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Democrats picked up two seats in the Oklahoma legislature on Tuesday, winning a pair of special elections. They will fill the terms of former Republican Sen. Ralph Shortey and Rep. Dan Kirby.


Oklahoma prosecutors have filed child prostitution charges against state Sen. Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City, after police found him in a hotel room with a 17-year-old boy.
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State Senator Ralph Shortey’s attorney says his client will resign from the legislature.

The Oklahoman reports Shortey, R-Oklahoma City, hired Ed Blau as his defense attorney. Blau said Monday night that he has advised Shortey to step down. Blau said Shortey agreed and will resign on Wednesday at 5:00 p.m.

Oklahoma prosecutors have filed child prostitution charges against state Sen. Ralph Shortey, R-Oklahoma City, after police found him in a hotel room with a 17-year-old boy.
Cleveland County Sheriff's Office via AP

 

Leaders in the Oklahoma senate wasted little time to strip state Sen. Ralph Shortey of most of his privileges last Wednesday when allegations emerged that the Oklahoma City Republican had allegedly offered money for sex with a teenage boy.

“Abruptly, late Wednesday morning, the Senate took a recess and the Senate Republicans began caucusing behind closed doors,” eCapitol news director Shawn Ashley told KGOU during his weekly Capitol Insider interview.

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Oklahoma state Sen. Ralph Shortey was charged with three prostitution-related felonies on Thursday in Cleveland County Court.

 

Shortey was charged with engaging in child prostitution, prostitution within 1,000 feet of a church, and transporting a minor for prostitution/lewdness. A warrant for arrest has been issued. Judge Steve Stice set bond at $100,000.

 

Police found Shortey alone in a room at the Super 8 Motel in Moore on March 9 with a male juvenile.

 

State Sen. Mike Schulz (left) and State Sen. Ralph Shortey (right) are both vying to become the next Senate President Pro Tempore.
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As political hopefuls file for office this week, an internal contest among Oklahoma Republicans is heating up.

The chamber’s current leader Sen. Brian Bingman, R-Sapulpa, is term-limited at the end of this session, and two GOP lawmakers are facing off to become the next Senate President Pro Tem.

Senator Ralph Shortey - District 44, R-Oklahoma City
Oklahoma Senate

An Oklahoma lawmaker wants tougher requirements for people to be volunteer law enforcement officers after an unarmed suspect was shot dead by a 73-year-old reserve deputy in Tulsa County.

Flanked by current and former sheriffs and the head of the state's law enforcement training agency, state Sen. Ralph Shortey said Wednesday his bill would increase from 240 to 300 hours the amount of training a reserve officer must receive. Volunteer officers would also be required to obtain at least 12 hours of continuing education annually. None are required now.

Mark Twain Elementary second grade teacher Elizabeth Clarke staples together work from two of her second-grade students in this 2013 photo.
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Oklahoma school districts won’t be able to automatically deduct teachers’ union fees from their paychecks if Gov. Mary Fallin signs a bill that was passed by the Senate last week. The legislation has drawn the ire of educators and some Republicans.

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A bill to allow drivers on Oklahoma turnpikes increase their speed to 80 mph has been withdrawn from consideration and may not be heard this year.

Oklahoma City Republican Sen. Ralph Shortey said Thursday that his bill to increase the maximum allowable speed on turnpikes from 75 to 80 mph needs to be rewritten and he may not have time to do so this session.

The bill had been scheduled for a hearing Thursday before being withdrawn.

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A closer-than-expected governor’s race, a neck-and-neck standoff for the state superintendent seat and several competitive state Senate seats comprise Tuesday’s general election.

Early voting began Thursday and continued through Saturday. Winners will take their seats at the start of the legislative session early next year.