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 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    June 29, 2022

Stitt, Hofmeister hold funding edge in Oklahoma governor bid

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma's Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt and Democratic challenger Joy Hofmeister both took massive fundraising advantages over their opponents into Tuesday's primary election in a state where hot-button issues like abortion, fir...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    June 29, 2022

Oklahoma voters to cast ballots for 2 US Senate seats

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With the announcement earlier this year that longtime Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe plans to step down from office early, Oklahoma voters have the rare opportunity to cast ballots on Tuesday for candidates for both of the...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    June 29, 2022

Oklahoma voters to cast ballots for 2 US Senate seats

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With the announcement earlier this year that longtime Republican U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe plans to step down from office early, Oklahoma voters have the rare opportunity to cast ballots on Tuesday for candidates for both of the...

 

What to watch in primaries in Colorado, Illinois, elsewhere

NEW YORK (AP) — Seven states are set to host primary elections Tuesday as the nation comes to terms with last week's stunning Supreme Court ruling eliminating the constitutional right to an abortion. This week's nominating contests could offer the...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    June 22, 2022

Top court: Kansas Constitution allows partisan redistricting

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' top court declared Tuesday that the state constitution doesn't prohibit partisan gerrymandering, prompting one dissenting justice to accuse the majority of ignoring a "full-scale assault on democracy" from a Republican c...

 

Texas GOP's swing to far right cemented with party platform

WASHINGTON (AP) — Ten years ago, the Texas Republican Party used its platform to oppose teaching critical thinking in schools. In 2014, it declared homosexuality a chosen behavior contrary to God and endorsed "reparative therapy" to reverse it. By...

 

Oklahoma lawmakers to mull tax cuts during special session

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature will return to the Capitol for a special session to consider tax cuts the governor wants and how to allocate federal COVID-19 relief funds that were part of the American Rescue Plan Act. After the...

 
 By JOHN HANNA    Regional    June 10, 2022

Kansas' first transgender lawmaker not seeking reelection

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' first transgender state legislator is not seeking reelection, saying Friday that she is moving to Texas so that she can help care for her wife's aging parents. Democratic state Rep. Stephanie Byers, of Wichita, was...

 

Judge blocks Texas investigating families of trans youth

A Texas judge on Friday temporarily blocked the state from investigating families of transgender children who have received gender-confirming medical care, a new obstacle to the state labeling such treatments as child abuse. The temporary...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    June 8, 2022

District attorney confirms investigation into governor's ad

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma County's top prosecutor confirmed Thursday he's investigating whether a recent campaign ad by Gov. Kevin Stitt violates state law and ethics rules. David Prater said he launched an investigation after a bipartisan grou...

 

Conservative senator Pyle runs for governor as independent

HIAWATHA, Kan. (AP) — A Kansas state senator who recently left the Republican Party has begun campaigning for governor as an independent. The Kansas City Star reports that grain and livestock farmer Dennis Pyle of Hiawatha on Monday appointed a...

 

School police chief a no-show at Uvalde City Council meeting

UVALDE, Texas (AP) — The school district police chief criticized for waiting too long before ordering law enforcement to confront and kill the gunman during a mass shooting at a Texas elementary school did not appear at a City Council meeting in...

 

Kansas Appeals Court Judge Anthony Powell to retire

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Judge Anthony Powell plans to retire from the Kansas Court of Appeals on June 30, the court announced Monday. Powell has served on the state appeals court since January 2013. Prior to his appointment, he was a district judge in...

 

Schmidt picks US senator's aide for Kansas governor ticket

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Presumed Republican nominee Derek Schmidt on Wednesday announced that he's chosen a staffer for one of Kansas' two U.S. senators as his running mate in his bid to unseat Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly. Schmidt filed the necessary...

 
 By WILL WEISSERT    Regional    May 29, 2022

O'Rourke bets shooting will shake up Texas governor's race

WASHINGTON (AP) — Still mourning a Texas mass shooting, Democrat Beto O'Rourke gave his long-shot campaign a jolt by imploring a national audience that it was finally time for real action to curb the proliferation of high-powered guns in his home...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    May 27, 2022

Oklahoma governor vetoes key parts of legislative budget

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said Thursday he vetoed several key pieces of a legislative budget deal, setting up a showdown with fellow Republicans in the Legislature who are expected to try and override him. Stitt told reporters...

 

Oklahoma governor seeks expungement of critical jury report

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma judge should expunge a portion of a state grand jury report that is sharply critical of Gov. Kevin Stitt, according to a motion filed by Stitt. The portion of the May 13 report calling Stitt's meetings with his appo...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    May 27, 2022

Oklahoma Legislature overrides some vetoes, plans return

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Legislature spent the final day of the regular session on Friday overriding several of Gov. Kevin Stitt's vetoes, but opted not to override his veto of several key budget provisions. Instead, lawmakers plan to...

 

NRA speakers unshaken on gun rights after school massacre

HOUSTON (AP) — One by one, they took the stage at the National Rifle Association's annual convention in Houston and denounced the massacre of 19 students and two teachers at an elementary school across the state. And one by one, they insisted that...

 
 By ELLIOT SPAGAT    Regional    May 22, 2022

Court ruling extends uneven treatment for asylum-seekers

EAGLE PASS, Texas (AP) — As the sun set over the Rio Grande, about 120 Cubans, Colombians and Venezuelans who waded through waist-deep water stepped into Border Patrol vehicles, soon to be released in the United States to pursue their immigration...

 
 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    May 20, 2022

Oklahoma passes strictest abortion ban; services to stop

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma lawmakers on Thursday approved a bill prohibiting all abortions with few exceptions, and providers said they would stop performing the procedure as soon as the governor signs it in the latest example of the GOP's natio...

 

Days before Oklahoma bans abortion, details still uncertain

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — With Oklahoma only days away from enacting the toughest state ban on abortion in the U.S., providers were preparing to stop terminating pregnancies as questions remained Friday about enforcing the law's limited exceptions. The...

 

Kansas Supreme Court disbars former prosecutor

The Kansas Supreme Court on Friday disbarred former prosecutor Jacqie Spradling for her conduct during a double-murder trial in Topeka in 2012. The court said while Spradling was a prosecutor in Shawnee County, she engaged in "repeated patterns of...

 

Kansas governor signs bill phasing out grocery sales tax

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly on Wednesday signed into law a plan from Republican lawmakers to phase out the state's sales tax on groceries over three years. Kelly had a ceremony at a grocery store in Olathe, fulfilling a promise...

 

In abortion fight, conservatives push to end all exceptions

BOISE, Idaho (AP) — Angela Housley was halfway through her pregnancy when she learned the fetus was developing without parts of its brain and skull and would likely die within hours or days of birth, if it survived that long. The news came during h...

 

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