U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe says he raised more than $400,000 for his re-election campaign during the last three months of 2013.
Inhofe's campaign released his financial report on Thursday that shows the Tulsa Republican had nearly $1.6 million in cash on hand at the end of the period, which covers campaign contributions and expenditures from Oct. 1 through Dec. 31.
The federal campaign finance reports are not due until midnight Friday, but Inhofe's campaign released the report early.
Oklahoma workers who are injured on the job soon will have their legal claims handled through a new administrative system instead of the current court-based system.
The Oklahoma Workers' Compensation Commission will begin handling claims for any employee injured on the job after Friday. Workers with injury dates before Feb. 1 will be handled in the court system that is being renamed the Court of Existing Claims.
Originally published on Fri January 31, 2014 10:17 am
Henry Waxman's retirement means more than the loss of a legendary legislator on health care, energy and other regulatory issues. It also closes an era that began 40 years ago with the election of the "Watergate babies."
When Waxman departs, there will no longer be a House member who has been serving since that historic class of 75 Democrats was first elected in 1974. One classmate who had been, George Miller of California, announced his retirement several weeks earlier in January.
Legislative leaders in Oklahoma say not all mandates are equal.
House and Senate leaders say it's appropriate for Oklahoma to set academic guidelines, but they don't see telling school districts that they must build storm shelters.
Two competing shelter plans have emerged ahead of next week's opening of the Oklahoma Legislature. One legislator's plan would see the state raise $500 million, while one by Gov. Mary Fallin would let districts raise more money locally.
The farm bill proposes a $1 billion cut to food stamps, which would affect nearly 850,000 struggling families who already depend on food banks like the Alameda County Community Food Bank in Oakland, Calif.
Credit Antonio Mena / Courtesy of Alameda County Community Food Bank
In a rare display of bipartisanship, the House of Representatives Wednesday approved a massive five-year farm bill that costs nearly half a trillion dollars.
The bill includes some reductions to food stamps, known as the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, to the tune of nearly $1 billion a year. It's far less than what many Republicans had wanted. But the cuts are large enough to worry some Democrats and many food stamp recipients.
House Republicans are midway through their annual retreat. The three-day get-together is happening at a waterside hotel on Maryland's Eastern Shore. Lawmakers of both parties hold this kind of annual partisan conference to map out legislative strategy. And as usual, there's some controversy over who's footing the bill for them.
President Obama prepares to sign an executive order mandating that federal contractors be required to raise the minimum wage they pay their workers to $10.10, at the end of a Jan. 29 appearance at the US Steel's Mon Valley Works in West Mifflin, Pa.
Originally published on Thu January 30, 2014 5:48 pm
The reviews are in for President Obama's stepped-up use of executive powers to carry out policies he can't get through Congress.
Republicans think the idea stinks.
Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann threatened to sue Obama over his announced intent to use his "unilateral authority" to change rules regarding, for instance, the minimum wage paid to employees by federal contractors.
Rep. Henry Waxman, (D-Calif.), a key architect of the Affordable Care Act and for four decades a ferocious liberal voice on matters of health and the environment, revealed Thursday that he plans to retire at the end of the year.
Waxman's news comes on the heels of a similar announcement from another liberal California "Watergate baby" elected in 1974, Rep. George Miller. Both are top allies of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, also of California.