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Weekly Columns

September 3, 2008 Weekly Columns
Unpredictable weather is a reality in our state. And although weather-related incidents are not the only things we need to be prepared for, they are certainly among the most common in Oklahoma.
August 27, 2008 Weekly Columns
Every September, most Americans take an extra day to relax, visit extended family or take one last trip to the lake before their children's school year is fully back in swing. This extra day of vacation is Labor Day, a day that most Americans are able to enjoy, but few know the purpose of observing.
August 11, 2008 Weekly Columns
Last week I was pleased to host an energy summit in Norman with experts from across the state who shared their ideas and insights about Oklahoma's current energy situation and how our state can continue to be among the nation's leaders when it comes to energy innovation.
August 4, 2008 Weekly Columns
While citizens across the country go bargain-hunting for the “cheapest” gas prices in their areas, Speaker Pelosi and other members of House leadership have collectively put up their “will return after 5-weeks vacation” signs.
July 30, 2008 Weekly Columns
On June 26, 2008, the U.S. Supreme Court upheld a federal appeals court decision that the gun ban in Washington, D.C. is unconstitutional.
July 30, 2008 Weekly Columns
A new piece of legislation is being considered by the Armed Services and Judiciary committees that would irresponsibly amend the federal judicial code to allow detained, enemy combatants to apply for writs of habeas corpus.
July 21, 2008 Weekly Columns
While Americans continue to pay ever increasing prices for gasoline, House and Senate leaders continue to block real solutions and instead appear to have adopted the policy of "pay more - drive less."
July 16, 2008 Weekly Columns
It's no secret that our nation's veterans are enthusiastically using their higher education benefits when they return from service. In fact, last year over 523,000 American veterans took advantage of government education assistance.
July 7, 2008 Weekly Columns
The traditional tax deadline may have passed - but millions of taxpayers who are eligible to obtain economic stimulus payments have not filed the necessary paperwork to receive them. Those taxpayers will soon be at risk of losing their stimulus benefits.
June 23, 2008 Weekly Columns
Thomas Paine once said, "The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph." In the past few months two pieces of legislation have been the source of intense debate from both sides of the political aisle.