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Politics
4:01 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Lawyers, Ready Your Pens: November Elections Could Mean Recounts

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 4:20 pm

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Politics
3:10 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

Senate Control May Swing On North Carolina's Unpopularity Contest

Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., takes questions from the media in April during an appearance in Durham, N.C. Hagan has tried for her first 5 1/2 years in the U.S. Senate to persuade North Carolina voters that being in the middle of the road is a good thing.
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Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 6:26 pm

North Carolina is one of the half-dozen states that could cost the Democrats their majority in the Senate this November, and both contenders in the race are hoping to capitalize on a backlash.

Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan wants voters to punish her Republican challenger Thom Tillis, the speaker of the North Carolina House, for controversial state laws. Tillis wants to aim anger toward President Obama at Hagan.

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Law
3:10 pm
Thu August 21, 2014

McDonnell Takes The Stand, Founding Defense On Marital Dysfunction

Originally published on Thu August 21, 2014 4:20 pm

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Elections
7:43 am
Thu August 21, 2014

Early Voting Starts Thursday In Primary Runoff

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Early voting begins Thursday in runoffs that feature two statewide races for Democratic voters and runoffs for both parties in the 5th District U.S. House contest. 

Democrats will choose nominees in a U.S. Senate race and for Superintendent of Public Instruction. Several state House and Senate contests are also on the ballot.

eCapitol's Shawn Ashley told KGOU's Ben Fenwick it's the first time Oklahoma has had statewide races in a runoff in August, and that could affect voter turnout. 

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Oklahoma Banking Commissioners
9:05 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Banking Board Not Planning Any New Legislation And Up For Accreditation

Chairman Mick Thompson, Commissioner of the Oklahoma State Banking Department
Credit Oklahoma Banking Board

Banking Commissioner Mike Thompson said during the Wednesday meeting that the board is not expecting any substantial or correlating bills that will impact upon the entity.

“We don’t see, unless the OBA (Oklahoma Bankers Association) has something, that we may have a very complex bill, if any this session,” said Thompson.

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Elections
7:27 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Gubernatorial Debate Scheduled For October 2

Joe Dorman and Mary Fallin
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OETA and the Oklahoma League of Women Voters in partnership with Oklahoma State University will be the host site for a state gubernatorial debate between Republican incumbent Mary Fallin and Democratic challenger Joe Dorman on Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 7 p.m.

The one-hour debate will be held at the OSU Student Union Theater in Stillwater. Both Fallin and Dorman are graduates of Oklahoma State University.

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Race for Governor 2014
7:10 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Dorman Tops Fallin In Fundraising Period

State Rep. Joe Dorman (D-Rush Springs)
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives

Democratic state Rep. Joe Dorman raised slightly more money in his campaign for Oklahoma governor than incumbent Republican Gov. Mary Fallin in the most recent campaign reporting period, but Fallin still maintains a huge fundraising lead over her challenger.

Campaign contribution and expenditure reports filed with the Oklahoma Ethics Commission indicate Dorman raised $267,310 between June 10 and Aug. 11. That's more than $27,000 more than the $239,677 raised by Fallin during the same period.

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Fallin Fund Raising With Christie
6:13 pm
Wed August 20, 2014

Fallin And Christie Tour Oklahoma City National Memorial And Museum

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and Oklahoma Gov. Mary Fallin have toured the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum.

The two governors were at the site of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing Wednesday in advance of a Republican Governors Association meeting and a fundraising event for Fallin. Christie is the chairman of the Republican Governors Association.

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E-Capitol
4:00 am
Wed August 20, 2014

2012's State Question 762 Did Not Change Everything

Oklahoma Governor Mary Fallin
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Voters took the governor out of the parole process for non-violent offenders when they approved State Question 762 in 2012 but they did not take her out of the revocation process, Pardon and Parole Board members were told Monday.

Chairman Marc Dreyer said everyone thought the governor was removed from the revocation process with the passage of the state question. “I thought the board could revoke what the board granted and the governor could revoke what the governor granted,” he said Monday.

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E-Capitol
3:30 am
Wed August 20, 2014

Ethics Commission To Consider Fees For Training

Cathy Stocker, Chair, Oklahoma Ethics Commission
Credit Oklahoma Ethics Commission

The Ethics Commission will consider an amendment to its rules that would permit the agency to collect fees for training events and from lobbyists and campaign committees.

Under the proposed Ethics Rules amendment, the executive director would be authorized to establish and collect registration fees to participants for training and education seminars, classes and similar programs and for related materials.

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