s network of friends on Facebook), but did nothing to stop them once they found outContinue reading

OK AG Hunter: Citizenship question critical

OK Attorney General Mike Hunter

Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter has led a coalition of thirteen states in sending a letter to U.S. Department of Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, requesting the agency reinstate a question on the 2020 Census regarding citizenship.

The citizenship question was omitted for the first time in decades in 2010 Census, something the letter to Ross says creates less reliable data for state officials to use when determining districts based on population. The result is that legally eligible voters may have their votes diluted or distorted.     Continue reading