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It's All Politics
5:54 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Clintons Provide Firepower Behind DNC 'Voter Expansion Project'

Former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton and former President Clinton huddle under an umbrella during inaugural ceremonies for Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe in Richmond on Jan. 11.
Patrick Semansky AP

Democrats believe they've discovered a way to play more offense against Republican efforts that have had the effect of making it harder for many voters — especially young, senior and minority citizens — to cast their ballots.

Their answer: a new initiative, announced by the Democratic National Committee at its winter meeting in Washington, aimed at countering voter ID and other laws and practices that can dampen voting.

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It's All Politics
4:43 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Seth Rogen Tees Off On Senators Who Walked Out On His Testimony

Actor and Alzheimer's advocate Seth Rogen prepares to testify before a Senate hearing on the rising cost of Alzheimer's disease in America.
Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 5:42 pm

Celebrities regularly testify on Capitol Hill about issues important to them. But when comic actor Seth Rogen addressed a U.S. Senate subcommittee about Alzheimer's disease Wednesday, the experience was anything but typical.

Disappointed by the hearing's low turnout, Rogen took to Twitter — where his account has 1.84 million followers — to voice his frustration.

"Not sure why only two senators were at the hearing. Very symbolic of how the Government views Alzheimer's. Seems to be a low priority," Rogen tweeted after the hearing.

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Has Been Found Unconstitutional in other states
3:59 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Oklahoma House Passes Abortion Legislation Requiring Providors To Have Clinical Privileges

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The Oklahoma House has approved legislation requiring abortion providers to have clinical privileges at a hospital within 30 miles of their practice.

The House voted 73-9 for the measure Thursday and sent it to the Senate for consideration. It is one of several anti-abortion measures filed in the 2014 Oklahoma Legislature.

The measure author, Republican Rep. Mike Ritze of Broken Arrow, says it is designed to protect unborn children and women who may develop medical complications during an abortion.

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Governing
3:40 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Obama Announces Task Force To Help Young Minority Men

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 6:57 pm

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Politics
3:40 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Lay Of The Land Looks Steep For Senate Democrats

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 6:57 pm

With the House of Representatives expected to remain in Republican hands, the Senate will be the focus of midterm elections in 2014. The political landscape there appears unfavorable for Democrats.

The Two-Way
2:24 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Arizona's Rep. Pastor, A Democrat, Won't Seek Re-Election

After more than 20 years in Congress, Rep. Ed Pastor, D-Ariz., says he won't be running for reelection. He's seen here with Rep. Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., in 2010.
Ross D. Franklin AP

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 3:16 pm

He has held his seat in the House of Representatives since 1991 But today Rep. Ed Pastor announced that he won't seek another term. Pastor, 70, announced his decision on Twitter, saying that it was time for him "to seek out a new endeavor."

"After 23 years in Congress serving the people of AZ, I have decided not to seek re-election this year. It has been an honor," he tweeted. "Thank you."

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Oklahoma Politics
2:16 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Email: Brogdon Now Focused On U.S. Senate

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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.”

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State Capitol
12:19 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Senate Approves Quarter Percent Oklahoma Income Tax Cut

The Senate passed a bill by Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman (R-Sapulpa) that would lower Oklahoma's income tax rate to below 5 percent if the state’s economy continues to improve.
Credit Oklahoma Senate

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. 

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It's All Politics
12:18 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

Pentagon Cuts Promise Political Pain

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel briefs reporters at the Pentagon on Monday. Hagel and President Obama will need to fight through a wall of resistance to their proposed defense budget cuts, say former members of a defense base closing commission.
Carolyn Kaster AP

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 1:17 pm

Cutting defense spending in Washington is about as popular as proposing Social Security cuts. In other words, not very.

Which explains why, following Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's announcement Monday that the Obama administration's new budget would propose shrinking the Army, closing bases and ditching weapons systems, the responses from Capitol Hill lawmakers have been some version of "over my dead body."

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Movies
4:12 am
Thu February 27, 2014

FBI's Abscam Videos Are As Unbelievable As 'American Hustle'

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 6:30 am

The Oscar contender is loosely based on the Abscam sting, which nailed a senator and six House members on corruption charges. The FBI videotaped some Hollywood-worthy scenes.

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