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    Tulsa police are investigating a homicide after a person was shot in east Tulsa Friday night.

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    A 19-year-old is facing charges after Tulsa police say he led officers on a chase in a stolen vehicle. 

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    Tulsa Police identified the suspect and officer involved in a chase and shooting that ended near 19th and Peoria Thursday.

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    Officers had one person in custody after they said K9 unites tracked the man to a house on the 700 block of West 71st Street. Police said they were investigating a robbery at the Lowe's from Friday morning and another robbery near South Jackson Avenue.

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  • Jury Recommends Life For Tulsa Man Found Guilty In 2016 HomicideJury Recommends Life For Tulsa Man Found Guilty In 2016 Homicide

    A jury recommended life in prison for a man found guilty of first-degree murder.

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    A police chase and officer-involved shooting ended with an attempted Tulsa carjacking and arrest Thursday afternoon.

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  • Creek County Minors Arrested In Shooting, OHP Car BurglariesCreek County Minors Arrested In Shooting, OHP Car Burglaries

    Two Creek County minors were arrested in connection to recent burglaries and a shooting on Wednesday.

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    Owasso Police released a photo of a pickup that may be connected to a hit-and-run wreck 

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  • OSU basketball: Jeffrey Carroll expected to return for Oklahoma State on Monday against Texas A&M - Tulsa WorldOSU basketball: Jeffrey Carroll expected to return for Oklahoma State on Monday against Texas A&M - Tulsa World

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    3 Arrested In Tulsa County BurglaryNews On 6Three people are in custody after the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office said they were found inside a vacant residence by the woman who owns the home. A sheriff's deputy said they were dispatched to the trailer home on November 16 around 5:45 p.m. when the ...

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  • Boys Arrested For Allegedly Groping Tulsa School CustodianBoys Arrested For Allegedly Groping Tulsa School Custodian

    Police are releasing more information about the suspected sexual assault of a custodian at Edison Preparatory School.

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  • New Vehicle Donated To Tulsa's Meals On WheelsNew Vehicle Donated To Tulsa's Meals On Wheels

    On Thursday, Subaru donated a new vehicle to the organization. It's one of 50 cars that Subaru is donating to selected Meals on Wheels programs across the country, all in celebration of the car makers 50th anniversary and its commitment to helping feed the hungry.

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  • Baltimore Homicide Detective, Father Of 5, Shot DeadBaltimore Homicide Detective, Father Of 5, Shot Dead

    A 43-year-old Baltimore Police detective has died after being shot in the head in west Baltimore Wednesday night. CBS Baltimore writes that Detective Sean Suiter, a former Navy officer, was pronounced dead at noon Thursday, according to doctors. 

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  • Damaged Bridge Closes Eastbound Lanes Of Busy Tulsa HighwayDamaged Bridge Closes Eastbound Lanes Of Busy Tulsa Highway

    The eastbound lanes of Highway 412 remain closed at the 65th West Avenue bridge after a truck hauling a crane crashed into it Thursday afternoon. They describe the damage to the bridge as "significant" and they're checking to see if the bridge is still safe.

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  • Drug Trafficking Arrest At Adair Co. Safety CheckpointDrug Trafficking Arrest At Adair Co. Safety Checkpoint

    Adair County deputies arrested a Westville man on complaints of drug trafficking after setting up a safety checkpoint east of Four Killer Hill this week.

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    A man who escaped from an Oklahoma correctional facility 15 years ago and was one of the state's most wanted is back behind bars in Tennessee.

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  • Thieves Take Catalytic Converters From Tulsa Landscaping CompanyThieves Take Catalytic Converters From Tulsa Landscaping Company

    Roark Landscaping says two thieves stole three catalytic converters Wednesday, November 15. Surveillance video shows an employee walking through the business parking lot. If you look closely in the area where the time stamp is located, you can see someone duck.

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  • Officer Shoots At Woman Trying To Hit Her With Stolen Truck, Tulsa Police SayOfficer Shoots At Woman Trying To Hit Her With Stolen Truck, Tulsa Police Say

    Tulsa Police say an officer fired shots at a suspect who tried to hit the officer with a vehicle Thursday afternoon.

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  • Boys Arrested For Allegedly Groping Tulsa School Custodian - News On 6Boys Arrested For Allegedly Groping Tulsa School Custodian - News On 6

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  • Tulsa writer of 'Wonder Woman' moves on to new superhero movie with James FrancoTulsa writer of 'Wonder Woman' moves on to new superhero movie with James Franco

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  • Fire Damages Building on Tulsa's Cherry StreetFire Damages Building on Tulsa's Cherry Street

    The building is located in the Cherry Street Square Plaza on the north side of the street near Trenton. Cherry Street was closed in both directions for a short time.

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  • Third Person Arrested In Tulsa September Shooting DeathThird Person Arrested In Tulsa September Shooting Death

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  • Boys Arrested For Allegedly Groping Tulsa Edison Preparatory School CustodianBoys Arrested For Allegedly Groping Tulsa Edison Preparatory School Custodian

    Police say they've arrested two 13-year-old boys who were accused of groping a custodian at Tulsa's Edison Preparatory School. Police say the pair were caught inside the school in the 2900 block of East 41st Street after hours.

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  • Tulsa Woman Making Seat Belt Covers For Adults, Children With DisabilitiesTulsa Woman Making Seat Belt Covers For Adults, Children With Disabilities

    Tulsa Woman Making Seat Belt Covers For Adults, Children With Di - NewsOn6.com - Tulsa, OK - News, Weather, Video and Sports - KOTV.com If there's an accident, emergency responders can look at the cover, learn more about the victim and keep that in mind when treating them. Kate Austin said a friend gave her a great idea, creating disability-oriented seat belt covers that show a person's name, birthday and condition.

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  • Tulsa Crime Task Force Wraps Up Month-Long OperationTulsa Crime Task Force Wraps Up Month-Long Operation

    Operation Blue Thunder, a task force created to get the worst of the worst criminals off the streets, just wrapped up their month-long operation. For the past few Friday nights, Lori Fullbright and Photojournalist Ty Lewis have been going on ride alongs with Tulsa Police officers in what was, until now, an undercover operation called 'Operation Blue Thunder.'

