Ever since the Watergate era, taxpayers have been able to check a box on their federal tax returns and designate a little bit of their tax payment to help finance the presidential campaigns and wean politicians away from big donors.
The public financing program has had its ups and downs. But now President Obama is prepared to sign legislation that, for the first time, takes taxpayer money out of the fund.
First of all, let's pause to reflect on some of the great moments of American political conventions brought to you by presidential matching funds.
There was a clear difference of opinion between male and female justices at the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday. The issue was whether for-profit corporations, citing religious objections, may refuse to include contraception coverage in the basic health plan now mandated under the Affordable Care Act.
The female justices were clearly supportive of the contraception mandate, while a majority of the male justices were more skeptical.
The widow of an Oklahoma soldier killed in the Fort Hood shooting could get relief from a $6,000 tax bill under a measure that would grant some families benefits similar to those given after acts of terrorism.
Jennifer Hunt, 30, had been married just short of three months when her husband, Jason, was killed in the rampage at Fort Hood on Nov. 5, 2009.
Hunt said she was misinformed at the time of her husband's death and believed that she qualified for a property tax exemption, but this year received a $6,000 bill for back taxes.
A tax credit that Oklahoma provides to aerospace companies that hire engineers would continue until 2018 under a bill that has cleared a Senate committee.
The Senate Finance Committee voted 8-1 Tuesday for the bill by Tulsa Republican Sen. Mike Mazzei.
Oklahoma offers a tax credit to companies on the salary paid to an engineer during the first five years of employment. The most recent figures from the Oklahoma Tax Commission show the credit was claimed on 363 returns for a total cost to the state of $950,000.
Only about 18,000 of Oklahoma’s 3.8 million residents have flood insurance. And less than half of that many have policies that are subsidized by the federal government. But for those 7,000 or so Oklahomans, flood insurance is getting much more expensive.
Aerial view of the Newt Graham Lock and Dam on the Verdigris River in Wagoner County, Oklahoma, USA. The lock and dam are part of the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation System, which provides for barge navigation on the Arkansas River and some of its tributaries.
Credit U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Digital Visual Library / Wikimedia Commons
The Senate Judiciary Committee approved a measure Tuesday that would allow a parent to temporarily transfer custody of their child to another person or family.
State Sen. Greg Treat (R-Oklahoma City) says he modeled his bill on an Illinois law that 25 other states have adopted. It allows a parent or legal guardian to delegate any powers regarding care and custody of a child to another person for up to a year.
Representatives of four tribes have met with city of Shawnee officials — but reached no agreement on the city's request for sales taxes.
The Journal Record reports that the Absentee Shawnee Tribe, Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Kickapoo Tribe, and Sac and Fox Nation met with officials that included Mayor Wes Mainord and City Manager Brian McDougal.
The city wants the tribes to collect sales taxes from non-tribal members at tribal businesses in the city and pay that amount to the city.