Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Policy Institute Profiles Oklahoma Blogs

Oklahoma Policy Institute is out with a piece on the Oklahoma blogosphere. Here's the entry for "Conservative" entities:

•Batesline – Tulsan Michael Bates writes long, well-researched, and smart posts on subjects ranging from state and national politics to local economic development and Tulsa history. A conservative Republican, Bates is an especially acerbic critic of the bi-partisan midtown “Money Belt” elite that he sees as monopolizing power in Tulsa. Formerly a columnist with Urban Tulsa, he now seems to devote himself full-time to the blog, which has been a repeat winner of Okie Blog Award for Best Political Blog (Conservative) .

•McCarville Report Online - The long-time Oklahoma City radio talk show host’s website offers a combination of links to news articles and original reporting, analysis and scuttlebutt about state and local OKC politics. While his links and advertisements are strictly Republican and conservative, if you look hard you can occasionally find coverage favoring Democrats.

•Choice Remarks - One of several blogs maintained by Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs Vice-President Brandon Dutcher, this blog focuses on education issues and pushes for alternatives to traditional public education through tax credits, vouchers and charter schools. With Republicans solidly in control at the state Capitol, Brandon’s blog is likely to be an increasingly influential source of ideas on education policy for the state’s elected leaders.

•Oklahomans for Responsible Government – A libertarian policy organization closely allied with the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, OFRG’s blog focuses on issues of government transparency and accountability, while generally making the case for smaller government and lower taxes.

•The Musings of a Muskogee Politico – My latest discovery, this blog maintained by Jameson Faught, the 20-year old son of Rep. George Faught, has proven to be an insightful observer of Oklahoma legislative politics. His 2010 election predictions were quite prescient, although he slightly underestimated the magnitude of the Republican wave that swept over Oklahoma.

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