The Republican-dominated Virginia Legislature has killed a bill that would set the foundation to reject the EPA’s “Clean Power Plan” in practice. Del. Israel O’Quinn (R-Bristol) introduced House Bill 1974 (HB1974) on Jan. 10. The legislation would have prohibited the Department of Environmental Quality from unilaterally implementing EPA Clean Power Plan emission requirements. Had the bill passed, the…

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  We feel reasonably certain that everyone has heard about the incident involving an Oklahoma State Representative, Muslim students and representatives of CAIR. There are a few things that were left out of the reports seen on television and reported in newspapers that we felt you should be made aware of. What brought this to our attention was this article Oklahoma lawmaker receiving backlash after asking Muslim students to fill out ‘hateful’ questionnaire before meeting with them.

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Is it us or has everyone else also noticed that politicians are a rare breed. They feel a certain amount of power over the people that they are suppo…

Here are some interesting excerpts from a Miami News-Record article on a recent survey showing parents in the Miami (OK) Public School district favor switching to a four-day school week:

MIAMI –And the survey says….a four-day school week is favored by a majority of the 517 participants in a Miami Public Schools survey.

The Miami Public Schools Board and administration has been looking at the option of moving from a traditional five-day school week to a four-day alternative citing teacher retention and recruitment as the main incentive.

The survey was issued in an effort to gain feedback and greater insight from all affected by a move to a four-day school week…

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The Oklahoma State House passed HB 1114 on Tuesday by a vote of 92-7. The measure, authored by Rep. Michael Rogers (R-Broken Arrow) and now co-authored by 56 other representatives, would give teachers a $6,000 pay raise phased in over three years.Probl…

BOSTON, Mass. (Mar. 2, 2017) – A Massachusetts bill would withdraw the state from Common Core standards, an important step toward nullifying the program within the state. Sen. Jason Lewis (D- Winchester) introduced Senate Bill 283 (S.283) to void Common Core standards and create a framework to establish state standards to replace them. It reads, in…

Why am I continually surprised at the lack of knowledge our government officials possess about the principles of good government?

Today, as I watched a live feed, the Senators in the Senate Health and Human Services Committee voted to PASS SB83 (video from a life Facebook feed below). This bill by Senator Ervin Yen ORIGINALLY revoked the exemption for children to attend public school if their parents didn’t want to subscribe to the precise vaccination schedule as dictated by the CDC and Oklahoma State Department of Health. 
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One to file under the heading of “GOOD GRIEF”! 


I just read an article by Jay Chilton who was apparently in the Senate Education Committee hearing when Senator Sharp – Vice-Chair of the Senate Education Committee – opined about Rob Standridge’s bill (SB560) on school choice. Chilton quotes Sharp as saying,

 I have told other senators I call this bill the “Dr. Josef Mengele bill” because it is intended to kill public education,” 

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The Obama administration sent a “Dear Colleague” letter to Universities threatening to yank their federal funding for failure to offer an open admission policy for their restrooms. Bathroom Administration The Trump administration is reversing course and leaving bathroom administration up to the states. Getting Uncle Sam out of the bedroom was a  good thing. So why not

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