The deadline for members of the Oklahoma State Senate to file legislation for the first session of the 55th Legislature was 4 p.m. last Thursday. A total of 815 Senate bills were filed with 32 joint resolutions. The total number is down compared to the first session of the 54th Legislature in 2013 when 1,119 bills and 34 joint resolutions were filed.
Senate Majority Floor Leader Mike Schulz explained the decrease this year really isn’t a surprise. In the past, members have filed shell bills—bills that really didn’t have any substantive language in them but that could be used later in the session as a vehicle for legislation. This year on Organizational Day, the full Senate voted unanimously to change the rules, doing away with shell bills.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
Michael Goodwin writing for The New York Post sums the Obama Administration’s attitude with a simple sentence, “Thou shall not cross Dear Leader.”
With their gutter sniping failing to stop Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s planned March speech before Congress, White House aides are “unloading their full arsenal of bile,” as Goodwin continues:
The American Federation for Children (AFC), the nation’s voice for educational choice, last week released the findings of a new national poll conducted by Democratic polling firm Beck Research showing that nearly 70 percent of Americans support school choice. The poll comes on the eve of National School Choice Week and one year before the first votes are cast in the 2016 Presidential race.
“The findings of this poll reflect what we saw in the 2014 midterms and what I am seeing in communities across the country – a demand from parents for more options in deciding how their children are educated,” said Kevin Chavous, AFC’s executive counsel.
USS Farragut is an Arleigh Burke-class destroyer in the US Navy – the fifth Navy ship named for Admiral David Farragut (1801–1870).
In July of 1862, David Glasgow Farragut was promoted to the rank of rear admiral. He was the first admiral of any sort in the U.S. Navy. In 1866, he became the first naval officer to attain the rank of full admiral. He died at age 69 (1870) subsequent to having served 60 years in the navy. Farragut had enlisted at age 9 as a midshipman.
Interpreting dating jargon: “I think that we should start seeing other people” means “I already am.”
Boko Haram Fighters
A bishop whose diocese in north-east Nigeria has suffered at the hands of Boko Haram wants the West to send in military forces to defeat the militants according to the Catholic Herald.
Describing how Boko Haram was now recruiting from countries across north Africa, Bishop Oliver Dashe Doeme of Maiduguri said that Western military intervention was the only viable option in the fight against the militants.