Politics and Government

Cruz and Palin to appear at Tulsa rally
5:10 pm
Wed April 16, 2014

Cruz And Palin Endorse T.W. Shannon

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Former Oklahoma House Speaker T.W. Shannon is touting the endorsement of Republican U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas in Shannon's race for the Republican nomination for Oklahoma's open U.S. Senate seat.

Shannon campaign consultant Trebor Worthen told The Associated Press Wednesday that Cruz has endorsed Shannon and is set to appear at a rally in Tulsa along with former Alaska Gov. and GOP vice presidential nominee Sarah Palin and U.S. Sen. Mike Lee of Utah.

Palin and Lee endorsed Shannon previously.

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Election
11:23 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Self-Funded Rep. Leads Money Race For Oklahoma's 5th District

Mike Turner, Oklahoma State Representative - District 82
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives

A 27-year-old first-term state representative from Oklahoma City who put $500,000 of his own money into his campaign has amassed the biggest war chest in the race to replace Republican U.S. Rep. James Lankford in the 5th Congressional District.

Federal campaign finance documents provided by Republican state Rep. Mike Turner's campaign show he spent about $170,000 during the reporting cycle that ended March 31. Most of that was spent on a television ad buy in the Oklahoma City market.

Federal campaign reports covering the first quarter of 2014 were due by midnight Tuesday.

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State Employee Compensation
9:02 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Trooper Pay Raise Heads To Fallin's Desk

Oklahoma Highway Patrol cadets lining up during academy training.
Credit Oklahoma Highway Patrol

The Oklahoma House has given final passage to legislation that provides a mechanism to raise the salaries of Oklahoma Highway Patrol troopers.

The House voted 94-0 without debate Tuesday and sent the bill to Gov. Mary Fallin to be signed into law. The measure was previously approved by the state Senate.

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Tax Credits
7:32 am
Wed April 16, 2014

Dank: Oklahoma 'Wasted' $4.2M On 'August: Osage County'

State Rep. David Dank (R-Oklahoma City) speaking to reporters Tuesday. He wants lawmakers to reconsider extending the 'Compete With Canada Film Act.'
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives

A state lawmaker says a recently released report from the Oklahoma Department of Commerce shows film rebates recently extended by the legislature are a “bad deal.”

“I recently secured a copy of an economic impact study prepared by the Oklahoma Department of Commerce in April that makes it very clear that this film tax credit is a bad deal for Oklahomans,” state Rep. David Dank said Tuesday. The Oklahoma City Republican is an outspoken critic of the rebates, and called it a waste of taxpayer dollars.

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Attorney gathering signatures on petition
5:58 pm
Tue April 15, 2014

Opposition To Mandatory Minimum Wage Law

Credit Office Of The Governor

Organizers seeking a higher minimum wage in Oklahoma are upset with Gov. Mary Fallin's decision to sign a bill that prohibits cities in the state from establishing mandatory minimum wage or vacation and sick-day requirements.

Attorney David Slane said Tuesday that the new law threatens an effort to raise Oklahoma City's minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. Slane wrote the initiative petition for Oklahoma City.

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

Abortion Drug Bill Passes The Senate Easily

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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.

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

58 Automatically Win Due To No Opposition

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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.

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

Vote To Ban Sex Offenders From State Parks

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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.

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

Fort Sill Apache Recognized As Tribe In New Mexico

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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.

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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.

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