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Oklahoma Politics
1:51 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Sparks Out, Bass In As Oklahoma Senate Democratic Leader

State Sen. Randy Bass (D-Lawton) pushing to get bill heard allowing voters to block horse slaughter plants, flanked by Canadian County Undersheriff Chris West and Oklahoma County Commissioner Brian Maughan.
Credit Oklahoma Senate

Democratic state Sen. Randy Bass of Lawton has been tapped to lead Senate Democrats after the 2014 elections, ousting the caucus' previous selection of a state senator from Norman.

Both Bass and state Sen. John Sparks confirmed to The Associated Press Thursday the 12-member Senate Democratic caucus had selected Bass to be minority leader-elect in the fall, but declined to discuss the matter further.

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Elections
7:57 am
Thu April 10, 2014

Day 2: Oklahoma Candidate Filing Continues

Candidates file for office Wednesday at the state Capitol
Credit Trait Thompson

Candidates will continue to file for state and local races at the Capitol on Thursday after a record-breaking first day.

Thursday will be the second of three days potential candidates can file for candidacy at the Oklahoma State Capitol. On Wednesday, 419 people filed, breaking the previous record for first-day filings from 2006.

More than 300 elected positions are up for grabs in November, including both of Oklahoma's U.S. Senate seats, all five congressional seats, and statewide offices, including governor and lieutenant governor.

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Six contenders
6:27 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

5th District Race The One To Watch

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All five of Oklahoma's seats in the U.S. House are on the ballot in 2014, but it's the open 5th District seat in Oklahoma City drawing the most attention.

Two-term Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford is stepping down to run for U.S. Senate, leaving open his seat that includes most of Oklahoma City.

Democrat Tom Guild, a 59-year-old retired college professor, was the first candidate to file for Lankford's seat on Wednesday, the first of a three-day filing period. Sixty-five-year-old state Sen. Al McAffrey of Oklahoma City also filed.

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One gets a veto
6:17 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Fallin Signs Ten Bills Into Law

Gov. Mary Fallin
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Gov. Mary Fallin has signed 10 bills into law and vetoed one.

House Bill 2509 was signed Wednesday. It will extend the end date on the aerospace engineer employee and employer tax credit and the employer credit for tuition reimbursement until Jan. 1, 2018.

Fallin said the tax credit plays a key role in maintaining Oklahoma's position as an internationally recognized hub for aerospace business.

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Fallin seeks another four-year term
4:28 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Three Candidate Race For Governor

Rep. Joe Dorman
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives

Gov. Mary Fallin has filed paperwork to seek another four-year term as the state's chief executive officer, and she's not the only one seeking the state's top post.

Democratic state Rep. Joe Dorman of Rush Springs and Richard Prawdzienski, a Libertarian-leaning independent from Edmond, also filed to run for governor on Wednesday, the first of a three-day filing period for state offices.

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It's All Politics
3:27 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

'Kissing Congressman' Video Puts Scandal In Unusual Focus

Rep. Vance McAllister, R-La., in happier days with his wife, Kelly, and House Speaker John Boehner, who swore in the new congressman last year.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 4:16 pm

Embattled GOP Rep. Vance McAllister has made at least one smart move: He concluded that finding out who may have leaked a security video that captures him in a torrid embrace and lip lock with a woman (not his wife) won't actually erase said video.

One day after the freshman congressman — who ran last year as Christian conservative — indicated he planned to ask GOP House Speaker John Boehner to request an FBI investigation into the leak, he reversed course.

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News
3:08 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

With Proposed Mega-Merger On The Hill, Spotlight's On Consumers

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 5:48 pm

Comcast and Time Warner executives ran into stiff opposition as they pitched their proposed merger to the Senate Judiciary Committee. The deal would give the combined company a large share of both pay TV and broadband internet service markets. In both cases, lawmakers wanted to know how consumers would be affected.

Politics
3:08 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Pursuing IRS Controversy, House GOP Pivots Toward Crossroads

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 5:48 pm

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Republicans on the House Ways and Means Committee have voted to seek the criminal prosecution of former IRS official Lois Lerner. They allege that she violated several laws as the tax agency grappled with conservative groups seeking tax exempt status. The vote also marked a sharp turn in Republican strategy in the year-long controversy.

NPR's Peter Overby reports.

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Politics
3:08 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Red State Returns Spotlight To Women, Backbone Of Texas GOP

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 5:48 pm

Republican women have always played an important role in Texas politics, but this year, the GOP finds itself on the defensive in the campaign for women's votes. As KUT's Ben Phillpott reports, there's a new group to help address the issue: Red State Women.

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It's All Politics
3:02 pm
Wed April 9, 2014

Crossroads GPS At Heart Of GOP's Lois Lerner Probe

House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Rep. Dave Camp, R-Mich. (center), flanked by the committee's ranking member, Sander Levin, D-Mich. (right), and Sam Johnson, R-Texas, listen on Capitol Hill April 9 as the panel debates whether IRS official Lois Lerner's refusal to testify to Congress deserves criminal prosecution.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Wed April 9, 2014 7:08 pm

Among the alleged crimes committed by Lois Lerner, the former IRS official at the heart of the tax agency's targeting of conservative groups: singling out Crossroads GPS, Karl Rove's nonprofit group that spent $165 million in the last election attacking Democrats and helping Republicans.

That's according to House Republicans pushing criminal charges against Lerner.

The House Ways and Means Committee met in closed-door session Wednesday to discuss three specific violations Republicans believe she committed while running the IRS's office that handles tax-exempt groups.

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