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Dead Oklahoma mayor 2nd in primary, advances to next ballot

EDMOND, Okla. (AP) — Despite dying in December, the then-mayor of an Oklahoma City suburb has advanced to the general election following a Facebook campaign supporting him. Former Edmond Mayor Charles Lamb's name will be on the April 2nd general...

 

Permitless gun bill passes in Oklahoma House vote

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill vetoed last year by Oklahoma's Republican former governor that would allow adult residents to carry a gun without any training or a background check has easily passed a vote in the state House on its way to the desk of...

 

Oklahoma City mayor praises young, new leadership on council

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma City Mayor David Holt is heralding a new era with the recent election of city officials age 40 and younger. Holt said in a tweet Wednesday that having so many elected officials in that age range is "without modern...

 

Kansas didn't use national voter database it runs last year

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A much-criticized national database that checks if voters are registered in multiple states wasn't used last year in Kansas, the state that administers it, the official overseeing the state's elections told lawmakers. Kansas...

 

States weigh bills addressing Native deaths, disappearances

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — Lawmakers in at least seven states have introduced legislation to address the unsolved deaths and disappearances of numerous Native American women and girls. The legislation calls for state-funded task forces and other...

 

Oklahoma lawmaker wants to stop commissioners from lobbying

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma County commissioner who is also a lobbyist raises ethics questions, according to a state lawmaker. The Oklahoman reports that Rep. Jason Dunnington, D-Oklahoma City, plans to work to amend state ethics rules to...

 

Permitless carry gun bill sails through Oklahoma committee

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A bill vetoed last year by then-Gov. Mary Fallin that would allow Oklahoma residents to carry a gun without any training or a background check appears to be sailing toward the new Republican governor, who has said he'll sign...

 
 By John Hana    Regional    February 8, 2019

Kansas Democrats attack GOP tax plan as corporate give-away

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Democrats are attacking a Republican tax relief bill approved Thursday by the state Senate as a give-away to large corporations and managed to peel away a couple of GOP votes Thursday by highlighting how it benefits big...

 

Oklahoma ramps up Capitol security after teacher walkout

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Leaders in the Oklahoma House ramped up security by erecting guard stations in hallways, banning public access to stairwells and hiring an ex-police officer licensed to carry a gun less than one year after thousands of...

 

Oklahoma Democrats to join forces in state Legislature

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Democrats in the Oklahoma House and Senate are joining forces to push an agenda that includes expanding Medicaid, putting more money into public school classrooms and restoring a tax break for low-income Oklahomans. House...

 

No injuries after Oklahoma City police detonate pipe bomb

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Police in Oklahoma City say no one was hurt when officers detonated a pipe bomb found in a home. Officer Megan Morgan says police were called to an apartment on the city's northwest side shortly before 10 p.m. Monday after...

 

Dozens of Oklahoma agencies employ contract lobbyists

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A list compiled by the Oklahoma Ethics Commission shows more than two dozen state agencies are currently employing contract lobbyists, a practice the new governor wants to end. The commission released a copy of the list...

 

Chickasaw Nation lawmaker tapped for Oklahoma cabinet post

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma has a new nominee for secretary of Native American Affairs. Gov. Kevin Stitt appointed Chickasaw Nation lawmaker and former state Rep. Lisa Billy to the position Wednesday. The cabinet-level position still requires...

 

Kansas GOP's fiscal moves would thwart Democratic governor

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Republican lawmakers in Kansas have advanced tax relief and pension proposals that would thwart Democratic Gov. Laura Kelly's plans for boosting spending on public schools, quickly setting up a test of whether she can build...

 

GOP defections boost Democratic ranks in 3 legislatures

TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — Democratic gains in state legislatures didn't end with last November's elections. Over the past two months, as lawmakers were sworn in to office and this year's legislative sessions got underway, Republicans in California,...

 

Ex-Oklahoma lawmaker fined $125k in sex trafficking case

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An ex-Republican state senator in Oklahoma already sentenced to 15 years in prison on a child sex trafficking charge has now been ordered to pay $125,000 in restitution. Federal judge Timothy DeGiusti on Thursday ordered Ralph...

 

Oklahoma governor taps Chickasaw Nation official for cabinet

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has named Chickasaw Nation lawmaker and former state Rep. Lisa Billy as secretary of Native American Affairs. Billy has served in the Chickasaw Nation Legislature since 2016 and served previously in...

 

Kansas measure would end election chief's power to prosecute

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A proposal to strip the Kansas secretary of state's office of its power to prosecute voter fraud cases has cleared its first major hurdle in the Legislature. The bill endorsed Wednesday by a House committee would dismantle a...

 

Kansas drops Kobach's appeal of contempt ruling

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — The Kansas attorney general says the state has dropped former Secretary of State Kris Kobach's appeal of a contempt order arising from a lawsuit over a proof-of-citizenship law. Attorney General Derek Schmidt announced Tuesday...

 

Judge dismisses lawsuit over Dodge City polling site

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed against a western Kansas county after the only polling site in Dodge City was moved outside of town before the November election. U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree on Wednesday...

 

Stitt taps longtime cybersecurity expert for emergency post

*OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt has appointed a longtime cybersecurity expert as the state's new director of the Department of Emergency Management. Stitt announced the hiring Tuesday of Mark Gower to lead the agency that...

 

Bill would rename Oklahoma lake from man with KKK ties

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma Senate bill would rename a lake named for a man connected to the Ku Klux Klan in Tulsa. Lake Hudson is named for Wash Hudson, a prominent Tulsa attorney, state lawmaker and board member of the Grand River Dam...

 

Kansas AG: Sanctions against Kobach settled in voting suit

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas' attorney general says his office has negotiated an agreement for the secretary of state's office to pay $20,000 over former Secretary Kris Kobach's conduct in a federal voting-rights lawsuit. Attorney General Derek...

 

Ex-lawmaker to pay $31,000 to settle Ethics Commission suit

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A former state legislator has reached a $31,000 settlement in a lawsuit filed by the Oklahoma Ethics Commission alleging he misused campaign funds. Ex-Rep. Gus Blackwell has 60 days to pay, the Oklahoman reported . Blackwell ag...

 

Kansas Senate leader sues newspaper, alleging defamation

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas Senate Majority Leader Jim Denning has filed a defamation lawsuit against The Kansas City Star and one of its columnists. The lawsuit filed Monday in Johnson County District Court alleges that Steve Rose's column...

 

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