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  • City Charter changesCity Charter changes

    Editorial Analysis: Tulsans may vote contrary to law Tuesday and the daily newspaper doesn’t think that is a significant enough issue to call to the public attention in their election summary. They are wrong. David E. O’Meilia, City Attorney in an opinion 2017-03 released August 18, 2017 writes, “The City Attorney is unable to approve the legality of the Council’s Resolution submitting a proposed Charter amendment to the voters changing Charter restrictions on certain employee political activities.”   O’Meilia’s office provided a 44-page issue summary to Tulsa Today documenting his well-reasoned position with legal citations and precedent for refusing to approve this charter change. O’Meilia is a precise legal scholar and citizens are well-advised to heed his professionally considered documented opinion if we want to avoid lengthy and costly court battles for no purpose beyond politics. Further, in Tulsa Today’s opinion, this City of Tulsa Charter Change Proposition No. 6 is virtually guaranteed to bankrupt the city, put control of our annual budget in the hands of union partisans and betray our citizens. It will amend the Charter to “permit municipal employees, including firefighters, to attend public meetings and express their views, and permit political activities by municipal employees, including firefighters, when off duty and not in uniform.” Democrat President Franklin D. Roosevelt, a strong supporter of union activity in the private section wrote in 1937, “All Government employees should realize that the process of collective bargaining, as usually understood, cannot be transplanted into the public service. It has its distinct and insurmountable limitations when applied to public personnel management. The very nature and purposes of Government make it impossible for administrative officials to represent fully or to bind the employer in mutual discussions with Government employee organizations. The employer is the whole people, who speak by means of laws enacted by their representatives in Congress. Accordingly, administrative officials and employees alike are governed and guided, and in many instances restricted, by laws which establish policies, procedures, or rules in personnel matters.” (Click here for more) Further, in Tulsa, we have seen firefighters wear union t-shirts going door-to-door telling elderly citizens they had better vote in support of pay raises or no one will answer their call if a fire breaks out.  Police union activists have asserted the public safety will be at risk if citizens refuse to increase pay. This is evil and untrue. Public workers have civil service – a worker focused set of law that mimic most union rights. Sadly, Democrat President John F. Kennedy felt obligated to pay back unions for their money in his election and, by executive order, allowed public employees to unionize. Thus these civil service employees can now unionize, but why does a union need a union? Public service is managed by temporary elected officials. In cities across the nation, these temp-elected promise long-term benefits governments cannot afford. They pander for money and door-knocking support from local unions. The temp-elected are often long gone when the bills come due and the true owners of the enterprise – citizens – are then screwed to salaries and benefits beyond municipal income – in short, bankrupt. That means streets don’t get fixed. Street lights are dark. Water systems (like in Flint, Michigan) go bad. Get the picture Tulsa? Think we are exaggerating? Have you ever read the details of a union contract with the city? We have. It’s scary how they hide all the goodies. Vote NO on Proposition No. 6 to save the City of Tulsa from financial devastation. We could go into exhaustive detail on the other propositions, but Tulsa Today readers appreciate brevity so here are our summaries of each. Proposition No. 1-3 are basically housekeeping amendments to align with state law.  Tulsa Today recommends: Vote Yes on all. Proposition No. 4 reverses a good government effort to have more participation in elections. By moving the elections to August, elitists like Mayor G.T. Bynum and former-mayor Kathy Taylor hope citizens are all on vacation and not voting. Elections were set for November to align with state and federal elections, thereby, enjoying the most robust voter turnout possible. Tulsa Today recommends: Vote No on Proposition No. 4. Proposition No. 5 is another tool of elitists to disembowel citizens. Political parties are the way average citizens can gather together to make a difference in local government. Parties provide a foundation of principles that allow people to judge and hold accountable their elected party members. Elites want money and perceptions of power (real or not) to rule and that will happen if the powerful elite set our election districts and rules. Tulsa Today recommends: Vote No on Proposition No. 5. Proposition No. 6 we have covered above, but Proposition No. 7 is, in large part, proof of our warning that unions and the wealthy elite want to rule the City of Tulsa. Tulsa already has a long standing law called the “Brown Amendment” that provides a difficult process should money need to be moved from one budget to another. This Charter Change will prohibit union money from “ever” being moved in “any” portion. Things happen. Emergency occurs. Absolutes are dangerous when planning the future. Tulsa Today recommends: Vote No on Proposition No. 7. Regardless of agreement on any particular point, please vote. Participate in your government. In a Republic, we earn the government that rules us by our participation or not at every opportunity to vote.

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  • AG Hunter supports National Takeback DayAG Hunter supports National Takeback Day

    Attorney General Mike Hunter is urging Oklahomans to clear their homes of unused or expired medication by taking them to designated collection sites throughout the state on the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration’s (DEA) National Prescription Drug Takeback Day, tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 28.  Individuals can access the 30 DEA disposal sites across the state from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. To find a DEA location, click here: https://takebackday.dea.gov/. Oklahomans can also utilize the 177 Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics prescription drug drop boxes, located in all 77 counties, year round. To find an OBN drop box, click here: http://bit.ly/1oxBOpf. OK Attorney General Mike Hunter National Prescription Drug Takeback Day is a national effort that occurs twice a year. The effort aims to provide individuals with a safe and easy way to dispose of unused or expired medicine. Attorney General Hunter, who is leading the state’s battle to combat the opioid epidemic, said getting rid of unused medication prevents others from accessing them, in turn averting potential drug addiction or overdose deaths. “There are horrible unintended consequences associated with keeping unused prescription drugs in the home,” Attorney General Hunter said. “Four out of five new heroin users started with prescription painkillers. Studies have shown a majority of abused prescription drugs start from the user obtaining them from family members, friends or the medicine cabinet. “Takeback Day is a simple, vital step individuals can take on their own to help address this public health crisis. We must do everything we can to protect our families and loved ones.” Yesterday, Attorney General Hunter hosted the third meeting of the Oklahoma Commission on Opioid Abuse. At the meeting, DEA Agent John Kushnir and Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics Director John Scully, presented on the Takeback Day initiative and said the drop off locations are easy, convenient and free. “You drive up, walk to the box, put your medication inside and drive away, no questions asked,” Agent Kushnir advised during his presentation. “There are no forms to fill out, no one will ask for a name or identification.” Created in 2010, the DEA’s National Take Back Day promotes a safe, convenient and responsible means for individuals to dispose of prescription drugs. The day also aims to educate the public about the potential for the abuse of unused or expired drugs. OBN statistics on drop box collections • In 2016, 29,852 pounds (14.93 tons) of drugs were destroyed; • Since January, 21,737 pounds (10.87 tons) of drugs have been destroyed; • Since the program began in 2011, 151,318 pounds (75.66 tons) of drugs have been destroyed.

