Supremes allows full travel ban

The Associated Press is reporting that the Supreme Court has ruled the Trump administration may fully enforce a ban on travel to the U.S. by residents of eight nations, six of which are mostly Muslim.

The justices, with two dissenting votes, said Monday that the policy can take full effect even as legal challenges against it make their way through the courts.     Continue reading

Extremes unite for trial attorney candidate

Attorney Gary L. Richardson, Candidate for Governor

Updated Editorial: When wing-tips of the political right and left promote the same candidate, Oklahoma voters of independent thought reasonably question why in the race for governor 2018.

Gary Richardson has been repeatedly profiled in positive ways by Bobby Lorton’s online cry for attention and by extremist blogger Al Gerhart best known for threatening legislators – those two about as far apart as possible politically. Continue reading

Ross Ford begins legislative service

Rep. Ross Ford, R-Broken Arrow, is sworn into office by District Court Judge Bill LaFortune

Ross Ford, of Broken Arrow, was sworn in before the House of Representatives to serve House District 76 on Tuesday.

Ford was elected in a special election held after the death of former Rep. David Brumbaugh in April.

“It is an honor to be selected by the voters of House District 76 to represent them,” said Ford, R-Broken Arrow. Continue reading

Stamp supports Alzheimer research

Postmaster General Megan J. Brennan dedicated a stamp today to help fund research to find a cure for one of the top 10 leading causes of death — Alzheimer’s.

The first-day-of-issue dedication ceremony for the Alzheimer’s Semipostal Fundraising stamp took place at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center in Baltimore.

The price of the stamp includes the First-Class Mail single-piece postage rate in effect at the time of purchase plus an amount to fund Alzheimer’s research. Continue reading

Mark Lepak announces re-election bid

Rep. Mark Lepak

Rep. Mark Lepak announced Monday his re-election bid for the Oklahoma State House of Representatives in District 9, which encompasses Claremore, and parts of central Rogers County. Lepak, a Republican, is completing his second term in office.

“Voters need to assess which candidate will bring thoughtful, best judgment to the job, and whether that person can be trusted to exercise that judgment, independent of the pressures of the day, while considering the best long term interests of the district and the state. I know myself, and I fit the bill.”   Continue reading