At least two key members of the Oklahoma House are lining up votes to be the chamber's next leader, anticipating that Speaker T.W. Shannon will launch a bid for the U.S. Senate and give up the House's top post days before the opening of the 2014 session.
Several House Republicans told The Associated Press on Thursday that Rep. Mike Jackson of Enid and Jason Nelson of Oklahoma City are working to secure votes in case of a potential speaker's race.
Nelson and Jackson both confirmed to the AP they would be interested in the post if Shannon steps down.
An Oklahoma County judge has ruled that legislation making it harder for women to obtain the morning-after pill birth control pill is unconstitutional and has barred the state from enforcing it.
District Judge Lisa Davis handed down the ruling Thursday for the New York-based Center for Reproductive Rights. The center challenged the law last year on behalf of the Oklahoma Coalition for Reproductive Justice and Jo Ann Mangili of Mounds, the mother of a 15-year-old girl.
Republican state Sen. Clark Jolley says he's running for the 5th District U.S. House seat being vacated by U.S. Rep. James Lankford.
Jolley told The Associated Press on Thursday ahead of a formal announcement that he's running to be a "strong conservative voice in Washington." He gets to keep his state Senate seat since he's in the middle of a four-year term.
Jolley announced his bid at a press conference in Oklahoma City.
Originally published on Thu January 23, 2014 7:24 pm
Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych has less than 24 hours to agree to hold early elections and lift anti-protest laws or the tens of thousands of demonstrators who have been in the streets of Kiev for days will go "on the attack," a leader of the opposition says.