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  • Talk of Tulsa: Taylor’s ringTalk of Tulsa: Taylor’s ring

    Kathy Taylor’s Blue Diamond Ring Editorial: Of all the sad tales media mines with diligence, some escape to gain free comedic life as illustrated by Curtis Killman’s story of Kathy Taylor’s ring. Mayor G.T. Bynum’s most significant contributor now appointed Chief of Economic Development for the City of Tulsa, Kathy (Taylor-Lobeck or Lobeck-Taylor… let’s use Taylor) a former mayor herself; lost her $4 million ring somewhere between a cooking class and croquet at a Meadowood Napa Valley resort. Cue the joke lines as we can all appreciate misplacing a $4 million anything.  Kathy Taylor, photo from her failed bid to return as mayor Killman writing for the Tulsa World reports, “An insurance dispute involving former Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor and a $4 million blue diamond ring that she lost while vacationing in California has landed in federal court. Taylor… is seeking an unspecified amount in excess of $75,000 in a breach-of-contract lawsuit against AIG Property Casualty Co. and an insurance broker. “In her lawsuit, Taylor says she lost the ring, a gift from her husband, Bill Lobeck, while vacationing in California around Nov. 4. AIG paid Taylor $4 million in December for the lost ring, but she claims the insurance company won’t fully cover the loss,” Killman writes. Yes, dear reader, it is a dispute in and of excess.  AIG paid Taylor the $4 million policy amount, but she asserts the policy covered appreciation which the company says they only offered as a policy add-on. Taylor specifically declined that additional coverage, but now wants profit from appreciation. Taylor during construction of the BOK Center – no ring. Integro USA the insurance broker, in a motion supporting dismissal of the lawsuit, describes Taylor as a “sophisticated lawyer, business person and politician” who manufactured a negligence claim against Integro that “cherry-picks from and ignores the indisputable documents received or authored by Taylor that thoroughly undercut her claim.” According to Integro, Taylor and her husband “have made crystal clear to Integro” that, since at least 2008, they did not wish to purchase an AIG Private Collections Insurance Policy that provided increased coverage if the market value of the jewelry or other insured items had appreciated by the time of the loss. “Having received that precise amount under the 2016 AIG Private Collections Policy’s Agreed-Value Coverage, the Lobeck Taylors cannot be permitted to now cry foul and seek the windfall of the very Inflation-Guard Coverage that they so consistently rejected (and for which they did not pay),” Integro states in its response. Silly company – Leftist Democrats want their cake with profit regardless of law – that is why they become lawyers and economic development directors. They are self-lathing capitalists who trumpet causes of the masses to benefit themselves. At least when Mayor G.T. Bynum kisses up, his lips land on a ring of value. As they say in Washington, “$4 million here and $4 million there, eventually, you are talking real money” rings true for Taylor don’t ya know. Kathy Taylor The jokes write themselves and Curtis Killman should be congratulated for the story. If the Lorton Family still owned the Tulsa World, it would never have seen the printer. Now, to some degree, the daily newspaper managed by business people is interested in increasing readership – not enough to diversify ideology in their newsroom, but I digress. After one press conference, I accompanied then-mayor Taylor back down the hall towards her office (same office she sits in today thanks to Bynum) and offered that, as an active Republican, I didn’t think a Republican would challenge her if she ran for reelection. “Oh David, why do you think that,” Taylor asked. Once a family jet “Tulsa has never had a mayor from a three-jet family before – who would want to run against that,” I deadpanned. “That’s mean,” Taylor said. “It’s only mean if I write about it before I tell you,” I replied, but I did not write about that exchange then. Taylor didn’t file for reelection, but later attempted to regain the office against Mayor Dewey Bartlett. This writer in 2013 crafted an analysis of that Taylor campaign effort titled, “Totalitarian Taylor stalks Bartlett” that you can read by clicking here. That story won the “Best Earned Media Award” from a national campaign and election magazine. G. T. Bynum The three jet joke (true at the time, don’t know or care how many the family owns now) was published when G.T. Bynum appointed her to her current position as Chief of Economic Development, click here to read that analysis, “Kathy Taylor is back at City Hall.” Taylor/Bynum said at the time they were focusing on “new to market retail establishments” which I ridiculed as ignorant, but dear reader, has their trendy retail focus improved the economy of Tulsa or has it been a rebound of the oil and gas industry?  Just asking. If retail is the answer, then why is Mayor G.T. Bynum, the fifth generation trust fund baby elitist who recently gave a TedX talk in Washington D.C. titled, “Partisan Rhetoric is for Losers” the only visible official engaged in begging for the new Amazon headquarters? Where is Ms. Taylor on the Amazon HQ2 deal? Oh, that’s right, she is lost between cooking class and croquet.

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  • First District Candidate Tim HarrisFirst District Candidate Tim Harris

