Category Archive for: legislature

Geographic divide shapes caucus priorities at Capitol

Lawmakers gathered Tuesday at the state Capitol for an organizational day ahead of a new session, which will feature a Legislature increasingly divided along geographic lines that are reshaping the focus for Republicans and Democrats. “After the recent elections we are a larger caucus and we are a more rural caucus,” said House Speaker Charles…Read More

Idabel state Representative switches parties

The number of state House Democrats got even smaller Thursday as Idabel state Rep. Johnny Tadlock announced he was switching to the Republican Party. The switch leaves state House Republicans with a 77-24 majority. Republicans also remain in firm control the state Senate, 39-9. “This to me is not at all about party affiliation,” Tadlock…Read More

Virginia Catholics praise dismissal of assisted suicide study

Virginia Catholics are praising the decision of a joint commission of the state legislature to take no action on a study on assisted suicide. Last year, Del. Kaye Kory (D-Fairfax) asked the Virginia state legislature to consider legalizing so-called “medical aid-in-dying” or physician-assisted suicide. After receiving public comment, the Joint Commission on Health Care, which…Read More

Kendra Horn upsets Steve Russell in an Oklahoma City stunner

In a political upset for the history books, Kendra Horn broke a 44-year Republican hold on Oklahoma’s 5th congressional district Tuesday, turning the Oklahoma City-area district blue for the first time since the mid-1970s. Defying expectations, polls, experts, opponents and history itself, Horn defeated U.S. Rep. Steve Russell in a race that went down to…Read More

Tulsa World: SQ 800 in Plain English

The Legislature proposes amending the state constitution to create the Oklahoma Vision Fund, which would receive an escalating portion of state gross production taxes beginning with 5 percent in 2020. Additional money could be appropriated to the fund. The fund would essentially be an endowment managed by the state treasurer. It would be exempt from…Read More

Split party power possible at top of state gov

A close gubernatorial race could result in split party representation at the top of state government for the first time in 12 years. Multiple polls show a close contest between Republican Kevin Stitt and Democrat Drew Edmondson in the race for governor. However, the lieutenant governor race is more one-sided with Republican Matt Pinnell holding…Read More

Stitt and Edmondson talk transportation

Gubernatorial candidates Kevin Stitt and Drew Edmondson largely agreed on the state’s continued need for infrastructure spending during a forum Thursday, saying it would be a priority for their respective administrations. “Infrastructure is something that’s going to be key in a Stitt administration,” the Republican candidate said. “I talk about being top 10 and being…Read More