Oklahoma Politics

State Capitol
11:40 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Fallin Proposes Election For School Safety Plan

Gov. Mary Fallin addresses reporters during Tuesday's Associated Press Legislative Forum at the State Capitol.
Credit Governor Mary Fallin / Facebook

Gov. Mary Fallin says Oklahoma voters should weigh in on what to do about school safety.

Fallin on Wednesday suggested that schools be given one-time authority to increase their bond limits so they can build tornado shelters or make other safety improvements on campus. She said she was heartbroken by the loss of life at a Moore elementary school last May.

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U.S. House
11:19 am
Mon January 27, 2014

Congressman Lucas Draws Republican Primary Challenger

Robert Hubbard
Credit hubbardforcongress2014

A Canadian County rancher and business owner says he will challenge 10-term U.S. Rep. Frank Lucas for the Republican nomination in Oklahoma's 3rd Congressional District.

Robert Hubbard told The Associated Press on Monday: "We need to make some changes."

The 69-year-old Republican will formally announce his candidacy Monday afternoon at the Oklahoma History Center.

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12:23 pm
Fri January 24, 2014

Add Oklahoma To List Of Top Ten Senate Primaries

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Ken Rudin, the "Political Junkie" formerly of NPR, writes in his weekly column Oklahoma's upcoming Senate race has all the makings of, once again, another Republican family feud between the conservative and the very conservative wing of the party.
Oklahoma GOP Sen. Tom Coburn, who wasn’t up until 2016, announced last week he would resign his seat at the end of this year. That immediately brought two-term Rep. James Lankford into the race … and hours later, hints from freshman Rep. Jim Bridenstine that he’s going to run as well.
State Capitol
8:00 am
Tue January 21, 2014

Oklahoma Budget Briefings To Focus On Cuts

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Oklahoma legislators will begin budget briefings with various state agencies amid projections they will have about $170 million less to spend on state programs this year.

Members of House and Senate budget subcommittees will begin hearing presentations on Tuesday at the state Capitol.

State Sen. Kim David chairs the subcommittee that oversees funding for health and human services. She and her counterpart on the House subcommittee will meet with officials from nearly a dozen state agencies over the next two days.

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U.S. Senate
10:09 pm
Thu January 16, 2014

VIDEO: Coburn To Leave Senate Seat

Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) greeting President Barack Obama.
Credit Tom Coburn / Facebook

U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.) announced Thursday evening he will leave behind his Senate seat at the end of this Congress. That will leave two years remaining in his term.

The end of the current session is January 2015.

An email from Coburn's office said the decision to leave was not because of his health. He is a cancer survivor and was recently diagnosed with cancer again.

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2014 Election
9:12 am
Wed January 15, 2014

Harris Drops Out Of Governor's Race, Endorses Dorman

State Rep. Joe Dorman (D-Rush Springs)
Credit Oklahoma House of Representatives

R.J. Harris has dropped out as a Democratic candidate forOklahoma governor.

Harris made the announcement on his website Wednesday and says he's endorsing Democratic state Rep. Joe Dorman in the race. Harris, who's previously run for office as a Republican and an independent candidate, says he's supporting Dorman because Dorman is "socially tolerant and fiscally conservative."

Republican Gov. Mary Fallin is running for her second term in office. She faces a GOP primary challenge from former state Sen. Randy Brogdon, who filed paperwork last month to run for governor.

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Oklahoma News
12:46 pm
Fri January 10, 2014

Former Oklahoma Governor Now Director Of Tulsa Company

State Rep. Al McAffrey at a bill signing with Gov. Brad Henry - September 13, 2009.
Credit Tiddled / Wikimedia Commons

Former Oklahoma Gov. Brad Henry has become a shareholder and been elected director of a CFS2, a Tulsa-based debt collection company.

The company announced in a press release Thursday that Henry's role will be in the strategic and capital planning process.

Henry said in a statement the company focuses on "nontraditional ways to help consumers overcome financial difficulties."

The company was founded in 2010 by Bill Bartmann, who previously founded the debt-collection company Commercial Financial Services.

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Oklahoma Politics
9:33 am
Wed January 8, 2014

OESC Seeks Domestic Abuse Employment Changes In Legislative Session

The Oklahoma Employment Security Commission will ask lawmakers to consider a number of changes to its statutes during the upcoming legislative session, commission members were told Tuesday.

Among those changes, John Miley, OESC general counsel, told the commissioners will be an amendment that allows victims of domestic violence who have been forced to leave their jobs and apply for unemployment benefits to provide evidence, particularly testimony, rather than documentation in appeals before hearing officers.

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State Capitol
7:01 am
Tue January 7, 2014

Group Unveils Satan Statue Design For Oklahoma

Monday the New York-based Satanic Temple unveiled their design for a proposed monument on the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol.
Credit The Satanic Temple / Facebook

A group has unveiled designs for a 7-foot-tall statue of Satan that it wants at the Oklahoma state Capitol.

The New York-based Satanic Temple released an artist's rendering of the monument Monday. A spokesman says the group has formally submitted its application to a panel that oversees the Capitol grounds.

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Oklahoma Voices
10:14 am
Mon December 30, 2013

Changing Demographics May Help Recovery Of Southern Democrats

Lloyd's new military map of the border & southern states from 1864.
Credit Author: Hall, Edward S. Publisher: H.H. Lloyd & Co. / Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the BPL

Listen to three experts in southern politics discuss the region's political past and future.
Scott Buchanan discusses the politics of the southern U.S. and its role in national elections during fall event sponsored by the Oklahoma Political Science Association.

Three political scientists who study the politics of southern states in the U.S. say shifts in population from rural areas to urban centers could help Democrats win more elections.

Scott Buchanan of the Citadel Symposium on Southern Politics says there is evidence the move is already taking place in Florida and Virginia.

Buchanan also says the coast of South Carolina is seeing an influx of immigration from other states, changing the politics of the area.

The Democrats lost the south, in part, because they failed to develop their party, according to the University of Georgia’s Charles S. Bullock III. He says they took their dominance for granted and did not develop candidates in the face of a rising GOP presence.

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