Politics and Government

StateImpact Oklahoma
8:44 am
Thu December 11, 2014

State Water Regulator Works To Reclassify Risks Of Decades-Old Oklahoma Dams

Families and a fisherman along the spillway beneath Broken Bow Dam in southeastern Oklahoma.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma has nearly 5,000 dams, more than most other states. When they were built, they were classified based on the risk their failure would pose to people and property.

But for many dams, it’s been decades since that risk was evaluated, and the potential hazard has changed because Oklahoma has changed. There are houses, roads and people where there weren’t before.

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Federal Spending
6:25 am
Thu December 11, 2014

VIDEO: Cole Voices Support For Omnibus Spending Bill Ahead Of Thursday House Vote

A House vote is expected Thursday on a huge $1.1 trillion dollar spending bill that would fund every corner of the federal government.

Democrats have erupted over a provision that weakens the regulation of risky financial instruments and another that allows more money to flood into political parties. At the same time, conservatives are unhappy that the bill fails to challenge President Barack Obama's immigration policy.

“While I can point out a lot of things on this that I don’t particularly like, or that I know other members will have objections to, I usually ask them, ‘Well, what’s your alternative?’,” U.S. Rep. Tom Cole (R-Okla. 4) said Wednesday during a House Rules Committee hearing. “And it’s almost never realistic.”

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Politics
4:15 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Pension Deal In Spending Bill Will Cut Benefits Before Safety Net Fails

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 7:13 am

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NPR Story
3:55 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Should Homeowners With Solar Panels Pay To Maintain Electrical Grid?

Solar energy panels on a roof in Marshfield, Mass.
Stephan Savoia AP

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 11:14 am

The costs of solar energy are plummeting, and now are about on par with the electricity generated at big power plants. This new reality intensifies a long-running business and regulatory battle, between the mainline electric utility companies and newer firms that provide solar systems for homeowners' rooftops. Sometimes the rivalry looks more like hardball politics than marketplace economics.

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NPR Story
3:55 am
Thu December 11, 2014

Congressional Plan To Fund Military Comes With A Side Of 'Land Grab'

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 7:13 am

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Race
3:55 am
Thu December 11, 2014

First The Protest, Then The Storm: Bay Area's 5 Straight Nights Of Clashes

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 12:45 pm

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Immigration Executive Action
6:55 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Oklahoma Joins Lawsuit Against Obama's Immigration Executive Order

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Oklahoma has joined a multistate lawsuit against President Barack Obama over his executive actions on immigration, Attorney General Scott Pruitt announced Tuesday.

The addition of Arkansas, Michigan, North Dakota and Oklahoma brings to 24 the number of states fighting the order in a federal district court in Brownsville.

Announced last month, the president's unilateral move is designed to spare millions of people living illegally in the United States from deportation. 

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Politics
6:13 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Former State Senator To Run For Chairmanship Of State Republican Party

Randy Brogdon
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A former Oklahoma state senator and one-time tea party favorite who ran unsuccessfully for governor and U.S. Senate is now setting his sights on the chairmanship of the state Republican Party.

Randy Brogdon of Owasso confirmed Wednesday he would seek the state party's top post at the GOP's state convention in April. Current Republican Party Chairman Dave Weston, who won the seat in 2013, says he plans to seek another term.

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Politics
3:16 pm
Wed December 10, 2014

Spending Bill Provision Would Provide Big Boost To Party Fundraising

Originally published on Thu December 11, 2014 8:38 am

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Politics and Government
9:20 am
Wed December 10, 2014

Oklahoma GOP Chairman To Seek Re-Election, Faces Opposition

Oklahoma Republican Party Chairman Dave Weston
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The chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party says he will seek re-election to the post.

Dave Weston said Wednesday he will again run for the state party's top leadership position.

"We are very proud of what we've accomplished in the last year and a half with quite a few firsts for our party," Weston said in an email. "With the confidence of our party faithful, I am committed to continuing our record of successes as Chairman into the 2016 election."

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