Scott Pruitt

Business and Economy
8:31 am
Fri October 4, 2013

Oklahoma AG Urges Approval Of American Airlines Deal

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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt wants the federal government to sign off on the proposed merger of American Airlines and US Airways.

The U.S. Department of Justice is challenging the merger on antitrust concerns. American Airlines, which currently employs more than 6,000 workers at its maintenance facility in Tulsa, is seeking to exit bankruptcy protection through the proposed merger.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
12:06 pm
Thu October 3, 2013

An Insider’s Guide To Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s War With The EPA

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt prepares to greet Gov. Mary Fallin at the 2013 State of the State address at the state capitol.
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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is at war with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, which he says is overstepping its authority. He’s sued the federal agency and testified to Congress about its abuses.

The most visible battles have been over coal regulation, but the fight is about power — not power plants.

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Environment
10:02 am
Fri August 23, 2013

Why Oklahoma’s Attorney General Is Using Coal To Fight The EPA

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt
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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt is no fan of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and filing lawsuits against the federal agency has become a signature of the state’s chief legal adviser.

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Attorney General
11:01 am
Tue August 20, 2013

Oklahoma Multicounty Grand Jury Meets Again

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt
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Oklahoma's multicounty grand jury is reconvening to investigate matters of local as well as statewide interest.

The grand jury will reconvene on Tuesday and meet thru Thursday at the OklahomaAttorney General's Office in Oklahoma City.

The multicounty grand jury was requested by Attorney General Scott Pruitt and approved by the Oklahoma Supreme Court in September. It is led by Assistant Attorney General Megan Tilly, chief of the Multicounty Grand Jury Unit.

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Politics and Government
12:15 pm
Wed August 14, 2013

Oklahoma AG Files Legal Brief In Abortion Law Case

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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt has filed a legal brief in the U.S. Supreme Court's review of an Oklahoma abortion law.  

The nation's highest court in June granted Pruitt's request to review a decision by the state Supreme Court declaring the law unconstitutional. Pruitt filed his brief Tuesday.

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Affordable Care Act
12:44 pm
Wed July 31, 2013

Pruitt Challenges Health Care Law, IRS On Capitol Hill

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt testifies before the U.S. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee - July 31, 2013.
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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt testified before the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Wednesday morning.

Pruitt says the Affordable Care Act prohibits the Internal Revenue Service from imposing tax penalties on large employers if that state did not adopt its own health care exchange.

Starting in 2015, any company with more than 50 workers faces hefty tax penalties for not providing adequate coverage to employees who then go to a subsidized federal exchange.

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StateImpact Oklahoma
2:34 pm
Tue July 30, 2013

Oil Billionaire Harold Hamm To Lead AG Pruitt’s Re-Election Campaign

Harold Hamm is a major Republican donor, and he served as candidate Mitt Romney’s chief energy adviser during the 2012 presidential race.
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Oil billionaire Harold Hamm, the CEO and Chairman of Oklahoma energy giant Continental Resources has been tapped to lead state Attorney General Scott Pruitt’s re-election campaign.

The Associated Press reports:

Pruitt described Hamm as a “dedicated businessman, visionary, and icon here in Oklahoma.”

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Environment
9:16 am
Wed July 17, 2013

Oklahoma AG Joins EPA Suit For Documents

Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt
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Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt and the attorney generals of 11 other states have filed a lawsuit seeking documents involving the Environmental Protection Agency's legal strategy with environmental groups.

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Affordable Care Act
10:15 am
Tue July 2, 2013

Oklahoma AG Says Hobby Lobby Bolsters His Challenge

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Oklahoma's attorney general says a court decision favoring Hobby Lobby's fight against parts of the new federal health care law bolsters his fight against the law.

Attorney General Scott Pruitt is challenging parts of the Affordable Care Act. The law imposes tax penalties in certain cases, but federal lawyers say the Anti-Injunction Act prevents Oklahoma from raising questions about taxes before they're levied.

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Same-Sex Marriage
3:32 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

Oklahoma Gay Marriage Supporters Praise SCOTUS Ruling

Supporters gather for Oklahoma City's annual Pride festival - June 27, 2009
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Supporters of gay marriage in Oklahoma are praising a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court to strike down a provision of a federal law denying federal benefits to married gay couples.

But opponents of same-sex marriages also found a silver lining in Wednesday's ruling, saying Oklahoma's constitutional ban on gay marriage remains intact.

Governor Mary Fallin issued a statement Wednesday saying that like "the vast majority of Oklahomans," she supports traditional marriage.

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