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Sieze the moment with Iran!

Let us all tell the White House and Congress that NOW is the time to improve diplomatic relations between the US and Iran. Newly elected Iranian president Hassan Rouhani has pledged better relations with the west. He has appointed a pro-western, US-educated foreign minister, Javad Zarif. Additionally, Rouhani has expressed openness to negotiations on Iran’s nuclear programs, which are currently most likely all for peaceful electrical and medical needs according [...] Continue reading Sieze the moment with Iran!

Oklahoma Needs Medicaid Expansion

Sent the following letter to eight newspapers in Oklahoma. Hope you will call the Governor about this.

Oklahoma needs the federally-funded expansion of Medicaid that Governor Mary Fallin is refusing. It would extend Medicaid to some 150,000 Sooners currently not insured. She says Oklahoma cannot afford it, but it is 100% federally funded the first three years, then Oklahoma begins to pick up a maximum of 10% of the cost. [...] Continue reading Oklahoma Needs Medicaid Expansion

The Wisdom of Peace

Speech at the Midwest City Martin Luther King Breakfast Jan 21, 2013

Remarks as Prepared for Delivery by Nathaniel Batchelder

The title of today’s talks – The Wisdom of Peace – is crucial to our times. Dr. King’s words – his sermons and speeches – ring in our ears today as we commemorate his life and lift up again his prophetic messages for the ages.

He advocated nonviolence and [...] Continue reading The Wisdom of Peace

Rep. Lankford on “Hardball” with Chris Mathews to talk about abortion

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President Obama asks YOUR help; have YOU acted?

PROTECT AMERICA’S MIDDLE CLASS FROM A TAX INCREASE – NOW!

In this week’s weekly address, President Obama restated his request from his news conference last Wednesday: “I ask Congress to pass quickly legislation protecting all income below $250,000 from any tax increase now or in 2013. … The Senate has passed this legislation, and House Democrats stand ready to do so IF enough Republicans will join in [...] Continue reading President Obama asks YOUR help; have YOU acted?

Recommendations on the six state questions (and judges)

This year the ballot will contain six state questions for voters to weigh in on.

Consulted groups included the OK Policy Institute, The Oklahoma Observer, State Parties, and individuals.

Quick Summary:

Vote “Yes” on #762 to remove the Governor from the Pardon & Parole Board process on nonviolent crimes. Vote “No” on the other five questions (but check on #764 below).

#758 – Lowers the cap on annual [...] Continue reading Recommendations on the six state questions (and judges)

My “Commentary” in this week’s Oklahoma Gazette

I sent this “Vote For Peace” Commentary a month ago, and gave up hope. But, Hooray, it’s in.

It’s posted on this site here. The Gazette retitled it “Voting for Peace

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