Politics and Government

More Potent than vicodin
3:47 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

FDA Approved Powerful Painkiller Raises Questions

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Three U.S. senators are raising concerns about the Food and Drug Administration's approval of a powerful painkiller called Zohydro, which experts say could add to the national epidemic of prescription drug abuse.

Republicans Mitch McConnell of Kentucky, Tom Coburn of Oklahoma and Lamar Alexander of Tennessee sent a letter to the head of the FDA Wednesday asking how the agency will prevent misuse and abuse of Zohydro and similar drugs in development.

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It's All Politics
3:47 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Democrats Clash In Military Sexual Assault Debate

New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (center) and Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill (right) are at odds over the best way to respond to military sexual assaults.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 5:45 pm

The Capitol Hill crackdown on sexual assaults in the U.S. military has been a rare mission on which Republicans and Democrats have found common ground over the past year.

The effort, spearheaded by Senate women — including an unprecedented seven on the Armed Services Committee — has already resulted in scores of tough new provisions designed to root out sexual predators, improve victims' services, and end commanders' ability to overturn jury convictions.

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Politics
3:29 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Senate Follows House Lead In Passing Debt Limit Raise

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 7:00 pm

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The Two-Way
3:22 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

With Senate's OK, Debt Limit Bill Will Head To White House

The Senate has voted to extend the federal debt limit, giving final congressional approval to a bill that is meant to cover the government's finances into 2015. The measure passed on a 55-43 vote.

But the most dramatic phase of the legislation's passage came just before the final tally, when it had to get past a cloture vote. Politico says, "Texas Sen. Ted Cruz (R) demanded the 60-vote threshold on the debt hike."

As The Hill reports:

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Oklahoma Politics
2:05 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

SLIDESHOW: Pro-Marijuana Group Wants Option To Toke In Oklahoma

Supporters of Senate Bill 2116 gather at the state Capitol Wednesday.
Meghan Blessing KGOU

Emboldened by the legalization of marijuana in two states, hundreds of marijuana advocates held a rally at the state Capitol to call for fewer restrictions on pot smoking in Oklahoma.

Two separate pro-marijuana groups held events at the Capitol on Wednesday. One is supporting the use of medicinal marijuana, while the other is pushing for full-scale legalization of cannabis.

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The Two-Way
1:05 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin Found Guilty Of Corruption

Former New Orleans Mayor Ray Nagin enters court for his corruption trial in New Orleans last month. He was charged with accepting bribes, free trips and other gratuities from contractors in exchange for helping them secure millions of dollars in city work.
Gerald Herbert AP

Originally published on Fri February 14, 2014 6:35 am

A federal jury has found Ray Nagin guilty of bribery and fraud. The former New Orleans mayor, 57, was accused of taking hundreds of thousands of dollars in bribes and kickbacks, in an indictment that included 21 counts. He was found guilty on 20 of those counts.

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State Capitol
12:55 pm
Wed February 12, 2014

Senate Panel Passes $160M Bond Issue To Fix State Capitol

Barricades surround the Oklahoma State Capitol to protect bystanders from potential falling debris.
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An Oklahoma Senate committee has given overwhelming bipartisan approval for a $160 million bond issue to renovate and repair the state Capitol.

The Senate Appropriations Committee voted 20-1 on Wednesday to approve the bill, which authorizes the Oklahoma Capitol Improvement Authority to issue the bonds.

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2014 Elections
11:33 am
Wed February 12, 2014

One Down: Brogdon Dissolves Governor's Race Corporation

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A candidate for Oklahoma governor who once said the state needed a militia to protect itself from the federal government has dissolved a corporation set up to support his campaign.

The Secretary of State's office said Wednesday that "Randy Brogdon for Governor 2014 Inc." had been dissolved less than two months after being set up.

Brogdon's campaign website has also changed to remove references to a race for governor. On one page Wednesday, correspondence was directed to a Tulsa address labeled "Brogdon for U.S. Senate."

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State Capitol
8:41 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Tulsa Teens Back Anti-Texting Bill

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A group of teenagers who support a ban on texting while driving in Oklahoma are meeting at the Capitol to push for a new state law to prohibit the practice.

A group that calls itself "Generation tXt" has scheduled a news conference on Wednesday to advocate for a statewide ban on texting while driving. The group will be joined by legislators, law enforcement and insurance industry officials.

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The Two-Way
6:50 am
Wed February 12, 2014

Republican Faulconer Elected Mayor In San Diego

San Diego Mayor-elect Kevin Faulconer celebrated with his family and supporters Tuesday night as votes were counted.
Lenny Ignelzi AP

Originally published on Wed February 12, 2014 9:35 am

Six months after Democratic Mayor Bob Filner left office in disgrace because more than a dozen women had stepped forward to accuse him of sexual harassment, San Diegans have chosen a Republican to take over.

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