Tulsa World - - Datelines - — Randy Kre­hbiel, Tulsa World

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.

In­dian land:

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.

Dots and dashes: Jim In­hofe, Steve Russell Mark­wayne Mullin





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