Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker is applauding efforts to create a cabinet level position in the Oklahoma governor's office that would be dedicated to Native American affairs.
State Democratic Rep. Chuck Hoskin of Vinita has authored a bill that would create an executive branch cabinet secretary of Native American Affairs. The secretary would be designated the Oklahoma Native American liaison. Hoskin is also the Cherokee Nation chief of staff.
Oklahoma City residents are invited to attend any of seven workshops and offer their opinions on how the city should grow.
The planokc workshops begin Monday and run through March 12.
About 600,000 people live in Oklahoma City now, and planners say the population is projected to grow in the state's largest city to around 900,000 during the next 40 years.
Workshop attendees can view examples of how Oklahoma City could accommodate an additional 300,000 people and around 170,000 jobs. Residents can also share their opinions about how the city should grow.
Grammy-nominated and Norman native, harpist, Yolanda Kondonassis performs with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic at 8 p.m. March 1 at the Civic Center.
The program will features Kondonassis performinig Mozart’s Concerto for Flute and Harp in C Major, K.299 with flutist Marina Piccinini. The program will also include Mahler’s Symphony No. 1 both under the direction of Joel Levine.
Kondonassis says performing for a “hometown” crowd is fun because she sees friends and others she knows.
A former state lawmaker has dropped his Republican primary challenge to Gov. Mary Fallin, and says he plans to run for the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Tom Coburn.
In a fundraising email Thursday obtained by eCapitol, former state Sen. Randy Brogdon says he started assembling a campaign organization to run for governor shortly after Christmas. He says he initially wanted to support U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine for the Senate post, but when Bridenstine decided to stay in the House, Brogdon started to “take the encouragement to run more seriously.”
KGOU's Kurt Gwartney reports Senate Democrats focused their questions about the tax cut bill on the lack of funding for core state services like education and public safety.
The state Senate approved a bill Thursday morning that would cut the Oklahoma income tax rate a quarter of a percent down to five. The bill passed on a 32-10 margin, with mostly Democrats opposing it.
Minority leader Sean Burrage (D-Claremore) argued nearly 40 percent of residents won't see any tax break, and would rather have the state pay for good schools, rather than receive less than $100 back on their income taxes.