Sooner Politics

Sooner Politics: Legislature Comes Up With Dozens Of Bills For Special Session

  On Monday morning the two legislative chambers will convene session for one reason; Mental Health go screwed over by a budget scheme.​   But the 144 who may show up will have a pile of papers on their desk. It seems that many of them decided this is the right time to fix the ills that got past the last session.  Here’s the Senate’s list of new bills.   To fix the budget crisis, the legislature will need to stay put until the governor […]

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Bridenstine Confirmation Hearings begin Next Week

  The Bridenstine congressional office is now in a strange twilight zone of self-imposed abstention from congressional voting. With key votes coming up on overhauling federal healthcare policy, income tax reforms, Budget & Debt authorization, and eminent war with North Korea; Bridenstine is following White House instructions to avoid a potential challenge of constitutional separation of powers.  The White House leadership has made Jim Bridenstine t […]

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Sooner Politics: Brian O'Hara Wins Senate 37 Special Primary Oklahoma

Former Congressional Aide, Brian O’Hara was elected by plurality in a special election to replace the resigning Senator Dan Newberry. The seat include much of Jenks and Sand Springs, along with West Tulsa.​  Gov. Mary Fallin ordered a special election to fill the vacancy in Oklahoma Senate District 37 caused by the irrevocable resignation of Sen. Dan Newberry.  Newberry, of Tulsa, announced his resignation earlier this summer to take a position in senior management with TTCU T…

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Sooner Politics: 'Frat Party' Culture Continues At The Capitol

  Senator Bryce Marlatt was in the capitol city late last June. Supposedly he had meetings and other official duties to attend to. What we do have evidence of, is his night life.  Marlatt was indicted for sexual battery, this week. His cellphone records apparently were consistent with the felony complaint that an OKC Uber driver filed in late June.  Marlatt told Uber management that he has no recollection of being in an Uber vehicle driven by […]

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'Liberty Relief Truck' in Tulsa, Today. Headed To Texas

Joanna Francisco of Tulsa’s Liberty On Tap has announced a relief effort for South Texans impacted by the recent hurricane. Joanna Franciso, of Liberty On tap  “Working with the Liberty Coalition for Disaster Relief, we are gathering donations of non-perishable food items for residents of Texas struggling in the aftermath of Harvey. We are also accepting cash […]

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​Sooner Politics/OCPA: Use TSET money to plug budget holes

By: Catherine Sweeney, The Journal RecordOKLAHOMA CITY – Amid Oklahoma’s continued revenue dry spell, one politically conservative organization recommends tapping a long-established health care savings account.  Continued financial troubles have taken an ax to the state’s ability to pitch in for Medicaid. As the Oklahoma Health Care Authority’s budget continues to shrink, so does the federal match. That has resulted in reimbursement rates […]

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The McCarville report released this news… ​”Multiple sources close to the recent budget negotiations have confirmed that Governor Fallin and House Democrats are nearing agreement on a billion-dollar revenue bargain. The McCarville Report received a document with the secret details of their back-room budget talks.After the Oklahoma Supreme Court’s decision to strike down the tobacco “fee […]

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  A group of senators is calling for a change in the way the legislature oversees the state agencies which they fund annually.  Senators Roger Thompson & AJ Griffin are just two senators who are frustrated at how agencies avoid actually doing several core services so that they can leverage the failure for increased funding in the next budget ‘go round’.  One detrimental result of the current process is that the legislature has often increased fundi […]

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