Three states are holding primaries Tuesday, and voters might understandably be confused over what kind of identification they need to show at the polls.
In Indiana, it has to be a government-issued photo ID. In Ohio, you can get by with a utility bill. In North Carolina, you won't need a photo ID until 2016. But that law, along with ID laws in many other states, faces an uncertain future.
State Sen. and U.S. Senate candidate Connie Johnson (D-Oklahoma City) has called on Gov. Mary Fallin to issue a moratorium on the death penalty after the botched execution of Clayton Lockett April 29. Speaking to reporters Monday, Johnson said the government's role as an execution should be carried out in an open, transparent, and accountable way.
“We feel that has not been the case to date, given all the particulars leading up to this execution, and certainly given what we perceive was the rushed manner in which it was executed,” Johnson said.
State Sen. Connie Johnson speaks to reporters Monday/Instagram
In its 168 years, Iowa has never elected a woman to Congress or picked one as its governor.
For many residents who pride themselves on a progressive civil rights history that predates statehood, that political reality has become an exasperating distinction shared with only one other state — Mississippi.
Gov. Mary Fallin has declared a state emergency across Oklahoma after several wildfires broke out across the state, including a blaze north of Oklahoma City that destroyed at least a half dozen homes and left one man dead.
Fallin also on Monday issued an executive proclamation for a burn ban in 36 counties for about the western half of the state.
Besides a massive wildfire that burned nearly four square miles in Logan County on Sunday, other blazes have been reported near the communities of Altus, Jennings, Seiling, Stillwater and Woodward.
Women make up less than 20 percent of those serving in Congress, but more than half the population. There are many reasons for this, but one simple answer comes back again and again. It's about recruiting.
When Monica Youngblood got the call, she thought it was a joke. The call came from a man she had worked to help get elected.
"It's your time," she says he told her. "We need people like you in Santa Fe. We need a voice like yours who's lived here, who's been through what you've been through. I think you need to really consider it."
A 12-member jury has been chosen for the blackmail and computer crimes trial of the co-founder of the Sooner Tea Party.
An eight-woman, four-man jury was seated Monday for the trial of Al Gerhart, who was charged in Oklahoma County District Court in April 2013 after he allegedly sent an email intended to intimidate Republican Sen. Cliff Branan of Oklahoma City, chairman of the Senate Energy Committee.