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Oklahoma Democratic Party to present Blue Tie Gala and Campaign Academy training to kickoff 2020 election year

By Darla Shelden City Sentinel Reporter   OKLAHOMA CITY, OK – The Oklahoma Democratic Party (ODP) will host its Blue Tie Gala  Reception on Saturday, January 18. The event will be held at 5:30 p.m. at the Sheraton Midwest City Hotel Reed Conference Center, 5750 Will Rogers Rd, in Midwest City. The evening will include […]

Oklahoma Democrats will hold open presidential primary, Republicans & Libertarians retain closed primary

The City Sentinel Staff Report   Oklahoma City, OK – Every odd-numbered year, recognized political parties in Oklahoma are required to notify the Secretary of the State Election Board whether or not the party will allow registered Independents to vote in its primary elections. State Election Board Secretary Paul Ziriax announced Monday (December 9) that […]

On November 1, pre-registration open to citizens at age 17.5

  Staff Report Oklahoma citizens will be able to pre-register to vote when they turn 17.5 years old thanks to a new law going into effect on November 1. Sen. Jason Smalley, R-Stroud, and Rep. Zack Taylor, R-Seminole, authored Senate Bill 496 this past session to make it easier for young voters to remember to […]

Capitol Gains adds experienced legislator Mike Thompson to firm

Staff Report   Capitol Gains is pleased to welcome Mike Thompson, former state representative and accomplished government affairs consultant, to its team of industry-leading experts. Thompson joins Capitol Gains, an established government relations firm, and will help to move the needle on issues critical to our state’s future. “We are honored to have Mike join […]

Tribal stances on gaming-fee increase contrast with past tax-increase position

  Ray Carter, OCPA Center for Independent Journalism   In 2018, officials with the Chickasaw Nation, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, and Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma were among those endorsing the “Step Up Oklahoma” plan, which ultimately resulted in legislation that sought nearly $600 million in annual tax increases, including increased taxes on Oklahoma drivers’ purchases […]

Contractors’ group supports Stephanie Bice in Fifth District Congressional race

  By Patrick B. McGuigan Oklahoma City, OK – State Sen. Stephanie Bice has garnered an important endorsement early in her campaign for U.S. Congress.   The 380-member Association of Oklahoma General Contractors (AOGC) announced last week they were endorsing the Oklahoma City Republican “to become the next representative of Oklahoma’s Fifth Congress District 5.” […]

Treasurer McDaniel reports growth in gross receipts despite sales tax decline

Staff Report   Oklahoma City – Gross Receipts to the Treasury for both the month of June and Fiscal Year 2019 indicate ongoing growth in the state’s economy, but recent collection data is sending some mixed signals, State Treasurer Randy McDaniel announced today. Reports released by McDaniel’s office show overall growth of 4.7 percent in […]

In education funding, appropriations don’t tell the whole story

by Curtis Shelton, OCPA Research Fellow   With a budget agreement officially announced common education in Oklahoma is set to receive $157.5 million in additional appropriated funding for the upcoming fiscal year. This $157.5 million is coming after the $465 million in increased appropriations from last year’s legislative session. The bulk of this increased spending […]

State Rep. Marcus McEntire discusses longstanding GOP effort to expand Medicaid

Ray Carter, OCPA Center for Independent Journalism   OKLAHOMA CITY – A top House Republican told activists attending a Wednesday (April 24) rally that Republican leaders have been working on a plan to expand Medicaid for more than a year, a goal that has long been a top agenda item for Democrats. Speaking to a […]

TSET putting nightclubs ahead of doctors?

Ray Carter, OCPA Center for Independent Journalism   OKLAHOMA CITY -– Oklahoma’s Tobacco Settlement Endowment Trust has spent as much, and sometimes more, promoting bars and nightclubs and a boathouse foundation than it has on recruiting rural doctors to Oklahoma, records show. Curtis Shelton, Policy Research Fellow at the Oklahoma Council of Public Affairs, a […]

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