Politics and Government
3:32 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Proposal Filed To Extend Term Limits Of State Lawmakers

State Rep. Paul Wesselhoft (R-Moore)
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A Republican state representative has filed a proposed state constitutional amendment that would extend term limits for Oklahoma lawmakers from 12 to 16 years.

House Joint Resolution 1007 was filed Wednesday by state Rep. Paul Wesselhoft of Moore.

Oklahoma's current 12-year term limit was approved by voters in 1990. Wesselhoft said his proposal would provide for more experience in state legislators.

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Politics and Government
1:05 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

New Bill Filings Would Change Oklahoma Election Laws

State Senator David Holt (R-OKC, Bethany)
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Republican state Sen. David Holt has filed bills to make changes to Oklahoma election laws, including allowing voting by mail.

The bills filed Wednesday include one to move Oklahoma to a mail election in 2020.

Another bill would create a "top two" system in which all candidates would appear on the ballot in August and, if none receive more than 50 percent of the vote, the top two vote getters would advance to the November election.

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Oklahoma News
12:16 pm
Wed January 21, 2015

Oklahoma Jazz Hall Of Fame Pays Past-Due Bills

Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame
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The head of the cash-strapped Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame says arrangements have been made to pay past-due bills for its workers' compensation premium and property insurance.

Executive Director Jason McIntosh says a check for about $11,200 for the workers' compensation premium should be wired Wednesday to State Farm Insurance and that more than $2,900 owed to Tulsa County for property insurance has been sent to the county.

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Oklahoma Politics
10:39 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Oklahoma’s Governor, Congressional Delegation React To State Of The Union

The White House Twitter

Most of Oklahoma’s Congressional delegation and executive leadership criticized President Obama’s annual State of the Union address Tuesday night – some even before the speech took place.

Gov. Mary Fallin says Obama can achieve his goal of improving the economic conditions of the middle class by relying on the energy sector to grow the economy and raise per-capita income.

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Politics
8:32 am
Wed January 21, 2015

Rep. Cole: Obama Used Tax Issue For Partisan Advantage

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 7:40 am

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Shots - Health News
6:58 am
Wed January 21, 2015

War Over Obamacare Heats Up In States

Oklahoma state Rep. Mike Ritze, a Republican and a physician, plans to revive the fight against the Affordable Care Act in the 2015 legislative session.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Wed January 21, 2015 8:12 am

Oklahoma state Rep. Mike Ritze is a foot soldier — one of hundreds — in a passionate war over the Affordable Care Act that is reigniting as state legislatures convene across the country.

The Republican lawmaker, a family doctor, has stood behind three anti-Obamacare bills supported by conservative groups in Oklahoma and other states. None has made it into law, but Ritze plans to pick up the fight in the 2015 legislative session that convenes in the Sooner State next month.

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The Two-Way
9:46 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

'Tonight, We Turn The Page': Obama Lays Out 2015 Agenda

President Obama receives a standing ovation as he prepares to deliver his State of the Union address to a joint session of the U.S. Congress on Capitol Hill Tuesday.
Jonathan Ernst Reuters/Landov

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 11:48 pm

Delivering his sixth State of the Union address Tuesday night, President Obama faced a Congress that's now controlled by his Republican opponents. His speech included possible areas of cooperation — and a threat to use his veto power.

Tax proposals that would boost middle-class families were in the president's speech; so were calls for a new approach to immigration and a push for free education at community colleges.

Obama also called on Congress to pass a resolution to authorize using military force against the extremist group ISIS.

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Politics
9:43 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Transcript: GOP Response To State Of The Union Address

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 10:21 pm

Full text of the GOP response to President Obama's State of the Union address as prepared for delivery and given by Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa):

Good evening.

I'm Joni Ernst. As a mother, a soldier, and a newly elected senator from the great State of Iowa, I am proud to speak with you tonight.

A few moments ago, we heard the President lay out his vision for the year to come. Even if we may not always agree, it's important to hear different points of view in this great country. We appreciate the President sharing his.

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Politics
9:39 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

Transcript: President Obama's State Of The Union Address

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 9:31 pm

President Obama's State of the Union address as prepared for delivery on Jan. 20, 2015:

Mr. Speaker, Mr. Vice President, Members of Congress, my fellow Americans:

We are fifteen years into this new century. Fifteen years that dawned with terror touching our shores; that unfolded with a new generation fighting two long and costly wars; that saw a vicious recession spread across our nation and the world. It has been, and still is, a hard time for many.

But tonight, we turn the page.

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NPR Ed
5:00 pm
Tue January 20, 2015

What To Expect From Obama Tonight On Education

President Obama speaks at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tenn., on Jan. 9. Obama is promoting a plan to make publicly funded community college available to all students.
Mark Humphrey AP

Originally published on Tue January 20, 2015 4:50 pm

On the education front, President Obama's State of the Union address is likely to focus on three big proposals:

First, the president wants to talk about the idea he floated last week of making community college tuition-free. This is new.

The plan would benefit about 9 million full- and part-time students and would cost the federal government about $60 billion over 10 years. According to the administration's numbers, that would account for three-fourths of the total cost. States and community colleges would come up with the rest.

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