Oklahoma Politics

Primary Elections
8:23 am
Wed June 18, 2014

Barresi Loans Campaign $910,000 In Personal Funds Last Month

State Superintendent Janet Barresi
Nate Robson Oklahoma Watch

The most recent campaign finance reports show State Superintendent Janet Barresi loaned her reelection campaign nearly $1 million in personal funds last month. Barresi's campaign manager told The Oklahoman's Nolan Clay the loans are necessary to counter negative attacks by her opponents.

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Oklahoma Voices
11:00 am
Mon June 9, 2014

Four Takeaways From The 2014 Legislative Session

LLudo Flickr Creative Commons

Now that the dust has settled at the state Capitol after the May 23 end of the 2014 Oklahoma legislative session, journalists, lobbyists and the public will try to figure out what the legislature did (or didn’t) accomplish as lawmakers shift their focus to a contentious primary season ahead of June 24.

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State Questions
10:14 am
Mon May 26, 2014

Unlike Previous Years, Only Two Questions On Oklahoma Ballot In 2014...For Now

The state questions on Oklahoma's 2012 ballot.
Credit Brian Hardzinski / KGOU

After deciding 17 state questions in the past two general elections, Oklahoma voters this year currently will have only a couple of items to consider in November.

This year's pared-down ballot reflects what some political strategists say is a temporary shelving of social issues that boosted conservative turnout at the polls. Republicans have strengthened their grip on state government since 2010.

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Oklahoma Politics
12:27 pm
Mon May 5, 2014

Hickman Elected To Full Two-Year Term As Oklahoma House Speaker

House Speaker Jeff Hickman (R-Fairview) at Gov. Mary Fallin's State of the State address - February 3, 2014.
Credit Joe Wertz / StateImpact Oklahoma

Oklahoma House Speaker Jeff Hickman has solidified a new two-year term as the leader of the House and rebuffed a challenge from a four-term state representative from Guthrie.

The 72-member House Republican caucus met behind closed doors on Monday and selected Hickman as the speaker-designate for the upcoming two-year legislative session that begins next year.

The caucus will vote again for speaker in November after the general election, but that vote is typically a formality.

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11:22 am
Fri May 2, 2014

A First Look At The Satanic Monument Proposed For The Oklahoma State Capitol

An artist trained in classical sculpture is toiling away in New York, crafting a Baphomet figure sitting beneath a pentagram and flanked by two children gazing upward in loyalty. When it is finished, it will be cast in bronze and, the Satanists hope, eventually displayed in Oklahoma.
In January the Satanic Temple announced plans to erect a monument glorifying Satan on the front lawn of the Oklahoma state Capitol. An Indiegogo campaign was launched with what seemed like a somewhat lofty goal of $20,000, but by the time donations ended almost $30,000 had been raised.
Oklahoma Politics
7:57 am
Thu May 1, 2014

House Responds To Fallin's Pressure With First Override Of Governor's Veto

House Speaker Jeff HIckman, the leader of the chamber increasingly at odds with Governor Mary Fallin
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

The Oklahoma House voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to override a veto by Gov. Mary Fallin of a House bill dealing with federal regulations over firearms.

The move is the latest signal of the growing tension between the Republican governor and the GOP-controlled House.

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State Capitol
9:08 am
Wed April 30, 2014

Fallin Vetoes Bills, Urges House Action On Capitol Repairs

Gov. Mary Fallin enters the House chamber of the State Capitol before her 2014 State of the State address.
Joe Wertz StateImpact Oklahoma

Gov. Mary Fallin says she's vetoing more than a dozen House bills in part to send a message to House leaders that they need to take action on some of her top priorities.

Fallin announced 15 vetoes Tuesday and said the House is not taking care of substantive issues that most Oklahomans care about and challenged lawmakers to "step it up."

“This is not a one day deal because we have a limited amount of time to get our work done,” Fallin said when asked whether Tuesday’s vetoes were an isolated incident.

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Oklahoma Politics
2:43 pm
Sat April 26, 2014

A Week Of Discord Among Oklahoma's Legislative Branches

Oklahoma's State Capitol

Long-running tension among Oklahoma's three branches of government reached a boiling point last week after a court decision in two death row cases.

Gov. Mary Fallin accused the state's Supreme Court of overstepping its bounds and some Republican lawmakers were so upset by the court's ruling that they called for the impeachment of justices.

The high court temporarily delayed the pending execution of two death row inmates, then later dropped the stays.

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Oklahoma Politics
7:37 am
Fri April 25, 2014

VIDEO: T.W. Shannon Speaks at Liberty Rally in Tulsa

Former Oklahoma Speaker of the House T.W. Shannon speaks to the crowd Thursday evening at his rally in Tulsa. He has the endorsements of Sarah Palin, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz and Utah Sen. Mike Lee.

Originally published on Thu April 24, 2014 9:54 pm

T.W. Shannon's Senate campaign takes off with a rally in Tulsa, and based on his remarks it will be hard for the other six Republican candidates to be on his right.

In his 16-minute speech to the hundreds in attendance, Shannon Railed against the Affordable Care Act and the NSA, stated his unequivocal support for Hobby Lobby and called for vastly reducing the size of the federal government.

Shannon has the endorsements of Sarah Palin, Utah Sen. Mike Lee and Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, all of whom spoke at the rally.

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Oklahoma Politics
2:37 pm
Mon April 21, 2014

One Joe Says No, So Another Joe Goes: Election Board Tosses Oklahoma Gov. Candidate

Former gubernatorial candidate Joe Sills.
Credit Joe Sills for Governor of Oklahoma / Facebook

An independent candidate for Oklahoma governor has been removed from the ballot after the state's election board determined a guilty plea to a felony crime more than a decade ago disqualified him from running.

The three-member Oklahoma Election Board voted unanimously Monday to remove Joe Sills' name from the ballot. Sills' candidacy was challenged by Democratic gubernatorial candidate state Rep. Joe Dorman.

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