A week ago, Obama came to Oklahoma for the third time since he’s been in office. The first was in 2012, when he came to voice his support for the part of Keystone XL going from Cushing to Texas (and, not surprisingly, our lovely governor & lieutenant governor made no effort to postpone their vacations in order to greet him). He came again in 2013 to view the damage after the devastating Moore tornado. This time, Obama came to launch a new education initiative and to continue his weeklong push to improve the criminal justice system. His trip to El Reno marks him as the first sitting president to visit a federal penitentiary.
- In Oregon, Kate Brown becomes the first bisexual governor in the U.S. and the second woman governor of Oregon, following the resignation of Kitzhaber.
- Meanwhile, in Oklahoma, a House legislative committee overwhelmingly votes (right down the party lines) to eliminate funding for AP US History classes, because by acknowledging some of the issues in America’s past APUSH is unpatriotic and denies American exceptionalism. They also conflate Advanced Placement with Common Core, and the vote sets a precedent that threatens all other Advanced Placement courses in Oklahoma.
- Hillary Haters and what Hillary can do for 2016
- SNL’s best political sketches
- Dos and don’ts for the 2016 Democratic Convention in Philadelphia
- Apparently, someone didn’t like the Obama Vox videos as much as I did. Also some opinions on David Axelrod’s new book, Believer (you can watch his IOP talk about it here).
Now that Republicans have gained the majority in the Senate, they will be looking to clock legislative victories and demonstrate that they can effectively lead. Democrats will attempt to undermine them without looking obstructionist, and try to portray the Republican Party as conservative and hopelessly out of touch. In the Senate there is perhaps no place this battle will most likely take place than in the Environment and Public Works Committee. Continue reading