Archive for: August, 2018

SCOTUS Rejects Appeal from Catholic Social Services

The U.S. Supreme Court declined Wednesday to compel the city of Philadelphia to resume working with Catholic Social Services (CSS) for the placement of foster children. In March, Philadelphia officials announced the city would no longer work with CSS for foster care placement, citing the group’s unwillingness to place foster children with same-sex couples due…Read More

OK Primary Run-off, Winners, Losers and Nail-biters

Oklahoma’s Republican runoff races for attorney general as well as state auditor and inspector appeared neck and neck during most of Tuesday night. Meanwhile, the Republican runoff elections for lieutenant governor, superintendent of public instruction and the Democrat runoff for corporation commissioner featured margins of victory well into the double digits. Results listed below are…Read More

After 95 Years, NY State Forces Catholic Adoption Closure

Adoption and foster services through Catholic Charities of Buffalo are ending because state rules do not allow the agency to maintain its practice of only placing children in homes with a mother and a father. “Because Catholic Charities cannot simultaneously comply with state regulations and conform to the teaching of the Catholic Church on the…Read More

Opinion: Should Oklahoma Kill the Primary Runoff?

August will be a pivotal month for Oklahoma politics, with likely a record number of candidates facing off in runoff primary elections. Republicans, Democrats and Libertarians will decide their nominees on Aug. 28 in nine statewide races and more than two dozen legislative and congressional contests. But if the past is any indication, far fewer…Read More

Doctors Want Stricter Rules on Medical Marijuana

Two medical professionals — one a former state representative — told a legislative working group Wednesday that they favor stricter medical marijuana regulations. But 11 residents who addressed the working group in public comments afterward contended that the physicians’ comments prove they simply aren’t knowledgeable about the benefits of cannabis. Former Rep. Doug Cox, a…Read More

Marijuana State Question Can’t Make November Ballot

Two proposed state questions concerning legalized marijuana will not make the November general election ballot, Secretary of State James Williamson confirmed Tuesday, even if the petitions have enough signatures. “The biggest impediment was clearly the publication notice which requires 10 business days,” Williamson said Tuesday, acknowledging that time no longer remains before Aug. 27, the…Read More

Bipartisan Coalition Leads Effort to Reduce Sentences

A bipartisan coalition is campaigning to reduce the sentences for dozens of people serving time for crimes that no longer carry such severe punishments following criminal justice reform efforts in Oklahoma. Oklahomans for Criminal Justice Reform, a group of law enforcement, lawmakers and business and community leaders, is assisting with what the group considers to…Read More

Russell Participates in Roundtable Discussion on DACA

Congressman Steve Russell joined a roundtable discussion in Oklahoma City Thursday focused on the future of DACA recipients. Russell supports a permanent solution from Congress to keep the DACA program going and preventing the deportation of thousands of people who were brought to the U.S. by their families without documentation. The discussion was held by…Read More