    Tim Harris Edit Note: This is the second in a series of interviews with candidates for Oklahoma’s First Congressional District now held by Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R) who is appointed by President Donald J. Trump to head the National Air and Space Administration (NASA) pending confirmation Tim Harris started in the Tulsa District Attorney’s (DA) office right out of law school, eventually working his way up to First Assistant. He served on the first specialized prosecution team fighting child abuse in 1988 and served as the District Attorney’s first Director of Crimes Against Children. Harris was elected DA in 1998, and was the longest serving District Attorney in Tulsa County history. Question: Why, after such a long distinguished career as Tulsa County District Attorney, would you want to run for Congress?   Harris: Public service is in my DNA. After being in the DA’s office for 28 years, 12 years as an assistant and 16 as District Attorney, I felt a nudge that it was time to move on. At the time that I left, I really wasn’t sure what the future held. I was then invited to return to Oral Roberts University (ORU), my legal education Alma mater, to teach in the prelaw program. I’ve also taught in the MBA program at Oklahoma Wesleyan University a course called “The American Framework for Free Enterprise.” It appears the groundwork was being laid for me to run for the First District Congressional seat and it culminated in the opportunity to teach Constitutional Law last semester at ORU. For those that have never been in public service, it’s hard to explain but serving the public and being a voice for our Constitutional Rights is something that is down deep in your soul. It is a drive you must have in your heart to make a difference. A difference that upholds the rights of people and empowers them to seek after the American dream. I am not going to Washington D.C. to be something; I am going there to get something done for the people. Question: What is it that you plan to do for Tulsa in Washington? Harris: Quoting one of my heroes, Justice Antonin Scalia, “The Rule of Law is the cornerstone of Democracy”. My professional legal career has been devoted to supporting the Rule of Law. Honestly, that is one thing that differentiates me from the other candidates. I have fought to uphold laws and had to determine their Constitutionality my entire legal career. While fighting to protect our Constitutional Rights, I have seen our adherence to the Rule of Law under attack and ignored in our society.  The Rule of Law is the documented essence of values and principles of any society. The law reflects those values and principles and yet I see an abandonment of those shared beliefs. Reestablishing adherence to the Rule of Law affects all of society, religion, economy and all of our freedoms and liberties. I will be fighting for the essence of what makes us free people.  Less government intrusion into our lives while securing our safety and more free enterprise is what the founding fathers believed was the foundation of a free America. That is what I will concentrate on when I arrive in Washington. Question: What will be the most pressing priority for you in Congress? Harris: Securing the people’s safety and security is one thing that I believe we must do to allow free enterprise to prosper us all by competition in the marketplace with less government regulation. By regulation, we have established a fourth arm of government with rule-making power unrestrained by elections or, in many cases, proper oversight or legislative control. Congress has abdicated its responsibility to many Federal agencies.  It now feels as if the tail is wagging the dog, threatening the separation of powers outlined in the Constitution. With no checks or balances in place to control the Federal agencies, it’s no wonder we have a $20 Trillion debt and diminished freedoms. Bernie Sanders has all the millennials high-fiving themselves over free college, but the question they never ask is who will pay for that?  As Margaret Thatcher famously said, “The only problem with Socialism is that eventually you run out of other people’s money.” In a real-time example, Venezuela is a current example of the failure of socialism. Inflation today is over 500 percent, wages are falling and the International Monetary Fund projects Venezuela inflation will reach 2,300 percent in 2018. A review of history has shown socialism has failed repeatedly yet progressives continually dress it up as something new and improved that we as Americans need to adopt.  We must never leave our free enterprise roots that make us the economic envy of the rest of the world. Question: As DA, you have been the boss of the office – an administrative role. In Congress you will have to work with 435 Type-A personalities who may not agree on the time of day in the best of days. Will you flourish in a legislative role? Harris: I love the courtroom and fighting for people’s Constitutional Rights in front of a jury of 12 of your peers, but we filed about 6,000 felonies, an equal number of misdemeanors and 1,700 juvenile cases both deprived and delinquency per year.  We took to the courtroom just over 100 felony cases a year that were tried to a jury, so what happened to the others? I say that to lay the foundation for this: I appreciate statesmanship and I know how to negotiate. I negotiated many more cases than I ever tried. Knowing how to negotiate with the other side to accomplish good-for-all is a very important skillset that I will use to serve the people of the First District in Washington. With every criminal case, when you are trying to deliver true justice to the community; you have the victim’s definition of justice, the defendant’s definition of justice, the community’s definition of justice, with adherence to what they demand for public safety and the law enforcement agency that delivered you the case with a definition of what justice should be on its investigated facts. At a minimum, you must resolve four different perspectives. This is similar to what occurs in Congress on each piece of legislation. They juggle a lot of balls to find what will serve the people most effectively and efficiently. Negotiation is not a dirty word.  Always stand by your principles, but be willing to negotiate your preferences.  That is the attitude that will serve the people we work for. Therefore, the training I have had in 28 years of problem solving, decision making and fighting to protect people’s rights, with 16 years exercising leadership in an organization that answers to the people, living under a state budget where we were forced to raise approximately $4 million yearly just to pay salaries and benefits, and living within our means without allegations of fraud or scandal creates my foundation for success in Congress like none of the other announced candidates. Question: After your long service, you know that half the people in each case may love you and half are likely to hate you so with momentum both ways, how will that work for you in this race? Harris: I rely on my faith in Jesus Christ.  I just finished the 10-month Colson Fellowship by studying with Chuck Colson’s Center for Christian Worldview. Our course of study looks at how we can apply Biblical worldview in the marketplace. It is a foundation for statesmanship I will follow as I seek to serve the people I represent. As a DA, I never looked or cared in which political party someone was registered. Now I think America has morphed to a point at which party affiliation seems more important than supporting the nation’s interests. I’m a conservative Republican, but I am an American Oklahoman first and I will never step away from my principles, but I will be willing to negotiate my preferences. I can and will work with anyone who puts the nations interests first. The fact that there is a Liberal Democrat sitting across the aisle does not make them my enemy. I can build coalitions through treating all people with respect and dignity. This approach to dealing with all human beings is known as the “Imago Dei”, all people representing the image of God. Dialogue and debate of ideas and issues in the marketplace is what makes America the envy of the rest of the world. We must re-establish the process that gets things done for the people. From the Porter Peach Festival to Bartlesville all the way to Copan near the Kansas border, people of the First District are tired of politics as usual. They are sick of self-serving, typical politicians and they understand that Tim Harris has never been a typical politician nor will I ever be. Power elitists and special interests have never been able to buy my influence or allegiance. People want real representation – not wealth, attention or power seekers. I don’t need just any job, but I have a burning heartfelt desire to serve the people in this congressional job. I am going to Congress to be the voice for the people of the First District and I think they trust the fact I have been a fighter for them for over 28 years. I have always fought for people’s rights and that is what I want to do again for the First District of Oklahoma. Question: In Oklahoma’s Conservative history, Senator Coburn fought waste and voted no on almost anything that cost money. Senator Inhofe also fights waste, but, if any dollar comes out of Oklahoma, he wants that dollar to return in some form. Which kind of Conservative are you? Harris: Both Senators seek to improve the lives of Oklahomans using different and distinct approaches. Both goals are important and need to be balanced. I am a conservative that speaks for the people I represent and I will employ a balancing approach to achieve positive results. I will learn from their distinct leadership styles as I remain answerable to the people who hopefully will choose to elect me as their spokesman in Washington. Question: On what committees in Congress do you hope to serve? Harris: The House Judiciary Committee, which has been called the lawyer for the House of Representatives because of its jurisdiction over matters relating to the administration of justice in federal courts, administrative bodies, and law enforcement agencies. I have a keen interest in criminal justice reform at all levels of government. Oklahoma is number one in the number of women we incarcerate and number three in the number of men. We are choking on ideas about criminal justice that do not rehabilitate the perpetrators, help victims or serve the community. I believe my 28 years of experience as a district attorney can help to advance reform and solve some real and pressing issues.  Accountability under the law without breaking the taxpayer’s backs with prison costs is a model we must explore. We must also find a way to welcome people back into our communities after incarceration with some grace and good will. We all benefit if they can become productive, successful members of our community and, thereby, reduce the number of our people engaged in criminal activity as their way of making a living. Click here for more from Tim Harris online. Click here for Time Harris on Facebook.

