Oklahoma Politics

State Capitol
9:07 am
Fri April 18, 2014

Top House Democrat: No Time For Tax Cut In Oklahoma

Oklahoma House Minority Leader Scott Inman (D-Del City) speaking to reporters Thursday.
Credit Oklahoma House Democrats / YouTube

The Oklahoma House's top Democrat says critical state education and transportation needs coupled with declining tax revenue means the timing is not right to pass an income tax cut this year.

House Minority Leader Scott Inman (D-Del City) made the comments shortly after the House adjourned Thursday. Proposals to reduce the state's 5.25 percent top income tax rate by a quarter of a percentage point once revenues improve are expected to be considered by the Legislature next week.

Read more
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.

Read more
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.
Credit Congressman Jim Bridenstine / Facebook

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.

Read more
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.
Credit Oklahoma Senate

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.

Read more
10:56 am
Fri April 4, 2014

“What Happened To The Republican Party That I Joined?” Meet The Oklahoma Lawmaker Outraged By His Party’s Sexism

Lead in text: 
Oklahoma state Rep. Doug Cox tells Salon why his Republican colleagues' policies are "discriminatory against women."
Oklahoma state Rep. Doug Cox is an anomaly, and he knows it. As a self-identified pro-life Republican in a deep red state, Cox makes for an unlikely ally in the reproductive rights movement. But that hasn't stopped him from being an outspoken critic of his colleagues' efforts to scale back access to contraception and abortion services.
State Capitol
1:47 pm
Tue April 1, 2014

Personal, Corporate Income Tax Cuts Pass Oklahoma Senate Panel

Credit 401(K) 2013 / Flickr Creative Commons

A plan to cut Oklahoma's corporate and individual income tax rates once certain revenue triggers are reached has passed a Senate committee.

The Senate Finance Committee voted 8-2 on Tuesday for the House bill by Bartlesville Republican Rep. Earl Sears.

The House and Senate each have separate proposals to reduce the state's individual income tax rate from 5.25 percent to 5 percent, once certain revenue triggers are reached.

Read more
Oklahoma Facts
9:03 am
Tue April 1, 2014

It's No Joke, $1 Fine For Swearing In Oklahoma

Oklahoma's Santa Claus commission is among the facts from a popular Twitter account in the state.
Credit Sam Howzit

Did you know that swearing in Oklahoma is punishable by a $1 fine for each offense? Or that the Sooner State has a Santa Claus Commission?

No, it isn't an April Fools' Day prank. All are true facts about the nation's 46th state that are being shared and retweeted on the popular Twitter account @OklahomaFacts. The more obscure the fact, the better.

The account has garnered more than 12,000 followers. Even country music superstar Blake Shelton is a fan.

Read more
Oklahoma Politics
3:43 pm
Mon March 31, 2014

A Rising GOP Star In Oklahoma Aims For The U.S. Senate

T.W. Shannon speaks before a joint session of the Oklahoma House and Senate in Oklahoma City on Feb. 3.
Sue Ogrocki AP

Originally published on Fri April 4, 2014 3:53 pm

The announcement by Republican Sen. Tom Coburn that he is resigning his seat at the end of the year has set up a spirited battle among Oklahoma Republicans to replace him.

Leading the pack are Rep. James Lankford and former state House Speaker T.W. Shannon. At age 36, Shannon is an up-and-coming star in the GOP, and if elected he would become the third African-American in the Senate — two of them Republicans.

Read more
State Capitol
11:37 am
Sun March 30, 2014

At Legislative Midpoint, Negotiations To Begin On Oklahoma Budget, Policy

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's governor and Republican legislative leaders agree in principle on cutting taxes, a multi-million dollar overhaul of the Capitol and revamping the pension system for state workers, but each side has different ideas on the specifics.

Read more
Politics
2:15 am
Wed March 26, 2014

Say Goodbye To The Taxpayer-Funded Political Convention

Ever since the Watergate era, taxpayers have been able to check a box on their federal tax returns and designate a little bit of their tax payment to help finance the presidential campaigns and wean politicians away from big donors.

The public financing program has had its ups and downs. But now President Obama is prepared to sign legislation that, for the first time, takes taxpayer money out of the fund.

First of all, let's pause to reflect on some of the great moments of American political conventions brought to you by presidential matching funds.

Read more

Pages