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 By SEAN MURPHY    Regional    October 20, 2021 

Ex-GOP senator leaving party, challenging Oklahoma governor

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The first GOP candidate to challenge Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said Tuesday he's leaving the party and will run against Stitt as an independent, making him the second elected Oklahoma Republican in recent weeks to leave the...

 

Biden is ignoring our very open southern border

Oklahomans know there is a crisis at our border, and they know who is responsible – Joe Biden. Each month, President Biden has released thousands of illegal border crossers into the US. This has motivated a record number of migrants to illegally...

 

Kansas City mayor files complaint after police data search

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas has filed a complaint against a city police officer who allegedly used a criminal justice database to search for information about the mayor. Lucas filed the complaint Friday with the Office...

 

Biden team asks Supreme Court to pause Texas abortion law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Biden administration is asking the Supreme Court to block the Texas law banning most abortions, while the fight over the measure's constitutionality plays out in the courts. The administration also took the unusual step of...

 

EXPLAINER: Texas abortion law again on path to high court

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department said Friday that the federal government will ask the Supreme Court to reverse a lower court decision on a restrictive Texas law that has banned most abortions since September. A federal appeals court on Thur...

 

Wichita passes ordinance aimed at banning discrimination

WICHITA, Kan. (AP) — The Wichita City Council passed on Tuesday an ordinance aimed at banning discrimination in housing, employment and public accommodations. After four months of delays, the council voted 6-1 to approve the measure, the Wichita...

 

Oklahoma schools leader switches parties to run for governor

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — State Superintendent Joy Hofmeister, who has clashed repeatedly with Republican Gov. Kevin Stitt and his appointees over the state's response to COVID-19 in schools, said Thursday she will switch parties and run as a Democrat...

 

Kansas county GOP chair accused of forced kissing resigns

OLATHE, Kan. (AP) — The Republican Party chair for Kansas' most populous county resigned Thursday, days after the public disclosure that he has been accused of forcibly kissing another local GOP leader at an anti-abortion group's fundraiser this...

 

Oklahoma judge blocks 2 abortion laws, allows 3 others

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — An Oklahoma judge on Monday temporarily blocked two new anti-abortion laws from taking effect next month, including a measure similar to a Texas abortion ban that effectively bans the procedure after about six weeks of...

 

As lawmakers prepare for redistricting special session, what you need to know

Lawmakers will be returning to the State Capitol this fall for a special session to carry out the once-a-decade task of redrawing legislative and congressional boundaries. Gov. Kevin Stitt announced last week that he is calling lawmakers into a...

 

GOP leader in Kansas accuses another of forcibly kissing her

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A Wyandotte County Republican leader has filed a battery complaint against a Republican leader in neighboring Johnson County saying he forcibly kissed her at an anti-abortion event in August. Stephanie Cashion, the vice chair...

 

Kansas governor expands voter registration to state agencies

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Kansas residents can now register to vote at the state agencies where they receive public benefits under an agreement with civil rights groups that brings the state back into compliance with federal election law, the governor...

 

Biden administration urges judge to block Texas abortion law

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Biden administration on Friday urged a federal judge to block the nation's most restrictive abortion law, which has banned most abortions in Texas since early September and sent women racing to get care beyond the borders...

 

Panel recommends 5 new federal judgeships for Oklahoma

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A judicial panel has recommended the creation of five additional federal judgeships in Oklahoma because of an increased caseload due to a U.S. Supreme Court ruling regarding crimes committed on tribal lands. The Judicial...

 

Oklahoma governor calls special session for redistricting

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt on Friday called a special session of the Legislature to address redistricting of the state's federal and state legislative districts. Stitt said the session will begin Nov. 15 to draw new district...

 

EXPLAINER: As Arizona election 'audit' ends, new ones begin

HARRISBURG, Pa. (AP) — The most closely watched attempt by Republicans to examine the 2020 presidential election in a battleground state lost by former President Donald Trump is coming to an embarrassing end in Arizona, but their efforts are...

 

Kansas lawmakers set to examine impact of virus mandates

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Leaders of the Republican-controlled Kansas Legislature on Monday agreed to create a committee to examine the impact of COVID-19 mandates and what they called government overreach, partly in response to Democratic President Joe...

 

Officials: All migrants are gone from Texas border camp

DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — The mayor of a Texas border city where thousands of Haitian migrants camped in recent days says it's now empty. Del Rio Mayor Bruno Lozano said at a news conference Friday that the clearing of the camp was "phenomenal news."...

 

Oklahoma court lifts stays in 2 McGirt-related decisions

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Court of Criminal Appeals on Tuesday lifted stays in two cases it overturned based on a U.S. Supreme Court ruling that the state has no jurisdiction over crimes committed on tribal lands by non-American Indians...

 

Injured ex-cop now attorney running for Kansas AG's office

LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — An attorney who was forced to give up a career as a police officer after a drunken driver struck him is running for Kansas attorney general next year as a Democrat. Chris Mann, of Lawrence, launched his campaign Tuesday with...

 

US officials defend deportation of Haitians from Texas town

By JUAN A. LOZANO, ERIC GAY, ELLIOT SPAGAT and EVENS SANON Associated Press DEL RIO, Texas (AP) — More than 6,000 Haitians and other migrants have been removed from an encampment at a Texas border town, U.S. officials said Monday as they defended...

 

Murdock to file legislation after findings of ag sales tax exemption interim study

OKLAHOMA CITY – On the heels of an interim study dedicated to examining Oklahoma’s agricultural sales tax exemption, Sen. Casey Murdock said he’s preparing to file a measure ahead of the next legislative session to make it easier for farmers...

 

Judge: US election official violated law in voter form case

BELLE PLAINE, Kan. (AP) — A former high-ranking election official violated federal law in 2016 when he granted requests by Kansas, Georgia and Alabama to modify the national voter registration form to require documentary proof of citizenship in tho...

 

Judge: Kansas must pay $1.42M to voting rights attorneys

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — A federal judge ordered Kansas on Wednesday to pay a total of $1.42 million to attorneys who succeeded in getting the federal courts to strike down a state law requiring new voters to show papers documenting their U.S....

 

Justice Department seeks order against Texas abortion law

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Justice Department has asked a federal court in Texas to stop the enforcement of a new state law that bans most abortions in the state while it decides the case. The Texas law, known as SB8, prohibits abortions once medical pr...

 

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