Politics and Government

Restricts Use of Abortion-inducing drugs
3:00 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Abortion Drug Bill Passes The Senate Easily

Credit Serge Melki / Flickr.com

A bill that would restrict the use of abortion-inducing drugs in Oklahoma has easily passed the state Senate.

The Senate voted 37-5 Tuesday for the bill that was written in direct response to a state Supreme Court decision that tossed a similar measure approved by the Legislature in 2011.

The bill would prohibit off-label uses of certain abortion-inducing drugs by requiring doctors to administer the drugs only in accordance with U.S. Food and Drug Administration protocol.

Read more
No need for campaigns
6:28 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

58 Automatically Win Due To No Opposition

Credit NIcholas Henderson / Flickr.com

With the candidate fields set, campaigns for state House and Senate seats across Oklahoma are ramping up, but half of the state House and nearly one-third of the state Senate members can mothball their campaigns for another cycle.

A total of 57 legislators, and a Claremore man who filed for a legislative seat, were officially elected to their posts without an election challenge after the three-day filing period ended last Friday.

Read more
Sex offender laws need to be continually updated
6:16 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Vote To Ban Sex Offenders From State Parks

Credit Doug Wertman / Flickr.com

The Oklahoma House of Representatives has voted to prohibit habitual or aggravated sex offenders from entering a neighborhood, town, county or state park.

The House voted 93-1 Monday for the bill that bans individuals who have committed a crime against a child or individuals who have committed more than one sex crime from entering the parks. Republican Rep. Josh Cockroft of Wanette said the bill stems from uncertainty over whether or not state parks are included in a current ban.

Read more
State supreme Court's decision unanimous
2:45 pm
Mon April 14, 2014

Fort Sill Apache Recognized As Tribe In New Mexico

Credit Jandy Stone / Flickr.com

New Mexico's highest court has ordered Gov. Susana Martinez to recognize the Fort Sill Apache as a New Mexico tribe.

The state Supreme Court unanimously made the decision Monday after hearing from lawyers in the case.

Tribal chairman Jeff Haozous told reporters after the ruling that state recognition will give the Apaches a "seat at the table" with New Mexico's other 22 tribes and pueblos.

The governor must invite the tribe to a yearly tribal-state summit.

Read more
Oklahoma Politics
10:02 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Minority Leader Inman Confident House Dems Can Hold 29 Seats

Okahoma's House Democrats hold a press conference on education and Gov. Mary Fallin's budget - March 2013
Credit Oklahoma House Democrats / Facebook

House Minority Leader Scott Inman (D-Del City) called last week "interesting” with candidate filing and legislation passing House Appropriations and Budget Committee to fund the Native American Cultural Center and Museum.

Stating the House Democrats are “encouraged and excited” for the future, Inman said currently 23 of the 29 members of the caucus have filed for re-election.

Read more
Oklahoma Politics
8:42 am
Mon April 14, 2014

Bridenstine, Pruitt, Others Get Free Pass In November Elections

U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla.) speaking during a 2013 town hall meeting.
Credit Congressman Jim Bridenstine / Facebook

U.S. Rep. Jim Bridenstine (R-Okla. 1) won re-election to a second two-year-term Friday when no candidate filed to run against him at the end of the three-day filing period.

The freshman GOP House member who represents Tulsa and much of Northeast Oklahoma was among several candidates who did not draw an opponent in their race, and will take office immediately after the November elections.

Read more
Death Penalty
12:57 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Oklahoma Secures Non-Compounded Execution Drugs

Credit duggar11 / Flickr Creative Commons

Lawyers for the state of Oklahoma said in a letter to attorneys for two death row inmates that no compounded drugs would be used in their executions.

In a letter from Assistant Attorney General John Hadden on Friday the state informed lawyers for Clayton Lockett and Charles Warner that the state had secured non-compounded vercuronium bromide, the second of the three drugs it intends to use in the inmates' executions.

Read more
Election
7:13 am
Fri April 11, 2014

Day 3: Lankford Expected To Sign Up On Last Candidate Filing Day

U.S. Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.)
Credit Provided

Two-term Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford of Edmond is among the candidates expected to file for political office on the final day of filing.

He's expected to file for the U.S. Senate on Friday at the state Capitol in Oklahoma City ahead of Friday's 5 p.m. deadline.

Lankford is among a half-dozen Republicans seeking the final two years of the Senate term being vacated by Republican Sen. Tom Coburn of Muskogee.

Read more
Fallin calls for raises to be turned back
6:13 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Not A Good Time For Pay Raises For The Judiciary

Credit David Neubert / Flickr.com

Republican legislative leaders say they plan to derail a pay raise for members of the Oklahoma judiciary that would have also increased the salaries of the statewide elected officials such as the governor and attorney general.

Senate President Pro Tem Brian Bingman and House Speaker Jeff Hickman said Thursday they would support a House resolution to disapprove the proposed raises. Gov. Mary Fallin and other statewide elected officials also have called for the raises to be turned back.

Read more
House conservatives oppose bill
4:29 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Top Democrat Urges House Speaker To Allow Vote On Unfinished Native Museum

Credit American Indian Cultural Center And Museum

The Oklahoma House's top Democrat says the chamber should vote on whether to provide funding to complete the American Indian Cultural Center & Museum in Oklahoma City.

House Democratic Leader Scott Inman of Oklahoma City urged the House to take action on Thursday, a day after the House Appropriations and Budget Committee approved a plan to take $40 million from the Unclaimed Property Fund to complete the unfinished structure.

Read more

Pages