An ecosystem of for-profit companies, YouTube channels and other social media accounts are cashing in by using lies to stoke fear and distrust of COVID-19 vaccines.
Republicans moaned about Democrats' resistance to legislation against what Republicans say is divisive academic curriculum, while House Minority Leader, Emily Virgin, D-Norman, complained that House Bill 1775 "focuses on something that is truly not a problem in our state" and is intended to give GOP incumbents campaign flyer material for next election season.
Rep. Danny Williams, R-Seminole, managed to get language barring all state and local governments from providing "gender and sexual diversity training" inserted into Senate Bill 627, by Rep. David Bullard, R-Durant, which came from the Senate as a measure reconstituting the Red River Boundary Commission.
Flanked by a cadre of President Donald Trump loyalists that included retired Gen. Michael Flynn and local COVID-19 contrarians, Pastor Jackson Lahmeyer formally announced that he is a Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate seat now held by James Lankford in the 2022 Republican primary.
"There seems to be no end of the craven tactics and schemes devised to suppress the minority vote and to keep Trump in power," said Tulsa resident Edward Guess.
Lankford cemented his place in history when he joined the group of lawmakers to contest the results of this fair and free election…," said Broken Arrow resident Brett Johnson.
Black Tulsa leaders say Lankford compromised the commission by advocating a 10-day delay in certifying the electoral votes in Biden's favor so a commission could further investigate discredited challenges lodged by President Donald Trump.
"Would he have voiced the same concerns if Clinton loyalists had created the same type of disinformation campaign that President Donald Trump and his loyalists have?" said Tulsa resident Bob Bianchini.
"The Constitution gives Congress no authority to decide who a state’s electors should be," said Oklahoma City resident Andrew Tevington, who served as Rep. Gov. Henry Bellmons' legal counsel and chief of staff.
A violent mob loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday and forced lawmakers into hiding, in a stunning attempt to overturn America’s presidential election, undercut the nation’s democracy and keep Democrat Joe Biden from replacing Trump in the White House.
"But it's not just an election they are stealing from the American people; they are robbing the American people of democracy," said Broken Arrow resident Cindy Catli.
TRUMP: "People should be happy to have an accurate count... We have other states I believe will be flipping to us shortly."
An overwhelming majority of lawmakers supported this year’s National Defense Authorization Act — including more than three-quarters of the Republicans who voted in each chamber — because, in their judgment, Trump’s complaints about the bill didn’t outweigh the benefits it will deliver, the column says.
“I agree with the President: the American people deserve more,” Hern said in a statement issued Wednesday morning. “I am ready to return to Washington to work with him to pass his proposal to increase the funds returning to the American people."
"It will be informative to see, after Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg's recent death, whether these same Republicans will see the need to await the voters' choice 46 days away," said Tulsa couple Leo and Molly Schneider.
"I don’t understand why one would take offense to a term describing very positive qualities that one would hope all of us possess to some degree." says Tulsa resident Marsha Dunham.
Vehicles were decorated with signs and scrawled messaged such as "all jobs are essential," "don't tread on me," and various hashtags. Some of the signage bore the moniker of an extreme anti-government group. A handful of protesters stood on the street corners opposing city hall.
The bill also includes what Oklahoma's senior senator said are fixes to a measure he voted against last week.