Staff Writer Randy Krehbiel

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Randy has been with the Tulsa World since 1979. He is a native of Hinton, Okla., and graduate of Oklahoma State University. Krehbiel primarily covers government and politics. Phone: 918-581-8365

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So Sunday, on North Greenwood Avenue, Bloomberg announced his plan — which he called the Greenwood Initiative — for doing something about that. His proposal has three broad objectives: increase black home ownership by 1 million, double the number of black-owned businesses and triple black household wealth.

Gallery: Democratic presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg makes appearance at Greenwood Cultural Center

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Randy Krehbiel

Yes, and it would have to be calculated district by district.

Randy Krehbiel

Having watched lawmakers go through this for years, I would say large-scale consolidation will not occur until parents are convinced it is in the best interests of their children. It is not teachers, lawmakers or even superintendents preventing it. It is parents and school patrons who see no…

Randy Krehbiel

I believe you're referring to this:
http://www.tulsaworld.com/news/capitol_report/bill-to-change-incentives-for-wind-energy-could-damage-state/article_00aa3425-0d81-5dcf-8b8c-b8683af03fbb.html

Randy Krehbiel

This is not about any one group or party “moving the. goalposts.” It’s about dissatisfaction spreading and lawmakers finding it harder and harder to get their arms around a solution.z

Randy Krehbiel

Clarification: In the fallout from the Great Recession, oil and gas agreed to raise that special rate from 1 percent to 2 percent. In exchange, it got the new rate set in statute as a tax, not an incentive, which means a three-fourths vote is required to raise it.

Randy Krehbiel

Collections are running ahead of projections, but excess funds can't be released until the end of the fiscal year.

Randy Krehbiel

Former members of Congress receive a pension at retirement age based on years of service. They do not receive full salary. Otherwise, as John Sullivan once pointed out, most of them would quit after one term.

Randy Krehbiel

The House has a rule that revenue bills like this that get a simple majority can go on the ballot as a legislative referendum. The Senate doesn’t recognize that rule, so it’s probably not going to happen.

Randy Krehbiel

The fee is covered by the compacts. The tribes will collect them. They'll also be rebated a portion, generally half.

Randy Krehbiel

There are a lot of pieces to this, one of which is that Indian casinos as we know them now didn't really exist when Brad Henry campaigned for the lottery in 2002. The amount to education from the lottery and gambling compacts combined is in the ball park predicted for the lottery alone in 2002.

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