Scott Pruitt Joseph Craft.
may be going to work for Tulsa coal magnate
The New York Times and Washington Post reported last week the former Oklahoma attorney general and Environmental Protection Agency administrator was recently spotted at a Kentucky Coal Association conference, and that he had told a few people he may set up a consulting business tied to Craft.
Like Pruitt, Craft is a Kentucky native who moved to Tulsa years ago. In Craft's case, it was to work for MAPCO, which began as Mid-America Pipeline Co. in 1960 then diversified into other energy-related sectors, including coal.
With accounting and law degrees from the University of Kentucky, Craft joined MAPCO in the 1980s and became head of the coal division in 1986. That division was sold to members of management in 1996 and became Alliance Resource Partners.
Craft has been president and chief executive officer since 1999. He has long been a major Republican donor.
Pruitt came to Tulsa in the early 1990s for law school and entered politics in 1998, when he was elected to the state Senate.
In a statement, Alliance Resources said it did not expect to hire Pruitt as an employee but suggested he and Craft may be working on something together.
Legislation that would remove the blood quantum requirement for restrictions on land inherited by members of the Cherokee, Choctaw, Chickasaw, Creek and Seminole tribes passed the House last week on a voice vote.
Currently, restrictions automatically fall off if the land is inherited by a family member of less than one-half Indian ancestry.
Restrictions originally were placed on Indian allotments in the late 1800s and early 1900s to deter swindlers from acquiring the land through unscrupulous means. Generally, they prevented full-blood and near-full-blood members of the Five Tribes from selling allotments without the permission of the federal government.
Now the main advantage of restricted status is that it exempts owners from property taxes.
Fourth District Congressman was among Republicans pressing to include a 1.9 percent pay raise for federal employees in a budget package being worked out by House and Senate conferees.
“A lot of members have a significant federal presence in their district and feel very strongly about this,” Cole,
Pay raises: Tom Cole
whose district includes Tinker Air Force Base, Fort Sill and the National Weather Center, told The Washington Post.
“The idea that people who are comparatively well-off get tax cuts and we're not going to help federal employees get a reasonable raise ... I think it's a signal to the workforce about how they're valued.”
U.S. Sen. newly installed as chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, brought back his former deputy chief of staff, John Bonsall, to serve as the committee's majority chief of staff . ... Second District Congressman told constituents that building a wall on the country's southern border is “the only way” to control illegal immigration . ... Inhofe joined other senators in urging the Trump administration to reach a new softwood lumber agreement with Canada. A previous agreement expired in 2015 . ... Fifth District Congressman was named chairman of the House Oversight subcommittee on national security.
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