Democrats And The Fine Art Of Getting Out Of Your Own Way

There is a well-worn piece of advice among political campaign professionals: When your opponent is committing suicide, don't get in the way.In this age of Twitter and Facebook, we should add a quick corollary: Do not make news that interrupts the reporting of your opponent's problems — even momentarily.This would be a time when these wisdoms, old and new, might be retweeted to the leaders of the Democratic Party.Over the weekend, as their convention delegates converged on Philadelphia, the...
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Tracy McDaniel, principal and co-founder of KIPP Reach Academy in Oklahoma City, said the school has been working on increasing its retention rate of students.
Michael Willmus / Oklahoma Watch

A little-known trend in KIPP Reach Academy's school enrollment casts a new light on its achievement record – a record considered when the charter school’s expansionproposal went before the Oklahoma City school board Monday.

Oklahoma State basketball coach Brad Underwood fights back tears at a news conference in Stillwater, Okla., Friday, July 22, 2016.
Sue Ogrocki / AP

An Oklahoma State University men’s basketball player collapsed and died Thursday in Stillwater.

21-year-old forward Tyrek Coger was pronounced dead at Stillwater Medical Center Thursday evening after a 40-minute team workout at Boone Pickens Stadium. The Oklahoma State Medical Examiner’s Office says Coger died due to an enlarged heart.

OSU head coach Brad Underwood, who was out of town at the time, said there is no worse feeling as a coach than getting the call he received Thursday.

A Turkish police officer patrols as pro-government supporters, gather on Istanbul's iconic Bosporus Bridge, Thursday, July 21, 2016. Turkish lawmakers approved a three-month state of emergency, endorsing new powers for Turkey's President Erdogan.
Petros Giannakouris / AP

A week after the beginning of a failed coup in Turkey, there are still so many unanswered questions about who was behind it and what’s next for the country that’s long walked a tightrope between religion and secularism.

It's really hot in most of the mainland United States right now. The National Weather Service predicts temperatures in the triple digits through the weekend in much of the South, Midwest and along the East Coast.

The culprit: a "heat dome."

It's a real meteorological event — the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration even took the time to define it in the agency's warning this week:

A village near the coast of Sumatra lays in ruin after the Tsunami that struck Southeast Asia
Photographer's Mate 2nd Class Philip A. McDaniel / U.S. Navy

The 2004 Indian Ocean earthquake and tsunami killed more than 200,000 people and led to billions in aid distribution throughout the region.

Edd Wright, the Southeast Asia representative for the Oklahoma City-based international development organization World Neighbors, works on what he calls disaster risk reduction in Indonesia. His group starts by working with governments to identify which villages are most at-risk from disaster, which is followed by a need-based assessment (the communities don’t have to participate). From there, they start to categorize what types of disasters the community has faced.

Gov. Mary Fallin speaks during the final day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Thursday.
Carolyn Kaster / AP

Gov. Mary Fallin says Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump can end the country’s divisions and restore a sense of optimism.

Fallin delivered a primetime address Thursday during the final evening of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland. She described Trump as a bold and courageous leader who speaks truth to power.

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett has been a prominent figure during this week’s Republican National Convention.

He delivered speech Monday on behalf of the U.S. Conference of Mayors, having just taken over as the group’s president in June. Oklahoma City’s elections are technically non-partisan, but Cornett does identify as a Republican (he made it to a runoff with Gov. Mary Fallin in the 2006 Congressional primary when they vied for U.S. Rep. Ernest Istook’s old seat). During Cornett’s address in Cleveland earlier this week, he talked a lot about the success of Republican mayors across the country.

Oklahoma Department of Transportation engineers are testing an LED interchange light tower in the parking lot of the agency's Oklahoma City headquarters.
Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Cities across the state are hoping to cut down their electricity and maintenance bills by updating street and highway lights with new technology. LEDs save energy and money, but doctors say the lights could have unintended health and environmental consequences.


Gov. Mary Fallin speaks during first day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Monday, July 18, 2016.
Carolyn Kaster / AP

Gov. Mary Fallin says she plans to talk about what her party stands for during her address on the final night of the Republican National Convention.

She told MSNBC’s Morning Joe on Wednesday her speech Thursday evening will be similar to the brief remarks she delivered Monday when she talked about the party’s platform.

Harold Hamm, CEO of Continental Resources, speaks during the third day of the Republican National Convention in Cleveland, Wednesday, July 20, 2016.
Mark J. Terrill / AP

Billionaire Oklahoma oilman Harold Hamm sharply criticized environmental regulations in a pro-Donald Trump speech on energy policy at the Republican National Convention Wednesday night.

The Continental Resources CEO's remarks came amid reports he would be named energy secretary if the Republican candidate is elected in November.

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