Politics and Government

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
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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.

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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.
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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.

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Death Penalty
12:57 pm
Sun April 13, 2014

Oklahoma Secures Non-Compounded Execution Drugs

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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.

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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.)
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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.

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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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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Politics and Government
2:37 pm
Thu April 10, 2014

Lankford, GOP Colleagues Vote To Hold IRS Official In Contempt [VIDEO]

A House committee voted Thursday to hold a former Internal Revenue Service official in contempt of Congress for refusing to answer questions at a pair of hearings.

U.S. Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla. 5) serves on the Oversight Committee, and agreed with fellow Republicans and Committee chariman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) that Lois Lerner had effectively waived her Fifth Amendment right not to answer questions by providing an opening statement at the 2013 hearing.

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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.
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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
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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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