Oklahoma Delegates Recognize Women, Civil Rights Leaders During DNC Roll Call

Twenty of Oklahoma’s 42 delegates went to the eventual nominee Hillary Clinton during Tuesday’s roll call vote at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia. The rest went to U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who won Oklahoma’s presidential primary in February. Delegate Isabel Baker cast the votes for Clinton. The mother of Cherokee Nation principal chief Bill John Baker was born in 1929, just nine years after the 19th Amendment guaranteed women the right to vote. “I never thought...
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Billionaire Oklahoma oilman Harold Hamm sharply criticized environmental regulations in a pro-Donald Trump speech on energy policy at the Republican National Convention Wednesday night.

The Continental Resources CEO's remarks came amid reports he would be named energy secretary if the Republican candidate is elected in November.

The group collecting signatures for a medical marijuana ballot question is roughly two-thirds of the way to its goal of 80,000 signatures by August 11.

Oklahomans for Health, led by former state Rep. and 2014 Democratic gubernatorial nominee Joe Dorman, is now offering its volunteers cash to collect valid names:

The group is now advertising an incentive for its circulators – $1 for every person who signs both petitions, as long as it’s a registered Oklahoma voter and as long as the measure reaches the ballot.

Oklahoma State University researcher Lin Liu and seven other scientists recently received a combined $1.26 million from TSET – the Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust – to study treatments for COPD, a smoking-related illness.

Money in that huge state fund is used for medical research, and it could bring in even more dollars, The Journal Record’s Sarah Terry-Cobo reports:

On the eve of Oklahoma’s presidential primary in March, KGOU gathered a group of undecided voters for a program we called "Super Tuesday Speed Dating." We found five undecided voters and put them in a room with surrogates from seven presidential campaigns, and our voters peppered them with questions.

As the Republican National Convention enters its third day, we decided to check back in with the GOP‐leaning voters from the program.

The control tower at Will Rogers World Airport in Oklahoma City.
Brent Fuchs / The Journal Record

Oklahoma’s U.S. Senate delegation has filed a bill to keep air traffic controllers in the industry after retirement, working as full-time instructors.

As The Journal Record's Dale Denwalt reports, they can't make more than about $16,000 dollars in post-retirement jobs right now, but the bill would exempt income earned as a trainer:

After months of debate, board members of Oklahoma City Public Schools voted to expand KIPP Charter Schools at Monday night’s meeting. But the expansion will not go as originally planned.

KIPP currently runs a middle school out of F.D. Moon Academy, and has been fighting to extend its rigorous academic model within the district. The charter school proposed starting an elementary school in Martin Luther King, Jr. Elementary and hoped to share space with Douglass High School as well. However, Superintendent Aurora Lora says a task force will do more research to decide the locations.

Gov. Mary Fallin spoke briefly during Monday’s opening of the Republican National Convention. Fallin serves as one of the co-chairs of the GOP’s platform committee, and says the party’s principles can change the way people think, and the direction of the country.

Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett described success by GOP municipal leaders during the first day of the Republican National Convention Monday afternoon in Cleveland.

Cornett said Republicans hold the top jobs from San Diego to Miami, including Oklahoma’s two largest cities. He said Republicans have held the Oklahoma City mayor’s seat for 29 consecutive years.

The Oklahoma Alcoholic Beverage Laws Enforcement Commission ruled Friday that bars and restaurants can infuse drinks with vegetables, fruits, spices, and even cured meats. Members reached the decision without much discussion.

The ruling came after the owner of The Pump in Oklahoma City asked for an ABLE ruling following the arrest of his bar manager for having bacon strips inside a vodka bottle.

Mayor Mick Cornett says the next iteration of the MAPS sales tax could be used to repair crumbling infrastructure in Oklahoma City, but reiterated it likely won’t come this year.
Voters will consider renewing Oklahoma City's general obligation bond in 2017, and a street development impact fee will also take effect.

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