Jerry Ellis

Oklahoma State Senate

The decision on whether to hold a special election in Oklahoma's 2nd Congressional District is expected to be made during a meeting of the state Election Board.

The three-member board is scheduled to meet Wednesday in a closed-door session with its attorney to discuss whether to hold a special election because the Democratic nominee died two days before Election Day.

First-term Republican U.S. Rep. Markwayne Mullin coasted to victory in last week's election with 70 percent of the vote over Democratic nominee Earl Everett and independent John Douthitt.

Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

The Oklahoma Tourism Commission on June 26 voted to strip Hugo Lake of its state park status, citing low attendance.

The commission acted “quietly,” but State Sen. Jerry Ellis (D-Valliant) responded loudly, The Journal Record’s M. Scott Carter reports:

On Aug. 2, Ellis sent a letter to Republican Gov. Mary Fallin asking that the Tourism Commission reconsider the status of the park using factual information.