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OKG Newsletter


Topic: legislature

How appealing


CFN

Gazette staff
State Attorney General Scott Pruitt doesn’t like taking “no” for an answer, at least not when it’s coming from the state Supreme Court striking down abortion restrictions. He filed an appeal with the U.S. Supreme Court last week after the state court struck down a 2010 law requiring women seeking an abortion to first undergo an ultrasound and hear a detailed explanation of the procedure.
 
Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Tweet heat

A sharply worded message on social media from Oklahoma's House speaker to a college dean raises some eyebrows.


News

Greg Horton
A Twitter message by state House Speaker T.W. Shannon, R-Lawton, raised some hackles last month for suggesting cuts to higher education while also seeming to threaten the job of a college dean.
 
Monday, April 8, 2013

Gunning for freedom


CFN

Gazette staff
House Bill 1062 — you know, the one that pushed to arm teachers in Oklahoma public schools — will not be heard by the state Senate Education Committee this legislative session, despite the measure having been approved by House members.
 
Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Dog the lobbyist


CFN

Gazette staff
The Oklahoma Legislature has been lobbied by some pretty tough customers over the decades, but perhaps none tougher than Duane Lee Chapman, better known as Dog the Bounty Hunter.
 
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Advocacy or extortion?

A Tea Party leader is investigated for a threatening email to a state senator.


News

Tim Farley
UPDATE: Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater has charged Gerhart with one count of blackmail and two counts of violation of the Oklahoma Computer Crimes Act.

A Sooner Tea Party co-founder is under investigation in connection with intimidating political tactics directed toward a state senator.
 
Thursday, April 4, 2013

Threatening email

A Sooner Tea Party leader is charged with blackmail.


News

Tim Farley
Oklahoma County prosecutors today charged Sooner Tea Party co-founder Al Gerhart with blackmailing a state senator over legislation that Gerhart supported.
 
Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Crumbling Capitol

An annual list of Oklahoma’s endangered historic buildings includes a surprising addition this year.


News

Tim Farley
Once considered structural jewels, some of Oklahoma City’s most iconic buildings, including the state Capitol, are falling apart.
 
Tuesday, April 16, 2013

‘Local control’ in education


Commentary

Rep. Jason Nelson
In the cult movie classic The Princess Bride, Vizzini repeatedly uses the word “inconceivable” as his efforts to evade pursuers fail. Inigo Montoya finally replies, “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
 
Wednesday, April 24, 2013

TEEM player

A former state leader trades in politics for hands-on work battling poverty.


Features

Alyssa Grimley
It’s not every day that someone goes from Oklahoma legislative leader to the nonprofit world. But that’s exactly what former state House Speaker Kris Steele has done.
 
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
 
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