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 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    July 23, 2021

Stitt taps Tulsa man for AG despite 'not qualified' rating

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A Tulsa attorney whom the American Bar Association rated as " not qualified " to serve as a federal judge was tapped Friday by Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt to serve as the state's next attorney general. After a two-month search th...

 

Lawsuit: Kansas altered software to hide election records

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — A judge is considering whether Kansas' Republican secretary of state ran afoul of the state's open records law by ordering the removal of an election database function that generates a statewide report showing which...

 

3 Texas Democrats who fled elections bill vote get COVID

WASHINGTON (AP) — Three of the Democratic state lawmakers who fled Texas to stymie a Republican-backed effort to impose broad new voting restrictions have tested positive for COVID-19, the Texas House's Democratic Caucus director said Saturday....

 

Oklahoma GOP nixes censure of state's Republican US senators

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Republican Party members have rejected a resolution to censure the state's two GOP U.S. senators for not objecting to the Electoral College votes that certified Democrat Joe Biden as president on Jan. 6. In the vote...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    July 18, 2021

Ex-prosecutor who led USS Cole team running for Kansas AG

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A retired assistant U.S. attorney who once led the prosecution of the accused mastermind of the deadly 2000 bombing of the USS Cole is running for Kansas attorney general next year. Tony Mattivi on Monday launched his campaign f...

 

AP: Few AZ voter fraud cases, discrediting Trump's claims

PHOENIX (AP) — Arizona county election officials have identified fewer than 200 cases of potential voter fraud out of more than 3 million ballots cast in last year's presidential election, further discrediting former President Donald Trump's claims...

 

Stitt taps former company exec to serve as Oklahoma's COO

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said Tuesday he's named an executive from his former company to serve as the state's chief operating officer. Steven Harpe, who previously worked as chief information officer at Stitt's Gateway...

 

Texas Democrats dig in after exodus; GOP threatens arrest

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Texas Democrats who hurriedly took off to Washington to block sweeping new election laws urged Congress on Tuesday to quickly pass legislation protecting voting rights, while Republican Gov. Greg Abbott threatened them with...

 

EXPLAINER: Why are Texas Democrats camped out in Washington?

Texas statehouse Democrats are camping out in Washington to try and block the GOP's sweeping elections overhaul bill that makes it harder to vote in the state. A similar move successfully killed an earlier version of the bill on the last day of the...

 

Wichita delays vote on anti-discrimination ordinance

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Wichita City Council put off a decision Tuesday on a proposed anti-discrimination ordinance, saying it needed more community input even after two marathon public listening sessions. The Wichita Eagle reports that the propos...

 

Some Texas Democrats ready to walk as GOP digs in on voting

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The possibility of Texas Democrats staging a second walkout to again stop one of America's most restrictive new voting measures grew louder Saturday, as hundreds of people waited hours to rail against the GOP's plan in the...

 

Texas Democrats leave state to try to stop GOP voting bill

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrats in the Texas Legislature on Monday bolted for Washington, D.C., and said they were ready to remain there for weeks in a second revolt against a GOP overhaul of election laws, forcing a dramatic new showdown over...

 

Shawnee superintendent announces plan to run for state post

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The superintendent of Shawnee Public Schools announced Tuesday she plans to seek the Republican nomination for Oklahoma state superintendent in 2022. April Grace is a longtime educator who has been superintendent in Shawnee...

 

Former naval officer running for Kansas 2nd seat in Congress

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A former U.S. Navy intelligence officer is running as a Democrat for Congress in eastern Kansas. Patrick Schmidt, 30, announced his candidacy Tuesday and is the first Democrat seeking to challenge freshman Republican Rep. Jake L...

 

Inhofe's office requests $4M to combat illicit pot growers

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe's office announced Wednesday that he requested $4 million in federal funds to help combat illegal Oklahoma marijuana growing operations. Inhofe's chief of staff, Luke Holland, announced the request during...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    July 1, 2021

GOP congressmen assail Kansas governor over border security

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Republicans are trying to pull Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly into a national debate over border security as the GOP works to undercut her standing with voters ahead of her re-election bid next year. Republican U.S. Rep....

 

Term-limited Oklahoma lawmaker to run for state treasurer

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A term-limited Republican state House member from Cordell said Tuesday he plans to run for Oklahoma state treasurer. Rep. Todd Russ, 60, is a longtime banker who is finishing his sixth term in the House, where he represents...

 

GOP donor funds South Dakota National Guard troops in Texas

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem said Tuesday she will use a donation from a Republican donor to fund a deployment of up to 50 South Dakota National Guard troops to the U.S. border with Mexico. Noem joined a growing list of...

 

Schwab seeks second term as Kansas secretary of state

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Secretary of State Scott Schwab has announced he will seek a second term, saying the state needs leaders who will defend election integrity. In a press release Wednesday announcing his candidacy in the 2022 election, the...

 

Texas' Abbott leads GOP push for Trump-style border measures

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Promises to build a wall. Descriptions of American homes "invaded" by immigrants and a trail of "carnage." Plans to arrest border crossers and haul them to jail. It's not Donald Trump in 2016. It's Texas Gov. Greg Abbott 2021....

 

Field seeking to run for Oklahoma governor grows to 5

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The number of people planning to run for Oklahoma governor next year is continuing to grow, with two more candidates filing paperwork to seek the office. Independent Paul Tay, a perennial political candidate from Tulsa, and...

 

Kansas City: Lawsuit over police funding is 'false flag'

LIBERTY, Mo. (AP) — A lawsuit seeking to stop Kansas City from rerouting a portion of the police department's budget plants a "false flag" by suggesting the city council is trying to take control, city officials said in a court motion filed...

 
 By Keaton Ross    Regional    June 20, 2021

Study: Oklahoma prosecutors are strong lobbyists

When Oklahoma prosecutors back a criminal justice bill, chances are it will become law. Oklahoma district attorneys lobbied for or against 47 bills from 2015 to 2018, according to a study published June 3 by the University of North Carolina School...

 

GOP election bill sponsor takes case to Wolf news conference

The partisan political debate over potential changes to how Pennsylvania registers voters and runs elections moved Thursday from the Capitol in Harrisburg to suburban Philadelphia, where the leading House Republican on the topic showed up at a news c...

 

Permanent fence installed around Kansas governor's mansion

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Workers were installing a permanent metal fence Friday around the Kansas governor's mansion in Topeka as part of security upgrades at Cedar Crest. The upgrades come after a federal Department of Homeland Security assessment of...

 

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