    Tulsa Today / 30 d. 18 h. 35 min. ago more
  • Did we miss the Greek Festival?Did we miss the Greek Festival?

    You might be thinking based on decades past that you missed the Greek Festival. Yes, it is usually held in September. Don’t panic. The Gyro, Greek Fries and feast of succulent roasted lamb with tzatziki sauce, green beans, rice pilaf, spanakopita, and tyropita Oklahomans typically enjoy in September are offered in abundance this Thursday October 5th through Saturday October 7th in beautiful downtown Tulsa.     Hosted by Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Christian Church, this year, the community built a new community center and that construction delayed, but did not deter the Tulsa Greek Festival. In the 1920’s, a small group of immigrants laid the cornerstone of the community foundation and, brick upon brick, built their future in Tulsa. The original parish of Holy Trinity was born through faith, sacrifice, hard work and determination. In the 1960’s, they continued to build by erecting an event hall and building a new church. In 2001, yet again the community came together to build the Stavros Learning Center, offices and an educational room. And in 2014, they completed the magnificent Iconostasis. Amazing things have been accomplished by this small parish and now the new community center adds over 9,500 square feet of space. Featuring a banquet hall and youth activity center, the building will provide event space for 325 guests with a commercial kitchen and a tremendous upgrade in event technology and functionality. Construction could not stop and only delayed by a few weeks the Tulsa Greek Festival. Not to put too fine a point on the food, but the bakery featuring baklava, koulourakia, loukoumades, and more provide delights delicious. Greeks utilize dancing as a celebration of life. With joy they declare a dance at every occasion and every year local dance groups practice for months to show off their skills. Visitors are especially welcome as dancers of all ages perform traditional Greek dances in costumes from every region of Greece. Live music is performed by The Greek Tycoons! The sounds of the Bouzouki will transport you to the Aegean. Irene Hickman told Tulsa Today, “As a Greek-American who is proud of being raised and educated in Greece, the local Greek community has made great strides to present for Oklahoma an amazing authentic cultural festival – one of Tulsa’s oldest.” Hickman is Chairwoman for the Corporate Lunch Program. That program now in its second year offers a delicious selection of food which can be ordered online by clicking here and picked up at three downtown locations: WIlliams Tower, BOK and at the Greek Festival itself at 12th & Guthrie. Ordering is prepaid via Paypal and they request orders be placed by 5 pm the previous day – authentic Greek Food to go don’t ya know. Hickman added, “Hospitality is the cornerstone of Greek culture. We love to celebrate in Tulsa each and every year. “So bring your friends and family for the best weekend of 2017! All are invited to this fun and amazing Greek Festival! Opa!”  

    Tulsa Today / 45 d. 19 h. 48 min. ago more
  • Politics, race and the Great LiePolitics, race and the Great Lie

    Dinesh D’Souza Working the Republican Party of Tulsa County booth at the State Fair one conversation Sunday was especially memorable. A middle aged African-American man quietly stood and said he was considering switching party registration. Registering voters is the purpose of the booth and I volunteered a form, but he declined saying he was, “Just thinking about it.” We talked briefly. Not about race so much, but I asked him if the Democratic Party had benefited African-Americans over generations. Have welfare programs been good to his community? Have African-Americans prospered from government giveaways or have families been destroyed as young women are paid for raising additional kids in single parent homes – for one example? How has it worked for the kids? Are they more or less balanced personally and prepared for life’s challenges? Are they personally happy or embittered feeling entitled and angry?  Tulsa Today has recently covered a story of racist t-shirts worn by a small group of black students at Booker T. Washington (BTW) High School in Tulsa (click here for that story). As a Republican, I want government out of my wallet, my bedroom and my house, off my street and, if possible, I would send it out of state. I want freedom not free stuff. Liberty for me thank you very much. I want people to be good to each other and I have never met any Republican activist in Oklahoma over the last fifty years that espoused raciest views – never at any meeting – never privately in any conversation – ever. Republicans are the party established by President Abraham Lincoln who had an active personal relationship with Frederick Douglass detailed in the book “Giants” by John Stauffer. But Democrats claim there was a “big switch” and somehow now all Republicans are racists. That is the Great Lie. This lie Leftists love to claim was recently destroyed in debate between academics – a college professor and the nationally acclaimed author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza.  You can view the exchange from September 26, 2017 below.

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  • Tulsa’s snowflake City Council flakes againTulsa’s snowflake City Council flakes again

