Almost seven months ago, the local newspapers reported incorrectly that the “CLO, PVD Settle Lawsuit.” The headlines made it clear from Governor Fallin’s press release that the law suit was settled. In reality, the state’s lawsuit against Pointe Vista was not settled. It was never formally completed and submitted to the Oklahoma County District Court. […]

It’s been almost six months since Governor Fallin announced the PROPOSED “Pointe Vista Settlement Agreement.” They must be having a real problem agreeing to “throw this fight” for the benefit of Pointe Vista Development, and at our public expense. The CLO abandoned their suit against Pointe Vista because they had no intention of winning in […]

More than five months ago our Republican state senator Josh Brecheen from Atoka said he was “concerned” about the proposed Pointe Vista Settlement Agreement. He and State Reps. Tommy Hardin, R-Madill, and Dustin Roberts, R-Durant said “that while the settlement would allow development at Lake Texoma to move ahead, they plan to keep a close […]

A Personal Testimony on State Corruption

February 22, 2016

In September, 2009, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) hosted a Scoping Hearing in Kingston for the environmental study of a proposed 1,122 acre federal land transfer to the state of Oklahoma.  This is the additional land sought by the failed Pointe Vista Development.  They claimed in the court that the land commission failed […]

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The State CLO & Government Transparency

January 25, 2016

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.  […]

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Pointe Vista & The State: Redefining Privatization

December 14, 2015

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 […]

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Judge should reject Pointe Vista settlement

November 2, 2015

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 […]

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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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