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President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney talk in the Oval Office following their Nov. 29, 2012 lunch.
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For the past three presidential election cycles, Oklahoma has cemented its status as the “reddest of the red states.” No Democratic presidential candidate has won a single county in Oklahoma since Al Gore in 2000, and in 2004 neither incumbent President George W. Bush nor Democratic nominee John Kerry visited the state nor spent any advertising dollars here.

Oklahoma received only $1,300 in ad revenue from national GOP and Democratic organizations during the 2012 election cycle, according to campaign finance data analyzed by FairVote and The Journal Record's Brian Brus:

Oklahoma State Capitol Dome.
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The State Chamber of Oklahoma released its 2015 legislative agenda Monday which addresses a wide range of areas from transportation and energy to health and workforce development.

“As the ‘Voice of Business at the State Capitol,’ the State Chamber is committed to supporting policies that improve the state’s economic outlook,” State Chamber President and Chief Executive Officer Fred Morgan said in a press release. “That includes continuing or expanding economic development programs that have been proven to create jobs for thousands of Oklahomans.”

The agenda is divided into 12 issue areas: economic development and taxation/retail; workers’ compensation; lawsuit reform; judicial reform; human relations/labor law/unemployment compensation; health and wellness; aerospace and technology; energy and natural resources; military affairs; higher education and career tech; infrastructure and transportation; and the Oklahoma Education Workforce Initiative.

Logrolling: Court Throws Out Law Limiting Lawsuits

Jun 4, 2013
Oklahoma Supreme Court 2013

The Oklahoma Supreme Court says a law adopted in 2009 to reform Oklahoma's civil justice system is unconstitutional.

The state's highest court handed down the decision Tuesday in a divided 7-2 ruling. In a separate decision, the court said a requirement that injured people submit a certificate of merit before they can file professional malpractice lawsuits is unconstitutional.