    City Council 2017 – Snowflakes of Trendy Correctness Editorial:  Saturday the daily newspaper carried another story of stupid on Tulsa City Council no one should ignore. Of course, the paper didn’t print the story from Wednesday’s Council meeting on Thursday or Friday, but waited until Saturday – traditionally the lowest news circulation day. Within the story itself, the City Council and Administration are proven liars and the paper covers, but doesn’t highlight the fact.  Let’s do that for them with their own report plus factual history. First facts without dispute: “The City Council passed a resolution on Wednesday at the behest of the Greater Tulsa Area Indian Affairs Commission. “The group had proposed renaming Columbus Day… according to information submitted March 8 for the council resolution. “Some cities have done this, but we are not,” a city spokeswoman told the Tulsa World. “Tulsa is recognizing Native American Day on the same day as Columbus Day but not doing anything to the designation of Columbus Day,” as the Tulsa World published (click on the link for original posting). First, know a “city spokeswoman” is dodging or embarrassed by the truth when she doesn’t allow the paper to print her name. There are not that many city spokeswomen and all of them are well known to reporters and editors. Second, this snowflake political correctness notwithstanding, Columbus Day is a national holiday – the Tulsa City Council has no jurisdiction over that naming. Third, you can see disingenuousness.  The PDF of the resolution is posted with the Tulsa World story and the interesting part is shown below. The council voted unanimously to approve the resolution. They didn’t even fill out a new form, just scratched a line through “Renaming Columbus Day” and wrote in green ink, “Establishing.”  Wow, a differentiation without a difference. Native Racialist Robert Anquoe   Photo found online The Tulsa World also reports, “Robert Anquoe, vice-chairman of the Greater Tulsa Area Indian Affairs Commission as a mayoral appointee, said the effort to create Native American Day in Tulsa has been a long time coming… ‘Mainly it was just to recognize the history of Tulsa, being that Tulsa was formed on tribal reservation land initially,’ Anquoe said. ‘A lot of history has come through and come about via tribal members and tribes that really had the purpose of developing the city of Tulsa.‘” Reportedly, [Anquoe] “established the committee that researched the issue, gathered support and drafted the language of the resolution.” In addition to his bad grammar, Anquoe failed to even check Google which notes: Instead of reservations, Oklahoma Indian tribes have tribal jurisdictional areas, with Osage Nation being the one exception. “As confirmed by the Osage Nation Reaffirmation Act of 2004, the Osage Nation retains mineral rights to their reservation, the so-called “Underground Reservation.” Local historian David Breed is a former member and chairperson of the City of Tulsa Historic Preservation Commission, founding member, Southwest Tulsa Historical Society and author of the Tablets of Tulsa Time, West Tulsa Route 66 Gateway (4200 Southwest Blvd.).  For this story Tulsa Today asked Breed about Anquoe’s assertion of Tulsa being established “initially on tribal reservation land.” Breed said: “With the creation of Indian Territory in the 1830s and the implementation of provisions of the Indian Removal Act which brought the members of the Five Civilized Nations to what had been the western portion of Arkansas Territory, all of the land that is now Oklahoma (with the exception of the western panhandle) became the property of the sovereign governments of the Nations, each Nation holding its property in common as had been their former homelands in the Deep South. This Indian Territory differed only in the ethnicity and cultural history of its tribal citizens from other territories such as Arkansas or New Mexico or Colorado. Its creation carried with it the possibility of its evolution into a Native American state. There were no “reserves” or “reservations” among the peoples whose sovereign governments owned this Territory. “The railhead that would anchor the original townsite for Tulsa was planted in a clearing just over the bluff at the bend of the Arkansas River. It was almost two miles from the ceremonial grounds of the Mvskoke-Creek political town of Lochapoka and more than four miles from the ‘regional’ trading post and Star Route Post Office at the Perrymans’ White House farm/ranch. The original plat of Tulsa (land exempted as a townsite from being allotted to Mvskoke-Creek individuals) stopped a half-mile short of including the grounds surrounding the Creek Council Oak. “Tulsa began as a railroad town; it became heavily involved in cattle drives and shipping; it celebrated the discovery and development of petroleum with the discoveries at Red Fork and the Glenn Pool; and it created the Oil Industry banks and the corporations which crafted the art deco offices and amenities which recall the color, culture and exuberance reflected in these architectural treasures,” Breed added. In short, the City of Tulsa was not established on tribal reservation land as Anquoe asserted and he should be removed from his position as vice-chairman of the Greater Tulsa Area Indian Affairs Commission for his demonstrated ignorance of native local history and racialist and divisive public demagoguery which, if they had any self-respect, should deeply embarrass every member of both the City Council and the Indian Affairs Commission.   Our Snowflake City Council can’t get the highway lights on, fix the streets with a billion dollars to play with, refuses to cooperate with ICE [Tulsa is a Sanctuary City] and wants to finance hustlers (Gifters or Spangers)  who panhandle profit from good-hearted people while giving away riverside park land. Now they want to twist and distort our history? This entire episode is….(censored). Oh yes, a new flag for the city is just the ticket.  

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  • Racist t-shirts appear at Tulsa schoolRacist t-shirts appear at Tulsa school

    Editorial:  The photos broke my heart. Days and many conversations later it still hurts to know that some racialists will demagogue division to destroy community from Booker T. Washington (BTW) High School in Tulsa. Friday a young Republican first sent the photos. She wanted to know what I thought. In truth, I am still processing chunks of opinion wrapped in disgust.  The photos show t-shirts proudly displayed front and back with an inscription reading, “Dear White Hornets … Stop trying to replace our traditions with your whiteness. Respect our school.” KOTV Channel 6 and the Tulsa World covered the story and maybe that is all the creator of the T-shirt wanted – a bit of fame for showing hate. Of course the message was racist in targeting people because of skin color – young white students – children at high school. The Marxist Left has demonized Western Civilization and America in particular as racist for political advantage since Communists first seized power in Russia. It helps them distract from the millions they murder to blame others for everything. Is this what is being taught at BTW? Western Civilization, however, put an end to slavery that had flourished worldwide since history began and America in particular has done more to support human and economic rights for minority citizens than any other nation ever. It is only Sharia Law in Muslim nations that support slavery in the modern day. The National Democratic Party; founded the KKK, established prohibiting laws and opposed full rights for minorities in the United States contrary to propagandist positions of Leftists, but those details can be argued on a later day. David Arnett (center), OU, 1970. We are talking Tulsa here.  In the late 60s and early 70s, I served as a Tulsa high school student on the Community Relations Commission as Youth Liaison. I attended the Eleventh Annual Human Relations Workshop at the University of Oklahoma July 27th through August 1, 1970. Then Chairman of the Mayor’s Youth Council and of the Red Cross Youth, I protested to the Tulsa School Board the LACK of racial integration within the system and received my first death threat before I graduated from Tulsa Memorial High School in 1972. At that OU workshop after hours, some of the youth then spoke about how Marxism was what was needed in America. I disagreed then and now, but never thought that stupid murderous ideology repeatedly tried and always destructive would take hold in America and yet the Antifa movement is exactly the Fascism these violent self-proclaimed Anti-Facists rally against. And yet Friday, after decades as the most successful magnet school in the Tulsa Public School system an admittedly small group of Booker T. Washington students wear t-shirts targeting the race of other students. Is that what I and so many others fought to accomplish?  That is not what white marchers at Selma and in every other protest risking all against racists envisioned at the time. President Abraham Lincoln (founder of the Republican Party) fought and died to end slavery.  The KKK in history lynched 4,000 people: 3,000 black, 1,000 white and all of them Republicans. Republican Conservatives believe in the Rule of Law which means the equal application of law regardless of race, creed or any other factor. Republican Conservatives believe in equal opportunity, responsibility and citizenship, but the party has not held aggressive conversations on race. Identity and victimization in politics appear, at least in media, to be the domain of Democrats. In vast majority, Conservatives are civil and polite.  We hate to rub the Democrats face in the fact that they do racism while claiming everyone else is racist. Difficult as the truth may be, Democrats replaced slavery with enslavement now in intercity ghettos ruled by mostly corrupt local Democratic Parties. Yes, even in Tulsa some city councilors honor Black Lives Matter propaganda more than law enforcement. Families of criminals claim the innocence of lambs and historical revisionists blame Republicans for the 1920s race dispute in Tulsa (there were no Oklahoma elected Republicans at the time). There were school busses transporting students from BTW to protest Donald J. Trump at his 2016 rally in Tulsa. On August 26, BTW students presented a slide show and discussion on “their generation’s concerns about climate change and how it affects millennials in Oklahoma” at a Circle Cinema showing of “AN INCONVENIENT SEQUEL” the latest in lies and propaganda from Al Gore. Do they believe the trendy without critical thinking at BTW? Issa Rae, Emmy’s 2017 delivers racist rant Ratings for the Emmy Awards hit an all-time low Sunday as they continually and without much humor insulted President Trump and America. Issa Rae, creator and star of “Insecure” unabashedly said, “I’m rooting for everybody black. I am,” she declared. Is BTW the social justice warrior capital of Tulsa? Public discussion of what’s fostered in hearts and minds of the young with public money may be overdue. All parts of culture are subject to change and are often seen as pendulums swinging one way and then the other. Physics notes all pendulums eventually come to rest and there is a formula that can determine when. Sadly, America’s racial pendulum is pushed to continual dispute by hustlers like Al Sharpton and Jessie Jackson and political hustlers like George Soros, Hillary Clinton and other declared and hidden enemies of America. For the record again, in vast and overwhelming majority, Tulsans stand for humanity, equality and equal opportunity. We stand against racialists of any color and supremacists of any creed. We remain loyal to the Constitution of the United States of America and the attendant and inseparable Declaration of Independence which gives purpose to our national union. We judge as Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. urged by the content of character rather than color of skin.

