The following public records request was mailed to the general counsel for the state Commissioners of the Land Office (CLO).  The last open records request sent to Governor Fallin’s office took nine months to get a response.  They sent one CD containing one  unsearchable file with thousands of e-mails on every subject under the sun.  […]

In  2004, the state land commission issued a Request For Proposals (RFP) for the “Lake Texoma Redevelopment.”  It was described as a “Public / Private Partnership to restore and revitalize Lake Texoma State Park.” This is standard PR used to highlight the possible benefits of “privatization.”  There is an implied partnership between the state and […]

Six weeks ago Governor Fallin announced the Oklahoma Commissioners of the Land Office (CLO) “voted to approve a settlement” in their lawsuit against Pointe Vista Development. As of Friday (10/30), that “settlement” agreement has yet to be submitted to, or approved by, Judge Roger Stuart at the Oklahoma County District Court. “This settlement provides a […]

Rep. Hardin, Sen. Brecheen Spin a Bad Deal

October 27, 2015

NOTE: The Madill Record and Durant Democrat publish my articles. This commentary responds to a story about Oklahoma State Rep. Tommy Hardin and State Sen. Josh Brecheen in the current Madill Record. In last week’s Madill Record, (10/22/15), “Hardin Updates on State Land Deal,” our State Rep. Tommy Hardin said little is known about the […]

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Rule of Law, or Rule of Men? You Decide.

October 12, 2015

  It is said that sometimes “Less is More.”  I have tried to cover the Privatization of Lake Texoma State Park as thoroughly as possible.  It is a complicated story spread over a period of almost two decades. To summarize it, I’d say it has primarily been a public relations campaign built around a bait […]

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CLO Settlement Violates State, Federal Laws

October 1, 2015

There are both state and federal legal issues with the Pointe Vista settlement proposed by the Commissioners of the Land Office (CLO). These should concern local counties most impacted by the continuing illegal conversion (privatization) of Lake Texoma State Park. With the proposed settlement, all of Pointe Vista’s counter claims are accepted by the CLO […]

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CLO Settlement Dissolves Redevelopment Project

September 30, 2015

An Open Letter to County Commissioners and Judge Roger Stuart] Almost two weeks ago, Governor Fallin announced “that the Commissioners of the Land of the Land Office voted to approve a settlement on the stalled hotel development on former state park land on Lake Texoma.”   This “news release” from her office is titled, “Lawsuit Settled.” […]

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Reject CLO Settlement. Take the case to Trial!

September 25, 2015

MARSHALL COUNTY ACTION ALERT: Reject Pointe Vista’s Settlement! Take the Case to Trial! The Commissioners of the Land Office (CLO) said they wanted to move Pointe Vista Development forward. Either that, or take back 758 acres of Lake Texoma State Park. The land was sold to Pointe Vista in exchange for a hotel and convention […]

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CLO Abandons Suit, Development, and Park Land

September 25, 2015

  Twenty months ago the Commissioners of the Land Office (CLO) filed suit against Pointe Vista Development for breach of contract.  In 2008, they sponsored the developer’s purchase of 758 acres of Lake Texoma State Park in exchange for a contract to build a four star hotel and convention center, condominiums and other housing. Last […]

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CLO/Pointe Vista Settlement not Court Approved

September 21, 2015

Fallin and the lands commission may have agreed on this bogus settlement with Pointe Vista.  Judge Stuart has not approved it. “Governor Mary Fallin today (9/16/2015) announced that the Commissioners of the Land Office (CLO) voted to approve a settlement on the stalled hotel development on former state park land at Lake Texoma.” Fallin and […]

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