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  • Vote YES in bond election

    So far, talk of the upcoming school bond issue has correctly centered on taxes, finances, and campus restructuring.
    Those considerations are, obviously, important. But the April 6 vote is about more than money, students, or schools.

    April 5, 2010

  • No Free Speech in OSSAA-land I didn't mean to stump Ed Sheakley. The OSSAA stays in enough of a stupor without me confusing its director.

    But you know how a question just sits there and burns a hole in your intellect? That's what I was experiencing, intellect burn.

    October 21, 2009

  • Political Endorsements

    November 2, 2008

  • Debates will give you a good chance to hear candidates’ views Rep. Joe Dorman, D-Rush Springs, and Rep. Phil Richardson, R-Minco, will be on hand to provide analysis after the candidates for House District 47 debate Monday night at the Davis Hall Amphitheatre on the campus of the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.

    Democrat Harold Jackson and Republican Leslie Osborn square off in the House 47 debate at 7 p.m. followed at about 8 p.m. by a debate between the candidates for Grady County Sheriff -- Democrat Art Kell and Republican Austin Green.

    October 26, 2008

  • Congressman explains ‘why I voted yes’ Last week both the House and Senate passed the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. As you may imagine, this was the most difficult vote I have ever been asked to cast as an elected official. Lyndon Johnson once said that "doing the right thing isn't hard, knowing the right thing to do is." In the past few weeks I have heard from thousands of my constituents, and most - but by no means all - of them were opposed to this bill. So it was pretty clear to me that voting no would have been the easy thing to do. But I do not believe my constituents sent me to Congress to do the easy thing. I believe they sent me to Congress to study complex issues, give thoughtful consideration to difficult challenges such as the one we voted on and to use my best judgment on their behalf.

    October 12, 2008

  • Some people lie, even when the truth sounds better Even at the end, Kieran McMullen couldn’t find it in him to tell the truth.

    On Monday, a matter of minutes after he told his staff he was “retiring” he told me there were no developments on his status and with his impending trial.

    I guess he thought he was pulling one over on me. That ex-sheriff, he’s such a big joker.

    October 5, 2008

  • In the pursuit of justice This week brought closure to some of the most controversial cases in Grady County history. The corruption cases of Sheriff Kieran McMullen, Police Officer Helen McMullen, Deputy Robert Cacy, Deputy Bill Swanson, Deputy Delmar Barthelme and Police Officer Jerry Tyler have finally come to an end with their guilty pleas to the charges of Willful Neglect of Duty. These individuals were indicted by a Grand Jury in October 2006. Through legal maneuvering they were able to delay the court process for two years. Thousands of dollars in legal fees, court room time and State resources later, the resolution is the same result that I offered before the cases were ever filed.

    October 5, 2008

  • Dad doesn’t like it at all, but publisher says it was right call to limit busses It’s hard sometimes to separate the journalist from the father.

    Too often, the two find me straddling a fence on an issue. If you have seen how short my legs are, that’s no small feat.

    I found myself divided again this week when it hit home that the Chickasha Public Schools were serious when the Board of Education voted during the summer to cut back on travel by limiting the number of busses taken to out of town events, such as Friday’s Chick football game at Noble.

    September 14, 2008

  • Endorsements Candidates endorsed by the Express-Star Editorial Board.

    November 4, 2006

  • Express-Star editorial board calls for sheriff's resignation. Sheriff Kieran McMullen needs to resign his office immediately.

    September 9, 2006

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