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  • First District Candidate Kevin HernFirst District Candidate Kevin Hern

    Kevin Hern Edit Note: This is the first in a series of interviews with candidates for Oklahoma’s First Congressional District now held by Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R) who is appointed by President Donald J. Trump to head the National Air and Space Administration (NASA) pending confirmation by the U.S. Senate. Kevin Hern holds an engineering degree and MBA. He has worked in aerospace for Rockwell International and as a computer coder automating tasks for businesses and real estate. Hern once owned a hog farm. In 1999, Hern purchased two McDonald’s in Muskogee. Now as the owner of KTAK Corporation, Kevin Hern leads an organization that owns 10 McDonald’s restaurants and employs over 400 people in the area. Question:  Will Democrats one day begin work to confirm appointments and move legislation to help the nation? Hern: The biggest struggle for the Trump Administration has not been the Democrats but the majority leadership of both chambers in supporting his idea of where he wants to take America. Question: Do your policy views generally agree with those of President Trump? Kevin Hern campaigning Hern: What you are seeing with Trump vs. the House and Senate is that Trump is not worried about getting reelected.  He knows he has three years left and if he runs again then likely another four years so Trump has a maximum of seven years left in office. In contrast, the House members run every two years which means they are constantly in the “state of running” and worried that they don’t upset voters. Their calculus, in my estimation, is a lot about protecting their own job. Former-Senator Dr. Tom Coburn and I talked a lot about job security being a fundamental issue for many of those elected. I get it. If that is the only job and the only income they have then it makes sense to protect it. President Trump wants to move the country forward. His agenda is about moving forward both socially and economically. If you look at what he has done by executive order including the Johnson Amendment (1), Trump has done a fantastic job of that, but we need these executive orders to become law through Congress to avoid the whiplash from one administration to the next. Question:  How do you see your competition for this office? Kevin and Tammy Hern Hern: I respect and admire each of them as individuals and believe their desire to help the country is sincere. Almost all who run for office, in their own way, are intent on helping the nation. We all speak about the same things; love of country, respect for the Constitution and protections for life, Liberty and the pursuit of happiness. We support the right to own property and know government only exists by the consent of the people and that we can only properly change the Constitution through the amendment process. We all agree that the atrocity of a $20 trillion debt growing every day with deficits of $500 billion to a trillion a year is a very real crisis.  The gimmicks government uses that go along with that should not be allowed. We all talk about job creation and getting people back to work. We all talk about reducing mandatory spending consuming the federal budget – 73 percent in 2018. So we are all talking about the same things, but what voters in the First District must judge is who has had the experience to deal with these kinds of issues. That is where I believe the difference between candidates reside. There are many people in Washington talking about solutions, but they have never done it. I have. Kevin Hern speaking at GOP of Tulsa County Luau For twenty years, I signed both sides of a paycheck. I have had to live with Obamacare as a small business owner. I have seen the impact Obamacare has on the people who don’t want it – younger people forced to pay thousands each year they can’t afford just as they are struggling to establish their life. I have had to deal with ridiculous tax policies that change even within a year or two while a small business owner is trying to make capital expenditure decisions when you can’t even know what the tax burdens will be from those decisions. I have also had to deal with the difference between small and large businesses. Large corporations typically pay around 20 percent in taxes by utilizing loopholes and manipulating the system. As I know from the past twenty years, small businesses pay 39.6 percent because it is passed through at the highest rate. I’m the guy that has lived with these and other challenges every single day for decades.  The other guys are going to have to get on-the-job training. That is a big part of the problem in Washington as Dr. Coburn often says, “when we send someone to Washington and they get the best job they have ever had with the most money they’ve ever made and a pension they would not get in any other field – we are setting ourselves up for failure.” We keep doing that all across the country and then wonder why things don’t ever change. Question:  Will you term-limit your service? Hern family photo Hern: I am talking with people across the district about that, but people seem more focused on making sure those elected aren’t trying to make it a career. I’m going to be fifty-six years old in December so it is certainly not a career for me. I have five other businesses in Northeastern Oklahoma and I intend to return to them. Question:  What are some of the big things you hope to accomplish in office? Hern: I’m a big fan of ending pension plans for all elected officials. I believe everyone making law in Washington and the states should live under the same laws with the same benefits and responsibilities as everyone else. It makes no sense to me for elected officials to have pensions from government service. We should take that money and apply it to the national debt. Even more, if you impose Obamacare then you should live under Obamacare. In the private sector to buy a business, you look at the financial statement to find the problems. Businesses are required by federal law to; take in revenue, expense revenue across multiple lines and have net income on which to pay taxes. Government is not bound by the same laws and they should be in most cases. The first thing I would like to do is create audits not just of the Federal Reserve, but all federal agencies, including the Pentagon and Federal Treasury. Full transparency is required of private business. Why not enforce the same for public government? Voters seem to be the tip of the tail trying to wag the dog and we must immediately demand the financial processes of government provide full transparency so we may see where all of our hard-earned tax money goes. There are twenty-two committees of the House of Representatives. Maybe we should make the chairmen of each responsible for reviewing all regulations currently on the books as well as any proposed additions to that body of regulation. Chairman should be responsible for finding waste, fraud and abuse within the areas their committees oversee. We need someone that actually has experience managing large budgets that has been in the business of business making tough decisions regardless of special interests or lobby effort. The First District needs someone who will stand and remain unafraid in the face of any issue or threat of challenge. Question:  Are you really ready to be viciously attacked? Hern: If you are willing to leave in the first place then threats to force you out don’t work. If you don’t need the job or the pension or the media attention, then you can focus on doing a good job for constituents.. I’ve talked with and learned some lessons from Dr. Coburn and others on how to keep a business while serving in office.  I have moved the businesses over to my wife Tammy so that should the voters of the First District select me to represent them, then we will not have those same problems others have faced. Anytime you go against the system, you are going to make the system angry. Those who want to hoodwink citizens tell us it is too hard to fix this or that. They say change just can’t be done. They hide behind the notion that they can’t find the big silver bullet to cut billions here or there. If you act in incremental steps you can cut government. We can cut half of the $90 billion spent on training programs or half of the twenty-one different personal financial literacy programs doled out by the federal government and the list goes on and on. We have to start cutting government. We never hear about the cuts, but we need to make those very transparent and higher profile. We need to put the federal government on a financial statement that we can all see, consider and discuss across this country.  Then we will know where the money is going. Question:  Who are your heroes from history or the current day in government? Kevin Hern at a Republican Men’s Club event Hern: All of the founders I greatly admire.  They brought 13 colonies that were like individual countries together for the common good and that was not an easy or simple thing. In the modern age because I have come to know him over the last nineteen years my hero is Dr. Tom Coburn. I have learned a lot from him on being yourself, telling the truth and doing what you say you are going to do for God and Country. He told people what he was going to do then he did it without being beholden to Washington D.C. and he bent the curve on federal earmarks and debt. Dr. Coburn made a difference and I hope to do the same. Edit Note: 1.) The Johnson Amendment is a provision in the U.S. tax code, since 1954, that prohibits all 501(c)(3) non-profit organizations from endorsing or opposing political candidates. It has been used to threaten Conservative Pastors. 2.) For more information on Kevin Hern, click here.

