Lt. Gov. Fairfax may resign due to sexual assault allegations. courtesy Wikimedia Commons

No obvious solutions to Virginia political scandals

The consequences for Virginian politicians should equal the impact of their transgressions. By now, the events that have roiled the entire government of Virginia in a scandal, complete with everything from sexual assault to racism, has become national news. On Feb. 1, members of the media pointed out that Governor Ralph Northam’s medical school yearbook […]

The Legislative Digest is your weekly look at the happenings of Oklahoma’s state legislature and the bills and politics you need to know. We are in the middle of the semester and the legislative session! There’s progress on both fronts, but this week, we’ll look at a couple bills that have good ideas but aren’t […]

Oklahoma is the first state to file a lawsuit against the OxyContin producer. graphic by Conner Maggio

Okla. lawsuit against Purdue Pharma essential for setting precedent

Oklahoma is responding to state revenue lost to citizens addicted to opioids by filing a lawsuit against Purdue Pharma. A new lawsuit has been brought by the State of Oklahoma against pharmaceutical giant Purdue Pharma. A trial date has been set intended to be served May 28 and is the first of its kind in […]

The jargon-laced descriptions are not accessible to patients. graphic by Conner Maggio

Health care pricing system not representative of actual patient costs

Though the current system does not include insurance differences, it’s a step in the right direction. After a new federal regulation that went into effect on Jan. 1, hospitals are required to post documents online that show the cost of each treatment that they have available. This process was created by the U.S. Department of […]

The Legislative Digest is your weekly look at the happenings of Oklahoma’s state legislature and the bills and politics you need to know As we edge into the 2019 legislative session, there have already been a few bills passed. Those bills were recognitions of certain days as important, and the passage of the House rules. […]

Civics classes in high schools necessary for political engagement

The current civics requirement does not adequately prepare students to be savvy participants in a healthy republic. Civics classes: Oklahoma hates them, but every good democracy needs them. My flirtation with government before majoring in the subject was tragically brief; Claremore High School, the pinnacle of modern education, had block scheduling, meaning that we only […]

#10YearChallenge a reminder of internet data collection

The possibility of Facebook using the popular hashtag for data collection should concern participants It seems that today, our society immediately gravitates toward any hashtag that has the word challenge in it. So naturally, when the #10YearChallenge made its rounds on the internet, everyone jumped on the bandwagon and posted a current photo alongside a […]

The Kansas City shelter works under a no-kill policy. courtesy Kansas City Star

Tulsa Animal Welfare to possibly implement no-kill policy

The Tulsa Humane Society and Tulsa SPCA leading the TAW to a no-kill shelter policy should be successful given time. In November 2018, Mayor G.T. Bynum announced that the city would join forces with the Humane Society of Tulsa and the Tulsa SPCA to form the Coalition for Tulsa Pets. Although this is a great […]

Venezuela has been in political turmoil over the past two decades. courtesy Wikipedia

The future of Venezuela hinges on an uninformed American government

After recognizing Guaidó as the interim president, the United States is under fire for its political strategy with oil-rich Venezuela. Over the past few weeks, Venezuela has launched itself into a full constitutional crisis that could result in a catastrophe unparalleled in the western hemisphere in the 21st century. When President Nicolás Maduro won reelection […]

Just as Tulsa renamed Brady Street to Reconciliation Way, Mayes County is considering renaming Lake Hudson. photo by Piper Prolago

Renaming Lake Hudson reflects fluctuating national morality

Mayes County is considering renaming Lake Hudson, whose namesake was a founding member of Tulsa’s local KKK chapter At the start of a new legislative session, an Oklahoma Senate bill seeks to rename Lake Hudson, a human-made reservoir in Mayes County. The reservoir was created and named in 1964 after Tulsa attorney, state lawmaker and […]