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  • Fall is fine for County FairsFall is fine for County Fairs

    The first County Fair in the metro area runs Thursday September 14 through the 17th at the Claremore Expo. This Rogers County Fair has presented agricultural industry insights for 100+ years and now includes everything a large state fair would with vendors, carnival rides, fair food, talented entertainment and much more.  At the fair you find the traditional gardener exhibiting alongside the younger generation of FFA students and 4-H groups; families growing record setting fruits and students showing premium livestock; agri-science projects displayed across from home canned jellies. Agricultural is still very much a part of Rogers County and you will find the state of the art in modern equipment and techniques demonstrated and displayed at the Rogers County Fair Hance Pyrotechnics kicks off opening night of the Fair with a fireworks show. The show will start at approximately 8:15 pm. The fireworks show has received rave reviews and can be seen from areas as far away as Catoosa and Owasso. The County Square at the Rogers County Fair provides a unique opportunity for the local agricultural district as vendors gather and display their talents and passions. This rustic inspired marketplace features an eclectic selection of clothing, jewelry, repurposed furniture, home décor, home-made treasures, original art, and delicious consumables. The displays will make you feel like you are walking through a living Pinterest board. With a new look and a new feel, the County Square is a must shop during the fair. The carnival offers a variety of rides for tiny tots and big kids. Carnival rides and midway games will be open Thursday through Sunday. Prices are very affordable; you can purchase wristbands for all you can ride each session or individual tickets. Take your chance to win a prize at various midway games! Entertainment at the fair is endless.  America’s favorite stunt dogs are back in action! This must see show will entertain people of all ages. From back flips, handstands, big air stunts, to amazing tricks; these “All-Star Stunt Dogs” are thrilling. Kids love the Lil’ Buckaroo Barnyard.  Inside the Barnyard the kids can color the Monster Mural, see Farmer Tom as he tells stories and sings songs from the farm, or even pick out their very own pumpkin in the pumpkin patch, provided by Shepherds Cross, to take home and decorate. New this year, the Cantina is going to be the place all adults 21+ will want to be hanging out. This entertainment tent offers adult beverages, music, and a place to catch up with your friends. Friday you can two-step the night away with James Muns and special guest Mark McClurg and Saturday night will be tons of fun with dueling pianos by Tom Basler & guest. What is a great county fair without a variety of fair food!? Funnel cakes, corn dogs and cotton candy are staples of every fair. The Rogers County Fair also offers a variety of food trucks on-site with everything from homemade barbecue, southern home style, bacon everything, street tacos and more. If you feel the need to run off all of that fair food you can join the Rogers County Fair 5k. The race will take place on Saturday, September 16th at 9 am. We will start and finish at the Claremore Expo Center with Tatur Racing professionally timing the event.  Don’t worry, you can run or walk.  Sign up online, view the course map and check out the awesome logo for the run! All the information is available on www.rogerscountyfair.com/5k. The Rogers County Fair will be held at the Claremore Expo Center September 14-17th.  The County Square is open to the public 9 am to 9 pm Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. Livestock shows will take place in the barn all day Thursday thru Saturday. The carnival is open Thursday 6-10 pm; Friday 6-10 pm; Saturday 1 pm-5 pm & 6-10 pm; Sunday 1-5 pm. For more information visit www.rogerscountyfair.com.

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